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New Delhi Local History

Historical evidence suggests that Delhi has been settled for over 2500 years. Since the 12th century, the city has seen the rise and fall of seven major powers.

When the British ruled India they decided to make Delhi the capital in 1911 and built 'New Delhi'. During the traumatic partition of India, the city was torched and transformed from a predominantly Muslim city of less than a million residents to a largely Hindu city of almost 2 million.

Since independence the city has prospered, the result of this has however meant increased traffic congestion and pollution.

New Delhi Attractions

Top Attractions

Red Fort Rising 33m over 'Old Delhi' the fort is a reminder of the majesty of the Moghul emperors. The walls provide a sanctuary from the noise of the city to the gardens and pavilions. On Independence day large crowds gather at the Lahore gate to celebrate.

Jama Masjid This is the largest mosque in India with a capacity of 25 000. Built in 1644, it was built by Shah Jehan, the same emperor who built the Taj Mahal. The mosque features four towers and three highly decorated gateways. Visitors who are bare legged can hire robes before entering.

New Delhi This part of the city allows the visitor to experience the British Imperial dream of India. The architectural style is by no means Indian as it is far more classical in appearance. Points of interest include the Rashtrapti Bhavan (presidential residence), Parliament House and Secretariat buildings, the India Gate and the Rajpath.

