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Delhi The Story
The Mughal Delhi, The Modern Delhi, Ashoka Pillar, Ghoonidarwaza 

Places to see: Asoka Pillar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat, Purana Qila, Humayun's tomb, India Gate, Birla House (Gandhi Smriti), Indira Gandhi Museum, Teen Murthi, Qutab Minar, Chhattarpur temple, Kalka Mandir, Bahaii temple, ISCON temple, Jantar Mantar, Hanuman Mandir, Connaught Place

Modern Delhi - The landmarks

     India Gate: A memorial to the soldiers killed in World War I, it is located in the vast Boats Club lawns in front of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Adults and children alike find evenings pleasant to spend on the sprawling India Gate lawns. Part of the modern New Delhi, it was built according to the orders of King George V in 1911. Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker were the architects. The new city took 20 years to complete and it was inaugurated in 1931. Its Viceregal Lodge became today's Rashtrapati Bhawan or President's residence. The Mughal Gardens in the premises behind opens to public during the spring season. Parliament House is close by. Rajpath is the road that comes down Rashtrapati Bhawan and cuts across the India Gate lawns, the junction near the starting point is called the Vijay Chowk. The Republic Day parade is held on every January 26 around this place.

     Connaught Place: Robert Tor Russell was the architect of this commercial hub named after Duke of Connaught. A series of colonnaded buildings constitute the spacious complex.

     Raj Ghat, Shanti Van, Shakti Sthal: These are the samadhis of Modern India's leaders - Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi - on the banks of the Yamuna near the Red Fort. Innumerable visitors pay them homage everyday.

     Gandhi Smriti and Gandhi Darshan: The former is the Birla House where Mahatma Gandhi was shot during his prayers and the latter, near his samadhi, Rajghat, is an exhibition of his life and work. Nearby is a Gandhi museum and a library.

     Nehru Memorial Museum: It is Teen Murthi House near the South Block of Rashtrapati Bhavan where Jawaharlal Nehru lived when he was the prime minister. The rooms and the settings have been kept as they were. Attached to the museum is a planetarium, an attraction for children.

     Indira Gandhi Memorial: The Safdarjung Road residence where Indira Gandhi as prime minister stayed and where she was shot.

     National Museum: The museum at Janpath has a large collection of antiquities like excavated items, sculptures, paintings, manuscripts etc.

     National Gallery of Modern Art: The gallery has a collection of old paintings and other exhibits. Besides there is a gallery to display the works of Indian and foreign painters and sculptors.

     Rail Museum: Near Moti Bagh in south-west Delhi, it has vintage displays of oldest locomotives in the world like and Wales' Saloon (1876). Especially children enjoy the ride.

     Crafts Museum: Located in Pragati Maidan near Mathura Road, it displays crafts from various states.

     State Emporia: These are a series of state Government shops on Baba Kharak Singh Marg close to Connaught Place, selling handicraft items from the respective states at, what they claim, moderate prices.

     Dilli Haat: Handicrafts and cuisine from the states are available at the shops in the complex run by the Government or Government-approved shops. It is located near Safdarjung.

     Birla Mandir: A new temple built by the industrialists, the Birlas, near Connaught Place.

     Bahai Temple: The structure is lotus-shaped. It is a place of secular worship.

     Shanker's Dolls Museum: It has a collection of dolls from all over the world. It is situated on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg near Delhi Gate, and it gets its name from a well-known cartoonist.

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