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About New Delhi, India

New Delhi, the national capital of India, is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, presents a picture rich with culture, architecture, and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.

Narrating the city's Mughal past, Old Delhi, takes you through the labyrinthine streets passing through formidable mosques, monuments and forts. You will also discover lively and colorful bazaars that boast to cater all sorts of good and items at mind-blowing prices amidst a barely controlled chaotic ambience. The imperial city of New Delhi displays the finely curved architecture of British Raj.

It generates a mesmerizing charm reflecting well-composed and spacious streets under the shade of beautifully lined avenues of trees and tall and imposing government buildings.

New Delhi Facts

Whenever we look at Delhi, at a glance, the first thing that catches our attention is that it is a potpourri of a number of religions and cultures. The third largest city in India is a rare blend of tradition and intellect. Another point worth noting about Delhi is that it is the perfect fusion of the past and the present. The heritage and legacy of the city, in the form of its numerous historical monuments, coexists with the Lounges, Shopping malls and great adventure parks at present times. In the following lines, we have provided quick information on Delhi, India in a brief form. Read on to know some fast facts about New Delhi.

Name

Delhi. Also known as Dehli or Dilli

Capital Of

India

Religions

Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity

Location

Northern Plains of India

Languages

Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu

Climate

Delhi experiences an extreme type of climate that is very cold in winters and quite hot in summers. Best times to Visit: February to March and September to November

Dialing Code

For Delhi Landlines - Country Code (91) & Delhi code (011) Eg: +91-11-25397458. For Delhi Mobiles - Country Code & Mobile number Eg: +91-995-565-8565

Currency

Rupees - (Rs.)

Tourist Attractions

Lotus Temple, Akshardham Temple, India Gate, Parliament House, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Rajghat, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Purana Quila, Qutab Minar, Dilli Haat, Humayun's Tomb etc

Major Festivals

Lohri, Republic Day, Holi, Independence Day, Id, Deepavali , Dussehra, Durga Puja, Rakhi

Business Hours

10 A.M. - 6 P.M. (Monday to Friday)

Some Useful Links

  • Wikipedia
  • Wikitravel
  • Rough Guides
  • Metro Rail

Places to See in Delhi
LotusTemple

Lotus Temple (Bahai Temple)

This Baha'i House of Worship is in the shape of lotus. This beautiful structure was opened to the public in December 1986. The temple is one of the most visited places in the world. The atmosphere inside the temple is calm and serene. Visitors should maintain pin drop silence inside the temple.

  • Location: Located in Kalkaji in the south of Delhi
  • Time to visit: On all days except Monday
  • Preferred timings: Summer/ Winter: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m./ 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m
  • Admission fee: Free and open to all
  • How to reach: Tourists can take any of the following: auto-rickshaws/taxis/metro rail from various points within the city to reach this temple located in South Delhi.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 30 minutes drive





HumayunTomb

Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's wife, Haji Begum, built his Tomb nine years after his death. Designed by a Persian architect named Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, and completed in 1565, the edifice was a trendsetter of its time, and it remains a must visit place in New Delhi till date.

  • Location: Mathura Road, near its crossing with Lodi Road
  • Time to visit: Open on all days from sunrise to sunset
  • Preferred timings: Late afternoon is the best time to see Humayun's Tomb, because the natural light aids photography
  • Admission fee: INR 10 for citizens/ INR 250 for foreigners
  • How to reach: Tourists can take any of the following: auto-rickshaws/taxis/metro rail from various points within the city to reach this place.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 30 minutes drive





Akshardham

Akshardham Temple

This 100 acres of sprawling Hindu temple is visited by thousands of people every day. Within this temple, under the central dome, the statue of Bhagwan Swaminarayan is erected, which is 11-feet high. This statue is surrounded by other similar statues of the gurus of the sect. This is a very popular tourist spot. The temple was inaugurated in 2005. You can enjoy programmes in the IMAX theater as well as the musical fountain along with Swaminarayan temple in this Akshardham complex in Delhi.

  • Location: Near Nizamuddin Bridge, New Delhi
  • Time to visit: 9AM - 9PM (Tuesday-Sunday). Closed on Monday
  • Admission fee: Entry to the complex is free. But for exhibitions and light and sound show inside the complex, one needs to buy tickets.
  • Special note: Cell phones and other electronic devices are prohibited
  • How to reach: Tourists can either take auto-rickshaws/taxi/metro rail from various points within the city to reach this temple located near Nizamuddin bridge.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 40 minutes drive





IndiaGate

India Gate

It is one of the largest war memorials in India and commemorates the members of the former British Indian Army who lost their lives fighting for the Indian Empire in World War I and the Afghan Wars. The foundation stone for India Gate was laid in 1921 by the Duke of Connaught and was completed in 1931. This enormous structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. After India's independence, India Gate became the site of the Indian Army's tomb of the unknown soldier, known as the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The 42 meter high archway is made of red stone and has the name "INDIA" written on both sides. More than 70,000 names of soldiers are also inscribed on the arch. The archway is located on the Rajpath in New Delhi. This monument is surrounded by lawns, children's park and a boat club. Locals and tourists gather near the India Gate and spend their evenings in leisure.

