Delhi Travel Guide
Delhi Travel Guide: Delhi exists at several levels – bearing in its heart , the past, present the future of the nation as well as its contradictions, the glory and the will to do against all odds. Built and destroyed seven times, its benign political patronage has given the city a look and a feel not found elsewhere.
Soak in the charm of imperial grandeur in Delhi’s monuments. Marvel at its imperial glory. Acquaint your self with the wheels of modern Indian politics. Or savor the chaat, butter chicken and naan, chholey baturey and golgappas that make Delhi all that special . They say Delhi is for large hearted- you will find its heart big enough to accommodate every desire for exploration and discovery.
Places to visit
The City of Shahjahanabad was once the capital of Shah Jahan and housed an entire microcosm of the world but time and invaders have destroyed most of it. All that remains are parts of the walled city and its gates like – Kashmiri Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Turkman Gate, Delhi gate. The Feroz Shah Kotla which abuts Delhi gate has the famous Ashokan Pillar which became Modern India’s national symbol.
Chandni Chowk one of the biggest wholesale markets used to be the favourite shopping haunts of the royalty. It stands opposite the majestic Red Fort the symbol of Indian political power. The benevolent Digamber Jain Temple houses the Birds hospital nearby while on the other end is the Fatehpuri Mosque.
The final resting place for India’s greatest sons, it is permanently on the itinerary of most world leaders. At Raj Ghat, a stoic square platform of black marble stands where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. India first PM lies to the North at Shanti Van while the memorials of Lal Bahadur Shastri , Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi are also nearby.
New Delhi: Rajpath & India Gate
Flanked by popular boating spots ponds and sprawling lawns, Rajpath also sees the Republic Day Parade. The centres of Governmental power in the form of Secretariat buildings as well as the Rashtrapati Bhawan on the Raisina hills flank the power boulevard. The memorial to 85,000 Indian Army Soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the WW1, the North-West Frontiers operations and the 1919 Afghan 85,000 Indian Army Soldiers who died in the campaigns of WW1, the North-West Frontiers operations and the 1919 Afghan Fiasco stands majestically at the eastern end of Rajpath . India Gate – the 42m high imitation of Arc d’ Triumph has a memorial to the Unknown Soldier -a mute testimony to their sacrifices.
The Parliament House
It is the center of power where elected representatives carry forward a dazzling example of Democracy. It has of three halls- Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and the central hall.
Monuments: Humayun’s Tomb
An inspiration to the wondrous Taj Mahal, it is one of the best examples of Mughal Architecture. Humayun and his wife lie also buried deep underground in this red and white sandstone, black and yellow marble masterpiece.
Adjacent to the Humayun’s Tomb, the ruined fort is believed to have been the seat of power from Pandavas era. The son et lumiere program today is quite remarkable.
The Red sand stone fort is a testament to the grandeur of the Great Mughals. 3 kms in perimeter with the height of the wall varying from 18 to 30 meters at places it contains the Diwane-I-Aam, the Diwani-I-Khas and a white marbled Moti Masjid among other jewels.
Raised as victory tower , it is 72.5 mtrs high and is the highest stone tower in India as well as among the finest . Iltutmish’s tomb – profusely decorated with calligraphy, as well as mosque are a part of a vibrant city that still throbs.
Built by Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques and has three gateways, four angle towers and two 40 m high minarets. After covering up properly, go to the top of minarets to have a bird’s eye view of Delhi.
Religious: Nizam-Ud-Din Shrine
The tomb of the famous Sufi saint Nizam-ud-din Auliya- who stood up to emperor’s might- has a tank which is surrounded by many other tombs like that of Amir Khusru and Jahanara, the daughter of Shah Jahan. Magical mystical sufi qawwalis envelop it around sunset on Thursdays.
located to the west of Connaught Place, the temple is dedicated to the goddess of prosperity and good fortune and is surrounded by exquisite gardens. It is also known as the Birla Mandir.
The Bahai Temple
Among others are ISKCON Temple, Chattarpur Mandir complex, Bangla Sahib & Sisgunj Gurudwaras.
Situated within the premises of the President house, it is open during February and March, when the garden is in full bloom. Some exotic and rare flower plants like the dwarf orange trees and numerous Rose plants catch everyone’s attention
Built around the tombs of Sayid and Lodhi rulers, the garden is very well planned with artificial streams. It has become synonymous with power morning walks and amorous couples.
Once visited by the royalty, today, it is Delhi’s wholesale market .Shop in bulk on in small quantities –everything from textiles , clothes , electronics et al. Entire streets are dedicated to different items and you can walk to shop anything from hardware to paper to gold , silver jewellery spices and much more. Famous for crafts , arts and ethnic artifacts from various states, the Baba Kharak Singh Marg has many multiple emporia that o0ffer guaranteed quality . Jan path near Connaught place is a treasure house of offbeat items –whether it’s antiques or T-shirts and ethnic jewellery. Ethnic items with a designer twist are available at Hauz Khas Village and Dilli Haat. Enormous markets at Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar offer an unmatched variety of Indian clothes, shoes and accessories, precious jewelry and bridal wear at reasonable rates.
Delhi lays out a veritable feast in form of a range of choices-from age-old dhabas to specialty restaurants in five-star hotels. Moghlai and Frontier cuisines. Mughali cuisine at Karim, (both in Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin) Delhi ka Aangan (Hyatt Regency), Darbar (Ashoka Hotel) and Corbetts (Claridges) Budget: Gulati Restaurant (Pandara Market), Angeethi (Asiad Village) and Degchi (Regal Building) Frontier cuisine Bukhara (Maurya Sheraton), Chinese: in every five-star hotel. Thai food at Baan Thai (The Oberoi) and Sukothai (Hauz Khas Village), Japanese food at Tokyo (Ashoka Hotel) and Osaka (Hauz Khas Village), Tibetan food at eateries near Chanakya Theatre, and Mexican food at Rodeo (Connaught Place).
But you would miss the real taste if you don’t partake kebabs, rotis and biryani from the many popular roadside eateries around Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin . The adventurous can visit Paranthe wali gali. Tandoori chicken and tandoori roti, available at every dhaba is delicious.
How to Reach Delhi
Delhi’s international Airport is Indira Gandhi International Airport at the outskirts and lies adjacent to and Domestic Airport. It’s well connected with the major cities of the world and Delhi is a major Asian destination for most International Airlines. Most northern cities can be accessed to and from Delhi by roads. The political capital is also a major junction for most trains.
Do’s and Don’t’s
- Beware of pickpockets, touts.
- Always travel in taxis and autos by the meter. Never accept lifts.
- Don’t get friendly with locals.
- The majority of Indians remove their footwear when entering their houses. Because of strict religious and social customs, visitors must show particular respect when visiting someone’s home.
- Many Hindus are vegetarian.
- Many especially women, do not drink alcohol.
- Sikhs and Parsis do not smoke.
- Small gifts are acceptable as tokens of gratitude for hospitality.
- Women are expected to dress modestly.