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New Delhi Travel Guide - New Delhi Tourist Attractions
New Delhi, India
Delhi, the capital city of India, is located in North India, sharing borders with Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, on the Yamuna River which flows to the east of the city, and encompasses a rich culture of multiple ethnicities, food habits and festivals, the political elite of the country and buzzing economic energy. Contrary, perplexing, glamorous, brash – Delhi tempts, charms, overwhelms with its sights and sounds, and to get to the heart of its lifetime is not enough and it managed to conquer those visitors who came to share this glorious city’s sentiments. Delhi has developed a fabulous heritage and culture thereby becoming one of the world’s most exciting capital as a tourist destination for domestic and international tourists. So, get on to the Delhi Holiday Package to wander through the spice-scented streets of Mughal India as Old Delhi to the empirical posturing of Luteyns New Delhi!
Most of Delhi’s tourist sites are spread over three broad areas, such as the large Central Delhi, Old Delhi with its unique past, and South Delhi, the realm of posh colonies, markets and malls. The tourists may primarily visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the home of the `President of India’, the dome being modeled on the Sanchi Stupa, a most definitive part of Rashtrapati Bhavan. It is surrounded by the two Secretariat building, called North and South Block and behind these buildings includes the Mughal Gardens, luschious greens with rare florals enclosed within and open for a visit only from mid-February to mid-March. The road called Rajpath from here ends in the All-India War Memorial Arch, called India Gate, with sprawling lawns, ideal for a picnic spot, to eat ice-cream on summer nights or bask in the sun in winters. Engulfed by the erstwhile Queen’s Way sweeping past ministerial residences, the National Museum, is a long market stretch called Connaught Place or officially Rajiv Chowk, with archways and colonnades and a huge brand name containing offices, cinemas, travel agents, banks, souvenirs and loads of shopping! The travellers may further move on to Jantar Mantar, the observatory with the largest sundial called Samrat Yantra, after which they may proceed to the Purana Qila, a grand and beautiful historic site. The Humayun’s Tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its onion-shaped dome being a forerunner of the classic. The Lodhi Gardens with their splendid landscape are a jogger’s delight and a picnicker’s haven, and the closeby Safdarjung Tomb is unmistakably a monument in the tradition of the Taj… looking wistfully pretty!
In Old Delhi, the visitors would be enthralled by the Red Fort or Lal Qila made of red sandstone, as their senses are reeled under the cumulative impact of marble, pietra dura, gilded pillars, delicate carvings, and the realization that this was once inlaid with gems. The splendid Jama Masjid is set on an elevated mound and is the finest example of the three-domed Mughal Mosque.
In South Delhi, the Qutub Complex has the Quwwat ul Islam Mosque filled with richly carved pillars, the most un-mosque-like voluptuous gods on all sides, and a west-facing prayer hall. The star attraction of the complex is the Qutub Minar, which comprises Iltutmish’s tomb and madrasa, and the Iron Pillar which stands in the courtyard and is a spectacle in itself. The Tughlaqabad Fort is a very evocative place as it is a vast stonescape hugging a rocky spread! Furtheraway, there is the Hauz Khas complex, which is a pleasant enclave of pillared verandahs that once served as Madarsas with greenery being visible through its enclosed ancient frames. Embrace the city’s historical cornucopia on the Delhi Holiday Package!
There are two imperative and important sites which may not be ignored while in Delhi, Raj Ghat and Shantivan – the memorials of the great and legendary leaders, Mahatma Gandhi and Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (the first Prime Minister of India), the pioneers in the creation of independent India. Formerly Birla House, has now become a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and the Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, herein features his life through photographs, paintings, film footage and video clips.There are several other museums of pre-eminent significance , such as the National Museum containing artefacts from over five millennia, Harappan sculptures to Mughal miniatures, the Museum of National History has displays of animals, birds, plants and other life forms in their natural habitat, The National Gallery of Modern Art containing paintings, sculptures, graphic art and photographs, The National Rail Museum has locomotives from the mid-19th century, all of these being visual sites par excellence! Some other place of worship screaming with their ornate interiors blessed with ethics, are, the Birla Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, The Dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya, Lotus or Bahai Temple, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Akshardham Mandir, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Shish Ganj Gurudwara, Sacred Heart Cathedral church and St. Thomas Church.
Delhi has a fascinating array of goods from wholesale bangles to biryani, pearls to paper, golgappas to gold, motor parts to mithai, to be explored in the tinsel town of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. Rajiv Chowk, popularly called CP, is the city’s ultimate open-air shopping arcade encompassing all the designer labels in clothes, shoes, accessories, jewellery, art decos and food edibles. The Cottage Industries Emporium and numerous state government emporia , along this area, offer handicrafts, souvenirs, artefacts, clothes and jewellery unique to each Indian state at fixed prices. The Rajiv Gandhi Handicrafts Bhavan houses stores run by NGOs that sell clothes, paper products, cane furniture and pottery. The shopping arenas in Delhi are abuzz with high-end malls, both open-air and indoors, showcasing designer labels, chic clothes, footwear, watches, jewellery, music, flowers, toys, cosmetics, imported fruits and vegetables, curios, antique furniture and artefacts, in Khan Market, South Extension, Greater Kailash, Hauz Khas Village, and the premier malls of Saket, South Extension,Gurgaon Noida and West Delhi. Under the open sky, little kiosks of faux jewellery, paintings, fabrics, saris, pottery, furniture, souvenirs….sit cheek-by-jowl with others , portraying bidri work from Karnataka or pashmina from Kashmir! Some of the affordable moderate-priced purchasing may be found around the markets of Janpath or Sarojini Nagar Market! Hug the shopping hubs on the Delhi Holiday Package!
Travellers may not be able to overlook the delectable food that the Capital is associated with, be it chaat, succulent kebabs, vegetarian and non-vegetarian, butter chicken or minced meat. The place is a haven for foodies, offering an amazing mix of international and local cuisine. From age-old eateries in the bylanes of the walled city such as restaurants and stalls clustered around Jama Masjid, Karim’s-an institution of lip-smacking dishes, Paranthewali Gali – feast of mouth-teasing paranthas, to the glitzy, exclusive restaurants, malls and five star hotels ,serving a blend of Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Continental, Mediterranean specialities, and a whole range of sweet, patisserie and savoury, both Indian and International in some of the best pastry shops, spread through the entire stretch of the city. Night life in Delhi is active and alive in pubs and discotheques located in all the premier and elite areas, hotels and shopping malls, with DJ’s, rock bands, and foot-tapping music.
Delhi has a moderate climate though with global warming the weather is slightly unpredictable! The summer months stretch out for a fairly long period, accompanied by low showers, and the monsoon season ranges anywhere between June to September, for a short or long duration. There are short but cold winters varying between November to February, when heavy or light woollens may be required. Advisable for a visit throughout the year keeping its expansive indoor and outdoor recreational and entertainment attractions in view, thereby devoiding even a single dull moment!
Return to your homes, captured and conquered by the finesse and charm of the Capital of India, on the Delhi Holiday Package!