Ideal duration: 3 – 4 days Major Airports: Indira Gandhi International Airport Best time: October to March (Read More)
As Mir Taqir Mir had already witnessed Delhi in his eloquent words, “ Dilli ke na koonche the, auraq-e-musavvar the, Jo shakal nazar aayi, tasveer nazar aaye “ what it means is (Delhi’s streets were not alleys but parchment of a painting, every face that Appeared seemed like a masterpiece). Delhi, sets on both sides of the bank of Yamuna River, had a peculiar storyline of rich history from the time of epic Mahabharata.
Mughals, Khilji’s or Tughlaq Dynasties, till the British colonial rule. And now, this city is a perfect blend of ancient and the modern lives that resides inside the locals. One can find the love for heritage among every single person walking down lanes of old Delhi, i.e.; Chandni Chowk. Dotted with several monuments, tombs, forts, museums, parks, and colourful bazaars, there is so much to explore here.
From all over the world, people come here to live the tales they have heard about every nook and corner about this city. Abundance of cultures and cuisines welcome every tourist with all the urban facilities, to the soul of the country. With the gifted nature’s bounty, remarkable historical Lutyens architecture , Metropolitan civilization , surrounded with major cyber cities, such as , Gurugram and Noida , Delhi is spotted as a one of the fastest growing cities in India. Delhi Tourism organizes many festivals, International kite festival, Delhi Street Food festival, Mango Festival, Sugandhi Mela, Garden Tourism Festival ,and lastly Dilli ke pakwaan. Also several cycle tours and walks were added as a integral part of Delhi’s Cultural heritage.
If you are visiting Delhi for the first time, you will get amazed how this place beholds a special fusion of many cultures and different types of cuisines from all over the India. If you are a foodie and love to experiment with new flavours and taste then, Delhi is the perfect destination for you. You will find the iconic sweet shops and street chats, in old Delhi, it’s a paradise for Mughlai Cuisine.
And then you can pick to see the marvellous Red Fort built by special red sandstones which were imported from west, Khari Baoli or the Jama Masjid, ; these places are very easy to commute within Old Delhi. Built during the British reign, Connaught place is divided into Inner and the Outer Circle. India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan ,Humayun’s Tomb, Agrasen ki Baoli are perfect places for sightseeing and photography, to cherish the childhood times visit Children’s Park, or one can relish the pious Langar at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, take a stroll in Connaught place market, or shop at Palika Bazaar, there are numerous historical sights, house emporia of all the Indian states, as well as high-class restaurants and dinings, cafes, coffee houses, and pubs are there to spend the whole day in Central part of the Delhi.
Another part of Delhi, Hauz Khas is a situated within the lanes in the middle of the Deer Park and the Fort built at the time of Khilji’s Dynasty is full of unique shops, cafes, art galleries, hostels, and boutique hotel too.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Delhi is from October to March. The weather is pleasant, auspicious festivals Diwali, Durga Puja, Navratri all falls in between that period, tourist can enjoy the various cultural events too, happening around the city.
How to Reach
By Air– Indira Gandhi International Airport, serves both Domestic and International flights, to & from the New Delhi.
By Rail– Delhi has two major railway junctions Old Delhi Railway Station, and Nizamuddin Railway Station, besides that New Delhi Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Station and Sarai Rohilla, these railway station has connectivity with metro rail that will make your journey hassle free and one can traverse around the Delhi easily
By Road– Being capital of the country, Delhi is quite well connected to all the major cities Jaipur, Agra, Chandigarh, Dehradun, and some more through linking Highways. In fact, Jaipur, Agra and Delhi connectivity make an Ideal Golden triangle route as well.
There are some major Bus stands in Delhi from where one can traverse through all these cities: Anand Vihar terminal, Kashmiri Gate terminal, Sarai Kale Khan and Mandi House from where ( air-conditioned) bus facilities are available for northern parts of the country like Himachal, Uttarakhand, etc.
What you will like
Every traveller loves the mesmerising architecture of Delhi and the historical sites; there are a plethora of options for tourist to explore this city. From shopping, sightseeing till food Delhi cannot disappoint you at any cost.
What you might not like
Well in recent years, the city has majorly faced the problem of air pollution, which causes discomfort to tourist. One has to be aware of touts in this city, especially I big marketplace. Avoid travelling in the summer season as the temperature may rise to 40 -42 degree Celsius, and in monsoon, one has to bear humid weather.
