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Delhi City Guide

A modern metropolitan city with a historic past is what one may feel while travelling in Delhi. The history of Delhi city is a long and chequered history. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many empires. Delhi has evolved over the ruins of seven cities, built by rulers from the Hindu Rajputs to the Mughals and finally the British. Delhi is a truly cosmopolitan city which has brought within its fold people of all ethnic groups and their traditions and culture, reflected in a variety of arts, crafts, cuisines, festivals and lifestyles.

Delhi combines the traditional and the modern in its own unique way. While traveling in Delhi one can see a range of tourist attractions-from historical monuments to modern architectural marvels, from traditional bazaars to mega malls and from parks to spiritual centers. The major historical tourist attractions in Delhi, which one should not miss out while traveling in Delhi, are the Qutb Minar, Humayun's Tomb, the Red Fort and Purana Quila. Among the colonial tourist attractions in Delhi are the Rashtrapathi Bhavan and India Gate. There are also modern tourist attractions in Delhi like the Lotus Temple, and Dilli Haat. There are many memorials and museums in Delhi like the National Museum, Raj Ghat, Shanti Van, Jantar Mantar and so on.

Delhi is part of the famed Golden Triangle circuit that includes Agra and Jaipur . Many tourists who travel to Delhi make excursions from Delhi to these tourist destinations on their India tour. Agra is the home of the world-renowned architectural marvel in marble, Taj Mahal.

Delhi is known as shopper's paradise. While shopping in Delhi, tourists find a wide choice of items that are typically Indian- carpets, silks, jewellery, leather and silver ware, handicrafts and hand printed cotton or readymade garments. Whether you are shopping for a designer label, a branded product or local made stuff, you will find it all while traveling in Delhi, be it in air-conditioned malls or on roadside stalls bargaining to the best of your ability. One of the fascinating ways of understanding a city is by wandering through its market places. So while traveling in Delhi do make sure you visit the markets in Old Delhi like Chandini Chowk and Chawri. Bazaar, which have a distinctively Indian ambience, add a unique flavor to the shopping experience in Delhi. One can find up market shops too, in Karol Bagh and Hauzkhas Village. Delhi Tourism has set up a permanent outlet for craftspersons at Dilli Haat, which has become a popular shopping mart over the years.

Places to Visit in Delhi

  • India Gate
  • Rashtrapati Bhawan
  • Red Fort (Lal Qila)
  • Jama Masjid
  • Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Qutub Minar
  • Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple)
  • Raj Ghatt
  • Purana Quila (Old Fort)
  • Lodhi Garden
  • Humayun's Tomb
  • Safdarjung Tomb
  • Akshardham Temple
  • Connaught Place
  • Dilli Haat
  • Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir)
  • ISKCON Temple

How to travel in Delhi

For travel in Delhi there are buses, the Metro train, auto-rickshaws and cycle- rickshaws. Tourist taxis ply interstate while the yellow and black taxis can be used to commute anywhere within the city Delhi and are safe but relatively expensive. Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses go anywhere in the city and are the cheapest mode of transport. Auto rickshaws are another option, but it is always important to bargain for a reasonable fare.

Rental special tourist buses are also available with packaged tours to all the tourist attractions in Delhi. The recently introduced Delhi Metro railway line is a convenient and efficient mode of transport connecting all major places within the city Delhi. guests and their families.

Shopping in Delhi

Local Markets and Shopping in Delhi: Delhi is a shopper's delight and you can find almost anything here, from magnificent textiles, brassware, woodwork, jewellery, leatherwork, metalwork to scented oils. Only in Delhi will you find everything right from a posh, high end shopping mall to a local market located right in the heart of this bustling city.

  • Government and State Emporiums: Located on Baba Kharak Singh Marg (near Connaught Place) these are state run emporiums are stock authentic handicrafts from their states. No bargaining here as the prices are fixed.
  • Connaught Place: A shopper's magnet, Connaught Place is brimming with shops and footpath vendors selling jewellery, leatherwear, textiles, clothes, shoes and a host of other interesting and colourful items.
  • Palika Bazaar: This is an underground market in Connaught Place attracting locals in search of bargain consumer goods. Foreign tourists are usually quoted higher prices, so bargaining is a must here.
  • Khan Market: One of Delhi's most popular shopping areas, Khan Market is usually thronging with foreign diplomats and expats. Look out for the many popular bookshops and coffee shops here, like the Full Circle and the Cafe Turtle.
  • Dilli Haat: Near INA Market, this is an open air food and crafts bazaar. Famous for its traditional handicrafts, jewellery, and home decor items, this is also where you can sample food from all over the country at a very reasonable price.
  • Ansal Plaza: A modern shopping mall where you shall find everything from popular foreign brands of clothing to authentic cosmetics and perfumes.
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