City Guide: Delhi
Delhi is one of the most fascinating cities in India. From a touristic perspective, I’d definitely prefer visiting Delhi over Mumbai oder Bengaluru. Sadly, I didn’t have all that much time to explore the city, which is why this city guide is one of the shorter ones on traveluxblog.
Delhi has a very rich history, but also a lot of monument from different dynasties and times. Thus, the city is very different to other places in India and combines the historic charme of Old Delhi very well with the modernity of New Delhi. At the same time, the city is full of sights, which are spread all over it. That combined with the fact that transportation in Delhi isn’t exactly easy and the horrible traffic, makes it a little difficult to explore Delhi in short time.
Presidential Palace, Government Buildings & the India Gate
When in Delhi, we decided to check out the most spruced up area at first. There’s no doubt that I’m speaking of the Rajpath Area, which is located in the immediate city center.
Here, you walk from the India Gate, which is surrounded by beautiful gardens, to the Presidential Palace on the other side of the so-called Rajpath (King’s Way).
On the side, you can find several interseting museums, including the National Musem and the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts. The several government buildings, including the Parliament of India, the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) and many ministries, are beautiful buildings, too.
While I won’t go into much detail, I can just recommend to plan a couple of hours for this truly nice area of Delhi.
Old Delhi, Jama Masjid and the Red Fort
Another area in Delhi, which I’d recommend visiting is Old Delhi. Walking through the streets is very interesting as you’ll see the “real life” of the people in the city.
It’s very busy, dozens of different things sold right on the street and you can try some great street food. Yet, Old Delhi is also interesting due to its many sights. There are a couple of temples and historic monumens, including the famous Jama Masjid, which is one of the important religious monuments in Delhi. Another true highlight is the Red Fort, a legendary reminder of the Mughal rulers.
The fort stems back from the 16th century and kept its fascinating red color over the centuries. Truly fascinating and well worth visiting. For Old Delhi and the Red Fort, you might plan another day in Delhi.
Jantar Mantar Delhi
The last famous monument we visited in Delhi was the Jantar Mantar. The Jantar Mantar Delhi is one of five observatories of its kind in India.
It was built in the early 18th century and consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. There is a very similiar sight in Jaipur. The architecture is truly fascinating and the red color of the different constructions is very interesting, too.
While the Jantar Mantar might not be the most famous sight in Delhi, it’s well worth seeing, in my opinion.
Other places worth seeing in Delhi
It’s worht noting that there are several more monuments in Delhi, which are supposed to be beautiful. For example, I check out the fascinating Sri Laxmi Narayan Mandir, which has a stunning architecture.
However there are several places I couldn’t visit in the limitied I’ve spent in Delhi, including the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, the Old Fort of Purana Kila, Swaminarayan Akshardham, the Lotus Temple, the Lod Tomb and many more. If you have more time, be sure to do some more research about these places as they are definitely worth visiting. As soon as I’ll have the chance to come back, I’ll definitely try to see more myself, too.
Overall impressios of Delhi
My time in Delhi was limited and so is this city guide. While we usually try to cover a whole city here on traveluxblog, for Delhi this is not really possible as I’ve just seen a limited part of the city.
I’m sure you’ll enjoy the mentioned places, but I’m also sure that here’s a lot more worth seeing. So be sure to check out other blogs to get an idea of Delhi. The city is very vibrant, fascinatingly big and full of interesting sights. I’m absolutely sure that you’ll enjoy your time there!
Have you been to Delhi? What did you like the most about Delhi?