Delhi has always been known for its historic locations and bustling markets. Owing to its rich history, it has seen the coming together of people from various faiths and has emerged as the hub of culture. The fact that it has been the seat of power with dynasties ranging from the Lodhis to the Mughals has left an indelible mark on its architecture and monuments. The influence of colonialism is also evident in some of the buildings and the way the city has been planned. Some of the places that must be explored include:
India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid is built on a 10m elevation and considered to be a peaceful spot in the chaos of Old Delhi. It was built to serve as one of the central mosques of Shahjahanabad, the new city founded by Shah Jahan after he shifted his capital from Agra. Built using red sandstone and white marble, it can hold almost 25,000 people at once. The final architectural conquest of Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is located at a distance of 8 km from our hotel. There’s no entry fee to visit the mosque and one just needs to take off their shoes at the top of the stairs.
Situated barely 2 km away from the hotel, India Gate is a war memorial built to commemorate those soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives during the First World War (1914-18). It was designed by Edwin Lutyens, the chief British architect who planned Delhi. In the aftermath of the 1971 Indo-Pak War, Amar Jawan Jyoti was introduced to honour those Indian soldiers who lost their lives in the wake of the war. It is located in the vicinity of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The hotel’s transfer service can be arranged on request to reach this architectural memoir.
One of the most posh markets in Delhi, this vibrant arcade is located near the high profile diplomatic enclave of Chanakya Puri and is situated barely 1.4 km away from The Claridges Hotel, New Delhi. Located near the Khan Market Metro Station, it is lined with inimitable bits and pieces of trousseau, intriguing silver jewelry, stores of promising artists and some of the finest restaurants and patisseries in the city. Not just this, the market also has an exclusive collection of internationally acclaimed magazines.