When India gained independence from British rule in 1947, Delhi was declared the capital city and the seat of government. The city, planned by Edwin Lutyens - a leading 20th century British architect, is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards and numerous national institutions and historic landmarks. These icons are testimony to the grandeur of the past and also serve as major attractions for visitors to the city.
Owing to the migration of people from across the country, Delhi has grown to be a cosmopolitan metropolis. Its rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed the city completely. Today Delhi is a major cultural, political, and commercial center of India.
Lotus Temple (8.5 kms): This Baháí House of Worship, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flower like shape is an architectural marvel. Scriptures from all religions are read here during prayer service.
Qutub Minar (8 kms): Qutb-u'd-Din Aibak laid the foundation of the world's tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters in AD 1199. The balconies on its 5 storey's afford sweeping views of the surroundings.
India Gate (9 kms.): This freestanding arch located at Rajpath is 42m high. India Gate was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1931 in memory of the 90,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who laid down their lives during World War I. An eternal flame is lit here to honour the immortal soldiers.
Rashtrapati Bhawan (8 kms.): The official residence of the President of India, this 340 rooms heritage building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
Red Fort (17 kms.): A historical fort built in 1638, this was the seat of the Mughal rulers of India till the last emperor was dethroned. The fort houses a museum of arms and armour from the Mughal period. An evening of sound & light show captures the history of the fort.
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