Delhi , capital city of the Federal Republic of India. It is one of India 's fastest growing cities. To go right back into an era where mythology and history are too closely intertwined, it is believed that Delhi , then known as Indraprashtha, was the scene of action of India 's great epic, the Mahabharata. Periodic archeological excavations bring in more and more evidence to support this contention. It has sprawled over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. The city has two distinct parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi. Delhi is the second most widely used entry point into the country, being on the route of most major airlines. It is well linked by rail, air and road to all parts of the country. The remains of seven distinctive capital cities among them Shahjahanabad and Qutub Minar. Here, museums, art galleries and cultural centers attract the finest exhibitions.
- Places of Interest
The Forts of Delhi
The best way to know about the glorious heritage of Delhi is to know its monuments, to travel through time back into centuries of history filled with the rise and fall of dynasties that ruled the land. These monuments stretch from Wazirabad in the north to the Qutab and beyond in the south of Delhi . Between these two points, lies scattered the history of this ancient city
An astronomical observatory with masonry instruments, designed by the astronomer - king Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur, in 1724.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
This was the royal palace of Raja Jai Singh . He dedicated this palace, to the sacred memory of Guru Harkishan, the eighth Guru of the Sikhs.
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Popularly known as the Birla Mandir, this huge Hindu temple was built in 1938.
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.
A distinctive lotus - shaped marvel, built in marble, it has been dubbed the "Taj Mahal of the 21st century".
This marble - domed mausoleum was the last Mughal monument to be built in Delhi .
One of Delhi 's magnificent monuments, the Red Fort was built by Emperor Shah Jahan, the architect of the Taj Mahal, in 1648.
India 's largest mosque, built in 1656, it is an eloquent reminder of the religious fervour of the Mughals.
Cremation ground of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.
An example of early Mughal architecture, it is believed to be the prototype of the Taj Mahal.
One of the finest zoological parks in the country, it houses the largest number of white tigers.
The 42 m high arch was raised as a memorial to the soldiers, who laid down their lives in the great world war.
The stylish commercial centre, Connaught Place , with the colourful stalls on Janpath, and the emporia on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, is a shopper's paradise
Air : Delhi has an extensive network of international and domestic flights. All the major airlines in the world fly through Delhi , and it is easily accessible from anywhere in the world. Domestic air links cover Delhi from all the major cities in the country.
Train : Trains run from all the parts of the country to Delhi . For nearby places like Chandigarh , Dehradun, Gwalior , Bhopal , Lucknow and Kanpur , the Shatabdi Express is recommended.
Bus : Buses from all the major places in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab , Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are available for getting to Delhi . During the summer months, air-conditioned coaches are recommended.
Delhi is hot and humid in the summers, and cold in the winters. The average temperature ranges from 25C to 46C during summer and 2C to 5C during winter. The cold wave from the Himalayan region makes winters very chilly. In summers, the heat wave is immense and adequate precaution has to be taken before going out in the afternoons. The best season to visit Delhi is during the spring seasons of February to April and August to November. It wears a festive look between February and April, the blooming season.