ABOUT DELHI

The capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. Standing along the West End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi, unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.

The capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern. It unwinds a picture rich with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. It offers a multitude of interesting places and attractions to the visitor, so much so that it becomes difficult to decide from where to begin exploring the city. New Delhi is one of the most historic capitals in the world comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.

In Old Delhi, one can explore attractions like mosques, forts, and other monuments that depict India's Muslim history. The important places in Old Delhi include: the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk, besides Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the last two being modern structures constructed after India's Independence in 1947. New Delhi, on the other hand, is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. It generates a mesmerizing charm reflecting well-composed and spacious streets under the shade of beautifully lined avenues of trees and tall and imposing government buildings.

New Delhi is the major travel hub of India. Delhi houses many government buildings and embassies, apart from places of historical interest. It is one of the most historic capitals in the world and two of its monuments- the Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb - have been declared World Heritage Sites. It offers a multitude of interesting places and attractions to the visitor, so much so that it becomes difficult to decide from where to begin exploring the city. In Old Delhi, attractions like mosques, forts, and other monuments that depict India’s Muslim history. The important places in Old Delhi include the majestic Red Fort, the historical Chandni Chowk, besides Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana, the last two being modern structures constructed after India’s Independence in 1947. New Delhi, on the other hand, is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. Delhi houses many government buildings and embassies, apart from places of historical interest. Notable attractions in New Delhi include the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the one-time imperial residence of the British viceroys; the India Gate, a memorial raised in honour of the Indian soldiers martyred during the Afghan war; the Laxminarayan Temple, built by the Birlas,; the Humayun's Tomb, said to be the forerunner of the Taj Mahal at Agra; the Purana Quila, built by Humayun, with later-day modifications by Sher Shah Suri; Tughlaqabad, Delhi's most colossal and awesome fort; Qutab Minar, built by Qutb-ud-din Aybak of the Slave Dynasty; and the lotus-shaped Bahai House of Worship.

HOW TO REACH

By Air - New Delhi has both domestic and international airport. It is the capital and the major airport of India. Indira Gandhi International Airport is connected to all the major international destinations. Palam Airport is well connected to all the major cities of India. There are regular flights by Indigo, GoAir, GoBusiness, Jet Konnect, Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet, etc.
Rail - New Delhi is well connected to major and minor cities of India. There are three important Railway Stations in Delhi namely New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazarat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
Bus - Delhi is well connected by road to all major destinations by a good network of National Highways. The Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) is located at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan and Anand Vihar. Delhi Transport Corporations of the neighbouring states provide frequent bus services through Air Conditioned, Deluxe and Ordinary Coaches. From Delhi you can get luxury coaches to every part of India.

WHEN TO GO

New Delhi can be visited round the year.


Golden Triangle - About Delhi Red fort - India Gate - Lotus Temple
Golden Triangle - Agra Symbol of Love (Tajmahal)
Golden Triangle - About Jaipur Hawa Mahal - Jantar Mantar (Jaipur)
Festival Schedule of India Festival of India - Diwali - Eid - Onam
Golden Triangle - Golden Temple Golden Temple (Amritsar)
Golden Triangle - Pilgrimage Varanasi Pilgrimage (Varanasi)
Golden Triangle - National Symbols of india National Symbols of India
Golden Triangle - Heaven of India Heaven of India (Kashmir)

What to See
Akshardham Temple Azad Hind Gram Lotus Temple Birla Mandir Dilli Haat
Garden of Five Senses Humayun Tomb India Gate Jama Masjid Jantar Mantar
Lodhi Tomb Parliament House Purana Quila Qutub Minar Safdarjang Tomb
Lal Quila (Red Fort) Raj Ghat Shanti Vana Tughlaqabad Chandni Chowk
Natural History Museum National Museum Indira Memorial Museum National Gallery of Modern Art Nehru Museum
Dolls Museum Rail Transport Museum National Rail Museum Connaught Place Varities Of Food In Delhi

AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE

Swaminarayan Akshardham reflects the essence and magnitude of India's ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spirituality. The main monument, depicting ancient Indian "vastu shastra" and architecture, is a marvel in pink sandstone and white marble that with over 20,000 sculptures and statues of deities. And like a necklace, a double-storied parikrama of red sandstone encircles the monuments. The whole monument rises on the shoulders of 148 huge elephants with 11-feet tall panchdhatu statue of Swaminarayan presiding over the structure. The other attractions of the complex are three exhibition halls spaced around two huge ponds, where one is a venue for light-and-sound show. The three halls are "Sahajanand Darshan", "Neelkanth Darsdhan" and "Sanskruti Vihar". "Sahajanand Darshan" is where life of Swaminarayan is displayed through robotic shows, while "Neelkanth Darsdhan" has a huge I-Max theatre screening movie based on the life of the Lord. Another amazing presentation is "Sanskruti Vihar" with 12-minute boat ride experience of India 's glorious heritage. The sprawling Swaminarayan Akshardham complex spread over 30 acres on the banks of the Yamuna near Noida Mor in East Delhi. For visitors, entry to the complex is free. However, those who want to visit exhibition halls and theatres, Rs.125 is to be paid and for children and senior citizens the charges are Rs.75. Top

BIRLA MANDIR (Laxminarayan Temple)

Laxmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir, is one of Delhi 's major temples and a major tourist attraction. Built by the industrialist G.D. Birla in 1938, this beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to Laxmi (the goddess of prosperity) and Narayana (The preserver). The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on condition that people of all castes be allowed to enter the temple.

GARDEN OF FIVE SENSES

Location - Said-ul-Ajaib village, near Mehrauli-Badarpur Road
Attractions - Stimulates the five senses
Year of Establishment - February 2003
Spread Over - 20 Acres
Timings - Open on all days
Festivals Held Here - Garden tourism festival, Food festivals, Dandiya festivals, etc. Garden of Five Senses in Delhi is situated in the Said-ul-Ajaib village, near Mehrauli-Badarpur Road. Developed by the Delhi Tourism Transportation Development Corporation, it was inaugurated in the year 2003. As its name suggests, Garden of Five Senses in Delhi was set up in a way to stimulate our five senses with its beauty and attractions. Various features of the garden of five seasons help us in exercising all the five senses of touch, sight, smell, etc. The garden serves as the venue of a number of festivals like Garden tourism festival, food festivals, Dandiya festivals etc along with various cultural programs.

Apart from the 25 sculptures and murals of skilled craftsmen and artisans of India, the major attractions of the Five Senses Garden of Delhi are:

Khas Bagh - Set up on the design of the Mughal Gardens, Khas Bagh (garden) is fitted with a sequence of modern water channels and fountains. Some of these are even fitted with a lighting system.
Food and shopping court - The spiral pathway in the garden leads to the food and shopping court. Here, you can taste various exotic delicacies and at the same time, shop for knick-knacks.
Neel Bagh - This garden consists of a large number of colorful plants with a pool of water lilies in the center.
Color Gardens - This garden consists of a beautiful arrangement of ordinary blossoming shrubs and ground covers.
Courts of Specimen Plants - Here, you will find some of the rare species of plants and herbs.
Solar Energy Park - This park is set up with the aim of promoting awareness about renewable sources of energy. It has on display two buses, bicycles, cars, a computer, etc that run on solar energy.

India Gate

The foundation stone of India Gate was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and it was designed by Edwin Lutyens. The monument was dedicated to the nation 10 years later by the then Viceroy, Lord Irwin. Another memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti was added much later, after India got its independence. The eternal flame burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971. The entire arch stands on a low base of red Bharatpur stone and rises in stages to a huge moulding. The cornice is inscribed with the Imperial suns while both sides of the arch have INDIA , flanked by the dates MCMXIV (1914 left) and MCMXIX (1919 right). The shallow domed bowl at the top was intended to be filled with burning oil on anniversaries but this is rarely done. During nightfall, India Gate is dramatically floodlit while the fountains nearby make a lovely display with coloured lights. India Gate stands at one end of Rajpath, and the area surrounding it is generally referred to as 'India Gate'. Surrounding the imposing structure is a large expanse of lush green lawns, which is a popular picnic spot. One can see hoards of people moving about the brightly lit area and on the lawns on summer evenings.

LODHI TOMB

The old Lady Willington Park, now known as Lodhi Garden, is dotted with monuments of Sayyid and Lodhi Periods, which include tombs mosques, and bridge. The tombs of Muhammad Shah and Sikandar Lodhi are the good examples of octagonal tombs. Shish and Bara Gumbad are square tombs with imposing dome, turrets on corners and facades giving false impression of being double storeyed. It is a favourite point for early morning walkers from the posh south Delhi colonies.

