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Delhi Travel GuideDelhi, the capital of India, is one of the prime tourist destination in India. The word 'Delhi' is derived form the term Dhillika referring to the first medieval township, Mehrauli located on the southwestern border of the present Delhi. It is also referred as Dehali and Dilli. There is also a name referred to as Yoginipura referring to the female divinities of the fortress who once lived there.
The place had also an ancient urban settlement known as Indraprasata positioned on the banks of the Yamuna supposed to have been founded by the Pandava brothers, the mythical heroes of Mahabharata, the national epic of India. The excavations near a small township at the Purana Kila projects the ancient habitation in Delhi dates around 3rd or 4th century B.C.
Divided into two parts namely the old and the new the area is especially very large. The old part of the city is very ancient and was once the capital for the Muslim rulers between 12th and 19th century. It covers old forts, mosques and monuments of the past. New Delhi is the grand new part of the city that has been made the capital by the British. The British rule gave it a different look adding modern buildings and many new structures for the beautification of the city. Thus, Delhi turns to be the centre point and the major travel gateway for both land and air routes.
Places to visit in Delhi
Temples Mosques and Churches
Delhi known as the commercial hub has a number of tourist attractions to offer. Delhi has been blessed with variety of temples and major among them are Lotus Temple, Hanuman Temple, Kalka Devi Temple, Lakshmi Narayan Temple. These beautiful temples are not only ancient and famous worship shrines but also the best architecture that has ever been created. Devotees from all over the world gather here for all major temple celebrations.
Similarly, the mosques in Delhi are best creations of the Mugal architecture. Some of the important mosques are Bequmpuri Masjid, Jama Masjid, Gumbad Masjid, and Fatepuri Masjid. Besides other holy shrines, churches also equally flourished in India. Delhi house the churches of diverse Christian faith, there are Catholic Churches, Protestant Churches and various other churches scattered all over Delhi.
There are many small and large forts that attract many visitors from all over the globe. These forts show the life style of the past and explores the beauty in them. They have great stories behind them. Major forts that must be visited are the Red Fort and the Old Fort. These monuments are well preserved by the government preventing them from anymore ruin.
Other Places to visit in Delhi
Some of the other important places to visit include Coronation Durbar Site, Raj Ghat, Jantar Mantar Qutab Minar, India Gate, Secretariat Building, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, Nehru Museum, Rail Transport Museum, International Dolls Museum, Crafts Museum, Gandhi Darshan, Purana Qila, the Zoo, Safdarjung's Tomb, and Bahai House of Worship.
Map of Delhi / India
Transportation in Delhi
Travel and communication in Delhi is simpler than any other metro. The roads are spacious and there are hardly any traffic jams. Delhi has a very efficient bus and a limited local train service. Apart from that there are cabs and auto rickshaws. Dealing with autowallahs, as the auto rickshaw drivers are called, can be quite a fine art and can test both your patience and pocket but eventually you will get the hang of it. Literally, in every nook and cranny of Delhi, you will see STD/ISD booths, which usually have fax and internet facilities too.
Best time to visit Delhi
October to March would be the appropriate time to visit Delhi. It is always recommended for the tourists to think over their time of journey to enjoy the place completely with no problems regarding climate and so on.