Delhi

Delhi, India’s capital territory, is a massive metropolitan area in the country’s north. In Old Delhi, a neighborhood dating to the 1600s, stands the imposing Mughal-era Red Fort, a symbol of India, and the sprawling Jama Masjid mosque, whose courtyard accommodates 25,000 people. Nearby is Chandni Chowk, a vibrant bazaar filled with food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls.

  • Monuments:

India Gate: India Gate, a war memorial is the most prominent landmark of Delhi. Located in the heart of the Capital city, it is one of the tallest gates in India.

Red Fort: Red Fort or Lal Quila, situated on the banks of the river Yamuna is one of the most popular tourist locations in Delhi. The picturesque monument is a sight to behold. It houses a number of gardens, reservoirs, mahals, museums, fountains and gates. It is also a World Heritage Site. One must catch the light and sound show in the evening to know more about the history of the place.  

Humayun’s Tomb: The beautiful structure houses a number of tombs besides the tomb of Humayun, The surrounding gardens add to the splendour of the magnificent monument. The beautiful Taj Mahal was inspired by this architectural excellence of a structure. 

Qutub Minar: Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world and has stood the test of time. The Qutub Minar complex is a World Heritage Site, and must be visited by the history buffs. The Quwwatul Islam mosque attached to the monument as well as the Iron Pillar are the important attarctions besides the main structure.

Jama Masjid: Constructed by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. The structure located in the area what is now known as Old Delhi is surrounded by markets including the famous Meena Bazaar. The mosque has four towers, two 40 m high minarets and three grand gates. 

Lotus Temple: Built in the shape of a lotus, the symbol of peace in several religions this is the last of the seven Bahai temples across the world. Seven artificial ponds, the beautiful prayer room, and lush gardens add to the beauty of the structure.

Laxminarayan Temple: It is one of the largest Hindu temples in India and one of the major attractions in Delhi.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: Situated in Connaught Place it is one of the most prominent gurudwaras in Delhi and houses a shrine of the eighth Sikh Guru, Shri Harkishan Sahib.

Cathedral Church of Redemption: It is also known as the Viceroy church, and is one of the most magnificent churches in India.

Rashtrapati Bhawan. The President’s house is a magnificent building. Located in the centre of Delhi it is famous for its garden called the Mughal Garden and during the months of Spring the garden gets opened for the public.

Parliament house: It is an architectural marvel. And one of the most visited tourist locations.

Besides these there are several other beautiful monuments that one must visit namely, Purana Qila, Janter Manter, Lodhi Gardens, Tughlaqabad Fort, Tomb of Safdarjung, Agrasen ki Baoli and several religious structures across the city.

  • Natural Places:

The capital city is not only famous for its historical monuments but also for the natural beauty that it nestles in its arms. The city is dotted with several large and beautiful parks and gardens with picturesque landscapes, fountains and ponds; such as Lodhi Gardens, Mughal Garden, Nehru Park, Children’s Park, Deer Park, Hauz Khas Community Park, Chitaranjan Park, Sunder Nursery, Jahanpanah City Park, Waste to Wonder Park. Garden of Five Senses, Millenium Park to name a few. One must visit these parks for their uniqueness and ethereal beauty. One can also visit  Urban forest areas like Sanjay Van and Shanti Van. A retreat to such places from the hustle and bustle of city life can heal one’s heart and mind. Sanjay Lake and Naini Lake are the two lakes where one can enjoy boating. Zoo is another place where one can visit and spend the day amidst the bounties of nature.

  • Food:

Delhi is every foodie’s haven. The city can be termed as the melting pot of culture. It’s a city of multi-cuisine. For the authentic Mughlai food one can head to Chandni Chowk and fill their bellies with the delicacies that the place has to offer. One can visit the popular Karim or Al-Jawahar Restaurant and try biryani, kebabs, mutton korma, mutton burra, brain curry, chicken changezi. Other restaurants are equally good. While at Purani dilli one must not forget to have Shahi tukda from the roadside stalls and karachi halwa from Chaina Ram Sindhi Confectioners. One must have chole bhature at Chache di Hatti, Kamla Nagar; Fire paan from Shukla Pan Shop, Connaught Place; Laccha Paratha from Moolchand Parathewala, rice with kadhai chicken from Laxman Dhaba, snacks and sweets at Bengali Sweet House, authentic punjabi cuisine at Kakke di Hatti, firni at Nizamuddin and Chandni Chowk, Daulat ki Chaat, and Banta from any street side stall. There are several interesting cafes at Connaught Place like the Big Chill, Socials, Cha-bar, etc. where one can enjoy with friends. Don’t forget to try momos, fruit beer and kulfi at Dilli Haat.

  • Activities:

One can go for early morning bird watching at Okhla Bird Sanctuary. Those interested in Culture, History and Art must visit the National Gallery of Modern Art, National Museum, the National Rail Museum, and also participate in Heritage Walk. Visiting a fair at Pragati Maidan is a must activity. Science enthusiasts can visit the Nehru planetarium. Adventure enthusiasts can have fun at the sport sections of various malls in Noida. One can enjoy rickshaw rides at Purani Dilli and get a glimpse of the Delhi of Mughals. Spending an evening listening to qawwali at Nizamuddin Dargah should be on every tourist’s list. 

  • Shopping:

From the high end Khan Market to flea Markets like Sarojini Nagar, Delhi has something for everyone. Tourists must visit Lajpat Nagar to buy reasonably priced ladies shalwar suits. Flea Markets like Sarojini and Janpath can leave any college student mesmerised by the sheer variety they offer in mainly western wear, bargaining is a must while shopping here. For branded clothes one must visit Khan Market and malls in Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida. For buying handicraft items hippie clothing, Indian artefacts, chunky jewellery, bags brassware, shoes, textiles etc one must visit Dilli Haat, Tibetan Market and Paharganj. Chandni Chowk is a place to visit for wedding shopping. From here one can buy fabrics, beautiful laces, saaris, lehengas. Shankar Market is another place from where one can buy fabrics