Delhi is the capital of India and the largest city in terms of area. Delhi is also said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world, along with Jerusalem and Varanasi. It has been the political capital of India since the mythological era. The spectacular architecture of Delhi city is evident through its antique monuments. This city has been built, destroyed, and rebuilt 11 times and witnesses an interesting blend of diverse cultures (some even 2000 years old).
Old Delhi was the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 until 1857. Shah Jahan built a new walled city named Shahjahanabad in Delhi. New Delhi built under British Rule is well-planned and more spacious. This city is a meeting ground of both tradition and modernity as it has got the perfect blend of rich historical past and stylish present at the same time. Delhi city is a fusion of different cultures and religions. Contemporary Delhi is a culmination of seven cities built by different emperors. Delhi is known for its mysterious eternity and rich historical background. The city has witnessed empires rise to glory and fall to ashes. Ruins of this ancient city are found even today and now these are converted into some major tourist attractions.
The city is also referenced in various idioms of the Northern Indo-Aryan languages. Examples include: Abhi Dilli door hai or its Persian version, Hanouz Dehli dour ast, literally meaning Delhi is still far away, which is generically said about a task or journey still far from completion.
For sightseeing, the best time to visit Delhi is between October to March. Summers in Delhi are very hot and it is not recommended to visit them during May, June, and July.
Explorations & Experiences in Delhi-
EXPLORE (Places to visit in Delhi):
- Humayun's Tomb
- Qutub Minar
- Jama Masjid
- Lotus Temple
- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
- Akshardham Temple
- Laxmi Narayan Temple (AKA Birla Temple)
- Red Fort
- Chandni Chowk
- Connaught Place
- Purana Quila
- Raj Ghat (Gandhi Memorial)
- India Gate and Rajpath
- Rashtrapati Bhawan
- Parliament house and buildings
EXPERIENCE (Things to do in Delhi):
- Rickshaw ride at Chandni Chowk market
- Enjoy street food at Paranthe Wali Gali
- Stroll at Connaught Place market
- "Sahaj Anand" water show at Akshardham Temple
- Sound & Light Show at Red Fort
- Shopping for cultural and traditional crafts at Dilli Haat
- Partake in food preparation for community lunch at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
- Salaam Baalak Trust city walk tour