consists of two distinct parts. Old Delhi exhibits India's history
of Muslim rule. There are mosques, forts and monuments depicting
the Muslim touch. New Delhi was established as the capital by the
British. This part of the city has the government buildings and
some monuments of historical significance.
Jama Masjid - It is the largest mosque in India. It was
begun in 1644 and completed only in 1658. There are two minarets
(40m in height), four angle towers and three gateways. Built
during the rule of Emperor Shah Jahan, the mosque is made of white
marble and red stone.
On the banks of the Yamuna, is the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was
cremated following his assassination in 1948.
This shopping bazaar is the main street of Old Delhi. In spite of
it being terribly crowded, irrespective of the time of the day or
night, it is frequented by Indian and foreign tourists alike.
Beautifully designed, the Baha'i House of Worship (also known as
the Lotus Temple) is built in the shape of a lotus. Its petals
constructed in concrete and faced with white marble have an
extraordinary lightness. Nine pools of water around the structure
add to the illusion of a lotus floating in water. It belongs to
the Baha'i Sect and is dedicated to the oneness of all religions.
People of all faith can come and pray in the sprawling prayer
hall. The temple remains open everyday from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
This is an observatory constructed during the rule of Maharaja Jai
Singh II ( around the year 1725). There is a huge sun-dial known
as the Prince of Dials.
This arch of triumph bears the names of several thousands of
Indians who lost their lives during first world war.
Opposite India Gate is the official residence of the President of
India. The building exhibits Mughal as well as Western
architectural style. Surrounded by huge gardens, this was
completed in 1929.
This fort in Delhi with its massive walls was started by Humayun
but was completed around 1540 by Sher Shah (the Afghan ruler who
had defeated Humayun).
73m in height, this tower in Delhi tapers from a diameter of 15m
to 2.5m. There are five distinct storeys, each of which has a
Lakshmi Narayan Temple
This was constructed in 1938 by the famous industrialist BD Birla.
It is dedicated to the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi.