||Delhi City Information
On the path of rapid growth
and progress today, Delhi has evolved from the fabled “seven cities” established
between the 13th and 17th centuries. All set to host the next Common Wealth
games, it is going through catalytic reforms in infrastructure and ethos.
During the Mughal reign, the city thrived on the west side of Yamuna, but
now it has leapt across the river encompassing the entire trans-Yamuna
belt known as the “East Delhi”. From the small habitable areas of Old,
New and South Delhi earlier, today the it’s scope is colossal and known
as National Capital Region of Delhi. The haunting Landmarks of yesteryears
co-exist with the modern marvels of today. Ancient Forts, Mughal Architecture
is juxtaposed with the state of the art architecture, modern residential
projects, sky scrapers and commercial hubs of today.
The Walled City as it is known
today was built in the vicinity of the Red Fort and flourished as the center
of Mughal supremacy. In spite of being one of the world’s most densely
populated urban localities, it retains the charisma of the great Dynasty.
The sandstone bastion of Shah Jahan, the Red Fort comprises of huge audience
halls and marble ornate palaces, once home to the legendary Peacock Throne.
The largest mosque of India, Jama Masjid stands across the road over looking
The Red Fort. For those who want to delve deep there is bustle of Chandni
Chowk, the Antique markets, Jewellery and Ornament hub “Dariba”, the wholesale
hubs of Indian textile called “Katras”, the hub of electronics and electric
products etc. Once a tree lined bazaar with canal intersecting through
the center, Chandni Chowk is the biggest trading centers of the country
catering to the trading needs of the entire North India. Crammed but thriving
with activity, Chandni Chowk is full of landmarks of historical interest
and an intricate network of lane and by lanes which run from one world
of spices to another of perfumes or jewels.
||Delhi boasts of some of
the finest museums and centers of art and excellence. The shopping centers
here offer rich heritage of traditional Indian craft as well as rich, fashionable
and contemporary ensemble of products. Specialty restaurants with exotic
food cater to the connoisseur while “Dhabas” (Road Side Indian Food Joints)
tickle the taste buds of one and all. The dense green pockets and lush
big landscaped Gardens make this city one the very few green cities of
the country. For a traveler this City is a Pandora ’s Box waiting be opened,
a never ending journey into different facets of rich heritage, culture,
fusion and future. This is the place where everything Majestic that was
and everything New that will be, stare into each other up, close and personal.
The doyen of Mughal dynasty,
emperor Shah Jahan
wanted Shahjahanabad (Delhi’s seventh city) to reflect the opulence and
splendor of his empire.