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Jama Masjid - Delhi Capital of India, the world's largest democracy, Delhi in many ways is the essence of modern India, with its startling paradox of old and new, foreign and familiar. Its fascination lies in its amalgamation of ancient monuments and bustle and clamour of Old Delhi with Lutyens imposing and magnificent New Delhi. Now rushing headlong into the 21st century Delhi is also a cotemporary show case of designer shopping, trendy bars and restaurants. It remains the best starting point for exploring North India, not only because of its excellent transport connections and relatively sophisticated infrastructure, but because its history as one of the oldest cities in the world, is essentially the history of India.

PLACES OF INTEREST
India Gate - Delhi India Gate : All India War Memorial
India Gate is constructed as a memorial and was built in the memory of 90,00 soldiers who laid down their lives during world war I. Located at Rajpath, India Gate is 42 m high and is popular relaxation area during the summer evenings. India Gate also act as popular pinic spot during winter. Also known as the All India War Memorial, India Gate was designed and constructed by Lutyens. He was the who is considered the chief proclaimer in designing the New Delhi plans.
Qutub Minar - DelhiQutub Minar : The Tallest Monument in India
The tall and ever attractive monument of Delhi which can be seen from most parts of the city is called the Qutab Minar. Every body has the same question when one sees the structure for the first time. The question that is often being put up is "Why the monument is that big?" or "Was there any specific reason to build such a tall building or it was just a wish of the person who built it?" Well, the exact reason is assumed to have something related to commemorating the victory. Mughals used to build victory towers to proclaim and celebrate victories. Some say the minaret was used to offer prayer but it is so tall that you can hear the person standing on the top. Also, the minaret is not joined on to Qutuddin's mosque and the Iltutmish's mosque.
Akshardham Temple - DelhiAkshardham Temple
Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India's ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India's glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.

The grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers. The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades.
Lotus Temple - DelhiLotus Temple
In the heart of New Delhi, the bustling capital of India, a lotus-shaped outline has etched itself on the consciousness of the city's inhabitants, capturing their imagination, fuelling their curiosity, and revolutionising the concept of worship. This is the Bahá'í Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, better known as the "Lotus Temple". With the dawning of every new day, an ever-rising tide of visitors surges to its doorsteps to savour its beauty and bask in its serenely spiritual atmosphere.

