India’s second largest city, and its capital, has always played an important role in Indian history. Continuously settled for the last 2500 years, the area has seen 8 major cities here since the 12th century.
In 1911, the capital of British India was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi. And the 8th city of Delhi was founded. Previous cities still show through however with fabulous World Heritage and National Sites from the time of the Moghuls and earlier.
For those with an interest in all that is spiritual, Delhi offers some fabulous places of worship. Probably the most famous, visually anyway, is the Lotus Temple. This Bahá’í House of Worship was only completed in 1986.From the Purana Qila and Red Fort to Humayans Tomb, there are some remarkable monuments left behind by these great architects. And of course, the area of Old Delhi was the creation of Shah Jahan, the builder of the Taj Mahal who moved his capital to Delhi, built the Fort and the walled city which still retains much of its original shape and form, including the bustling markets that thrive there today. Even older remains include Tuqlukabad’s fort and the remarkable Qutab Minar. So if you’re a history buff and a fan of fabulous architecture, you’ll find Delhi a treat.
Somewhat older is the huge Sikh Temple, Saheb Bangla Gurudwara. Housed in a grand building, the site was gifted to the Sikhs in the 17th century by the Maharajah of Jaipur after he was shown the powers of the 8 year old Guru Harkrishnan Sahib. One of the most interesting Hindu temples is the Lakshminarayan Temple, dedicated to the Goddess of Wealth and her consort Narayan (Incarnation of Vishnu). Not least of all the places of worship is of course the Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), part of the city built by Shah Jahan, now Old Delhi. It is the largest Mosque in India and can hold up to 25000 worshippers.
The of course, Delhi houses some of the most interesting of India’s Museums and galleries, including the National Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art and the unique Toilet Museum!
It’s hard not to be captivated by this amazing and wonderful city. From the parks, open spaces and wide avenues of New Delhi, which were given a major sprucing up for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to the crowded and chaotic bazaars of the Old City – Delhi has it all. Step back in time, or enjoy the modern in Delhi’s fabulous cafes, restaurants and shopping centres.
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