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Dilli Dekho

by Shwetha 6 year, 35 days ago

Visiting the capital any time soon, here are the best ways to experience the city and dig deeper into its history and culture.

Taking from where i left off about the nations capital, which has so much to see, do, explore and enjoy; i thought why not bring together the best ways to explore this city!

So whether it’s the history buff inside you, the shopping freak, the nature lover or the foodie; we have a whole bunch of ways from the tourists track to the insiders peek of India’s sprawling capital city.

        Let’s start by hitting the road and hopping on to one of the several bus tours which takes you around the city’s most prominent tourist spots with history dating back to hundreds of years. What are your options? Here they come:

  • Delhi Darshan – This is Delhi Tourism’s AC tour, an old favorite which has been around for many years now. For all the details you can login to www.delhitourism.nic.in
  • Heritage Bus – This hop on bus, is hitting the roads this September, with a four and a half hour ride through the city. For details on prices and tours, you’ll need to hang on a little longer.
  • DTC Tours- This daily tour bus can also be one your options. For more you can logon to www.dtc.nic.in
  • Royal Time Machine- Watch out for the big daddy of bus tours, this one will sure leave a lasting impression like none other of the experience itself apart from the city; and it better for the deep hole it’ll leave your pocket! For details on this one contact Shivani Chopra at 011-46021369

 2.     Having given you a round up on the best tour on 4 wheels, we come down to the one on 2! Yes, you heard that right- Bicylce tours. A ride through vibrant bazaars and ancient monuments, the experience is definitely worth the effort! To hop on and ride away, logon on to www.delhibicycle.com

 3.     The capital has a plethora of heritage and history to be explored and what better way to explore them than heritage walks which are conducted by several organizations and our top picks for you!

  •  INTACH Walks- This one tops my list, with the repute and experience brought in by the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, there could be no better way to experience the city. For more information logon to www.intachdelhichapter.org or email them at walks@intachdelhichapter.org
  • Delhi Metro Walks- Guided by a veteran to the old city of Delhi – Surekha Narain, who has several museum and history tours on the offer, her “Seven cities of Delhi” tour is considered amongst the best. For more details logon to www.delhimetrowalks.com
  • Kutumb-  Remember how we hated history as kids, so if your on a family holiday in this historic city and want to show your child the bright and fun side to what history can be all about, then Kutumb is the way forward. Specially organized for kids, this walk is conducted on Sundays. For more details logon to www.kutumb.in
  • Itihaas- A customized walk just for you, a chance to meet local families and talk about the city’s glorious past and much more. For more information logon to www.itihaas.net
  • Shaan-e-Nizam- This is your insider’s scoop of Delhi’s 700-year-old heritage. If you want to take on this one, try making it ona Friday and your in for a treat with the qawwali package. For more information logon to www.hopeprojectindia.org

4.  From heritage to the greener side of things, these nature walks will take you to a part of the city which not many tourists know about nor explore-

  •  Delhi Greens- This non profit organization founded by Guru Gobind Singh in 2006, brings that part of the city which has vast green spaces which are hidden treasures well kept. There are several tours on offer like the Bhuli Bhatiyari Park in Jhandewalan and the Yamuna which are amongst the popular tours. For more contact Vidya at 91 9899472335

So you’ve been on and off the bus, shopping, soaking in all things Delhi; and your tummy grumbles and rumbles? Don’t worry we have just the perfect places to savor the city’s gastronomic delights – all this while your on a lovely walk, be it through the local veggie markets or flower markets.

5.     Eating Out in Delhi- A delightful Doctoral Student of Delhi School of Economics - Hemanshu Kumar will take you through some of the most popular hangouts in the city. For more log on to www.eiod.org

Let’s round up our Dilli Dekho with some travel tips for all your travel enthusiasts:

  • To get the real taste of Delhi you must taste variety of Parathas from Paranthe Wali Gali in Chandni Chowk.
  • Shop for ethnic items and taste India's multiple cuisines at Dilli Haat.
  • For a different kind of experience, do visit Parikrama, the revolving restaurant- While you have food you can also see different sides Delhi from a restaurant that literally revolves on a towering building. 

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