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New Delhi’ also commonly referred as “Delhi”, is the capital of India. Perhaps one of the most interesting capitals in the world, with its mix of old and new.

Delhi’s place in the Indian history is depicted in its architectural heritage. Even today you can see the glimpses of history in its various monuments (or what’s left of it) present around the city. Delhi has a long and fascinating history and there are plenty of things to see. There are structures in every nook and corner that speak of Delhi’s heritage. There are cultural happenings all over the town that shout out for its deep-seated root.
Delhi Old Delhi
Old Delhi or the Walled city  of Delhi was founded Shahjahanabad by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639. It remained the capital of Mughals till the end of the Mughal dynasty. While part of today’s Delhi  ( as  New Delhi is commonly referred as  ) that is crowded and old, it still serves as the symbolic heart of Islamic metropolitan. Jama Masjid ( mosque), Red Fort, and Chandni Chowk ( the old shopping area) form the major attractions for the tourist.
DelhiQutab Minar
Another of the famous monuments of the Indian capital, the minar becomes narrower as it rises and thus gives an illusion of an extra height. The area in the complex where Qutub Minar stands, boasts of historical monuments that symbolized the beginning of the ‘Islamic rule’ in India. The oldest mosque in India, ‘Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque’, built around beginning of 13th century with a most unlike mosque semblance.
DelhiRashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House and India Gate
All these fall in a circle of less than a 1Km diameter. It is here in this area of New Delhi that the Republic Day of India on 26th January is celebrated
Rashtrapati Bhawan is the official residence of the President of India. Built by the British during the days of the Raj, the area around and inside hosts foreign dignitaries and the Secretariat building
Parliament House, as the name suggests hosts the two houses of the Indian Parliament – The Lok Sabha( the house of people) and the Rajya Sabha ( Council of states).
India Gate at New Delhi is a monument dedicated to Indian army soldiers who died during the Word War I. This huge Arch has a lighted touch which burns there at all times in respect of the martyrs.
DelhiHumayuns Tomb
Humayun’s tomb was built in 16th century by Humayun’s widow, Haji Begum. The place was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1993. Built with a classic onion-shaped dome, this famous garden tomb complex carries other buildings  as well.
DelhiBahai Temple or Lotus Temple
Built in a shape of a lotus bears a resemblance to Sydney’s Opera House. The temple is an architectural marvel of the Bahai faith. The temple is built of three layers of nine petals with the top layer folded and the bottom most layers spread outwards to suggest a lotus, thus the name Bahai Temple.
DelhiLodhi Garden
Lodhi Garden was landscaped in 1968 by the famous Joseph Allen Stein.
‘Lodhi Garden’ is Delhi’s answer to ‘Central Park’, albeit  much smaller in size but carrying loads of history. At the small entrance on Lodhi Road you will find the 15th century ‘Tomb of Muhammad Shah’, the last of the Sayyid ruler The gardens also host the Bada Gumbad Mosque which has some beautiful ornate work. Towards the other end of the garden is the ‘Tomb of Sikander Lodhi’. Lodhi’s tomb bears a signature enamel work with beautiful calligraphy and the characteristic raised dome.
DelhiAkshardham Temple
Built on the banks of river Yamuna, just 5 km outside South Delhi, this imposing complex built in over 100 acres of land is the latest architectural wonders of the city.
Akshardham temple is resplendent with 20,000 statues, 234 ornately carved pillars, 9 ornate domes, along with number of stone elephants, all this amongst a sprawling manicured gardens.The whole of Akshardham temple is built without steel and is entirely made of sandstone and marble. A must visit of course!
DelhiHauz Khas Village
Hauz Khas, which was once a second city of Delhi, and is today a posh residential, with Village being a  trendy shopping locality with large number of upcoming restaurants and designer shops
Passing through this village market you will enter a small gate to see a hidden treasure. This little treasure with 13th century water tank, Firozshah Tughlaq’s tomb, Madrasas and mosque welcomes you in form of a hidden treasure. It gives you a feeling that you just made a historical discovery

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