The emblematic city, Delhi is the favorite destination that stays in heart of millions. With the population of more than 16.3 million, national capital territory of India is the second largest urban populated city of the country. The city has not only the national capital within as New Delhi but it has the status of independent states itself. The rich history of city that started from the epic Mahabharata continues till now. According to a legend the city has settled in 6th Century B.C. i.e. 3000 B.C. It is an entry point for many International tourists. Situated at the north of India, Delhi has two neighboring territorial states, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
1. Begin tour to Delhi knowing its wonderful past:
There are many legends attached with the origin of Delhi. The city has seen many dynasties. Tomara dynasty, Gupta dynasty, Gulam dynasty, Afghans, Mughals, Turkish, Khilzi dynasty, Sayyid dynasty and many more have ruled the city. It is famous as the gateway to the Gangetic Plain. According to popular beliefs, the name Delhi is derived from dhili. The city is said to be the same place where Pandavas made their capital “Indraprastha” in Mahabharata.
2. Local transport to explore inside city:
For travelling inside the city there are several means of public transportation such as Tongas, electric buses, electric tempos, Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws. These services help you to roam inside the city and visit different places.
3. When to visit:
The best time to visit Delhi is either February-April or September-November. The humid subtropical environment results in the extremes of temperatures. Delhi is very hot in summer and very cold in winter.
4. Places to stay:
The international metropolis buzzing with tourists round the year serves them at every budget. Suites at luxury 5-star and 7-star hotels give enchanting, unforgettable experience on one hand while economy hotels are perfect value for money. Basic to advanced facilities are provided in these budget hotels of Delhi.
5. What to see:
Delhi is a tourist destination as well. Plan a Delhi tour package with knowledgeable travel planner and he will design the tour including city’s world heritage sites and famous places that might interest visitors. The various dynasties that ruled Delhi have left their mark as some monuments characterizing the particular era. The must see tourist attractions in Delhi are:
Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple), Akshardham Temple, JamaMasjid.
other popular places to see on Delhi tour are:
Purana Quila, Jantar Mantar, India Gate, Lodhi Tomb, Safdarjang Tomb, Parliament House, Azad Hind Gram, Garden of Five Senses, Guru Tegh Bahadur Memorial.
Museums: Air Force Museum, Archeological Museum, Crafts Museum, Gandhi Museum, Gandhi Smriti Museum, Galib Museum and Library, National Agriculture Science Museum.
6. Things to do in Delhi:
The city’s vibrant nightlife is regularly growing. The scenario includes partying in clubs of luxury hotels, dancing and raising toast in pubs, discs and bars. Upmarket bars, chic cafés and well-brought-up clubs are best bet for the young to enjoy full flavour of Delhi’s nightlife. While lounge and dance bars keeps one entertained during entire week, clubbing takes off in weekend. You can find some of the finest lounge bars in the southern suburbs.
7. Fun at shopping: Shop till Drop in street markets
Chandani Chowk, Sadar Bazar, Connaught Place, Palika Bazar, Janpath
Sarojini Market, Lajpat Nagar, Karolbagh, Khan Market, Nehru Place, Paharganj, Ansal Plaza, South Extension and Greater Kailash.
8. Food tour in Delhi:
Delhi is the real food paradise. Food tour of Delhi is must thing to do for every foodie. It gives opportunity to relish local food. The street food of the city is famous all over to the world and one can find almost every cuisine of the world here. However, the city is much influenced by the Punjabi culture, hence Chole-Bhature, Rajma-chawal like Punjabi food are the identity of the city. Various parts of New Delhi and Old Delhi offer great taste.
9. Some of the famous food places of Delhi:
From the by lanes of Chandni Chowk, parathewali gali, Kamla Nagar, HauzKhas to Indian Punjabi food chain restaurants like PindBaluchi tasteful food is served here. The hot peppery street food all over the city available satiates the taste buds while wandering or shopping. Famous multinational food joints like Mac Donald, KFC; and 5 stars hotels like Taj, Marriot Welcome, The Oberoi are undisputable food lover grabber.
10. How to travel in Delhi- Options for local mobility:
Delhi Metro attaches every part of the Delhi. A tourist can roam the whole Delhi through Delhi Metro.
Local government buses (DTDC) and government tourist buses (DTTDC) connect every tourist places in Delhi through road.
One can also hire cabs or local Autos to visit tourist places.
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Delhi is not possible to explore in just one or two days. To know and understand the city, one needs a whole life. The tour of the city does not stop in Delhi as it is nearby many tourist attractions like Agra, Mathura, Rishikesh, Amritsar, and Rajasthan etc. It is not an exaggeration to say that Delhi is the center of the India. The city is holds the population of mixed culture. With such a rich heritage and ancient history, the city is one of the famous tourist destinations around the globe and attracts every year’s lakhs of tourist from different partsof the world.