Civilizations rise and fall, cities emerge and go to dust, but only a handful of them remain to tell the tale for the generations to come. Delhi is one such city that stands tall, a land of memories that has, for countless years, seen a country rise out of smaller and indistinct kingdoms into a nation that is all set to create waves in the new world. The capital city of India, Delhi also takes pride in the fact that it is one of the most visited place to holiday in North India
and in the country. If the quaint old part of Old Delhi brings back haunting clouds of the unseen past, the newer and more modern city of New Delhi will appeal to the generation next gene in you. Delhi is designated as the second largest city in India and it houses all the organs of the central government, including the Parliament.
Planning your trip
Plan your trip to Delhi
for two days at the maximum, because the local sightseeing packages cover all the important places in one whole day itself. If you opt for professional sightseeing services, make sure you sign up with a good operator so as to visit all the correct places. On the first day, pay a visit to the Red Fort, one of Delhi’s most prominent landmarks. Built by the mighty Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the fort is enormous and imposing with wide green gardens surrounding it. The fort contains Shah Jahan’s famous halls, the Diwan-i-Am and the Diwan-i-Khas. After an hour of sightseeing, visit Humayun’s Tomb in southern Delhi, which is the tomb of the great Mughal emperor Humayun. The monumental structure, constructed from red sandstone, is a tourist favorite. Visit the Qutab Complex on the same day.
The Qutab complex consists of the 73 meter tall widely known minaret, the Qutab Minar. Built by Qutb-ud-Din-Aibak, it was the tallest structure in the country during its time. Also visit the India Gate, a monument erected for the brave Indian soldiers who lost their lives in war. The Rajpath, a main parade road from India Gate leads to the residence of the Indian President, the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. You can spend the evening by visiting the memorial of the Mahatma, the Raj Ghat. Spend the second day spiritually, by visiting the famous Baha’i Lotus temple, the ISKCON temple and the Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir). Also visit the Jama Masjid, a popular mosque in Old Delhi, haven of the Muslims. Make sure you take some time off on your second day to shop till you drop, for Delhi has a number of amazing shopping spots like Connaught Place, Pahar Ganj, Chandni Chowk and Paalika Bazaar.
Best time to visit
The months of March-April would be an ideal time to visit the capital
city, as the weather at other times can range severely from too hot to
bitterly cold. Summers in Delhi, like in every other Indian city, are as
hot as they can get and winters are usually cold and dry with frequents
smog occurring during both the seasons. When in Delhi, you can plan a holiday in Nainital
, as the hill station is close to Delhi.
Delhi is internationally and locally well connected to various major
cities around it and far from it through frequent flights. You can reach
Delhi by catching a flight to the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Although overcrowded, this airport is fast becoming one of the best in
the world with its world class services and renovated infrastructure.
There are three terminals in this large airport, with Terminal 1A and
Terminal 1D catering to domestic flights and Terminal 2 catering to
international flights. Buses, cabs and auto rickshaws are available from
the airport to the inner city, and the process of booking cars for
tourism has become much more smooth and easy. Buses are available from
the northern mountainous regions and from nearby areas like Punjab and
Haryana. The Delhi Junction receives trains from almost all the major
Indian cities and is extremely well connected. Tickets can either be
purchased online or from the ticket booths in the railway stations. Delhi is a popular place and offers a trip to various places by booking tour packages from Delhi
Traveling around Delhi can be really easy due to the Delhi metro underground railway, a wide number of available cars and taxis and the generally crowded public transport buses. You can stay at the Cabana Hotel and Alpine Park for moderate prices (around Rs 1500 ) and excellent services. A general estimate for a couple for a two day trip will range around Rs 8000-12000 depending on the places you visit and where you decide to shop and eat. So pack your bags and just head straight to the great Indian capital!