Delhi the capital city of India, a fine blend of old and new, ancient and modern, a city of more than 15 million people located on the banks of the river Yamuna one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. This city has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for about a millennium. Many a times the city was built, destroyed and then rebuilt. City’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent heritage monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. Old Delhi has been the capital of numerous empires that ruled India, making it rich in history. Old Delhi was founded as a walled city of Delhi, India, founded as Shahjahanabad in 1639, when Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor at the time, decided to shift the Mughal capital from Agra. The construction of the city was completed in 1648, and it remained the capital of the Mughal Empire until its fall in 1857, when the British Raj took over a paramount power in India. It was once filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court, along with elegant mosques and gardens. Today, despite having become extremely crowded and dilapidated, it still serves as the symbolic heart of metropolitan Delhi. Visiting Old Delhi is great thing to do for travelers who want to taste authentic Indian street food as well as explore the sights, markets and unique culture of Old Delhi. This place has not changed much since a long time and you can see houses, markets and various other interesting sights which have remained unchanged for more than 100 years. Home to three UNESCO Sites these are The Red Fort of Delhi is a brilliant example of Mughal Architecture, The Humayun’s Tomb (Maqbaera e Humayun) the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun, commissioned by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum (also known as Haji Begum) in 1569-70 and Another Example of unique architecture is Qutab Minar, established along with Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque around 1192 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, first ruler of the Delhi Sultanate. The mosque complex is one of the earliest that survives in the Indian subcontinent. The minaret is named after Qutab-ud-din Aibak, or Qutabuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, a Sufi saint. Many other renowned historic monuments and landmarks such as the Masjid-i Jahān-Numā (Jama Mosque of Delhi), Purana Quila (Old Fort), Lodhi Gardens, and Safdarjung’s Tomb are few of many attractions. New Delhi, on the other hand, is a modern city designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. New Delhi is famous for its British colonial architecture, wide roads, and tree-lined boulevards. New Delhi houses several British Monuments reminiscent of British colonial architecture, including the War Memorial India Gate, President House, Rajpath, Parliament of India etc.


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