Purana Quila

One does not have to go far to see the old fort or Purans Quila standing stoically amidst wild greenery. Built on the site of the most ancient of the numerous cities of Delhi , Indraprastha, Purana Quila is roughly rectangular in shape having a circuit of nearly two kilometers. The thick ramparts crowned by merlons have three gateways provided with bastions on either side. It was surrounded by a wide moat, connected to river Yamuna, which used to flow on the east of the fort. The northern gate way, called the Talaqui darwaza or the forbidden gateway, combines the typically Isalmic pointed arch with Hindu Chhatris and brackets; whereas the southern gateway called the Humayun Darwaza also had a similar plan.
The massive gateway and walls of Purana Quila were built by Humayun who laid his new capital Dinpanah in 1534 A.D. Sher Shah who defeated Humayun in1540 A.D. Purana Quila is the venue for the spectacular sound and light show held every evening built a few building in the complex.

SAFDARJANG TOMB

Safdarjung's Tomb is the last enclosed garden tomb in Delhi in the tradition of Humayun's Tomb, though it if far less grand in scale. It was built in 1753- 54 as mausoleum of Safdarjung, the viceroy of Awadh under the Mughal Emperor, Mohammed Shah. It has several smaller pavilions with evocative names like Jangli Mahal, (Palace in the woods), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) and Badshah Pasand (King's favourite).
The complex also has a madarsa. The archaeological Survey of India maintains a library over the main gateway.

Lal Quila (Red Fort)

The red sandstone walls of the massive Red Fort (Lal Qila) rise 33-m above the clamour of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power and pomp of the Mughal emperors. The walls, built in 1638, were designed to keep out invaders, now they mainly keep out the noise and confusion of the city.
The main gate, Lahore Gate, is one of the emotional and symbolic focal points of the modern Indian nation and attracts a major crowd each Independence Day.
The vaulted arcade of Chatta Chowk, a bazaar selling tourist trinkets, leads into the huge fort compound. Inside is a veritable treasure trove of buildings, including the Drum House, the Hall of Public Audiences, the white marble Hall of Private Audiences, the Pearl Mosque, Royal Baths and Palace of Color . An evening sound and light show re-creates events in India 's history connected with the fort.

Shanti Vana

Lying close to the Raj Ghat, the Shanti Vana (literally, the forest of peace) is the place where India 's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was cremated. The area is now a beautiful park adorned by trees planted by visiting dignitaries and heads of state.

Chandni Chowk

The living legacy of Delhi is Shahjahanabad. Created by the builder of Taj Mahal, this city, with the Red Fort as the focal point and Jama Masjid as the praying centre, has a fascinating market planned to shine under the light of the moon, called Chandni Chowk. Shahjahan planned Chandni Chowk so that his daughter could shop for all that she wanted. It was divided by canals filled with water, which glistened like silver in moonlight. The canals are now closed, but Chandni Chowk remains Asia 's largest wholesale market. Crafts once patronized by the Mughals continue to flourish in the small lanes of the city. Tradition and modernity meet at unexpected places in Shahjahanabad. If you see a man pulling a rickshaw or feeding pigeons, you will see just as many talking over the cellphone or assembling a computer! An experience of timelessness awaits you at Shahjahanabad.

Indira Memorial Museum

Another national museum has been built at 1 Safdarjung Rd in memorium of Indira Gandhi, on May 27, 1985. Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own body guard on 31 Oct, 1984. A glass cage has covered the spot where her body fell down. Before being bullet sprayed in from point blank range, Indira was on her way along the garden road out of her residence.
At that place Czechoslovak Govt made a artificial water flow by crystal on steel plate of 33´25 m. The crystal stream on the steel plate is designed and planned by the Czech architect Jaroslav Mirich. 3 rooms are full with articles which were in use by Indira. Photographs of Indira are also there. The blood-stained sari and other dress materials of Indira are chemically preserved in the museum. You may go inside the private chambers to view reading room, dining room, Dewan-i-Aam, Dewan-i-Khas etc. Except Monday open everyday from 10-00 to 17-00.

