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Delhi comes from the word dehliz an urdu word meaning the step of the entrance – also referred to as Dilli in Hindi. Pronounced by the British as Delhi - is the capital of the largest Democracy of a Colonial Estate. A successive seat of power adorned with cultural splendour, soaked in powerful History & Heritage treasures - A land of Kingdoms, Empires. 

Owing to the immigration of people from across the country, (7000 approximately arriving every day) Delhi has grown to be a cosmopolitan city. Many ethnic groups and cultures are represented in Delhi, making it a cosmopolitan city.

A seat of political power and a centre of commerce, today an emerging superpower nation rising to its potential, the city attracts workers—both blue collar and white collar—from all parts of not only from India, further enhancing its diverse character, but also from other parts of the world. A diplomatic hub, represented by embassies of 160 countries, Delhi has a large expatriate population as well.

With stray monkeys, dogs and cows strolling the streets, you'll know you're in Dehli. Beyond these distractions, rich culture, fascinating history and architecture beckons. Temples and old moghul buildings cram crowded streets, best negotiated by motorized tuk-tuk or hired car and driver. Shopping bargains abound, particularly at Chandni Chowk, and restaurants favor vegetarians.

Full day Visit Old Delhi

Old Delhi even today has a rich and colourful character, stemming from its organic growth over several centuries and its still somewhat medieval ambience, majestic monuments, labyrinthine alleys, crowds of beggars and street-vendors, bazaars of jewellry market at Dariba Kalan, the embroidery brocade market at Kinari Bazar or the parathewali Gali (Indian bread street) all within the limits of Chandni Chowk (literally, “moonlit square”) A cycle Rickshaw tour through the winding lanes and by-lanes will show you all it has!

  • Chandni Chowk or the moonlit square - This was the eyes and ears of the Mughal instincts, and still is by way of the largest whole sale commercial hub, designed by Jahanara Begum one of the daughters of Shan Jahan. This entire region was then known as Shahjahanabad. Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib - marks the sight of the ninth Sikh Guru, was beheaded on the orders of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb for refusing to convert to Islam. You can join a Heritage Walk  through the lanes on a Sunday and explore it on a rickshaw on other days. The Bird Hospital is housed in Shri Digamber Jain Lala Mandir.
  • Red Fort  Dating as far back as 1639-48 AD, was built by Emperor Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal. (Open sunrise to sunset. Closed on Monday. Entrance Rs.250) - Laid along the River Yamuna (which is almost dry most of the time)  It is today a symbol of independence.  Depending on the time of year (not the winter), visit the Fort at night when they have a very good light and audio show entrance ticket Rs.80 that tells the history of the Red Fort and India.
  • Jama Masjid Built in 1650 AD by  about 5000 workers, over a period of six years, incurred RS. 1000000 as construction cost, is one of the largest mosques in India still lives. (Open sunrise to sunset entrance free but photography fee Rs 200).
  • Moving further towards Raj Ghat where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination in 1948 gets you into newer Delhi.

Full day Visit New Delhi

In contrast New Delhi was planned and built by the British in the 1920's and is characterised by Sir Edwin Lutyen's monumental architecture, who besides the city, designed the vice-regal palace to represent "the ideal of British Empire", sadly thereafter the Viceroys ruled only for 16 years, while even today after 60 years of independence it is still called Lutyen's Delhi, and something of the empire lives on in the British tradition - The Beating of the Retreat in the square below the palace, replayed every Republic Day when the sun goes down showing off the monumental pink sandstone of the secretariat, where the bands assemble to play, besides others the English hymn "Abide with Me", reminiscent one of the Colonial past!

  • India GateWalking around India Gate is like running through a slice of History. There is a waft of martyrdom and bravery.This is a symbol of Edward Lutyens' architectural heritage. It is 42 meters high and was built as a War Memorial in dedication to the Indian Jawans (soldiers) who gave up their lives fighting in World War 1.  
  • Parliament House - Can only be admired from outside. Close to India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential palace) and the North and South Blocks. 
  • Jantar Mantar (Open sunrise to sunset. Entrance Rs.100) - A natural observatory to see the movements of the stars and the planets - built on the lines of the one in Jaipur by Sawai Jai Singh in 1724.
  •  Old Fort (Purana Quila) (Open sunrise to sunset. Entrance Rs.110) - A ruin of an old Fort in the heart of this capital, which gives a great character to the city. Built by the great Sher Shah Suri some time in the 16th century. It was from one of the towers of the Old Fort that Humayun fell and died.       

       

  • Humayuns Tomb (Open sunrise to sunset Entrance Rs.250).  Here lays Humayun's Tomb, aptly called the predecessor of the Taj Mahal because of its ornate Mughal style of architecture, later perfected in the Taj Mahal.  Aptly called the predecessor of the Taj Mahal because of its ornate Mughal style architecture, later perfected in the Taj Mahal, also built by the grieving wife of Humayun in 1565-66. The great architectural splendour becomes overpowering upon entering the lofty double-storied gateway. Simple, yet a work of highly developed engineering skill of the Mughal period. 

          
  • Qutab Minar (Open sunrise to sunset. Entrance Rs.500) - Considered one of the most perfect towers in the world of  the 12th century,  72 meters high. In front is an iron pillar built in the 5th century that has not caught rust to date. Belief has it if you can encircle your hands and hold both from drawing across your wish can be fulfilled.
  • Mehrauli Archaeological Park
  • Bahai Temple (Open 9.30 to 5.30. Closed on Mondays.) - Also called The Lotus Temple from the shape of its marvellous architecture built very recently.
  • Dilli Haat - A place that gives promotion to rural artisans who otherwise do net get a way to market their products                     

 Delhi is the hotbed of politics, power, mixed cultures from migration of millions coming from every corner of the country making it the best cocktail of colours, cuisine, languages, a mix of the ancient ruins and the modern infrastructure, truly secular in every essence.

Today Delhi is growing at a breathless pace, beyond the scattered citadels of erstwhile dynasties and far beyond the ken of the colonial and latter-day town plan. Delhites display an amazing ability to adjust to influences from various communities and regions yet retain their culture.

For more information please visit
http://www.delhitourism.gov.in https://www.tripadvisor.in/Guide-g304551-k376-New_Delhi_National_Capital_Territory_of_Delhi.html