  • Location: is a 42 meter high gateway located at Rajpath, New Delhi
  • How to reach: Tourists can either take auto-rickshaws/taxis from various points within the city to reach this gateway.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 10 minutes drive





Bhawan

Rashtrapati Bhawan

Modern New Delhi centers around the Rashtrapati Bhawan. It is architecturally a very impressive building, flowing down as it were to India Gate. This stretch called the Rajpath is where the Republic Day parade is held. The imposing plan of this area conceived by Lutyens does not fade in its charm with the numerous summers or winters that go past. For lovers of flowers and beauty, the annual spring opening of the glorious, meticulously tended Mughal Gardens at the stately Rashtrapati Bhawan is a bonanza topped by an amazing assembly of roses in perfect bloom - perhaps the best in the whole of India.

  • Location: Presidents Estate, New Delhi, Delhi
  • How to reach: Official permits are required to visit the Bhawan. Such permits are issued from the reception office at the Raisina Road in New Delhi.





QutabMinar

Qutab Minar

The Qutab Minar is located at a small village called Mehrauli in South New Delhi. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibek of the Slave Dynasty, who took possession of New Delhi in 1206. It is a fluted red sandstone tower, which tapers up to a height of 72.5 metres and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Qur'an.

  • Location: In Qutab Minar Complex, Mehrauli, 16 kilometers from Connaught Place
  • Time to visit: Open on all days from sunrise to sunset
  • Admission fee: INR 10 for citizen/ INR 250 foreigner
  • How to reach: Tourists can hire auto-rickshaws/taxis/metro rail from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in South Delhi.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 40 minutes drive





RedFort

Red Fort

In Old Delhi, you may visit the ramparts of the Red Fort. The decision for constructing the fort was taken in 1639, when Shahjahan decided to shift his capital to New Delhi from Agra. Within eight years, Shahjahanabad was completed with the Red Fort-Qila-i-Mubarak (fortunate citadel) - New Delhi's seventh fort, ready in all its magnificence to receive the Emperor. The Red Fort still retains some of its lost glory. The Red Fort was the last fort built in New Delhi and it witnessed the vicissitudes of fortune - the splendour and the fall of the Mughals, British rule, and finally the dawn of Indian Independence.

  • Location: On Netaji Subhash Marg, near Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi
  • Time to visit: Open on all days except Monday, from sunrise to sunset.
  • Preferred timings: 10 a.m - 4 p.m
  • Admission fee: INR 11 for Indian citizens/ INR 100 for foreigners (including the tickets of all the three museums inside).
  • How to reach: Tourists can take auto-rickshaws/taxis/metro rail from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in Old Delhi.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 40 minutes





Iskon

ISKCON Temple

This temple is built by the Hare Rama Hare Krishna followers. ISKCON Temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Lord Krishna. It is erected on a hillock. The complex is gracefully built and is one of the largest temple complexes in India.

  • Location: Raja Dhirshain Marg, Sant Nagar near the East of Kailash locality
  • Famous for: Radha-Krishna Temple and Hare Krishna Temple
  • Time to visit: Open on all days
  • Preferred timings: Morning Prayer time (4.30 am, 7.15 am, 7.45 am) and evening Prayer time (12.30 pm, 7.00 pm, 7.45 pm). The main prayer hall closes from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm.
  • Admission fee: Free and open to all
  • How to reach: Tourists can take auto-rickshaws/taxis/metro rail from various points within the city to reach the temple in South Delhi.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 30 minutes





JamaMasjid

Jama Masjid

This mosque is located near the Red Fort. It was built between 1644 and 1658 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. It is one of the last architectural works of Shah Jahan. Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. The first three levels of the Jama Masjid tower is made of red sandstone, the fourth one is made of marble, while the fifth is made of sandstone. The masjid is covered with intricate carvings and has verses inscribed from the holy Quran. The spacious courtyard of the Jama Masjid can hold thousands of Muslim followers.

