Archive for October 9th, 2007

Delhi

Delhi is a city in the northern portion of India and is the second largest metropolis in the country after Mumbai.
It has a population of 13 million people and is situated along the banks of the River Yamuna. In addition, it is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world having been the capital of several empires in old India.

Delhi was a major trade round from northwest India to the Gangetic Plains. It is home to several ancient monuments and archeological sites.

The Culture of Delhi

Delhi’s culture has been influenced by its long history and its association as the capital of India.
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Holidays and Events

Visitors to Delhi can partake in many of the national events and holidays, many of which are found in New Delhi nearby.
There are national events such as Republic Day, Independence Day and Gandhi’s birthday.

Gandhi’s Independence Day is August 15th, and the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation from the Red Fort.

Delhi also has a separate Kite Flying Festival, an International Mango Festival and a Spring Festival. Kite flying is popular as it represents a symbol of freedom.

The Republic Day Parade is a big cultural and military parade that both shows India’s cultural diversity and its military might. Religious festivals include the festival of light, known as the Diwali, Guru Nanak’s Birthday and numerous other religious festivals.

One notable festival is the Qutub Festival-a cultural event that showcases musicians and dancers from all over India with the Qutub Minar as the backdrop of the event.

Delhi cuisine

Delhi features Punjabi cuisine and delicacies like kababs and biryanis.
Because Delhi is such a large cosmopolitan area, it features cuisines from every part of India, Including Southern Indian items. Local delicacies include Dahi-Papri and Chaat.

Some restaurants feature Italian food and Chinese food.