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Delhi is the largest metropolitan city in India. It houses New Delhi, the capital of India, which was created on the 15th of December 1911. The total area covered by this city is 42.7 sq. kilometers and lies within the metropolitan Union Territory of Delhi. The capital was christened New Delhi on 1927 and was inaugurated on the 13th of February, 1931.

Delhi is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, which was the capital of the Pandavas. It is significant as a major political, cultural and commercial hub in India. Delhi has many standing structures of the Mughal and British Raj within its territory and is located on the banks of River Jamuna. It is also the center of the National Capital Region.

Why Visit Delhi?

New Delhi is one of the fastest developing cities in the world and is rated as one of the top global cities. Three UNESCO world heritage sites are located in the city - the Qutb complex, Humayun’s Tomb and Jantar Mantar. It is home to numerous leading educational institutions and serves as the centre of the Government of the National Capital Territory, Delhi.

The Archeological Survey of India’s reports suggest that there are over 1200 heritage buildings in Delhi. Old Delhi has many monuments ranging back to the Mughal and Turkish era; marvels like the Red Fort and Jama Masjid validate the fact. Other attractions like Baha’I’ Lotus Temple, Laxminarayan Temple, Akshardham and ISKCON Temples are outstanding works of modern architecture.

Agra and Mathura are weekend gateways from Delhi, and these places are visited by scores of tourists from across the world. Delhi is the holy ground for food lovers as the city offers a wide range of cuisines which are a treat to anyone’s taste buds.

Exploring the Culture of Delhi

Events celebrating the national integration like Independence Day, Republic Day and Gandhi Jayanti are celebrated in a grand way in the city. On the 15th of August, the whole country witnesses the Prime Minister’s speech from Red Fort. The Republic Day parade and exhibition showcases India’s military prowess.

Phool Walon Ki Sair, celebrated each year in September, is a mark of respect to the 13th century Sufi saint called Khwaja Bakhtiyar Kaki and this is celebrated in the Yogmaya Temple at Mehrauli. Diwali is celebrated in a grand way and some other festivals are Guru Nanak’s Birthday, Holi, Lohri, Durga Puja, Chhath, Eid, Buddha Jayanti, Moharram and Maha Shivratri.

The Qutab festival, Kite Flying festival and the International Mango festival are celebrated each year in Delhi. Many exhibitions are organized at the Pragati Maidan.

Delhi is famous for its Mughlai and Punjabi dishes such as biriyanis and kababs. Street food is popular in Delhi AND includes aloo tikki, chole bhaturay, gol gappe and more. Delhi has a large migrant population and hence offers a wide range of cuisines from all parts of India. ‘Chaats’ in Delhi are a delight for connoisseurs of food. Nightlife of Delhi is also very popular.

The World Book Fair organized at Delhi is the second largest in the world of its kind, and approximately 23 countries participate in it. Dilli Haat and Hauz Khas display a variety of handlooms and handicrafts. The old city is home to Chandni Chowk, which is a wholesale shopping area, almost three centuries old.

Facts for Tourists

The climate in Delhi is extreme, as it is too hot during summers and too chilly during winters. Approach the ‘May I Help You’ counters for any assistance. Drugs and other narcotic substances are banned in the city. Best time to visit is from October to February.




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