The political capital of India, Delhi, as of today is in its seventh incarnation of the city. One of the most important Indian travel and commercial hubs, Delhi finds its roots in the great epic of Mahabharata as Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas. The sprawling markets, the rich culture, the matchless enthusiasm that charges the city with an eclectic mixture of the old and the new, makes it one of the most popular cities amongst the tourist destinations.
has always been a
seat of power and a witness to the reign of different dynasties, both
Hindus and Muslims and the terrible wars and revolts that have resulted
in overturning of thrones and passing of the city from one hand to
other. It has also been under the British rule for long and the well
planned and sophisticated and aristocratic structures of the later
period can be attributed to that period. These diverse rulers have left
an indelible impression on the rich architectural and cultural heritage
of the city.
Places Of Worship In Delhi
The people devoted to different
religions live together in Delhi in perfect harmony and the cosmopolitan
nature of the city is owed to the feeling of unity and brotherhood that
binds all these people together. Nonetheless, people have not yet
abandoned their traditions and rituals and observe them as strictly as
ever and freely partake in each other's festivals and visit their places
of worship with as much reverence as that of their own. This accounts
for the thousands of devotees that seem to throng through every temple,
mosque, gurudwara and church of the city.
Temples in Delhi
volumes of the devotion and faith with which they were built and the
fragrant air of their vast intricately-carved and designed sanctums
seems to be charged with tranquility and peace that corresponds to the
soul of the spiritual growth that attracts many westerners to India.
Lotus Temple of Bahai faith is perhaps the best among all of them and
offers a divine experience as its lotus-shaped structure stands as an
epitome of equality and brotherhood of the humankind with no
distinctions of caste, creed, race, religion, color or sex.
1) Lotus Temple or Bahai Temple,
2) Birla Mandir or Laxmi Narayan Mandir,
3) ISKCON Temple,
4) Chhatarpur Mandir, and
5) Bala Hanuman Temple.
Mosques In Delhi
The largest mosque in India, Jama Maszid has
beautiful black and white striped onion domes and elegant minarets that
is in itself is not less than any monument of Delhi in its splendor. The
first mosque of India, Quwwatu'l-Islam Maszid is certainly of interest
to many as is the double-storeyed mosque of Khirki Maszid, which is said
to be one of the seven mosques built by Khan-i-Jahan Junan Shah. There
is Jamali Kamali Maszid preceded by the construction of Moth-ki-Maszid,
which is said to be a key point in the evolution of the Mughal Mosques.
1) Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah,
4) Chiragh-I-Delhi's Dargah,
5) Jamali-Kamali Mosque & Tomb,
6) Jama Maszid,
7) Quwwatu'l Islam Maszid or Qutub Mosque, and
Churches In Delhi
The two most exquisite colonial churches of India, can
be found here in Delhi. Both the Cathedral Church of Redemption and the
Church of the Sacred Heart owe their beautiful architecture to the
designer Henry Medd, who designed both Cathedral Church of Redemption
and Church of the Sacred Heart. The other notable church in the capital
is also the oldest one in the city - St. James Church.
1) Cathedral Church of Redemption,
2) Church of the Sacred Heart, and
3) St. James Church.
Gurudwaras In Delhi
The five historically important Gurdwaras (of
Sikhs) in Delhi, were built to commemorate the visits of the five Gurus
to the city. The white marble building of Gurdwara Sis Ganj amidst the
well-planned gardens was built in honor of Guru Tegh Bahadur. Gurdwara
Bangla Sahib is perhaps the most magnificent of the five and is devoted
to the eighth Guru Harkrishen.
1) Gurdwara Bangla Sahib,
2) Gurdwara Nanak Piao,
3) Gurdwara Rakab Ganj,
4) Gurdwara Sis Ganj, and
5) Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tila.
Monuments Of Delhi
Red Fort, which is still the pride of India and the Qutub Minar, which
was once the tallest structure of the city are not the only monuments
that are worth beholding in the city. Purana Qila or the old fort has
not only its most interesting history of its own, the excavations near
it have revealed some of the most appealing evidences that shows the
existence of a city from the times of Mahabharata. There is Iron Pillar
of Mehrauli and the India Gate, which is a proud witness to the Republic
Day parade held annually on 26th January every year as the public revels
to see the glorious artillery and the latest weapons possessed by India
and glimpses of the colorful 'jhankis', a glimpse from each of the
states and union territories of India.
1) Humayun's Tomb,
2) India Gate,
3) Qutub Minar,
4) Jantar Mantar,
5) Rashtrapati Bhavan,
6) Red Fort,
7) Raj Ghat, and
8) Purana Qila or Old Fort.
Museums & Galleries
Some of the best and rarest collections are on their display in Delhi.
National Science Centre, the Doll Museum and Nehru museum with its
planetarium are worth seeing at leisure and are as informative as they
are entertaining. There is the National Museum, which transports you to
the journey of ancient India, and there is Indira Gandhi National
Museum, which lets you experience one of the most important political
assassination in India and shows a collection of memorabilia of the
great Indian women with a nerve of steel, the first and only women Prime
Minister of India yet, Indira Gandhi. National Rail Museum is also worth
your attention with a vivid display of beautiful royal coaches no longer
1) Delhi Crafts Museum,
2) Shankar's International Dolls Museum,
3) Gandhi Museum,
4) Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum,
5) National Museum or Yadughar,
6) National Museum of Natural History,
7) Nehru Memorial Museum, Planetarium & Library, and
8) National Rail Museum.
Delhi Hotels &
Tourism - is a flourishing industry, thanks to the rich Mughal past,
the forts that have played a definitive role in history, most beautiful
gardens, the tombs of the revered martyrs, whose very names make Indian
swell with pride and patriotism and the tall, imposing government
offices and the palatial complex of President's House that adorn the
city. The roads of New Delhi are smooth and wide. The mixed bag
population of this metropolitan city is known for its unique blend of
traditional slow-paced lifestyles of crowded and narrow lanes of
Chandani Chowk and the modern up generation of youngsters who love the
freshness of gardens, chic restaurants, extensive shopping arcades and
lively discotheques and bars of their city.
Excursions in Delhi
The pilgrimage site on the banks of the
holy river Ganges, Haridwar, is worth visiting, if only for a dip in the
sacred waters and see the complex worship rituals in the numerous
shrines crowding on the river's ghats, all in one go. The suspended
'Lakshman Jhoola', the iron bridge, in Rishikesh is a joy to the
children of all ages as they throng the city, which gains even more
importance as it is the starting point of the Hindu pilgrimage to the
four major destinations, known as 'Char Dhaam Yatra'. The cool climate
of the place is more in touch with the climate of Dehradun and
Mussoorie, which provides the tourists, a respite from the heat of the
3) Rishikesh, and