Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Delhi, India


The City Of Cities - Delhi

Why Was It On My List?

Delhi is the capital, microcosm and vibrant melting pot of India. Delhi is one of the leading cities in world. It is said to be 5000 years and is one of the oldest habitat-ed city along with Varanasi and Jerusalem. Delhi was destroyed and rebuilt 11 times during these 5000 years. Delhi has been a very important city for different empires if Delhi falls ruler falls, if Delhi holds ruler shines. 

Delhi
It's one of my favorite city to get hungry! The biggest disadvantage of being born in such a historical city, you become very choosy of food, culture and tourist places. Such choices make you very picky, creating a trouble for your own good when travelling other not so privileged cities around the India or world! 

Delhi can be divided into two parts. Old Delhi, capital of Muslim India and New Delhi, capital during British Raj of India. The architectural style of these two parts is completely different. At one side you will find beautiful Islamic architectures and on the another side, you will find grand British style buildings.  

Delhi is home to many great monuments which includes temples, gardens, museums, colorful open air markets and the list goes on and on. It's really very hard to visit all tourist places in shorter period of time unless you plan to stay at least a week or so. 


Things to do or visit in Delhi 

Delhi is one of the most historic capital of world. Following is my pick of tourist places to visit, feel free to add !
  • India Gate
  • Lotus Temple
  • Red Fort
  • Akshardam Temple
  • Qutab Minar
  • Humayun's Tomb
  • National Zoological Park
  • Jama Masjid 
  • Laxminarayan Temple
  • Gurdwara Bangla Sahib
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Mausoleum of Ghiyath al-Din Tughluq
  • Lodhi Gardens
  • Safdarjung's Tomb
  • Purana Qila
  • Sansad Bhavan 
  • Rashtrapati Bhavan
  • Raj Ghat
  • Chandni Chowk
  • Doll Museum
  • Adventure Theme Park 
== Photos From My Trip ==
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Transportation

The public transportation service of Delhi is getting better day by day. The city bus service includes three kind of buses. Low floor red color buses are fitted with air conditioners where as low floor green color buses are without air conditioners and low floor/normal floor orange buses are private companies buses without any air conditioners. As far as the ticket prices are concerned red color low floor bus is the most expensive one. You can get a pass for 50 Rs which will be valid for entire day unlimited rides but note that daily passes are not valid if you happen to choose orange color bus service.

For tourism purpose Delhi government started a bus service called "HoHo" buses (hop on hop off). These buses go to all tourist places in Delhi. Ticket is bit expensive but saves lots of head ache at the end of the day.

Taxis and Autos are easily available at your call. However, the transportation mean which I like the most in Delhi is of course Metro rail service. It's a huge network and still growing. You should be able to find your destination on it's map. If so, Metro should be your choice of travelling.   

Stay

There are places to stay all over the city. You can find the one suiting your choice without much of pain but most of the tourists stay at one of three places, namely, Pahargang, Old Delhi and Karol Bagh. Paharganj should be place for your stay, if you are looking for low budget hotels. It got many backpacker's hotel. Place is easy to find as it is well known tourist pocket near to the New Delhi railway station. If you are looking for mid range hotel with peace surrounding Karol Bagh is the one you should be heading for room. And if you are adventurous then you should be looking for a room in Old Delhi area.  

Food

Indian's first love is street food. The menu is only limited to one's imagination and food is not for light hearted :) If you plan to travel India, it is advisable to make your self used of tasty spicy food. The Indian food you eat outside of India is just a tip of iceberg. Kebab, biryani and tandoori are just part of menu here instead of being complete menu in themselves. For vegetarians, I think India is the only place in the world where a person can remain vegetarian for his entire life and still spoiled with choices. Pay a visit to Chandni Chowk market if you wish to try some great street food.    

Happy travelling...

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