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16 May, 2009

The Jewel in the Crown – New Delhi, India

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The capital of India is New Delhi. It is also the thirds largest Indian city. The city has been the center of many empires throughout the ages, though it was sometimes known by different names. The most famous empire that rules the area was the Mughal Empire. The city became the administrative capital of the Indian Empire in the early 1900’s while under the rule of the British crown.

The city was designed on top of seven ancient and historical cities. Because of this, according to tourist guides, New Delhi is home to many historical sites and monuments. Among these are the Lodhi Gardens and Jantar Manta. The Architect of the city was Edwin Lutyens, a British architect under contract to Sir Sobha Singh. He laid out the city center by fashioning in honor to Great Britain and their empire. The city is crowed by the Rahtrapati Bhawan which was originally the home to the Viceroy. Other administrative and governmental buildings surround this one.

India gained some independence from the British in 1947 and New Delhi was made the administrative center of India. It is current one of India’s greatest financial and commercial centers. It owes its economic success to business concerns in tourism, information technology, media, telecommunications, banking and hotel’s.

The city is also an important cultural center for the country. Several festivals and national holidays are celebrated here. Some of the festivals are internationally renowned. Especially famous is the Qutob festival in which dancer and musicians perform in front of the famous Qutub Minar.

This city is literally layered with history. Today it is an important administrative and governmental center for India. It is also a key cultural and economic center. Visitors to the town will enjoy the many historical sites of New Delhi.

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The Bahá’í House of Worship

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Laxminarayan Temple

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