Lotus Temple ( Indian Baha'i Temple ) "There is one God; mankind is one; the foundations of religion are one." In the heart of New Delhi, the bustling capital of India, a lotus-shaped outline has etched itself on the consciousness of the city's inhabitants, capturing their imagination, fuelling their curiosity, and revolutionising the concept of worship. This is the Bahá'í Mashriqu'l-Adhkar, better known as the "Lotus Temple". With the dawning of every new day, an ever-rising tide of visitors surges to its doorsteps to savour its beauty and bask in its serenely spiritual atmosphere.
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Jantar Mantar At first sight, the Jantar Mantar appears like a gallery of modern art. It is, however, an observatory. Sawai Jia Singh II of Jaipur (1699-1743), a keen astronomer and a noble in the Mughal court, was dissatisfied by the errors of brass and metal astronomical instruments.
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Chandni Chowk Chandni Chowk, or 'Moonlight Square' is the most famous and historic street of Delhi, built around 300 years ago when the walled city of Shahjahanabad was established in the 17th century. The 'Trafalgar Square' of Delhi, Chandni Chowk is widely known for its century old heritage and meeting point of different cultures and traditions over the centuries. At present the street is a busy thoroughfare with its traditional framework of several 'Kuchas and Katras' (alleys) housing traditional Havelis, innumerable places of worship, popular specialized markets and century-old eating joints, known for their specialties not only in the capital but worldwide. Tourists can either take local buses from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in Old Delhi, or they can hire auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail. Open on all days, avoid Sundays
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Lodhi Garden Earlier known as Lady Willington Park, Lodi Gardens is located on the main Lodi Road, about a kilometer east of Safdarjang's tomb. Beautifully landscaped and well laid out with small water bodies, fountains and a jogging track, the gardens are very popular with people of all ages in the capital. Re-landscaped by JA Stein and Garrett Eckbo in 1968, the gardens also house the National Bonsai Park that has a fine selection of bonsais. However, the main attractions are the ancient monuments belonging to the Sayyid and Lodi periods around which the garden was laid out in 1936 by relocating the then existing village. The Lodi Gardens has many species of trees, a Rose Garden, and a Green House, where plants are stored. The garden is at its best during the months of February and March, when winter flowers are in full bloom. Many species of birds can be seen in Lodi Gardens throughout the year. These include babblers, parakeets, mynahs, kites, owls, kingfishers near the lake and a family of Hornbills. Previously many vultures could be seen perched on the domes of the tombs, but their numbers have declined in recent years. The playful squirrels in the park are used to people and often approach visitors sitting on benches in the hope of being fed. The Lodi Gardens are a popular picnic spot in winter and the park can get very crowded during winter afternoons. Yoga classes are held every morning in the park and regular walkers exercise early in the morning and late at night. Street lamps along the paths and jogging track ensure the route is well lit. The Lodi Gardens are a beautiful example of history preserved in the heart of modern south Delhi. A walk around the serene oasis of the Lodi Gardens is sure to prove a refreshing break from the urban rush of bustling Delhi.
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The Garden of Five Senses Located in Said-Ul-Azaib village, close to the Mehrauli heritage area, The Garden of Five Senses is an attractive park developed by Delhi Tourism Transportation Development Corporation. Visitors can relax, enjoy the park's amenities and take a break from the daily routine of their hectic lives, as well as develop a greater sensitivity to the environment. Inaugurated in February 2003, the garden is designed to stimulate our five senses with its beauty and attractions and give us a chance to touch, smell, hear and see our natural surroundings. The garden serves as one of the prominent cultural venues of the capital, as programs are organized here round the year. The Garden tourism festival, food festivals, different melas, Dandiya festivals and other cultural programs are held here at different times. Though the 20-acre garden has numerous attractions, however the prime attractions of the park are the Khas Bagh, a beautiful garden, Food and shopping court, Neel Bagh, Color Gardens, the Courts of Specimen Plants, amazing sculptures and the interesting Solar Energy Park. Khas Bagh is developed on the pattern of Mughal Gardens though with a series of modern water channels and fountains, some fitted with a lighting system enhancing the whole beauty of the garden. Walking the spiral walkway will lead to the food as well as the shopping court where visitors can taste the different delicacies and shop for unique curios. Then there is awe-inspiring Neel Bagh, a pool of water lilies, surrounded by a bower like structure covered with colorful plants. There are also numerous wind chimes in the park, which add to the ambience with their tinkling sound.
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QBA by Night - Restaurant & Bar in New Delhi Centrally located in the inner circle of Connaught place, Q'BA restaurant and bar has quickly become the destination of choice for upmarket casual dinning in the capitol region. Two floors, spanning 14,000 sq. feet, greet our guests as an oasis in this busy metropolis. All your dinning and nightlife needs are taken care of in the most professional and friendly manner. Lunch : 12 noon to 3 p.m, Dinner : 7 p.m to midnight, Lounge : Open 12 noon to 1 AM For Reservation, Call: 011-41512888, E 42/43, Cannaught Place (inner circle), New Delhi-110001
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Bhape Da Hotel 75, Municipal Market, Connaught Circle New Delhi Located In Connaught place ,Famous for best Butter chicken and Black Dal. Average meal for Two: Rs. 300
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The Embassy Restaurant | 11-D, Connaught Place, New Delhi Delhi Famous for its Tomato fish,Black Chick peas,and its pudding
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Akshardham Temple Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and 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 grand, ancient-styled Swaminarayan Akshardham complex was built in only five years through the blessings of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) and the colossal devotional efforts of 11,000 artisans and BAPS volunteers. The complex was inaugurated on 6 November, 2005. Akshardham means the eternal, divine abode of the supreme God, the abode of eternal values and virtues of Akshar as defined in the Vedas and Upanishads where divine bhakti, purity and peace forever pervades. For the first time ever in the world witness the heritage of India in all its facets, insights and beauty at the Swaminarayan Akshardham through its mandir, exhibitions, verdant gardens and other attractions.
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Tantra Pub & Lounge I am Sandeep here as operations manager of Tantra pub & lounge,sector-18,noida ( g-17,1 & 11 floor ) delhi ncr +91 9873511107
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Good shopping Gr8 place to shop is Khan Market for regular fare but for souveniors one must head to Janpath , be prepared to bargain here!
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Nu Deli One of the best restaurants/bar lounge I visited in Delhi. The interiors are explicit and they have one of the best selections of wines from across the world. The service staff is very polite and it is located in the heart of South Delhi. It is 10 out of 10 in all marks....A must visit..!
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Qutub Minar Qutub Minar...is the tallest brick minaret in the world, and an important example of Indo-Islamic Architecture. The tower is in the Qutb complex in South Delhi, India. The Qutb Minar and its monuments are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qutb-ud-din Aybak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced construction of the Qutub Minar in 1193; but could only complete its basement. His successor, Iltutmish, added three more storeys and, in 1368, Firuz Shah Tughluq constructed the fifth and the last storey.
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Humayun's Tomb Humayun's tomb is a complex of buildings of Mughal architecture located in Nizamuddin East, New Delhi. It encompasses the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun as well as numerous others, including the Barber's Tomb. The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. This style of mausoleum was the same that created the Taj Mahal in Agra.The tomb of Humayun was built by the orders of Hamida Banu Begum, Humayun's widow starting in 1562.
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Old Fort & Delhi Zoo The Old Fort, also known as the Purana Qil'ah or Purana Killa in Hindi, is one of the most famous monuments in Delhi, India and is its oldest historical site. The fort was constructed in the 16th-century by the founder of the Sur Dynasty, Sher Shah Suri. The fort's unique Mughal-Hindu-Afghan architecture makes it a popular tourist destination in Delhi. Old Fort's surrounding valley houses the Delhi Zoo, Delhi's largest zoological park, and a boat club. The historic structure of the Purana Qila has stood witness to the restoration of the city of Delhi, the periods of anarchy, and the rise & fall of empires.
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Akshardham Temple Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and 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.
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International Dolls Museum The International Dolls Museum is a large collection of dolls in Delhi, India. It was setup by K. Shankar Pillai, a political cartoonist.
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Appu Ghar & Oyster Water Park Appu Ghar is a kiddie amusement park for anyone of any age, located in Delhi, India. This theme park includes haunted houses and some roller coaster. Appu, was both the cartoon mascot, and a live elephant mascot that became the beloved star of the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, India. This amusement park got the name from that Mascot's name. "Appu" - The Name of the Elephant and "Ghar" means House. Appu ghar also has a water park - Oyesters. Its a huge water park with lots of huge slides, rivers, lakes, etc
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Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple) The Bahá'í temple in Delhi, India was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian Subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. The architect was Fariborz Sahba from Canada.
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Relax Restaurant One of the restaurants serving best butter chicken and amazing wraps!!!!!
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Dehli Railway Museam Lots of model trains and trains from Indian Railways which are no longer in use.
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Connaught Circus Connaught palace is the place to shop if you’re a brand name freak like me. Compared to prices here in the US, Connaught palace is much cheaper, and u find the same brands as here.
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Deerpark Good place to hangout, green grass, flowers, beautiful ambiance, walking etc.. excellent place for fun and play
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New Delhi Shopping

