Indias capital city, Delhi is the second most
widely used entry point into the country, being on the
route of most major airlines. It is well linked by rail,
air and road to all parts of the country. The remains
of seven distinctive capital cities among them
Shahjahanabad and Qutab Minar can be seen. Here,
museums, art galleries and cultural centers attract
the finest exhibitions and performances from India and
abroad. Shopping encompasses virtually everything that
can be bought in the country; hotels range from the
deluxe to the more modest. Most fascinating of all is
the character of Delhi which varies from the 13th century
mausoleum of the Lodi kings set in a sprawling park
to ultra modern chrome and glass skyscrapers; and from
imperial Indias Parliament House and the Presidents
Palace to the never ending bustle of the walled city
surrounding Jama Masjid. Delhi also makes the ideal
base for a series of short excursions to neighbouring
places, all connected by road.
The capital of India, Delhi blends an historic past
and a vibrant present. The Imperial city planned for
the British by Lutyens is set in parks and shaded avenues.
Legend has it that Delhi, then called Indraprastha,
was originally founded around 1200 B.C. by the Pandavas,
the august heroesof the epic Mahabharata. Present day
Delhi is built around the ruins of seven ancient cities.
How to get there
Air : Delhi is well connected with major cities
in India by Indian Airlines. Other private Airlines
like Damania Airlines, East West Airlines, City Link
Airlines also connect Delhi with Calcutta, Bombay etc.
Rail: Delhi is the headquarters of the Northern
Railway and is the most well connected railhead both
on broad guage (New Delhi) and meter guage (Delhi Main)
railway line with all of the major places in India.
Road: Delhi is at the intersection of several
national highways and is well connected by regular bus
services from Inter State bus terminal (ISBT), Kashmiri
Amritsar -447 kms
Chandigarh -238 kms
Corbet National Park-297 kms
Shimla -343 kms
Places of Interest
Purana Quila (Old Fort), Kabuli or Khuni Darwaja, Feroz
Shah Kotla,Kutub Minar, Tughlaqabad, Nizamuddin Aulia,
Humayun's Tomb, Lodi's Tomb, Safdarjung's Tomb Jama
Masjid, Jantar Mantar and Red Fort (Son-et-lumiere show)
Timings : Summer 1900 to 2000 hrs (Hindi) 2030 to 2130
hrs (English) Winter 1800 to 1900 hrs (Hindi) 1930 to
2030 hrs (English)
India Gate, The Secretariat Complex, Rashtrapati Bhavan
& Mughal Gardens, Parliament House, Teen Murti House
and Connaught Place (Son-et-lumiere show) Timings :
1800 to 1900 hrs (Hindi) 1930 to 2030 hrs (English)
The Supreme Court, Raj Ghat, Shanti Vana, Vijay Ghat,
Ladakh Buddha Vihara, Bahai temple,Vigyan Bhavan, Diplomatic
Sound and Light show at Purana Quila
This historic Purana Qila, which has stood witness
to Delhis rejuvenation, periods of anarchy, and
the rise and fall of empires, is the venue for the spectacular
sound and light show which brings alive the history
of the capital. Amidst the tranquillity of the splendidly
panoramic environs of Purana Qila select episodes from
the annals of Delhis historic and legendary past
are brought to life. The viewer is transported centuries
back in time to witness Draupadi being reduced to a
dasi of Hastinapur, the gallant Prithviraj Chauhan gallooping
away with the beauteous Samyogita, Sher Shah Suri being
blown to bits by misfired cannon, the clash of a sword
weilded by the legendary Razia Sultan, Humanyun tragically
tumbling down the steps of his library, Bahadur Shah
Zafar surrendering to the British.
This is the story of the city of cities.... DELHI;
of the site where a great empire rose and fell before
the dawn of history; where citadels of emperors appeared
and disappeared; a city of mysterious eternity whose
old ruins proclaim a majestic and imperial past and
whose present pulsates vibrantly with the ever flowing
life force of India.
The eternal Jamuna bears witness to the glorious and
tumultuous 5,000-year-old history of Delhi. A history
which begins with the creation of Indraprastha by the
Pandavas and the transformation of this barren gift
of the Kauravas into an idyllic haven.
A history which encompasses all the various kings and
emperors who fixed their royal citadels here - Indraprastha,
Lal Kot,Qila Rai Pithora, Siri, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad,
Ferozabad, Dinapanah, Delhi Sher Shahi or then Shahjahanabad.
But, combined and integrated into one, these `new cities
have always been called Delhi and howsoever many names
it may have acquired, Delhi has always been intrinsically
identified with power and imperial sway.
