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NewDelhi Travel Guide

by our India expert Conrad Freethy
 
Conrad Freethy‘Old’ Delhi was, for 300 years, the capital of the immensely powerful and wealthy Mughal Empire. With the arrival of the British ‘Raj’, the similarly powerful East India Company removed the seat of government to their own headquarters of Calcutta until 1911 when it returned to the New Delhi laid out by Lutyens. Now one of the most populated cities in the world (nearly 25 million), it is a tumultuous hubbub of tuk-tuks and cyclo-rickshaws, immense lorries and sleek limousines, wandering donkeys and millions of pedestrians. A world melting pot, it offers Raj imperial splendour, (the Delhi Gate and Parliament House), magnificent Mughal monuments (the Red Fort and Emperor Humayun’s tomb), juxtaposes the richness of the relatively new Akshardham Hindu temple with the more austere magnificence of the Jama Masjid mosque. Its streets provide some of the best ‘theatre’ anywhere, from actual street performers to a kaleidoscope of people of all nations, backgrounds, religions, dress and languages.
 

India Facts

National Flag: Indian Flag
Language(s): Assamese
Bengali
English
Gujarati
Hindi
Kannada
Kashmiri
Konkani
Malayalam
Marathi
Nepali
Oriya
Panjabi
Sanskrit
Sindhi
Tamil
Telugu
Urdu
Currency: Indian rupee
Dialling Code: +91
Time Zone: GMT + 5.5
Tourism Website:
http://www.tourisminindia.com/

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