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New Delhi - History at every turn

Destination(s): New Delhi

Mesmerizing. Modern. Ancient. Diverse.
Delhi overwhelms at first sight. Stand resolute and the city lifts its varied veils to reveal gems of history at every turn.

Delhi has been almost continuously inhabited since sixth century B.C.

With the rise of the Delhi Sultanate in 1200 A.D, Delhi became the most important city in India. The Qutub Minar, completed in 1386, is the landmark structure of this period. At 72.5 meters it is the tallest brick minaret in the world.

The Mughal emperor Shahjahan decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi in 1639. The result was a walled city called Sahjahanabad. It exists today as 'old delhi' with the Red Fort, Chandani Chowk and Jama Masjid as its architectural linchpins.

When the British decided to shift their capital to Delhi, they settled on the relatively open area to the south of the walled city. Designed to project British Imperial ambitions, this part of Delhi is known for its imposing colonial architecture and wide, tree-lined boulevards.

Visit it for its buildings, its eclectic mix of cultures from all across India, the bustle of its bazaars, the smile of its people. Delhi, in the end, lets you find exactly what you came looking for. You just have to stay long enough...

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