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                                                       of the outsiders but it also afforded
                                                       its  original  populace  a  chance  to
                                                       grow and amalgamate their ways of
                                                       life  on  their  very  own.  And  that  is
                                                       perhaps one of the biggest reasons
                                                       why Delhi continued to thrive after
                                                       its fall, repeatedly.  Along with the
                                                       influx  of  travellers,  foreigners,  and
                                                       tradespeople  from  all  parts  of  the
                                                       country  and  parts  of  Asia,  Delhi
                                                       always  found  a  way  to  regain  its
                                                       lost grandeur even though the price
                                                       for that was excruciatingly heavy, it
                                                       was one that the rulers of the land
                                                       and  the  people  themselves  could
                                                       always afford to pay.

                                                       During  Khalji  dynasty’s  Allaudin
                                                       Khilji’s  reign,  cultural  influences
                                                       came from central Asia, the Middle
                 Over  the  last  millennia  and  a  half   East and West Asia. With the spread
                 Delhi,  or  Indraprastha  as  it  was   of other religions came architectural
                 earlier  known,  has  been  the  seat   and  artistic  patronage,  and  the
                 of  power  for  the  rulers  of  the  sub-  creation  of  iconic  monuments  like
                 continent. It has been the home turf   the  Qutub  Minar,  and  the  tomb
                 for some of the most famous power     of  Khilji,  which  have  become
                 struggles  in  the  history.  Be  it  the   landmarks in modern Delhi.
                 arrival  of  the  Sultans  of  Delhi,  the
                 Mughals,  or  the  invasions  of  Nadir
                 Shah  and  finally  the  arrival  of  the
                 British Empire, the city has seen it,
                 lived  it,  survived  it  and  assimilated
                 cultural ethos from all of them. It not
                 only makes for a fascinating study of
                 history  and  folklore  that  is  steeped
                 in every nook and corner of the city,
                 but  also  affords  a  rare  insight  into
                 its ability to build a cultural heritage
                 from its resilience.

                 Delhi in the middle ages was more
                 than just a land that was ravaged and
                 plundered. It was in the truest sense
                 of the word, the most cosmopolitan
                 city  that  the  sub-continent  had  to
                 offer. Not only was it accommodating

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