The city of Delhi has stood and silently watched as kingdoms and empires have reigned and felled. Having passed the test of time, it has rightly been called the Mistress of Emperors. Even though tourists might take to the mountains or the beaches as per the time of the year, Delhi has a certain charm that invariably draws people from across the globe to spend some time between so many communities living together. The fantastic food, luxury hotels in Delhi and the monumental heritage hold in them the very essence of the oldest Indian life. Here are a few tours that can help you get the best of Delhi:
The area is famous for the old world feel, food and of course, the Qawals of the Nizammudin Dargah where piety and music reign. The legends and times of the notable poets such as Amir Khusrau and Mirza Ghalib are the matters of discussion at the Urs Mahal where all the festivities are held, the 64-pillared hall known as Chausath Khamba (entirely made of marble) at Atgah Khan’s Tomb, and a 14th-century Baoli. You can book a tour for as cheap as 300 rupees and get a glimpse of Delhi’s old culture at the Nizamuddin Basti.
Delhi is home to some of the most prominent temples across the country. You can book a tour online easily. These tours usually start as early as 9 AM and go on till late afternoon or evening, as per your convenience. They typically start with the Lotus Temple; a beacon of amazing architecture. The tour then moves on to Iskon Temple where you can meet the most dedicated followers of Lord Krishna and Radha. The tour also covers places like the Birla Mandir, Jama Masjid – the largest in the country, Bangla Sahib where you must try the langar.
Whether you visit at night or in the morning, the older side of Delhi has an aura that won’t let go of you quickly. The chaotic and crowded streets offer some of the best street food in India. Worthy of a second or even a third cup, you can sip on the most delicious tea ever and walk through the lanes as the ancient traditions are seen in modern lives. The area is the remnant of Shahjahanabad – the 7th city of Delhi.
Let us begin with India Gate – a monument that marks the centre of the capital city. It is worth visiting at night when the lights illuminate the memorial of the martyrs of the 1st World War and the Afghanistan war. The Qutub Minar, on the other hand, is just a magnificent piece of architecture that you must include in the tour. Apart from these, you can visit the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Old Fort, Hauz Khas Fort, Agrasen Ki Baoli, among many others.
Connaught Place, Palika, and Janpath
This one is for all the shopping enthusiasts. Connaught Place is one of the biggest financial and commercial markets in the country. From the oldest music shops to the latest showrooms, there is something for everyone. To say nothing of the uncountable restaurants and cafes. Palika is the underground market where thousands of people sell items of all categories. As for Janpath, you can find some fantastic apparel at the lowest prices.