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Delhi

Yeh dilli hai dilwalon ki’

The banks of river Yamuna have witnessed many empires over the last several thousand years. Delhi is built where the city of Indraprastha existed during the era of epic war Mahabharata, around 5000 years back. In the medieval period, Delhi was attacked multiple times by invaders and entirely ruined in the wars. But this city always kept hopes alive. Delhi was destroyed and built 7 times between the 12th and 18th centuries. This is one of the reasons that Delhi has the highest density of historical monuments per square kilometre as compared to any other city in the world.

 

Today, Delhi is the centre of art, culture, and entertainment in India, with a yearly footfall of 10 million foreign tourists. This city is heaven for both food lovers and the shopaholics with an essence of history that makes it a lot more unique and fascinating.

 

If you visit Delhi, make the most out of it. From historical monuments to markets for shopping and top-notch classy nightlife will make you cherish your time spent in Delhi. The capital city has an extreme climate that makes summers pretty unbearable. The best season to visit Delhi is between October and March.

Top sights to see

Red Fort
India Gate
Jama Masjid
Iron Pillar, Mehrauli
Lotus Temple
Hauz Khas
Qutab Minar
Humayun’s Tomb
Agrasen ki baoli

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – Delhi has many hotels, from luxury to cheap and affordable. On average, the price of a hotel in Delhi for a couple is Rs. 5000 ($65) for a well-furnished comfortable hotel room. It can go high up to Rs. 11,000 ($140) per night for a luxury hotel. My recommendations for every price range: ITC Maurya (Luxury Hotel), The Claridges (Mid-range), Aashianaa Gracious living (Homestay), and Zostel (Hostel)

Food – The cost of meals depends on the person and choice. The average price of food in Delhi is around Rs. 500 ($7) for street food. It can go up if you prefer drinks and food at clubs or pubs.

Connaught place

This place at the centre is made for foodies. From fancy fine-dining to delicious street food, Connaught place has everything for you. If you prefer to drink, then you should try out Lord of Drinks, Tamasha, or My Bar. Try Kake Da hotel for delicious chicken.

 

Jama Masjid

If you love meat and street food, then Jama Masjid is the place to be. You’ll be served with the best non-vegetarian food in Delhi.

 

Hudson Lane

Located in North Delhi near the University of Delhi’s North Campus. This place has popular cages and restaurants serving Italian and fast food cuisine on a friendly budget.

 

Gali Paranthe Vali

This place is best for vegetarians. It has several tiny shops serving fresh hot parantha (Burrito) in various styles. Many celebrities and politicians have visited this place, making it more alive.

 

Dilli Haat

It has food stalls from all over India so, you can enjoy different delicacies at an affordable price.

Transportation – Delhi’s transport has improved a lot over the last few years. Delhi metro is clearly the quickest and most affordable way to get around Delhi. If you want to travel luxuriously, you can always opt for Uber, Ola, or a rental car. However, it would burn your pocket as compared to that of public transport.

Suggested daily budget – Rs. 3,000 ($39.56) per person

HIGHLIGHTS

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Red Fort It is the symbol of India's struggle for freedom. Build by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, he decided to shift his capital to Agra back in 1638. Situated opposite to Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, this famous monument also holds one hour of sound and light show about the fort's history. Opening hours are from 9:30 A.M- 4:30 P.M.
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India Gate This war memorial towering archway is at the centre of New Delhi. It was built back after World War 1 in the memory of Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army. The plus point about it is that it's always open with no entry fee.
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Jama Masjid This mosque took 12 years to build and was completed in 1656. Its large courtyard can hold 25,000 devotees. If you want to have a stunning view, climb to the top of the southern tower. It's mandatory to wear a dress that covers legs and shoulders while visiting this mosque. It is situated opposite to Chandni Chowk near Red Fort.
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Iron Pillar, Mehrauli Iron Pillar was constructed by Chandragupta II in 4th century AD. The pillar weighs around 3000 kg and is made up of the rust-resistant composition of the metals. The pillar has remained rust-free for over 1500 years, and lots of scientific research has been done to find out the exact composition of the metal used in the pillar. Later, Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret was constructed adjacent to it by Qutb al-Din Aibak in 1193 AD.
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Lotus Temple Lotus Temple or Bahai Temple is shaped like a lotus flower. As soon as you enter the temple, you'll feel the good vibrations and peace. It's situated near Nehru Place, South Delhi.
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Once you visit Delhi, a must-see India holiday destination, you won’t be able to get it out of your mind. Its rich culture will intrigue you and make you fall in love every time. You’ll surely find yourself planning for another trip in no time. 

 

In need of more India travel inspiration? We’ve got you covered, check out some of our other comprehensive destination guides on Mumbai, Jaipur, and Goa

 

If you’ve been to Delhi, or even live there, what are some spots in town you love to visit? If you’re still in the planning phase, what is one place on this list you would like more information about? Let us know in the comments! 

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