New Delhi
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Brief

It's hard to write an introduction to New Delhi. The metropolitan city of Delhi has seen a lot over the many generations of its existence. From the Rajput kings to the Mughal Emperors, and finally British rule, Delhi has absorbed the finer cultural qualities of each of these eras. The city is truly cosmopolitan, and people from all over India, and even abroad, flock here for its unique experience. The beauty of this city lies in its ability to retain the old while absorbing the new. It is as much an important destination for those who like heritage sites, as it is for those who want to life the glamorous, modern life. The Capital of India, the city of Delhi is a fitting representation of the country’s diversity, secularism and rich culture.

New Delhi is a urban district of Delhi which serves as the capital of India and seat of all three branches of Government of India. New Delhi is an urban district of Delhi which serves as the capital of India and seat of all three branches of Government of India.

Delhi is a cosmopolitan city with many ethnic groups and cultures. Due to these various groups, several languages are spoken here, Hindi is the official language, which is spoken by the majority of the population. Urdu, Punjabi and English are other common languages in Delhi.

 

 
Travel Tips

Both the summers and the winters in Delhi are quite Harsh.

Carry heavy woollens for the latter, and light cottons for the former. The spring time (February-April) and Autumn (October, November) are relatively more pleasant.

While travelling by auto rickshaws, insist on the meter being used.

Make sure you visit Connaught Place for its fabulous range of shops and restaurants.

This should be a no-brainer, but it's something all of my "tour guides" 

Keep your purse, phone etc. secured at all times.

Pre-Agree and bargain prices for taxis and rickshaws.

Don't take a taxi alone at night in New Delhi.

Stay at a hotel that's Central to eveything in New Delhi.

Do not drink the tap water, drink bottled water in New Delhi.



When to visit

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sprinkles Cold
  • 20.4° Max
  • 7.5° Min
  • 19.7 mm
  • Carry Heavy woollen
 
Things to do

When in Delhi, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to visit. India Gate is one of the primary sightseeing spots in Delhi. It is dedicated to the Indian Soldiers who had fought as a part of the British army, and had sacrificed their lives. It was designed by the famed Sir Edwin Lutyens, and was completed in 1931. The Amar Jawan Jyoti is a flame which is constantly kept burning right under the India gate. It is a symbolic sign of the honourable, brave Indian soldiers, and the names of all the martyrs have been etched on the India Gate. The Rashtrapati Bhavan was also designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, and the beautiful palace took 19 years for completion. It is currently used to house the President of India, and the Mughal Gardens within the compound are also considered to be worthy of a visit.

Rashtrapati Bhavan, the home of the President of India once housed the British Viceroy. It was designed by Raj architects Lutyens and Herbert Baker, Viceroy Hardinge, and an entire town planning committee.

The Jantar Mantar is another very popular tourist destination. It was constructed in 1724 by Raja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. This was one of his two astronomical observatories, and one of the primary attractions here is the magnificent Sundial. The Red Fort is something no one must miss out on, while visiting Delhi. One of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in the city, this magnificent fort was built on the banks of the river Yamuna. The fort was built by Shah Jahan, and within this fort, are many structures which are breathtaking, such as the Diwan-i-Khas, the Diwan-i-Aam, the Hammam, the Shah Burj and the Moti Masjid. The fort remains closed on Mondays, but on any other day, one can visit this beautiful fort between nine thirty in the morning and four thirty in the evening.

The Qutub Minar is considered in the league of the World Heritage Sites, and one visit to this place will tell you why. One of the first Mughal structures to be built in India, this Minar was started by Qutab-ud-din Aibak, and the work was later completed by his son, Iltutmish. The tallest brick minaret in the world, it is a 5 storied tower, and is 14.32 meters long. Visiting this site makes for a very rewarding experience. The Jama Masjid was made by 5000 artisans, with Shah Jahan as the patron. One visit to this beautiful mosque will leave you feeling exhilarated at its beauty, size, and elegance. The Mosque is huge, and can fit as many as 25,000 people in it, during prayer time. If you happen to go visit the Jama Masjid, do not forget to eat at one of the brilliant places right behind the Mosque. Karim’s is a small eatery, but is very famous for its delicious, mouth-watering Mughlai food.

