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Delhi - The Destination
  
India Gate in Delhi

Built on the ruins of seven (some claim 15) cities whose fortunes rose and fell with time, India's capital is a city that's aggressive about everything - its long tradition of culture and courtliness, its equally thriving tradition of demonstrations, the ever-growing new colonies and the erstwhile villages that they've displaced, the brand new supermarkets and shopping malls, and the bazaars that have been carrying on without change down the centuries. As befits a city whose history stretches back over 3,000 years, the past can be found on every street, but its condition varies.


The streets of old Delhi are narrow & bustling. The beauty & serenity lies inside the courts of the main buildings. Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts, from all over the country. New Delhi was proclaimed the capital of India by the British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), and is tree-lined & spacious.

A holiday at Delhi will expose you to innumerable facets of Indian heritage, culture, and tourism. It will be a holiday much beyond just monuments, museums or gardens of the Mughal and British period. For it also offers you an immense wealth of new age tourist attractions to choose from. Visit the world-renowned high-arched memorial of India Gate that hosts the parade of the nation's Republic Day and has inscriptions of all soldiers martyred in the freedom struggle of the nation. Visit the magnificent Red Fort, which is the venue for India's Independence Day celebrations. You could choose to pray peacefully at the Lotus shaped Bahai Temple and the Lakshmi Narayan temple, or party at any of the pubs or discotheques here.

Delhi - Facts at a Glance

State : New Delhi (Capital of India)
Area : 491 sq kms
Temperature : 25 C – 40 C (Summer)
7 C – 21 C (Winter)
Rainfall :

26 inches

Language : Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, English
Best Season : October – November; February - March
 
History of Delhi

The history of Delhi began in 736 AD with the founding of Lal Kot by the Tomara clan of Rajputs. Their tumultuous rule was neatly ended in 1192 by Muhammad Ghauri and his slave general Qutab-Ud-Din Aibak who swept in from central Asia and conquered North India, introducing it to Islam and founding the Delhi Sultanate.

For the next 300 years Delhi was wracked by political instability especially in 1398, when the city was sacked by another Central Asian warlord, Timur.

By the early 16th century the Lodi Dynasty, the Delhi Sultanate's ruling family, had made its share of enemies in the region. Too timid to challenge the Sultanate on their own, they requested help from Timur's grandson, Babur, who battled the Lodis into submission and launched the Mughal Empire, which would knit together huge swaths of South Asia for the next two centuries.
The Mughals constantly shifted their capital between Delhi and Agra leaving each city with tombs, palaces and forts. In fact old Delhi's grandest edifices were built during the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. In the 18th century Mughal power declined and the British jumped into a yawning power void.

India was made an official part of the British Empire in 1911, the imperial capital was moved to Delhi and the city began to attract the attention of Indian Nationalists, who proclaimed that the flag of an Indian Republic would one day fly from the Red fort. With a speech by the Prime Minister delivered from the Red Fort and a tremendous parade in front of the city's most important British Buildings, today's Delhi celebrates the vindication of the nationalist's predictions every August 15, Independence Day.
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