New Delhi

A symbol of the country’s rich past and thriving present, New Delhi is a city where ancient and modern blend seamlessly together. It is a place that not only touches your pulse but even fastens it to a frenetic speed. Home to millions of dreams, the city takes on unprecedented responsibilities of realizing dreams bringing people closer and inspiring their thoughts.

Just a century ago, the British moved the seat of their empire from Kolkata to New Delhi. And it has been the Capital of India ever since. Now a thriving, cosmopolitan metro, the city has much to celebrate as it has already reached the milestone of completing 100 years as a Capital. With a history that goes back many centuries, New Delhi showcases an ancient culture and a rapidly modernising country. Dotted with monuments there is much to discover here. The seat of many powerful empires in the past, its long history can be traced in its many carefully-preserved monuments, ancient forts and tombs.

All this is combined with the best features of a modern city such as a metro system, bustling markets and fabulous eating places. The past and the present meld seamlessly together, making centuries-old monuments a part of the city’s daily life. New Delhi is very much a history’s child.

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India Gate is a is 42 m high war memorial located on Rajpath at the centre of New Delhi. It is an archway in the middle of a crossroad and commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.

Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India. It is located at the Western end of Rajpath in New Delhi, India. The four floor 340-room main building with a floor area of 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) was built using 1 billion bricks and 3,000,000 cu ft (85,000 m3) of stone with little steel. It has the president's official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices. Besides the main building, the 320 acre Presidential Estate includes huge presidential gardens Mughal Gardens, large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls. In terms of area, it is one of the largest residences of a head of state in the world.

Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of New Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India.

Red Fort - Red sandstone walls rise 33-m above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders. The main gate, Lahore Gate, is one of the emotional and symbolic focal points of the modern Indian nation and attracts a major crowd on each Independence Day. The vaulted arcade of Chatta Chowk, a bazaar selling tourist trinkets, leads into the huge fort compound. Inside is a veritable treasure trove of buildings. An evening sound and light show re-creates events in India's history connected with the fort. Red Fort is closed on Mondays of every week.

Jantar Mantar was constructed in 1724. Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur who built this observatory and went on to build other observatories in Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura. Jai Singh had found the existing astronomical instruments too small to take correct measurements and so he built these larger and more accurate instruments. The instruments at Jantar Mantar are fascinating for their ingenuity

Akshardham temple in New Delhi epitomizes 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom an d bliss. It brilliantly showcases the essence of India’s ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. The Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind. The temple is closed on Mondays of every week.

Lotus temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in1986 it is set among the lush green landscaped gardens. The structure is made up of pure white marble. The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate. Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk when it is flood lit.

Jama masjid is located in the walled city or Old Delhi, and is the largest in India with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees at a time. Construction began in 1644 and ended up being the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who also built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. The highly decorative mosque has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble.

Metro Museum at Patel Chowk Metro station is the only such installation worldwide in an operational Metro station. DMRC has a rich and varied history because of the nature of the project that is India's largest urban intervention in the transportation sector since Independence. Built in one of the most congested cities in the world, the Delhi Metro used cutting edge technology from around the world including Germany, France, Japan, Korea, etc. to create a system that is one of the most advanced in the world The Museum has an extensive section on the construction of the Metro and the problems encountered during the process, including the story behind the construction of technological marvels such as the Chawri Bazaar Metro station, which is the second deepest Metro station in the world, India's first extra-dosed bridge. A model of Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM), a "tooth" taken from a TBM, soil samples collected from around the city.

Dilli Haat INA, Aurbindo Marg, New Delhi is not just a market place; it has been visualized as a showpiece of traditional Indian culture- a forum where rural life and folk art are brought closer to an urban clientele. The 6 acres of land on which this sprawling complex is situated was salvaged as part of a reclamation project and transformed into a magnificent dream plaza. Extensive foundation work, small thatched roof cottages and kiosks with a village atmosphere have made the place into an attractive multiple center. The complex is not only artistic, but also recreational in nature where the entire family can have a good time.

