A Passage to discover the north of the country, the Indian capital offers an introduction much more gradual in this “state-world” that it’s rival economic and cultural life of the South. Delhi offers a digest of the modern India where the men of affairs of New Delhi cohabiting with the popular bazaars of Old Delhi. Between the carts to arm, the metro and the air-conditioned cars with driver, the visitor is interfering in the heart of a megalopolis never short of paradoxes.
History of Delhi
According to the Vedic mythology, the history of Delhi would begin there has more than 3 500 years, under the traits of Indraprastha’, the legendary city of the sacred text the Mahabharata. After the installation of the hindu sovereign at the beginning of the Christian era, the taking of the city by the Turkish General Qutb-ud-Dîn Aibak, in 1192, marks the beginning of six centuries of Muslim power. In 1526, the victory of the warrior Babur, descendant of Genghis Khan, toggles the city under the yoke of the Mughal dynasty, which, under the reign of Shah Jahan, y installs its capital, in 1638. The decline of the Mughal power precipitates the arrival of the English in Delhi, in 1803, which officially transfer the capital of British India in 1931. After the 1947 partition, the city remains the capital of the country.
Modern the city today
Stuck between the state of Haryana, to the west, and that of the Uttar Pradesh in the IS, Delhi has almost 14 million inhabitants and holds the record of density of all the country: there are nearly 10 000 inhabitants per km2. Despite her dizzying rate of pollution, the decibels of horn and the poverty of some neighborhoods, the capital remains a pleasant city to visit.
Legacy of the empire of British India, the broad avenues lined with green spaces of the modern city, New Delhi, give it a face strict but welcoming where the Western enjoys many landmarks. This sanitized aspect is however that very relative.
This is without counting the vitality and the effervescence of the India, which explodes in the maelstrom of colors, smells and flavors of old Delhi. Erected at the location of the last Mughal capital built in 1638, this neighborhood bazaars can be travelled on foot or by bike”-rickshaw”. Around the mosque Jama Masjid and Red Fort, Two worlds exist side by side without ever really meet: that of small trades secular, as shoeshine boys and traders of spices, and those who live at the time of the Internet and new technologies.
Junction between the neighborhood of Old Delhi and the new city, officially inaugurated by the English in 1931, the immense Connaught Place is the place the more animated in New Delhi. The point of departure of the great shopping artery of Jan Path, which stretches out toward the south, it is mainly the district of rallying of banks, travel agencies, restaurants and tourist shops. The centers of interest Cultural rights are virtually all located around the Royal Way, Raj Path, which extends perpendicular to the other end of Jan Path. Delhi is the one of the famous tourist destinations of India which attracts thousands of travelers throughout the year from across the world.