The Delhi that we see through Rehan and Zooni is quintessentially the historic side of the city with its monuments, fun, colors and street food.
As Zooni and Rehan’s young love blossoms against the vistas of the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tumb, India Gate, you can’t help but fall in love with the city.
Delhi has a lot to offer to the traveler looking out for the complete India experience. From dressing to cuisines and language to architecture, Delhi has been influenced by different regimes, which have created an amalgamated yet distinct culture for Delhi. So, go ahead and enjoy Delhi in its entirety!
The Filmy Lens – Fanaa
Set in Delhi and the Kashmir Valley, the story is about a blind girl from Kashmir, Zooni who falls in love with Rehan, a tour guide from Delhi. Zooni befriends the flirty Rehan when she comes to perform in Delhi at the Independence Day function and Rehan shows her and her friends around Delhi. Her friends warn her against this good for nothing roadside Romeo, but she chooses to ignore them. As love blossoms between them, Zooni sees Delhi and discovers love and life through Rehan.
Soulful songs, beautiful landscapes and the romancing leading pair made Faana a movie to watch out for.
Qutub Minar, Delhi
Scene: The song ChaandSifarish
Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak. The minaret has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony. The first three storeys are made of red sandstone; the fourth and fifth storeys are of marble and sandstone. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India. A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.
The origins of Qutab Minar are shrouded in controversy. Some believe it was erected as a tower of victory to signify the beginning of the Muslim rule in India. Others say it served as a minaret to the muezzins to call the faithful to prayer.
India Gate, Delhi
Scene: Amir Khan and Kajol touring Delhi
At the centre of New Delhi stands the 42 m high India Gate, an arched gateway built during the colonial era. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.
The Amar Jawan Jyoti is an eternal flame installed by the Govt of India at India Gate. The flame burns day and night under the arch to remind the nation of soldiers who laid down their lives in the Indo-Pakistan War of December 1971.
The large expanse of lush green lawns around the monument is a popular picnic spot amongst the locals and tourists alike. In the evenings, India Gate is dramatically floodlit while the fountains nearby make a lovely display with coloured lights.
Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi
Scene: Amir Khan guides Kajol and team to Delhi
Located near the crossing of Mathura road and Lodhi road, this magnificent garden tomb is a glorious reminder of Mughal architecture. Humayun’s Tomb was built in 1565 A.D., nine years after the death of Humayun, by his senior widow Bega Begam. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable features are the garden squares (Chaharbagh) with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome.
Rashtrapathi Bhavan, Delhi
Scene: Desh mera rangeela song
The Rastrapati Bhawan is the official residence of the President of India. An impressive Lutyenian architecture, the Rastrapati Bhavan, has the very beautiful Mughal Gardens which are thrown open to the public in February.
The Republic Day Parade starts at the Rastrapati Bhavan and passes through India Gate.
Dilli Haat, INA, Delhi
Scene: Amir Khan and Kajol having dinner
Your trip to the city is incomplete till you can add a dash of colour to your wardrobe from the culture market, Dilii Haat. The place offers a mélange of colours and designs with its collection of shawls, clothes, accessories, art and home decorative.
You can also satiate your taste buds with the various sweet and savory delicacies from across the country; be it the hot steaming momos and thupkas of Arunanchal Pradesh & Nagaland, eastern culinary delights of Bengal and Orissa, the savory snacks of Gujarat and Maharashtra or the tandoori kebabs of the North! It’s an ideal place to spend your weekend with your family.
Other locations covered in the movie worth a visit
Other movies shot in Delhi
Rang De Basanti, Band Baja Baraat, Love AajKal, Rockstar, Vicky Donor and list goes on…
Delhi has many tourists’ spots to visit.
Historical Monuments:The city of dynasties and monuments, Delhi has many other places of visit like the Lal Quila, Purna Quila, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar etc
Big structures: India Gate, Parliament house and Rashtrapati Bhavan, Akshardham temple, Lotus temple
Metro Train: Symbol of growing and changing Delhi, Metro trains is a must try for all the tourists. Please, this is not just another train.
Shopping and bargaining: Also the fashion capital of India, people of Delhi love to dress up. But then fashion here is not confined to the closed quarters of the posh malls or the rich neighborhoods but flows through the street markets of Kamla Nagar, Lajpath Nagar, Janpath or Sarojini. The young and the elderly scrounge these markets to stay updated with the latest fashion trend. If you are looking at wedding shop, visit the famous market of Chandni Chowk.
Food: The culture of Delhi is unique- its uniqueness attributed to the different cultures which have given shape to it. The quintessential Delhi street food with Mughal and Awadhi influence is a gourmet’s delight. You don’t experience Delhi in its entirety till you have experienced the Delhi food in the numerous eateries of old Delhi and the narrow lanes of ‘paranthe wali gali’ in Chandni Chowk.
By Air: The Delhi international and domestic airport is located at Palam. The IGI airport is connected to all metros of India and all major cities across the world.
By Train: There are three main railway stations in Delhi: New Delhi, Old Delhi and Anand Vihar. Delhi is connected to all the cities of India.
By Bus: ISBT and Anand Vihar Bus Terminal and Sarai Kale khan Bus Terminal: all major bus terminals are well connected to all neighboring states of Delhi.
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