New Delhi is the capital of India and centre of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. The city is situated in the metropolis of Delhi.
A hub of culture and monuments, Old Delhi has many tourist sites. New Delhi, on the other hand, is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The city houses many government buildings and embassies, apart from places of historical interest.
Delhi's most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its walls, which stretch for over two kilometers (1.2 miles), were built in 1638 to keep out invaders. To take your imagination back to the ancient era, a one hour sound and light show of the fort's history is held each evening.
Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 13 years to build, and was completed in 1650. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi.
Chandni Chowk is a shocking contrast to the wide, orderly streets of New Delhi. As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow winding lanes are full of inexpensive jewelry, fabrics, and electronics. For the more adventurous, Chandni Chowk is an excellent place to come to sample some of Delhi's street food.
This massive temple complex is dedicated to showcasing Indian culture. Along with its astonishing architecture of the pink stone and white marble shrine, the complex includes sprawling garden, sculptures, and boat ride. Allow plenty of time to explore it thoroughly -- at least half a day.
Humayun's Tomb was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. Built in 1570, it is the final resting place of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. The first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India, the Mughal rulers followed it up with an extensive period of construction all over the country. The tomb is part of a greater complex that's set amongst beautiful gardens.
Lodi Gardens provides a serene retreat from city life, and is the place to come if you're feeling tired and worn out. The vast Gardens were built by the British in 1936 around the tombs of 15th and 16th century rulers. Joggers, yoga practitioners, and young couples all enjoy this park.
Qutab Minar, is tallest brick minaret in the world. An incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture, it was built in 1206, but the reason for its building still remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. The tower has five distinct stories, and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran.
The India Gate is a war memorial. It was built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer's evening.
Shaped like a lotus flower this temple is particularly pretty at night – when it's attractively lit up. Made out of white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Everybody is welcome to worship there. The tranquil gardens and ponds surrounding the temple are also a great place for a relaxing picnic.