With old monuments and busy neighbourhoods subtly merging with a vibrant and contemporary cosmopolitan world, Delhi, the capital of India, is a fascinating tourist destination. Poised along the banks of River Yamuna, Delhi, which is almost 1,000 years old, offers a mesmeric mosaic of experiences, both heritage and contemporary. While the former honour the elegant ageing of centuries-old Delhi, the latter reiterate that the capital is the heart of Indian democracy, and can keep pace with the most advanced of the metropolitans of the world.

The bustling old quarter of the capital, centered around Old Delhi, preserves its antiquity and awes with its vibrant food culture and winding by lanes lined with shops selling almost everything under the sun. Strolling through Old Delhi is an unforgettable experience as you can sample some of the oldest recipes - which trace their origin to Mughal kitchens - and soak in essentially ethnic culture as you explore exquisite handicrafts, wholesale clothes and customised jewellery, all of which are available at budgeted deals.


In the midst of the maze-like Chandni Chowk (moonlight street), stands the glorious Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the country. A stone's throw away is the pride of Delhi, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Red Fort, a legacy of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. A smattering of old forts, the iconic Qutub Minar and ancient temples stand as archaeological gems of the capital, paying tribute to the great Mughal kings who ruled their empire from Delhi. The more modern counterpart of the capital, New Delhi, is home to the powerseat of the world's largest democracy, speckled with iconic government structures, glitzy malls, sprawling residential complexes, plush restaurants and cafes, grand temples and lush gardens. A haven for foodies, who can try authentic cuisines of almost all Indian states, Delhi offers everything from international to local delicacies that would appeal to the most discerning traveller.

The national capital is a hub of shopping, with markets catering to all your needs - from books, fashionable clothes and exquisite jewellery to accessories, electronics and footwear. Delhi is home to most high-end retail stores and brands that offer straight-off-the-runway options to shoppers, along with stores that give a hefty dose of vintage crafts and textiles. Delhi's prominent place as the political centre of the country is indisputable.

A Union Territory, it is home to awe-inspiring structures like the Indian Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhawan or the President's residence, and Raj Ghat (the memorial of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi), along with neighbourhoods like Connaught Place and Lodhi Colony. Delhi has been the capital of India for more than a century. Having been ruled by some of the greatest and powerful rulers in the bygone era, the city traces its history to the Hindu epic Mahabharata, when it known as Indraprastha, the home of Pandavas.

In 1192 Afghan warrior Muhammad of Ghori captured the area, and the Delhi Sultanate was established (1206). In 1398, Timur, a Turco-Mongol ruler, invaded the city and founded his kingdom. It was later ruled by the Lodi dynasty kings, who were overthrown by Babur, the founder of the Mughal empire in India. Delhi became the capital of the Mughal empire during the reign of Shah Jahan. The Mughal period lasted for over three centuries and later India fell into the hands of the British, who shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi in the year 1911. Delhi has also served as the capital for other major dynasties such as the Tughlaqs and the Khiljis. Post-Independence, New Delhi became the official capital of the Republic of India in 1947.

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Quila Rai Pithora

Quila Rai Pithora

A historical gem in Delhi, Qila Rai Pithora or Lal Kot was built by Rajput...

Tughlaqabad

Tughlaqabad

Located on the outskirts of Delhi, Tughlaqabad is speckled with ancient...

ISKCON Temple

ISKCON Temple

An architectural marvel, ISKCON Temple in Delhi is one of the many temples...

Parliament House

Parliament House

The governance centre of world's largest democracy, India, Parliament...

St James Church

St James Church

One of the oldest churches in Delhi, dating back to the 19th century, St...

Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga

Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga

Established in the year 1970, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga is...

Connaught Place

Connaught Place

The heartbeat of Delhi, Connaught Place is a heritage neighbourhood that...

Chhatarpur Mandir

Chhatarpur Mandir

Dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, an incarnation of Goddess Durga,...

Garden of Five Senses

Garden of Five Senses

Spread over an area of 20 acre, the Garden of Five Senses provides a...

Agrasen ki Baoli

Agrasen ki Baoli

A quaint and serene spot amidst the bustle of Delhi, Agrasen-ki-baoli,...

Neemrana

Neemrana

Located around 140 km from Delhi, Neemrana Fort Palace, built in 1464 AD,...

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar

Built in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is one of...

Kranti Mandir

Kranti Mandir

Kranti Mandir (temple of revolution) is a complex of museums inside the...

Teen Murti House

Teen Murti House

A popular historical stopover on the tourist circuit, Teen Murti House was...

Safdarjung Fort

Safdarjung Fort

Untouched by the test of time, Safdarjung Tomb stands elegantly framed...

Feroz Shah Kotla Fort

Feroz Shah Kotla Fort

One of the oldest structures in Delhi, Feroz Shah Kotla Fort was built by...

Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk

Preserving the antiquity of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is a bustling...

National War Memorial

National War Memorial

A national tribute to the bravehearts and martyrs who sacrificed their...

Akshardham

Akshardham

Holding the Guinness World Records as the world's largest comprehensive...

Red Fort

Red Fort

Lying at the heart of Delhi, the majestic Red Fort, made of fine red...

Bahai Lotus Temple

Bahai Lotus Temple

Built in the shape of a gigantic lotus, the Bahai Lotus Temple is a serene...

Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

One of the most prominent spiritual sites in Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin...

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

Almost as old as the history of the Delhi Sultanate, the iconic Qutub...

India Gate

India Gate

A stunning archway standing as a tribute to the brave soldiers who...

National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park

National Zoological Park, or Delhi Zoo as it is popularly called, is...

Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is a blend of cultural extravaganza, crafts and food. It is a...

Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat

Built in the memory of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who is revered as the...

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

A quiet and serene spot amid the bustling marketplace, Gurudwara Bangla...

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

One of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid is situated in Old Delhi....

Rashtrapati Bhawan

Rashtrapati Bhawan

The official residence of the President of India, Rashtrapati Bhawan is...

kurukshetra

kurukshetra

A sprawling city dotted with temples, sacred tanks and pilgrimage sites,...

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

Large sweeping avenues, the serene Sukhna Lake, sprawling parks,...

Haridwar

Haridwar

Bustling with devotees, its air filled with the sweet smell of incense...

Jaipur

Jaipur

The city of palaces and forts, interspersed with historical monuments and...

Agra

Agra

The city of the Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world, Agra in...