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Delhi Tourism And Travel Guide
16° C / 60.8° F
September to March
2 to 3 Days
Indira Gandhi International Airport (16 kms)
New Delhi Station (4 kms)
Delhi has been the ruling seat of several dynasties that governed India and is now the national capital of the country. Anyone who visits Delhi will immediately notice how the ancient heritage of the city lives side by side with the everyday hustle and bustle of a modern metropolis, that's what makes tourism in Delhi so unique. The city is home to important buildings like the Supreme Court, The Parliament, the Rashtrapati Bhavan and more since it is the administrative centre of the nation. Yet, on the other hand, you will find ancient monuments from as early as the initial eons of the Mughal era narrating tales from the bygone years. So, come fall in love with Delhi with this concise travel guide of Delhi.
How To Reach
Being the National Capital, Delhi is easy to access from almost any part of the country and from all major international airports. Though make sure you have arranged for suitable visa permits. Once in the city, the Delhi metro will keep you fairly connected to the NCR region.
Delhi has about 5 National Highways connecting it to parts of India in every direction. The NH1 links it to Punjab, the NH 2 to Kolkata. NH 8 to Mumbai, NH10 to Punjab and NH 24 to Uttar Pradesh. Besides busses from all major cities pour into Delhi’s Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT) at Kashmere Gate.
Delhi has five major Railway Stations (Old Delhi, New Delhi station, Anand Vihar Terminal, Nizamuddin Station and Sarai Rohilla). One is bound to find trains to almost all cities from Delhi.
By Air: The Indira Gandhi Airport is an important Terminal for both domestic and International travellers. You will find it easy to hire prepaid cabs or you can, once again use the metro services to get to your destination.
Best Time To Visit
Delhi experiences a hot summer from April to July and a cold winter between December to February. But the city sure is special during winters. It's foggy and groggy but with the pleasant sun, afternoons are the perfect occassion for peeling some succulent oranges and gossiping over tea and peanuts. The haze gives way to a vibrant Spring when the cenrtal Lutyens Delhi comes alive with a display of the seasons blossoms and the colours of the holi festival splash every corner of the city. However, the worst of modernity comes glaring in the summers with the intense heat merged menacingly with dust and pollution. We suggest head to Delhi anytime from September to March to make the most of your time here.
Things To Do
Delhi is an eventful city. Besides the occasional music concert, food-festival and live performances, the city hosts a variety of cultural events and programmes. Here's our quick list of the best things to do in Delhi.
For those interested in drama and art exhibitions this is the place to go. The National School of Drama conducts festivals throughout the year, showcasing diverse plays from different parts of the country. There are several art exhibitions by individual artists and those affiliated to the College of art and the Triveni Kala Sangam.
The Aravali Range:
Sanjay Vann and the Deer Park in hauz khas village are perfect getaways after having ventured into the busy streets of Delhi. Here you get to experience the fauna and flora that is housed by the oldest range in India, not to mention the fresh air the landscape brings with it.
Monuments and Architectural sites:
There are awe instilling monuments like the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutub Minar; all of which are UNESCO heritage centres. There are also beautiful architectural structures like the lotus temple, Akshardham, India Gate and more. Don't forget the National Meuseum, the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), the trippy doll's museum, rail bhawan, planetarium... one could go on for a while.
One of the oldest markets in Delhi, you will notice buildings from the 17th century still being used as shops (after undergoing slight remodelling for structural stability if at all). This market offers a wide variety of things ranging from clothes to spices to traditional food. The Chor Bazaar in the near vicinity also caters to the antique lovers. If you are lucky you can lay claim to a 19th century victorian pram.
Delhi is famous for its street food and its Mughalai cuisine. The Paranthe Wali Gali houses shops selling fresh exotic paranthas with intriguing ingredients. There's all kinds of flavours to be explored here. Follow it up with lassi or rabdi. For good digestion, stuff a meetha paan into your mouth. Later in the evening, head to Dilli Haat for exploring cuisines from all around India. If it's a sunday, we recommend the biryani in Bijoli Grill. Else, the momos and fruit beer are a mandate for the evening snackers.
Connaught Place and Hauz Khas houses some of Delhi's finest pubs and clubs to jazz up your nightlife with an ale of your choice and some music on the house.
Delhi is famous for its flea markets that are either seasonal or open throughout the year. A few of them are the Tibetan Market in CP, Sarojini Nagar Market, and Dilli Haat which are famous for their handicrafts, colourful and relatively cheap clothing among other things.