Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past co-exists with the present. Delhi has a long and chequered past. Few cities in the World can claim the long continuity and status that Delhi has enjoyed. Its history goes a long way off to the time of a long way off to the time of Mahabharata as Indraprastha, the capital of Pandavas. Among the dynasties that laid claim to Delhi were the Tomar Rajputs (9th or l0th century) and the Chauhan Rajputs (12 th century). With the defeat of Prithviraj, the Chauhan leader, in the hands of the Muslims towards the end of the 12th century, Delhi became the capital of Pathan Sultans and eventually of the Mughals. During the British rule for 200 years, the country came under unified control, Calcutta became the capital but only to move back to Delhi in 1911. Since then Delhi has retained its position as the seat of governance. Delhi abounds in relics and remains a glorious reminder of its past. The city measures to 1485 sq km, harbouring over 12 million people of diverse cultures. Delhi is India’s melting pot, dream and has absorbed, over the centuries, settlers, and visitors from across the globe. Exploring the city can be a fascinating and rewarding experience.
Red Fort, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House, Jantar Mantar, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Lodi Gardens, Akshardham Temple, Delhi Metro, Chattarpur Temple.
All major national and international airlines have their flights operating through Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal T3, T2 & 1D). Delhi’s ever busy four railway stations (New Delhi, Old Delhi, Anand Vihar and Hazrat Nizamuddin) have trains connecting all parts of the country, including the neighbouring tourist centres.
The climate in Delhi during March is warm, sunny & dry with night time low of 140 C and day time high of 300 C with plenty of sunshine.
Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi
The Lotus Temple