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About the destination

New Delhi – Mayhem, Magic and Mystery! Welcome to Delhi, a city of 25 million people co-existing with their similarities and dissimilarities. Just like an eastern Rome, India’s capital is also littered with the remains of the lost kingdoms. Here, a generation of armies have marched around the Indo-Gangetic plain. They have successfully imprinted their identity into the subjugating city before vanishing into the thin air just like the conquerors who ruled before them. In stark contrast to this is the modern Delhi of today which is a poetic tapestry of dusty bazaars, medieval fortifications, mega malls, Cineplex, colonial-era architecture and the Mughal mausoleums.    

Travelers who visit Delhi sometimes leave from here underwhelmed after scrimmaging with the touts and ticking off the overhyped sights. But given the city, the chance it deserves, believe me, you cannot help but fall in love with it. Delhi is way beyond its Red Fort and the Hauz Khas. It’s often the fewer known corners here that are rewarding and appealing. The pleasure you’ll get with the Qawwali at the Nizamuddin Dargah, beauty of the Lodi Gardens at the dusk and Delhi’s very own Purana Qila is paramount. One of the most ideal ways to know, understand, analyze and feel Delhi beneath the surface is by exploring the streets of the Delhi in its interiors. Perhaps a cycle tour along the River Yamuna or a walk on the streets of Old Delhi will serve the requisite. Navigating the 7 cities of Delhi is made easier by its cheap and efficient metro service.


Travel Advice
  • The food in Delhi is spicy. So, if you have a sensitive gut avoid the food.

  • Street food is a highlight of Delhi but make sure you check the hygiene and how it is being made before eating it.

  • When in Delhi, become a bargaining machine, literally. If the sellers especially at markets like Janpat, Sarojini Nagar and Kamla Nagar, get to know that you are a student or a tourist, they’ll try to exploit you. So, make sure you know how to bargain well. Sometimes, you can get an item initially quoted at INR 800 at INR 200.

  • Traffic is a problem in Delhi. Make sure you find your way in the chaotic streets of Delhi.

  • If you have your own vehicle, Drive carefully, Delhi is an accident prone area especially on the highways.

  • Simply don’t travel at nights (For girls).

  • Whenever you are in a place that is less crowded or will be less crowded, wear clothes that are not revealing.

  • Nudity is not acceptable in public.

  • Delhites do not think twice before picking a fight. It is good if you maintain your cool.

  • Always sit in prepaid taxis or metered vehicles.

  • Do not entertain the beggars.

  • Avoid littering on the roads.

  • Don’t go on secluded places.

  • Be alert and don’t let the strangers mislead you.

  • You do not get branded stuff on the streets. So, know that the Nike shoes in the Janpat market, Levis Jeans in the Sarojini market and Rayban sunglasses in Kamla Nagar streets is only a fake alternative.

  • Keep touts at bay.

  • Don’t let eve teasers go unreported.

  • Don’t damage the monuments and the heritage here.

  • Respect the culture and keep your phones off when in religious places.

  • Do not click pictures where it is not allowed.

  • Don’t indulge in any form of drugs.

  • Do not take anything from the strangers.
Drinking Law

In New Delhi, the capital city of India, the legal drinking age is 25 years. People below 25 are legally not allowed to consume alcohol.


Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?
Lodi Gardens
The scenic beauty of the Lodi Gardens, definitely make it the perfect reason for you to visit Delhi. The garden has a composed ambience that is every bit peaceful and comforting. It is a perfect spot to spend a luxurious picnic with family or friends. 

Mehrauli
Mehrauli is the oldest places in Delhi and is a wonderful sight seeing place. When you come here, you’ll be able to see the stark contrast of this place compared to the other sections of Delhi. To marvel at the architecture here, you can visit the stepping well of Mehrauli.

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is one must see sites in Delhi. You can see the landmark tower and marvel at its architecture and engineering feat that has been accomplished by the designers. Despite the time’s ravages, this iconic tower is unshakable.

Heritage Areas: Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid
Delhi is an inviting place especially for students who have interest in architecture. Every fort, monument and building speaks volumes about the sheer architectural brilliance. To understand the heritage of India, you must visit the heritage sites of it’s Capital city. Two such brilliant sites are Jama Masjid and Humayun’s Tomb. 

Akshardham Temple
One place in Delhi, that you simply cannot afford to miss is Akshardham Temple. It is a great place that receives huge footfall no matter what day of the week it is. This is a great place to seek spiritual blessings. Though it is a relatively new place its grandeur will leave you spellbound. 

