Welcome to NEW DELHI

New Delhi is the ideal way of entrance to incredible India, Ladakh and other Himalayan Destinations. New Delhi also provides the fascinating sightseeing to ancient monuments; Museum and Day trip to Taj Mahal, the seven wonders of world. There are several places to see, visit, and explore in New Delhi. New Delhi is an international metropolis with excellent tourist spots, recreational facilities, and a history that goes back to antiquity. A remarkable feature of New Delhi is the extent of greenery all over. New Delhi is also a dream city for visitors looking for items of handicrafts, not only the rich artistic crafts of its own craftsmen but also of craftsmen from all over the country. New Delhi offers a multitude of interesting historical as well as contemporary places and attractions to the visitor, so much so that it becomes difficult to decide from where to begin exploring the city. Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) serves Delhi for both domestic and international connections and is situated in the southwestern corner of the city, alongside Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway. There are regular flights to Ladakh and other states of India. (Websites of private flight agencies operating from Delhi to Ladakh are www.jetairways.com, www.kingfisher.com, www.IndianAirline. com, www.goAir.com.)

From the capital city you can reach Ladakh by road through two different routes .One is the motorable road to Delhi-Manali-Leh, which remains open from June to September, is well maintain by Army Road Organization of India (BRO). Delhi-Manali-Leh, motorable journey is the safest way to reach Ladakh by overland. On this road journey one can enjoy the grand panoramic landscape changing from heavily urbanizations to lush green mountains of Manali and totally different barren desert landscape of Ladakh. Another option being the Delhi-Srinagar (Kashmir)-Leh, which takes you through the beautiful Kashmir valley, however we do not fully recommended it for your personal safety due some recent unrest.


GENERAL INFORMATION OF DELHI

Capital - New Delhi. Area: 491 sq km.
Population - 9370475.
Language - Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, and English are equally in the use.
Touring season - Oct, Nov, Feb , March and April. However, winter is severe and long from Nov to early march.

Places of interest in Delhi
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INDIA GATE

A memorial inscribed with the names of the valiant Indian soldiers who laid down their lives in World War I, designed by Edward Lutyens, and was originally called the all India war memorial. The names of the soldiers are inscribed on the walls of the arc of the gate. Later in 1971, an eternal flame was lit here in memory of the unknown soldiers who died in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. India gate stands at the end of Rajpath, The green, velvety lawns at India Gate, particularly, are a popular evening and holiday rendezvous for young and old alike. A must visit place in New Delhi

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NATIONAL MUSEUM

The national museum is another interesting tourist spot located very close to India gate. The museum has a rich variety of all facets of ancient Indian history and also of central Asia. In fact the museum takes one through a fascinating journey of what ancient India was all about, pottery, rare coins, and numerous such things including art and architecture, costumes are for all to see. It's something every tourist should find time to visit even if the schedule is tight. Collections from Mohenjo-Daro, Harappa, Lothal, Kalibangan and antiques of prehistorically periods are on display. The history dated back to 5000 years is vividly displayed in the museum. The collections of Indus civilization, Brahminical, Jain and Buddhist sculptural antiques are all there. The colour paintings of Mughal, Rajputs, decant are praiseworthy. The antique collections of Sir Aurel Stein have added the attraction of the museum. the evolution of ornaments through ages from prehistoric era to recent modern time, its shape, size, design and pattern and of metallic combinations with or without jewel set are all on display in the ornament gallery of the museum.

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NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART

Located in the Jaipur house, near India gate. The building was the palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur. It has around 4,000 paintings of modern artists and also included are graphics and sculptures. The gallery arranges special exhibitions for those who wish to exhibit their works. Rabindranath, Abanindranath, Nanadalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Shergil and other's creative works are on display. This gallery has a huge collection of art and literature and journal on art and culture and painting of old and modern schooling.

Timings : Open except Monday and national holidays
Visiting hours : :-
Summer : 9-30 to 19-00
Winter : 10-00 to 17-00.

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RAJ GHAT

The last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation is situated on the bank of the legendary Yamuna, which flows past New Delhi. It has become an essential point of call for all visiting dignitaries. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi's cremation, (Antim Sanskar) on 31 January 1948, a day after his assassination. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. A stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial. All guests must remove their shoes before entering the Raj Ghat walls. Besides Raj Ghat the other nearby places must see in New Delhi are the two museums dedicated to Gandhi.

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CHANDNI CHOWK

The living legacy of New Delhi is Shahjahanabad. Created by the builder of Taj Mahal, this city, with the Red Fort as the focal point and Jama Masjid as the praying centre, has a fascinating market planned to shine under the light of the moon, called Chandni Chowk. Although the place is too crowded and congested, this is the most happening marketplace in Delhi. Emperor Shahjahan planned Chandni Chowk so that his daughter could shop for all that she wanted. It was divided by canals filled with water, which glistened like silver in moonlight. The canals are now closed, but Chandni Chowk remains Asia's largest wholesale market. A must visit place in New Delhi.