National Gallery of Modern Art

Located in the Jaipur House near India Gate, the building was the palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur. It has around 4,000 paintings of modern artists and also included are graphics and sculptures. The gallery arranges special exhibitions for those who wish to exhibit their works. Rabindranath, Abanindranath, Nanadalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Shergil and other's creative works are on display. This gallery has a huge collection of art and literature and journal on art and culture and painting of old and modern schooling. The gallery also houses a library which can be used by museum, which is open from 1000 hours to 1700 hours, is closed on all holidays and observes Monday as its weekly off.
Open timing
April to September: 09-30 to 19-00
October to March: 10-00 to 17-00.

Dolls Museum

Sankar's International Dolls Museum was founded in 1954. More than 6000 Variety representing almost 85 countries of the world are on display in the museum. Dolls of Japan deserves special mention.
However, 1/3 of total dolls is Indian - Indian cultural and the cultural life style has been projected in the fashions of dolls. The ticket is Re 1. Except Monday open every day from 10-00 to 17-00. Besides, there is B C Roy Children's Library and children's play corner. The doll museum is situated at Nehru House close to Income Tax Office at Bahadur Sah Jaffar Marg near Delhi Gate.

Rail Transport Museum

Located in the south of Delhi close to the diplomatic area of Chanakayapuri it traces, through exhibits, the 140 year-old history of the Indian Railways. The museum, established in 1977, and spread over a ten-acre area, is the first of its kind in India . The highlights include the Fairy Queen of 1885 the oldest working steam locomotive, the luxury saloon of the Prince of Whales and the saloon of the Maharaja of Mysore.
Timings - summer 0830 to 1130 and 1600 to 1730 hours, winter: 0900 to 1730 hours. It is closed on Mondays.

Connaught Place

One of Delhi's most popular shopping centres built as early as 1931 there is nothing that one cannot buy here and it also has several eating houses. The state emporia buildings are also located in this area so are the head offices of major banks, airlines and other such things of importance to the tourist. The complex popularly referred to as CP is an important meeting points for all sections of people and is something which no tourist should miss if for nothing else then for its architecture and the humdrum of everyday life.

Azad Hind Gram

Azad Hind Gram Tourist Complex at Tikri Kalan is a project developed by Delhi Tourism to honour Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and to create quality leisure space and wayside amenities for the citizens. Located within two kilometers of the Delhi Haryana border on NH-10, the architecture of the project is inspired by the language of North Indian architecture and the traditions of Indian craftsmanship. The elaborate mosaic domes surrounding the museum and the memorial are the focus of the complex which offers the facilities of extensive plazas, an amphitheatre, tourist information centre, souvenir and garden shop, food kiosks, a restaurant, public toilets, drinking water, public telephone and convention facilities.

Lotus Temple (Bahai House of Worship)

East of Nehru place, this temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven Major Bahai's temples built around the world. Completed in1986 it is set among the lust landscaped gardens. The structure is made up of pure white marble. The architect Furiburz Sabha chose the lotus as the symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate. Around the blooming petals there are nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. It looks spectacular at dusk.

DILLI HAAT

The craftsmen who are registered with D.C.Handicrafts are the ones who are eligible to find a place here. The 62 stalls selling handicrafts are allotted on a rotational basis to craftsmen who come from all corners of the vast & varied land of India at a payment of mere INR 100 per day for a maximum period of 15 Days. This ensures visitors buy authentic wares at prices that have not been inflated by high maintenance costs.

You can also savour the inimitable flavors of the delightful local foods from the various regions of India be it the momos from Sikkim or the Bamboos hot chicken from Nagaland, Kahwa & Kebabs from Kashmir, Pooranpoli from Maharastra or the Gujrati Dhokla. As many as 25 food stalls offer you variety of foods served in an Eco friendly manner. This Food and Craft Bazar is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine, a unique bazaar, in the heart of the city, it displays the richness of Indian culture on a permanent basis. The DILLI HAAT provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food ad cultural activity. Steps inside the complex for an altogether delightful experience by either buying inimitable ethnic wares, savouring the delicacies of different states or by simply relaxing in the evening with the entire family. The complex is not only artistic, but also recreational in nature where the entire family can have a good time.

