Speaking of Delhi, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru once said, Delhi is the symbol of old India and new. Even the stones here whisper to our ears of the ages of long ago and the air we breathe is full of the dust and fragrances of the past, as also of the fresh and piercing winds of the present. Delhi has charmed many a people with its effervescence, incited authors to give wings to their experiences, artists to paint the colours of the changing seasons and photographers to capture the timeless monuments! The heart of India, Delhi is upbeat, lively, emotive and sensual. A city of many moods, Delhi has struck a perfect chord between the changing times while clinging on to the rich culture and its heritage.
Keeping the soul of Delhi alive are its cultural heritage, rich traditions and monuments. An incredible mix of cultures, religions and people, Delhi’s history can be matched with none other in the world. Boasting of monuments from different historical eras, Delhi's history presents interesting glimpses into the past.
Sparkling with irrepressible wit, Delhi’s monuments narrate a silent story of human civilization. Housing monuments dating many centuries, Delhi is the perfect confluence of many civilizations. Modern day Delhi has only been India’s capital since 1931, but thanks to its location, a strategic gateway city, it has long played a critical role in shaping the subcontinent’s history.
Architectural structures can be found from the Sultanat age to the Mughal era, recounting the experiences of the bygone years. Very strategically placed, these monuments peel back the layers of Delhi’s centuries-old history, revealing an extraordinary array of characters along the way-from Ghalib (the great Indian poet) to descendants of great Mughals.
Intrinsic to Delhi’s history, the monuments have been a major star attraction for Delhi tourism. World famous for their architectural marvel, they continue attracting many people. Serving as popular venues for major cultural shows and festivals, these monuments provide the perfect backdrop for a cultural evening. Qutub Minar Complex, Red Fort Complex, Purana Qila Complex are some of the heritage sites that have hosted and continue to host popular cultural shows in Delhi. Maintaining these timeless monuments has been one of the greatest challenges so far. However, initiatives of Delhi Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit around safeguarding Delhi’s cultural heritage, the up-keep of monuments in and around Delhi has never been a problem. Laying emphasis on showcasing Indian culture to the visitors during the games, various cultural events have been organised at the city’s historic monuments which have been repaired and spruced up.
The confluence of cultures and architectural diversity lends a mystical aura to Delhi. With one foot deeply rooted in time-revered traditions embracing history and the other entrenched a little more deep into the forward pacing steps of the future, Delhi has managed to strike the perfect balance between two worlds. Embracing diversity with verve and grit, Delhi’s heart beats for all alike!
Delhi has emerged as one of India's most multifaceted cities, with swish restaurants and boutiques serving as a stark contrast to the old city's medieval-flavoured bazaars and historic masterpieces like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Purana Qila, Qutub Minar etc. Offering contrasting choices from street smart to swish and stylish, Delhi is a place boasting of world famous monuments that are must-watch and worth a visit!