About Delhi and
Sprawling on the banks of the river
Yamuna, Delhi, the capital of India, typifies the soul
of the country. In time the city conceals within its
bosom annals of civilizations that flourished for more
than three thousand years. Indraprastha, according to
legends, the city founded by the Pandavas in the times
of the epic Mahabharata (we infer from Astronomical
Dating to be circa 3100 BCE), was located
near the Old Fort that stands on a large mound
overlooking the river.
Delhi - What not to miss
The Old Fort
is one of the most visited tourist places of Delhi.
Purana Qila is a citadel which was partly raised by
Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri, who was temporarily deposed
Humayun. Sher Shah made a major contribution to public
works, built the Qila Kunha Mosque and the Sher Mandal
within the citadel in 1541 A.D. The purpose of the later
is not quite clear though it is thought that Humayun
housed his library there. He fell on it's steep stairs
while answering the call to prayer, and died as a result
three days later.
Located in Kalkaji in the south of Delhi, it is lotus
shaped and has rightly been given the name. It is made
of marble, cement, dolomite and sand. It is open to all
faiths and is an ideal place for meditation and
obtaining peace and tranquility.
purpose for building this monument has been variously
speculated upon. It could take the usual role of a
minaret, calling people for prayer in the Quwwat ul-Islam
mosque, the earliest extant mosque built by the Delhi
Sultans. Other possibilities are a tower of victory, a
monument signifying the might of Islam, or a watch tower
for defense. Controversy also surrounds the origins for
the name of the tower. Many historians believe that the
Qutb Minar was named after the first Turkish sultan,
Qutb-ud-din Aibak but others contend that it was named
in honour of Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki, a saint from
Baghdad who came to live in India and was greatly
venerated by Iltutmish.
The beautiful temple built
without steel, consists of 234 ornately carved pillars,
9 ornate domes, 20 quadrangled shikhars, a spectacular
Gajendra Pith (plinth of stone elephants) and 20,000
murtis and statues of India’s great sadhus, devotees,
acharyas and divine personalities.
The temple is a fusion of pink stone and pure white
marble, where pink stone symbolizes bhakti in eternal
bloom and white marble that of absolute purity and
Rashtrapati Bhawan (Hindi for
presidential palace) is the official residence of the
President of India.
A portion of the building houses the President's
Secretariat as well. The Durbar Hall is used to conduct
such state functions as the swearing-in of the Prime
Minister and his Council of Ministers and presentation
of civilian and military honors.
New Delhi International Airport
(Indira Gandhi International Airport, official webpage:
is 45 minutes transfer/taxi of the city centre.
for the safety purpose, guests are advised to take only
prepaid taxis/ autos or as per the directions of our
travel agent only. email :
The Indian currency is the Rupee. All visitors are
advised to exchange currency only at accredited places.
It is both risky and illegal to attempt to do so in the
street. Individual banks and travel agencies are free to
set their own rates (based on those advertised by the
Indian National Bank) but they must be clearly
displayed. It is advisable to keep records of currency
exchange transactions until leaving the country.
Major credit cards, debit and charge cards can be used
to withdraw money or to pay in the hotels, restaurants
and shops for purchases.
Currency Exchange (for information only , the followings
1 EUR = 62.50 INR
1 USD = 47.75 INR
Voltage in India is 240 volts and plugs are of the
two-pin continental type.
Indian cuisine has a reputation for being fiery at all
times but this is far from the truth. Most dishes
contain a delicate blend of fine flavored spices
and any waiter will be delighted to advise you. The
great Indian dishes range from being very mild to very
hot, but you will find your restaurants very proud of
their culinary traditions and will be at pains to make
sure you have a memorable meal. At the hotels
themselves, you are offered a choice of international
and Indian dishes.
Weather in January
The weather in Delhi
during the months of January to Mid of February . The
nights are very chilling and guests are advised to bring
their pullovers, coats & jackets.
Needless to say that New Delhi weather conditions are very
favorable to visitors.
The official language of the conference will be