From Slave Dynasty to the Mughals, the capital of India, Delhi, has a powerful historical and cultural background. This place has been ruled by some of the Indian history’s most powerful rulers. Delhi has been a witness to a lot of political, historical and social turmoil for over 5 centuries, during which the city was ruled by Mughals, Khilijis and Tughlaqs. The soil of this great city smells of romance, sacrifice and blood. The famous monuments speak volumes about its rich culture and heritage.
Even when your trip to a metropolitan can be quite absorbing, identifying the worthiest places to visit can surely take off some load. In a city like Delhi, there is no lack of amazing places to see but every location can’t be explored on a single trip! So, here are top 6 places you shouldn’t miss on your visit to Delhi:
- Humayun’s tomb
Constructed by the widow of King Humayun, Queen Haji, Humayun’s tomb is an epitome of Persian architecture. The famous wonder of the world, the Taj Mahal is inspired from the Humayun’s tomb. The renovation program has been undertaken by the government for restoring the place to its original state. The best time to visit here would be late afternoon.
- Bahai (Lotus) Temple
Popularly known as Lotus Temple, Bahai Temple owes its affinity to India’s national flower, the lotus. This temple is the last one to be constructed among a total of seven Bahai temples all over the world. It is also a symbol of four religions Buddhism, Jainism, Islam and Hinduism. The temple is made in pure white marble and set among serene lush green environment. The best time to visit Lotus temple is during the dusk hours, when the nine pools around the petals look spectacular.
- Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
No matter which religious background you belong to, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, the world’s largest Hindu Temple, is a must visit on a trip to Delhi. The temple is constructed using marble and granite from various parts of the globe. Built on 12 acres of land, the temple is an exemplar of architectural excellence. You can enjoy various attractions such cultural center, parks, canteen, light show, boating and movie show. If you are in Delhi with your kids, this place is a must visit!
- National Museum
It wouldn’t be wrong to call Delhi an open book of India’s history and its museums showcases this history vividly. One of the must visit museum in Delhi is the National Museum, situated at Janpath. This museum offers a wide array of unique cultural, social, historical and archaeological artifacts. There is also a heritage gallery, made by the Indian Army here. This is an amazing place to witness the diversity of India.
- India Gate
Originally known as “All India War Memorial”, India Gate is a remembrance for over 70,000 soldiers deceased during the Afghan War and First World War, constructed in 1931. The beauty of the monument comes from the names of the deceased soldiers inscribed on the walls of the gate. The best time to visit India Gate is after the sunset when the memorial looks magnificent with all the lights around.
- Connaught Place
Delhi has a lot to offer to its visitors than just historical monuments. Situated in the heart of the capital, Connaught place has become a new hub for the youngsters and tourists from all around the country. Put together by the Britishers, this place is home to numerous antique cinema halls, restaurants, bars, lounges, coffee shops, shopping outlets, art galleries and cultural centers. Along with this, Connaught place is also among the city’s prime business and financial locations.
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There is nothing you can not find in Delhi and there is hardly anything which uniquely belongs to this place. From Kashmiri Pashmina shawls to Juthis from Rajasthan, from Kundan jewelry to bags, from books to electronic gadgets, everything is available in Delhi. Some of the most popular shopping destinations in Delhi are:
- Janpath Market
- Palika Bazaar
- Karol Bagh
- Sarojini Nagar
- Kamla Nagar
- Chandni Chowk
- Lajpat Nagar
- Connaught Place
- Greater Kailash
- South Extension
- Rajouri Garden and a number of fancy malls.
The best part of Delhi comes to life when the sun sets down and night lights start to flash. Delhi’s nightlife has become extremely popular and fond of during the last few decades. Apart from the country’s best hotels, Delhi is home to the most amazing bars, nightclubs, lounges and restaurants. Along with this, Delhi is a spectacular place for dance, theater and music shows.
Be it a foodie or a party animal, Delhi has a piece for every kind of night crawlers. So if you are planning a trip to Delhi, don’t forget to prepare a bucketlist of all the worth-visit nighthour places here!
Food and Dining
While Delhi is home to the best of restaurants and hotels brands from all over the country, the most amazing part of Delhi still remains its lip smacking street food. You can find everything yummy to eat at various roadside stalls, cafes and restaurants such as Nathu Sweets, Moti Mahal, Haldirams, Bengali Sweets, Evergreen, Anupama Sweets and many more. Some of the famous street food options are:
- Dahi Papdi Chaat
This one is quite famous among the tourists and Delhites alike. It’s tangy, filling and sweet, full of yogurt, potatoes, moong beans, spices, chutney and papdis.
- Chole Bhatura
One of the most caloric yet so yummy staple Punjabi food: Chole Bhature. No street meal can never be complete with a filling plate of Chole Bhatore.
- Gol Gappas
Famously known as pani puri or puchki, gol gappas are unquestionably a woman’s favorite street food. Crisp fried wheat or flour balls, filled with onions, chickpeas, potato, chutney and flavored water, nothing stands in competition with this one!
- Aloo Tikki
Another amazing one on the list, aloo tikki refers to pan-fried potato patties served with yogurt, spices and chutney.
Samosa is undoubtedly the only street food available with a plethora of filling options, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian. From aloo to chicken, from pasta to noodles and much more, samosas are available anywhere and everywhere in Delhi.
Away from the chaos of the city life, Delhites and tourists are found looking out for adventure getaways every now and then. Delhi has no dearth of places offering adventure activities and here is the list of some of the top ones:
- Go F9-Go-Karting in Gurgaon
Even when Go Karting has become quite a popular sport in Delhi, F9 Go Karting, located in Gurgaon, is the best of all. The place is open for public on all seven days from 1-7 p.m., at pocket friendly price.
INR 250/- for 7 Laps
INR 350/- for 10 Laps
INR 500/- for 16 Laps
Some of the other places where you can try your hands at Go Karting are: Speedy Singh’s Go Karting at Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar and Wonder Speedway at Worlds of Wonder, Noida.
- Fly High with Flyboy Air Safari in Gurgaon
If you are an adventure freak, Flyboy Air Safari has something amazing for you in the store- The Air Safari. The activity involves an automobile attached to a parachute. You will be made to sit on the car with harness, hooked-up motorand a propeller and this amazing sport gives you an opportunity to fulfill your dream of flying high like a bird.
- Climb a Mountain at Indian Mountaineering Foundation in South Campus
Climbing an artificial rock might not be as amazing as real time mountaineering, but what more can you ask for when you can experience the same adventure and excitement right in the middle of the city? If you are looking for some physical strength testing activities then Indian Mountaineering Foundation center in South Campus is the perfect spot to be. At merely INR 100 for an hour, this place is gaining popularity at a rapid speed.
- Have Fun at Awara Adventure Farm in Sohna
Located among the beautiful Aravali Hills, Awara Adventure Farm is one of the best places for adventure seekers. This farm offers a wide variety of outdoor and indoor activities such as:
Rain dance, swimming, suspension bridge, parallel rope,zip line,commando net, burma bridge, tarzan swing,balance walk,paint ball, volley ball,football, pitthu, kanchey,rassa kasha,matka phorh,kho-kho, gilli danda, basketball, tennis, cricket,ludo, chess, carom, tambola and much more.