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About Delhi
Delhi
Delhi has been the capital of India for more than a thousand years. A city of mingled cultures, with a rich cultural heritage - influenced by the cuisines of Kashmir, Punjab, Lucknow, Rajasthan, Hyderabad and Karnataka. It has evolved a signature Delhi cuisine richly borrowing from its neighboring states the art form of the dumpukht cuisine which birthed only 200 years ago under the epicurian tutelage and passion of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah who excelled in it’s indulgence with a passion unequaled by any Mughal King. Dumpukht is a fine dining cuisine with it’s thin and light gravies signaturing it as the prefered cuisine of royalty and by default of posterit - its main constituents and elements germinated and evolved from within the Kashmiri and Hyderabadi cuisines unlike which were heavy laden with cream, butteroil and nuts and eventually sccummbed to its imminent demise. Punjabi cuisine fiercely vyied with others for its rightfull and populist position on Delhi’s culinary map. Infact most worthy restaurants in the England and the states borrowed extensively from Delhi’s Punjabi cuisine repertoire of culinary dishes that began to get evangelised any where in the world an Indian cuisine restaurant has opened.
Religious places in Delhi
Bahai Temple ( Lotus Temple )
The temple represents the Bahai faith which is broad in its outlook, scientific in the influence it exerts on the hearts and minds of men. It signifies the purity and the universality of the lord and equality of all religions. Visited by over four million people, annually, this gleaming lotus- like marble structure is located on Bahapur Hills (South Delhi) and it is the seventh and most recent Bahai houses of worship in the world. The temple is a must visit for every tourist who comes to Delhi. This structure, completed in 1986, is a marvel of modern architecture. Set amidst pools and gardens, the view of the temple is very spectacular just before dusk when the temple is flood lit. Anyone is free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion. The temple is around 45 minutes from Domestic Airport.
Akshardham Temple
Swaminarayan Akshardham reflects the essence and magnitude of India's ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spirituality. The main monument, depicting ancient Indian "vastu shastra" and architecture, is a marvel in pink sandstone and white marble that is 141 feet high, 316 feet wide and 370 feet long with 234 ornate pillars, over 20,000 sculptures and statues of deities, eleven 72-foot-high huge domes (mandapams) and decorative arches. And like a necklace, a double-storied parikrama of red sandstone encircles the monuments with over 155 small domes and 1,160 pillars. The whole monument rises on the shoulders of 148 huge elephants with 11-feet tall panchdhatu statue of Swaminarayan presiding over the structure.
Jama Masjid
Built by Shah Jahan in 1658, it is one of the largest mosques in India with a seating capacity of more than 20,000. The mosque is situated near the Red Fort in old Delhi. This is the area that still retains the traditional charm of markets in Mughal times. The bulbous domes and tapering minarets built with marble stand strong and beautiful even to this day. This mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m. high minarets. You can even go to the top of minarets and have a bird's eye view of Delhi.

 

