Delhi (Capital of India)-City Guide
Delhi, the capital of India comprises of conspicuously contrasting Old and New Delhi. Old Delhi was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and one can find mosques, monuments and forts related to Muslim history. New Delhi is the imperial city created as Indias capital by the British, intricately planned and comprises of imposing buildings displaying various modern style of architecture.
The sightseeing tour of New Delhi includes a visit to Humayun's Tomb (1565 AD). Drive past Safdarjang's Tomb (1753 AD) and visit the Qutab Minar 73 meters high which tapers from a 15 m diameter base to just 2.5 m at the top. The walls consist intricately carved quotations from Koran (the holy book of the Muslims) and is one of the most perfect towers of the Persian world. Nearby amidst the ruins of Quwat-ul-Islam mosque stands the Iron pillar, which has stood the vagaries of weather and has not rusted over 1500 years. The drive through New Delhi, includes the Embassy area (Diplomatic enclave), Rastrapati Bhawan (The President's House 1929 ) and the Government buildings (1921-30 ).
Access by Air:
Being the capital city of India New Delhi is well connected to all the major Indian cities through airways. Delhi has an international and domestic airport. It has regular flights to all the major Indian cities.
Access by Rail:
Regular train services connect Delhi to all the major cities in India.
Access by Road:
Delhis large network of roads and National Highway connects it to the major cities of India.
Sightseeing places in and around Old & New Delhi :
Lotus (Bahai) Temple : The Bahai faith was founded in 1844 by The BAB, who along with BahaUllah are the twin prophets of this faith with the BAB as the forerunner. This faith stands for unity of God, unity of all religions and unity of mankind. The Lotus temple signifies the oneness of the mankind, purity and world harmony. There are 9 doors in this temple which symbolizes each of the major religions of the world which leads to the common prayer hall. This temple unlike all other religion temples is open to the people of all religions.
Rail Museum : This museum is unique of its kind and it houses one of the oldest steam engines in addition to a large number of unusual locomotives and coaches that belonged to Indian Maharajas. The exhibit traces more than 140 years of Indian Railways.
Red Fort, One of Delhi's magnificent monuments, the Red Fort was built by Emperor Shah Jahan, the architect of the Taj Mahal, in 1648.
India Gate, The 42 m high arch was raised as a memorial to the soldiers, who laid down their lives in the great world war.
Qutab Minar, Built by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, this tower
standing 72.5 m tall, dates back to the 13th century, and
is one of the greatest bequests of Islamic culture.