The Lotus Temple, or the Bahai Temple is also another place worthy of a visit. It is called the Lotus Temple because of its external shape, which is in the form of a half-open Lotus flower. The 27 lotus petals are made of pure marble, and the temple inside has a number of meditation halls, and nine pools which add to the tranquility of the place. Open to people of all religions, this temple serves more as a spiritual hall rather than a religious one.

The Akshardham Temple too, is a beautiful site to go visit. The temple was carved out of 7000 tons of pink sandstone which was brought down from Rajasthan especially for this purpose. The temple is beautiful and is known for its awe-inspiring architecture, with a staggering 324 pillars, 20 shikhars and 9 domes. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib should also be visited.

Some other very noteworthy places to visit in Delhi are The Hauz Khas Fort and the Tank, Lodhi Gardens, Agrasen Ki Baoli, Purana Quila, Safdarjung’s Tomb and Rajghat. Each of these places have their own distinct charm and beauty, and they will all leave you enthralled.

If you want to shop for clothes, Sarojini Nagar and Palika Bazaar are the perfect options for cheap but fashionable clothes and accessories. There are malls all over Delhi, and if you want to indulge in some luxurious shopping, you will be spoilt for choice. Do not forget to visit Paratha Gulli in Chandni Chowk for its range of innovative Parathas.

 
Getting Around

The New Delhi metro system is the newest form of public transportation in the city.  It has been touted as Asia’s best rapid transit system.  It is fast, efficient, fairly priced and environmentally friendly. A route map is available and also posted at the stations. It is one of the most user-friendly systems in the world.

New Delhi is a large city and there are many options for getting around.  The choices can be broken down into public and private transportation. The main options for public transportation include the new metro system, buses, and taxis. Rickshaws are interesting alternatives to these. 

A very comfortable way to get around New Delhi is by taxi. There are thousands of cabs operating in the city and are not hard to find. Rides can be pre-arranged or found on the city streets.  Fares are determined by either meters or negotiation. If the meter is not an option, make sure to agree on a price before beginning a trip.

 
Places to Stay

If you’re in the mood to splurge, then the Radisson Blu Hotel is one of the perfect options to go for. The decor is a mix of the medieval with the modern, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. This 5-star hotel provides all the amenities you might need, and the restaurants within this hotel provide some of the most delicious cuisines. 

If you’re looking for comfortable places to put up at, which will not burn a hole in your pocket, then Avalon Courtyard and Peppermint West might be two good choices. Both these hotels provide all the basic amenities, internet services, and much more. The rooms are clean, comfortable, and the hotels have a very nice ambience to go with their fantastic provisions.

If you're for a good budget hotel, with clean rooms, and a number of options available, in terms of the kind of room required. Another low range hotel is Hotel Star Paradise. They provide room service, they have a rooftop restaurant, and free Wi-Fi services too.

 
How to Reach

  • The airport at Delhi is one of the busiest in India, and is well connected to both national and international flights.
  • Trains too, go to Delhi from all over the country, so you will be spoilt for choice.
  • Buses ply from Delhi to almost every other city in India. Buses also come down from Kathmandu and Chitwan (in Nepal).

 
Surrounding Attractions

Agra is 211 kilometers from Delhi, and a number of buses and cars can take you there.

It is home to the Taj Mahal, and is a good option for travelling from Delhi. Mathura is a religious destination, 147 kilometers away from Delhi, and Jaipur, filled with archeological delight and heritage sites, is 269 kilometers away. Mussourie, Corbett, Dehradun, Ajmer, Rishikesh, Manali and Haridwar are just some of the other places around Delhi which you can visit.

 
Important Numbers

1091: Women’s helpline

100: Police control room.

101: Fire control room.

102: Ambulance Helpline.

1099: Centralised Accident and Trauma Services.