Architecture

The architectural features of the complex have been especially designed in the traditional north Indian style, with brickwork jail (lattice) and stone roofs. The small thatched roof cottages and kiosks, without any concrete structures provide a village atmosphere. The shops are set up on platforms, which act as a link in the Bazar design. The courtyards between the shops are paved in stone and interspaced with grass to retain a visual softness. The landscaping of the area incorporates colourful flowering shrubs and trees, thus the entire complex is in harmony with the environment.
Cost of ticket is Rs.15/- for adult and Rs.5/- for child.

HUMAYUN TOMB

Located near the crossing of Mahura road and Lodhi road, this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. It was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable feature are the garden squares (chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome. There are several graves of Mughal rulers located inside the walled enclosure and from here in 1857 A.D; Lieutenant Hudson had captured the last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II.

Jama Masjid

This great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. It was begun in 1644 and ended up being the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. The highly decorative mosque has three great gates, four towers and two 40 m-high minarets constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. Travellers can hire robes at the northern gate. This may be the only time you get to dress like a local without feeling like an outsider, so make the most of it.

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar (Yantra - instruments, mantra - formulae) was constrcted in 1724. Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur who built this observatory went on to build other observatories in Ujjain , Varanasi and Mathura . Jai Singh had found the existing astronomical instruments too small to take correct measurements and so he built these larger and more accurate instruments. The instruments at Jantar Mantar are fascinating for their ingenuity, but accurate observations can no longer be made from here because of the tall buildings around.

Parliament House

The Parliament house is a cirular colonnaded builing. It also houses ministerial offices,numerous committee rooms and an excellent library as well. Conceived in the Imperial Style, the Parliament House consists of an open verandah with 144 columns. The domed circular central hall with oak paneled walls and the three semi circular buildings are used for the Rajy Shabha and Lok Shabha meetings.

Qutub Minar

Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India . An inscription over its eastern gate provocatively informs that it was built with material obtained from demolishing '27 Hindu temples'. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled. The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer.
No one can, however, dispute that the tower is not only one of the finest monuments in India, but also in the world. Qutab-ud-din Aibak, the first Muslim ruler of Delhi, commenced the construction of the Qutab Minar in 1200 AD, but could only finish the basement. His successor, Iltutmush, added three more storeys, and in 1368, Firoz Shah Tughlak constructed the fifth and the last storey. The development of architectural styles from Aibak to Tughlak is quite evident in the minar. The relief work and even the materials used for construction differ. The tower is ornamented by bands of inscriptions and by four projecting balconies supported by elaborately decorated brackets. Even in ruin, the Quwwat Ui Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque in the Qutab complex is one of the most magnificent in the world. Qutab-ud-din Aibak started its construction in 1193 and the mosque was completed in 1197.
Iltutmush in 1230 and Alla-ud-din Khilji in 1315 made additions to the building. The main mosque comprises of an inner and outer courtyard, of which an exquisite colonnade, the pillars of which are made of richly, surrounds the inner decorated shafts. Most of these shafts are from the 27 Hindu temples, which were plundered to construct the mosque. It is, therefore, not surprising that the Muslim mosque has typical Hindu ornamentation.

Raj Ghat

On the bank of the legendary Yamuna, which flows past Delhi, there is Raj Ghat-the last resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation. It has become an essential point of call for all visiting dignitaries. Two museums dedicated to Gandhi are situated nearby.

Tughlaqabad

When Ghazi Malik founded the Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321, he built the strongest fort in Delhi at Tughlaqabad, completed with great speed within four years of his rule. It is said that Ghazi Malik, when only a slave to Mubarak Khilji, had suggested this rocky prominence as an ideal site for a fort. The Khilji Sultan laughed and suggested that the slave build a fort there when he became a Sultan. Ghazi Malik as Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq did just that-Tughlaqabad is Delhi 's most colossal and awesome fort, even in its ruined state. Within its sky-touching walls, double-storied bastions, and gigantic towers were housed grand palaces, splendid mosques, and audience halls.

Natural History Museum

At Barkhamba, huge dinosaur and huge birds of pre historic ages in FICCI building. The Discovery Room is also appreciable. View the film show from 11-30 to 15-30. Open daily at 10-00 to 17-00, no ticket require

National Museum

The National Museum is another interesting spot located very close to India Gate. The museum has a rich variety of all facets of ancient Indian history and also of central Asia. In fact the museum takes one through a fascinating journey of what ancient India was all about, pottery, rare coins, and numerous such things including art and architecture, costumes are for all to see. It's something every tourist should find time to visit even if the schedule is tight.

