Mystifying yet candid, contemporary yet historic and friendly yet reserved ? Welcome to Delhi! This capital city of India has been dotted with the relics of lost empires, Indo-Gangetic plains, a tapestry of old-age fortifications and Mughal mausoleums narrating stories of the past world. Travellers planning holidays to Delhi often fall in love with its jovial culture good enough to spend a lifetime here. Take a city tour to walk down the memory lanes or visit the most contemporary edifices, Delhi has a range of attractions to offer.
Being the heart and soul of India, Delhi drenches in multihued cultures. People of all the casts, creed and religion stay in this metropolis sprinkling their own unique tangs in the air. Hinduism is the most popular religion practiced here. The traditions adapted in Delhi are inspired from Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. Thus, one can see a mix of varied customs and festivals being rejoiced in the city throughout the year.
Delhi is perhaps the only destination that turns the pages of India’s history in style. The city is a sheer paradise for the worshippers of history with multiple palaces and forts crowning its horizon. Explore Humayun's Tomb, the mausoleum of Mughal emperor Humayun; India Gate, a war memorial of martyred soldiers; Jantar Mantar, mausoleum built inside a garden; and Parliament House, accommodating the two Houses of Parliament - Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
The religious attractions in the city echo its secularism feature. Delhi’s spiritual hubs are not only architecturally magnificent but are also historically momentous. Temples like Chattarpur Mandir, Akshardham Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, Isckon Temple and Lakshmi Narayan Temple are known for their grand structures immersing in spirituality. In addition to temples, one can also see an array of mosques (Dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya, Jama Masjid Delhi, Moth Ki Masjid and Chiragh-I-Delhi Dargah), churches (Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Cathedral Church of the Redemption and St. James Church) and Gurudwaras (Gurdwara Rakab Ganj, Gurdwara Bangla Sahib and Gurdwara Nanak Piao) in the city beguiling travellers from all over the world.
Delhi is a drug for shopaholics. Every nook and corner of the city boasts a shopping market selling great stuff at knock down prices. Visit street markets such as Karol Bagh, Janpath, Palika bazaar and Sarojini Nagar to bag clothing, junk jewellery, household items and a lot more. The sights of vendors shouting to attract customers and people indulging in bargain activities are kind of amusing in these street markets. Those who wish to explore the real charm of a shopping spree in Delhi must visit the Chandni Chowk Market, a haven for shopping as well as food lovers. Apart from this, Delhi also houses more than its fair share of malls featuring all the Indian and international brands.
Delhi being a multi-religious city celebrates with too many festivals. The city remains soaked in the waters of festivities all year long. Those who wish to see the real fervour of the locals must witness festivals like Durga Puja, Diwali, Eid, Dussehra, Holi, Guru Nanak Jayanti, Republic Day, Maha Shivratri and Lohri. While some of these festivals are celebrated to please the deity, others mark significant days in the history of India.
Fairs are a great source of entertainment for the locals of Delhi, giving them a much needed escape from the hectic life. India International Trade Fair is an annual fair that is organised at Pragati Maidan. The fair begins from 14th of November and showcases artworks, clothing, jewellery, etc. from all the Indian states. Delhi Auto Expo, held at the Pragati Maidan, is another popular fair for those having interest in automobile and auto-component industry. For the lovers of art and craft, Surajkund Crafts Mela is a sure to lure treat. The fair is organized annually by the Haryana Tourism to showcase the work of artists, painters, weavers, sculptors and craftsmen. In addition, the International Mango Festival is another much-famed fair held in the city displaying more than 500 varieties of the king of fruits.
The locals of Delhi are known for being gastronomists. They love well cooked food mingled with lip-smacking spices. Do not miss the chance to visit Paranthe Wali Gali in the Chandni Chowk to taste unimaginable varieties of parathas (fried Indian bread). Enjoy some tangy chaat at the Lala Babu Chaat Bhandar in Chandni Chowk. The lovers of non-vegetarian food can relish delectable kababs at Khan Chacha in Khan Market. Karim’s at Jama Masjid is yet another foodie’s delight serving niharis, biryanis and all kinds of tandoori snacks loaded with Indian spices.
Spring season (February to March) is considered as the best time to visit Delhi when the weather stays pleasant. Delhi experiences extremely hot and humid summers (April to June) which sometimes make day tours difficult. Also, winters (December to January) of Delhi are also popular provided you are ready to face chilly breezes. Winter months bring loads of festivities in the city with Diwali falling in October/November, Lohri in January, and New Year & Christmas falling in December. Rainy season (July to Mid-September) is also considered as an off-peak season in Delhi as most of the areas in the city remain drenched due to excessive rainfall.
Travellers planning air travel land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, connecting Delhi with all over the globe. The airport is 22 kilometres away from the city centre. Apart from taxi services, travellers can also opt for regular DTC bus services available from the airport to the city.
Delhi also enjoys great road connectivity with cities such as Jaipur, Agra, Alwar, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Shimla, Manali, Dharamsala, etc. Many local and state bus services are available that offer comfortable travelling experience.
Visiting Delhi by train is a not to be missed experience. Delhi boasts five major railway stations including New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Sarai Rohilla. The New Delhi Railway Station is the most popular and visited railway station welcoming travellers from all the major cities of India.
Local transportation is the lifeline of Delhi keeping the city well connected. Delhi boasts of one of the largest bus transport systems in India. Buses are considered as the cheapest option to travel to short distances. Travellers seeking a comfortable travel experience must hop on the Delhi Metro taking you to all the major locations in the city with ease. Those seeking a private ride can take metered auto rickshaws.
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