Delhi's history goes back to Mahabharata days about 3000 years ago when it was called Indraprastha. It has been the seat of powerful dynasties of centuries. The city consists of two parts Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi consists of mosques- Jama Masjid, Red Fort and bustling bazaars of Chandni Chok. While New Delhi was developed by British Empire as their capital and was designed by Lutyen.
Today Delhi is as vibrant as its glorious past. It is a fascinating mixture of open-air cafes, yoga centers, technological institutions, imposing universities, modern stadium, ancient monuments and towering concrete-glass structures.
Delhi has the ample amount of treasures of tourist attractions. The resplendent architecture of the Mughal Regime stands as a testimony to the royal bygone era.
Delhi is also a grand hub of political affairs as it enjoys the status of a capital city of India. A speculum of India's rich cultural heritage, the city is prominent for its museums, art galleries and craft exhibitions. Delhi also has a charming nightlife in its various discotheques, nightclubs and pubs.
Another attraction of the city is Appu Ghar, Delhi's own Disneyland a perfect getaway of fun and amusement for kids. One can wear out the scotching heat of summers in various water parks situated in the outskirts of the city. During winters the beautiful gardens bloom with a resplendent flowers all over the city. The city is also an imperious host to a surfeit of cultural events.
Main Attraction of Delhi CityRed Fort
The for is the majestic creation of Emperor Shahjah built in red sandstone, The fort has many awesome structures in its complex built in white marble. The Red Fort the residence of the royal family is a remarkable tourist attraction.
The 13th century tower spears up to the sky at a height of 72.5m. It was used by the Muezzins to recite their prayers and also known as the tower of victory. The tower had 5 stories, Firoz Shah Tughluq in 1351-1388 added a 5th story and surmounted it with a harp shaped cupola that was destroyed in and earthquake in the early 19th century and was recreated during British Regime. Truly, an architectural marvel.India Gate
This 42m high memorial arch built as homage to the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in World War I. Name of 36,000 are inscribed on the arch. In the center of the arch stand an inverted rifle and helmet and an eternal flame burns in honor of the unknown soldiers.Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid Mosque or the congregational mosque located just opposite the Red Fort was built by Shah Jhan in 1650 for the city of Shahjehanabad now called as Old Delhi. It is the largest mosque in India built in red sandstone and white marble can accommodate 25,000 worshippers at a time.
This gleaming white structure, shaped like a Lotus is made of marble, cement dolomite and sand. Located on Bahapur Hill the Lotus Temple is center of transcendental meditation, visited by thousand of people to meditate irrespective of their caste, creed, race or nation. Visitors are required to maintain silence inside the temple premises.Parliament House
Also known as Rashtrapati Bhavan, was designed by Edward Lutyens and Charles Baker. It is now the official residence of the President of India covering an area of 330 acres with beautiful courts, magnificent royal rooms, stairways, fountains and gardens.Chattarpur Temple
Near Mehrauli is situated famous temple dedicated to Goddess Durga and Vaishno mata. The temple is also famous for its splendid architecture and is normally throng by pilgrims through out the year especially during navratras, a holy festival of Hindus.
Other Attractions of DelhiSound and Light Show at Teen Murti House
Every evening the show is organized in Hindi and English portraying the story of recent Indian History and the struggle of Indian for Independence.Dances in India
Classical, Folk and Tribal dance programe takes place daily at 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Parsi Anjuman Hall, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.
Timings: Light and Sound program and other cultural events are organized at the Red Fort. Summer 1900 to 2000 hrs (Hindi) 2030 to 2130 hrs (English) Winter 1800 to 1900 hrs (Hindi) 1930 to 2030 hrs (English).Sound and Light show at Purana Quila
Myriad episodes from the glorious past are portrayed in the 62 minutes light and sound show. Timings: Nov. to Jan 6.00 - 7.00 PM 7.30 - 8.30 PM, May to Aug 7.30 - 8.30 PM 9.00 - 10.00 PMMusical Fountain at Ajmal Khan Park
The show of musical fountains harmonizes with diverting light is operated for two hours every day after sunset except on Tuesday and is a great source of attraction.Shopping in Delhi
Shopping in Delhi is an enchanting activity as there are kaleidoscopic range of products the city offers to its visitors. The prime shopping joints are Connaught Place, Karol Bagh, Chandni Chowk and Janpath. Palika Bazar under ground shopping market is very popular for a wide range of goods that are available at negotiable price. Dilli Haat is yet another popular joint where one can get the handicrafts of different states at reasonable prices.How To Reach
Air: The Indira Gandhi International Airport is the main airhead of the city. Domestic and international airlines connect Delhi to all parts of the country and the world. There are fleet of flights that take place every day in and out of India.
Rail: Delhi City has a very grand rail network, connecting the city to almost every part of the country.
New Delhi railway station, Old Delhi railway station and Nizamuddin are the main railway stations in Delhi.
Road: Inter State Bus Terminal (ISBT) is the main bus terminal of the city. Regular bus services flow in and out from Delhi connecting it to all major towns and cities of the country. Delhi also provides with Deluxe and AC cabs for its travelers.