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Delhi Travel

The name, Delhi or Dilli comes from the ancient town of Dhillaki, near Mehrauli, or from the legendary Raja Dillu who is said to have ruled around 100 BC. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel spot of Northern India. Describing the city's Mughal past, Old Delhi, takes you through the streets, passing through formidable mosques, monuments and forts. The present day Delhi is inhabited by young people who have migrated to the capital of India from all over the country.
Presidential Residence, New Delhi
Standing along the West end of the Gangetic plains, the capital city unwinds a picture, perfect with culture, architecture and human diversity. It is deep in history and rich in monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic pubs.


Location
On the banks of the Yamuna river in the Gangetic plains, enclosed on three sides by Haryana and on the fourth by Uttar Pradesh.

Climate
Delhi is a furnace from mid April to July by when the monsoon finally reach this far north. Between July and October there is just a humid heat, while in December and January, it is like an ice box in. The Maximum temperature in summers is always above 40°C while it is lower than 6°C in the winters. Delhi is perfect between October-November and February -March.
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Major Attractions in Delhi
Qutub Minar - Muhammed Ghauri after defeating Prithiviraj Chauhan handed over Delhi to Qutub-ud -din Aibak instead of his royal Ghauri relatives, thereby making him the first Muslim ruler of India. It was he who commenced the construction of the Qutub Minar in 1200 AD, but could only finish the basement. His successor, Iltutmush, added three more storeys, and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey. The development of architectural styles from Aibak to Tughlak are quite evident in the Minar.
Qutub Minar, New Delhi
Believed to be erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India, it served as a minaret to the Muslims for offering prayers. Beyond doubt, the tower is not only one of the finest monuments in India, but also in the world. The 238 feet Qutab Minar is 47 feet at the base and shortens to nine feet at the apex. The tower is ornamented by bands of inscriptions and by four projecting balconies, supported by decorated brackets.

Red Fort - It was the place from where the British deposed the last of the Mughal, Bahadur Shah Zafar from the throne of Delhi. After deciding to shift the capital to Delhi from Agra, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan laid the foundation of the Red Fort in 1618. The halls of the palace can be seen draped in rich tapestry and covered with silk from China and velvet from Turkey. With a circumference of almost one and a half miles, the fort is an irregular octagon and has two entrances, the Lahore and the Delhi Gates.

From the Lahore Gate, visitor can have access to the Chatta Chowk, a royal market that houses court jewellers, miniature painters carpet manufacturers, workers in enamel, silk weavers and families of specialized craftsmen. The Diwani-I-Aam is the Red Fort's hall of public audience. Built of sandstone covered with shell plaster polished to look like ivory, Diwan -i- Khas was the place of private audience and most highly ornamented of all Shah Jahan's buildings. Richly decorated with flowers of inlaid mosaic work of cornelian and other stones, the Diwan-I-Khas once housed the famous Peacock Throne. It also houses the Rang Mahal, the Moti Masjid and the Musamman Burg.
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Safdarjung' s Tomb - The ornate interiors give a feeling of home carved with the Islamic design. The geometric calligraphy of sacred Islamic texts and graceful curling leaves and tendrils make it a marvellous facade never seen before. Built in the 18th century by the Nawab Shiraj- ud- daulah to preserve the remains of his father, the Tomb is the last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture. The mosque inside it was given the name Quwwat ul Islam or Might of Islam.

India Gate, New Delhi India Gate - The famous India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and completed in the year 1931.India Gate is located on the road which leads to the magnificent Rashtrapati Bhawan. The gate is 160 feet high with an arch of 138 feet. The Gate was built as a memorial to commemorate the sacrifice of the 70,000 India soldiers killed in World War I. Erected from sandstone, the arch houses the Eternal Flame, in memory of the Indian soldiers who laid their lives during the war with Pakistan in the year 1971.

Tughlakabad Fort - The last of the beautiful remains, the Tughlakabad Fort is nevertheless the most evocative place in Delhi. The vast stone building hugging a rocky spread with all rubble and no stone was primarily constructed as a defensive building by Gyasuddin Tuglak ensuing safety against Mongal attacks.

Jama Masjid - Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to complement his palace at the Red Fort, this Mosque took more than 5,000 workers and six years of toil to become the largest mosque in India.

A fine example of Mughal architecture, the Jama Masjid has three gateways. In the center is a large marble tank in which the devout wash before attending prayers.

The main mosque is decorated with three onion shaped domes made of white marble and inlaid with stripes of black slate. Jama Masjid is not only architecturally beautiful, but it is a place of great religious significance as it houses a hair from the beard of the Prophet and a chapter of the Holy Quran written by him.


Shopping
Many of Delhi's shopping localities like Sheikh Sarai and Yusuf Sarai, derive their names from medieval market towns which serviced the bygone era .Today, all of these have become a part of the rapidly expanding metropolis. Tourists have a wide choice of items to buy such as carpets, silks, jewellery, leather & silver ware, handicrafts and handprinted cotton. Each item is available in a range of prices with a bit of bargaining on quality.

Delhi's markets could begin at Chandni Chowk., through the meshy lanes. Leading markets are Dariba, the silver market, Khari Baoli, the spice market and Kinari Bazar popular for trimmings and tinsel. These bazaars offer the visitors a glimpse of life in Delhi in its older days.

Market, New Delhi
The Tibetan market of woolen cloths and jewellery close to the Connaught Place is indispensable. Also available are embroideries from Gujarat and Rajasthan. Walking down Janpath, is another market for everything. Sundernagar Market is a fine place to shop for antiques and silver jewellery.

Accommodation
From exotic resort to 5 star ambience and bugetted accommodation - all kinds of stay are possible in Delhi. The Pahar Ganj area near the railway station is the favourite destination of the travellers as the hotels situated fall near the major locations of Delhi from where it is easy to move here and there. The Oberoi, Taj, Imperial, Le-Meridian, Park Royal, Radission, etc. are the pride of it.


How to Reach
By Air - All the major National and International Airlines have their flights operating from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport.
By Rail - The Indian Railways with their modern and organised network connect Delhi to all major and minor destinations in India. There are three important Railway Stations in Delhi namely New Delhi Rly. Station, Old Delhi Rly. Station and Hazarat Nizamuddin Rly. Station.
By Road - Delhi is well connected by road to all major destinations in North India. The Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) are located at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan and Anand Vihar. Delhi Transport Corporations provides easy access to nearby destinations.


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