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DILLI HAAT

This Food and Craft Bazar is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine, a unique bazaar, in the heart of the city, it displays the richness of Indian culture on a permanent basis. The Delhi haat provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Hut or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity. The Dilli haat boasts of nearly 200 craft stalls selling native, utilitarian and ethnic products from all over the country. Dilli haat is not just a market place; it has been visualized as a showpiece of traditional Indian culture- a forum where rural life and folk art are brought closer to an urban clientele.

Timing : 10.30 am to 09.00 pm.
Tickets : Rs.20/- for adult and Rs.10/- for child.

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RED FORT

The red fort, with a circumference of over 2.2 kilometers, was laid out by the banks of the Yamuna River in the 17th century. The Mughal emperor Shajahan built it with the ambition of concentrating the Mughal power in one monument. Monument is perhaps not the right word, a mini-city would be more appropriate .Unfortunately for the emperor, before he could move his capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad in Delhi, and he was taken a political prisoner by his son Aurangazeb. The fort is a delight to one's imagination. Imagine the Naqqar Khana (drum room) also called Naubat Khana (welcome room), where once drums loudly heralded the arrival of the emperor and the Diwan-e-am (hall of public audience) resounded with the incantations of the people. Amazing, isn't it? There's more to see - Mumtaz Mahal, Rang Mahal (palace of colors), Khas Mahal (emperor's palace), Diwan-e Khas (hall of private audience), the Hammam (bathing area) and Shah Burj. The fort has two main entrances - Delhi gate and Lahore gate. The latter get its name from the fact that it faces Lahore in Pakistan. Its entrance leads to Delhi's most crowded bazaar, Chandni Chowk. A must see! There is a light and sound show every evening.

Summer timing : Hindi - 7 pm to 8 pm, English - 8 pm to 9 pm
Winter timing : Hindi - 6 pm to 7 pm, English - 7 pm to 8 pm
Entry fee : entry tickets to the fort cost Rs 10 per person (for Indian nationals) and Rs 250 per person (for foreign nationals).

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QUTUB MINAR

The highest stone tower in India, the Qutub Minar was built by Qutbuddin Aibak, the viceroy of Mohammed Ghori in 1192. It was built to celebrate Ghori's victory over the Rajputs. The tower and the victory are very significant, because both heralded the birth of a new dynasty - slave dynasty. And it laid the foundations of the deli sultanate. And the rest, as one would put it after witnessing this monumental tower, was history. The Minar is a five-storey building with a height of 72.5 metres. The first storey of the Qutab miner was completed in the lifetime of Qutbuddin. His son-in-law and successor, Iltumush, added the next three storeys. Within the complex, is the famous iron pillar which has stood for millennia without rusting, Quwwat-ul-islam, the first mosque built in India, and the Alai Darwaza, the gateway to the complex erected by Alauddin Khilji. Qutab Minar is a successful tribute to architecture, as it captures one's attention by its sheer mass appeal. Even on close encounter, the attention lingers, owing to the delicate and almost ethereal carvings.

Timings : 6 am to 6 pm
Entry fee : entry tickets to the fort cost Rs 10 per person (for Indian nationals) and Rs 250 per person (for foreign nationals).
Address : Qutab Minar complex, Mehrauli, Delhi - Gurgoan road

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BAHAI TEMPLE/ LOTUS TEMPLE

The Lotus Temple is located in South Delhi and is also known as 'Bahai House of Worship'. This 20th century wonder made of marble, dolomite, cement and sand is dedicated in December 1986. This temple represents the Baha'i faith - founded by Baha'ullah, an independent world religion. Similar in style to the Sydney Opera Hose, the Lotus Temple is located in the vast area of 26 acres of plush green land. It is an eye-catching edifice worth exploring. Built by the Baha'i community, it offers the visitor a serenity that pervades the temple and its artistic design. The Lotus Temple is in the form of a white half-opened lotus flower. This is one of the most visited structures in India. It is estimated the temple has attracted more than 50 million visitors since its inception.

Entry fee : Free
Visiting hours : :-
Summer(Apr 1 to Sep 30) : 9:00AM to 7:00 PM
Winter(Oct 1 to Mar 31)) : 9:30AM to 5:30PM
(Sunday closed)

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HUMAYUN'S TOMB

The first garden tomb made in India with an amalgamation of Indian, Mughal and Persian architecture. The fascinating architecture of the HUMAYUN'S Tomb has surely caught everyone's eye. Today, the Humayun's Tomb lies protected under the Archaeological Survey of India. The structure is built with red sandstone along with white and black marble. Infact the Humayun's tomb is the first Indian building to use the Persian concept of a double dome (made up of white marble) with its marble borders. With high arches and double domes, the tomb is a classic example of the Mughal architecture with Persian influence. This tomb was built in the year 1570 as the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent. The construction had its own cultural significance and lead to some major architectural innovations including the Taj Mahal. The Humayun''s Tomb is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in the year 1993 and was also honoured with the prestigious National Heritage Award

Timing : 9 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fee : Rs 10 per person (for Indian nationals) and Rs 250 per person (for foreign nationals). For children below the age of 15 years, the entry is free of cost.