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Delhi City Travel Guide: Places to Visit, Things to do & Other Delhi City Travel Essentials

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Visitors from around the world mostly land in Delhi when on a tour to India and the capital city creates an amusing and fascinating experience for most of them. Delhi is not just the capital of India but the cultural and political epicenter of the country as well. The city has two sides, as said the two sides of the coin – Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi reflects the crumbling crowd, narrow streets and several historical monuments while the latter showcases the well-organized, orderly life and modern buildings. The coexistence of these two totally opposite sides of Delhi, its culture, unique street food, and vibrant nightlife make it one of the most traveled cities in the country. So, if you are planning a trip to Delhi, this city guide of Delhi will surely help you.

Delhi Travel Guide

Delhi – History   

Besides being the capital of modern India, it has been the epicenter of seven civilizations. The place was not always named Delhi but was recognized by almost eight different names. The first was Indraprastha which was during the time of the popular Hindu epic Mahabharata. From various archaeological evidence, it has been found that Indraprastha was located in the area where the Red Fort stands today in Old Delhi. Delhi has got a vast and rich history, having seen several rulers in the past 3 centuries which also included the Mughals. The last to rule this land was the British, they planned to build New Delhi in the year 1911 and name it India’s capital replacing Kolkata. Explore and unleash the layers of the capital city of India. Get your cheap flights to Delhi booked right away!

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Delhi – Climate and Weather

Delhi has always experienced extreme weather conditions. Talking about summers in the city, the temperature exceeds 40 degrees celsius from April to June. Delhi monsoons bring it down a lot cooler between July and October. However, during times of no rain, the temperature still gets to a level of 35 degrees Celsius.

Winter in Delhi is the best time to travel as the temperature starts falling to around 20 degrees celsius in the month of November and continues to reach the lowest at 5-6 degrees celsius in the following months until January end or Mid-February. Going to Delhi in winter? Get all your woolen packed to enjoy the cool breeze in and around the city.

Delhi – To and from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport

IGI Airport is situated in Palam, almost 14 miles or 23km south of the city. The airport has undergone some major changes in the last few years like the inauguration of Terminal 3 in the year 2010. It has altered the functionality of the airport as both domestic and international flights are now brought under one roof (excluding the lost-cost flights).

However, transportation to and from the Delhi International Airport is still smooth. One can easily find the city buses connecting the airport and the main city well. There are shuttles and prepaid taxis to take you to the city. The best mode of transportation from the airport is the Delhi Metro Express Train Service.

Also Read: Everything you need to know about Indira Gandhi Airport (DEL)

Delhi – Getting around the city

Traveling within the city has become quite convenient in recent years. Tourists can easily get connected to places with comfortable air-conditioned metro trains, buses and even the dial-a-cab service has turned out to be popular (especially Ola and Uber).

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For short distances, one can get  regular auto-rickshaws and taxis. However, knowing the art of haggling is important as the rickshaw drivers put up an unreasonable price at first and if you don’t have much knowledge of the correct fare, there could be a chance of being looted. For sightseeing, a city bus service is a great option.

Delhi – Things to Do

You will find plenty of top attractions in the city while you roll your eyes at the Delhi travel guide map (Yes, you should have one handy). The beautiful city features some awe-strikingly amazing forts, spellbinding mosques and huge monuments built by the Mughals centuries ago. Most forts and monuments are settled amid lush green gardens allowing one to relax while alluring the architectural beauty of the place. Get to know the city and its people better. How about planning a New Year in Delhi with your friends? Book your last minute flights now!

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Starting from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, move on to exploring the famous Sacred Heart Cathedral and other historic Hindu temples in the area. Only 4 kilometers away is the most-visited and popular Jama Masjid, the terracotta-colored mosque standing for centuries now. It is  heaven for  travelers in search of peace in the chaotic Old Delhi. The huge Red Fort, a monument of the 178th century is also close by.

Moving in the southeastern direction of the city is the mighty Humayun’s Tomb, one of the many World Heritage Sites in the city. The tomb was constructed in the year 1570 for emperor Humayun and is the first garden-tomb in the country. The surrounding gardens are well-manicured and huge hulking trees are lined up around the great mausoleum.

Do not forget to visit the ancient piece of architecture built by Qutb-ud-din Aibak – Qutub Minar. Another architectural spotlight in the old city is the Safdarjung Tomb, a breathtaking view of the Mughal style 18th century mausoleum that will make you day. The sandstone and marble tomb is one of the top attractions in Delhi. There are various other sites of attractions in the city which you can easily spot in a helpful Delhi guidebook.