  • Location: 500 meters west of Red Fort, near Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi
  • Time to visit: On all days from Sunrise to Sunset
  • Preferred timings: Summer/ Winter: 7.00 am-12.15 pm & 1.45 pm till sunset/ 8.30 am-12.15 pm & 1.45 pm till sunset; Muslim ladies: After Fazar Prayers (after dawn) till Maghrib Prayers (between sunset and twilight), all round the year except during Ramadan (Ramzan) when they are allowed entry from Fazar Prayers to Maghrib Prayers
  • Admission fee: Free and open to all except during prayer timings. Tourists should cover their knees as well their arms and remove their shoes before entering the mosque. Cloth to be draped around your limbs or feet, is available at the entrance and is provided on request
  • How to reach: Tourists can take auto-rickshaws/taxis/metro rail from various points within the city to reach this monument, which is located in Old Delhi
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 40 minutes





Memorial

Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum

The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum is housed in the former residence of Indira Gandhi. Exhibits include photographs documenting her life from her childhood to time as Prime Minister, her personal belongings such as the sari she was wearing at the time of her assassination, news clippings and letters. An enclosed garden with trees and flowering plants surrounds the building.

  • Location: 1 Safdarjung Road, near Safdarjung Tomb and airport
  • Time to visit: Tuesday-Sunday, Monday closed
  • Preferred timings: 9.30 am to 4.45 pm
  • Admission fee: Free and open to all
  • How to reach: Tourists can take auto-rickshaws/taxis/metro rail from various points within the city to reach this museum.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 30 minutes





Rajghat

Rajghat

This is the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. It is one of the most visited sites in Delhi. It comprises a simple square, black-marble platform that stands on the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. The entire area of Rajghat is surrounded by trees and you can see some of the most exotic shrubs of the country. This place is very green and peaceful. You can also visit the nearby cremation sites of popular politicians of India, such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

  • Location: Ring Road which is now known as the Mahatma Gandhi Road and the banks of the Yamuna River, just southeast of Red Fort.
  • Preferred timings: April to September (5.00 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.) and from October to March (5.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m.)
  • Admission fee: Free and open to all
  • How to reach:: Tourists can take auto-rickshaws and taxis or metro rail from various points within the city to reach this site.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 40 minutes
  • Special feature: A prayer service is arranged for on every Friday, the day he was assassinated, at 5.30 pm in the evening





DilliHaat

Dilli Haat

The Dilli Haat provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity. This Food and Craft Bazar is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine. Located in the heart of the city, it displays the richness of Indian culture on a permanent basis. Dilli Haat was established to provide a platform to craftsmen all over the country who were otherwise limited to their villages & towns. The purpose was to get rid of the middlemen and let artisan sell their products directly to Indian & foreign buyers. There are fixed stalls representing many states. You can also relish variety of cuisines & enjoy the performing arts from different states of the country.

  • Timings: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm (all days open)
  • Admission fee: Nominal admission fee
  • Address: Dilli Haat (opposite INA Market), Sri Aurobindo Marg
  • Contact: +91-11-24629365, 26119055
  • How to reach: Tourists can take auto-rickshaws/taxis/metro rail from various points within the city to reach this place in South Delhi.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 30 minutes





ConnaughtPlace

Connaught Place

It is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in Delhi. Connaught Place is often abbreviated as CP and houses the headquarters of several Indian firms. Its surroundings occupy a place of pride amongst the heritage structures of the city. Connaught Place was developed as a showpiece of Lutyens' Delhi featuring a Central Business District. Named after the Duke of Connaught, the construction work was started in 1929 and completed in 1933. It was renamed as the Rajeev Chowk after the late Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

The Connaught Place of today is one of the most vibrant business districts of Delhi. It is still a premier shopping destination of Delhi, with a number of restaurants, food joints, watering holes, shops, emporia and cinema halls. It can be broadly categorized into two areas - Inner Circle and Outer Circle. Inner Circle offers almost all the international brands, finest restaurants, eateries, bars and excellent bookshops. One can also explore the Central Cottage Industries Emporium at Janpath and Jawahar Vyapar Bhavan, across the road, for Indian handicrafts. The state-run emporia at Baba Kharak Singh Marg offers the best handicrafts from all over India, including Kashmiri shawls and carpets, Madhubani paintings and gems and tea from Bengal.

  • Shop timings: 10:00 am to 7 pm
  • Office timings: 10: am to 6 pm
  • Restaurants and lounge bars timings: 12 noon to 12 midnight
  • Market and offices: Closed on Sunday
  • How to reach: Tourists can take auto-rickshaws/taxis/metro rail from various points within the city to reach to Central Delhi.
  • Time to reach (from Le Meridian): approx. 10 minutes

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