7 things to do in Delhi
Delhi is all about delicious disparities. The Mogul charm of Old Delhi and the crisp modernisms of New Delhi, both promise to impress travellers equally. From bustling narrow streets to massive warren of roads, from golgappas to molecular gastronomy menus, and from inexpensive street shopping to the luxurious whiff of colossal malls, Delhi has it all. To make the most of India’s capital, include these experiences in your itinerary.
1. Spend a morning watching the change of guards at Rashtrapti Bhavan
Watch this old military tradition at the presidential palace on Saturdays at 10am after producing a photo ID at the Gate No. 2 of Rashtrapati Bhavan. This 30-minute ceremony with impeccably dressed guards atop their horses and the Army Brass Band is a memorable one. Tip: Once you are done, visit the National Museum or the National Rail Museum for a fascinating afternoon.
2. Experience a few serene hours at Birla Mandir (Lakshmi Narayan Temple)
Inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939, this well-maintained temple is one of the favourites in Delhi. Deftly carved sculptures, cheerful fountains and a huge garden beautify the temple complex that spreads over 7 acres. The temple timings are from 4.30am to 1.30pm and from 2.30pm to 9.00pm. Tip: Try visiting the temple during the morning or evening aarti and dress aptly since it’s a religious place.
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3. Spend a day shopping and eating at Chandni Chowk
A kaleidoscope of colours, cultures and aromas, Chandni Chowk is where Delhi’s soul lies. Spend a day here shopping artifacts, clothes, home décor, electronics and souvenirs. While you are at it, don’t forget to hog some lip-smacking street food at Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala, Paranthe Wali Gali and Old Famous Jalebi Wala. Tip: Take a thrilling cycle rickshaw ride.
4. Take a half day trip to Humayun’s Tomb
Visit Delhi’s very own Taj Mahal – Humayun’s Tomb – to gawk at the beautiful architecture, escape the city crowd, relax at the tranquil gardens and click admirable photos. Every red stone of this clean, easily accessible monument spells history as it was custom-built by Mogul emperor Humayun’s first wife in 1569, and designed by Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyas. The entry fee is INR30. Tip: If you happen to visit the tomb on a Thursday, make sure you stopover at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah in the evening to hear some soul-stirring qawwalis (Sufi devotional songs) that are performed live.
5. Join the chaos at Khari Baoli Spice Market
Touted as Asia’s largest spice market, this wholesale bazaar sells every spice and nut you can think of. Some vendors also sell herbs, rice and tea. Visit this street for a unique, aromatic experience. Keep around 3 hours to explore this market at a relaxed pace. Tip: The market can get really cluttered due to the lack of space so make sure you take of your belongings.
6. Spend an evening at Rajpath
This famous promenade where the Republic Day parade is held is a ‘must-visit’ in evenings, thanks to the colourful lighting and fountains. Perfect for walks, this road in the centre of the city connects Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate. Tip: Make sure you carry your camera to capture the beautiful lighting.
7. Take a half-day shopping trip to Dilli Haat
Visit the vibrant Dilli Haat to shop for local wares such as scarves, jewellery, shoes, paintings and so on from across India. If you love buying handicrafts and artifacts, this is the right place for you. The shops change every 15 days so there is a constant sense of energy and variety. Tip: There are three Dilli Haats in Delhi so decide which one you want to visit depending on where you are put up.
How to reach Delhi?
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport connects it well to the rest of India. The busy airport is located around 15kms away from the city. To grab the cheapest air tickets to Delhi, set a Price Alert and we’ll let you know when to book your flights.
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