Bargaining is the norm in Delhi, except in fixed price shops, so brush up on your skills! India is a great place to buy oriental rugs, beware of the merchants however as they are notoriously dishonest.

New Delhi Activities

Delhi Zoo A good option for a family outing, the Delhi zoo is open daily, except Friday between April and October. The White Tigers are the star attraction of the zoo.

New Delhi Parks & Gardens

Children's Park Near the India Gate, the park has slides, swings and an aquarium.

Dhaula Kuan Complex Here you will find a lake, hanging bridge, a playground and waterfalls perfect for summer.

India Gate Lawns Come visit these beautifully tended lawns and enjoy an ice cream from one of the vendors on a warm evening.

New Delhi Restaurants and Bars

Delhi is synonymous with Mughali and Frontier cuisines. Delhi is a truly international destination with the result that you can get continental and oriental dishes at most hotel restaurants as well as Indian cuisine.

New Delhi Restaurants

Amber Restaurant This restaurant serves traditional Mughali food with smartly dressed waiters. The food is modestly priced and the restaurant is frequented by the upper crust of the city. The address is N-19 Connaugt Place.

Bukhara Located at the Sheraton Hotel, this restaurant serves dishes that come from India's northwestern frontier primarily marinated meat specialties. Try the lamb marinated in rum and cooked in the tandoor oven.

Daniell's Tavern You will find this restaurant at the Imperial Hotel in New Delhi. The restaurant serves the 'cuisine of the Raj' with dishes from all over the country as well as dishes borrowed from England.

Dum Pukht Located at the Sheraton Hotel, this restaurant serves a fusion of traditional dishes that have been adapted to modern influences. The food is delicately spiced with maximum flavour. The marinated muttonchops in pomegranate sauce comes highly recommended.

New Delhi Bars & Clubs

1911 Bar Located at the Imperial Hotel, this bar is styled just as it was during the 1940's. It is a truly popular place with affordable drinks and a great atmosphere.

Pegasus Bar You will find this bar at Nirula's hotel on Connaught Circus. This bar is popular with businessmen and the younger crowd alike. It is a good place to try local drinks, because there are no international drinks here.

The Mirage Currently the city's most popular nightclub, you can find this place at the Surya Hotel in the New Friends Colony in the south of the city.

New Delhi children's activities

Delhi Zoo A good option for a family outing, the Delhi zoo is open daily, except Friday between April and October. The White Tigers are the star attraction of the zoo.

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