Bahá'í House of Worship, also known as Lotus Temple, is an example of
modern Indian architecture.
Delhi was the capital of several Mughal, Rajput, Turkic and Afghan
empires in ancient India. As a consequence, Delhi has a unique history
of blending itself with several different cultures. After Delhi was
declared as the capital of the Republic of India, several people from
every corner of the country have Delhi their home, adding to its
art and crafts industry is as diverse as the city's culture. Delhi is
the home of Zardozi, an embroidery done with gold thread and Meenakari,
the art of enamelling. Delhi has several art and crafts museums like
the Pragati Maidan and Dilli Haat. Pragati Maidan showcases rare and
exquisite pieces of art and craft from all over India and hosts a
13-day long International Fair Trade every year in November.
A direct consequence of Delhi's rich history is its magnificent
monuments. The Old City is the site where the Mughals and Pashtuns
constructed several architectural marvels like the Jama Masjid and Lal
Qila while the Birla Mandir and Chattarpur Temple represent a blend of
North and South Indian architectural styles. The Archaeological Survey
of India recognises more than 172 monuments in Delhi as national
heritage sites. Two World Heritage Sites, the 72.5 meters tall Qutab
Minar and Humayun's Tomb, are located in Delhi.
famous monuments include India's only war memorial, the India Gate, an
18th century astronomical observatory, the Jantar Mantar and a 5th
century BC fortress, the Purana Qila. The Lotus Temple, a symbol of
Delhi's religious tolerance and unity, is the most visited edifice in
the world with more 50 million visitors annually. Delhi offers a
glimpse of India's religious diversity. The largest mosque in India,
the Jama Masjid and the most visited Vaishnavite temple in the world,
the Birla Mandir are located in Delhi.
Delhi, a spacious, well-designed district of Delhi, houses several
government buildings and official residences reminiscent of the
British colonial architecture. Important structures include the
Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Secretariat, the Rajpath, the Parliament of
India and the Vijay Chowk.
Delhi is a noted centre of performing arts. Several theatres and
cinema halls are located here. However, the cinema industry in the
city is virtually non-existent. The India Habitat Centre provides a
physical environment which would serve as a catalyst for a synergetic
relationship between individuals and institutions working in diverse
habitat related areas.