Delhi is the most famous historical city and the capital of India. Some of the most famous monumental heritage in Delhi includes the Red Fort aka Lal Qila, India Gate, Akshardham Temple and Lotus Temple. Nowhere in the country on can find the ample numbers of markets selling goods at such low prices. The city is also is rich in museums and has many gardens. A must visit place in Delhi is the Paarnathe Vali Gali where one can savour one-of-a-kind paranthas. Delhi is a popular destination where people belonging to different cultures, religion and class live together in Harmony.
Category : Historical
Time Zone: UTC + 5:30 Hours
STD Code: 11
Info Website: delhitourism.gov.in
Best Time to Visit: August to February.
Delhi city has a great history of centuries that encompass the bravery and valor of the legendary Pandavas and the might and wisdom of the Mauryans kings. A briefing of Delhi’s history would remain incomplete if there is no rendering about the great rule of Prithviraj Chauhan. As the last ruler of Hindu empire, this man helped a lot to mould Delhi in to a vibrant and sprawling city. After him, his kingdom was the strong hold of various dynasties like the Slaves and the Tughlaques. Later the Mughals coloured it with their great love and affection for art and literature. After the first war of Indian Independence, this historic city began to play a major role in the hands of the enduring British people. It was in 1911, Delhi had been officially recognized as the capital city of British India. This sprawling city has witnessed the rise and fall of so many strong holds of power. Starting from the days of the epic period to the 21st century, Delhi played a significant role in the entire history of the nation. Neatly compartmentalised into two, the Old Delhi and the New Delhi, this city exhibits unique features. Bestowed with a splendorous history, Old Delhi portrays its Mughal era with its all glory. The tapered lanes of Chandni Chowk, the Jama Masjid, Red Fort reveals the patronage and compassion of the Mughal rulers towards art and architecture.
Places to VisitAdd
How to ReachEdit
By Air : Indira Gandhi International Airport is located in the south-western region of Delhi and the airport serves for domestic flights and international flights. Delhi is connected to almost all airports in India and many important cities in abroad including Beijing, Singapore, New York and Hongkong. Indira Gandhi International Airport: 0124 337 6000.
By Train : Delhi is very well connected with rest of India by trains. The city has three major railway stations – New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station or Purani Dilli Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin this station connected to all major cities in india. New Delhi Railway Station:(General Enquiry) 131, 23366177, 23348787. Old Delhi Railway Station: (ENQUIRY NUMBER) (011) – 24359748. Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station:24619748.
By BUS : Delhi is well connected, by a network of roads and national highways, with all the major cities in India. The three major bus stands in Delhi are Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus. Both the government and private transport providers provide frequent bus services. One can also get government as well as private taxis here. Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) -Phone No. 23868836, 23865181. Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus:Phone No: 24358092. Anand Vihar Bus Terminus: 91-11-22148097.
By Taxi : Delhi is well connected by a road network and national highways. The tourist can reach to Delhi by taxi. The normal Indian taxi charges of Rupees 8 to 20 will be charged for each km.
By Other : Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) provides metro services that connect several parts of the Delhi to the neighboring destinations like Gurgaon, Noida, and Ghaziabad. The Metro is one of the fastest way to commute in Delhi and has transformed public transport in the city so much so that the Metro line has become the life-line of New Delhi. Recently a superfast airport express has been put in service to connect the airport with the central part of New Delhi. 24 Hours DMRC Helpline No.: +91-11-128128.
Budget – Up to Rs. 800
- Hotel Mayank Residency ; A-230, Road No. 2, A Block, Mahipalpur Extension, New Delhi 110037. ; Ph – 91-11-26784162, 91-9999874162 ; Facilities – Doctor on call, Travel Desk, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, Conference facilities, Free airport shuttle, Laundry, Parking, 24-Hour Security.
Economy – Up to Rs. 801 to Rs. 1200
- Hotel Anoop ; 1566, Main Bazar, Paharganj, New Delhi 110055. ; Ph – 91 9910223183. ; Facilities – 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, 24-Hour Security.
Deluxe – Up to Rs. 1200 to Rs. 2500
- Almondz Hotel ; 4/3 East Patel Nagar, New Delhi 110008. ; Ph – 91-11-8800557793 ; Facilities – Conference rooms , elevators, parking, 24 hour room service and front desk, doctor-on-call and concierge, club and suite room,interiors, furnishing and attached bath, TV, Iron, safe, telephone, direct dial and refrigerator.
