The capital city of India and also the host city for LCIcon 2022, New Delhi, is the official National Capital Territory (NCT). The city is a beautiful blend of the colourful historical past and the vibrant present. It is also one of the largest commercial centre in northern India.
Delhi is a city to be lived and experienced. It cannot be seen in transit. It is the place that takes you on your onward journeys around Delhi or to anywhere else in India. To the keen traveller, Delhi has memorable experiences to offer!
Brief History: Delhi is a city soaked in rich heritage, culture and traditions. It is home to some of the most breath-taking monuments and buildings. The rich lands of Delhi have lured men for centuries. It is a city of cities, built and destroyed several times. Delhi has witnessed continuous empire successions from the Delhi Sultanate to Mughals and then the British. It has the rare distinction of being one of the oldest cities in the world, dating back all the way to 6th Century BCE!
Delhi is basically eight cities in one. The first city of Delhi was called Lal Kot, settled by the Tomar and Rajput dynasties. When the Rajputs were defeated by Muslim invaders, the whole region was taken over to build the present-day city of Mehrauli. The most famous monument here is the Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the tallest brick minaret in the world. The original Mehrauli was the seat of government for around a hundred years, until the early 14th century when Siri, the third city of Delhi was built. The next major cities of Delhi were built during the Mughal reign. These were Shergarh, Dinpanah (which is home to the Purana Quila), and Shahjahanabad (the most recent historical city). The British commissioned New Delhi with the Durbar of 1911 and the Viceroy House was built here, which is now the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Heritage: The monuments here exude architectural excellence and an unparalleled historical charm. They reflect Persian, European, Islamic, and Indian designs. Some of the prominent names amongst these are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort (which was originally white in colour), while other renowned landmarks include the India Gate, Rajpath, Akshardham Temple, Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), and the Lotus Temple.
Cuisine: Delhi is known for its gastronomic charm and is a haven for every foodie. Saunter through the streets of Old Delhi to discover alleyways lined with hidden shops and food joints serving lip-smacking culinary delights. And the famed street food is found alongside some of the finest restaurants such as ITC Bukhara and The Imperial’s Spice Route, specialising in satiating the appetites of many with gourmet delicacies. Indian spices are renowned the world over, but not many are aware that the largest spice market in Asia, Khari Baoli, is situated in Old Delhi.
Bazaars of Delhi: The Capital City houses some of the best shopping spots and carries the title of being one of the most preferred destinations for shopaholics. Delhi’s state emporiums are exemplary of Indian craftsmanship lined up along Connaught Place, flea market stalls in Janpath and Sarojini Nagar, and the one-stop-shop for handicrafts from around India, Dilli Haat, are some of the most prominent places to hit up for one’s dose of retail therapy. And for brand enthusiasts who like to follow the latest fashion trends, Delhi even offers numerous choices to shop from the mega malls dotting the entire landscape of the city.
So, prepare for a visually and culturally enriching experience when in Delhi!