New Delhi (or just Delhi, for convenience sake) is the capital of one of the most visited countries in the world, India. It has historical, cultural, and political importance in the lives of Indians, and perhaps, that makes Delhi among the most visited cities of the country.
It is true that Delhi is crowded and hot as hell, but it is a developed city with a variety of experiences to offer. The city has a different vibe from most of the Indian cities and is known for its fast pace life. Honestly, I cannot describe how complicated this city is but can certainly offer you some guidance on what is best in the city.
I have compiled a list of things you must do when in Delhi (and we are not talking about the mainstream India Gate, Red Fort and the like!):
I will have to start with street food because, my dear readers, Delhi has arguably the widest collection of street food in the country. You can taste all kinds of things on the streets, and the way street vendors have experimented with food is simply mind-blowing.
Take, for example, Momos or dumplings. It is a must to try out momos here because you will find all kinds of them such as chocolate momos, chicken momos pork momos, tandoori momos, or simply vegetarian momos.
Moreover, street food is hell cheap. Even if you have a dollar with you, I can guarantee you that you can find a fulfilling street food option wherever you are.
Shop Like Crazy
The market here is incredible. The markets here are vibrant and can offer you quality options provided you have the patience to search among the bulk offered.
Flea markets such as that of Janpath and Sarojini Nagar are a nationwide phenomenon and are known to be those places from where most women in Delhi shop. When I was interning in Delhi, I spent too much on shopping because there is so much to buy!
In case you are looking for crafts, then you need to take a stop at the INA metro station close to which is the city’s favorite, Dilli Haat. In addition to amazing crafts, it also offers amazing food options.
The Rashtrapati Bhavan
It is time to brush up general awareness because the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the Presidential palace where the President of the country lives.
Aside from the grandeur of the building, there is one thing you might want to see and which is often overlooked: the ceremonial change of Presidential Guards. The Change of Guard ceremony happens every weekend and involves an equestrian display for a small number of people which is usually around 200.
It is highly recommended you take some time out on Saturdays or Sundays and visit the Palace to see this ceremony happen.
The best hotels in New Delhi for business travelers, 2019:
- The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel.
1, CBD Maharaj Surajmal Road, Near Yamuna Sports Complex, Delhi 110 032, India
Tel: +91 11 71721234
- The Lodhi.
Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110003 India
Tel: +91 124 4653333
- The Oberoi.
Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Delhi 110003, India
Tel: +91 11 2436 3030
- The Leela Palace New Delhi.
Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 023, India
Tel: +91 11 39331234
- The Imperial New Delhi.
Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Tel: +91 11 23341234
- The Roseate (Resort) New Delhi.
Samalkha, NH-8, New Delhi 110037 , India
Tel: +91 11 33552211
- ITC Maurya New Delhi.
Samalkha, NH-8, New Delhi 110037 , India
Tel: +91 11 2611 2233
- Hotel The Taj Mahal, New Delhi.
1, Mansingh Road, Central Delhi, New Delhi 110011, India
Tel: +91 11 66566162
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One of the main highlights of Delhi is Hauz Khas. What makes it so remarkable is the fact that it provides a perfect romance between history and modern-day recreational developments.
Here at Hauz Khas, you can visit the famous Mughal tombs and other historical buildings. If you get tired, you can walk deeper into the area and find some great bar to hang out with friends.
It is highly recommended that you visit the monuments by noon because they are shut for the public in the evening. Once done, you should consider staying late in the area because the nightlife here is superb!
Experience The Crowded Old Delhi
Old Delhi can be intimidating. It is heavily crowded, with little regard to personal space in public. The buildings are jampacked, and many of them have been there way before the country gained independence.
There is the famous Jama Masjid which offers amazing views of the city. You can also hit local food joints which offer some of the best options in the country. Old Delhi is most famous for its non-vegetarian options so if you are a meat lover you will not be disappointed.
There is a high chance that Old Delhi will take you by surprise, but give it some time and you will slowly become a part of its evergreen vibe!
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