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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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My Delhi winters aren't complete without a heritage walk to Mehrauli Archaeological Park. An evening at the Nizamuddin dargah for qawali is recommended. And no, it needn't necessarily be Thursday (as urban legend claims). For the ultimate foodies, Paranthe wali gali is a must. And if fast food is your choice of poison, make your way to Epicuria.
Delhi, one of the most metropolitan cities in India is undoubtedly the most iconic city that represents India. Religious monuments, great street food, street markets, lots of hustle bustle, mesmerising monuments (Humayun's Tomb, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Akshardham Temple and Lotus Temple) and amazing nightlife are few of the things Delhi has to offer to its visitors. Also, Delhi has a good public transport system, especially in terms of the metro. It might not be comparable to some of its western counterparts, but still the infrastructure in Delhi is pretty good. I would highly recommend spending atleast 3-4 days in the city to truly experience the feeling of Delhi. And please do consider the weather of Delhi before you decide to visit. Summers are harsh and you might just not want to get out to see anything during the day. Some of the winter months have a lot of smog and visibility is quite low. So ideal time to visit would be December to March.
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.