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.
New Delhi is a vivid blend of traditions, cultural diversity, political importance as well as architectural brilliance. It bridges its historical glory with the current modern era. It is a popular tourist spot and also houses multiple theatres and centres of performing arts. Delhi's architectural brilliance can be traced as back as 4th century AD when the Iron Pillar was built in the Mehrauli area, which hasn't shown any sign of rusting yet. The Qutub Minar, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi has numerous monuments showcasing both architectural and historical magnificence. ISKCON Temple, Akshardham Temple and the Lotus temple are some other beautiful buildings here. However, Delhi's magic lies in the Chandni Chowk area near the Jama Masjid with the old bazaars bustling and chirping with thousands of visitors haggling with vendors to buy things at the cheapest rate possible. Delhi's food is equally important to describe why people keep coming back to this wonderful city. From 5 star hotels and restaurants to the Parathe Wali Gali, Delhi has an amazing food culture and if you are not used to Indian street food, you might also get to suffer from Delhi Belly, but it might be just worth it.
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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.
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Often referred to as "Diwali Dilli", Delhi is the city with a heart that beats for everyone - whether you live in Delhi or are visiting. The population here is a hybrid of various cultures and religions and each of them exists harmoniously with the other. All festivals are celebrated in Delhi with great pomp and piety. Students from different parts of the world come to study at the prestigious Delhi University. The nightlife in Delhi is also very exciting.
Delhi is basically a shopper's paradise, more so for the street shoppers! For everything, you will find a dedicated market here, offering goods at competitive prices. Delhi is known for its markets, be it Sadar Bazaar for the wholesale goods, Nehru Place for the electronics, Karol Bagh for the traditional clothes, and the famous Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar and Janpath. The other famous shopping areas of Delhi are Cannaught Place, Chandini Chowk, Chawri Bazaar, Khan Market and Greater Kailash M Block. Also, if you are looking for high-end branded shopping, there is no dearth of malls in Delhi. Some of the best malls in Delhi are Ambience Mall, Select City Walk, DLF, Pacific Mall among others.
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The nightlife of Delhi is thrilling and pulsating and among the best in the country. There are endless options for partying, chilling, dining, dancing and simply enjoying. There are numerous places in Delhi with feet-tapping music and awesome ambience. During the week, lounge and dance bars see the maximum crowd while on the weekend the clubs really take off. Some of the best places to explore in Delhi are Kitty Su, F Bar & Lounge, Lap, Lights Camera Action, Fork You, and Hauz Khas Social. These are just some of the popular places among the multitude of options that Delhi has to offer. The craft beer craze is also surfacing up really fast in Delhi. More and more thirsty brew seekers are heading to chic beer cafes serving lagers. Some of the most famous and best breweries in Delhi are The Beer Cafe, The Pint Room, Vapour, Striker Pub, Manhattan Craft Brewery and Soi 7. Delhi is known for one of the best party cultures in India besides Mumbai and Bangalore, and rightly so!
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Day 1 - Arrive at Delhi, check in and rest for a while. Then become the journey of exploring Delhi by visiting the most iconic monument - The Red Fort and the colossal Jama Masjid. Then visit Chandni Chowk.
Day 2- Visit India Gate, Humayun's Tomb and Qutub Minar.
Day 3- Visit the local bazaars, shopping malls, handicraft stores and street food joints.
Day 4- Visit Raj Ghat, Lotus Temple, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Parliament House and then depart.
Delhi is a centre of heritage, architecture, history and power and what runs through its lifelines is the food here. Like in case of almost every other thing, in cuisine too, there is nothing that does not find a second home in the capital.
Delhi's food borrows flavors and elements from the past as well as from the various cultures, religions and livelihoods it sustains. You can try out the finest dining options here with countless choices in terms of cuisine, from Chinese, Continental, Thai, Mexican, Mughal to South Indian and a subtle dominance of North Indian and Punjabi preparations.
Another equally fine, mouth-watering and vibrant option that begins to define the food culture here is the street food. Delhi remains unseen until you have experienced the street food here. It'd be a futile effort to try and name the items, since there are countless colourful options out their all with simple legacies behind them. Walk through Old Delhi lanes to have some of the richest street foods you might ever find.
- Delhi - the capital city is a metro which has something for all kinds of travellers. From heritage monuments like humayun's tomb, qutub minar, jantar mantar to monuments of national importance like parliament, Raj ghat and Lal Quila. From Chandini Chowk in old Delhi to Hauz Khas Village in New Delhi, you can spend lots of days in this city.
While in Delhi everyone must visit the Purana Quila(The old fort).A lesser visited place in Delhi.The evening sound and light show in this fort is a must visit.The 3d mapping projection on fort wall is excellent.
By Rohit Shroff
Please tell me about some good places to have non vegetarian street food in Delhi