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Overview to New Delhi: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

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Some eight metropolises have been built in or around modern Delhi over the last 1,000 years. The most recent – aptly named New Delhi – is a British colonial city that blends intriguingly with the preexisting settlement; the result is an enigmatic collage of endless sightseeing.

With so many things to see, and an urban layout that isn’t always easy to negotiate, it’s advisable to plan your itinerary carefully and keep things simple. Delhi is a vast, sprawling city and it’s a good idea to start by just soaking up the incredible atmosphere that it exudes.

A good place for exploring is the Janpath Road. The concentric circles of Central Park are at its northernmost point while, a little to the south, Jantar Mantar is an observatory laboratory from the pre-colonial past. The National Museum, meanwhile, can be found just further down.

Beyond the museum, Rajpath Road leads to India Gate, a huge archway commemorating India’s fallen war-heroes. The surrounding parkland is dotted with picnicking families who buy their food from vendors roaming the area.

At the northern end of the Mathura Road, the immense complex of the Red Fort stretches out. With its remarkable sandstone buildings, covered bazaar and private palaces, it’s one of India’s foremost sights. The Jama Masjid mosque, with its constant flow of pilgrims, sits directly adjacent.

Should the urban hustle get too much, the Gandhi Memorial is close by, squeezed between the river and the city. With its wonderfully calm park, it's the perfect place to take stock of the city before plowing back into the heady tumult and incessant motion of this extraordinary place.

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