“The city of cities” – Delhi
“The city of cities” – Delhi Tourism
From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from Mughal gardens to Delhi University campus, the capital city has multiple personalities making it ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’.
New Delhi is a vivid blend of traditions, cultural diversity, political importance as well as architectural brilliance. It bridges its historical glory with the current modern era. It is a popular tourist spot and also houses multiple theaters and centers of performing arts. Delhi’s architectural brilliance can be traced as back as 4th century AD when the Iron Pillar was built in the Mehrauli area, which hasn’t shown any sign of rusting yet.
The Qutub Complex, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Delhi has numerous monuments showcasing both architectural and historical magnificence. ISKCON, Akshardham Temple and the Lotus temple are some other beautiful buildings here. However, Delhi’s magic lies in the Chandni Chowk area near the Jama Masjid with the old bazaars bustling and chirping with thousands of visitors haggling with vendors to buy things at the cheapest rate possible. Delhi’s food is equally important to describe why people keep coming back to this wonderful city. From 5 star hotels and restaurants to the Parathe Wali Gali, Delhi has an amazing food culture and if you are not used to Indian street food, you might also get to suffer from Delhi Belly, but it might be just worth it.
Best Time to Visit New Delhi
October to March is the best time to visit New Delhi. Summers are very hot here in Delhi and should be avoided as much as possible as the temperature might rise upto 45 degree Celsius. Temperatures fall a little during the monsoons, but rains might hamper your sightseeing plans.
Summer (March – June) Summers in Delhi can be very harsh. Temperatures can soar up to 42 degrees Celsius and thus, the summers are not considered to be quite a favorable time to visit Delhi. For most of these months, the climate in Delhi is semi-arid.
Monsoon (July – September) Monsoons in Delhi are marked by high levels of humidity and heat. Among these, August is the wettest month in Delhi.
Autumn (October – November) The autumns in Delhi prove to be a fantastic time to visit since the temperatures are mildly cold and weather is pleasant.
Winter (December – March) Delhi is an absolute delight in the winter season. Delhi’s proximity to the Himalayas makes it a very beautiful place to visit during this time of the year. January can be foggy.
Other Places Near New Delhi
Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Mathura, Agra, Vrindavan, Alwar
How To Reach Delhi
Being the capital of the country, New Delhi is well connected to all the major parts of India and the world. The Delhi Airport serves for domestic as well as international flights. New Delhi also is a main rail head, being well connected to all major cities in India. State buses also run to and from neighboring cities.
How to Reach New Delhi by Flight
Indira Gandhi International Airport is located in the west part of the city and is one of the best airports in the world. It has three operational terminals- Terminal 1C/1D which is the domestic terminal used by low-cost carriers like IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir, Terminal 3 used by international flights and domestic carriers Jet Airways and Air India, and Terminal 2 which is used during the Hajj pilgrimage. To travel from the airport to the main city you can use the Delhi Airport Metro Express which runs from Terminal 3. Alternatively, you can use the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses available outside the airport or book a taxi.
Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
How to Reach New Delhi by Road
Delhi is connected by road to all the major cities in the country. Though buses are not as comfortable as trains, these are the only choices from some of the destinations, especially in the mountains. Delhi has several bus terminals and the major operator is the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC). Kashmere Gate ISBT, popularly called as ” The ISBT”, is the largest terminal. The other major terminals are Sarai Kale Khan ISBT (near Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station), Anand Vihar ISBT, Bikaner House (near India Gate), Mandi House (near Barakhamba Road) and Majnu ka Tila.
How to Reach New Delhi by Train
Delhi has four main stations – Delhi Junction also called “Puraani Dilli”, New Delhi lying in central Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin in the south part of the city and the Anand Vihar in the east. The Delhi Junction and New Delhi railway station are connected by Metro Line 2, while Anand Vihar is connected by Metro Line 3. The Hazrat Nizamuddin is the departure point for most trains heading South and Anand Vihar operates most of the east-bound services. There are taxis and buses available outside all the stations to take you to different parts of the city.
Commuting Within Delhi
Metros are available throughout the city and are the best way to travel. Auto rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, local buses and taxis are other means of transport. Cab aggregator services like Uber and Ola are also good options to travel within the city.