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Delhi is considered to be the site of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas of the Mahabharata, 5000 years ago. So it is a ancient city. This city was invaded many times from outside of India. Delhi was the capital of the Muslim Moghul Emperors. The British moved their capital from Calcutta to Delhi in 1931.

There are no important holy places in Delhi, however, there are many important government buildings and travel facilities. Like Mumbai (Bombay) it is one of the major cities in India used for international travel.


ISKCON Temple

This magnificent temple and cultural complex openned in 1996. It features a gorgeous temple, multimedia museum, restaurant and guesthouse. It is a must see if you visit Delhi. The temple is located in the southeast part of Delhi by Mathura Road. It is about a half-hour auto-rickshaw from Connaught Place.


Laksmi Narayana Temple 

This Vishnu temple was built by Raja Baldeo Birla in 1938 and is very popular. It is located about 2 km west of Connaught Place. It is also called the Birla Mandir.


Red Fort

This is the huge fort in Old Delhi, right next to Chandi Chowk. It was built by Shah Jahan. Aurangzeb ruled from here. King Yudhisthira is said to have performed a great sacrifice here at the Dasawamedha Ghat to celebrate the Pandava’s victory at Kurukshetra.


Connaught Place

This is a circle in the middle of New Delhi where most of the airlines, travel agents, important offices and stores are located. All the blocks are assigned letters, so when you have to go to some place at Connaught Place you should find out what block it is on, such as “A” Block or “D” Block. It is an interesting place to walk around and check out the shops.

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