A capital city of great character, contrasts and convolutions – Delhi is a delicious cocktail. A city with antiquity that dates back over 2,000 years, it is also a modern metropolis with fast cars, neon lights and shopping malls. So varied are the shades of Delhi’s different faces, it is difficult to grasp in a short span of time. Home to over 10 million people, Delhi emerges from the ruins of the seven historical cities built over time, to the central hub of commerce and government, onwards into the prosperous southern parts and the multitude of villages which have been engulfed by the ever-growing city.
A repository of India’s culture and heritage, Delhi is famous for its many museums, art galleries and craft expositions that are a mirror to the entire country. This capital city is also the centre of important cultural festivals where performers of the classical arts, modern pop stars, artists, sculptors, dramatists, film-makers et all come to present their works.
Charting phenomenal growth over six decades after India’s independence in 1947, Delhi has now become a heterogeneous mixture of all religious groups, linguistic communities, social segments and economic brackets. While Delhi is bustling with activity, it can brutally stamp out the vulnerable, leaving no ripples on the surface, so be careful. Delhi - here you can feel the pulse of India beating to the rhythm of rapidly changing times.
Best Time of Visit:
- The best time to visit Delhi is between the months of October and March, when the weather is very pleasant and day temperatures remain pleasant and cool ranging between 20 - 30 degrees Celsius.
- During the peak winter in January the temperatures drop drastically especially at night, and the heavy pollution causes a thick fog to envelop the city, so be prepared for flights getting delayed. By February the flowers are in bloom and the city is really quite pretty so it is also the best time to visit Delhi .
Min Days Required: 3 days
Places of Interest:
- The Red Fort
- Qutb Minar
- India Gate
- Rashtrapati Bhavan
- Lotus Temple
- Chandni Chowk
- Jama Masjid
- Humayun’s Tomb
- Delhi is a city of great climatic extremes. Summer, from April till the end of June, is scorching hot with day temperatures rising beyond 45º C.
- Hot dust-laden winds blowing in from Rajasthan stifle the city. Monsoon showers bring some respite, though in recent years rainfall has become erratic. During the monsoons, which last till the end of September, humidity rises.
- Winter stretches from the end of November till March. Temperatures fall substantially down to about 3º C at the height of winter, with nights getting chilly.
- In January, a dense fog envelopes the city, reducing visibility. Usually though, winter days are pleasant with bright sunlight.
Things to carry:
- In summers, you should wear loose fitting cotton clothing. The reason is that in Delhi heat, body tends to perspire a lot and that makes this type of clothing perfect.
- In case you are coming in winters, carry lots of woolen clothing with you. The weather of Delhi in peak winters is quite chilly and if you are thinking of roaming around the city, then, make sure that you are fully covered and warmed.
- You can even try wearing traditional Indian clothing like Salwar-Kameez, as they tend to be very comfortable.
- Dress conservatively while visiting the religious places in Delhi and the areas of Old Delhi.
- Comfortable shoes and sandals will prove to be very helpful, especially if you are thinking of visiting the numerous monuments in the city or plan to do a lot of shopping.
- In Delhi, you are required to go barefoot in most of the religious places. So, if you too concerned about getting your feet dirty, don't forget to wear socks.
How to get there:
- Delhi is very well connected by road to the neighboring states. The main bus stand is at Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), close to Old Delhi railway station.
- All inter-state buses terminate and begin from here. Private buses pull in at the New Delhi Railway Station near Connaught Place.
- The Sarai Kale Khan Bus stand adjacent to the Hazrat Nizamuddin Station serves those bus routes headed south out of Delhi city
- Being the Gateway to India and its capital city, Delhi is served by two airports to the southwest of the centre. The spanking new Indira Gandhi International Airport -Terminal 3, 26 kms from Connaught Place receives all the international flights and many domestic flights as well.
- Terminal 1 D is where some low cost domestic carriers take off from and land. Pre-paid taxis are available at the domestic airport, besides auto rickshaws and bus service outside. There is a free shuttle service between the domestic and international airports.
- The two major railway stations of Delhi are the New Delhi Station close to Connaught Place, and Old Delhi Station in the congested Old Delhi area.
- New Delhi station is within walking distance of cheaper hotels around Paharganj and the central shopping and business district. Old Delhi station is connected to Connaught Place by buses, taxis or auto rickshaws.
- Both stations have overwhelming crowds and unscrupulous touts. Be careful with your baggage.
- The quieter Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station in south Delhi gets southbound trains and the fast trains to Agra, among others.