Delhi is one of the oldest cities of the world which was supposed to be founded around 500 BC as mentioned in the Mahabharata. However, the word Delhi is derived from the word “Dhillika” which had around 18 different capital sites of different kings and emperors like Indraprastha, Lal Kot, Quila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad, Ferozabad, Dinpanah, Delhi Sher Shahi, Shahjahanabad etc. The city of Delhi was built and destroyed seven times and ruled by various dynasties and empires since the ancient times. Some of the famous dynasties of medieval times were Tomaras, Mamluks, Khilji, Tughlaqs, Sayyids, Lodhis, Mughals and British made Delhi more attractive by constructing forts, monuments, museums, gardens, galleries, worship places with fine art and architecture etc. So, Delhi is the fusion of the ancient and the modern periods reflected in the form of present culture, architecture and human diversity. Standing along the northern India on the banks of the River Yamuna, and surrounded by the tourist destinations of India with Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Delhi has the political status of a federally-administered union territory known as the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), which in itself is part of National Capital Region.
Tourist Destinations of Delhi
Delhi, the capital of mysterious land of India and a window to the kaleidoscope offers various tourist attractions to the tourists coming from all over the world. Some of the famous places of Delhi are Chandni Chowk, Digamber Jain Temple, Fatehpuri Mosque, Kashmiri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Turkman Gate, Delhi gate, Raj Ghat, Shanti Van where the leaders and freedom fighters of India were cremated, Rajpath and India Gate with two secretariat buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Crafts Museum at Pragati Maidan, Dara Shikoh Library at Civil Lines, Dolls Museum at Bahadur Shah Jafar Marg, National Science Centre near Pragati Maidan etc.
Forts and Monuments of Delhi
The history of forts and monuments of Delhi can be dated back to thousands years with almost 20,000 ancient monuments. Some of the famous forts and monuments of Delhi are Tughluqabad Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Old Fort, Safdarjung Tomb, Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Lahore Gate, Naubat Khana, Dewan-i-Am, Teen Murti Bhavan, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan etc.
Religious Places of Delhi
The history of India is the history of assimilation of different faiths which make India a unique figure in the world where Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam Judaism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Baha’ism flourished together. Delhi is the finest example of the India’s secularism where the tourist can find the places of worship belonging to all the religions. Some of the famous religious places of Delhi are Jama Masjid, The Bahai Temple, Nizam-Ud-Din Shrine, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, ISKCON Temple, Chattarpur Mandir, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara and Sisgunj Gurudwara etc.