One of the
most fascinating aspects of Delhi is the "visibility" of its historic
past. Were it not for the demands of urbanization, large portions of the city
could well be earmarked as archaeological parks. This is because the rulers
of successive dynasties between the 13th and the 17th centuries established
seven cities in different parts of Delhi. A chronological review of these cities
fortunately also serves as a suitable itinerary for tourists and highlights
the important monuments amongst the 1300 officially listed.more....
The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was
erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in
India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful
Shopping Delhi is unique in that it has representative outlets for the handicrafts
of each Indian state. This in it self presents a staggering array of goods,
and at very affordable prices. In the last decade there has been a dramatic
change in Delhi's markets. Upwardly mobile lifestyle has led to greater sophistication
in display and upgrading of various markets in terms of availability of items.
& Festivals Delhi's festival calendar begins with the Republic Day parade on 26th January.
It is the most colorful of the city's festivals events and also the biggest
crowd-puller. Hundreds of thousands people line the route from Rajpath to
the Red Fort to watch the pageant of solders, camel crops, armored regiments,
brass bands, folk dancers, school children, war veterans and elaborate floats
representing the cultural diversity of India.
& Crafts As the seat of empires for centuries, and with royalty as patrons, Delhi has
long been a cultural center, attracting the best of painters, musicians and
dancers. Though today's patrons have changed, Delhi is more than ever the
cultural capital of the country, and is also visited by foreign dancers, musicians
and theatre groups en route to the Far East.
Museums Some of the finest museums of India are in Delhi. The National Museum on Janpath
is the premier repository of antiquities. Built in 1960, it has an extraordinary
collection representing the entire span of Indian civilization from pre-historic
& Specialities From age - old eateries in the by lanes of the Walled City to glitzy, specialty
restaurants in five - star hotels, Delhi is a moveable feast. It offers a
choice of Indian and international cuisines in different ambiences to suit