Dilli Darshan: Discover Delhi In One Day
India consists of twenty-eight states and each one of them is unique and famous for their food, traditional attire, festivals, and language. Delhi is one place where you can find a representation of people from each and every state of the country. In other words, India is a body and Delhi is its soul!
Delhi has it all, India’s largest mosque Jama Masjid, the most beautiful architectures from the Mughal Era like the Red Fort, Humayun Tomb, Qutab Minar, famous temples like Akshardham, Lotus Temple, etc and not to forget the variety of museums and art galleries.
Delhi also boasts of being a hub of lip-smacking local cuisines. Chandni-chowk in Old Delhi is the soul of Delhi-Food. One can find a variety of local cuisines from all over the world in just one place! Delhi is also very popular among tourists for shopping artifacts, handicrafts, garments, etc.
Now the question arises: Is sightseeing in Delhi even possible in one day? In this post, I will talk about some of the very famous places which you just can’t miss! Read more and decide for yourself how you would want to plan your visit to Delhi!
1. HUMAYUN’S TOMB
The best place to start the morning is Humayun’s Tomb. Located in the heart of Delhi, it is a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site and definitely tops the list of must visit places. This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.
How to reach: Take the metro to the Khan Market Metro station and then hire a tuk tuk to cover the last 2.5 kilometers.
2. RED FORT
A historian’s paradise, Red Fort is the magnificent past of India as well as the future of her sovereignty. It is one of the most symbolic features of the Indian capital. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan around 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort is something you just can’t afford to miss! Also, it now is a tourist spot turned into busy market-place called the Meena Bazaar, selling a host of wares.
Do hire a guide to show you around and be ready to be amazed by the thrilling stories of this place!
3. AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE
One of the modern marvels of architecture, this sprawling temple complex by the bank of river Yamuna, is a sight to behold. The architecture, design, and rituals of this temple act as an insight to the ancient traditions of Hindu culture, beliefs, and spirituality which have trickled down the years. The popularity of this temple is evident in the fact that 7 out of 10 people who visit Delhi, pay their visit to Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple.
The journey in the temple will not only take you through a spiritual ride but also on an adventurous and visual delight. Apart from the main temple complex, you can experience the exhibitions, boat ride, movie show and a water and sound show.
How to reach: Akshardham Metro station lies on the blue line of the Delhi Metro. From the station, it is hardly 5 minutes’ walk to the temple.
Thats not all. Delhi is a site for infinite places to visit. To explore more visit this: Garden of five senses, Delhi
This city has something for everyone. The capital city not only preserves a remarkable history but also flourishes in the beauty of the present!
So if you have travel plans to Delhi and you wish to savor the ‘beauty of its present’ then don’t miss these amazing and ‘fairly cheap’ places to shop in Delhi.
It lies in the South West part of Delhi and is literally the most famous export market of the capital. If you have good bargain skills and are a shopaholic, this is the place for you. Products of even reputed brands are available here at cheap prices.
How to reach: It is closest to INA metro station on the yellow line. Take an auto-rickshaw after the metro route.
To know about more shopping hubs visit this: Affordable fashion hubs in Delhi
Officially named Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place is better known as CP amongst the locals. The British architecture gives this place a very different and appreciable look. Janpath, located very close to the famous CP circle, is the largest destination for street shopping, especially for clothes and accessories.
How to reach: As the central place in New Delhi, by road, many buses pass through to this place. The nearest metro station is Rajiv Chowk, which is also a junction for changing metro across Delhi.
3. DARYAGANJ BOOK MARKET
Set on the narrow footpaths and cramped streets of Daryaganj only on Sundays, this market is practically a heaven for book lovers. Here you can find new or previously used books in good shape and at reasonable prices. Novels, self-help guides, course textbooks, basic stationary, there’s nothing you won’t find here.
How to reach: The nearest metro stations are Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar. You can take a rickshaw from either. You can also take your own vehicle to the market and since most of the shops are closed on Sundays, you will be able to find parking fairly easily.
These popular places have food like nowhere else in Delhi. Delhi has history and culture to spare, but for all the museums and ruins, one of the best reasons to linger in the capital is to satisfy your belly. Delhiites love to eat, and visitors will find that life in the city is a constant dipping buffet.
