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Welcome to the land of dilwalas ‘New Delhi’, the capital of India.  The third largest city in the country, Delhi has been the capital since Independence in 1947.

Delhi, the most historic capitals in the world, boasts of an overwhelming history and rich cultural heritage. Nestled in the lap of sparkling Yamuna, Delhi has attracted Emperors, Conqueror and poor in equally. The charm of Delhi presents the soul of India in its true self.

Geography - Delhi is a major city in Indian sub continent in south Asia in Indian peninsula. The location of Delhi is exactly on the intersection of 77.12° E longitude and 28.38° N latitude.  It is located between the mountain ranges of the Great Himalayas and Aravallis. Bordered by the states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, the territory of Delhi is stretched over an area of 1483 sq km.  It is the largest metropolis by area. The river Yamuna, run by the eastern part of the Delhi. Its length is about 33 miles, while the breadth is 30 miles. It lies around 200 to 300 meters above the sea level.

History - The Indian capital city of Delhi has a long history, including a history as the capital of several empires. Hindu texts state that Delhi used to be referred as Hastinapur, which means "elephant-city". Delhi is just not a state but a history book which narrates incredible India. Delhi, where every stone has a story to tell, went through the pain of being built and rebuilt for seven times .In the first war of independence in 1857, Delhi was the central point.  It was made the capital of Independent India in 1950 and in 1992 it was acknowledged a state. 

Culture - Yet has a very modern and chic lifestyle; Delhi still reflects the remnants of the glorious old-age charm and rich culture. The metropolitan city with a cosmopolitan outlook Delhi, consists of large number of significant monuments, heritage buildings and other famous architectural buildings. The nightlife of Delhi is very appealing and all the major events, festivals of all religion are celebrated in Delhi with great zeal and excitement. In Delhi, one can relish all types of Indian and international cuisines and delicacies.

Languages - Languages spoken in Delhi are Hindi, English, Urdu and Punjabi.

Fairs and Festivals in Delhi

The people of Delhi love celeberations. Almost every day marks a social or religious event celebrated by the diverse religious and local communities. Being a mini India in itself, Delhi is home to almost the same fairs and festivals, which are celebrated in other parts of the country.

Delhi festivals are celebrated with a view to commemorating religious or historical events or marking the change of seasons. The vigor and lifestyle of the people comes into full play. Every season brings with it numerous fairs and festivals. So throughout the year Delhi remains alive with cheerful celebrations. These festivals have their own share of cultural, religious and state extravaganza.

Some of the important fairs and festivals celebrated with much fanfare are:

1)    Lohri (13th January) - : It is a festival to worship fire. Lohri Festival is celebrated with great pomp. People make merry by dancing & singing traditional folk songs.

2)    Kite-Flying Festival (January) - Delhi contributes to the national obsession with kite-flying by staging a special festival on the green lawns near Palika Bazaar at Connaught Place. National and international participants display their aeronautical skills. One festival, where you cannot miss being a witness to the festive spirit in the air, in the true sense of the term, is the Kite Flying Festival in Delhi .

3)    Basant Panchami (2nd February) - Vasant Panchami is celebrated in India to honor the Goddess of knowledge and art. The festival is a tribute to learning and music and observed in the traditional Hindu households in Bengal.

4)    Thyagaraja Festival (February) - The Thyagaraja Festival, Delhi is one of the most renowned cultural programs of the country. This eleven day program brings together some of the country’s best vocalists, dancers and musicians. Art lovers from different parts of the country travel to Delhi to experience this rare moment.

5)    Maha Shivratri (March) - Shivaratri is celebrated on the 6th night of the dark Phalgun (Feb or March) every year. On the auspicious day, devotees observe fast and keep vigil all night. Mahashivaratri marks the night when Lord Shiva performed the 'Tandava'. It is also believed that on this day Lord Shiva was married to Parvati Ma .

6)    Amir Khusrau's Anniversary (April) – Amir Khusrau Dehlavi, a popular Persian poet, had a significant role to play in the courts of more than seven rulers of the Delhi Sultanate. Well known for his clever poems, riddles and songs, Amir Khusrau is a reputed figure in northern India.

Amir Khusrau’s Anniversary is celebrated with much show and enjoyment. His interests and passion was in music and poetry therefore during his anniversary, quwalis are performed by experts. The day begins by offering prayers and showing devotion and dedication towards him and his talent.At Rabindra Bhawan, the National Drama Festival is organized to pay homage to this legendary poet

7)    Baisakhi (13th April) -The most popular festival of the Sikh community, Baisakhi is celebrated with much vibrancy in the state of Punjab. It is a harvest festival and hence, holds special significance for the farmers in India. The Baisakhi Festival marks the birth of the Khalsa Panth and the beginning of a new way of life.

8)    Buddha Jayanti (May) - The Buddha Jayanti festival is organized by the Andhra Pradesh Tourism Department in Hyderabad on the occasion of Buddha Purnima (April/May) . The most holy day for the Buddhists, Buddha Jayanti is celebrated in honor of the Light of Asia, called by Edwin Arnold, well known as Buddha.

9)    Mahavir Jayanti (May) - Celebrated on the eve of the birth of the 24th tirthankar is the festival Mahavir Jayanti. Mahavir Jayanti is the most important festival of the Jain community and it is celebrated with a lot of traditional fervor in Delhi.

