Delhi has been the capital of India ever since the British Empire established it as their capital more than a century ago. Its magnificent history has seen a succession of dynasties come and go since the 6th century BCE, making it worthy of a place among the world’s greatest ancient cities. Delhi has been captured, ransacked, and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period. But, the city has perhaps received its greatest legacies from the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughals, and the British Empire. The combined influence of all three is evident today in its splendid monuments, gardens, complexes, architecture, food, and culture.
Delhi’s elaborate history and heritage has blended into a true metropolitan nature and is now north India’s hub of finance and education, bastion of culture and the arts, superb museums and galleries, botanical beauty, an array of fantastic cuisines, world-class hotels and restaurants, fine shopping experiences, and three UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, and the Lal Qila (Red Fort). Delhi serves as a major entry and access point for travellers looking to visit other destinations in North India.
Central Delhi, designed by British architect Edward Lutyens, even today with its phenomenal structures, sweeping vistas, and tree-lined avenues, remains a glorious symbol of that legacy.
Once the capital of the Mughals, Old Delhi is one for the experiential traveller with Red Fort and Jama Masjid in its heart. Here one takes rickshaw rides through vibrant old bazaars, walk the narrow streets for some shopping and fabulous street food that is one for the foodies. South Delhi’s posh residential areas, glitzy malls, lush parks, and busy markets are equally at home with history and have the rare advantage of having been built around some of the city’s oldest and most beautiful monuments.
Holxo Tours in New Delhi