The great city of New Delhi is the capital of India and the sum of seven ancient cities which have been overlapped throughout more than 3200 years.
It is a city that mixes its impressive history with the exotic Indian culture so full of smells, colours and sounds. It is worth walking through its streets and blend in with its busy lifestyle, but if you are going to travel to New Delhi please visit the following sites:
India Gate: Gate of Triumph 42 metres high in Colonial style erected to commemorate the death of Indian soldiers in World War I and the Afghan Wars in 1919. In 1971 a flame was added to light up the grave of the Unknown Soldier in honour of those killed in the clashes between India and Pakistan.
Qutb Complex: It consists of various monuments and buildings being the Qutab Minar the most important and also considered as a World Heritage by UNESCO, with its 72.5 metres high, this minaret made out of bricks and marble is the highest in the world and one of the oldest with its 800 years old.
Humayun's Tomb: This magnificent mausoleum, built in the 16th century in honour of the Emperor Humayun, has been valued as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because it is one of the first demonstrations of Mughal architectural art. In this complex you will find a lot of beautifully decorated mosques and tombs. When you visit it you will think you are in the Taj Mahal, and not without reason, as it inspired the world famous monument of the city of Agra.
Jantar Mantar: This space dedicated to astronomical study was built in 1728 by Maharaja Jai Singh and its accurate measurement of the sun path is surprising.
Lotus Temple: It was built with the legendary marble from Mount Penteli in Greece, which was also used for other temples such as the Parthenon and countless Greek art sculptures. This spectacular temple is made out of 27 giant petals arranged in groups of 3 to give the building the image of a huge lotus flower.
Some people criticize the chaos of the city of New Delhi, the truth is that the very moment you get out of the plane you get the feeling of being overwhelmed by everything around you, but do not forget that you are in India and not in Oxford, so enjoy the chaos of this beautiful city.