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Delhi is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Having been the capital of several empires in ancient India, Delhi was a major city in the old trade routes from northwest India to the Gangetic Plains. Many ancient monuments, archaeological sites and remains of national importance have been erected in its history. The Mughals built a section of the city (now known as Old City or Old Delhi) that served as the capital of Mughal Empire for a long period. During the British Raj, New Delhi was built as an administrative quarter of the city. New Delhi was declared the capital of India after India gained independence from British rule in 1947. As the seat of the Government of India, New Delhi houses important offices of the federal government, including the Parliament of India, making Delhi a powerhouse of Indian politics

Delhi has grown up to be a cosmopolitan city owing to the immigration of people from across the country. Like many other large cities of the world, Delhi suffers from urbanization problems such as pollution, traffic congestion, and scarcity of resources. The rapid development and urbanization of Delhi and surrounding areas coupled with the high average income of the populace has largely eclipsed socio-cultural traits that used to represent Delhi until a few years after independence. Today, Delhi is a major cultural, political, and commercial center of India

Some Monuments and Tombs in Delhi:
Bahai Temple (2.5 Kms. / 5 minutes from Voyaage)
Completed in 1986, the Bahai temple is set amidst pools and gardens, and adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion. The structure is in lotus shape so it often called the lotus temple. The view of the temple is very spectacular just before dusk when the temple is flood lit. The temple is a world where silence and order prevail

Garden of Five Senses (8 Kms. / 20 minutes from Voyaage)
Inaugurated in 2003, the Garden of Five Senses in Delhi is one of the popular hangout places. It is located at Said - Ul -Azaib, in close proximity to the Mehrauli heritage area in Delhi. The Garden was built as a place to socialize and relax in New Delhi. Spread over an area of 20 acres, the Garden of Five Senses has it all to enchant your senses. Seeing the beautiful flowers, hearing the soothing sound and relishing delicacies at the garden, your all senses are sure to awaken in the Garden of Five SensesHumayun's Tomb - A world heritage site (6 Kms. / 15 minutes from Voyaage)
Built in the 16th century, it is the first Mughal Garden Tomb. It is the tomb of the second emperor of the Mughal dynasty. Another excellent example of early Mughal Architecture which reached maturity is the Taj Mahal at Agra, a site that a keen traveler must see

India Gate (8 Kms. / 15 minutes from Voyaage)
India Gate is a 42 meter high "war memorial" arch, built in honor of 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I. The arch bears the names of these 90,000 brave soldiers. Below it burns a perpetual flame of Amar Jawan Jyoti, the eternal flame in tribute to all martyred soldiers in India

Jama Masjid (12 Kms. / 30 minutes from Voyaage)
Jama Masjid means Friday mosque. It was built in 1656. Designed by Ustad Khlil & constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan, it is the largest & the most splendid mosque in India. Placed on a height the mosque is made of glowing red sandstone inlaid with marble & brass & has three majestic black & white marble domes

Jantar Mantar (11 Kms. / 30 minutes from Voyaage)
Located in Connaught Place and constructed in 1725 it is dominated by a huge sundial known as the Prince of Dials

Lodi Gardens (6 Kms. / 15 minutes from Voyaage)
Lodi Gardens are a real heaven of tranquility and peace from the hustle and bustle of Delhi. These gardens are very beautiful and home to a wide variety of trees and plants. The gardens derive their name from the fact that these gardens were laid out in 1936 around four monuments built during the Lodi dynasty, the last of the Delhi Sultanate. The monuments around which the gardens are laid out are Muhammed Shah's Tomb, Sikander Lodi's Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad. The tomb of Mohammed Shah, the last of the Sayyid rulers, is the earliest of these and was built in 1444 by Ala-ud-din Alam Shah to pay a tribute to Muhammed Shah

Parliament House (9 Kms. / 20 minutes from Voyaage)
The Parliament House in New Delhi is the famous landmark not only of New Delhi but Indian political system. Ideally located towards the north of Rajpath, the Parliament House or Sansad Bhawan as it's popularly called as is the place where the Indian Parliament meets and works on the world's largest democracy

Purana Qila (8 Kms. / 15 minutes from Voyaage)
Meaning the Old Fort, is the sight of the mythical Indraprastha the capital of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata Epic. It is next door to the Delhi Zoo

Qutab Minar - A world heritage site (9 Kms. / 20 minutes from Voyaage)
It is a five storey 72.5 meter high minaret made of red sandstone, was began by Qutab-ud-din-Aibak to symbolize justice, sovereignty & Islam. Three storeys after the first storey were built by his Son-in-law Iltutuish & last two by Feroz Shah Tuglaq. It was started in 1193 and completed in 1368. Visitors can view only from the outside

Raj Ghat (12 Kms. / 30 minutes from Voyaage)
Located South of the Red Fort, on the banks of River Yamuna; a simple black marble platform marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated following his assassination

Rashtrapati Bhawan (9 Kms. / 20 minutes from Voyaage)
Designed by Lutyens, where the Viceroy once lived & now the official residence of the President of India, it is an imposing structure with 340 rooms, constructed high up on Raisina hill. The House consists of a Mughal Garden which occupies 130 hectares and this is only open to the public on certain days between mid-February and early March

Red Fort - A world heritage site (13 Kms. / 30 minutes from Voyaage)
The seat of the Mughal Empire, this huge fort whose walls are made of sandstone was built by Shah Jahan. The fort houses within its precincts imposing palaces and impressive public buildings, such as the Diwan-i-Am (hall for public audience), the Diwan-i-Khas (hall for private audience), the Rang Mahal (the Palace of Colors), the Sheesh Mahal and Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque (built of white marble). A sound-and-light show is conducted during the evenings (in both Hindi and English)

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