The Red Fort is the symbol of the Indian nation. The Indian Flag was hoisted for the first time after independence from the British Empire in 1947 above the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort. The fort is one of the top attractions of Delhi.
The Oriental Old Town of Delhi is located in the triangle between the streets of Nai Sarak Marg, Chawri Bazar, Jama Masjid Rd, and Chandni Chowk Road. It is well worth taking a guide to discover the most beautiful courtyards.
Humayun ruled from 1530 to 1556 as the second King of the Mogul Empire. His tomb served as model for later tombs, such as the world famous Taj Mahla. The tomb is located in a beautiful garden.
The "Jama Masjid Mosque" was built in 1656 by Shah Jahan, who ruled from 1627-1658. The largest mosque in India can also be visited by non-Muslims. Prayer times should be respected. The Jama Masjid Mosque is built in Mogul style architecture and is one of the most famous sights in Delhi.
The Connaught Place is the center of New Delhi, this is the square, where all the axes of the british designed capital meet. Meanwhile, the square has also become the center of the new metro system. Around the Connaught Place there are many shops and some western restaurants.
The huge, red Hanuman rises in the sky of Delhi, between the metro stations Chandewalan and Karol Bagh. Hanuman is a Hindu deity who can fly, have tremendous power, and can change his size at will. Hanuman is the faithful assistant of Rama in the Ramayana.
The Qutb Minar is a 75 m high sandstone minaret, which was built after the victory over the Hindu Kingdom in 1230. The Quwwat-ul-Islam (power of Islam) mosque was never completed. The Qutb Minar tower is part of the Mehrauli Archaeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993.
Welcome to Delhi
The Indian capital consists of two parts. Old Delhi is the historic old town from the Mughal period, with narrow, dark streets like in an oriental medina. New Delhi was the capital of British India, with broad boulevards and green lawns. Both cities have long since grown together and form a huge urban area with over 12 million inhabitants. Delhi is now the capital of India.
The climate in Delhi is dry and hot, during the summer (July, August and September) it rains almost every day "rainy season" and the temperature is around 40 ° C. In the rest of the year it hardly rains at all.
Delhi has a new metro system, but the stretch of the net is compared to the size of the city still rather modest. The Indira Gandhi Airport is connected to the metro network. Most of the distances are too far to walk, the heavy traffic, the dust and the heat do not make walking very pleasant. If you are lucky you might catch a real taxi, but mostly you have to sit in a open "tuk tuk".
You can get good Indian food almost everywhere in Delhi, but you should pay attention to the hygiene (price can be an indicator). If you are afraid of the famous "Delhi Belly" (1 week of terrible diarrhea), do not eat meat or fish at all. Vegetarian dishes only lead to short stomach upsets. Around Connaught Place there are western restaurants, if you want to eat something more familiar or if you are asian if you are looking for something strange.