10)    International Mango Festival (July) - There cannot be a summer without mangoes and there cannot be a better way to celebrate the mango fever than the Mango Festival . International Mango Festival is conducted in the Talkatora stadium of Delhi in the month of July for two days. Around 500 different varieties of tasty mangoes are displayed in the International Mango Festival of Delhi.

11)    Phoolkwalon-ki-Sair (October) - Phoolkwalon-ki-Sair, which is also known as Phool walon-ki-Sair is one of the most important festivals of Delhi. It is the Festival of Florists. Although celebrated across Delhi, it is majorly followed in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. The festival involves huge processions mainly sprinkling flowers at the temple of Jog Maya and the tomb of Saint Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki . The festival truly attracts a great number of tourists from far and wide .

Throughout the procession there is realm of Dance and Music that thoroughly accompanies. Kathak Dances, qawwalis, a blaze of lights, huge pankhas (fans) made of palm leaves, decorated with tinsel and flowers, and acrobats delight a vast audience. A huge procession, led by fire dancers, takes the flower pankhas through the streets of Mehrauli .

12)    Qutub Festival (October) - Qutub Festival is organized at the famous Qutub Minar during the Hindu Month of Sharad Purnima (October-November). A classical music and dance extravaganza, it is arranged by the Delhi Tourism for three days. With the backdrop of the magnificent Qutab Minar bathed in the silver glow of the moon, Delhi Qutub Festival offers an awe-inspiring experience. Some of the most graceful and elegant performers can be seen dancing to the music here. Also, exotic music can be heard from the musical instruments being played at the hands of world famous musicians.

Apart from being a visual treat, Qutab Festival of Classical Music and Dance in Delhi is intended to showcase the splendor of the Qutub Minar. It aims at bringing this monument of Delhi to the forefront and highlights it. It also helps in reviving the culture and tradition of the capital city of India .

13)    Guru Purab (November – December) - This is a very auspicious day for us. The birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev - the first or the founder guru of the Sikhs, is celebrated with great fervour on the full moon day of Kartika. Guru Parab, also known as Jyototsava is one of the most sacred festivals of the Sikhs. Gurpurab is celebrated with full fervour and enthusiasm by people, not only here but in other countries as well .

14)    Christmas (25th December) -This day holds an eminent position to the Christians. The festival has crossed all the limitations and restrictions and now it is celebrated by people of different caste and creed. This holy day is the main festival that Christians celebrate. The magnificence of the celebration shows the dept and the origin of the occasion in India. British and other European countries are the sole responsible for the spread of Christianity in India.

15)    New Year's Eve (31st December) - New Year time is the most important event of the year and it becomes more cherished one if it is celebrated with fun, pranks and excitement. It's real fun to see people splurging in the wonderful celebrations.

Must See In Delhi

  1. Monuments Of Delhi
  2. Old Fort
  3. Jantar Mantar
  4. Humayun's Tomb
  5. Safdarjang's Tomb
  6. Parliament House
  7. Rashtrapati Bhawan
  8. Red Fort
  9. Tughlaqabad Fort
  10. Qutub Minar
  11. Jama Masjid
  12. India Gate

Spiritual Sights Of Delhi

Temples

  1. Chatarpur Mandir
  2. Kali Bari Mandir
  3. Hanuman Mandir
  4. Lotus Temple
  5. Sri Digambar Jain lal Mandir
  6. Iskcon Temple
  7. Birla Mandir
  8. Kalkaji Mandir
  9. Sheetla Devi Mandir
  10. Akshardham

Gurudwara

  1. Gurudwara Sis Ganj
  2. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
  3. Gurdwara Nanak Piao
  4. Gurdwara Rakab Ganj
  5. Gurdwara Majnu Ka Tila

Churches

  1. Cathedral Church Of Redemtion
  2. Cathedral Of Sacred Heart
  3. Central Baptist Church
  4. St. James Church

Mosques

  1. Jama Maszid
  2. Moth Ki Maszid
  3. Dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya
  4. Chiragh-I-Delhi Dargah
  5. Khirki Maszid
  6. Palam Mosque
  7. Fatehpur Masjid
  8. Dargah Qutub Sahib
  9. Kalu Sarai Masjid
  10. Quwwatu'l Islam Masjid
  11. Sunehri Masjid

Shop At Delhi

  1. Ansal Plaza
  2. Chandni Chowk
  3. Connaught Place
  4. Janpath
  5. Palika Bazaar
  6. Sarojini Nagar
  7. Nehru Place
  8. Karolbagh
  9. Rajaori Garden
  10. Dilli Hatt
  11. Lajpat Nagar

Gardens

  1. Buddha Garden
  2. Deer Park
  3. Garden of Five Senses
  4. Lodi Garden
  5. Mahatma Gandhi Park
  6. Mughal Gardens
  7. Nehru Park
  8. Netaji Subhash Park
  9. Shahajahanabad Gardens
  10. Shalimar Garden
  11. Talkatora Gardens

Delhi Stadiums

  1. Ambedkar Stadium
  2. Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool
  3. Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium
  4. Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium
  5. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
  6. Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium
  7. Shivaji Stadium
  8. Talkatora Indoor Stadium
  9. Yamuna Sports Complex

Museums

  1. Air Force Museum
  2. Crafts Museum
  3. Dolls Museum
  4. National Rail Museum

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