Discover The Glorious History of Delhi city - The Heart of India
|By: Sanjeev Mehra | Nov 14 2013 | 350 words | 1717 hits|
The capital of India, New Delhi has an amazing historical record. Renowned to be the most powerful and interesting historical background, the stunning city has mostly been ruled by some of the mightiest rulers in the Indian history. Interestingly, the history of Delhi is as old as the epic Mahabharata. It was earlier known as Indraprastha, which was the dwelling place of Pandavas. During this period, eight cities also came into existence and they are Lal Kot, Siri, Dinpanah, Quila Rai Pithora, Ferozabad, Jahanpanah, Tughlakabad and Shahjahanabad.
The tumultuous political scenario has been witnessed by Delhi which is more than 500 years old. Mughals ruled it in succession to Khiljis and Tughlaqs. Year 1803 AD witnessed the arrival of Bristish rule, as they moved their capital from Calcutta to Delhi. Thus, all the major governing activities were held here. In the year 1947, India got Independence and Delhi was declared as the Capital of India.
The modern Delhi is also called as the Lutyens Delhi has a huge contrast to Old Delhi. It is completely contrasting in terms of architecture, building materials and layout. Modern Delhi was designed by Lutyens with wide lanes, avenues and some of the finest buildings.
Some of the hugely loved tourist attractions are India Gate, Parliament House, Presiden House, whereas the North and South Block have some of the brilliant British architectures. Some other major highlights of New Delhi are museums, temples and memorials.
National Museum is certainly one of the major sights of New Delhi as here you catch the rich historical past of India since the medieval ages. Another popular place to go for is the National Rail Museum which comprises of more than 150 year old history of Indian Railways, such as Steam Engine.
Some of the popular temples are also a major part of Modern Delhi, which signifies the religious faith as well as architectural brilliance of the city. Birlas constructed the Lakshmi Narayan Temple. Lotus Temple is another hugely popular temple which is followed by Bahai. The stunning temple has been constructed in the lotus shape and woos tourists from all across the globe!