Luxury – Rs. 2501 and above
- The Ashok New Delhi ; Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021. ; Ph – 91-11-26110101, 91-11-26116161 ; Facilities – Bus Parking, Catering Services , Game Room , Health Club , Massage Services , Wedding Services , Banquet facilities, Doctor on call , Disco, Travel Desk , 24-hour front desk , Air conditioning , Conference facilities , Laundry , Parking, 24-Hour Security , Body Treatments.
Luxury – Rs. 2501 and above
- Hotel Metro Tower ; Vasant Kunj, Airport Road, Mata Chowk Mahipalpur, Landmark, Opposite Maruti Apra, New Delhi, DL 110037.; Ph – 098-71-008161, 08376807867 ; Facilities – AC Rooms, Large-spacious rooms, Wi-Fi internet facility, Laundry, Excellent services, 24 hours room service, cold and hot water, Accept all major credit cards, 24 hrs vehicles available for the guest, 24-hour front desk, 24-Hour Security, Laundry, Parking, doctor-on-call.
- Bukhara ; ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Sadar Patel Marg, New Delhi. ; M – 26112233 ; Food Serve : Burrah Kabab and Murgh Malai Kabab.
- Karim Hotels ; Jama Masjid, Gali Kababian,Old Delhi- 110006, INDIA ; M – 91-11-23269880, 23264981 ; Food Serve : Shan-E-Tandoor, Shahi Dastar Khwan, Bharatia Pattal, Kababs, Murgh Ka Shorba, Mutton Yakhni, Subzi ka garam ras, tomato soup, Beverages, Ice Creams and more.
- Veda ; Bharath Petrol Station H-27, Connaught Circus, New Delhi, DL ; M – 011 4151 3535 ; Food Serve :Non– Vegetarian Likes – Seafood , Chicken , Lamb,Fish.
- Saravana Bhavan ; P 13, Connaught Circus, Connaught Place, New Delhi ; M – 011 28844305, 011 23345577 ; Food Serve : Vegetarian food.
Must Eat FoodAdd
- Gulabi Chikki – Standard Sweets shop ; Chawri Bazaar Delhi. ; Ph/M – N.A. ; Cost – र 600.00 kg ; Famous for –The Gulabi Chikki, as it’s called, has a delicate flavour.this Gulabi Chikki is made only in the winter months because this is when roses bloom best.
- Paratha – Babu Ram Paranthe Wale ; 1984 To 85, Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk, Delhi ; Ph/M – 91 9811572664, 91 9313773576 ; Cost – र 40.00 per paratha. ; Famous for – Aloo Paratha, Mooli Paratha, Mix Paratha, Gobhi Paratha, Besan Paratha, Papad Paratha, Dal Paratha, Neembu Paratha, karela Paratha, Bhindi Paratha.
- Chaat – Ashok Chaat Bhandar ; Chandni Chowk, Netaji Subhash Road, New Delhi-06 ; Ph/M – 91 9891 764 351 ; Cost – र 100.00 per ; Famous for – Kalmi Vada served with dahi, Gol Gappe, Bhalle Papdi Chaat.
Must Do ActivitiesAdd
- Water Sports ; Bhalswa Lakea (pprox 50 minutes or one hour drive from India Gate). ; Cost – 0 ; Visiting Time – N.A. ; Closed Time : N.A.
- Boating ; Naini Lake, New Delhi-09 ; Cost – Rs 120 for taking you twice around the lake and Rs 50 for a paddle boat, four pairs for 30 minutes. ; Visiting Time – N.A. ; Closed Time : N.A.
- Jewellary ; Sunder Nagar Market ; Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi (state) ; Ph/M: N.A.
- Arts & Crafts ; Emporia complex ; Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Connaught Place , Delhi NCR. ; Ph/M: (+91) 9818566691.
- Indian Handicrafts ; Classic Handicrafts ; 6548, Near Hanuman Mandir & Sadar Bazar, Qutub Road, Pahar Ganj, Delhi – 110055 . ; Ph/M: (011) 66223777.
Nightlife (Pub / Disc / BAR)Add
- Jynxxx Bar & pubs. ; American Plaza, Inside Hotel Intercontinental Eros, S-1, Lala Lajpat Rai Rd, Nehru Place, Nehru Place, New Delhi, DL ; Ph/M: 91-11-40870701, 91-9818700006 ; Cost: 3500 for two people (approx). ; Food Serve : Vegetarian ,Non vegetarian, Italian and Mexican food.
