Not only is Delhi the capital of India, it is the second largest city in India. Located in the northern reaches of India, it is in fact, the travel hub of northern India, and is often referred to as: "Gateway to the North". More interestingly, Delhi is one of the most historic capitals in the world. India's capital city is truly a symbol of the old and the new - a blend of ancient well preserved monuments juxtaposed with contemporary buildings and urban structures.
The Imperial / The Oberoi
Reckoned amongst Asia's finest hotels and ranked by World Luxury Hotel Awards as the Best Luxury Hotel in India for 2010 and 2011, The Imperial is a fine confluence of rich historical past with an awe inspiring heritage and a slick international appeal Twenty four elegant king palms lead visitors to the porch
The hotel's extensive collection of colonial images and memorabilia has characterized The Imperial a 'Museum Hotel. The Imperial's unconventional appearance, a mixture of Victorian and old Colonial with a touch of Art Deco, makes it a distinctive landmark in the capital city.
The salient National Museum is one of Delhi's most notable spectacles; it's something every tourist should take the time to visit. The museum takes one on a fascinating journey through ancient times, as it explores the numerous facets of Indian and Central Asian history. The Museum boasts some of India's most treasured historical artifacts and relics - some of which include: rare coins, pottery, miniature paintings, and rare collections of sculpture.
The aptly named: Red Fort is one of India's most magnificent fort. The fort was given its name because of the red stone in which it was built. Historically, this grand structure is of foremost importance; it was from here that the British Empire deposed the last Mughal ruler, Bahadur Shah Zafar.
For those in search of Mughal architectural work at its finest, you cannot pass up the opportunity to visit the legendary, Humayun's Tomb. Built in the mid 16th century by his widow, Haji Begum. Its plan, based on the description of Islamic paradise gardens, is known to have inspired the Taj Mahal and many later Mughal tombs.
The majestic Jama Masjid mosque is the largest in India. Work began on this superb mosque in 1650, by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, whose aspiration was to complement his palace at the Red Fort. Many tourists and worshipers flock to this mosque all year round.
The Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple in Delhi is yet another awe-inspiring sight; those who visit this sacred place will be spellbound by its holiness and splendor. Built in marble and similar in style to the Sydney Opera House in Australia, this white work of genius was built in the shape of a lotus flower. Renowned for being the Asian headquarters of the Bahai faith, this majestic circular temple is open to all onlookers.
The soaring tower of the brick tiled magic is recognized as the Qutab Minar Complex. Recognized as one of Delhi's most prestigious landmarks, visitors will indubitably find it difficult to take their eyes off this stately monument. This glorious structure - set amidst lush greenery - has become synonymous with the colonial capital of India.
King Qutubuddin Aibak of the Slave dynasty laid the foundation of the Qutab Minar in 1199, adjoining the Quwwat-ul-Islam mosque, to proclaim the victory of Islam.
Delhi is a shopper's paradise. Here you can buy almost anything from anywhere in India. Delhi has thousands of exclusive shops. One can buy leather items, carved stone pieces, precious stones, silk Products, and lavish jewelry items. Not surprisingly, Delhi has some of the greatest, prized shopping malls in India - if not the world