Delhi - Capital State of India
A cosmopolitan metro capital state of India, Delhi is a hotspot for international and domestic tourism. The perfect blend of ancient with modern times, the diverse cuisine, cosmopolitan culture, the city with wonders is home to several people’s dreams. Many empires ruled this rich heritage city dotted with ancient tombs and forts preserved carefully. It dates back beyond British Rule, the Mughal Era to the Land of the Pandavas known as Indraprastha. City of bustling crowded streets with vibrant bazaars and old havelis houses three World Heritage Sites called Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutub Minar.
Major Attractions of Delhi:
The archway of 42 meters high over a crossroads bears the names of brave Indian soldiers who fought till the end in the Northwestern Frontier. Also commemorates 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War-I. There are floodlights that light up the surrounding fountains that enlighten the view. Standing on Bharatpur Stone Base with Imperial Suns inscriptions on the cornice. The top dome meant to burn oil during anniversaries is rare.
Garden of Five Senses:
This magnificent park by the DTTDC is spread over 20 acres is an ideal public leisure place inviting interaction and various activities. There are massive man-made stainless steel birds that welcome you in. ‘A Fountain Tree’ alongside cascading waters and Khas Bhag, a Spiral walkway similar to the Mughal Garden pattern & Nature Walk are the major highlights.
This monument is named after goddess Laxmi (goddess of prosperity) and Narayan meaning preserver. Hence, called ‘Laxmi Narayan Temple,’ this monument was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The specialty of this place is that people from various castes may enter the temple.
This five stories 73 meters high tower measures 15 meters diameter at base to 2.5 meters at peak. The Quwwat-ul-Islam of the marble and red sandstone structure is the first mosque in India. There is a 7 meters high ‘iron pillar’ in the mosque’s courtyard. It is believed that the wish of the one who encircles arms backwards around it will be fulfilled.
This creative observatory which translates into Instruments/ Formulae showcases the talent of Maharaja Jai Singh. He felt astronomical instruments were too small so he even built the accurate large ones in Varanasi, Ujjain and Mathura. Though magnificent the Jantar Mantar is not accurate owing to high rise buildings around.
Spread across 330 acres this is the office cum residence of the President of India. This majestic building houses the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex that hosts ceremonies, the Clock Tower and Stables and Garages. The main building of four stories has 340 rooms and is built on area of five acres surrounded with exotic flora including variety of roses and bougainvillea. There are specifications for Entry for Visitors to formerly Viceroy’s House.
Best Time to Visit Delhi
There is poor visibility due to heavy fog during winters sometimes resulting in flight delays/ cancellations too. It is advised to visit the metro during pleasant weather. It is best time to visit Delhi during October to March.
How to Reach Delhi
The Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi has well connecting domestic flights to major cities in India.
The Delhi Transport Services Busses run from ISBT bus station to New Delhi Railway Station. There are registered counters at airport to hire pre- paid taxi service from airport to city around 22 km.
Metro Rail Services are fastest method to get across to city. There are five major railway stations in Delhi named as "The New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Sarai Rohilla". Most of the luxury train journey such as Maharajas Express, Palace on Wheels and Deccan Odyssey starts and end from Delhi.
Shopping in Delhi :
Delhi is an ancient trading place for northern India. Prominent shopping spots include Karol Bagh and Sarojini Market. For interstate handicrafts visit Parliament Street lined with several emporiums. Tourists also get to know contemporary culture by shopping around Connaught Place, Haus Khas and Chandini Chowk. There are large shopping Malls in the Metro City.