Delhi, a modern cosmopolitan and the capital city of India, is the kaleidoscope of the ancient, medieval and modern culture of India. Be it the amazing historical monuments, museums, modern and flamboyant restaurants and nightclubs, big shopping malls, discotheques, big markets or imperial gardens and parks, the city offers a perfect holiday destination for leisure as well as business travelers.
Delhi is divided into two parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, contrasting yet harmonious in nature. Old Delhi, built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century, showcases the rich historical and cultural past of the city, visible in its numerous architectural masterpieces including the magnificent Red Fort and Jama Masjid. New Delhi, designed and developed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker, is famous for its finely carved architecture of the British period, such as the Parliament House and the Rashtrapati Bhawan, and for modern markets, flamboyant restaurants, nightclubs, discothèques, big shopping malls and more.
Major Tourist Attraction in Delhi
Qutab Minar: Built by Qutab-ud-din Aibak towards the close of 12th century, Qutub Minar is an amazing 72.5 m tall tower. It's complex also houses India's first mosque, the Quwatul Islam and an ancient iron pillar belonging to the 5th century AD. The iron pillar is unique in its character, as it has never been rusted since it was built.
Red Fort: The Red Fort, popularly known as Lal Qila, was built by the famous Mughal emperor Shah Jehan. Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, this marvelous red sandstone Fort represents one of the finest masterpieces of the Indo-Islamic Architecture. In the evening the Delhi Tourism Department organizes an exciting light and sound show, which unfolds the history of Delhi in context of the Red Fort.
Jama Masjid: Another architectural masterpiece creation of the Mughal emperor Shah Jehan, Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. Built in red sandstone in 1650 AD, the mosque is located just opposite to the Red Fort. You can have a bird's eye view of Delhi from the top of 40 m high minarets of the mosque.
Humayun's Tomb: Included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Humayun's Tomb was built by Humayun's wife in the middle of the 16th century. The tomb represents one of the finest examples of the Indo-Islamic architecture in India.
Parliament House: The center of political activity of India, the largest democracy in the world, the Parliament House is the sitting house of the elected members of India. Located in the heart of the city, on the left of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, this beautiful circular structure is one of the finest examples of the British architectural richness.
Rashtrapati Bhavan: The Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India. This marvelous cream and red sandstone building is another architectural masterpiece of this period. The beautiful Mughal Gardens is situated in the premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
India Gate: India Gate is a 42 m high stone arch structure built in memory of the 85,000 Indian Army Soldiers who died in the campaigns of World War I. Surrounded by the lush green landscaped grass lawns and small artificial lakes, India Gate is full of life during the evening. Just in front of the gate is the eternal flame (Amar Jawan Jyoti), which is always lighted.
Lotus Temple: Set amidst pool and beautiful landscaped gardens, Lotus Temple is a lotus shaped architecture belonging to the Bahai faith. Completed in 1986, Lotus Temple is open to people belonging to all faiths of the world.
Other attractions in Delhi include the Raj Ghat, Chandni Chowk, Jantar Mantar, Purana Qila, National Zoological Park, Lodi Gardens, Connaught Place, Janpath, Dilli Haat, Botanical Gardens, National Museum, Nehru Planetarium among many more.
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