New Delhi - History at every turn



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Mesmerizing. Modern. Ancient. Diverse.
Delhi overwhelms at first sight. Stand resolute and the city lifts its varied veils to reveal gems of history at every turn.

Delhi has been almost continuously inhabited since sixth century B.C.

With the rise of the Delhi Sultanate in 1200 A.D, Delhi became the most important city in India. The Qutub Minar, completed in 1386, is the landmark structure of this period. At 72.5 meters it is the tallest brick minaret in the world.

The Mughal emperor Shahjahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi in 1639. The result was a walled city called Sahjahanabad. It exists today as 'old delhi' with the Red Fort, Chandani Chowk and Jama Masjid as its architectural linchpins.

When the British decided to shift their capital to Delhi, they settled on the relatively open area to the south of the walled city. Designed to project British Imperial ambitions, this part of Delhi is known for its imposing colonial architecture and wide, tree-lined boulevards.

Visit it for its buildings, its eclectic mix of cultures from all across India, the bustle of its bazaars, the smile of its people. Delhi, in the end, lets you find exactly what you came looking for. You just have to stay long enough...

(Photo Credit: mpnchar/flickr)

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Day 1 - New Delhi


Delhi before the Mughals. Experience the architecture of the period leading up to Mughal Rule. Locations: CBD, South-west Delhi, South Delhi.

Transport Tip: Book a full-day taxi, Radio taxis are available, they are clean, air-conditioned, and generally charge Rs. 15 ($ 0.34 approx) per kilometer. Ask your Hotel Travel Desk to help, or go online to any of these sites: www.merucabs.com, www.carzonrent.com, www.quickcabs.in, www.smartcabs.com


1

Park (The)

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Location:

15 Parliament Street
110001 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 11 2374 3000
fax: +91 11 2734 4000
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2

Jantar Mantar

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Location:

Connaught Place
110001 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 11 2332 0005


4

Ugrasen Ki Baoli

Location:

Near Kasturba Gandhi Marg,
Connaught Place
110001 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist Information)


5

Alai Darwaza

Location:

Qutub Minar Complex
110016 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist Information)


6

Qutub Minar

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Location:

Mehrauli
110030 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2332 0005


7

Alai Minar

Location:

Qutub Minar Complex
Mehrauli
110016 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist Information)


8

Iron Pillar

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Location:

Qutub Minar Complex
Delhi-Gurgaon Road, Mehrauli
110030 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2332 0005


9

Tomb of Iltutmish

Location:

Qutub Minar Complex
Mehrauli
110030 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist Information)


10

Jamali Kamali

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Location:

Near Qutub Minar Complex
Mehrauli Road
110030 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist Information)


11

Bijai Mandal

Location:

Sarvapriya Vihar
110017 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 11 2462 9365


12

Lal Gumbad

Location:

Panchshila Park
Malviya Nagar
110017 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 11 2464 7005(Tourist Information)
fax: +91 11 2469 7352 (Tourist Information)


13

Bukhara

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Location:

Maurya Sheraton
Diplomatic Enclave
110021 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2611 2233
fax: +91 11 2611 3333
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Day 2 - New Delhi


Mughal Delhi: Spend a day revisiting the pomp and grandeur of Mughal times. Mostly in and around the walled city. Also, spice up the day with a visit to Khari Baoli.


1

Purana Qila (Old Fort)

Location:

Off Mathura Road
110034 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 11 2464 7005 (Tourist Information)
fax: +91 11 2469 7352 (Tourist Information)


2

Khari Baoli

Location:

Near Turkman Gate
Near Turkman Gate
110006 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 11 2332 0005


3

Fatehpuri Masjid

Location:

Chandni Chowk
Lal Kuan Bazar
110006 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 11 2464 7005(Tourist Information)
fax: +91 11 2469 7352 (Tourist Information)


4

Jama Masjid

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Location:

Chandni Chowk
110006 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2332 0005


5

Chandni Chowk

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Location:

Red Fort
110006 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2332 0005
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6

Lahore Gate (The)

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Location:

Red Fort
110006 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2332 0005


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Red Fort

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Location:

Off Mahatma Gandhi Marg
Chandni Chowk
110006 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 (0)11 2464 7005
fax: +91 (0)11 2469 7352 / +91 (0)11 2461 0500 (Tourist Information)
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8

Sound and Light Show

Location:

Red Fort
110006 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 (0)11 2328 1802 / +91 (0)11 2327 4580 (India Tourism)


9

Karim's

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Location:

16 Gali Kababian
Jama Masjid
110006 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2326 9880
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Day 3 - New Delhi


Colonial Delhi with a Mughal intermission: See India's center of power, imperial architecture at its glorious best, two Mughal memorial tombs that still mesmerize. End the the day in serene wonder with a visit to a mammoth white lotus floating on water.


1

India Gate

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Location:

Rajpath
110001 New Delhi, India

Contact:

tel: +91 (0)11 2464 7005
fax: +91 (0)11 2469 7352 / +91 (0)11 2461 0500 (Tourist Information)
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2

Sansad Bhavan

Location:

Sansad Marg
110001 New Delhi, India

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3

Rashtrapati Bhavan (President House)

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Location:

Rajpath
110001 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 332 0005
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4

Secretariat (The)

Location:

Rajpath
110001 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2332 0005


5

Safdarjung Tomb

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Location:

Lodhi Road
Near Safdarjung Airport
110003 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2332 0005


6

Humayun's Tomb

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Location:

Nizamuddin
110013 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2332 0005


7

Bahai Temple

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Location:

Nehru Place
110017 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 11 2332 0005
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8

Chor Bizzare

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Location:

4/15A, Hotel Broadway
Asaf Ali Road
110002 New Delhi, India

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tel: +91 (0)11 2327 3821 / +91 (0)11 2327 3825
fax: +91 (0)11 2327 9966
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