Family trips, there are numerous attractive options for little kids to enjoy their vacations. History enthusiasts are welcomed here, solo travellers, shoppers, foodies, teenagers, aged people this city can make anyone’s tour memorable.
How to commute within the Delhi
To travel in Delhi is far more easier than the other states of India, Rickshaw’s, Battery Rickshaw’s, Auto’s , Private- Cabs, Local Taxis, all are present in the busiest streets of Delhi. To explore more, HOHO Buses were also provided by Delhi Tourism, to give a comfortable tour across the whole city . Metro is the time saving and economical way to commute in Delhi .
Besides sightseeing and exploring this ancient city, Delhi has myriad of things of engaging activities, one of them is shopping, this city is filled with shopping bazaars at every corner. One can find everything from excellent quality products, to reasonable ones, an exclusive collection of all the branded stuff till their first copy, and there are numerous complexes, hubs, wholesale markets proliferated around the entire city. Well, one definitely has to be good at bargaining and no matter where you roam you are going to find utterly delicious street food.
If you are here, looking for reasonable yet unique collection of clothing material then head straight to Sarojini Nagar, a place is paradise for teenagers specially, there are other markets too Lajpat Nagar, has an exclusive line of traditional clothing, or Chandni Chowk is well renowned for wedding shopping, semi-precious jewellery, clothing and undoubtedly lip-smacking authentic food.
Other than these Khan Market, Dilli Haat, Connaught Place, Janpath, and Palika are some deep-rooted renowned marketplaces of Delhi one can enjoy doing window shopping as well as buy souvenirs, gifts and lot more.
Local Food and Eateries
Delhi-ites love eating and this fact is not at all hidden from anyone, the cuisine here comprises everything. Due to the influence of several ruling dynasties, one can relish plenty of flavours, from Mughlai to Thai, Continental to Traditional; you can spot each and every dish in the lanes of Delhi.
So if you are all set to explore, then we suggest you to visit Chandni Chowk, the aroma filled in the air of the narrow lanes of this place will take you to another level. One can be the part of a food walk or can spot food corners on your own. Paranthe Wali Gali a renowned lane, where one can have a plethora of varieties of Parathas, then there is centuries old Ghantewala sweet shop that is serving excellent and supreme quality sweets from Mughals to Indian ministers. Try Sohan halwa and Karachi halwa there. Then you can visit, Al Jawahar, Karim’s, Matia Mahal, Jang Bahadur Kachori Wala, Lotan Chole Kulche, Shiv Misthan Bhandar, and lastly Daulat ki chaat at Nayi Sadak.
Apart from this Connaught place and Hauz Khas, Rajouri garden, one can spot sophisticated and classy cafes, pubs and restaurants. One cannot get disappointed from the food here, as Delhi merely is about an amalgamation of culture, and it can be depicted from its cuisine.
Tourist can have lip-smacking chaats, sweet tooths can have delectable desserts, and foodies can have all the Chole Bhature, Butter chicken, Kebabs, Kulfis, Chai ’s, Pakoras, Biryani, Tikkis, Noodles and Momos everything in its unique style and excellent taste. No wonder the capital of India can satiate anyone’s hunger pangs so easily!
Delhi has indefinite tourist spots, any tourist who came here as an explorer or pilgrim can enjoy and encounter places according to their interest.
Day 1- You can choose to explore exemplary heritage sites, you can start with the tallest minaret in a world, that is Qutub Minar, after that you can go to visit Humayun Tomb, Garden of five senses, then have a lunch at any restaurant or in garden restaurant located inside the premises of garden of five senses. By evening you can stroll around the lanes and visit the India gate or Purana Quila to encounter sound and light show.
Day 2- You can set this day to visit pilgrimage sites, do visit the majestic architecture of Akshardham Temple, beauty and serenity of Lotus Temple or get yourself drowned in Krishna Bhakti Visit ISKCON temple. There are other options too you can visit Chattarpur lanes of temples, or Birla Temple as well.
Day 3- Another day to choose site seeing and have some testing to lip-smacking street food, visit the alleys of old Delhi to have a delectable authentic cuisine, you can visit heritage site Red Fort built by Mughals, or sheesh Ganj gurudwara, Jama Masjid, Raj ghat as well.
Day 4- There are some more places left for sightseeing, momentous India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Mughal Garden( seasonal), Lodhi tomb, and many more. The nightlife of Delhi is as interesting as Mumbai and Bangalore, though there are some restrictions one can enjoy Feet- tapping music till 1.a.m in most of the pubs and cafes.