Delhi is the capital of India and the largest Indian city with a population of 14 million+ calling it home. Delhi is one of the 3 cities on the Golden Triangle and id often the starting point of the Golden Triangle Tour or any India Tour because of international airport. Delhi is a big bustling metropolis with people of many religions and nationalities living here. It is also the political capital of India, so the country is also run from here.
If you are interested in History and Architecture, you'll never want your visit to Delhi during your tour in India to end. Delhi is believed to be the location of Indraprastha the capital of the Pandava Kingdom in Mahabharata, the great Indian mythological epic. Archaeologists have found the evidence of five very important cities here.
This was an important city of the Maurya Empire - around 300 BC, then it was ruled by the Tomars and Chauhans kings till 1190. The Delhi Sultanate came into existence in 1206 under Qutb-ud-din-Aybak the founder of the slave dynasty. Various Muslim invaders ruled Delhi between 1206-1857, because of which Delhi is also called the City of 7 Cities, until the revolt of 1857 and then fell to the British.
In 1911 Delhi was declared the capital of India and then came up Lutyen's Delhi the city that the British built to house the new Capital
Other Places of Interest:National Gallery of Modern Art, National Museum, Gandhi Smriti, Rajghat-Gandhi Memorial, Dilli Haat, Lodi Gardens, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Mehrauli Historical Complex
ShoppingYour India tour will be incomplete without splurging on shopping in Delhi. You can loosen your purse strings on collectables in the historical bazaars of Chandni Chowk more than 4 centuries old or buy little nick-nacks and souvenirs at a bargain in the street markets of Janpath. You can spend the big bucks on beautiful Indian handicrafts in Dilli Haat or buy the best internationals fashions at dirt cheap prices in Sarojini Nagar Market.
If you are here for an Indian wedding or have a taste of Indian clothes head on to Fab India or the Lajpath Nagar market to satisfy your appetite or hop into one of the many malls in Delhi with the best international stores and latest Indian designs
FoodDelhi is an out and out foodies paradise, best know for the Mughlai favourites like Butter Chicken, Barra Kebab, Chicken Tikka, Seek Kebabs etc, but there is much more on offer here. Delhi being the melting pot of India, you will find foods and flavours from all parts of India and the world. You can easily find south Indian dosas and idllis, to the best Italian pizzerias and trattorias, from Kashmiri cuisine to the all time favourite punjabi dhaba food. Some of the most delectable fine dining restaurants serving Japanese, French, German and of course Indian cuisine, to the down right basic street foods that you will find hard to resist can be found in all parts of the city.
Chandni Chowk can tempt even the most reluctant eater with its mouth watering sweets, Dilli Chaat and paranthas - a type of Indian bread, toasted on pans and fried using pure ghee. For the some of the best Kebabs in Delhi head to Karims behind Jama Masjid or to Khan Chacha in Khan market. For Mughlai head to Pandara Road market or Defense Colony market to find some of the best Mughlai restaurants. For south Indian visit Sarvana Bhavan in Connaught Place for the best Idllis and dosas with spicy sambhar.
Visit Nirulas, the McDonalds of Delhi, for the all time favourite Hot Chocolate Fudge or grab a Gulab Jamun at the corner sweet shop to satisfy your sweet tooth. If here in the summer don't forget the Sweet lassi(buttermilk) in Fatehabad Mosque in Chandni Chowk or Faluda Kulfi, the Indian ice cream at Roshan-di-Kulfi in Karol Bagh.
NightlifeDelhi is not only a city of history and heritage, but a bustling metropolis with one of the largest youth population that heads to some of the best clubs and pubs to grab a drink and shake a leg after a long days work.
If you are looking for interesting nightlife on your North India tour, you can find some great options in places like TC and @Live for the old school rock n roll lovers and latest hip hop tunes, Blue Bar and Lap if you want to rub shoulders and sip cocktails with the swish crowd. Café TLR and Shalom if you want to lounge and experience the new art and pop culture of Delhi
CultureThe colourful history of the city has a profound influence on its current culture. National events include the breath taking Independence Day Parade on the 15th August and the republic Day parade on the 26th January every year. The city also celebrates all the national festivals like Diwali, Holi, Eid, Christmas and Gurupurab with full festivities and excitement.
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