Laal Mandir
Laal Mandir also known as the Red Temple is a great place to visit and learn about the Jainism. This is a favorite spot for all Jains living in Delhi.  

Hauz Khas Village
Hauz Khas Village is a photographer’s delight. It is a beautiful place to explore and is said to be the ‘coolest hangout zone’ of Delhi. Hauz Khas is surrounding by several posh restaurants and hotels and the very air of South Delhi. Locals visit this place on regular basis to click selfies and get DPs for their social media accounts.  

Red Fort
This place certainly needs know description and is a must visit while you are touring Delhi. You can find several souvenir shops inside to take back something home. This historic fort is a hit amongst the foreign tourists. 

Rashtrapati Bhavan
Rashtrapati Bhavan is the luxurious home to the President of India. Built by the British, the incredible design and architecture of the place will blow your socks away. 

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
This is a popular religious site not only amongst the Sikhs but for people from all the different religions. The serenity and the inner peace you get here, is simply unmatchable. Visit the Gurudwara early in the morning to avoid the huge crowds here. Do partake in the langar here. Several colorful fishes can be spotted in the pond here. 

Chhatarpur
Chattarpur is another must visit place in Delhi. The ruins of the place will excite you and traverse you to a different era altogether.

Bhai Lotus Temple
Bhai Lotus Temple or simply Lotus Temple is indeed very sophistically made. The very architectural grandeur of the place will allure you. This divine temple is impeccably peaceful and you will loathe getting out of here. 

India Gate
Another must visit place in Delhi is the India Gate. It has a great historic value and will really intrigue you for more. 

What you will like there?
Metros
The metros of Delhi are a bliss for the people of Delhi. You can take a ride on the metro and see the multi cultural city for yourself. Get down at the Old Delhi and the streets here will give you a feel of a time travel. It is like stepping way back in time.

Connaught Place
Connaught Place lies in the heart of Delhi. You need cheap fashionable clothes? Head to CP! You need the best restaurants to eat? Head to CP! You need top brands? Head to CP! Anything and everything that you need in Delhi, is found here. Don’t miss out on the Janpath Market here which is Delhi’s lovable bargaining hub.  

Sarojini Nagar and Kamla Nagar
After you perfect your bargaining skills at the Janpath market of CP, you are safe to head to Sarojini Nagar or Kamla Nagar Markets. Here you can find an array of unique items and clothing at unbelievable prices. You can visit the street markets here and stock up your wardrobe. Flip Flops here, are a hit amongst the girls!

Nehru place
Want to go shopping for laptop and computer accessories? This market will fascinate you! All the tech related things can be found here. Know that, the piracy market is strong here. So, if you need one of those pirated stuffs, here is a your galore. 

Gallery and Museums
Delhi has several galleries and museums that deserve a visit. You can add the National Rail Museum, Doll Museum, Art Gallery, National Science Center and Nehru Memorial Museum & Library to your bucket list. 

Adventure Island
If you are here touring with kids, Adventure Island can be an ideal place to hangout. It is a water park with an array of swings to keep the kids wanting for more. Several adventurous activities too can be tried here. Do try boating here! 

Surajikund crafts Mela
Surajikund crafts Mela is an annual event that offers a platform for all the artists to perform and the artisans to depict their exemplary skills. Usually held in the winter months, one can find craftsman from across the country displaying their artwork here. If your trip coincides with this annual mela, do go and watch it. 

Festivals
Delhi houses people from different religion, culture and traditions. This is the reason why every festival and festivity is grand here. Whichever month you travel in, there must be one or the other festival being celebrated here. Important festivals that are celebrated with great extravaganza include Diwali, Holi, Dusshera, Christmas, New Year, Teej, etc.  

Dilli Haat
Interested in stocking up some local handicrafts? Head to the Dilli Haat! It is surrounded byß the artisans from across the country showcasing a create cultural fusion under one roof. Usually, there is one exhibition or the other happening here with craftsmen displaying their works. Here you can find food from the different states of India which is an absolute delight.  

Food
Your visit to Delhi is incomplete without trying the different dishes here. From authentic Indian to Continental, you can find everything here. What can be a real tourist’s delight is the street food of Delhi. From gol gappas to Bhel Puri, Sev Puri, Momos, Cholle Bhature, Pav Bhaji, Chowmein, everything here is with an extra spice, extra flavor and hell lot of extra taste. Mouth watering, is it? For best food in Delhi, visit Delhi’s Chandni Chowk!

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