Delhi is a city that bridges two different worlds. Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi created by the British Raj is composed of spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. Delhi has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt here. Interestingly, a number of Delhi's rulers played a dual role, first as destroyers and then as creators.
The city's importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. No wonder chroniclers of Delhi culture - from Chand Bardai and Amir Khusro to present days writers - have never been at a loss for topics. In Delhi, you will discover that the city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: captivating ancient monuments, fascinating museums and art galleries, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, fabulous eating places and bustling markets.
Speaking of its diversity, you have always known Delhi as the political hub of India and for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Red Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, food and of course shopping. A lesser known monument Delhi's Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque and can accomodate over 25,000 people at a time. Not only this, the Masjid was also built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1million rupees, making it Shah Jahan's last architectural extravagance.
But did you know the capital of India is a treasure house of Gods too! Yes, no matter what religion you follow or believe in there is a famous and iconic temple in Delhi for it. Some of the most important and well-known are the Akshardham Temple (is a Hindu mandir, and a spiritual-cultural campus), Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship), Lal Mandir Jain Temple (one of the oldest and best-known Jain temples in Delhi), Chattarpur Temple (second largest temple complex in India), Hanuman Temple (an ancient Hindu temple and is claimed to be one of the five temples of Mahabharata days) amongst many others and a visit to each one of these will give you an experience to be remembered for a lifetime.
But what is strikingly different about Akshardham Temple in Delhi is its architecture, which is an epitome of history, culture and traditions of India and the area it is spread in; spread over an area of 83842 sq ft, Delhi's Akshardham is one of the largest temples in the world. The temple also houses Lotus Garden, the Graden of India, Yagnapurush Kund, ten gates, Narayan Sarovar, and a 3000 feet long parikrama covering 1200 pillars and 155 pinnacles.
Coming to its shopping, the city's one of the famous markets that's a must visit when in Delhi is Sarojini Nagar Market especcially for those who are looking at great bargains and ultra low prices. It is Delhi's biggest and most important markets and a destination for every girl who has a taste for everything trendy and chic.
From shorts, strolls, gowns, tops, skirts to junk jewellery, bags, shoes and even hair accessories; you get everything under one roof of Sarojini Market. But when you step in be prepared for crowd and be alert with your belongings and once you have shopped to your heart's content, there is mouth-watering North Indian food to binge on.
Speaking of food, if you enjoy spicy, tangy and lip-smacking cuisine, Delhi feel make you feel divine with its variety and taste of food. Paranthas are definitely on the top of the list when it comes to starting your day in Delhi. You can choose a plain one or select a stuffing of your choice - potatoes, cauliflower, radish, eggs, keema, bananas or even last night’s left over dal - the options are galore. Next is Delhi's street food, which includes varieties of chaats, golgappas amongst others. Next is Butter Chicken with Butter Naan, Biryani, Chole Bathure and Kabab's which are one of the most gratifying dishes of Delhi. You cannot end your meal until you taste the sweets/ deserts like Jalebi with ice cream, kulfi and Rabri falooda.
Delhi has been the political hub of India. Every political activity in the country traces its roots here. This was true even of the mythological era. The Pandavas of the Mahabharata had their capital at Indraprastha, which is believed to have been geographically located in today's Delhi.
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