Since its dedication to public worship in December 1986, this Mother Temple of the Indian sub-continent has seen millions of people cross its threshold, making it one of the most visited edifices in India. From its high-perched pedestal, this 'Lotus' casts its benevolent glance over vast green lawns and avenues covering an expanse of 26 acres of land. Its soothingly quiet Prayer Hall and tranquil surroundings have touched the hearts of the Temple's numerous visitors, awakening in them a desire to trace its inspirational source and capture a bit of its peace for themselves.
Parliament House - DelhiParliament House
It is here that bills are passed. It is here that India is shaped and reshaped and foreign relations are talked about. It is here that pains are addressed and measures are taken to achieve a mutual goal. It is here that trespassers are really prosecuted! Welcome to the Parliament House or Sansad Bhawan, as it is commonly known. Although it is large and imposing in its demeanour, the Sansad building stands almost hidden and virtually unnoticed at the end of Sansad Marg (Parliament Street), just north of Rajpath. Despite the humoungous plans for the capital by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the Parliament House was actually an afterthought. The Montague-Chelmsford Reforms of 1919 paved way for a large legislative assembly and, no doubt, a building was needed where legislations would be passed with the thump of the gavel or the noise of 'ayes' and 'nays'. Thus came into being the Parliament House.
Humayun Tomb - DelhiHumayun Tomb
Humayun's tomb is known as the first example of the monumental scale that would characterize subsequent Mughal imperial architecture. Commissioned, it is believed, by Humayun's senior widow, Haji Begam, or by her son Akbar, the tomb is the first to mark the grave of a Mughal emperor; Humayun's father Babur, who founded the dynasty, had requested out of piety that he be buried in a garden. Humayun's Tomb is now one of the best-preserved Mughal monuments in Delhi.
Rashtrapati Bhawan - DelhiRashtrapati Bhawan
Modern Delhi, or New Delhi as it is referred as, centres around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. This impressive building standing at a height, flows down to India Gate. The stretch, called the Rajpath is the venue for the annual Republic Day parade. The impressive plan of the area, conceived by Lutyens, has'nt lost its charm over years. Rashtrapati Bhawan, once the regal residence of British viceroys, is built on the Raisina hills. This 340-roomed monument has an commanding character overlooking Rajpath and India Gate. It is the official residence of the president of India now. For lovers of flowers and beauty, meticulously tended Mughal Gardens of the Rastrapati Bhavan, is a bonanza topped of roses in perfect bloom.
Laxminarayan Temple - DelhiLaxminarayan Temple
Also called the Birla temple, the Laxminarayan Temple was built in 1938 by the Birla family. It has a large garden and fountains as its background. The temple attracts thousands of followers on Janmashtami day, the birthday of Lord Krishna. Mahatma Gandhi, the,Father of the Nation, was assassinated by Nathu Ram Godse in this temple complex in 1948.
Red Fort - DelhiRed Fort
A visit to Old Delhi leaves one with emotional response far beyond discription. Undoubtedly, Old Delhi gives a glimpse of the multi-layered identity that so appropriately characterizes India. The narrow lanes filled with people, are throbbing with life. Amidst this sea of people, one comes face to face with the walls of the Red Fort. The decision for constructing the fort was taken in 1639along with the decision to shift the capital to Delhi by Shahjahan. By 1647, Shahjahanabad was complete with Red Fort-Qila-i-Mubarak (fortunate citadel)-Delhi's seventh fort. Though much of the fort underwent change because of extensive demolitions during the British occupation of the fort,the important parts have survived, the glory is still impressive. Passing through the splendid Gothic arch, the Chatta Chowk the octagonal market place, and the Naubat Khana-a double-storeyed building, we see Diwan-i-Aam. Here is the spectacularly crafted baldachino-the marble canopy ornamented with the most superb pietra dura work. Diwan-i-Aam used to be decorated with golden curtains, gold and silver railings and gorgeous carpets below dazzling chandeliers. Royalty stood in mute awe of the Emperor's court. Behind it are the Zenana quarters wich include the Mumtaz Mahal and Rang Mahal, with a marble lotus fountain in the centre made out of a single slab. In its sculptured grandeur are matched only by the trellis wall below the scales of justice in the Khwab Gah. Diwan-i-Khas, pavilion of white marble-has lost most of its splendour. Here, under the original silver ceiling, was world famous Peacock Throne inlaid with the costliest gems of the Mughal Empire. On the ceiling slab has a couplet inscribed, if there is heaven on the face of earth, it is here, it is here, it is here'. Nadir Shah, Ghulam Qadir, Ahmad Shah Abdali, the Marathas, and the British plundered the Mughal riches and destroyed many buildings of immense beauty. Still the Shah Burjan octagonal tower and the two marble pavilions, Sawan and Bhadon (the Indian months of rain), have withstood forces of destruction. Mahtab Bagh and Hayat Baksh, the gardens have vanished. A later-day pavilion in red sandstone, built by Bahadur Shah II, stands in the middle of a dried up pool. Moti Masjid, the mosque built by Aurangzeb, is a masterpiece despite the original copper casing having been removed long back. Still it is the only fort with well-preserved royal structures to offer a glimpse of the glory of the Mughal Empire. The Red Fort, the last fort built in Delhi, has witnessed the vicissitudes of fate, the Mughals, the British, and finally the first light of Indian Independence.
Chandni Chowk - DelhiChandni Chowk
The city, with the Red Fort as the central structure and Jama Masjid as the praying centre, had a fascinating market planned, called Chandni Chowk. Shahjahan planned Chandni Chowk for his daughter to shop for all that she wanted. Divided by canals filled with water, reflect a silver hue in moonlight. Though canals are now closed, but Chandni Chowk is still Asia's largest wholesale market. Crafts practised since Mughals continue to prosper in the small lanes of the city. An familiarity with eternity awaits you at Shahjahanabad. The by lanes of Chandni Chowk are named after the specialty items available there. For instance, Parantha Wali Gali is known for a tasty lunch of the crisp and light-stuffed paranthas. The eateries here have been around for over 100 years! The most interesting street, Dariba Kalan, has jewellery shops all round, is the oldest markets in Delhi dating back to the Mughal period. A lake near Red Fort allowed women in purdah (behind veils) would row boats to the mosques. Chandni Chowk sprang up on the lakeside to attract them. The neighbouring area, Darya Ganj, derived Urdu word for lake (darya) and a close by street called Ballimaran or the street of the boat rowers.
Raj Ghat - DelhiRaj Ghat
On the bank of the river Yamuna, lies Raj Ghat-the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi. An essential point of call among visiting dignitaries also houses two museums dedicated to Gandhi.
The Purana Quila - DelhiPurana Quila
The Purana Quila, anexample of medieval military architecture, was built by Humayun, with later-day changes by Sher Shah Suri. The fort is a monument of bold design, srength, straightforward in its purpose as a fortress, unlike the carefully decorated and well-planned palatial forts. The fort also does not have a complex of palaces, secretarial and recreational buildings. The Sher Mandal and the Qala-I-Kunha Masjid are two important monuments inside the fort.
Tughlaqabad - DelhiTughlaqabad
When Ghazi Malik established the Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321, he constructed the strongest fort in Delhi at Tughlaqabad within four years. Ghazi Malik, while a slave to Mubarak Khilji, had recommended this site as an ideal for a fort. The Khilji Sultan laughed and told the slave to build a fort there when he becomes a Sultan. Ghazi Malik did just that. Tughlaqabad is Delhi's most massive and awesome fort, even in its deplorable state. Within its high walls, gigantic towers and double-storied bastions lay grand palaces, audience halls, and splendid mosques. Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq built Adilabad and Nai-ka-Kot, two small fortresses next to it. Adilabad, the fourth fort of Delhi, housed a grand palace of thousand pillars as well as splendid halls. Later he enclosed the city inbetween Siri, Tughlaqabad, and the Qutab and named it Jahanpanah. Ruins of gigantic ramparts of these two fortresses and of the Jahanpanah walls have outlasted the ravages of time. A small segment of his watchtower Vijai Mandal, still stands amidst ruins dominating the landscape.

General Information

By Air : Delhi has a domestic as well as an international airport
By Rail : Connected by rail to major cities
By Road : Agra (204 km), Bharatpur (215 km), Jaipur (259 km), Samode (264 km), Mashobra (355 km), Rishikesh (224 km), Almora (578 km)
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