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Interesting Facts About New Delhi :

New Delhi, the capital of India, is basically a land-locked city, on the banks of the Yamuna River, situated on the Indo-Gangetic Plains. It has Haryana on three sides and Uttar Pradesh on the east. This city exhibits extreme climate in terms of temperature as well as rainfall. As compared to other cities, summers are really long and very hot, extending from April till October, with monsoons in between and winters occur from November till February, peaking to almost 0 degree Celcius in January. Thus, it is most advisable to visit Delhi during the winters, when the weather is cool and pleasant and the surroundings are pretty with the green cover looking fresh and flowers in full bloom.

In the earlier days of the British Raj, Calcutta (now Kolkata) was chosen to be the capital of India. However, over a period of time, after Delhi served as the political and financial centre of several empires, the government of British India thought it would be much more suitable to administer the country from Delhi, in the centre of Northern India and so eventually, the change was made. New Delhi is now the largest commercial city in northern India with key service industries that include telecommunications, information technology, banking, media, hotels and tourism. It is one of the 100 cities in India to be chosen to be developed as a Smart City under the Smart Cities Mission.

Owing to the fact that Delhi is the capital of India, all national events like Independence Day, Republic Day, Gandhi Jayanti etc. are either observed or celebrated here with great enthusiasm. On Independence Day, the Prime Minister of the country addresses the entire nation from the Red Fort in Delhi. This city has wonderful, wide roads and is also well known for its beautiful landscaped gardens, with some of them in the Presidential Estate, some along the Rajpath, Shanti Path, India Gate and at many more locations. It is also considered the cultural centre of India and is home to many historical sites and museums, while at the same time one can find huge skyscrapers, embassies, consulates and plenty of commercial complexes.

Commuting within Delhi, is made very convenient by way of the Metro, but one can also travel by taxis, autorickshaws and state-owned buses.

How to reach New Delhi :

By Bus : Delhi has one of India’s largest bus transport systems, with the state-owned Delhi Transport Corporation operating the largest fleet of CNG-fuelled buses in the world. In Delhi, the major inter state bus terminals operated by Delhi Transport Infrstructure corporation Ltd ( DTIDC) include:

  • Maharana Pratap Inter State Bus Terminus, Kashmiri Gate

  • Vir Haqiqat Rai Inter-State Bus Terminus, Sarai Kale Khan

  • Swami Vivekanand Inter State Bus Terminus, Anand Vihar

By Air : The Indira Gandhi International Airport is well connected to other major cities of the country.

By Train : Delhi is connected with other cities of the country through a good rail network.

Some must-visit attractions in New Delhi:

Red Fort – A marvelous structure of Mughal architecture, made from red sandstone, this monument is a very famous attraction with its impressive walls, the chhata bazaar and the evening sound and light show. Because of its role in history, this is also the location from where the Prime Minister of India proudly unfurls the flag on every Independence Day and gives his ceremonial speech from here. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Timings: 9 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays.

India Gate – This monument is a war memorial, built in memory of all the Indian and British soldiers who laid down their lives, while representing the British Empire during the First World War. The Republic Day Parade is held here every 26th of January and this place is known to be frequented by tourists right through the day because of the calm and peaceful ambience around the area.

Chandni Chowk – Crowded with religious buildings, historical mansions and plenty of shops and eateries, this is one of the oldest markets in the vicinity of the Red Fort area. This place is quite a shopper’s paradise, if one has the time and patience to explore through the lanes for all types of products. It caters to every type of budget.

Akshardham Temple – Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, this temple is a marvelous piece of art made only from marble and sandstone. The temple walls exhibit ancient Hindu teachings and wonderful carvings and depictions. This is one of the most popular and visited attractions, especially patronized by the Hindus.

Rashtrapati Bhavan – This is the official residence of the President of India which is located on Rajpath Road. This colossal mansion with 340 rooms, has halls, guestrooms and offices along with huge Presidential Gardens (Mughal Gardens), large open spaces, stables, other utilities and residences for staff and bodyguards. It is one of the largest residences of a head of state in the world.

Timings: 9 am till late evening. For an inside visit, one has to prebook on the official Rashtrapati Bhavan website.

The Lotus (Bahai) Temple – This temple welcomes people of all faiths, gender and nationality and propagates unity and equality among humans. This amazing structure is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is another very popular and visited attraction.

Timing: 9 am till sunset

The Holy Bangla Sahib Gurudwara – This is a most revered Sikh house of worship and was ranked no. 1 amongst the best tourist and pilgrimage spots in Delhi, as per a 2017 survey. Equipped with a pool inside the complex, called the ‘Sarovar’, this gurudwara was first built as a small temple by Sikh General, Sardar Bhagel Singh. The complex also houses a library, higher secondary school, a hospital and Baba Bhagel Singh Museum. It can be detected instantly because of its golden dome and tall flagpole.

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Interesting Facts About New Delhi :

New Delhi, the capital of India, is basically a land-locked city, on the banks of the Yamuna River, situated on the Indo-Gangetic Plains. It has Haryana on three sides and Uttar Pradesh on the east. This city exhibits extreme climate in terms of temperature as well as rainfall. As compared to other cities, summers are really long and very hot, extending from April till October, with monsoons in between and winters occur from November till February, peaking to almost 0 degree Celcius in January. Thus, it is most advisable to visit Delhi during the winters, when the weather is cool and pleasant and the surroundings are pretty with the green cover looking fresh and flowers in full bloom.

In the earlier days of the British Raj, Calcutta (now Kolkata) was chosen to be the capital of India. However, over a period of time, after Delhi served as the political and financial centre of several empires, the government of......Read More


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