Sights of Delhi
Today, a tour of the capital takes you through a mixture of imposing ministries and embassies, modem office buildings and hotels, and along the Old Delhi of vibrant Hindu and Muslim communities crowding in on the Mughal monuments. For more orientation, visit the Tourist Information Office on Janpath.
Start at the southern end of the city, with the Qutb Minar, a symbol of Islam’s impact on India. Begun by Delhi ‘s first sultan, Qutb-uddin, and completed by his son-in-law lltutmish, the 73-m (240-ft) tower was erected to celebrate the Turkish conquest of Delhi. The tower comprises four stories, each a tapering cylinder with angular and convex ribs, separated by balconies.
The top of the tower is off limits, due to dangers inherent in the narrow staircase that leads to the look-out point, so the best bet for a panoramic view of the city is the top floor of one of the taller, more recent...
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