Delhi is the Capital of
India. Explore Delhi to experience a fusion of power, politics, invasions,
and conquests of free India. The esteemed city has been the epicenter of
political, cultural, social, religious, evolution. This enchanting city is a
miniature version of the entire nation itself. This city represents the vast
demographic picture and the power that resides within the entire Indian
The travelers get to see the two cities though they pay the price of one
city. Delhi is divided between two parts Old Delhi, which was earlier known,
as the capital of Muslims is full of formidable mosques, monuments and
forts. It's a lively area of colorful bazaars, narrow streets and a barely
controlled chaos. In contrast, New Delhi, is the imperial city created by
British, is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government
buildings, and has a sense of order absent in other parts of the city.
Delhi has attracted people from all
parts of the country forming it into a totally multi-cultural society. As
the Punjabi's are the most dominant section here, you'll find a distinct
flavor of Punjab everywhere. The dominance of Western culture is also too
much on this city due it's influence on the mass media.
The various cultural activities of earlier days--such as dancing, music,
and poetry forums, 'mushaira' have been yielding a place now for cinema,
cabaret and clubs. There are also theater groups and institutions that have
nurtured indigenous literature and fine arts.
Delhi offers a multitude of interesting places and attractions to the
visitor, so much so that it becomes difficult to decide from where to begin
exploring the city. Among the various festivals a tourists can look forward
to are Republic Day (26th January) Parade which is a big affair with march
past & colorful parades and floats from various states. The Beating
Retreat, which marks the end of celebrations on 29th January, is a ceremony
worth witnessing with military bands playing at Vijay Chowk.
The Surajkund Crafts Fair, near SurajKund (Delhi), in January, is another
must-visit. The Garden Festival, a spectacular flower show is held in
February and the International Mango Festival in June. Other festivals
celebrated are Holi, Diwali, Baisakhi, Id, Good Friday, Christmas, Mahavira
Jayanti and others.
The various other attractive places one can visit in Delhi are Red Fort,
which contains within it palaces and impressive public buildings. Purana
Quila is a fort built by Sher Shah. It faces the zoo and the Pragati Maidan
Exhibition grounds. Humayun Tomb is a sandstone forerunner of the Taj Mahal;
Jama Masjid is an architectural extravaganza of Shah Jahan. Chandni Chowk is
a magnificent bazaar and as fine a monument to congestion, color and chaos
as you'll find in India today.
Other notable sites are India Gate a memorial raised in the honour of
Indian soldiers; the President's house (Rashtrapati Bhavan); the symbol of
democracy Parliament House; the 11th century victory tower Qutab Minar;
Lodhi Gardens is beautifully landscaped park of an imperial dynasty; Jantar
Mantar an observatory.
Best time to visit...
The Indian capital city of New Delhi remains hot and humid during the
summer months and is cold during the winters. The summer season is extremely
hot and lasts from mid-April to the end of June. The monsoon season
continues till the end of September. The winter season extends from November
to mid-March. The best time to visit Delhi is between October to March.