"I asked my soul what is Delhi? She replied: The world is the body and Delhi is the Soul"
- Abdullah Khan Ghalib
Delhi-a portrait that reveals the intricacies, inconsistency, glamour and vibrancy of the city where past coexist with present. One of the oldest cities in the world and now, one of the progressive, she combines a unique ambience of the ancient and the modern.
Delhi has multitude of choices which offers visitors to visit different places. From museums, theatres, art galleries and festivals to handicraft, designer wear, cuisines from various part of the globe. New Delhi and old Delhi are worlds apart and yet bound together by a magical blend. The nerve centre is the futuristic New Delhi but the charms of the older parts of the city are also very appealing and beyond evaluation.
A truly cosmogonic city, it has brought within its fold people of all ethnic groups and tradition and cultures, portrayed in variety of arts, crafts, cuisines, festivals, theatre performances and art exhibitions.
Delhi has ruins dating back to 11th century and bits and pieces of the various dynasties that flourished and finally met their fate. The city was ultimately dominated by the British. Although the rulers of the Raj left the shores of India in 1947, the grand buildings they left are reminders of their authority and splendor.
≫ Qutub Minar : The 238 feet magnificent Qutub Minar stands at the Southern part of the Capital City. The majestic structure was built by Qutubuddin Aibak, a Muslim ruler, in the year 1193. The tower is adorn by bands of Inscription and by four projecting balconies supported ornamented brackets. It is said that Qutub Minar was built to celebrate the victory of Mohammed Ghori, the invader of the Afghanistan, over the Rajputs in 1192. The majestic structure was partly completed by Qutubuddin Aibak (1192-98) and the rest was completed by Iltutmish, another Muslim king.
≫ India Gate : The majestic 42 m high India gate stands at Rajpath, at the backdrop of plush green lawns. India gate was designed and built by Lutyens in the memory of 90,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I. It was originally named All India War Memorial and have inscription of names of the soldiers who died.
≫ Lotus Temple : An interesting feature of this temple is that it is built in the shape of lotus flower This temple is made of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. The temple follows Bahai faith and is an ideal place for meditation and obtaining peace. It was located in Kalkaji, south of Delhi.
≫ Red Fort : Erected in 1648, the Red fort, elegant mansion in red sandstone was built by Shah Jahan.The fort walls extend from two kilometers and vary in height from 18 metres on the river side to 33 metres on the city side. The Red fort has two main entrances, Delhi Gate and Lahori Gate, which faces the famed Chandni Chowk market.
≫ Jama Masjid : Jama Masjid is an architectural profligacy built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It was principally designed as Emperor Shahjahan's Mosque and was also known as Masjid-I-Jahan Numa. The construction of the mosque began in 1650 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to complement the palace at the Red fort. It took six years and more than 5000 workers to complete the largest mosque in India. Jama Masjid has three gateways and is fine example of Mughal architecture.