Vibrant and Exotic New Delhi
New Delhi is not only the capital of India, it is also the world’s second most populous city and is expansive in terms of area. The sheer size of the city means it is overflowing with things to see and do. Read more.
Vibrant and Exotic New Delhi
New Delhi is not only the capital of India, it is also the world’s second most populous city and is expansive in terms of area. The sheer size of the city means it is overflowing with things to see and do. Choose your time of year carefully though, as the seasons vary greatly in this monsoon-influenced subtropical climate and dust storms are not unheard of. National events, holidays and festivals are embraced by the people of Delhi, so timing your trip to coincide with local events can lead to some unforgettable and unique experiences.
Food, bargains and historic beauty
The diverse offering of culture, food, religion, and history can be somewhat overwhelming for first-time visitors to New Delhi. Starting with a few of the most popular tourist attractions is a great way to ease yourself into it. You can grab a ticket for one or two days on the hop-on, hop-off bus to find your way around. Some of the major sites covered include India Gate, a national monument inspired by the Arc de Triomphe, and the Red Fort, a red sandstone structure built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. Within the fort walls, other significant buildings such as Chatta Chowk, Diwan-i-Am and Hayat Baksh Bagh are definitely worth a look. Ghandi Smriti, where Mahatma Ghandi spent the 144 days leading up to his assassination in 1948, is an intriguing place, with the room where he slept left completely intact. The Qutub complex in Mehrauli contains the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Qutub Minar, the Tomb of Imam Zamin and a range of other structures from the Slave Dynasty. The gardens here are a popular picnic spot. Also delightful for a spot of relaxation outdoors is the Garden of Five Senses, specifically designed to delight all the senses with its vibrant flora displays and a range of restaurants and bars. Make sure to include the Rajpath and Janpath boulevards and a trip to the National Museum in your itinerary.
Shopping in New Delhi is vibrant and exotic with a plethora of treasures to be discovered. The Janpath and Tibetan Market, near Connaught Place, has beautiful wares from India and Tibet, but if you’re more of a bargain hunter, try the chaotic Main Bazaar at Paharganj. Explore the narrow alleyways of the Chandni Chowk shopping district and discover fabrics, electronics, silver jewellery and more in this centuries old neighbourhood. Chandni Chowk is also renowned for some of the best street food in Delhi. Local foodie groups organise food walks through various parts of the city, with plenty of chole, samosas, pakoras and chaats to be eaten along the way.
Guide yourself in New Delhi
Indira Gandhi International Airport is the primary airport for Delhi and the best option for a visit to New Delhi. A free shuttle bus runs between the two operating terminals for travellers with connecting flights. The Delhi Airport Metro Express runs directly from New Delhi Metro Station to the airport, just a short 20 minute journey. New Delhi is a planned city and the major arterial roads are laid out in a fairly logical fashion. Buses form the backbone of the public transport in the city and the majority of locals prefer this option. The Delhi Metro also serves a number of areas by rail within Delhi and provides a cheap, quick and air-conditioned alternative. The New Delhi Railway Station is handy for cross-country train trips and also connects to Lahore in Pakistan.