The country’s capital and political hub, Delhi is located on the banks of the river Yamuna and an excellent example of a city where the old and new blend harmoniously. It has been the capital of many empires, has been destroyed and rose again to prominence each time.
According to popular Hindu mythology, almost 2500 years ago this was the site of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas as mentioned in the epic Mahabharta. The Mughals made Old Delhi their capital, giving it landmark monuments like the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid. The Slave Dynasty of Qutub –ud- din Aibak gave it its iconic symbol, the Qutub Minar, famous for its iron pillar that hasn’t rusted all these years. Humayun’s Tomb, a World Heritage site now, was built in 1570 and was the Indian sub-continent’s first garden tomb.
Much later, the British made Delhi their capital, dotting it with buildings like the Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate and Parliament House, all fine examples of colonial architecture and considered a part of Lutyen’s Delhi.
Delhi is a melting pot of India’s diversity. Its cosmopolitanism adds to the social, cultural and religious fabric of the city, giving it a unique and rich feel. A gourmet’s delight and a shopper’s paradise – you could easily spend an entire day in bustling Chandani Chowk – it gives you the opportunity to experience many different eras in one city.
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