(New Delhi) Travel Guide
| Delhi is Cosmopolitan city and Capital of India. It is the third
largest city. Delhi is main starting point for North India.It is divided
into two parts Old Delhi & New Delhi. The hub of the metropolis is Central
New Delhi, an orderly plan of wide roads lined with sturdy colonial
buildings which was established soon after the imperial capital of British
India moved here in 1911. It is a planned city with wide streets,parks.
Parliament House, India Gate President house, Old Fort, Humayun's Tomp,Quitab
Minar& ZOO are in New Delhi.Old Delhi was capital between 17th & 19th
centuries.In it you will find many mosques, forts & monuments relating to
India's muslim history .Red Fort and Jami Masjid, India's largest mosque
combined with the old city's bazaars. Jaipur is five hours drive from
Delhi.Agra is 3 hrs drive from Delhi..
Delhi celebrates Durga Puja is celebrated with same enthusiasm as Id is
celebrated. The Guru Purab and Christmas carry the same colour as Diwali or
Buddha Purnima. The amalgamation of various cultures, traditions, religions
has painted Delhi in colour which are brought from all over India.
| Facts and Figures
|| 1470 Sq km
||Summer : Max 41.2 °C, Min 21.4 °C.
Winter : Max 33.7 °C, Min 6 °C.
||Hindi, Punjabi, English
| The capital of India has been a center of power almost continuously since
the 13th century.Being an ancient city Delhi has the shadows of its past.
Its history goes a long way off to the time of the Mahabharata as
Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas. Among the other dynasties that
laid claim to Delhi were the Tornor Rajputs and the Chauhan Rajputs. Between
12th to 17th centuries period, some of the most outstanding monuments were
built which stand as past glory of the Afghan and Mughal architecture.
During the British rule for about 200 years, when the country came under a
unified control, Kolkata became the capital but only to move back to Delhi
in 1911.The other five of Delhi's ex-capitals, further south, are today all
but deserted, standing as impressive reminders of long-vanished dynasties.
Among them you will find the towering free-standing column erected by
Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the Qutub Minar and Purana Quila, Humayun's Tomb, and
the major monument of the great Moghul period is Lal Qila, the "Red Fort".
in Old Delhi.
Places In Delhi
India Gate, a war memorial arch, was built in honour of 90,000
India soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1. Below it burns the Amar
Jawan Jyoti, the eternal flame in tribute to all martyred soldiers of India.
It is a colossal structure of red sandstone, was built by Shah Jehan
in 1638, and was the seat of Mughal power till the last emperor was
dethroned. Inside the Fort are majestic audience halls, the pearl
Mosque and marble palaces. An evening sound-and-light show recreates
the glory of India's ancient history.
Designed by Lutyens, is the official residence of the President of
India. It is and imposing structure with 340 rooms, constructed high up on
Raisina Hill. On its either side, are the impressive office buildings-North
Block and South Block.
Due west of Connaught Place, this garish modern temple was erected
by the industrialist B.D. Birla in 1938. It is dedicated to Lakshmi,
the goddess of prosperity and good fortune, and is commonly known as
Birla Mandir or Lakshmi Narayan Temple.
One of the main markets of Delhi, Chandni Chowk was once lined with
beautiful fountains. It was the eyes and the ears of the Mughal's
commercial instincts and is today one of the country's best known
wholesale markets for textiles , electronic goods and watches. The
entire arc was designed by Jahanara Begum, Shah Jahan's favorite
daughter and was the inhabited by the well to do famlies of the
Over 150,000 artifacts are on display spread over three floors,
at Delhi's National Museum, which is especially known for its
fabulous collection of relics from thr Indus Valley Civilization.
delightful amalgam of crafts, foods and cultures. Dilli Haat is the first
ever permanent fair for crafts, regional foods and cultural activities in
India spread over a six acre and situated in the heart of the city.
Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory with masonary instruments,
built in 1724 by Jai Singh, the mathematician and astronomer king. The
Samrat and Yantra supreme instrument, the largest structure shaped like a
right-angled triangle, is actually a huge sun-dial; the other five
instruments are intented to show he movements of the sun, moon etc.
