The modern area of NEW DELHI, with its wide tree lined avenues and solid colonial architecture, has been the seat of central government since 1931. At its hub, the royal mall, Rajpath, runs from the palatial Rashtrapati Bhavan, in the west, to the India Gate war memorial in the east. Its wide, grassy margins are a popular meeting place for families, picnickers and courting couples. At the north edge of the new capital lies the thriving business centre, Connaught Place, where neon advertisements for restaurants, bars and banks adorn the flat roofs and colonnaded verandas of the white buildings that circle its central park. Meanwhile, Lodi Road, skirting the new city’s southern edge, is flanked by amazing Mughal tombs and embellished with a park full of ancient monuments.