Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. Through most of its history, due to its political and commercial significance, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. Delhi is a city that has been repeatedly ravaged and reborn, with vestiges of lost empires in almost every neighborhood. There’s so much to experience here, it’s like a country in itself.
The Old Delhi and New Delhi are just two faces of the same coins. They perfectly showcase the incredible blend of tradition and modernity of the city. Though the people, lifestyle, festivals, traditions and culture of Old Delhi differ from that of New Delhi’s, their essence remains the same.
Old Delhi was founded by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan and was known as Shahjahanabad. The area was considered to be most posh areas of those times and was filled with beautiful houses and grand mansions. New Delhi, on the other hand, epitomizes modernity and progress. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens under the British.
The revamped Indira Gandhi International airport, now Terminal 3, provides visitors with their first experience of a modern, world-class city which is keeping pace with the best in the world.
Residents of this cosmopolitan city celebrate all of the major festivals of India pertaining to all the religion and each one of them carries a message of peace and harmony. Festive season here begins with the Lohri and Republic day celebration in the month of January and continues all the way to Christmas. The decorations done on the various places of worship during these festivals are a feast to the eyes.
Delhi and Delhi-ites are known as much for their insatiable appetites as they are for the unending variety of food found in the city. But what really captures the essence of the city is the street food that changes colour and taste but gets only better with discovering the city. No visit to Delhi is complete without an experience of its famed specialties such as its delicious curries, barbecued tikkas and kebabs.
The long list of tourist attraction gives nightmares to most established trip planners. Every place here can be defined as beautiful, regal and architecturally unique. The three UNESCO sites in Delhi, Qutub Complex, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb is a must visit. Some of the finest museums of India are in Delhi. Delhi is included on the Golden Triangle tourist circuit.
Delhi has an extreme climate. It is very hot in summer (April – July) and cold in winter (December – January). The average temperature can vary from 25oC to 45oC during the summer and 22oC to 5oC during the winter.
In summer adequate precautions need to be taken, to avoid the intense heat, such as wearing light cotton clothing, wearing a hat or sunshade while going outdoors and drinking plenty of liquids. In winter, wearing warm or woolen clothing will protect you from the cold. May is the hottest month and the coldest is January. The wettest month is July.
Best time to visit Delhi is from October to March when the weather is pleasant and enjoyable to experience the city.
Places of Interest: Safdarjang’s Tomb, Purana Quila, Lodi Tombs, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, India Gate, The Bahai’s House of Worship, Parliament House, Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat, Jantar Mantar
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