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  • About Delhi

    A modern metropolitan city with a historic past is what one may feel while travelling in Delhi. The history of Delhi city is a long and chequered history. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many empires. Delhi has evolved over the ruins of seven cities, built by rulers from the Hindu Rajputs to the Mughals and finally the British. Delhi is a truly cosmopolitan city which has brought within its fold people of all ethnic groups and their traditions and culture, reflected in a variety of arts, crafts, cuisines, festivals and lifestyles. Delhi combines the traditional and the modern in its own unique way. While traveling in Delhi one can see a range of tourist attractions-from historical monuments to modern architectural marvels, from traditional bazaars to mega malls and from parks to spiritual centers. The major historical tourist attractions in Delhi, which one should not miss out while traveling in Delhi, are the Qutb Minar, Humayun's Tomb, the Red Fort and Purana Quila. Among the colonial tourist attractions in Delhi are the Rashtrapathi Bhavan and India Gate. There are also modern tourist attractions in Delhi like the Lotus Temple, and Dilli Haat. There are many memorials and museums in Delhi like the National Museum, Raj Ghat, Shanti Van, Jantar Mantar and so on.

    Delhi is part of the famed Golden Triangle circuit that includes Agra and Jaipur . Many tourists who travel to Delhi make excursions from Delhi to these tourist destinations on their India tour. Agra is the home of the world-renowned architectural marvel in marble, Taj Mahal.

    Delhi is known as shopper's paradise. While shopping in Delhi, tourists find a wide choice of items that are typically Indian- carpets, silks, jewellery, leather and silver ware, handicrafts and hand printed cotton or readymade garments. Whether you are shopping for a designer label, a branded product or local made stuff, you will find it all while traveling in Delhi, be it in air-conditioned malls or on roadside stalls bargaining to the best of your ability. One of the fascinating ways of understanding a city is by wandering through its market places. So while traveling in Delhi do make sure you visit the markets in Old Delhi like Chandini Chowk and Chawri. Bazaar, which have a distinctively Indian ambience, add a unique flavor to the shopping experience in Delhi. One can find up market shops too, in Karol Bagh and Hauzkhas Village. Delhi Tourism has set up a permanent outlet for craftspersons at Dilli Haat, which has become a popular shopping mart over the years.

    Delhi is India's main entry point for overseas visitors. Delhi is well connected, making it easy for the overseas tourist to reach Delhi by air, rail or road.

    Best Time to Visit Delhi

    The best time to visit Delhi is from the month of October to the month of March as the weather is very pleasant and helps tourists enjoy the various sights of the city. The temperature in Delhi during the summers goes up to 45 degrees Celsius and travellers are advised not to travel to Delhi during the summers, as the chances of being affected by a heatstroke are considerably high.

    How to Reach Delhi

    New Delhi, the capital of India is visited by a large number of tourists all through the year. Reaching the city is not a mammoth's task, given its stature as the largest metropolis in the country. There are several continuous flights, trains and buses to the city from different parts of the country and abroad. If Delhi is your destination, look no further. Here are some easy guidelines for you on how to reach the city of Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple and a lot more.

    By Air - Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport is connected to all the important cities of the world with almost all the major international airlines operating from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. Palam Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India.
    Major International Airlines that connect New Delhi to rest of the world
    British Airways - from London (Heathrow Airport)
    Air France- from Paris (Charles De Gaulle Airport)
    China Airlines- Rome-Fiumicino
    Japan Airlines- Tokyo
    Sri Lanka airlines- Colombo

    By Train - The Indian Railway with their modern and organized network connects Delhi to all major and minor destinations in India. The city has three major railway stations at New Delhi, Old Delhi and Nizamuddin. Luxury trains like the Palace-on-Wheels, Fairy Queen, and Royal Orient Express can be taken from New Delhi Cantonment railway station. Rajdhani Express trains connect New Delhi from the state capitals. Shatabdi Express trains connect New Delhi to the neighboring cities.

    By Road - Delhi is well connected to all the major cities of India by a network of highways and roads. The three major bus stops in the state are Inter State Bus Terminuses (ISBT), at Kashmere Gate, Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar. There are several other points in the city from where various state-managed and privately run transport facilities like air-conditioned, deluxe and ordinary coaches operate.

    Places to Visit in Delhi

    India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Red Fort (Lal Qila), Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Jantar Mantar, Qutub Minar, Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple), Raj Ghat, Purana Quila (Old Fort), Lodhi Garden, Humayun's Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb, Akshardham Temple, Connaught Place, Dilli Haat, Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir), ISKCON Temple