The capital city of India Delhi

Delhi hasn’t always been India’s capital, but it has played a pivotal part in Indian history as it has always been a gateway city, built on the plains initially near a fording point on the Yamuna River and on the route between western and central Asia and Southeast Asia. The first reference of settlement around Delhi is from Mahabharta, an epic 3000 years ago. The Maharabharata narrates about two groups of warring cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, both descendants of the prince Bharata. According to the narrative, a city called Indraprastha (“City of the God Indra”), built about 1400 BCE, was the capital of the Pandavas.

Later for Over five centuries, Delhi witnessed political disorder. In 1206, for the First time Islamic rule was established in India by Muhammad of Ghori after defeating Rajput ruler Prithviraj Chauhan in the year 1192. This was the beginning of Sultanate of Delhi until 1398 after Taimur invaded Delhi. The last sultans of Delhi were the Lodis. Babur founded the Mughal Empire in 1526, after defeating lodis in 1st battle of Panipat. Agra was the most preferred capital of the Mughal emperors earlier. In 1638, 5th Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan moved his capital to old Delhi.

The administration of the city kept changing as different rulers (both the Hindu Kings and Muslim Sultans) ruled the city. The soil of Delhi witnessed love, sacrifices and bloodsheds for the country. The old forts and palaces of Delhi stand silent and tell stories of past.

The British shifted their capital to Delhi from Calcutta in 1911, making it the center of governing activities. The city has the record of overpowering and throwing the administrator from their throne.

It’s a very interesting saying about Delhi. “Whoever has declared Delhi as a Capital has soon collapsed.”  This curse continues with British Raj as well.16 years after the grand inauguration, they were booted out of India and Delhi became the capital of an independent India.

 

Monuments/Places to See-

Jama Masjid

Type of Site – Monument/Religious 

Time Spend- 45 Mins- 1 Hrs

Entry- Free

Camera Allowed – Yess

Camera Fee- 300 Per Camera

Timing- 7 AM to 12 PM and 1.30 PM and closes at 6.30 PM

Weekly Close- No

Best Time to Visit- Early Morning from 7-10 am

Dress Code- Yes, Body Covered & No shoes.

Wheel Chair Access- NO

Chandni Chowk

Type of Site- Market

Time Spend- 1.15 hrs/1.30 hrs 

Entry- Free

Camera Allowed – Yes

Camera Fee- Free

Timing- 9:30 am- 8 Pm

Weekly Close- Sunday Closed

Best Time to Visit- Morning before 11 am

Dress code- No

Wheel Chair Access- No.

Raj Ghat

Type of Site- Cremation site

Time Spend-30 mins/45 mins

Entry- Free

Camera Allowed – Yes

Camera Fee- Free

Timing- 6:30 am- 7:00pm

Weekly Close- No

Best Time to Visit- Anytime during day

Dress code-No

Wheel Chair Access- Yes

India Gate

Type of Site- War Memorial

Time Spend-30 mins/45 mins

Entry-Free

Camera Allowed – Yes

Camera Fee-Free

Timing- Open all Day

Weekly Close- No

Best Time to Visit- Early morning or late evening

Dress code- No

Wheel Chair Access- Yes

Presidential House

Type of Site- Administration building

Time Spend- 15 min/20 mins

Entry- No

Camera Allowed – Yes

Camera Fee- No

Timing- Sunrise – Late Evening

Weekly Close- No

Best Time to Visit- Sunset 

Dress code- No

Wheel Chair Access- Yes

Qutub Minar

Type of Site- Monument/Islamic

Time Spend-1.15hrs/ 1.30 hrs

Entry- INR 600

Camera Allowed – Yes

Camera Fee- Free

Timing- Sunrise to Sunset

Weekly Close- No

Best Time to Visit- Early morning 

Dress code- No

Wheel Chair Access- Yes

Humayun’s Tomb

Type of Site- Monument/Tomb/Islamic

Time Spend- 1 hrs/1.15 hrs

Entry- INR 600

Camera Allowed – Yes

Camera Fee- Free

Timing- Sunrise to sunset

Weekly Close- No

Best Time to Visit- Sunrise 

Dress code- No

Wheel Chair Access- Yes in the complex.

Lotus Temple

Type of Site- Temple/Bahai faith

Time Spend- 1 Hrs

Entry- Free

Camera Allowed – Yes

Camera Fee- Free

Timing- Sunrise- Sunset

Weekly Close- Monday

Best Time to Visit- Anytime during day.

Dress code- No

Wheel Chair Access- No.

Birla Temple

Type of Site- Hindu Temple

Time Spend- 1 hrs approx

Entry- Free

Camera Allowed – No

Camera Fee- No

Timing- Morning till evening

Weekly Close- No

Best Time to Visit- Anytime during the day

Dress code- No shoes.

Wheel Chair Access- No

Agrasen ki Baoli

Type of Site- Monument/Step well

Time Spend- 30 mins

Entry- Free

Camera Allowed – Yes

Camera Fee- Free

Timing- Sunrise to Sunset

Weekly Close-No

Best Time to Visit- Anytime during the Day 

Dress code- No

Wheel Chair Access- No

Red Fort

Type of Site- Monument/Mughals

Time Spend- 1.5 hrs/2 hrs

Entry- INR 600

Camera Allowed – Yes

Camera Fee- Free

Timing- Sunrise to sunset

Weekly Close- Monday

Best Time to Visit- Anytime during day. Morning are advisable

Dress code- No

Wheel Chair Access- Yes.

Akshardham

Type of Site- Temple/ Hindu

Time Spend- 1.5hrs/2 hrs

Entry- Free/Light and sound show chargable

Camera Allowed – No

Camera Fee- No

Timing- Morning to Evening

Weekly Close- 9:30 am- 8 Pm

Best Time to Visit- Evening

Dress code- No shoes.

Wheel Chair Access- Only in outer complex

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