Delhi is India’s political and administrative capital as well as one of the most important cities in the country. It has some of the most expensive areas to live, and has recently surpassed Mumbai as the most sought after city to live in India. It has a long history, with the first archaeological evidence dating back to 300BC, and had since been conquered and ruled by numerous empires and kings. The city was at the heart of India’s independence, when in 1947 Jawaharlal Nehru became the first prime minister. Today, Delhi has become a big metropolis, hosting the 2010 Commonwealth games and as well as recently opening a wide and efficient metro network.
Map of Delhi
View the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Delhi, with an image slideshow and video player. It includes some of the city’s most sought after sights such as the Connaught Place, Old Delhi, the Rajpath, the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate, Lodi Garden, Qutab Minar and Purana Quila.
Best hotels in Delhi
Delhi has some of India’s most luxurious world class hotels, with no less than 4 out of the 14 Indian hotels appearing on the top 100 list, including the Taj Mahal, Taj Palace, the Imperial and the Oberoi.
The following are the best rated 5 stars hotels in the central part of Delhi:
- Taj Mahal New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- Taj Palace New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Imperial New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Oberoi New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Oberoi Gurgaon, 5 Stars Hotel
- Trident Gurgaon, 5 Stars Hotel
- Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket, 5 Stars Hotel
- Crowne Plaza Gurgaon, 5 Stars Hotel
- Shangri-La New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 5 Stars Hotel
Top sights in Delhi
The following are some of Delhi’s most important sights including Old Delhi and its beautiful Jama Masjid Mosque and the splendid Lal Qila Red Fort, the Rajpath home to the Government, the India Gate and the amazing Lodi Garden, the remarkable Islamic monument of Qutab Minar and the lesser known Purana Quila fort.
The Connaught Place is often considered the hub of the capital. It is centrally located around the Connaught Circus and Indira Chowk metro station and to the South of the city’s busiest train station, the New Delhi railway Station.
The Rajpath area, located to the South of the Connaught Place, is considered the political heart of the city. The district is a good example of urban planning, with its wide avenues and grandiose governmental buildings including the parliament known as Sansad Bhavan and the very impressive Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the president of India.
At the eastern end of the Rajpath is where the grandiose India Gate is located, one of the county’s most important landmark. This national monument was inspired by the Parisian Arc de Triomphe and built to commemorate the numerous soldiers who fought for the Indian Empire. The sight is often very crowded, packed with school kids and numerous local and international tourists.
Old Delhi, located to the north of the Connaught Place, was once known as the Mugal capital and famous for its “Stream of Paradise” flowing at its heart. Today the location of the waters was transformed into one of the area busiest street, known as Chandni Chowk and ending on the Red Fort. Old Delhi was once a fortified city, and although many of its original 14 gates have disappeared, it still has some remaining including the western Ajmeri Gate.
Jama Masjid Mosque
In the heart of Old Delhi, at the end of the very crowded and busy Chawri Bazar road is the beautiful Jama Masjid Mosque. It is one of the largest constructions of its kind, with a capacity of up to 85,000 people. It has numerous entrances, but the southern gate is the main and most popular one, with its large set of stairs.
Lal Qila (Red Fort)
Perhaps the best known landmarks of Old Delhi is Lal Qila commonly referred to as the Red Fort. This impressive 17th century fort complex, once the residence of the Mugal Emperors has become one of the most visited attractions in the capital. This designated UNESCO World Heritage Site cover s no less than 121 acres.
The Lodi Garden, located south of the Rajpath area is one of the most impressive green spaces in New Delhi. It is home to a variety of historic remains such as old mosques and small fortress, as well as an abundance of birds and beautiful flowers. This charming park is an ideal place to find some peace in the crowded city.
The Humayun’s tomb is another UNESCO world heritage within Delhi and the model for the Taj Mahal.
The Purana Quila is Delhi’s lesser known but splendid Old fort surrounded by a lake. It is located on the eastern side of the city centre, and was founded in the 16th century by Humayun, the second Mugal Emperor. It is today a popular destination with tourists as well as local families and lovers.
Qutb Minar Complex
South of the city centre and easily accessible via the metro network, is the Qutab Minar complex, a fabulous piece of Islamic architecture. With its 379 stairs and 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) height, it is considered the tallest minaret in India and is today inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pahar Ganj is the very vibrant area on the western side of the New Delhi Railway station. At its heart, is the busy Arakashan commercial road, packed with various hotels, huge neon lights and plenty of street action, especially in the evening.
Images of Delhi
The following is a selection of some of Delhi’s best photographs including some of the city’s most important sites.
Videos of Delhi
HD film about Delhi’s most important areas such as Old Delhi, the Connaught Place and the Rajpath, as well as the city’s most sought after sites including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate, Lodi Garden, Qutab Minar and Purana Quila.