#Innsider’s Guide to Delhi
Delhi is sometimes treated a little unfairly by tourists when truth be told, the city offers so much to visitors. As the capital of India and the arrival point for millions of international visitors, the city should be at the top of every traveler’s itinerary. Delhi is much more than just a jumping-off point for explorations of the Golden Triangle – journeys to Agra and Jaipur. Come, and explore Delhi with us!
You see, Delhi is big. Very big. The city itself is home to about 12 million people, while almost 20 million live in the wider National Capital Region, so it can be a little daunting for first-timers, but don’t worry. We’ve got the tips for you. Fortunately, Delhi is full of Ambassador taxis and traditional tuk-tuks, whose drivers will take great delight in helping you find your way, and the Delhi Metro is India’s largest, so getting around shouldn’t be a problem.
But what should you see and do in India’s capital city? Our #Innsider’s Guide to Delhi is here to help!
Step back in time
Delhi has a rich backstory, with evidence of at least seven civilizations dating back more than 2,500 years. This means that there’s a lot to see, including three UNESCO World Heritage sites: Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and the Red Fort. #Innsiders can also discover a wealth of hidden historical sites such as Satpula Bridge, an amazing ancient dam that dates back to the 14th Century. The city’s more recent history can be discovered at the British-built India Gate and at Gandhi Smitri, the house where Mahatma Gandhi spent the final months of his life, which has now been turned into a museum.
Satisfy your stomach
Along with its incredible history, Delhi’s food is one of its most prized attractions. While exploring the city, visitors should not only follow their eyes and ears, but also their stomachs. There are many wonderful local dishes to try, but we’d recommend a few street food favorites including parathas (a kind of filled pancake), momos (little dumplings dipped in spicy sauce) and chaat, a term used for a wide variety of savory snacks. For a more hearty meal, biryani (rice and meat cooked together) was a favorite of the Mughal emperors, while the spicy nihari broth is often soaked up with a roti.
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Discover India’s national sport
Cricket is not just a game in India; it is a way of life. First introduced by the British, this national sport is hugely popular and India’s top cricketers are worshiped like film stars. Visitors can sample the atmosphere of a local cricket match at Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, which was built in the 19th Century and still hosts the Indian and Delhi cricket teams, as well as the Delhi Daredevils IPL side. Alternatively, #innsiders can simply stroll around the backstreets and find local kids batting and bowling on makeshift wickets all across Delhi. They might even let you join in!
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Lose yourself in Delhi’s markets
When foreign travellers think of India, one of the first images their mind conjures up is of colourful markets selling all kinds of exotic goods. In Delhi, this vision becomes reality at Chandni Chowk – a wonderful maze of shops and stalls that dates back to the 17th Century and seems to sell everything one could dream of. It is especially good for fabrics, and #innsiders should explore the side streets of Katra Neel to discover exquisite silks. Close by, Khari Baoli is home to Asia’s biggest spice market – simply follow the heady aromas to discover timeless scenes of trade, with an incredible array of goods including chillies, herbs, nuts, ground spices and more, all spread out on mats or piled high in sacks.
Where to stay
Park Inn by Radisson New Delhi Lajpat Nagar is located in south Delhi, just 20 minutes from Indira Gandhi International Airport and within walking distance of Moolchand Metro Station. This puts guests in the heart of one of Delhi’s most popular neighbourhoods, close to the famous Lajpat Nagar Market, Lotus Temple and several renowned hospitals.
Park Inn by Radisson New Delhi IP Extension is a relaxing retreat in Patparganj, near the fast-growing business hub of Noida. Guests looking for a break from their work commitments can discover local attractions like the Lotus Temple, Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Akshardham Temple. Anand Vihar Metro Station is just 2km from the hotel.