The amalgamation of various cultures, lifestyles, politics, food, and historic landmarks makes Delhi a totally unique city. A south Indian visiting the national capital for the first time may find it a little intimidating and confusing. If you are planning a trip to this metropolitan cities, here are some points that you may find helpful.
Places to visit
A tourist visiting Delhi, you would like to take in as many sights as possible. As it is a very large city, it will be difficult to cover all the places. So, plan an itinerary based on your personal preferences and budget. The city can be divided into three main parts – New Delhi, Old Delhi and South Delhi. When you plan, cover each area at a time so that you don’t spend a lot of time on commute and cover maximum places in the short time you stay.
The popular tourist spots are:
- Chandni Chowk (street shopping)
- Jama Masjid
- Raj Ghat
- Red Fort
- Humayun’s Tomb
- India Gate
- Gandhi Samadhi
- Khan Market, Janpath Market
- Connaught Place
- Lotus Temple
- Qutab Minar
There are plenty of restaurants, cafes, and delis in this sprawling city. If you have a delicate palette, then you can stick to the south Indian restaurants. However, if you want to check out street food in Delhi, there are plenty of places you can try out. After your done shopping in Chandni Chowk, you can try papri chaat, aloo kulla, gobi muttar samosas, and fruit chat.
Make sure you pack the right outfits for your trip to Delhi. This city experiences both extremes of temperatures. Take in a couple of jeans, shorts, and loose-fitting tops and tees, which will be comfortable for all-day wear. If you planning to travel during the winter months, make sure you carry along good warm wear. Or if you don’t have them, add them to your shopping list and purchase them as soon as you land in the city. Pack light when you go to Delhi as you may be coming back with bags loaded with shopping.
Delhi has also been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. Safety should be your first concern when you’re traveling in this city. While using public transport, preferably avoid traveling during the rush hour by starting earlier or later. There are sure to be thieves, pickpockets and cheaters, so always keep your purse safe and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. When you take a cab or a taxi, always give the vehicle details to a close friend. Also, keep a close friend appraised of your movements so that they can immediately check on you if there is no contact from you for some time.