How to Reach Delhi
|Air: Delhi has an extensive network of international and domestic
flights. All the major airlines in the world fly through Delhi, and it is
easily accessible from anywhere in the world. Domestic air links cover Delhi
from all the major cities in the country.
Rail: Trains run from all the parts of the country to Delhi. For
nearby places like Chandigarh, Dehradun, Gwalior, Bhopal, Lucknow and Kanpur,
the Shatabdi Express is recommended.
Road: Buses from all the major places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab,
Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available for
getting to Delhi. During the summer months, air-conditioned coaches are
Best Season to Visit
| For Sightseeing, the best season to visit Delhi is between October to March.
Shoppping In Delhi
A Curious bazaar behind the old ramparts of the Red Fort, which comes to
life on Sundays to trade a mix of "secondhand" and allegedly stolen
▪ Kinari Bazaar
A colourful street set behind the gurudwara on Chandni Chowk, and
connected to the main road by Dariba Kalan, "the street of incomparable
peal", which is the centre for jewellers. The shops in Kinari Bazaar
overflow with bright wedding finery, including garlands made of rupee
notes, grooms' turbans, rosettes and glistening tinsel used by Hindus,
Christians and Muslims in vivid and noisy marriage ceremonies. In
October (the month of Ram Lila) the shops stock props for the annual
theatre productions-bows and arrows, cardboard swords and fake heads for
the evil nine-headed King Ravana.
▪ Naya Bazaar
Spice market on khari Baoli, near Fatehpuri Masjid, clouded with the
fine dust of flour and spices and dried fruits sold here are said to be
the best in Delhi, and many are sold to be the best in Delhi, and many
are sold to wholesales by the sack; weighed-down porters load their
burdens onto ox carts which trundle off to mass of motorized traffic.
▪ Gadodia Market
The covered Gadodia Market, just off Khari Baoli, is a gathering place
for wholesalers who weigh their goods on huge old-fashioned scales.
Among the spices and condiments you can find aniseed, turmeric,
pomegranate, dried mangoes, ginger, saffron, reetha nuts (used for
washing hair and cleaning silver), lotus seeds, pickles, sugars,
chutneys and edible leaves of silver paper used to coat sweets and
▪ Meena Baazar
A distinctively islamic bazaar of cramped shops clustered around the
base of the Jami Masjid, full of clothes, domestic implements and smells
not found in Hindu regions of the city. Here you can buy burquas,
dupattas, topis, caged chickens, bangles, kebabs, sticky sweetmeats and
devotional pictures for shrines.
▪ Car Parts Bazaar
South of the Jami Masjid, the stalls that make up this bazaar stock, or
rather pile high, new and secondhand automobile parts from all models,
rnging from speedometers and the all-important horn to complete engines.
▪ Chawri Bazaar
Named After the Marathi word Chawri (meeting place), this street,
running west from the Jami Masjid, was once flanked by the huge mansions
which were destroyed by the British after the Murthy. In the nineteenth
century it was famous for its "dancing girls", who looked into the
streets below from arched windows and balconies; they were moved out by
the Delhi Municipal Corporation in the twentieth century. Today the
shops specialize in copper and brass Buddhas, Vishnus, Krishnas, belis,
lamps, ashtrays, masks and boxes.
▪ Nai Sarak
The long road, Nai Sarak, which connects Chawri Bazaar with Chandni
Chowk, is lined with nineteenth- and twentieth-century building whose
lower storeys are used for making and selling paper, and houses shops
stocking educational books and stationery.
▪ Kalan Mahal
A small market street further south of the Jami Kalan Mahal is the
gathering place for brass polishers, and also has stalls displaying
intricately carved bone necklaces.
▪ Polutry and Fish Markets
East of Kalan Mahal the air is filled with the unmistakable smell of
fish. Pilled high on lorries and stored in barrels of ice, transported
between cramped stalls on the heads of porters, every imaginable kind of
fish is traded here before finding its way onto plates all over the
city. In between fish stalls, chickens lie cramped in stacked cages
before being slaughtered and plucked.