Delhi is undoubtedly a state carved out of many. A region that has witnessed many dynasties that have left their presence felt quiet vividly. While the Imperial city of Delhi, referred today as “Old Delhi” still thrives, New Delhi reflects modern interventions and western influences. The design of New Delhi, the eight city that was finally conceptualized and built during the British Raj was laid out Edwin Lutyens, a British architecture. This Indian capital is definitely one of the most vibrant and striking modern metropolis in Northern India and reflects a cordial contrast of the narrow by-lanes of Old Delhi and the grandeur of the stately buildings of New Delhi enriched with history and culture.
Delhi forms an excellent starting point for exploring the entire Northern India. This is possible due to its convenient transport connections and relatively well-planned infrastructure. Delhi, one of the oldest cities in the world, is dotted with crumbling tombs and ruins of forts left behind by Imperial dynasties with most that do not even feature on the list of tourist attractions. From the towering elegance of the 1199 AD Qutub Minar, the 1920s British colonial masterpiece, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the architectural excellence of Jantar Mantar, an open-air observatory built in 1725, the sacred atmosphere of the tomb of Sufi saint, Sheikh Nizamuddin Aulia of the 14th century, to the 16th-century tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun, a precursor to the grand Taj Mahal in Agra, you can experience it all.
Explore the chaotic narrow streets of Old Delhi (formerly known as Shahjahanabad), a 17th-century city, in contrast to the serene Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial site.The royal essence of the Lodi Gardens spanning areas of intense greenery dotted with crumbling 15th-century tombs of once-influential dynasties. And even after so much sightseeing, you realized that you haven’t even covered much of Delhi.