Delhi is the capital of India. Located at an altitude of 216 meters above sea level . It is the hub of all communications, and is the favoured entry point for visitors to North, East and Central India. Gurudongma North, located at Delhi, handles all our guests arriving at Delhi. Our personalized " meet and greet service" will arrange your reception, transfers and accommodation.
Tours to Agra, Rajasthan, Himachal, Ladakh, Varanasi and Khajuraho originate at Delhi . Delhi is also the transit point for tours to Eastern Indian states of Sikkim, Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Nagaland.
The earliest known capital city of Indraprastha was founded by the Pandavas in 1450BC. Recent finds support the view that it was located in the Purana Qila area.
Other cities recorded are Surajpal's Surajkund 1024 AD, Qila Lal Kot 1024 AD which was built by Anangpal and Qila Rai Pithora 1170 AD of the brave and daring king Prithviraj Chauhan. In the same area Qutb-ud-din-Aibak built his citadel and the Qutb Minar in the year 1199. He completed 3 storeys and his son-in-law Iltutmish, added the fourth. It was damaged by lightning in the years 1326 & 1366. Firoz Shah Tughlaq repaired the damage and added the fifth storey. It stands 72 metres high.
Ala-ud-Din-Khilji built a new capital for himself at Siri, 1302 AD. His palace of a thousand pillars saw many triumphs and tragedies, but has since completely gone to ruins. It was Ala-ud-Din-Khilji who built the magnificent tank called Hauz Khas. At that time it had enough water to meet the needs of the city.
Ghiyas-ud-Din-Tughluq, in 1320 moved south and built the fort city of Tughlakabad on the rocky southern ridge. It has massive bastions and walls. It had to be abandoned within 5 years, because of a shortage of water.
Muhammad Shah Tughluq first built Adilabad just south of Tughlakabad but soon abandoned it. He moved north and gave his city the name of Jahanpanah in 1334 AD. Using the fortifications of the older cities, it had 13 gates. His son, Firuz Shah Tughluq, created his own city Firuzabad (Kotla Firoz Shah), in the year 1351 . He transported and re erected a 8m tall 27 ton monolith- The "Ashok pillar", with Emprorer Ashoka's edicts inscribed on it. It still stands in Kotla Firoz Shah.
Babar's son Humayun, in 1530 AD, built a fort on one of the oldest settlements and called it Dinpanah. The afghan king, Sher Shah Suri, wrested control from Humayun and built Dilli in 1542, encompassing a very large area. The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built his fort, the Lal Qila and the huge well laid out city, Shahjahanabad, in 1648 AD. It took 10 years to build. The city fort had 14 gates many of which still exists. This city survives as the "Old Delhi"of today.
Finally, the British built New Delhi, south of Shahjahanabad and shifted their capital from Calcutta in 1931. In the six decades since the creation of New Delhi as the Capital of British India, the city has undergone a sea change. Made initially to cater to a population of 70,000, the total urban population of Delhi now exceeds 8 million. The city has exploded in all directions beyond the confines of Lutyen's wide, tree-lined avenues, with an exuberance that is characteristically Indian.
Several factors have contributed to this growth. After the creation of modern India and Pakistan, many Hindus and Sikhs from the newly created Pakistan sought refuge in the city.
Since then, the influx into the city hasn't ceased. The manpower required by the Government in the capital is itself staggering. Industrialists, Entrepreneurs and migrant labour from all over India have turned to Delhi in search of livelihood and success, and made it a commercial capital as well.
High-rise buildings now stand check-by-jowl with Delhi's 1300 monuments. Villages such as Khirkee, Begumpur, Hauz Khas, Sheikh Sarai and Nizamuddin which grew around medieval Delhi's shifting capital cities, have now been engulfed by the urban sprawl. Many of them, however, retain their old-world characteristics.
The facilities and opportunities available in Delhi have attracted Indians from far-flung corners of the country, making it a melting pot of sorts. On the other hand, the presence of diplomatic and trade mission, the growing number of multi-national companies and foreign investors, coupled with the influx of tourists and visiting professionals have given the city, especially its southern and central parts, a cosmopolitan air.
The coexistence of the past and the present at many levels characterizes Delhi, as it does India. The assimilation of a specific cultural influence is expressed differently by people living in different parts of the city, a fact which offers insights into the social strata. South Delhi is undoubtedly the trend-setter, and the fashions and lifestyle introduced here become the aspirations of many. There are however, dramatic differences in localities, standards of living and adherence to traditions.
Delhi is one of the most historic capitals in the world and two of its monuments- the Qutb Minar and Humayun's Tomb - have been declared World Heritage Sites. It is also one of the greenest capitals. For the visitor, it serves as a perfect introduction to the cultural wealth, the complexities and dynamism of India.
The capital city today has grown. It has engulfed all the ancient city sites and overflows across the Yamuna and the Northern Ridge. Delhi is still changing.
Delhi-Meet & Greet Package
- Airport reception/send off assistance,
- Transfers to and from airport by car with driver.
- Room for one night without meals at short listed and guaranteed guest
Prices : On request