Delhi Travel Guide
Area: 1,484 sq. km. (573 sq. mi.)
Language: Hindi, English, Urdu, Punjabi
State: National Capital Territory
Time Zone: UTC+5:30 (IST)
Religions: Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Jainism, Christianity, Buddhism, Bahaism
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Delhi is a city rich in multi-cultural and recreational activities, with tours ranging from 1 day to 3 days. As the center of Old Delhi, Red Fort is a Mughal-style Islamic building made of red sandstone and marbles. Qutub Minar, a world cultural heritage, is the world’s tallest brick tower with 72.5 meters (327.9 feet) height. India Gate, located in the heart of New Delhi, a significant architecture marking the division of Old and New Delhi. Another world cultural heritage - Humayun’s Tomb and the most sacred religious site - Jama Masjid are also must-see for a complete Delhi travel.
Located in northern India, Delhi has a typical tropical monsoon climate. Its weather is mild in winter and extremely hot in summer. So planning a Delhi travel from October to March is the best choice because of the pleasant weather condition with a cool and dry climate. The temperature in this period ranges 21-29℃ (69.8-84.2℉) in the day, and 7-15℃ (44.6-59℉) at night. It is suggested to wear some breathable clothes such as light t-shirts in the daytime and put on some warm clothes like wind coats and hoodies at night. Also, you need to bring a parasol for UV protection.
Delhi is rich in diverse cuisines including North Indian, Punjabi and Muslim cuisines and other foods from all over India and the world. Paranthas is a type of pan-fried, thick piece of unleavened flatbread that you must try in Delhi travel. You can choose a stuffing of your choice - potatoes, cauliflower or eggs. Thali is a traditional Indian food served on a round plate, including rice, yogurt, vegetables and desserts. Butter Chicken is a favorite dish of international diners, which perfectly combines the flavor of cream and Marsala. Lassi, a type of yogurt-based drink is also worth tasting…
Karim’s: No.16 Matia Mahal Bazar, Near Jama Masjid, New Delhi. This restaurant serves the best Mughlai food in the world. Tourists can expect famous meaty treats such as mutton burra and mutton stew. Besides, don’t miss brain curry and butter Naan.
Indian Accent: The Lodhi - Lodhi Road, New Delhi. The chef Manish Mehrotra creates a series of modern Indian dishes with delicately dressed plates. His six-course tasting menu with wine selections was highly recommended.
Café Lota: Bhairon Road, Near Pragati Maidan Metro Station, New Delhi. With a fresh dining environment, Café Lota mainly supplies Indian-style meals, coffee drinks and varieties of vegetarian foods. Many kinds of cakes and desserts are most popular here.
The advantages that just 15 km (9.3 mi) from Indira Gandhi International Airport and gathering a large number of multinational companies make Gurgaon the best choice for tourists and business people’s Delhi travel. Both of them can enjoy the luxury facilities and services in the hotels like Pllazio Hotel and Crowne Plaza Today Gurgaon. Dotted with New Delhi’s largest shopping areas, Karol Bagh also owns a very developed transportation system. Many international hotel chains with Indian characteristics are located in this area like Hotel Taj Princess. Also, Paharagan is very popular because of concentrated affordable hotels and a short distance to the attractions.
As the capital of India, Delhi can be easily accessible via planes, trains and long-distance buses. Indira Gandhi International Airport is the only international airport in Delhi, 16 km (about 10 mi) away from the southwest of New Delhi. Travelers usually arrive at the airport first and then transfer to other destinations. It takes about 40 minutes to Agra, 1 hour to Jaipur and 2 hours to Mumbai. The 4 railway stations in Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Delhi Junction (Old Delhi), Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and Anand Vihar Railway Terminal. Bikaner House Bus Station, located near the India Gate, is the best choice from Delhi to Jaipur, taking 5 hours.
The best way to travel around the city is by subway that usually runs every 3 minutes, offering English signs and cool air conditioners. Delhi Metro currently operates 8 lines. The one-way ticket price is generally Rs10-50, with an increase of 1 rupee for every two stations.
Dilli Haat: Sri Aurobindo Marg opp INA Market, New Delhi. As the model of a weekly village market, Dilli Haat brings together textiles, handicrafts and food from all over India. And some folk cultural events also could be watched freely.
Chandni Chowk: Near Red Fort, Old Delhi. Aka Moonlight Square, Chandni Chowk is the oldest and the most bustling market area of India, famous for silver goods and wedding products at cheap price.
Paharganj: Paharganj Main Bazaar, opposite the New Delhi Railway Station. It’s the best place to hunt out some unique and inexpensive goods, very ideal for fabrics, scarves, clothes, and teas.