Delhi, the pulsating and vibrant capital of India is steeped in culture and heritage. It is the representative mirror of India for tourists. It has a very colorful historical past. It is the blend of old and new that is Old and New Delhi .
It is home to an array of heritage sites. The historic Red fort , Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid are located in Old Delhi.
The New Delhi is more modern in comparison as it was established and influenced by the Britishers. It boasts of the Janter Manter , India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan (our very own White House) etc. For those with a religious bent of mind, Delhi is a feast as it has the Lotus temple, ISKON temple, Akshardham and Shani dham temple. The history fanatics can visit the National Museum, Nehru Memorial Museum and library or the National Rail museum, Dolls museum and Karol bagh. For the nature lovers, there is National Zoological park , Lodi Garden or Garden of five senses.
Delhi has much to offer to shopaholics who may visit the Select Citywalk, DLF Emporio, Sarojini market and the Dilli Haat. Gastronomers can visit Chandni Chowk which is paradise for street food lovers ,also Galli Paranthe Walli is a must visit. In Old Delhi, the Mughlai cuisine popularity is an indication of its Mughal influence while the advancement of travel technology in the form of the Delhi Metro showcases the modernity and hustle -bustle of New Delhi.
Delhi is a contrast of Mughal as well as Victorian architecture which lends it an old world charm and sets it apart from the rest of the metro cities.
Some of the must visit places in Delhi are:
1.Red fort- It was built by emperor Shahjahan in 1638 when he shifted capital from Agra to Delhi .Currently it hosts the Republic day parade every year in attendance of the president and prime minister .
2.Lotus Temple-It was designed by Fariborz Sahba and is one of the greatest pieces of architecture in New Delhi. It is shaped in the form of a half open lotus and serves as the mother temple for the Bahai’s. It is the epitome of peacefulness and serenity.
3.Jantar Mantar- It is an architectural marvel and one of the earliest astronomical observatories built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1724.
4.National Museum- It is one of the largest museums all over India established in 1949. It has articles ranging from pre-historic era i.e Harappan civilization to modern art (Indian and foreign)
5.Dilli Haat -Is a delight for those who wish to encapsulate the pleasures of cuisine , art, artifacts and embroidery and fabrics from different states of India.
6.Chandni Chowk – It is one of the busiest and most popular market areas in Delhi . It is also known as the Moonlight square. Other than shops selling clothes and accessories the street food available is delicious and an experience in itself. There are many restaurants providing authentic Indian cuisine too.
To conclude, a visit to Delhi promises a wholesome experience especially when taken with a tour guide.