arrived at Delhi. The months of planning and curiosity are over; youre
actually in India. Every experience, every sound, every smell shouts that
youve arrived somewhere magical. Somewhere Special. It is here that
the deep love of one man for one woman created the Taj Mahal; where the King
of Kings ruled; where the sacred Ganges flows past holy cities; where the
Himalayas stand silent and magnificent; where 5000 years of culture waits to
capital city, 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 Qutab Minar
can be seen. Here, museums, art galleries and cultural centers attract the
finest exhibitions and performances from India and abroad. Shopping
encompasses virtually everything that can be bought in the country; hotels
range from the deluxe to the more modest. Most fascinating of all is the
character of Delhi which varies from the 13th century mausoleum of the Lodi
kings set in a sprawling park to ultra modern chrome and glass skyscrapers;
and from imperial Indias Parliament House and the Presidents
Palace to the never ending bustle of the walled city surrounding Jama
Masjid. Delhi also makes the ideal base for a series of short excursions to
neighbouring places, all connected by road.
The capital of India,
Delhi blends an historic past and a vibrant present. The Imperial city
planned for the British by Lutyens is set in parks and shaded avenues.
Legend has it that Delhi, then called Indraprastha, was originally founded
around 1200 B.C. by the Pandavas, the august heroesof the epic Mahabharata.
Present day Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.
Delhi is above all an historic city, an elegant capital, content to leave to
Calcutta and Bombay the roles of commercial and business supremacy. It is in
fact really two distinct cities; the energy and colour and the thronged
bazaars and Moghul architecture of Old Delhi contrast with the formal
splendour of New Delhi, whose wide boulevards offer ever-changing
perspectives of Lutyens landscaped city. Delhi has several
world-famous luxury hotels, with the comfort and style to ensure relaxation
after your journey; from here, set forth to experience the sights and sounds
of the city.
gracious Red Fort, the Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), the Qutab
Minar complex with its soaring tower - all are waiting to be explored.
Allows some time to wander round the inexpensive modern shops and handicraft
centres. Magicians and dancing bears entertain crowds in the marketplaces,
while fortune tellers may offer glimpses of the future. The heat of the day
gives way to balmy evenings; enjoy a meal in one of the many splendid
restaurants, the exotic music of sitars and veenas and the subtle rhythms of
the tabla accompanying the delicious cuisines from throughout the country.
Flights and trains and buses run from Delhi all over north India, so it is
always easy to reach the next destination
(deg C.): Summer - Max.41.2, Min.21.4; Winter - Max.33.7,
Min.6.8. Languages Spoken :
Hindi, English and Punjabi in some parts.
Best Season : September to March. TRANSPORT
Air : Delhi is well connected with major cities by Indian Airlines &
0ther private Airlines.
is the headquarters of the Northern Railway and is the most well connected
railhead both on broad guage (New Delhi) and meter guage (Delhi Main)
railway line with all of the major places in India.
Road: Delhi is at the intersection of several national
highways and is well connected by regular bus services from Inter State bus
terminal (ISBT), Kashmiri Gate to Agra-203 kms, Allahabad-603 kms,
Almora-373 kms, Amritsar -447 kms, Bhakra-354 kms, Bharatpur-190 kms,
Calcutta-1490 kms, Chandigarh -238 kms, Corbet National Park-297 kms,
Jaipur-258 kms, Khajuraho-596 kms, Kulu-502 kms, Mathura-147 kms,
Mussoorie-269 kms, Nainital-318 kms, Shimla -343 kms, Shrinagar-376 kms,
Udaipur-663 kms, Varanasi-738 kms etc.
OF INTEREST Moghul Monuments Purana Quila (Old Fort), Kabuli
or Khuni Darwaja, Feroz Shah Kotla,Kutub Minar, Tughlaqabad, Nizamuddin
Aulia, Humayun's Tomb, Lodi's Tomb, Safdarjung's Tomb Jama Masjid, Jantar
Mantar and Red Fort (Son-et-lumiere show) Timings : Summer 1900 to 2000 hrs
(Hindi) 2030 to 2130 hrs (English) Winter 1800 to 1900 hrs (Hindi) 1930 to
2030 hrs (English)
British Monuments India Gate, The Secretariat Complex,
Rashtrapati Bhavan & Mughal Gardens, Parliament House, Teen Murti House
and Connaught Place (Son-et-lumiere show) Timings : 1800 to 1900 hrs (Hindi)
1930 to 2030 hrs (English) Bahai (Lotus shaped) temple, a marble structure
of remarkable beauty
The Supreme Court, Raj Ghat, Shanti Vana, Vijay Ghat, Ladakh Buddha Vihara,
Vigyan Bhavan, Diplomatic Enclave.