Numerous songs and phrases have been made in the honour of India’s National Capital Delhi that we won’t be able to count them on our fingertips; the best among them is “Dilwalon ki Dilli”. This illustrious Delhi Travel Guide will take you on a roller coaster ride to the Old Delhi’s Mughal eminence, Central Delhi’s European dominance, West Delhi’s Punjabi affluence and South Delhi’s bars, boutiques and lavish houses which altogether bind the city’s spirit.
Travelling in Delhi is a mind boggling experience; you can soak in the Old Delhi’s Mughal glory by visiting the age defying Lal Quila, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Jama Masjid and other great historical monuments. You can also savour the remnants of the British Raj in the form of colonial bungalows and offices like Rashtrapati Bhawan formerly known as the “Viceroy’s Home” that is now an abode to our current President. The city truly encapsulates the essence of love, royalty and a mixture of traditions. From the diverse ethnicity, culture, languages, food habits and architecture everything is served here with love.
This lively city is also famous for its bustling bazaars where you can find almost everything within a reasonable price. Some of the popular markets of Delhi are the Sarojini Market, Palika Bazaar, Janpath Market, Khari Baoli, Khan Market, Paharganj, Chandni Chowk and Lajpat Nagar Market. Make sure to bargain as you may strike a good deal with the seller. Also be careful of your belongings as many pickpockets are active in the market area.
Travelling in Delhi is easy as DTTDC tourist office organizes A/C bus tours of New Delhi starting from 9am–2pm which cost around Rs 105, and Old Delhi from 2:15–5:15 pm for Rs105, plus a full-day tour which covers both, timings for which are 9am–5: 15pm Rs205. The bus tour starts from the DTTDC office opposite the Hanuman Mandir on Baba Kharak Singh Marg. From the same place, they run a ‘Delhi bus Evening Tour’ from Tuesday to Sunday which cost around Rs 150. The evening bus tour includes sound and light show at the Red Fort, and an Agra day-trip (departure 7am and return 10 pm) in Rs 950. Delhi Transport Corporation run one-day tours for Rs100, starting from New Delhi rail station at 9:15 am, India House in Connaught Place (corner of Janpath) at 9:30am, or the Red Fort at 9:45am. All the five-star hotels offer their own door-to-door service packages and many hotels in and around Paharganj, such as Namaskar and Metropolis arrange city tour by taxi, which is usually cheap for a group of three or four people.