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Delhi, the capital of India, is a metropolitan city with great historic past and cultural heritage. The city has two contrasting parts namely Old Delhi and New Delhi, which are different in their culture and lifestyle. Delhi has witnessed the rise and fall of several empires starting from the Hindu Rajputs to the Mughal Empire, and lastly the British. Delhi shares the famous Golden Triangle tourism circuit along with Agra and Jaipur. Blessed with several world-famous historical monuments, memorials, museums, galleries, gardens, temples, mosques and forts, Delhi attracts tourists from all over the world. The prominent markets of the city offer a wonderful shopping experience and the food culture is incomparable. Delhi is well connected by air, rail and road, making easy access for tourists from India and abroad.

 

Sightseeing

 

India Gate: This arch-shaped monument of 42 meters height is dedicated to the memory of Indian soldiers fought and lost their life in the First World War.

 

Red Fort (Lal Quila): This huge red sandstone fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built by Shah Jahan in the 17th Century. Every year on the Indian Independence Day the Prime Minister hoists national flag at its main gate.

 

Jama Masjid: It was built by Sha Jahan in the 17th Century. Located in Old Delhi, it is one of the largest mosques in India, with a capacity of 25000 people.

 

Jantar Mantar: This 18th century astronomical observatory built by Raja Jai Singh-II has several masonry instruments to measure the course of heavenly bodies.

 

Qutub Minar: It is world’s tallest brick minaret with a height of 72.5 meters. It was built by Qutb-ud-din-Aibak in 1193.

 

Raj Ghat: This sacred site on the western bank of River Yamuna is the site of Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi.

 

Bahai Temple (Lotus Temple): This unique Bahai house of worship is built in the shape of a lotus flower with 27 petals.

 

Rashtrapati Bhawan: It is the house of the President of India, and is also famous for its wonderful Mughal Garden.

 

Akshardham Temple: It is an amazing architectural marvel and one of the most significant religious monuments of Delhi.

 

In addition, the Connaught Place, National Zoological Park, Kalka Ji Temple, Lodhi Gardens, Safdarjung Tomb, Purana Quila, Dilli Haat, Iskcon Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, National Rail Museum, etc., are some of the must-visit places in Delhi.

 

Shopping

 

There are several shopping malls and markets in Delhi where one can find almost anything including textiles, jewelry, handicrafts, leather goods, electronics goods, household items, gift items, etc. Shops in Connaught Place, Government Handicraft Emporiums, Khan Market, INA Market, Sarojini Nagar, Karol Bagh, the underground market Palika Bazaar in Connaught Place, etc., are some of the popular shopping areas in Delhi. There are several malls in Delhi, including the Ambience Mall, Pacific Mall, Select City Walk Mall, and V3S Mall.

 

Food

 

Food culture of Delhi is a mixture of Mughalai cuisines, North Indian, Punjabi, Chinese, Thai, and continental dishes. Tandoori chicken, paneer tikka, seek and boti kebab are some of the mouth-watering tandoori dishes of Delhi. Chole Bhature, Butter chicken, Paratha, Chaats, Kebabs, Kulfi, Matra Kulcha, etc., are very popular dishes of Delhi. Several low-budget as well as high class restaurants, roadside Dhabas and eating joints are spread across the entire city.  

 

Nightlife

 

Delhi has a vibrant nightlife and there are several options for tourists interested in late night entertainment, music, dance and drinks. Several top-class night clubs, bars, and pubs keep Delhi awake till late night. Some of them are Dublin of ITC Maurya, Agni of the Park Hotel, F-Bar of the Ashok Hotel, Wasabi By Morimoto of the Taj Mahal Hotel, Shroom of the Crescent Mall, and Hype The Club of Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, to name a few.

 

Activities

 

Visitors can spend most of their time around the amazing historic monuments and other beautiful attractions. Apart from sightseeing, one can involve in many other activities like shopping, cultural programs and exhibitions, roaming around the streets, bicycle riding, relishing street foods like Bhel puri, Gol gappa, etc. Don’t miss a ride on the Delhi Metro, which is the most convenient mode of transport to cover different destinations of the capital region.

 

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