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Explore an amazing historical city full of surprises

Updated on October 18, 2015

Explore an amazing historical city full of surprises!

Given the cosmopolitan nature of Delhi, it is more or less being called a world city and bears an international look to its superior infrastructure. The transformation that the city has seen in the past fifteen years is primarily due to the cohesive public-private participation and the high civic awareness and the literacy levels of the denizens and the migrants coming into the city from all parts of the India and the world. Nearly five lakh people come to the city each year, and the city seamlessly absorbs them into its fold.

History

Not many people know both in India and outside that the city has been built and rebuilt thirteen times in the course of the past one thousand years. The cycle of ravage, plunder, destruction, construction, prosperity that it has seen has not been seen by any other city in recorded history in India. But the resilience of the people of the city is such that they have now built a world class city with the best airports, multiplexes, malls, educational institutes, hospitals, which attracts tourists like bees to a hive. The city has preserved many of its historical monuments that are worth a visit and many foreign tourists confess that they come to the city to witness its rich historical heritage, more than anything else.

Red Fort

Built by Mughal Emperors as the seat of power of the Mughal Empire, it still stands majestically, and the Prime Minister of the country delivers his Independence Day Speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on 15th August each year. Built of red sandstone, it has sprawling lawns and Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan—i-Khaas, where the emperor met his subjects and the nobility. The sheer size and expanse of this structure is mind-boggling, and there is even a Meena Bazaar where you can buy artificial jewellery. This market used to exist in the Mughal era as well.

Qutab Minar

Built by the 12th-century ruler, Qutub-up-din Aibak and his son Iltimush, this 72-metre structure is the tallest historical building in the country and one can gain an aerial view of the entire city of Delhi through this tower. Built for military and strategic reasons to ward off the enemy, this place is now the mascot of the city.

Lotus Temple

A magnificent structure built by people of the Bahai faith, this temple, serves as a monument to peace and tranquillity and one can get real peace of mind when you enter its precincts. Constructed in the shape of a lotus in white stone, this building is an architectural marvel that is surrounded by beautiful gardens, fountains and tourists from abroad love to visit this place.

Jama Masjid

The seat of the Shahi Imam, it is the most revered place for Muslim devotees who throng to this place to perform the customary namaaz and one can hear the call of the muezzin during Asr, Fajr, Ishaa, Maghrib, Zuhr, the daily five prayer times of Muslim. Here people are taught about the philosophy of Dar-ul-Islam and the Quran along with Hadith that details the daily practices of the Prophet.

Embark on a gastronomical journey to Delhi

One of the biggest attractions of the city is its culinary culture that offers numerous delights and multi-cuisine options from all across the world. Both residents and tourists love the food that is being served either on road-side stalls or in fine-dining restaurants. No other city in India can match up to Delhi when it comes to the quality of food that is being served here. Those who have lived in this city and moved to other parts of India, often miss its delectable cuisine that is a class apart from the rest of the country. Be it Mughlai, South-Indian, North-Indian, Hyderabadi, Chettinad, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, you get all here, and the sheer variety will delight you.

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