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Welcome to New Delhi

New Delhi

Everything you need to Know about Delhi

Whether it’s a quick layover on the way to the hills or an educational soak up of India’s colonial history, Delhi rarely fails to impress a first-time visitor. Welcome to the City of Djinns, home to a myriad cultures and communities, and a city that, by design, is brimming with leftover relics of the past. With footprints of the Mughal and British empires dotting the city landscape, visitors are in for a visual treat, at the very least.  

The city was built from the ground up on the banks of the River Yamuna, and today covers more than just the National Capital region to accommodate the 10 million+ residents who call it their home. These staggering statistics and the alarming rise in air pollution levels apart, there’s no reason to not visit India’s capital. Having been destroyed and rebuilt 11 times, Delhi has a colorful history which is represented by a vast collection of ancient monuments and buildings, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites.  

Delhi is today made up of Old Delhi, New Delhi and South Delhi, with North, West and East acting as newer, residential suburbs, and gateways to the satellite cities. It’s an intense city, no denying that, sure to take over your sensory organs – visually stunning, loud and chaotic, myriad scents and extreme weather, depending on the time of the year you will be visiting. 

Information & Facts

Activities

Sightseeing and shopping are the major attractions of Delhi.

Climate

December - February: Winter with temperature hitting 1degree Celsius.

March - June: Summer and temperature can go up to 47 degree Celsius.  

July - September: Monsoon and heavy rains can be expected

 

                                                                                                                    

Getting Around

It is the capital of India, so getting around is very easy. The city is connected via the metro rail all the way from North Delhi to Gurgaon (Yellow Line), and the East of Delhi to the West (Purple Line). There are plenty of auto rickshaws to take you to your location. Moreover, for those who can afford it, hiring a taxi for the day is an option too. For groups travelling together, Delhi offers many ‘Delhi Darshan’ buses for day-long tours of the city’s famous sights.

 

Language

This is a city that has diverse groups of visitors coming to get a glimpse of its tourist spots, but a working knowledge of Hindi certainly wouldn’t hurt, in order to make the most of your visit. Punjabi and English another widely spoken language. Tip: carry a Hindi translation copy for ease of communication.  

 

Money

Indian Rupee

Restaurants

The city offers you more than just shopping – plenty of iconic restaurants and cafes to unwind with some great food and drinks.

·      Hauz Khas Village is an old settlement around the Hauz Khas fort which is now given way to burgeoning shops and streets filled with restaurants and bars.

·      Visit Café Amour, Coast Café, Hauz Khas Social for breakfast or brunch, Elma’s Bakery for evening sweet treats.

·      Located in the heart of the city, Khan Market is a favourite of the expat community with its high-end restaurants and boutiques.

·      Karim’s is a signature Delhi restaurant known for its Mughlai biriyani and Bhukara dal.

·      Summer House Café at Aurobindo Market, if you are looking to catch the city’s sparkling night life and foot-tapping music to go along.

Shopping

Delhi is a fantastic place to shop but is partial towards women’s merchandise – everything from handicrafts, textiles, clothing, carpets, jewellery and saris.  Shopping tip: avoid the emporiums and hit the bazaars of Delhi for the best prices and variety.

·         Chandni Chowk Bazaar:  North Delhi, for everything from spices to fabric to silver jewellery.

·         Connaught Place Market and Janpat: Both are right next to each other for cheap clothes, Indian jodhpuris, handbags, and junk jewellery.

·         Dilli Haat:  Near AIIMs hospital, it is open every day of the week, you can shop for authentic crafts from all parts of the country.

Sightseeing

Delhi is made up of 7 smaller cities – if you were to include all the satellite towns Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Gurgaon. But it’s often the lesser-known corners that are most rewarding about a visit to Delhi. Be it a historical soak at Purana Quila or Lodi Gardens for a stroll in the park, or a musical rendition of qawwali (Islamic devotional singing) at Nizamuddin Dargah, here are the top places that are must visits:

Jama Masjid: 17th-century, red sandstone Mughal-style mosque with a 25, 000 capacity & 40m high minarets, in Chandni Chowk.

Humayun’s Tomb: Opulent, red-sandstone tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun, built in 1572, in Nizamuddin.

Jantar Mantar: 13 architectural astronomy instruments built in 1724 at the orders of Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah, near Connaught Place.

Red Fort: 17th-century Mughal fortress built in towering red sandstone, now a complex of museums, Chandni Chowk.

Qutub Minar: 73m tapering tower built in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak after defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom, Mehrauli.

Indira Gandhi Memorial: The former residence of India’s first female prime minister now converted into a museum, Safdarjung Road 

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