Janpath, the most popular place for street shopping is situated opposite the famous Connaught Place, in New Delhi. Other than the fixed small shops and local stalls, there are also local cloth/Mojari or Jutti (a Punjabi or Rajisthani footwear)/purse and other handicraft artisans sitting between the lanes of fixed shops with amazing traditional embroidered merchandise. The Tibetan Market, near Hotel Imperial, is a storehouse of silver jewellery, thangkhas and brassware curios and Tibetan artifacts. Timing: Monday- Saturday, 10.30 am to 7.30 pm

South Extension market located in South Delhi on the arterial Ring Road has two parts –South Extension I and South Extension II. Both markets face each other. Known for branded apparel, exquisite jewellery, gorgeous selection of bridal wear garments, fancy footwear and trendy accessories and south Indian silks. Many interesting shops are tucked away in the side and back lanes also. There are many street vendors and street snack corners selling delicious mouth watering must have local fast food. It is one of the best places to go shopping in Delhi and is closed on Monday of every week.

Yashwant Place Market is located in the diplomatic enclave and is a hot spot amongst locals and tourists alike. The market is known for leather goods, fancy jewellery and fur coats to Chinese food is worth exploring. Most of the shopkeepers export leather products to European countries. The variety of hats, skirts, jackets, gloves, bags is massive. An ideal market for classic plain leather jackets, Biker jackets, embellished leather jackets, leather trench coats, real fur coats in every imaginable length. Leather Totes, satchels, laptop bags, cross-body bags, are also in abundance. Chinese eating joints, Restaurants, Barbeques would be the place to satiate taste buds too.

Lajpat Nagar Central Market is known for its reasonably priced goods, Henna Appliers and delicious momos. This market houses a blend of branded showrooms, exclusive garment shops as well as roadside kiosks. It is an ideal shopping destination for budget travelers. This is the market place for clothes, ethnic wear, designer wear, western wear, fashionable garments and accessories to footwear, bags, accessories and other products whereas the Road side kiosks retail affordable garments and items. This market is closed on every Monday of the week.

Sarojini Nagar is one of the places in South West of the city to buy clothes and fabrics. Apart from a large number of large sized showrooms for various international and local brands, the crux of the market is formed by street side shops which sell garments of all sizes, designs and colors. you get fashionable Export-surplus garments at affordable prices. This market is closed on every Monday of the week.

Select CITYWALK, located at Saket District Centre in South Delhi, is spread out over 6 lakh sq. ft. of retail space and is home to more than 175 brands. It offers the widest range of labels, numerous carts and kiosks to pick up fun, exciting products spread across the centre! The mall is home to coveted international beauty brands, absolutely-must-have clothing labels, a selection of restaurants serving delicious food and much more. In addition to being the city’s favourite destination to catch up with friends and a place to relax for the family,it is also a paradise for every shopaholic.

DLF Promenade Thoughtfully conceived it is one of the Delhi’s premier architectural and commercial landmarks, creating an environment of great ambience and high energy. Spread over a total area of 450,000 square feet, ---- three floors -- the ground and upper ground floor for retail and the first floor entirely dedicated to entertainment. The multiplex with 7 screens is the largest cinema complex in Delhi and surrounding areas. This mall is situated at Nelson Mandela Marg Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

DLF Emporio is India's Most Luxurious Shopping Destination. An unprecedented collection of the finest and rarest in life, the mall offers a shopping experience like no other. Four levels of exclusive shopping and dining in an atmosphere of extraordinary sophistication and refinement are all under one elegant roof. The cutting edge of the latest fashion trends from the most glamorous International and Indian design houses are elegantly located here. The world's most desirable jewelers and watchmakers showrooms are a must to visit. This mall is also situated at Nelson Mandela Marg Vasant Kunj, New Delhi

Lodhi Gardens is a city park of over 90 acres situated in South Central Delhi and is a hotspot for morning walks for the Delhiites. It is also a popular picnic spot for the residents. The gardens are dotted with many tombs, of well known rulers of Delhi, mosques, bridges and watercourses. The garden is also an important place of preservation. Entry to General Public is free and the park is open from Dawn to dusk.

Garden of Five Senses spanning 20 acres is located in southern part of New Delhi around 2 kms from Qutub Minar. The garden is an amalgamation of colour, fragrance, texture and form with a unique chime of 500 bells producing soothing sounds in its background. An expansive plaza is set on a natural slope with a troupe of elephants cut in stone. The garden appeals to all the five senses viz. hear, taste, vision, touch and smell. Food and shopping courts sell natural and crafts products and refreshments. Solar Energy Park, with exhibits of solar powered buses, cars and bicycles etc., are an attraction for all the visitors to this place. The gardens hosts cultural programmes like Garden Festival, Yoga Camps, Nature Walks etc.

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