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From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from Mughal gardens to Delhi University campus, the capital city has multiple personalities making it 'The good, the bad and the ugly'.
The Capital city of India and the base location to explore North India, Delhi is considered to be the city with a heart.
Delhi has a plethora of things for tourists to do, and it is up to you to pick and choose which items you want to tick off your list, depending on what you want to see and where you want to go. If Delhi’s rich Mughal history pulls you, then you should take time to explore historical monuments such as the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb and Purana Qila. Delhi has famous temples scattered all across the city, a few noteworthy ones being the Akshardham Temple, the Lotus Temple (also known as the Bahai Temple), and the ISKON Temple.
The narrow, winding lanes and bylanes of old Delhi are a testament to the former Mughal rule. Old Delhi houses one of the country’s oldest and busiest market – Chandni Chowk. Taking a morning walk at Lodi Gardens is an activity that plenty of locals indulge in, and for a very good reason. Not only are the Lodi Gardens aesthetically beautiful – lush, sprawling stretches of green for as long as you can see, but the gardens are also a place to chance across Delhi’s political and social elites.
Central Delhi is the seat of the country’s political power, and the must-visit places here include the Rashtrapati Bhawan on Raisina Hill, the Rajpath, and the India Gate, all of which are very popular tourist attractions. The best place to visit this area is in the evening, as all the buildings are lit up, and you can see the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate shining brightly.
Delhi is more famously known for its history and culture, but it is also a gastronomical pleasure. People in Delhi love to eat, and tourists will find themselves spoilt for choice between the multitude of dishes on offer at every corner of every street. Delhi is a melting pot of diverse races and cultures, and this fact is amply reflected in the culinary choices of the city, which keep changing as you keep walking down different roads.
Delhi is a shopper’s paradise, and the vast variety of markets in Delhi ensure that travellers go back home with double the luggage they came with!
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I personally love Chandni Chowk despite its overcrowded streets, dirty paths and constant chaos. I think it displays a true ‘Indian-ness’ in a weird way. The history of Chandni Chowk goes back to Mughal Era when Mughal Emperor built the city of Shahjahanabad. Mughal architecture, though now in ruins, provides an amalgamation of the old and new. It is ‘The place’ for shopping lovers as you can find everything from wedding clothes to stationary to musical instruments here at very low prices. DO NOT forget food. I think food is the best thing about this place. Paranthe wali gali is a must visit. Even though Karims is the most popular restaurant for non-vegetarian food, I find Al Jawahar much better.
There are a lot of great restaurants, cafes, pubs and boutique stores in Hauz Khas Village, lovingly referred to as HKV by the young crowd that frequents it. Narrow lanes, musty corridors and dark corners abound in HKV, so I always find it better (and more exciting) to travel here with my friends. The end of the road leads into the Hauz Khas Fort, a property with aesthetic ruins, lawns, a lake, and many visitors. It is deemed as one of the best hangout spots in Delhi by college-goers and couples alike. I like to take walks here when the weather is pleasant. Coast Cafe, The Tea Room and Social are some of my favourite cafes here. HKV was once the hub of nightlife, owing to its posh crowd, discounted liquor and wild parties. However, this culture has deteriorated since the shutdown of many clubs in the vicinity. I have limited my visits to HKV to daytime now.
Rich in Heritage and Culture. Well connected to all major cities across the world. Beautiful architectural monuments. Delicious street food.
Summers can be very extreme in Delhi. Temperatures can soar over 40 degrees Celsius. Unsafe after working hours. Very polluted.
Delhi is suitable for every generation - be it aged people wanting to visit the monuments that are milestones in Indian history, or teenagers coming in to enjoy a taste of the most amazing kind of nightlife, or just another traveller looking to explore the beautiful city.