One of the largest metropolis in India, Delhi is the capital of India as well as home to a population of millions of people. The historical, political and especially cultural center of the entire country, Delhi has slowly but surely emerged as the industrial hub of Northern India. A mixture of old and new, Delhi clings to an ancient heritage and glory and yet is one of the most modern cities in India, with brilliant skyscrapers and neon-lit malls. A bustling city with its antiquity dating back to over 2,000 years, Delhi is one of the oldest places on Earth. From colorful street bazaars to luxurious shopping malls and from religious and historic monuments to a contemporary skyline in the dusty garnet sunset, Delhi is full of beauty and surprise.
Delhi has set the scene for the ascent and descent of many powerful empires, which is why you will find so many historical monuments here, each one representing its own era. Many of the fascinating monuments found throughout the city and around the city are the ruins of the buildings and areas that played an important role in the history of India. This is only one of many reasons why thousands of visitors take flights to Delhi. Some of the more popular attractions of Delhi include: The Red Fort and Jama Masjid, the charming streets of Chandni Chowk, the Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and the new addition, Akshardham Temple and Cultural Center.
The central attraction for the tourist masses seems to be Cannaught Place. There’s plenty to do in CP, from shops to pubs to high class restaurants. Walking through the crowded streets, you will find the largest collection of arts and craft shops, where you can bargain and haggle for native crafts that make perfect souveniers. A once-over of Cannaught Place is not enough, as the content and experience is constantly evolving. Another place which is similar in offering traditional Indian products is known as ‘Dilli Haat’, a modern arts and crafts bazaar similar to the traditional village market place. (If you find yourself here, don’t forget to try out the assortment of delectable eatery from the ‘Food Brasserie’.)
A Taste of Culture:
If you’re a foodie or you’re feeling brave, don’t forget to try the street food for a literal taste of Indian culture. Try it everywhere you go in Delhi. Momos, Pani Puri, Bhelpuri… All a few of my favorites. Another important thing to try, if you find an ice cream cart, is Kulfi. Kulfi is Indian dairy ice cream. It’s very creamy in flavor, and comes in flavors: Rose, Mango, Cardamom (Elaichi), Saffron (Kesar – my favorite), and Picstachio. Kulfi is the perfect beat-the-heat treat![/box]
The ideal time to tour Delhi is October/November or in February/March, when it’s much cooler. You can find tours that provide half day or complete day guided tours for the abundant attractions throughout Delhi. Being the National capital, Delhi is directly connected to all of the major global cities, including nearly all major airlines operating out of Delhi. If you are planning a trip to Delhi, then check out the discount Delhi India airfare at Onetravelindia.com!