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February 07, 2014

Heart of India with Delhi Sightseeing

Red Fort Delhi
A modern metropolitan city with a historic past is what surmises Delhi. The capital has seen the rise and fall of many empires. Delhi is truly a cosmopolitan city which brings together people of various ethnic groups and their traditions and cultures. Its rich culture is reflected in the variety of arts, crafts, cuisines, festivals and lifestyles. Tourism in Delhi state combines the modern and the traditional aspects; from traditional bazaars to mega malls, from historical monuments to modern architectural wonders Delhi has it all. To visit this cultural potpourri, I envisaged on a trip to Delhi, the imperial city.

My first encounter in Delhi sightseeing was with the mighty Qutub Minar: It is the highest tower in India in red and buff sandstone. Numerous inscriptions in Nagari and Arabic in different places reveal the Qutub history. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat Ul Islam Mosque, the 1st in India built on the ruins of Hindu temples. A 7m high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque.

India Gate: This landmark in India commemorates the members of the India Army who sacrificed their lives in the war. Amar Jawan Jyoti is the largest war memorials in India which is burning since 1971. It is a 5 storey tower and each is unique in its design. In the evening, the entire boulevard is lined with vehicles and people making it a leisurely spot.

Humayun’s Tomb: Is the 1st distinct example of Mughal style and the 1st garden tomb in India. The tomb is constructed in typical char bagh style.

Delhi Humayun Tomb
Lotus Temple- Known as the Baha I House of worship, it is a prominent attraction due to its lotus shape with 27 petals and 9 pools surrounding it. The massive hall offers for a peaceful prayer hall where one can sit and meditate in silence. One is required to remove their shoes before entering the hall and observe silence.

Red Fort - Is known as Lal Qila because of the extensive use of red sandstone; it is located near the river Yamuna. The major highlight is the massive 2 km long wall. Every evening, there is a display of history through the light and sound show. Every year on 15th August, the prime minister addresses to the nation from here. In 2007, it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site.