Delhi, the capital of India proudly preserves many heritages right from the early medieval period. Infect, Delhi is a witness to every scar that India was inflicted with and every victory that India achieved through great sacrifices right from the historical period to the present. If some monuments remind the rule of the mighty Mughals and Lodhis, others speak of the rich legacy that the British had left behind. But Delhi has never shown any complacency in upgrading her tourist attractions.
Summers in Delhi are from April to June. Monsoon generally sets in from July and may last till September. Winters are from November to February. Temperatures may rise to a high of 45 degrees in summer and drop to a low of about 5 degrees in winter. Monsoon rains are not very heavy and Delhi it’s eagerly awaits the rainy season to bring some respite from the sweltering heat.
Best Time to Visit
September-November and February-April
How to Reach
By Air: Flights are available to Delhi from all major destinations of India and many international destinations. The Indira Gandhi International Airport of Delhi is located on the outskirts of the capital to its south.
By Rail: National capital Delhi is well connected to almost all Indian states by railways. There are three important railway stations in Delhi-New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station. For a comfortable journey to the capital from major Indian cities, fully air conditioned Rajdhani and Shatabdi express trains are great choices.
By Bus: Delhi is well connected by road to all major destinations in North India. There is Inter State Bus Terminuses (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan and Anand Vihar areas of the city. Buses in the air conditioned, deluxe and ordinary categories regularly operate between Delhi and most other destinations of Northern India.
Places Where You Can Stay
Delhi is full of hotels, guest houses and lodges in various categories. Infact, hotels in the budget category could be found in every nook and corner of the city. Hotels occupying the top slot in luxury category are Oberoi Grand, Maurya Sheraton and Taj Mahal. In the mid range category, Nirula's, Shanti Palace, Bill Palace and Hotel Broadway are good options.
Forts and Monuments in Delhi
An ancient city, having a history dating back to a thousand years, Delhi abounds with several imposing forts and monuments erected by various rulers over the centuries. Even today after several years of their construction, the forts and monuments of Delhi will surely hold your attention at once with their excellent architecture and grandeur. Some of the important forts and monuments of Delhi include Red Fort, Old Fort, Humayun's Tomb, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid, Hazrat Nizammudin Auliya Dargah, Safdarjung Tomb and Jantar Mantar. Apart from the old monuments, Delhi is home to a number of impressive modern structures like Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate, Akshardham Temple and Lotus Temple.
Tourist Attractions in Delhi
India Gate: Located at the heart of Delhi, the names of all the soldiers who laid down their lives during the Afghan war are inscribed here. In a broad sense, India Gate pays homage to all Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives to uphold the honor of the motherland. The lush green lawns on both sides of this mammoth gate are filled with people in the evening. The Red Fort: The Red Fort in old Delhi is a magnificent example of the Mughal architectural style. The fort was constructed by Shahjahan in the 17th century when he decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. The beautiful interiors of the fort including intricate carvings throw a lot of light in the luxurious living style of Mughal rulers.
Rashtrapati Bhawan: The official residence of the President of India is a superb example of British architectural style during the colonial period. There is a slight ascent of Rajpath from India Gate leading to Rashtrapati Bhavan. The garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan, particularly Mughal gardens ranks among the best gardens in India.
Raj Ghat: Raj Ghat is the place where the samadhi of Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi is situated. Located in a sprawling well maintained campus, people in large numbers come to Raj Ghat to pay respect to the Mahatma. The place has a very serene ambience.
Shanti Vana: Adjacent to Raj Ghat is Shanti Vana, the place where India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was cremated. The samadhi is surrounded by beautiful parks and lush green trees that visiting foreign dignitaries plant while visiting the place. Shanti Vana literally means a forest of peace.
Qutab Minar: Qutab Minar is located at Mehrauli in South Delhi. A fine example of early medieval period architecture, Qutab Minar was built by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak of the Slave dynasty in the 13th century. Built of red sandstone, the Minar rises to a height of 72.5 meters from the ground. There are intricate carvings and verses from the holy Koran inscribed on the walls of the Minar.
Bahai Temple: Among the newly built attractions adorning Delhi's landscape is the magnificent Bahai Temple, more popularly called Lotus Temple. Built with meticulous care in the shape of a lotus, the temple is a great example of modern architecture. A deep serenity pervades the entire place. There are well laid out gardens on all sides of the temple.
Laxminarayan Temple: The Laxminarayana Temple, popularly called the Birla Mandir, was built in the year 1938 by the Birla family. The architecture of the temple is impressive and it is visited by tourists in large numbers. Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple adorns an entirely new look on Janmashtami day.
Hot Air Ballooning in Delhi Like a child's fantasy come true, Hot Air Ballooning in national capital Delhi is a delightful experience. A big balloon remains attached with loosely hung basket which can carry three to four persons. When the balloonist is alone on the balloon, he may rise to an altitude of around 20,000 ft, while those who ride in groups may reach to a height between 1000 ft to 2000 ft.
Be it the imposing Qutub Minar or the magnificent Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate or the picturesque Rashtrapati Bhawan, hot air ballooning in Delhi provides you a spectacular bird’s eye view. You can even travel short distances between Delhi and other nearby towns in these hot air balloons. In Delhi, the Ballooning Club of India organizes the International Balloon festival and demonstration flights every year.
Shopping in Delhi
Shopping in Delhi is a unique experience. On the one hand, there are gorgeous shopping malls and branded showrooms in various places of the capital frequented by the rich and fashionable. There is the famous Chor Bazaar in old Delhi where duplicates of branded items could be bought for a paltry sum after a hard bargain. Although there are a few local handicraft items of Delhi, there are no specific items exclusive to Delhi. Infact, if tourists have the time, energy and will for an extensive search, items belonging to every Indian state could be found in the markets and government emporiums of Delhi.
Some of the popular market places of the capital are Janpath, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar Market, Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar and Kamala Nagar markets.