Birla Mandir
  Also known as the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, it is ideally located in central Delhi (Mandir Marg). This temple dedicated to the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi and Lord Narayana (Lord Vishnu) was built in 1938 by the prominent Indian industrialist Raja Baldev Das Birla and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The temple, built in Orissan style, has a large number of idols representing various gods of Indian pantheon. The well-grafted gardens need a special mention.
Nizam-ud-din Shrine
This is the tomb of the famous sufi saint, Nizam-ud-din Auliya. Built on the way from Humayun's tomb, the premise of the shrine is a tank, which is surrounded by many other tombs. It is said that there was an argument between the rulers of Tughlakabad and the saint over building this tank. The saint had said that the city of Tughlakabad will never prosper and so did it happen. The tomb has been through several renovations ever since it was built. The present mausoleum dates back to 1562. The complex of the shrine includes several other tombs, including that of the noted poet Mirza Ghalib (1786-1869), Amir Khusru and the grave of Jahanara, the daughter of Shah Jahan. If you happen to be there at around sunset on Thursdays, don't miss out the extravagant performance of qawwali singers that takes place after the evening prayers. Location: West of Mathura Road.  
ISKCON Temple
  Built on a hilly place in 1998, the ISKCON Temple is a complex of temples. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, this elegant temple is one of the largest temple complexes in India. It has a large number of Hare-Rama Hare-Krishna cult followers.
Geography of Delhi
Delhi is located at 28.38 North and 77.13 East & lies in northern India. Uttar Pradesh is on the east and Haryana is on the west of Delhi. There are three major geographical regions: the Yamuna flood plain, the ridge & the Gangetic Plains. The Yamuna flood plains provide fertile soil suitable for agriculture. However, these plains are prone to recurrent floods. With an average altitude of 293 m above sea level, the ridge forms the most dominating feature in this region. It originates from the Aravalli Hills in the south and encircles the west, north-east and north-west portions of the city. The Great Plains are located in the south of the city and cover most of Delhi.
Brief History of Delhi
Delhi has glorious and tumultuous 5,000 year old history . A city of great antiquity, Delhi has been traditionally credited with being the capital of the Pandavas, the heroes of the Mahabharata. The area around the Yamuna River (near Purana Qila) has been identified with the city of Indraprastha. It took centuries for Delhi to take center stage of attention once again and till date it has continued to dominate the every aspect of the Indian life. The recorded history of Delhi started only after coming of Aryans from the Central Asia. Over the ages, the city attracted a large number of races because of its central position and wealth. Even now, the city is attracting people from all over the country who come in search of better life and opportunity. This character of assimilation has given a new dimension and dynamism to the city. The modern Delhi was founded in the 8th century AD by Tomara Rajputs who were later supplanted by the Chauhans. Prithivi Raj Chauhan, the last ruler of this dynasty, was defeated by Muhammad Ghori in the Second Battle of Tarain in 1192. Thus came the end of the Hindu rule at Delhi. It then became the pivot of the Muslim rule in India, which continued till 1857 when the Mughal Empire ended. When the last Mughal emperor who was declared leader of the Indian Mutiny or "First War of Independence" was captured and sent to Burma by the British. The uprising caused a lot of bloodshed before Delhi was brought under the British control. After a period of more than 50 years, Delhi was once again made capital of India in 1911. Calcutta now Kolkata served as the British capital during this break period. With Indian Independence in 1947, the last representative of the British India, Lord Mountbatten lost all authority, and the democratically elected Congress government came to power with Jawaharlal Nehru as the first Prime Minister of India. Today, Delhi has the distinction of being the capital of largest secular democratic country in the world and is growing in all directions.
Delhi Travel Information
Delhi is a city with magnetic attraction. Delhi was a witness of every scar India has suffered from time-to-time. Delhi has seen the struggle of the Indians to regain their freedom, Now Delhi stands proudly as a symbol of the strength, achievements and aspirations of we Indians. Delhi should be the first tourism destination to understand India and Indians deeply. There are many destinations to see. The Qutab Minar, which is the tallest monument in India, ushered in the new Indo-Islamic style of architecture that was a fusion of the Indian and Mughal styles. On the other hand, India Gate is a memorial in tribute to the soldiers martyred in the Afghan War is an example of Britsh architecture. It has the names of all these heroic men inscribed on it. Red Fort, an example of the rich Mughal architecture, is another fascinating building, built with red sandstones. Now a days, Red Fort is used as a venue to the Independence Day parade of India. Connaught Place is the most happening place in New Delhi. It is the central business district of New Delhi. A shopper's paradise- Connaught place is one of the most famous shopping destinations of India. It houses some of the best restaurants, discos and hotels of the city. Those in search of spiritual rejuvenation can visit the Lotus Temple, a beautiful white marble building and a place of worship for Bahai's.
Rivers of Delhi
Yamuna is the only main river flowing through Delhi. Yamuna is one of India's most sacred rivers, Most of the city, including New Delhi, lies west of the river. East of the river is the Old City.
Food of Delhi
Due to diversity of people, The Makki Ki Roti and Sarson Ka Sag of Punjab; Momos from Sikkim; Chowmein from Mizoram; Dal - Bati Choorma from Rajasthan; Shrikhand, Pao-Bhaji and Puram Poli of Maharashtra; Macher Jhol from Bengal; Wazwan, the ceremonial Kashmiri feast; Idli, Dosa and Uttapam of South Indian and Sadya, the traditional feast of Kerala, all are available in Delhi. A delightful outlets of Indian food are the food stalls at Dilli Haat, here, the food of different states is available at very moderate rates. In Delhi the omnipresent tandoori chicken and tandoori roti, which, when freshly had from the tandoor, makes a delicious meal. This is often available at roadside dhabas at a moderate cost.
Arts & Culture of Delhi

Delhi is by nature a homogenous city, It is ready to assimilate all incoming influences, whether they are people, culture, or the languages. During October to March, many events take place in the fields of the visual and performing arts. At Kamani Auditorium, the Chamber Theatre at Triveni Kala Sagam, FICCI Auditorium, the India International Center, Siri Fort, LTG Auditorium, Pragati Maidan and Sri Ram Center, where Delhites can enjoy the privilege of seeing, and listening to, the legendary gurus as well as their disciples. Music lovers look forward to the Shankarlal, Dhrupad and Tansen Festivals in February and March and the Vishnu Digamber Festival in August, at which India's greatest musicians perform Roshanara Festivals of music and dance organized by Delhi Tourism. October witnesses the popular Qutub Festivals where reputed musicians and dancers offer captivating renditions with the Qutub Minar as the backdrop. Film buffs eagerly await the National Film Festivals and the bi-annual International Film Festival, held in January. Apart from commercial cinema houses, films are periodically screened at the Max Mueller Bhawan, the Alliance Francaise, the Japan Cultural Center, the British Council Division, the Russian Center for Science and Cultural and the Hungarian Information Center. The city was particularly well known for its silver and gold enameling, and zari or embroidery in gold thread. Master-craftersmen in both crafts still live in the Walled City where there are also miniature painters. Delhi also has fine potters, wooden toy makes, kite makers and lacquer craftsmen. In Old Delhi it is not unusual to come upon a traditional workshop.