Delhi, one of India's fastest growing cities, has spread far beyond the "seven cities" created between the 13th and the 17th centuries. It has sprawled over the west bank of the Yamuna and now straddles the river. Remnants of the past survive cheek-by-jowl with skyscrapers, residential colonies and bustling commercial complexes. Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts from all over the country. It has speciality restaurants to please the gourmet, open parks and gardens ablaze with flowers, and in the winter months particularly, a variety of cultural events. Its many-layered existence is tantalizing and can entice the curious traveller into a fascinating journey of discovery.
The history of this centre of power dates to the first millennium BC. In 1955 excavations within the Purana Qila revealed that the area was inhabited more than 3000 years ago. This was Indraprastha, a site associated with the epic Mahabharata. A clearer picture emerges at the end of the 10th century. The Tomar Rajputs built Lal Kot, the core of the first of Delhi's seven cities. Later, another Rajput king, Prithviraj Chauhan — hero of ballads and legends —extended it to create the Qila Rai Pitbora. In 1206, Qutb ud din Aibak, aslave of Mohammad of Ghor crowned himself the Sultan of Delhi and occupied the Rajput fort. He commemorated his victory by building the Quwwat ul Islammosque. It is the earliest extant mosque in India and within its courtyard stands the 4th-century standard of Lord Vishnu, the famous, uncorroded Iron Pillar. Nearby, he raised the towering minaret, the Qutub Minar, one of Delhi's landmarks. Other architectural gems within this complex include the tomb of Iltutmish and the Alai Darwaza.
HOW TO REACH
Delhi is well connected by air, railways and roads with all major cities across India. For a comfortable journey you can take a flight to Delhi. Indira Gandhi International Airport is just 20 km away from the city center.
The local transportation is the lifeline of the capital city of Delhi. More than half of the population in Delhi is dependent on local transport for commuting purposes. The means & modes of transport in New Delhi are many, ranging from the Metro Trains, Local Trains, Buses, Taxies and cabs.
It is advisable not to pack too many things, as it is impossible not to buy things in India. In fact the most reluctant and miserly shoppers succumb within the first few days unless they are held back. Just carry things that can be used up and thrown out at the end (creams, shampoos, etc.) Though a lot of variety is available in the big cities.
Sightseeing Packing: For daily travelling, must consist of a hand towel, a small bar of soap, a toilet roll, face tissue or handkerchiefs and a bottle for water. A camera, with ample roll of films (good quality films are available in the big cities), a pair of binoculars, which can help with looking closer at birds, wildlife and detailed carving on buildings. Electrical gadgets work on "220 V". Sealed Mineral Water is available freely.
Travel Documents: It is safe to keep all the travel documents, consisting of your passport, tickets, confirmations of bookings, insurance policies, traveller's cheques, permits, visas etc. and of course money in your hand luggage. In cloths, essentials are loose cotton cloths as man made fibres are extremely uncomfortable and sweaty during summer months. Hotel laundries are fast and good. European Designs are cheaper in India and are sold in the hotel shopping arcades.
Clothes: Can also be stitched and copied in one day, using fabric bought by the meter, which is readily available. Socks are essential if you plan to visit temples or places of worship as you are not allowed to wear shoes inside these places. There is an inexhaustible choice of comfortable, good looking cheap sandals in Delhi.
Medicines: Few pills for fever, aches, cough and cold will save most disasters and for jippy tummy known as Delhi belly in India. Most of the hotels have doctors on call, but if you plan to go off a beaten tract, it is worth considering taking a course for malaria, antiseptic cream, few dressings, insect bite cream. It is advisable and essential to take right injections before visiting India. A full course against typhoid, tetanus, cholera and hepatitis.
Medical services are available in almost all the good hotels, but in case you need medical attention in Delhi,
East West Medical Centre
38, Golf Links Road, New Delhi 110 001, India
Phone : +(91)-(11)-699229, 623738
For 24 hours emergency service
All India Institute of Medical Sciences,
Phone : +(91)-(11)-661123
Ambulance Service is available at Phone : +(91)-(11)-102, 6232882
24 hours Pharmacies is available at Phone : +(91)-(11)-2201540, 600561, 6441782
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