- Underdoggs Sports Bar & Grill ; F 38, Level 1, Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj Masoodpur, New Delhi, DL ; Ph/M: 011 4087 0701 ; Cost: 1500 for two people (approx). ; Food Serve : Vegetarian & Non Vegetarian food and wine.
- Body Spa Intl ; M-53, 2nd Floor, Above Body Shop, Greater Kailash I, Greater Kailash New Delhi. ; Ph/M – 011 4173 4771 ; Cost: N.A. ; Services – Foot Reflexology, Body Scrubs, Facial Treatments, Body Massages, Body Detoxifier (Exfoliation), Special Package.
- Blue Terra spa ; Shop No. M- 54 Greater Kailash, New Delhi, Delhi 110048. ; Ph/M – (011) 66356817 ; Cost: Rs. 1500 ; Services – Foot Massage, Back Massage, Facial Massage, Aroma Massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Head Massage, Full Body Massage.
- Tattva spas ; A-68, 2nd floor, Freedom Fighter Enclave, Neb Sarai, Off Ignou Road New Delhi 110017. ; Ph/M – 011 6499 4126 ; Cost: Rs. 2500.00 ; Services – Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy Massage, Thai yoga massage, Ayurvedic Massage, Body Wraps, Body Scrubs.
International Mango Festival ; Venue: Delhi’s Talkatora stadium. ; Period : July ; Details: “This two day festival is conducted in the month of July. Mango farmers from across the country come to this festival to showcase the various varieties of Mango, to the extent that the total varieties at display touch up to 600. This festival marks the starts of mango season in India. The festival is usually held in Delhi’s Talkatora stadium.
Phoolwalon-Ki-Sair ; Venue: Jog Maya temple ; Period : September or early October ; Details: Observed in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, this festival is a festival of florists. In this festival the florists start a procession to offer exotic flowers at the temple of Jog Maya and the tomb of Saint Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar Kaki. Important for both Hindus and Muslims and people are treated with special performances of Ghazals, Quawwali and dance versions of various types.
Lohri ; Venue: N.A. ; Period : 13th of January ; Details: Lohri is a Punjabi agricultural festival which is held in winter every year. The belief is that the day of Lohri is the coldest and longest day of winter and the day after Lohri, day light is meant to increase. This day and festival is also celebrated as a harvest day for rabi crops in India. People light a bonfire and throw small portions of their harvest into the bonfire thanking the god and almighty for the good crop season.
Qutub Festival ; Venue: Qutab Minar ; Period : October. ; Details: The festival is celebrated at the Qutab Minar in the month of October. Artists and performers from different parts of the country gather to perform on the occasion.
Safety / WarningEdit
- Beware of pickpockets as Delhi is a major tourist city in India.
- Don’t flash jewelry or large sums of money.
- Avoid false saller, they may sale you fake items.
- Be aware of travel warnings. Some areas are considered unsafe for foreigners.
- Never accept a ride if there’s someone accompanying the driver in a taxi or rickshaw.
- If travelling alone on the train, request to be accommodated near other women travelers.
- Keep a copy of your passport/visa separate from the original.
- Police Control Room : 100
- Fire : 101
- Ambulance : 102
9:00 am – Qutub Minar ;Approx. time spent :45 minutes To 60 minutes
10:00 am – Red Fort & Chandni Chowk ;Approx. time spent : 1:30 hrs To 2:0 hrs
12:00 pm -Jantar Mantar;Approx. time spent : 30 minutes; To: 60 minutes
1:00 pm – Lotus Temple ;Approx. time spent : 30 minutes To 60 minutes
10:00 am – India Gate;Approx. time spent : 60 minutes To 2:0 hrs
12:00 am – Rajghat ;Approx. time spent : 30 minutes To 60 minutes
1:00 pm – Indira Gandhi Memorial museum ;Approx. time spent : 30 minutes To 60 minutes
2:00 pm – National Museum ;Approx. time spent : 2 hrs
9:00 am – Rashtrapati Bhavan ;Approx. time spent :30 minutes To 60 minutes
10:00 am – Jama Masjid ;Approx. time spent : 30 minutes To 60 minutes
11:00 am -Chatta Chowk ;Approx. time spent ; 1:30 hrs To 2:0 hrs