Situated in the heart of New Delhi, the National Museum holds exhibits from throughout the whole of Indian history, including relics of the Indus Valley civilization, sculptures from the Mauryan civilization, South Indian Vijayanagar artifacts and a Buddhist gallery, representing a cultural center and a treasure of immeasurable value.
An idyllic escapade located in the city center, the park is a green oasis gifted with some stunning constructions dating back to the 15th century, wonderful tombs mosques and elegant bridges. The great contrast with the bustling city is a welcome change, offering a perfect solution for a relaxing stroll.
The National Gandhi Museum has numerous exhibits depicting the life of Ghandi and the history of India. Going back to 1948 when his assassination took place, the exhibition intends to give a fresh insight into the life of the leader of the Indian independence movement and his non-violent opposition and philosophy.
Handling something as unusual and amusing as toilets, Sulabh International Museum integrates some bizarre exhibits with a matter of fundamental importance in India such as sanitation. Founded by Dr. Bindeshwar, an inspiring personality who strongly contributed to integrate untouchables, it aims to educate about sanitation and its development throughout the years.
The National Gallery of Modern Art houses some of the world´s largest exhibitions, boasting thousands of Modern Art works made by Indian iconic artists. Located on the Rajpath near the India Gate, it offers some beautiful gardens where to relax after an intensive journey through India's modern history.
A pinnacle of Delhi’s Mughal architecture, the Red Fort stands near the Yamuna River in Old Delhi with its sandstone walls glowing red in the sun. A perfect example of pre-British Islamic Indian architecture, the Fort still exudes the power and majesty of those times, representing a wold heritage of immeasurable beauty.
A tapering tower located south of New Delhi, Qutab Minar rises up on a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the finest examples of the Afghan architecture that sprang up in the Islamic India from 1193. Thought to be a victory tower, it is said to be constructed to celebrate the beginning of the Muslim domination in India and, with the Qutb Complex, it is a show of that long gone majestic era.
Another incredible UNESCO treasure, this majestic construction is an early example of the exquisite Islamic style that reached its culmination in the most famous tomb on earth, the Taj Mahal. Dating back to the 1632, the ivory-white mausoleum was built to house the tomb of the Mughal emperor's favourite wife and it is located in Agra, a city on the banks of the river Yamuna.
Running from the Fatehpuri Masjid (mosque) in the West, to the Red Fort in the East, Chandni Chowk is the main artery of Old Delhi. It is the most crowded, colorful and cacophonous bazaar in the whole of Delhi, a wonder to delve into by rickshaw and where anything, from knickknacks to delicious street food, can be found.
Purana Quila (Old Fort), a massive fortress with three gateways, is located on the ancient part of the city and it allegedly stands on the site of the legendary city of Indraprastha, mentioned in the Mahabharata Hindu text. The fort was completed by the ruler Sher Shah in the mid-16th century.
United Coffee House is located right in the heart of Connaught Place. This restaurant exhales the air of the Raj-era, with an attentive service and a wide menu that is a blend of Indian regional cuisine, Oriental and continental cuisine . The kadai paneer is a must-try at the United Coffee House.
A clever name, funky interiors and the milder cuisine of the Kashmir region, Chor Bizarre is a Kashmiri restaurant situated in the bustling heart of Old Delhi. Well-rated among locals and tourists, it is one of the best eateries in town, boasting a highly acclaimed restaurant also in London.
The Big Chill Cafe is a chain of cafés with Italian cuisine and an ice-cream bar. They serve an array of tasty pastas, salads and puddings. Presently, it has four outlets, one in Kailash Colony market, the original East of Kaliash outlet was closed, two in Khan Market and DLF Place, Saket.
Agni nightclub is located in Connaught Place and is a great place for a night out, absolutely one of Delhi’s hottest clubs. It is small but they make up for it with all the dance beats. However, the drinks are quite expensive, with tax added on top, which makes the drink more expensive than London, but definitely worth a visit.
Located at Lobby Level at Hotel Shangri-La, Island Bar is a wine connoisseur’s delight, offering Delhi’s most extensive selection of wines and spirits. They also offer a collection of single malt whiskeys, international cigars, and an array of non-alcoholic beverages and snacks.
In the north you can find the tangled, chaotic and intoxicating streets of Old Delhi with the manic Chandni Chowk thoroughfare selling everything under the sun, the colourful spice market on Khari Baoli and the jewellery quarter of Dariba Kalan. Also recommended is a stroll down Chawri Bazaar, the wholesale paper market.
To the south are the wide, planned streets of Lutyen’s New Delhi, built by the British to be airy and European in character. Though distinctly Asian today, they are home to the new Asia with the shopping centres such as Santushti Shopping Complex, M-Block & N-Block Market, Khan Market and Sunder Nagar Market offering the consumer the latest modern technology and gadgetry, designer clothes, interior décor, books and textiles.
The area around Connaught Place has a number of state-run emporiums where you can buy Indian handicrafts at fixed prices. The Central Cottage Industries Emporium on Janpath has six floors of merchandise, while the regional State Emporiums on Baba Kharak Singh Marg focus on the arts from their particular region. The thoroughfare of Janpath, running south from Connaught Place, is also a top spot for textile shopping.
Raising awareness on environmental issues, Green the Gap is a great shop to visit if you want to support a shop that is trying to make a difference. Recycling and fair trade are two keywords to describe this little gem. Everything from clothing, natural cosmetics, natural food to home decor can be found here.
Indira Gandhi International Airport is a major hub for domestic and international air travel. The domestic terminals (1A and 1B) are located 15 kilometres from the city centre and the international terminal is a further 8 kilometres out. All international visitors must have a valid visa for entry. A free shuttle bus service operates between the terminals. Metro, taxis, buses and rickshaws are available at the airport to take you into the city. The metro is the fastest and most comfortable way to reach the city centre. The first train leaves the airport 5.15am and the last at 11.15pm. The first train leaves the city at 5.35am and the last at 11.35am.
The Delhi Metro is a network running from the north to south and east to west, crossing at Connaught Place. It is by far the easiest way to get around this traffic-choked city. The Tourist Cards offer unlimited travel for one day or three days. You can also buy a normal card. Delhi also has five network railway stations to destinations around the country, the main one being New Delhi Station, a chaotic place with an international travel bureau on the first floor.
The bus system in New Delhi is cheap and serves many routes. According to western standards this might not be the most comfortable way to travel around town. There are both red and green buses. The main bus station is called Delhi Inter State Bus Terminal and is located north of the Old Delhi train station.
It is easy to hail a taxi or rickshaw on the street, especially in the city centre, at the airport or train stations. To avoid the hassle of haggling for a price, try the Delhi Traffic Police Pre-Paid Taxi Booth at the airport or book taxis through your hotel. For short journeys around the city, auto-rickshaws are fast, convenient and inexpensive, while the cycle rickshaws are far more atmospheric and peaceful. Hello 24: +91 11 42424242 www.hello42cab.com Meru: +91 11 44224422 www.merucabs.com