Delhi is a huge city, so there is so much to keep you busy, from history to cultural sites; there is something here for everyone. However, if you only have a few days to explore this fantastic city, it really is not enough to cover everything worth visiting; it will only scratch the surface and have you planning your next trip back shortly after arriving home. The city is nothing like other Capital cities like Singapore; it is romantic, hectic, historical, artsy and much more.
Things to Know before you go to New Delhi
Dilwalon Ki Dilli
Delhi (or Dilli) is often called Dilwalon Ki Dilli because it translates into the English words “Delhi belongs to the large-hearted”, which makes sense. After all, Delhi is the heart of the country. It is also known to be the city of love. It is full of romantic places, making it one of India’s most popular honeymoon destinations.
When did Delhi Change to New Delhi?
In 1911 the Capital of India was moved from Calcutta to Delhi; however, it wasn’t officially named the new Capital until 13 February 1931, when the name was changed to New Delhi.
New Delhi and Old Delhi
Old Delhi is the historic part of the city dating back to the Mughals (The Mughals ruled in the 16th and 17th centuries both India Pakistan). New Delhi is the opposite, with much of the city designed in the 1930s and 1940s under British rule during Colonial times.
How to get to New Delhi
Air India, Singapore Airlines and Vistara all fly direct to New Delhi within 6 hours. Indira Gandhi International Airport to the city centre takes approximately 30 minutes, but that will depend on the traffic and the time of day. Traffic in this part of the world can be hectic, so it would be best to organise a limousine transfer with your hotel direct before you arrive.
However, they do have uber, Ola and other internationally recognised hire car services here too. In addition, the train system here is internationally recognised as being in the Guinness Book of records for teh world’s most extensive Route relay interlocking system. So you can book here before you arrive.
Airport shuttle buses run every 30 minutes to central parts of Delhi. However, there are air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned buses that vary in price. If you want more information about the airport transport options, check out the link here.
Getting Around Delhi
The metro is affordable and convenient, with stations situated all around the city. Purchase a travel card before you go. Buses remain the most popular form of travel on public transport for locales, so they get crowded and uncomfortable because most are without air conditioning.
Hiring a private guide or joining a tour is the best option when restricted by time. You will be able to cover much more ground, and the knowledgeable guide will be able to answer many questions able this wonderful place.
Visa in India
Check that you do not require a visa for India. The ivisa website is a quick and easy way to check whether your passport requires a permit.
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Things to do in New Delhi
Take a tour around South Delhi.
The India gates official name is Delhi Memorial; the sandstone arch is dedicated to the British Indian troops who died at war from 1914 to 1919. Not far away, you will find Mohammed Shah’s Tomb Lodhi Gardens: It contains Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad, Bara Gumbad, and Athpula Bridge.
Learn about Mahamat Gandhi’s life.
Head to Birla house, where Mahamat Gandhi lived for the last 144 days of his life before he was assassinated. Relive his last day and follow his very last footsteps right to the spot where he took his last breath. Then visit Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 1030am; once the residence of the former Prime Minister of India, but is now the memorial museum. However, I highly recommend Gandhi’s Journey Half-Day Tour if you do not want to do it without a guide.
Check out the creative street art.
In three hours, this Street art tour will have you can cover all the edgy arty areas of Delhi. Then, enjoy exploring the historical Lodhi garden and visiting Khan market and Lodhi Colony, India’s first public art district. The place is pedestrian-friendly, with loads of wide roads and open space, a real treasure in India.
Eat like a local.
Exploring a new city and especially a new country’s local food can be overwhelming in a place like India, with a wide variety of foods to choose from, so the best way to eat like a local one is to be guided by one. So try Delhi street food by taking a food tour of this great city and discover why tourists keep returning for more.
Explore Hauz Khas Village
Hauz Khas Village is the perfect mix of new style Delhi living and history naturally blended into this century. Spend your day visiting the Medieval Hauz Khas Fort, browsing an art gallery or two and wandering around the alleys of Deer Park. You could literally spend an entire day here admiring the lush green lawns or sitting by the lakeside.
Accommodation in New Delhi
Taj Mahal New Delhi
Located in the heart of the city, the Taj Mahal New Delhi is what you would expect from a 5-star hotel. Hotels like this have luxurious furnishings, impeccable customer service and a touch of Indian old world Charm. In addition, there is a fitness centre, beautiful outdoor grounds and an outdoor pool to ensure that your time in New Delhi is comfortable.
Villa 33 is located in the Haus Khaz district, which makes it a prime location on your trip to Delhi. The hotel has a free airport shuttle, free wifi and clean, comfortable rooms. If you are looking for budget accommodation is not only in a great location but in a quieter area of New Delhi. Breakfast is included, and the staff are friendly.
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