Delhi, the capital city of India is situated in its northern area; is the most developed metropolitan region and the fastest growing city. With approximately 22.2 million people occupying the city, it is one of the most populous and the largest cities of India. The NCT (National Capital Territory) is a union under the control of the central government. The NCT and its urban region have been given special status of NCR (National Capital Region) and the capital city is being administered jointly by the federal government of India and the local government of Delhi.
Explore Delhi & Enjoy Lip Smacking Cuisines
Delhi has two distinct parts – New Delhi and Old Delhi. Old Delhi was founded by The Shah Jahan, the famous Mughal emperor, in 1639. Though being exceedingly crowded and tumbledown, Old Delhi still serves as the heartbeat of Delhi. Focused around The Red Fort, Old Delhi has tapered streets that have places of historical significance like Raj Ghat, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk and wholesale markets of Chawri Bazar and Khari Boli where you can get dry fruits, spices and herbs. But the main attractions are Red Fort and Chandni Chowk. Other places include the Jama masjid which is India’s largest mosque and ghalib ki haveli famous for Mirza Asadullah ghalib. Old Delhi is noted for its famous cuisines. These include meat, kabab and also in Chandni Chowk you will find many types of vegetarian delights as well. Main attractions are Pranthe Wali Gali and Ghantewale Halwai.
Being India’s capital state, Delhi has become the major centre of trade and commerce, entertainment, culture and most importantly tourism. It forms the heart & soul of the country. If we talk about tourism, Delhi is an unmatched tourist spot providing tourists with recreational facilities as well as opportunities to explore places of India’s historical, cultural, and religious significance.
History Unfolds in Delhi
One can start exploring forts and masjids of Old Delhi and move towards various historical places like the India gate as high as 42metres which is a triumphal arch. The Rashtrapati Bhavan, which is a renowned monument of Delhi as it was the palace of the then viceroy of india and at present it is the official home of the President of India. Next is Red Fort which is 2km wide and built of red sandstones by the famous Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and the Jantar Mantar monument in Cannaught Place is an observatory where there are astronomical instruments which follow the path of heavenly bodies and predict eclipses.
Among the religious attractions are India’s largest mosque and the last of the fine works of Emperor Shah Jahan; Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib is a symbol of martyrdom of guru Teg Bhadhur Ji who fought against the outrage of the Mughals. The most visited religious place is Akshardham Temple which embodies 10,000 years of Indian culture. It casts the true beauty of Indian architecture. Parliamentary House is also known as Sansad which is must place to see as it is the most exquisite place in Delhi designed by Edwin Lutyens.
The importance of Delhi lies in its histrocial background where it is learned how Delhi contributed towards the development of India. Apart from being the capital of the country Delhi has its importance in the administrative, political, religious and cultural units of India. The Parliament of India, the Prime Minister’s residence at 7 Race Course Road, and the Government offices are all situated in Delhi. It has accustomed people of various castes and religions so it is also a multi-cultural and multi-linguistic place. All major educational institutes like IIT and IIM are established in Delhi, providing hi-tech education to students from the world over. Major multinationals like IBM, KPMG, ITC, E&Y and several others have their India corporate offices in Delhi.
So all in all Delhi is a mixed bag having people of different cultures, food of different cuisines, places of historical, religious and political significance, museums, art galleries, entertainment clubs, theatres and everything else you would expect of a capital city.