Delhi – Places to Eat

Food in Delhi is the next best thing you will find in the city after the exciting sightseeing. From American, Lebanese, Japanese to Indian, Italian and Mediterranean, One can find anything and everything in the world-class restaurants in Delhi. Not just the expensive yet succulent gourmet dishes, there are several eateries and food joints in both the old and new city where you can find mouth-watering street food without burning a hole in your pocket. Some of the well-known eateries and restaurants in the city include Indian Accent and Bukhara in Nizamuddin & Lodi Colony, Mughlai at Karim’s and Indian cuisine at Sita Ram Diwan Chand in Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi), Café Lota, Sana-Di-Ge in New Delhi and many more. Even if you have booked business class flights with your colleagues for a meeting in the capital, spare some time to eat at these amazing places.

Delhi – Nightlife

Apart from its delicious food, magnificent sites, and extreme weather conditions, Delhi is also known for its nightlife. Nightlife in Delhi is vibrant, fun, and full of entertainment. From bars, pubs, and discos to street food, late night movies, the city offers everything required for a perfect night out. The liveliness of the country’s capital will make you ditch your sleep and spend some electrifying nights with your friends and loved ones. One of the best ways to enjoy the nightlife in Delhi are:

  • Dance Night Away at Delhi’s Pubs
  • Stay at Delhi’s Extravagant Lounges
  • Try Some Luscious Street Food at Mid-Night
  • Enjoy Late Night Movies
  • Night Walks in City’s Dark
  • Enjoy a Musical Night at Music Venues

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Delhi – Places to stay

When on a New Delhi Tour, one can find a long list of accommodation options suiting every kind of traveler. If you are a budget traveler or a backpacker, the hotels and lodges in the Paharganj district near the railway station could be a nice choice. In recent times, various hostels for backpackers are also available in other areas of the city. Karol Bagh and Connaught Place (CP) are also suitable for tourists willing to stay in Central Delhi. Talking about the peaceful and sophisticated areas in the city, South Delhi has some  popular luxury hotels, satisfactory bed & breakfasts and fantastic boutique hotels.

Delhi – Shopping hubs

Shopping in Delhi is a learning experience in itself. You will find various local markets in the city, especially the most famous Sarojini Nagar Market and CP market. However, foreigners traveling on flights from USA to India need to learn the art of bargaining in these areas. We, Indians, are masters now and know pretty much about dealing with the vendors. For a straightforward experience while shopping, stop by the Central Cottage Industries Emporium, a government-based market selling traditional artisans a fixed price. Don’t worry about the quality – it is one of the best you will find all around the city.

Delhi – Safety Concerns

Safety in India is a common issue for travelers, especially the one coming from places abroad. Starting with protecting your money from pickpockets, try keeping all the cash, credit cards, and debit cards in a money belt or secure pouch that can be kept close to  hanging around your neck or tied under your shirt. Have only a little cash in your wallet so even if you lose it, your valuables are safe.

Coming to health safety, the notion of “Delhi-Belly” is quite true and unavoidable. To reduce the chances of falling ill, try drinking bottled water, eating well-cooked food and avoiding raw foods, Also keep a hand sanitizer handy.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many days are enough for Delhi?

You need at least 2 to 4 days to explore Delhi and its surroundings. If you want to cover the nearby places like Agra, Rishikesh, or Nainital, you are recommended to plan at least a week for the trip. 

  1. Is 2 days enough for Delhi?

Delhi is a metropolis city. If you want to explore the city thoroughly, 2 days will not be sufficient. However, you can cover some historic and modern parts of the city within 2 days.

  1. What do I need to know before traveling to Delhi?

If you are planning a trip to Delhi, these are some factors that you should know before heading:

  • Choose your dates to fly carefully
  • Pre Book the hotel
  • Buy a local sim card for roaming free communication
  • Always carry some cash with you
  • Know everything about local markers
  • Sharpen your bargaining skills
  • Buy a Delhi map
  • Understand the metro-route
  • Do not forget to wear a mask
  1. How can I plan a day trip to Delhi?

The best way to travel to Delhi in one is to book a bus tour of the city. The bus will pick you up from your desired location and take you through the entire city. The places that the bus tour covers: 

  • Birla Mandir
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Connaught Place
  • Red Fort
  • Jama Masjid
  • Raj Ghat
  • India Gate
  • Parliament House
  • Rashtrapati Bhawan 
  • Akshardham Temple
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