What to do in Delhi

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Presidential Palace featuring a square or plaza and a castle

Delhi Attractions

A trip to Delhi, the majestic capital of India, is an unforgettable experience. This diverse city contains Mughal mausoleums, bustling bazaars, grand colonial avenues and towering glass modern developments. Delhi is a place full of excitement with numerous festivals celebrated every year, such as Diwali where the sky is filled with colour and the streets are filled with joy. Independence celebrations each year are another great event when thousands of kites are flown as a symbol of freedom.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Delhi

Old Delhi - Jama Masjid, India’s most magnificent mosque, stands out amongst the winding streets of Old Delhi. This Islamic area was the capital of the Mughal empire.

New Delhi - New Delhi is characterised by tree-lined boulevards and grand buildings. Visit this area’s museums to learn about India’s fascinating history.

North Delhi - In the north Delhi is bounded by the holy Yamuna river. There is also a large Tibetan settlement here.

South Delhi - Shopping malls and all-night bars fill the affluent area of south Delhi. The Qutab Minar monument stands out as a beautiful contrast to the modern developments.

Things to See in Delhi

Delhi is home to many historic sites, including the splendid Qutab Minar monument, the tallest brick minaret in the world, and Humayun’s tomb that was built following Islamic geometry principles. Humayun’s tomb is set in immaculate flower gardens that make a beautiful backdrop for your travel photos. The Lodi Gardens are another idyllic green space and a lovely location to rest and watch the world go by. The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is the most prominent Sikh temple in Delhi and is a feast for the eyes.

Things to Do in Delhi

One of the most notable attractions in Delhi is the Red Fort, where Indians fought against British invasion. The Red Fort regularly hosts enchanting sound and light shows and it is a wonderful experience to see the red sandstone and marble turrets of the Red Fort lit up. If you like Indian clothes then head to the medieval Khan Market and be measured up to get clothes made for a very reasonable price. The National Museum hosts many important artefacts of Indian heritage and the Gandhi Smriti tells the important story of Gandhi’s life. One of Delhi’s most extraordinary pleasures is to take a seat on the marble floor and listen to Sufis sing rousing qawwalis (Islamic devotional singing) at sunset in the Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah. Make sure you try all the wonderful foods too, such as Dilli-ki-Chaat, Delhi's tangy local street food of fried hollow dough filled with chickpeas and spicy potatoes.

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