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Delhi

 New  Delhi, the capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture,architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums,galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.

Narrating the city's Mughal past, Old Delhi,takes you through the labyrinthine streets passing through form idable mosques, monuments and forts. You will also discover lively and colorful bazaars that boast to cater all sorts of good and items atmind-blowing prices amidst a barely controlled chaotic ambience. The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj.

It generates a mesmerizing charm reflecting well-composed and spacious streets under the shade of beautifully linedavenues of trees and tall and imposing government buildings.

India Gate, Delhi:the 42 metre high, free standing arch, popularly known as India Gate,was designed by Luytens and built in 19111. It was originally calledAll India War Memorial in memory of the 90,000 Soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. The names of the soldiers are inscribed all along the walls of the arch. In1971, an eternal flame was lit here to honour the Amar Jawan (immortal soldiers).

Old Fort, DelhiPurana Qila (Old Fort), Delhi: the ruins of the fort are located on a small hill which once stood onthe banks of the river Yamuna. Legend has it that the fort marked thesite of Indraprastha,, the magnificent capital of the Pandavas, thoughthe construction was carried out by Sher Shah Suri sometime between1538 to 1545 AD. The structure houses a mosque which has a double storeyed octagonal tower. It is said that the Mughal king Humayun fellfrom the tower and died. At the foot of the hill is a lake where the Delhi Tourism has arrangements for boating.

Jantar Mantar, DelhiJantar Mantar, Delhi: Within Connaught Place is the Jantar Mantar Observatory built by the Rajput King of Jaipur Sawai Jai Singh in 1724. It was believed to havebeen built with masonry instruments for observing the movements of thestars and planets.




Humayun's Tomb, DelhiHumayun's Tomb, Delhi: Taj Mahal is known have been inspired by Humayun's Tomb, and in manyways this magnificent red and while building is as spectacular as thefamous Taj Mahal in Agra. Tomb is memorial by a grieving wife and was built by his widow Haji Begum in 1565-66, nine years after his death.

The splendor of this grand monument becomes overpowering on entering through the lofty double storeyed gateway. It is set in the centre of alarge square garden enclosed by high walls on three sides, while the river would have been the forth boundary. The Chahar Bagh is divided into smaller squares by pathways as in a typical Mughal garden. The fountains were worked with simple yet highly developed engineering skills quite common in India during that period.

Chandni Chowk, DelhiChandni Chowk, Delhi: It was the eyes and ears of the Mughal's commercial instincts and istoday one of the country's best known wholesale markets for textiles,electronic goods and many other items. The entire area was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan'' favorite daughter and was then inhabitedby the well-to-do families of the time. In today's time, this area is highly congested.


Safderjung Tomb, Delhi
Safdarjang's Tomb: It is the last enclosed garden tomb in Delhi in the tradition of Humayun's Tomb though it is far less grand in scale. It was built in1753-54 as the mausoleum of Safdarjang, the viceroy of the Awadh underthe Mughal Emperor, Mohammed Shah. It has several smaller pavilions.



Parliament House, New Delhi: A marvelous piece of architecture which can be admired only fromoutside on account of security restrictions. Close to President's House, it is circular structure almost a kilometer in circumference,and was designed by the famed architect Luytens. It is the seat ofIndian Parliament.

Rashtrapati Bhawan, New DelhiRashtrapati Bhawan (President's House): The official residence of the President of the country, the buildingwas also designed by Luytens. It was the official residence of the Viceroy when the British ruled India. With 340 rooms and an area ofabout 330 acres. The Mughal Gardens within the complex are a treat forthe eyes and are open to public during certain periods of the year.


Birla Mandir, New DelhiBirla Mandir (Laxmi Narayan Temple), New Delhi: It was built by the industrialist Raja Baldev Birla in 1938. Thetemple is an important prayer centre and contains idols of severaldeities. Interestingly, Mahatma Gandhi, who inaugurated the temple, was also a regular visitor to it.




Akshardham Temple, New DelhiAkshardham Temple: Representing the Hindu mythology and the Indian culture, the Akshardham Temple stands on the banks of river Yamuna, covering an areaof 100 acres. This modern-day wonder boasts 234 embellished pillars,20,000 statues and a number of arches. The temple complex houses an IMAX theatre, exhibition halls and musical fountains. Surrounded by beautifully laid out garden, the temple attracts lakhs of tourists fromfar and wide. The temple is built in marble and red sandstone,symbolising devotion and eternal peace.

Red Fort, New DelhiRed Fort: Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1638 and 1648, themasterpiece of Red Fort has the distinction of being chosen as a sitefrom where the prime minister of India addresses the nation on the Independence Day. Popular as Lal Quila, the grand and imposing fort istoday a regular haunt of tourists from all parts of the world. The unparalleled architecture is testimony to the grandness of supremacy of Mughal empire in India. The complex houses Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas,the Moti Masjid, the Shahi Burj etc. The fort stands as dignified and grandiose as it did centuries ago.