Delhi – A City With a Glorious Past and a Magnificent Present

Delhi is a city that bridges the past and the present. The old city that was once the capital of Islamic rulers, still presents a picture of those days with its narrow lanes, with collapsing old havelis and age old Mosques. The new city is also known as “Lutyen’s Delhi”, with respect to its architecture, tree lined government avenues and buildings, modern malls gardens and parks.

However the modern city itself dates back to over a century ago when the British shifted their capital to Delhi from Calcutta The city’s importance lies not just in its age old glory but also present day’s rich cultural diversity.The capital is known for its fascinating ancient monuments, museums and art galleries, fabulous eating places and busy and economical markets which gets the eye of overseas tourists.

Delhi has been the political hub of the country since time immemorial. The city was the capital of Pandavas and was known as “Indraprastha” at that time.In the present scenario, all the political activities of the country have their roots in this city. The capital houses the residents of many political dignitaries and also the embassies of various nations.

The mughal era monuments of Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb, Purana Quila are the major tourist attraction of the old city. Besides this India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, North and South Block are marvelous examples of British architecture. Various Museums, temples, parks and gardens provide an insight into day to day lives of the residents.

The Lakshmi Narayan Temple built by the Birlas, Lotus Temple which is in the shape of a blossoming lotus and Akshardham temple are some of the architectural marvels that have defied the conventional architectural standards. The Akshardham Temple is the world’s largest Hindu temple complex.

These temples not only hold religious significance but also attract a lot of tourists to Delhi. Iskon (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) Temple has a vegetarian restaurant, library, animatronics center and an upcoming museum which attracts overseas tourists.

Delhi also has memorials of freedom fighters and National leaders. Amar Jawan Jyoti was built in the memory of soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. Raj Ghat, Shanti Van and Shakti Sthal are the memorials of Mahatma Gandhi, Pandit Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

The city buzzes with tourist activities round the year. Delhi offers vast accommodation options from luxury five star and business hotels to budget hotels and Guest houses. Staying in budget hotels is an inexpensive accommodation option for economy travelers who do not want to burn a hole in their pocket.

The budget hotels provide standard, deluxe and family accommodations. The rooms are aesthetically done with the best amenities at the most pocket friendly prices to suit the needs of mid range travelers.