The Capital of India, New Delhi, is a district of the oldest city or Delhi and serves as the seat of all the branches of government in India.
Its construction started in 1911, designed by British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. The new capital was inaugurated on 13 February 1931, by Viceroy and Governor-General of India Lord Irwin.
Taj Mahal in Agra India
Although it is located outside New Delhi, about a couple of hours away, this is a must visit if you are in the Capital of India. Meaning "Crown of the Palace" is a white marble mausoleum located in the city of Agra on the shores of the Yamuna river. It features formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenelated wall.
In 1983 UNESCO designated it as a World Heritage Site. Today it is a symbol of Indian culture and rich history, attracting about eight million visitors a year.
This is another marvelous treasure of the Old City, and one of the largest mosques in India. In the courtyard they may assemble up to 25,000 devotees and was completed in 1656.
Go up to the top of the southern tower and be rewarded by a stunning view of the rooftops of Delhi.
Dress modestly, or you won’t be allowed to enter. It means covering your head, legs and shoulders. Attire is available there.
Red Fort in the Capital of India
Delhi's most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands as a powerful reminder of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its walls stretching for over two kilometers, were built in 1638 to keep out invaders.
But anyhow it failed to stop the capture of the fort by the Sikhs and the British. Make sure you watch the one-hour sound and light show on the fort’s history every evening.
A Busy Street, Chandni Chowk, Delhi
Here you see the contrasts of New Delhi to Delhi. This street is the best example of a narrow-crowded street as opposed to the wide avenues of the capital.
Cars, cycle rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians, and animals all compete for space. It's chaotic, crumbling and congested, but completely captivating as well. As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow winding lanes are full of inexpensive jewelry, fabrics, and electronics. And by the way, this is the place to taste some of India’s street food.
This tomb came before the Taj Mahal and was the inspiration for its construction and the similarity. It was built in 1570 housing the remains of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun.
It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India, and the Mughal rulers followed it up with an extensive period of construction all over the country.
Beautiful gardens built by the British in 1936 around the tombs of 15th and 16th century rulers, this is a relaxing retreat from the city chaos. It is where to come if you feel tired and worn out.
Young couples, Yoga practitioners and joggers all enjoy this beautiful park retreat.
It is the tallest brick minaret in the world, an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. Nobody knows the reason for its construction in 1206, but some it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer.
The tower has five distinct stories and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran.
Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat
This is the exact spot where Mahatma Gandhi, affectionately referred to as the Father of the Nation, was assassinated on January 30, 1948.
He lived in this house for 144 days up until the time of his death. Everything including the room that he slept in are kept exactly how he left it, and the prayer ground where he held a mass congregation every evening is open to the public.
India gate in the center of New Delhi
This is a War Memorial located in the center of New Delhi,
in commemoration of the Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British
World War I.
This is the place to enjoy a summer evening when the gate glows warmly under floodlights.
It is commonly known as the Lotus Temple, as it's shaped like a lotus flower. At night, when it’s lit up it becomes very attractive. Made up of marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Everybody is welcome to worship there. The tranquil gardens and ponds surrounding the temple are also a great place for a relaxing picnic.
images for capital of india
taj mahal by amaldla
jamamasjid by dennis jarvis
red fort by pastor sam
humayan by michael clarke
qutab minar by diwakar singhal
india gate by ashwin kumar
baha by robert smx
all courtesy of wikimedia commons
Map showing the location of the Capital of India
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