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February 11, 2003

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Explore Delhi, it's one of the few world class cities where it doesn't cost a small fortune to take an organized tour. Let Abe Lincoln show you the way - $5 is enough for a full day's tour to all of the sites. However, the site fees aren't included and this is where it becomes expensive. India's government recently increased entrance fees nationwide for tourists by 20 times compared to the local rate. Ouch!
The world's biggest time pieces- called the Jantar Mantar. Built in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, it calculated the time of the day by the position of the sun's rays.
The Birla Mandir is among the most popular of Hindu temples in Delhi.The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1938 on the condition that people of all strata of society be allowed to offer prayers there on account of the largescale prevalence of untouchability at that time..

The Lotus Flower, a Baha'i Temple in Delhi, has nine sides and central dome to symbolize the diversity of the human race and its essential oneness. Bahá'í Houses of Worship are open to all peoples. Devotional programs are simple, consisting of prayers, meditations, and the reading of selections from the sacred scriptures of the Bahá'í Faith and other world religions.

The Bahá'í Faith claims to be the youngest of the world's independent religions. Its central theme is that humanity is one single race and that the day has come for its unification in one global society. Their prophet, Bahá'u'lláh taught that there is one God Who progressively reveals His will to humanity. Each of the great religions brought by the Messengers of God - Moses, Krishna, Buddha, Zoroaster, Jesus, Muhammad - represents a successive stage in the spiritual development of civilization. Bahá'u'lláh, the most recent Messenger in this line who revealed himself in 1863, has brought teachings that address the moral and spiritual challenges of the modern world.