On the right of Rajpath at Janpath is National Museum or Yadughar. Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone in 1955 and the museum was opened to visitors in 1965. Collections from Mahenjadaro, Harappa , Lothal, Kalibangan and antiques of prehistorical periods are on display. The history dated back to 5000 years is vividly displayed in the museum.
The collections of Indus civilization, Brahminical, Jain and Buddhist sculptural antiques are all there. The colour paintings of Mughal, Rajput, and Deccan are praiseworthy. Besides, there are the holy Git Gobinda, the holy Mahabharata, and the holy Bhagabat Gita in golden alphabet, Octogonal mini Quran, Babamama in Babar's handwriting, Jahangir's diary, musical instruments of more than 300 types, varieties of tribal dresses enriched the museum.
The antique collections of Sir Aurel Stein have added the attraction of the museum. The evolution of ornaments through ages from prehistoric era to recent modern time, its shape, size, design and pattern and of metallic combinations with or without jewel set are all on display in the ornament gallery of the museum. It draws tourists most.

Nehru Museum

To the south of Rashtrapati Bhawan Tinmurti Rd the house that was built as per plan and design of Robert Tor Russel in 1948 as the residence of the British Commander-in-chief, has been converted as the residence of the Prime Minister of India in 1954. Since then the residence of Jawaharlal Nehru was at Tinmurti.
After his death in 1964, it was converted to Nehru Museum. In his private life, and as a Prime Minister, the prizes he got are on display. The photographs of Nehru are also of an added attraction. A library is also opened. Open from 10-00 to 16-30, except Monday. Open to all. In season, at 11-30, 13-30, 15-30, 16-30 you may view Nehru's life as a part of Indian freedom struggle in Nehru planetarium or Son-et-Lumiere at Tinmurti. The rose garden at Tinmurti is beautiful. At Jawaharjyoti Garden, the historical speech on 14-15 August, 1947 has been inscribed in stone there.
Ticket: Rs 10 and Rs 5

National Rail Museum

It was built as per plan of British architect M G Satto on 1957, 1st Feb, on the carpet area of 10 acres of land. The museum displays 27 locomotives and 17 carriage. .
The saloon car of the Maharaja of Baroda (1886), the carriage of the Maharaja of Mysore made of teak covered with ivory; the cabin of the Prince of Wales (1876), the carriage in which the ashes of Gandhiji was carried in 1948; Fairy Queen of 1855 (oldest steam engine in the world); evolution of Indian Rail from steam engine to present era are vividly displayed. .
Even, the skull of an elephant who struck a Mail train in 1894, with his head is also projected here in the exhibition. The Toy train is running - you may buy here as a souvenir of your visit. Restaurant and Libraries are also there. .
Beautiful Tibetian handicrafts are on display which were brought with Dalai Lama from Lasa in Tibbet House at 16 Jorhbagh close to Hotel Oberoi. Tibetian handicrafts are on sale. Open from Monday to Friday between 9-30 to 13-00 and 14-00 to 17-00 except Sunday and Saturday. .
In the evening, view the film show on Light and Sound at Red Fort in Hindi or English version Son-et-Lumiere or the history from Mughal to Indian Independence. .
Collect your ticket and information from ITDC, L Block, Connaught Place , 3320331. Opp to Red Fort is Chandni Chowk, Parliament St, and Connaught Circus- visit on foot. New Delhi is growing gradually day to day. Chanakyapuri is the symbol of latest architectural and sculptural designs. All Foreign Embassies, Consulates and Diplomatic Enclaves are at Chanakyapuri. .