One of Delhi’s hippest neighborhoods, Hauz Khas Village or HKV as it is popularly known is one of the best places to eat in Delhi. With a string of restaurants serving a wide range of local and international cuisines, HKV will give you a hard time deciding where to go.
The village is home to some of Delhi’s best fine dining restaurants, cafés, bars and lounges. Some of Hauz Khas Village’s popular restaurants are Yeti, Out of the Box, Dzoukou, Amici, Zo, Smoke House Deli, Mia Bella and the Golconda Bowl among others.
How to reach: the Nearest bus stop is Hauz Khas at Aurobindo Marg. Nearest metro stations are Hauz Khas and Green Park on the yellow line. Cabs are available from all points in the city.
2. KHAN MARKET
Khan Market shopping complex houses an array of gourmet food joints, and plush restaurants, serving cuisines – domestic and international. Then there are gift shops, book shops, boutiques, and fast food joints to keep the shoppers on their toes. Wok in the clouds, Mamagoto, The blue door café are some of the most famous restaurants in Khan Market.
How to reach: The nearest metro stations are Khan Market and INA. You can take an auto from these metro stations to reach here.
There is no better place for non-veg than Karim’s. Brimming with flavor, Karim’s kebabs, niharis, biryanis and tandoori delights are generously loaded with a secret blend of spices which gives patrons taste of what Mughlai food truly is. Special dishes are Mutton seekh kebabs, Tandoori Burra, Nihari, Biryani and Phirni.
How to reach: The nearest metro station is Chawri Bazar on yellow line. You can take an auto or rickshaw to reach here.
The infinite food of Delhi will give you thrills. For more information take a look: Best Restaurants in Delhi
Good Evening Delhi
The night is like magic in the Capital City filling it with mystery, mayhem, and fantasy.
1. CHANDNI CHOWK
This night walk around Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi shows you the capital when it is most alive, in the evening. Criss-crossed by narrow streets with shops jostling for space, Chandni Chowk is the oldest and biggest shopping hub in India. Since the 17th-century era, this places is rightly called a “shoppers paradise” in Delhi.
Shopping at Chandni Chowk is fun as the market is distributed in several streets and these narrow streets are famous for varieties of clothes, perfumes, electronic items, jewelry, candles, idols of deities lifestyle goods, etc.
How to reach: Being the capital of India, Delhi is well connected via Rail and Road. Chandni Chowk is accessible by city buses and metro.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Old Delhi, from where Chandni Chowk is 3 kilometers away. An auto rickshaw or a taxi can be taken from outside the station to reach Chandni Chowk.
Road: Daryaganj bus stop is the most accessible stop to reach Chandni Chowk. Buses regularly run from Daryagunj to Chandi Chowk.
Metro: Nearest metro station is Chandni Chowk.
2. QUTAB MINAR
This minar stands tall at a height of 234 feet, and is a perfect display of Mughal architectural brilliance. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is constructed with red sandstone and marble and is surrounded by several other medieval and ancient ruins collectively known as Qutab complex.
How to reach: 3 minutes walking distance from the Qutab Minar metro station.
3. INDIA GATE
India Gate has in many ways come to be the unofficial symbol of Delhi. The iconic war memorial is a favorite picnic spot for many Delhiites and a popular tourist attraction for people from all over the country and the world. For those who are unaware. it was built in the memory of the 82000 soldiers who died in the First World War. The walls of this structure are engraved with the names of the soldiers who died in the war.
During evenings, India Gate is dramatically floodlit while the fountains nearby make a lovely display with colored lights. Food vendors, ice cream vans, toy sellers, boating in the lake, toy car rides, etc will have you spend the perfect family time here!
India Gate stands at one end of Rajpath, and the area surrounding it is generally referred to as ‘India Gate’. Your trip to Delhi can never be complete without visiting India Gate, enough said.
How to reach: You can reach India Gate by getting down at Barakhamba Road Metro Station, Delhi. It is on the Blue Line of Delhi Metro and is about 3 km away from India Gate. If you take a taxi or an auto from this station, you will reach India Gate within 15 minutes.
That’s just a short glimpse of our Delhi. There are amazing things which are beyond your imagination. Next time, if you wanna escape the stress which steals the joy of life away, visit Delhi and get lost in the rhythm of life here.
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