These and many more such episodes out of Delhis
5000-year-old saga can be relived during this evocative
62 minutes son et lumiere. Advanced technology has made
it possible to add special effects which combine with
the unique ambiance to make this show a hauntingly unforgettable
For details about the show contact : 4629365, 4603178.
Timings of the show Hindi English
Sept to Oct 7.00 - 8.00 PM 8.30 - 9.30 PM
Nov. to Jan 6.00 - 7.00 PM 7.30 - 8.30 PM
Feb. to April 7.00 - 8.00 PM 8.30 - 9.30 PM
May to Aug 7.30 - 8.30 PM 9.00 - 10.00 PM
Ticket Rs. 25/-
Show Every day
Musical Fountain at Ajmal Khan Park
Delhi Tourisms musical fountain at Ajmal Khan
Park is spread over an area of five acres and provides
a refreshing getaway from the bustle of the city.
The scintillating lights synchronised with music, and
the cascading water turn this complex into a quiet,
haven particularly during the heat of the summer.
The musical fountain is in operation for two hours
every day after sunset except on Tuesday.
Azad Hind Gram Tourist Complex at National Highway
Azad Hind Gram Tourist Complex at Tikri Kalan is a
project developed by Delhi Tourism to honour Netaji
Subhash Chandra Bose and to create quality leisure space
and wayside amenities for the citizens.Located within
two kilometers of the Delhi Haryana border on NH-10,
the architecture of the project is inspired by the language
of North Indian achitecture and the traditions of Indian
The elaborate mosaic domes surrounding the museum and
the memorial are the focus of the complex which offers
the facilities of extensive plazas, an amphitheatre,
tourist information centre, souvenir and garden shop,
food kiosks, a restaurant, public toilets, drinking
water, public telephone and convention facilities.
This Public place provides the ambience of a traditional
Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more
contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts,
food ad cultural activity.This Food and Craft Bazar
is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and
ethnic cuisine, A unique bazaar, in the heart of the
city, it displays the richness of Indian culture on
a permanent basis.
It transports you to the magical world of Indian art
and heritage presented through a fascinating panorama
of craft, cuisine and cultural activities. The word
Haat refers to a weekly market in rural, semi-urban
and sometimes even urban India.While the village haat
is mobile, flexible arrangement, here it is crafts persons
who are mobile. The Dilli Haat boasts of nearly 200
craft stalls selling native, utilitarian and ethnic
products from all over the country.
Different and appealing, Dilli Haat is located in one
of the most important commercial centers of South Delhi,
opposite INA market. The 6 acres of land on which this
sprawling complex is situated was salvaged as part of
a reclamation project and transformed into a magnificent
dream plaza. Extensive foundation work, small thatched
roof cottages and kiosks with a village atmosphere have
made the place into an attractive multiple centers.
Dilli Haat is not just a market place; it has been
visualized as a showpiece of traditional Indian culture-
a forum where rural life and folk art are brought closer
to an urban clientele.It is here that the crafts persons
find an opportunity to demonstrate their artistic skills
to thousands of visitors everyday.
Since its inauguration in the month of March 1994,
Dilli Haat has been home to nearly 50,000 handicraft
and handloom artisans. Besides an International Food
Plaza there are 25 stalls dishing out sumptuous delicacies
from different States and Union Territories; and Exhibition
Hall; a Souvenir shop selling an assortment of small
gift items; an assortment of small gift items; an open
stage for cultural programmes and a playing area exclusively
earmarked for children.
Cultural performance at the Haat- A unique experience
Take a front seat at the lively performances at Dilli
Haat. The cultural Complex includes an open-air stage
for cultural programmes and a children's play area.Folk
theatre, music and dance add to the festive ambience
of the Haat. An open-air stage, complete with an audio
system and green room, provides just the right setting
for entertainment. The entire area has been extensively
landscaped, to provide an environment conducive to recreation
In keeping with the overall theme, puppet shows and
kite-flying demonstrations are organized. Even international
troupes perform in the complex. With its free mingling
crowds, the Dilli Haat is able to recreate the spirit
of a meeting place.
An effort has been made to project the cultural aspects
of different States of India by organizing "Festivals"
every month, in collaboration with State Tourism Corporations.
Some of the regular festivals organized are:
Spicmacay folk festival in January.
Id festival in February.
Jammu & Kashmir Festival in March.
Baisaki festival in April.
Sharbat Festival in May.
Dilli Ka Khaana in June.
Teej Festival in July-August.
The Kerala Onam Festival in September.
Ganesh Utsav in September.
Navrathra Festival & Deep Festival in October/November.
Winter Carnival in December.
The Dilli Utsav in December.