VARITIES OF FOOD IN DELHI

Chinese Food - Chinese food is available in every five star hotel in India while most restaurants in Delhi do serve Chinese food. Chinese food is very popular among the people of Delhi , which goes to show the reason why we have large number of Chinese cuisines in the city, not to mention the road side fast food with delicious Chinese food.
Continental Food
Desi Junk Food - you can have the taste of various desi food available at every nook and corner of the city. Among the very popular and widely available are chat, gol guppe, paranthe, bhelpuri, chaat papri, etc. These stuffs can be found at places like
Indian Cuisines:
Italian - Italian food is very popular all over India and especially in Delhi where people love to have Italian food. Most of the restaurants and Hotels in Delhi serve Italian food with some specific Italian restaurant serving quality food.
Thai Food
NWFP & Tandoori Food - Every five-star hotel in the city has a Chinese restaurant, while most markets in South Delhi have a medium-budget Chinese restaurant. The popularity of this cuisine can be gauged by the innumerable Chinese food outlets of the "meals-on-wheels" and kiosk variety.
A delightful outlet offering a range of Indian cuisines are the food stalls at Dilli Haat. Here, the cuisine of different states in made available at very moderate rates. Set in the midst of a spacious crafts bazaar these cafes are a very pleasant place to enjoy food. For the more intrepid, eateries such as those at Pranthe wali gali, or chaat at Bengali Market and sunder Nagar, bhelpuri at Greater Kailash and sweetmeats fom Annapoorna and Ghantewala can be part of the gastronomical tour of Delhi.

WHERE TO EAT

There are so many options for dining and enjoying with friends, from age-old eateries in the by lanes of the Walled City to glitzy, specialty restaurants in five-star hotels, Delhi is a movable feast.. You can a good restaurant in almost every area. There are so many restaurants and bars, pubs of Indian and international chains. It offers a choice of Indian and international cuisines in different ambiences to suit varied budgets.

The best of Mughlai cuisine can be enjoyed at Kariam, (both in Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin) where recipes, dating from the times o the Mughals have been the closely guarded secret of generations of chefs. Delhi ka Aangan (Hyatt Regency), Darbar (Ashoka Hotel), and Corbetts (Claridges) are among the many options available in the expensive range, while Gulati Restaurant (Pandara Market), Angeethi (Asiad Village) and Degchi (Regal Building) are among those catering to more modest budgets. The finest Frontier cuisine is available at the Bukhara (Maurya Sheraton), Frontier (Ashoka Hotel) and Baluchi (The Hilton). At the other end of the scale there are the many popular roadside eateries around Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin where kababs, rotis and biryani are the order of the day.

Every five-star hotel in the city has a Chinese restaurant, while most markets in South Delhi have a medium-budget Chinese restaurant. The popularity of this cuisine can be gauged by the innumerable Chinese food outlets of the " meals-on-wheels" and kiosk variety.

The growing sophistication of the Delhite's palate is discernable in the increasing number of specialty restaurants - EI Arab (Regal Building), Dum Pukht or the process of slow cooking developed in Awadh (Maurya Sheraton), Kashmiri food at Chor Bizarre (Hotel Broadway), Thai food at Baan Tahi (The Oberoi) and Sukothai ( Hauz Khas village), Japanese food at Tokyo (Ashoka Hotel) and Osaka (Haus Khas village), Tibetan food at eateries near Chanakya Theatre, and Mexican food at Rodeo (Connaught Place). Another indication is the frequency and popularity of food festivals organized by hotels. South Indian food is another favorite, the vegetarian variety of which is best enjoyed at Sagar (Defence colony), Sagar Ratna (Lodhi Hotel) and Dasaprakash (Hotel Ambassador). Coconut Grove (Ashok Yatri Niwas) offers excellent non-vegetarian cuisine from south India.

The best of continental cuisine can be eaten at five-star hotels, for instance La Rochelle (The Oberoi), the Orient Express (Taj Palace) and Captains Cabins (Taj Man Singh), though numerous multi-cuisine restaurants also offer continental food. Keeping pace with the changing face of the city are the growing number of fast food outlets, which serve all manner of cuisines.

A delightful outlet offering a range of Indian cuisines are the food stalls at Dilli Haat. Here, the cuisine of different states in made available at very moderate rates. Set in the midst of a spacious crafts bazaar these cafes are a very pleasant place to enjoy food.

For the more intrepid, eateries such as those at Pranthe wali gali, or chaat at Bengali Market and sunder Nagar, bhelpuri at Greater Kailash and sweetmeats fom Annapoorna and Ghantewala can be part of the gastronomical tour of Delhi.

Nearby Destinations

  • Noida
  • Faridabad
  • Gurgaon
  • Manesar
  • Kosi
  • Panipat
  • Mathura
  • Alwar