Delhi Delhi, The
Capital of India
The capital of India, almost explodes with cultural splendour as well as
heritage and a powerful history. Add to it the monuments, museums and other
attractions that Delhi has and what you get as a result is the travel nerve
centre of India.
How to reach Delhi?
Delhi is the gate that opens the rest of India to you. All the major
countries are connected to Delhi by regular flights with the India Gandhi
International Airport of Delhi. Plan early if you want to reach Delhi in the
tourist season. Even within the country Delhi is pretty well connected with
the rest of the major cities of India.
» India Gate -
The India Gate was constructed as a
memorial for the soldiers who laid down their lives during World War I. It
is located at Rajpath and is often used as a picnic spot by the people and
as a place to relax during the summer evenings. India Gate was designed and
constructed by Edwin Lutyens who is considered the main planner of Delhi.
Another memorial called Amar Jawan Jyoti was added much later in the memory
of soldiers who laid down their lives in the 1971 India Pakistan war.
» Lotus Temple -
It is a modern structure in Delhi
which is a place of worship for the Baha'i people. The Baha'i faith
considers that all religions lead to the same destination and it regards all
the human beings equally therefore people of all faiths are allowed in here.
It is located in the Kalkaji locality of South Delhi and is shaped like a
lotus and that explains the name that has been given to it. It is made of
marble, cement, dolomite and sand.
» Rajghat -
The Rajghat is located on
the banks of river Yamuna and it is a memorial for the father of the nation
Mahatma Gandhi. The memorial is built of black stones with his last words
Hey Ram inscribed on it. A large number of visitors are attracted towards
the site regularly.
» Red Fort -
The Red Fort of Delhi is octagonal in
shape and was built during the reign of Shahjahan. It is an imposing
structure the walls of which cover a perimeter of about 2.41 km. It is
surrounded by moats on all sides that were once connected with river Yamuna.
The major gates of the Red Fort are Lahori Gate, Hathi Pol and the major
attractions of the Red Fort are Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal, Khas Mahal,
Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas and the Shah Burz.
Birla Temple -
The place is also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple and
though it is not part of the Delhi that was designed by Edwin Lutyens yet it
came along and became very much a part of it. It is a Hindu temple built by
the industrial family of the Birlas. It is located just off Connaught Place
and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
» Old Fort -
It is said that Humayun wanted to
construct his new capital at the site where the ancient city of Indraprastha
existed. Humayun was a learned scholar and it can be said that the site was
chosen deliberately. Most of it was destroyed by Sher Shah who overthrew
Humayun who later built his own city instead. However, when Humayun wrested
the city back from Sher Shah's son, he did not destroy the buildings built
by Sher Shah. Rather he completed the unfinished work of his predecessor.
» Jama Masjid -
It is the biggest mosque in India
and is only about half a km away from the Red Fort of India. Its
construction was started by Shahjahan in 1650 and was completed after six
years. The structure of the mosque is huge and is awe inspiring to the
lesser mortals. It is constructed in Sandstone and white marble, and you can
enter it from both the directions.
Departure From Delhi
It is definitely going to join the list of the most luxurious trains of the
world. It leaves from the Safdarjung Railway station in Delhi for Gaya and
the dinner will be served on board the train.
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