India’s capital is one of the world’s oldest cities, and here you will discover not only historic India, but also the beating heart of a modern nation. If you’re travelling to Delhi and India for the first time, be prepared to immerse yourself in a heady variety of cultures, traditions and architecture.
The first thing you’ll notice on your trip to Delhi that the city is an intricate tapestry of districts, all with their own individual characters. In Old Delhi you’ll discover the city’s most historic sites, including the famed Red Fort that served as the powerbase of India’s Mughal emperors. Nearby you’ll also find the country’s largest mosque – the Jama Masjid.
Despite its title, New Delhi is still home to some of the most exotic and ancient of the city’s wonders. One of the most impressive is Humayun’s Tomb, which is said to have inspired the Taj Mahal. The tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is the Qutb Minar, a fluted red-sandstone tower that tapers up to a height of 72.5 metres, surrounded by a cluster of well-preserved buildings from the 13th century.
Other highlights include the extensive National Museum and the Gandhi Smitri, one of the largest museums in India, and the estate where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last months of his life. The nearby India Gate is now a war memorial, but still has the ability to inspire visitors.
Delhi (Dilli) is fondly referred to as “the heart of the nation” and the city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the diverse cultures that live there today.