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New Delhi, India

New Delhi is the capital city of India and one of the world’s most historic capitals.

Located between the Himalayan and Aravalli mountain ranges in north-central India, New Delhi comprises seven ancient cities and is consequently home to many historic monuments.

Among these attractions are the Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory built in 1725 that features a huge sundial, and the Garden of Five Senses – a sprawling 20-acre garden area complete with a series of fountains, a spiral walkway and stone statues of elephants.

For an insight into Delhi’s history, visit the National Museum, which owns about 150,000 items dating back five millennia. The institution’s treasured artefacts include finds from the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilisation and relics of the Buddha from the village of Piprahwa.

Humayun’s Tomb, a forerunner of the world famous Taj Mahal in Agra, was built by the wife of the second Mughal emperor as his mausoleum. Designed by the Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, the tomb was finished in 1569 and features an elegant combination of red sandstone and white marble.

A more recent attraction is the India Gate. Now one of New Delhi’s most iconic structures, it was built to commemorate the 70,000 Indian soldiers who died during World War I. While New Delhi is justifiably proud of its history, the city also has plenty of contemporary appeal.

Shopping hubs can be found across the capital, including the upscale Connaught Place, the handicraft stalls of Delhi Haat and Janpath Market, where you can find plenty of traditional and souvenir-style items to remind you of your trip.

New Delhi is one of the most historic capitals in the world, which means exploring the city is both fascinating and hugely rewarding.

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