Travel Guide – Delhi

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Introduction

Mystery, history, delicious food and lots of traffic will welcome you the moment you set foot in Delhi also known as Dilli. The capital city of India is one of the most popular Indian cities visited by both domestic and international travelers. Also called the ‘City of Djinns’ the history of Delhi goes back to ancient times. The city also finds its mention even in the Mahabharata. Ruled by different dynasties, the history of Delhi is quite intriguing.

Talking about the modern Delhi, the city has transformed in an amazing manner. Well laid roads, world class metro stations, new and innovative hangout places, historical and modern day architectural wonders, the city will surely captivate you with its magical aura. There is so much to see and explore here that you will take ages to experience what all Delhi has to offer. So, let’s begin our tour of this amazing city.

Best Time to Visit

If someone really wishes to beat the heat, then they must visit Delhi in summers. The sweltering summers can be harsh but still there are some travelers who dare to visit the city during this time. As for the best time to visit, winters and monsoon is the perfect time to experience the real magic of Delhi. Winter season especially attracts many travelers from world over.

How to Reach

Being the capital city of India, Delhi is very well-connected to the major domestic and international cities.

By Air: Indira Gandhi International airport caters to major airlines operating world over. The newly built T3 terminal at IGI has also been ranked among one of the world’s best airport terminals.

By Train: Delhi has a well laid railway network. Almost every Indian city is connected to Delhi via Indian railways.

By Road: Delhi has the best road networks in India. National Highways and city highways connect the city to all major and minor cities of the country.

City Transport: Being the capital city of a country has its own advantages. Delhi has a well-planned (as we can say) internal transportation system. Metro rail, taxis, buses (both AC and non-AC) and auto rickshaws offer hassle free commuting throughout the city.

Must See Attractions

Though there is so much to see and explore here, still there are some must see attractions that the travelers should not miss during their visit.

  1. Humayun’s Tomb – A UNESCO world heritage site, Humayun’s Tomb is one of the most popular travel sites in Delhi. Visit the tomb to see the true splendor of the Mughal architecture. It is also believed that it is this tomb which was the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal.
  2. Red Fort – With an array of sprawling fortress complex, palaces, plush gardens and a mosque, Red Fort is quite popular among the domestic and international travelers. Red Fort is also a UNESCO world heritage site that served as a military base during the British era.
  3. Akshardham Temple – This architectural wonder is the latest addition to this list. This temple was built as a tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan. No trip to Delhi would be complete without a visit to Akshardham temple. Also don’t forget to enjoy the breathtaking water show.
  4. India Gate – Built as a tribute to the Indian soldiers who lost their lives during the First World War, India Gate is the most well-known travel site in Delhi. No matter if you are visiting the city during summers or winters, India Gate is one place that is always bustling with the travelers.
  5. Lotus Temple – Also known as the Bahai Temple, Lotus Temple is one of the top places to see in Delhi. Built in the shape of a lotus flower, the temple is truly an architectural wonder.

Where to Shop

Delhi is a shoppers’ paradise. From high-end malls to local markets, the city is the best place to shop anything from clothes, jewelry, shoes, watches, bags, perfumes and God knows what (given the fact that you must have strong bargaining skills). Given below is the list of best places to shop around in Delhi that will suit every pocket.

  1. Connaught Place
  2. Dilli Haat
  3. Janpath
  4. Sarojini Nagar Market
  5. South Extension I and II
  6. Paharganj – Exclusively for book lovers
  7. Chandni Chowk
  8. Saket – If you love roaming around the malls
  9. Lajpat Nagar
  10. Karol Bagh

Where to Eat

Delhi is one city that has a mix culture and it is clearly seen in the variety of food that this city offers. Whether you wish to gorge on street food or you are looking for a fine dining restaurant, Delhi is the best place to taste the best of both worlds. These are some of the most popular eating joints in the city.

  1. Karim’s
  2. Khan Chacha
  3. Punjabi by Nature
  4. Bukhara – ITC Maurya
  5. Paranthe Wali Gali
  6. Bittoo Tikki Wala
  7. Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala
  8. Haldiram’s
  9. Pandara Road
  10. Al-Bake
  11. Hauz Khas Village

Exploring the History

Can you believe that Delhi has been ruled by more than 88 rulers of 12 different dynasties ever since it came into existence? Each dynasty added or introduced something special to the city. Like Mughals built the historical monuments here, British planned and developed the New Delhi area and so on. Given below are some of the most well-known and visited historical monuments of the city that are equally popular among the domestic as well as international travelers.

  1. Old Fort (also known as Purana Quila)
  2. Qutub Minar Complex
  3. Jantar Mantar
  4. Jama Masjid
  5. Tughlaqabad
  6. Safdarjang’s Tomb
  7. Rajghat
  8. Lodhi’s Tomb
  9. Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
  10. ISKCON Temple (though it’s not a historical monument, yet this temple is very popular among the travelers)
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