Delhi is both the crowded, labyrinthine streets of Old Delhi and the open spaces of the imperial New Delhi.
With a total area of about 42 square km, New Delhi, the capital of India, forms a small part of Delhi metropolitan area, inhabited by nearly 14 million people. The name Delhi and New Delhi are often used interchangeably.
Red Fort, built 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. A Covered Bazaar - Chatta Chowk, a garden, marble Hall of Private Audience (Diwan-i-Khas) are some of the attractions here.
Opposite Red Fort there is the largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid.
India Gate, a Central Landmark of Delhi, the monument is dedicated Indian soldiers who died in WWI.
Humayun's Tomb in south Delhi; a prototype of Agra's Taj Mahal, and one of Delhi's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Qutub Complex (south Delhi), with Qutub Minar, mosque and Iron Pillar. Also on UNESCO´s World Heritage List.
Lakshmi Narayan (Birla Mandir) hindu temple.
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple.
What to eat
Delhi is a paradise for Indian food lovers. Superb streetfood makes visit to a restaurant into a second choice. Try samossa, jalebi, paranthas, golgappas, various sweets, and Indian chai.
There are also restaurants serving other than Indian cuisine.
Plenty of modern and cosmopolitan bars, clubs and lounges. Many of them have “couples only” policies.
Western-style malls and shopping centres are situated in the outskirts, and in the capital region. In the city you shop at the bazaars, such as Connaught Place with Palika Bazaar; Main Bazaar, Khan Market (clothes, books), and Lajpath Nagar III (western clothing). Sarojini Nagar is the largest outdoor shopping area in Delhi, where you shop mainly cloths.
Getting here and getting around
Delhi is a major transit hub for trains, planes and buses for all of India and internationally.
Indira Gandhi International Airport has three terminals. Free shuttle between the domestic and the international terminal. Taxi, city bus, or private bus to the centre.
Threre are three main train stations in Delhi: Delhi Junction (Old Delhi or Purani Dilli), New Delhi, and Hazrat Nizamuddin a few kilometers to the south. The first two are connected by Metro Line 2.
Bus connections with many Indian destinations, and from as far as from Kathmandu.
Delhi Metro connects New Delhi with the rest of the metropolis Delhi. Taxis, buses, hired car (with a driver), as well as auto, or cycle rickshaws, are also a choice when moving around the city.
Delhi, one of the oldest cities in the world, had served as the political and financial centre of several empires during the course of history. It was capital of the Mughal Empire 1799 -1849. During that time New Delhi was laid out south of so called Old City that comprised seven ancient cities. In 1911 the capital of India was transferred here from Calcutta. A number of new buildings were raised in the British imperial style; much of them by leading 20th century British architect, Edwin Lutyens. That´s why New Delhi is sometimes called Lutyens Delhi. After India gained independence in 1947, New Delhi was eventually converted into a union territory, later called National Capital Territory of Delhi.
Climate & weather
Continental, semi-arid climate. Long summers (April – October) with monsoon season in July – August. The temperature varies from 40°C in summers to around 4°C in winters. The annual average temperature is 25°C (77°F). The most beautiful time to visit Delhi is spring.
Currency: Indian rupee (INR)
Time zone: UTC (GMT) +5˝