I’ll be totally honest with you; it’s going to be hard for me to write this without sounding biased, because I absolutely hate New Delhi. You will probably get robbed there. But hey, is that such a bad thing? Many people only really see Delhi as a stopover point to destinations further afield, but there’s so much more to this heritage city than that. I thought I’d break the ‘stopover’ typecast that’s been given to the city and share with you a few reasons why I reason you’ll fall in love with it too.
If you’ve ever wanted to go travelling or discover India, but fear that you may find it to be a bit of a culture shock, then New Delhi is the perfect place to start. Visiting here is a great way to ease you into the Indian way of life, as despite being rich in culture, there’s a familiar western feel to it too. When wandering at the Connaught Place in Central Delhi, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re in a colonial city, as all the construction here dates back to the British era. Given its age and history, it has the potential to be one of the most beautiful and vibrant commercial locations in the world. It hosts everything from branded stores to roadway stalls, street-food, chic eating lounges to luxury five-star hotels. One of them is The Imperial - a luxury heritage hotel constructed in the year 1931.
New Delhi has some astonishing city structures, but it’s also home to some implausible nature too, with a number of parks and gardens to explore. Amidst its busy streets and noisy by-lanes, the city offers its visitors moments of serenity with lush greenery and boat-rides in its numerous parks. Right in the heart of the city is the eye-catching Lodhi Gardens. Spanning 90 acres, the historical park is an architectural delight of the Sayyid?? and Lodhi dynasty. The Lodhi Garden is fringed with numerous trees, plants and species of Roses and bloom to their fullest between February and March. The garden also welcomes many species of birds that breed and feed next to the Lake including squirrels that approach you for food especially when they see you sitting on the benches in the garden. It allows for a serene and peaceful getaway from the mad rush of the city life.
Mughal yet modern, Delhi remains true to its cultural roots and has a fascinating heritage to delve into. Hidden among Mughal architecture and cityscapes, you’ll find traditional temples and buildings that remind you of the city’s rich past, such as Kilkari Bhairav Temple – believed to have been built by the Pandavas and the ancient Hanuman Mandir on the Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Palace believed to have been constructed in 1724. The richness of the cultural heritage of the city can also be revisited at many heritage hotels situated in an around Central Delhi.
I couldn’t talk about Delhi and neglect to mention the mouth-watering feasting options you have there. All around the city you'll find authentic street food stalls, from greasy kachoris and samosas to spice wrapped kebabs dripping meaty juices, stuffed parathas fried in desi ghee, to a sublime dessert that feels like a dream, Delhi streets will keep you spoilt for choice. Head to the city's luxury dining restaurants as well for some courteous service, awesome ambiance and exceptional full-course meal. But, of course, it's not just food. Don't forget to head to the famous Patiala Peg- The Royal Bar at The Imperial Hotel. Living up to its name, the bar indicates a larger measure of 75 ml pegs instead of the usual 60 ml ones. As the legend goes, the Bar commemorates a thrilling tent pegging encounter that occurred in the early 1900s between the team of the Maharaja of Patiala and the Viceroy’s team. It may be a little pricey, but the taste and experience is worth every penny.
Aside from all that’s been mentioned above, there are so many other things to make time for while in Delhi. One of my favourites is Old Delhi at night on a walking tour with a local guide. At night the magic of Chandini Chowk (which literally means moonlit square) is an overwhelming experience. Also, worth visiting is the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple - one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. It is a stunning architectural work made of the pink stone and white marble.
With so much to experience in Delhi, where would you start?
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