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Monday, December 17, 2012


Delhi is the capital of India. But it has been more than that, the place we call Delhi has been the seat of power for centuries.It has been the capital of the Pandavas of mahabharata to the present parlament. Delhi has the ability to attract power. Over the centuries the capital of India was shifted many times but then again it was shifted back to Delhi. During the epics Hastinapur was the capital of the Kaurava empire until Pandavas established Indraprasta from then on atleast 8 cities were founded on this land since history was known. Four of which were to the south of the present Delhi where Qutubminar stands right now. Hence this part of delhi is commonly addressed as the old Delhi. Firoz Shah Kotla established Firozabad in present-day New Delhi which was the fifth city on this place.
The sixth was founded by Emperor Sher Shah near the purana Quila. While Emperor Shajahan shifted the capital from Agra to Delhi and established the seventh city as Shahjahanabad which is Old Delhi that was well preserved even today.The Chauhans made it a Hindu center after that, but it fell back to the rule of Qutub -ud-din and ushered a six centuries of Islamic rule. When the British came to India they had Calcutta as their capital but soon it was once again shifted to Delhi. the British ushered Delhi to a new age and the buildings built by them were still used.

Festivals Unique to Delhi.
Delhi being the capital of India is the host to many people of different religions and all the religious festivals are celebrated with equal joy.
But the festivals that are unique to Delhi are :

Republic Day Parade (26 January) RajPath, military parade
Beating of the Retreat (29 Jan) Rajpath, end of Republic Day
Flower Show (Jan/Feb)
Independence Day (15 August) Prime Minister addresses the nation from RedFort rampart.
Qutub Festival (Oct/Nov) Sufi music near Qutub Minar.

India Tourism Delhi (

Old Delhi

Kashmiri Gate
Mutiny Memorial
Ashoka Pillar
Red Fort(Lal Qila)
Lahore Gate
Diwan -i- Am
Diwan -i- Khas
Royal Baths
Shahi Burj
Moti Masjid
Khas Mahal
Rang Mahal
Museum of Archaeology
Chandini Chowk
Sunehri Masjid
Jama Masjid
Raj Ghat
Qutub Minar
Quwwat -ul- Islam Masjid
Iron Pillar
Alai Minar

New Delhi and Around

Rashtrapati Bhavan
Mughal Gardens
India Gate
Sansad Bhavan
Humayun's tomb
Purana Qila
Gandhi Smriti
Crafts Museum
National Museum
Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
Safdarjang's Tomb
Indira Gandhi Smriti
Hazrat Nizam-ud-Din Dargah
Lodi Garden
National Gallery of Modren art
Nehru Memorial Museum and Planetorium
Tibet House
National Zoological Gardens
Connaught Place
Jantar Mantar
Bahai House of Worship
Akshardham Temple
Lakshmi Narayan Temple
National Rail Museum
Hauz Khas
Shankar's International Dolls Museum
Coronation Durbar Site
Firoz Shah Kotla
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

Other Features

Alai Darwaza
The tomb of Imam Zamin
The tomb of Altamish
Summer Palaces
Other tombs of kings

Where u can Stay

Hotel New City Palace ph: 23279548
Hotel Bombay Orient ph: 23242691
Hotel Downtown ph: 41541529; 4583
Hotel Namaskar ph: 23583456
Hotel Rak International   ph: 23562478
Hotel Major's Den ph: 23589010
Hotel Amax Inn ph: 23543813
Lord's Hotel ph: 23588303
Ajay Guest House ph: 23583125
Cottage Ganga Inn ph: 23561516
Cottage crown Plaza ph: 23561800
Cottage Yes Please ph: 23562300
Hotel Navarang ph: 23561301
Heritage Inn ph: 23588222
Anoop Hotel ph: 41541390
Hare Krishna Guest House ph: 41541341
Royal Guest House ph: 23586176
Hotel Kelson ph: 41541020
Peace House ph: 23939415
Wongdhen House ph: 23816689
Ringo Guest House ph: 23310605
Sunny Guest House ph: 23312909
Hotel Eurostar ph: 46062300
Ginger ph: 1800 209 3333
Hotel Broadway ph: 43663600
Metropolis Tourist Home ph: 23561794
Hotel Relax ph: 23562811
Hotel Ajanta ph: 23546891
Hotel Grand Goodwin ph: 23546891
YMCA tourist Hostel ph: 23361915
Prem Sagar Guest House ph: 23345263
Hotel Alka ph: 23344328
York Hotel ph: 23415769
Hotel Palace Heights ph: 43582610
Corus ph: 43652222
Ess Gee's ph: 5725403
Master Guest House ph: 28741089
Yatri House ph: 23625563
Bajaj Indian Home Stay ph: 25736509
My Pick Hotel Southern which has its own transportation facilities and other amenities

What u can Do

Golf - Delhi Golf Club on Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg.
Massage and Ayurvedic Treatments - Kerala Ayurveda
Swimming - Siri Fort Sports complex with Olympic sized Swimming Pool along with toddler pool
Cooking - Tannie Baig ph: 9868217288
Meditation and Yoga - Dhyan Foundation ph: 26253374
Murarji Desai National Institute of Yoga ph: 23721472
Sri Aurobindo Ashram ph: 26567863
Spa - Lambency Spa ph: 40587983

Governament & State Emporiums
Central Cottage Industry in Janpath
State Emporium on Baba Kharak Sing Marg

MarketsChandini Chowk in Old Delhi
Main Bazaar in Paharjang
Karol Bagh Market
Connaught Place
Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan
Palika Bazaar
People Tree
Ansal Plaza
Dilli Haat
Greater Kailash
Nalli Silks
Hauz Khas Village
Khan Market
Lajpat Nagar Central Market
Sarojini Nagar Market
Sunder Nagar Market


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