Delhi is the capital of India and is growing fast, forever spreading into neighbouring villages and engulfing them. Historically speaking, old Delhi was the seat of power for the Mughal Emperor, considered the ruler of India and this, of course, gave way to the British Empire. Many monuments and buildings that the British built still stand witness to their 200-year old rule. This period was known as the 'Raj' which translates from Hindi into 'rule'. Today, the two Houses of Parliament and the residence of the President are located in Delhi. When the house is in session traveling around can be difficult with the numerous nearby roads being blocked off to allow VIP access.
New Delhi is a city of contrasts. Here, you have new malls and futuristic designs in modern buildings that can rival any city in the world. With bars and discos and swanky cafes this is like any contemporary city in the western world. Yet if you look behind the global appearance you will peep into the small secrets that make India the cultural melting pot that it is. There are various traditional festivals celebrated and fetes organized. Performing arts are showcased and so are artists.