The journey of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), popularly known as Pusa Institute, began in 1905 at Pusa (Bihar). Following a devastating earth quake on 15th January 1934, the institute was shifted to Delhi on 29th July 1936. Post independence, the institute has been renamed as Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI). As the Mother of several ICAR institutions, IARI continues to be the leading institution for agricultural research, education and extension in the country.
The present campus of the institute is a self-contained sylvan complex spread over an area of about 500 hectares (approx. 1250 acres) and located about 8 km (5 miles) west of New Delhi Railway Station and about 16 km (10 miles) east of IGI Airport (Palam).
Delhi, capital city of the Republic of India, is one of India’s fastest growing metropolitan city. It has sprawled over the west bank of the river Yamuna. The city has two distinct parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi.
Delhi has some of the finest museums in the country. Its boutiques and shopping arcades offer access to a wealth of traditional and contemporary crafts, from all over the country. It is one of the fastest expanding cosmopolitan cities in this part of the world. It represents a unique amalgam of ancient history with modernity. Magnificence of the relics of ancient (5000 years old) Hindu era, glory of Moghul Monuments and the grandeur of modern buildings and shopping centres constitute today’s Delhi. The varied cultural activities offer myriad experiences which speak of the unity in diversity of this country.
At a short distance from Delhi, 200 km south east, is the famous city of Agra where Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the modern world is located. About 260 km south west of Delhi is located the pink city of Jaipur, the glory of various kinds is beautifully reflected in the magnificence of its palaces. In the north of Delhi are picturesque ranges of the Himalayas, including the Kashmir valley, dreamland of the tourists.
The famous Tiger Reserve, the Corbett National Park is about 6 hrs drive from Delhi. The park is located at the hills of Kumaon and proves a unique experience of Elephant Safari. For bird watchers, the Keola Deo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur is about 180 km from Delhi. The sanctuary harbours the most exquisite birds from all over the globe.
January is usually cold in Delhi. Ideal for nature lovers and whole Delhi blossoms with natural and cultivated flowers. The city experiences moderate winter (maximum temperature 22-24ºC and minimum 10ºC).
Indian rupee is the national currency of India. All the major international currencies can be exchanged at the International Airport, 5-Star hotels and several Banks. Major currencies are accepted at the hotels and some major shopping centres. International credit cards are widely accepted.