The Marvelous Past and The Magnificent Present of Delhi City

Delhi being the national capital of India is the arrival point for overseas travelers. The city is on the major national and international airline routes which make it accessible from other parts of India and the world. Delhi has a well developed metro rail system. The city serves as an important transportation hub close to the tourist places and pilgrimage centers in other north Indian states.

Delhi is the first apex destination of the famous Golden Triangle Tour that covers three most amazing cities including Jaipur and Agra and portrays the true essence of north India. Not just an important transportation centre, Delhi itself promises a never before travelling experience to its curious visitors from India and abroad.

Delhi has been a heritage capital of India, witnessing the rise and downfall of seven dynasties. The historical significance of the city dates back to the 13th century, when the city was known as Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas.Later during the 16th and 17th centuries, the Mughal rulers made Delhi their capital. The love of Mughal rulers for the city is reflected in the architectural relics that are ubiquitous throughout the old and new parts of the city. These architectural marvels also bear testimony to the love of the Mughal emperors for art and culture. Even the tombs of the Mughal era have sprawling lush green parks and gardens around them, which are famous tourist spots of today. The Mughal era monuments include The Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar which speak volumes about the magnificence of the Mughal era architectural style. Mughal emperor Shahjahan is the most famous of all the Mughal emperors for his special love and liking for art and architecture. The emperor is known for creating the Taj Mahal at Agra, a symbol of eternal love. The famous Red Fort, and Jama Masjid are to his credit. Later during the 17th and 18th centuries, Delhi witnessed the British colonial rule in India. After becoming the imperial capital of the British rulers, the city witnessed a transformation in the architectural styles. European architectural styles dominated the sprawling landscapes of the city.

During the 1920′s, British architect Edwin Lutyens developed Lutyen’s Delhi with predominant European styled avenues and official buildings.The outstanding example of European architecture is the Indian Parliament House, the India Gate, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Central Secretariat. These architectural developments separate the new part from the old rambling city with its tapering by lanes of old Mughal era marketplaces. This new part of the city became the national capital of India after independence. Sometimes its hard to believe that such a developed metropolis still retains its ancient character that is centuries old.

Today’s Delhi is a sprawling metropolitan city that reflects the true soul of north Indian culture. The capital is a bustling commercial and political centre of the country. The city has a wide performing arts scene, with many theatres and theatre groups present. Many museums and art galleries provide an insight into the rich historical and cultural heritage of India. Many cultural and music festivals keep happening from time to time in the city. The city also holds national and international export fairs every year. Shopping in Delhi is an ultimate fun filled experience. From glitzy multi brand shopping malls to cheap flea markets spread across the entire city, the shopping arena has a multi faceted character where one can buy from the most traditional to the fanciest of items. Not just shopping, one can have the finest of dining experiences in the city. The city boasts of some of the finest multicuisine restaurants in the world serving delectable Indian and continental cuisines. The local eateries and flavors of the old city are also savored by the local population.

To enjoy a perfect sojourn in the city, the hospitality industry in Delhi offers low range budget accommodations for its budget travelers and backpackers. Budget hotels in Delhi provide the best of modern amenities at the most affordable prices. These hotels serve luxury at economy.

Many cheap hotels in Delhi are located at Paharganj opposite New Delhi railway and metro stations. Paharganj is the hub of budget hotels, and family owned guest houses in Delhi. The place derives its name from nearby Raisin hills where the present day Rashtrapati Bhavan stands. Paharganj also houses an export market known for cheap goods, internet cafes and travel agencies.

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