Delhi is India’s foremost point of arrival for visitors looking for a luxury travel experience. Further it is the major transport hub for destinations in the states of Rajasthan, the Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh as well as central north India. Delhi city, oft called the showcase of India has long been the center of political and cultural activity on the subcontinent. The ancient fortresses, majestic buildings and historic ruins find their modern counterparts in the tall skyscrapers, diplomatic enclaves and well-planned townships of New Delhi. The people here, their lifestyles, traditions and even the climate are a rich and varied mixture of all that is India.
Foremost among locations to visit in Delhi is the city of Shahjahanabad which was the capital of Shah Jahan. Unfortunately, little remains of that old city. The Old Delhi, also known as the walled city, served as the capital for many of the most prominent emperors of India. Today, the only remains of the historical city are the gates (Kashmiri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Turkman Gate and the Delhi gate). Near the Delhi Gate is Feroz Shah Kotla, a fortress built by Sultan Ferozshah Tughlaq to house his version of Delhi city called Ferozabad. Notably, a pristine polished sandstone pillar from the 3rd century B.C. rises from the palace’s crumbling remains, one of many pillars left by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka; it was moved from Punjab and re-erected in its current location.
Another great Delhi draw is the India Gate, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It is a prominent landmark in the city and commemorates members of the British Indian Army who lost their lives in World War I and the Afghan Wars. Following India’s independence, the India Gate was rededicated as the site of the Indian Army’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti). Further, the Gate is situated such that many important roads spread out from it. Traffic passing around India Gate used to be continuous till the roads were closed to the public due to increased fear of terrorist threats.
Delhi is also a major center of worship with ten temples, catering to different religions, spread throughout the city. The most famous mosque of Delhi, Jama Masjid, was built in 1644 in the vicinity of the Chandni Chowk. The mosque was one of the architectural gifts given by Shah Jahan. It is one of the largest mosques not only in Delhi but in India. Completed in 1658 – construction on the building took nearly 15 years – this Mosque has three gateways, Four angle towers and two 40 meter high minarets. You may enter the mosque but it would be wise to take precaution and take off your shoes, making sure that you are properly dressed before entering. One may also go to the top of minarets. From here you will be presented with a spectacular birds eye view of the entire city of Delhi – you should expect no less from a luxury travel company.
One of the main markets of Delhi is Chandni Chowk. The fairway was once lined with beautiful fountains. Today those fountains have been replaced by storefronts. It is said that the moonlight reflecting on the, now long gone, canal, earned it the name, ‘Chandni,’ which translates to moonlight. The area lies in the historically important Shahjahanabad, very near The Red Fort. Notably the Chandni Chowk is home to many of the cities religious shrines though there is little tension between the practitioners of the different religions, all of which coexist peacefully lending the street a genuine cultural harmony. This cultural cohesion speaks volumes to the cities culture.
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