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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.
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.
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.