The capital city of Delhi is the diminutive reflection of India. From its vast political establishments, slick diplomatic areas and tree-lined avenues to the evocative Mughal era relics, bustling bazaars of the Old Delhi and aromatic by-lanes of Khari Baoli, each and every part of Delhi coexists in complete harmony.
Delhi attracts tourists from every corner of the world to witness its rich heritage and splendor and Delhi, being the perfect host it is, caters to them all, no matter what their demands.
Since everyone comes with a different motive and every other tourist is in the city for a varying duration, it’s quite a task to chalk out a blanket itinerary convenient to all.
Depending on where you are from and what you’d like to make of your trip, here’s what you can do on your next visit to Delhi:
1. Central Delhi: At the heart of the city lies Connaught Place, a bustling hive of activity and one of the largest commercial, financial and business centers in Delhi. It’s a logically planned cloister filled with an array of restaurants, pubs and shops and one of the country’s first air-conditioned, underground shopping complex, Palika Bazaar. Connaught Place is filled with all things cultural, from contemporary art galleries to vintage cinema halls. Some of the popular spots around are Janpath – a flea market for clothes, Bengali Market, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Birla Mandir, etc.
2. North Delhi: The northern breadth of Delhi includes places such as Daryaganj, Kashmere Gate, Civil Lines, Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, etc. Bounded by the Yamuna River on the east, North Delhi mainly is a rich reflection of Delhi’s heritage. While the areas around the old Delhi reminds one of the classic era of Mughal royalties, the rest of the places represent its modern half. The major attractions around are Red Fort, Jama Masjid, colonial styled Oberoi Maidens, etc. North Delhi is also home to Asia’s largest fruit and vegetable wholesale market called the Azadpur Mandi.
3. South Delhi: The posh district in Delhi with the highest number of millionaires in India, South Delhi boasts of modern infrastructure with state-of-the-art facilities. Better known for its lavish nightlife and parties, it boasts of places like Hauz Khas village and Shahpaur Jat, the medieval parts of the city. Despite their rich history, these are now home to art galleries, chic boutiques, and popular restaurants and pubs. The major attractions here are Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, etc.
4. East Delhi: One of the biggest attractions in the sector is the mighty Akshardham Temple, a Hindu house of worship and a cultural campus dedicated to harmony, spirituality and devotion. Built from intricately carved marble and sandstone, the temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and comprises of thematic gardens, step-well courtyards, and numerous water bodies. There are multiple luxurious accommodations available like The Hilton, Ginger hotel, etc.