Visitors from around the world mostly land up in Delhi when on a tour to India and the capital city creates an amusing and fascinating experience for most of them. Delhi is the 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 best part is their co-existence since years and this makes it the most travelled cities in the country. This city guide of Delhi is to help our readers get all the information prior to their travel. Hope it helps you.
Delhi – History
Besides being the capital of modern India, it has been the epicenter of seven civilizations. The place was not always name Delhi but recognized by almost eight different names. The first was Indraprastha which was during the time of the popular Hindu epic Mahabharata. From various archaeological evidences, it has been found that Indraprastha was located in the area where the Red Fort stands today in Old Delhi. Delhi has got a long and rich history, 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 as 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!
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 in between June and October. However, during times of no rain the temperature still gets to the level of 35 degrees Celsius.
Winters in Delhi are 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 winters? Get all your woolens 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 23kms 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 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.
Delhi – Getting around the city
Traveling within the city has become quite convenient in the recent years. Tourists can easily get connected to places with the comfortable air-conditions metro trains, buses and even the dial-a-cab service is turned out to be popular (especially Ola and Uber).
For short distances, one can get the regular auto-rickshaws and taxis. However, knowing the art of haggling is important as the rickshaw wallas 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, the 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 since centuries now. It is a heaven for the 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 I 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 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 guide book.
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 joint in both the old and new city where you can find mouth-watering street food without burning a hole in the 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 Dewan 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 – 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 the recent times, various hostels for backpackers are also available in other areas of the city. Karol Bagh and Cannaught Place (CP) are also suitable for tourists willing to stay in the Central Delhi. Talking about the peaceful and sophisticated areas in the city, South Delhi has some of the 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 in 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 at 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 pick pockets, try keeping all the cash, credit cards, debit cards in a money belt or secure pouch that can be kept close hanging round your neck or tied under your shirt. Have only little cash in the wallet so even if you lose it, your valuables are safe.
Coming to health safety, the notion “Delhi-Belly” is quite true and unavoidable. To reduce the chances of falling ill, try drinking bottled water, eating well-cooked food and avoid raw foods. Also keep a hand sanitizer handy.