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Dilli darshan

New to Delhi? Enjoy the best it has to offer and also get involved in projects to save its heritage and environment

education Updated: Jul 10, 2012 16:06 IST

Link to the past
Find out more about the city’s top historical spots, sign up for some great courses

Forts, tombs, museums and havelis... these are a reflection of the Capital's rich history. Starting from the well-known landmarks like the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and India Gate, we also list some of the not-so-known places of historical and architectural importance whcih have their own gripping tales to tell. Also, find out more about the organisations where you could pick some skills in conserving and preserving the great heritage that gives Delhi its character.

Go green, learn more
Nature parks, bird watching, science museums... there’s plenty you can do here

Delhi is not just about bumper-to-bumper traffic, pollution, and overwhelming crowds. There are lush pockets where you could treat your senses to some amazing sights and sounds of nature. Different associations and organisations help you connect with nature and explore the universe.

Dance and act
Is buying a theatre ticket enough? Why not become a part of Delhi’s happening culture scene?

Get a feel of the vibrant and pulsating art and culture scene of the country while studying in the national capital. You will definitely learn to understand and appreciate the finer things of life by attending various cultural shows and frequenting the city’s hubs of art and culture.

Delhicacy central
More on kebabs, biryani centres, chaat shops and everything that gets the gastronomic juices flowing

“Places to eat are really much more than mere eateries in Delhi,” writes retired JNU professor and cookbook author Pushpesh Pant. The columnist guides the newcomer outstation/ international student in Delhi through a gastronimic roller-coaster. He takes one through old establishments near Jama Masjid dishing out Moghul delicacies, Bengali Market for chaat, and Yashwant Place for momos.

Websites that take you places

Know more about the city, its history, geography and culture from organisations involved in the different facets of Delhi. These are some websites that give you comprehensive information about language courses, how to access the monuments, places of interest, art and culture academies, biodiversity parks, museums and other relevant details on how you can go about exploring the city. Go on, get rolling.

Ministry of Tourism, Government of India
http://www.tourism.gov.in/

Delhi Tourism, Government of Delhi
http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/delhitourism/index.jsp

Hop On Hop Off bus service
http://www.hohodelhi.com/

National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Museology
http://nmi.gov.in

India National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach)
www.intach.org

Archaeological Survey of India
http://asi.nic.in/

National Archives of India
www.nationalarchives.nic.in/

Yamuna Biodiversity Park
http://dda.org.in/greens/biodiv/yamuna-biodiversity-park.html

Aravalli Biodiversity Park
http://www.dda.org.in/greens/biodiv/aravalli-biodiversity-park.html

Nehru Planetarium
www.nehruplanetarium.org

National Science Centre
www.nscdelhi.org/contact-us.php

National School of Drama
www.nsd.gov.in/

National Gallery of Modern Art
www.ngmaindia.gov.in/

Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts
www.shriramcenterart.org/

Lalit Kala Akademi
www.lalitkala.gov.in/

Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
www.sanskrit.nic.in

Shri Shankaracharya Mahavidyalaya, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan
www.bvbdelhi.org

Indira Gandhi Open University
www.ignou.ac.in

National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language
www.urducouncil.nic.in

Faculty of Arts
www.du.ac.in

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