SITES OF DELHI
(Illuminated during Republic Day Celebrations in January).
The Rashtrapati Bhawan or the President's House, is the official residence of
the President of India. Being the largest presidential residence in the world, it covers
the same area as the Trafalgar Square in London.
Built of cream and red sandstone and several varieties of marble the building is a
synthesis of Hindu, Muslim and colonial architecture. The Bhawan comprises the magnificent
Durbar Hall, the Ball Room, the State Dining Room and private chambers. It has 227
columns, 35 lobbies, 37 fountains and 340 rooms. At the Southern gate lies the famous
Mughal Gardens with a large variety of roses. If you are in Delhi during the Republic Day
celebrations, do stay to watch the Beating Retreat at the Vijay Chowk after which you may
witness one of the most spectacular display of lights and fireworks.
India Gate is the famous war memorial situated at the east end of Rajpath facing the
Rashtrapati Bhawan. Designed by Lutyens, it commemorates those thousands of Indian
soldiers who died in World commemorates those thousands of Indian soldiers who died in
World War-I. Its 43 cm high arch stands on a base of Bharatpur stone and rises in stages.
Under the arch is the Amar Jawan Jyoti (the Eternal Torch), commemorating the Indian armed
forces losses in the India-Pakistan war of 1971. From the base of arch one can get a good
view of Rashtrapati Bhawan.
(Illuminated during Republic Day Celebrations in January.)
One of the most graceful monuments of this metropolis is the Parliament House,
situated on the left of the Parliament House, situated on the left of the Rashtrapati
Bhawan. This circular edifice measures 1.6 kms. In circumference with a continuous. Inside
are three huge halls where the upper and lower houses of Parliament meet. Entry is
restricted to authorized persons only.
BAHAI HOUSE OF WORSHIP
This wondrous creation built in 1987 next to the famous Kalkaji Temple
signifies the purity and equality of all religions. Open from 0930 Hrs to 1730Hrs (October
to March) and 0900Hrs ton1900 Hrs (April to September). The temple built by followers of
the Bahai is in the shape of a lotus. With not a single pillar to support its interior,
the concrete petal domes majestically face the sky. The brilliantly arranged illumination
the architectural details. Inside the spotlessly clean prayer hall, bathed in fresh air
and sunlight, lie directly below, the inner petals of the partially open lotus.
No one can resist the magnetism of nostalgia that emanates from the monuments of Delhi,
the capital city of magnificent India. Delhi Tourism therefore considers it most befitting
to flood light some of these monuments by making their presence dazzle even at night.
Besides the monuments, several other sites are also lit up to add to the glitter and
contribute towards brightening and beautifying Delhi's skyline at night.
Delhi has taken on an all new and chirpy hue with the addition of a grand musical
fountain at Ajmal Khan Park. Spread over an area of 5 acres its fountains are a refreshing
getaway from he usual everyday hustle bustle of this busy metro. The gentle music, the
soft dancing sprays and dream lighting combine to make this a hot favourite with
Delhiites. Inaugurated in December' 95, this musical fountain has already attracted over
40,000 visitors. The musical fountains are on after sunset. For timings contact at site or
on Phone No, 524834.
Apart from this, the Musical Fountains are in operation at Kalkaji (South), Janakpuri
(South-West), Pitampura (North-West), Netaji Nagar (South), Punjabi Bagh (North-West) and
Baldev Park (Trans Yamuna). The concept of these programmable dancing fountains is based
on the most advanced multimedia technology wherein computers have been used to control the
sequence of dancing water jets, illumination and synchronized music. The perfect
synchronization of music, light and dancing water patterns create a haunting illusion of
folk or group dance. While the fountains at Netaji Nagar and Pitampura provide for a
seating capacity of 400 persons around it, the one at Janakpuri has a seat-in facility for
1000 persons ! The fountains have been constructed by the various local bodies in an
ecologically friendly manner, with the principle of re-circulation used to conserve water.
SOUND & LIGHT SHOWS
(PURANA QUILA - RED FORT)
(Illuminated only during show)
Shrouded in antiquity, the lofty walls of the Purana Quila, neighbouring the
Pragati maidan Exhibition grounds, rise on the sire of the ancient city of Indraprastha,
supposed to have been founded by the Pandavas-the heroes of the epic Mahabharata. It is
believed to be the site of the first city of Delhi. The high rise walls and imposing
entrances to the Quila are credited to emperor Sher Shah Suri.
Purana Quila, now the site for the sound and light show, has seen centuries of history
unfold before it. The show, inaugurated on 2nd October 1996, is perhaps the biggest of its
kind in India. Entry Ticket is Rs. 25.00 per head. The one hour show each
in Hindi & English is held after sunset except on days when it rains. For exact
timings contact any of the information centres or Phone 4603178.
The Red Fort is the venue of another Son-et-Lumiere. Of the two shows held here, the
first is in Hindi and the second, in English. The shows, through skillful use of light and
sound, bring to life bygone days of Delhi's history from the Mughal period.
THE QUTUB MINAR
Over 700 years old, the Qutub Minar is the architectural masterpiece of Delhi - an
ancient four-storied structure, and an outstanding example of Muslim architecture.
Situated in Mehrauli, 15 Kms. towards the South of Delhi, this towering minaret is an
excellent spot for a picnic.
Rising from a base diameter of 14.32 m. the minaret tapers to a diameter of 2.75 m. It
measures a height of 72.5 m. and contains a spiral staircase of 379 steps.
Just next to the minaret is the Iron Pillar, a marvel of metallurgy, totally resistant
to corrosion. Qutub Minar is the venue for the Annual Qutub festival held in October every
year with maestros performing with illuminated Qutub Minar in the backdrop.