V Old Delhi and Connaught Place.
For handicrafts- visit the cottage industries emporium, the market at janpath (near connaught place) and dilli haat.
if you are one for history, the red fort in the old city, the purana quila (old fort), the qutab minar, Humayun's tomb, tughlakabad fort, hauz khas, safdarjungs tomb, and various structures from the british raj days, are worth a visit.
the picture here is of the qutab minar.
Built by the British about 100 years ago, these buildings now house many of the government offices. The main architect was Herbert Baker and Lutyens, and the design draws from Mughal and Rajpur styles...
The Home ministry, Ministry of External Affairs, Finance, etc are all housed within the North Block, while the block opposite (South Block) is almost identical and it houses the Ministry of Defence.
Indians, for geographical, agricultural and hence habitual reasons savour spicy food and sweets of various kind. Delhi being a conglomerate of different cultures can serve people with a Bengali preparation of rassogollas, sandesh, north Indian sweet phirni, kheer, peda, laddoo or Punjabi delicacy pinni.
Delhi is proud of the road side dhabas and restaurants it has. Old Delhi boasts of food joints almost a century old like the 'Karims'. The most popular cuisine is mughlai. The food is cooked in the clay ovens or the 'tandoors'. The dishes include 'korma' or pot roasts, 'kababs', and 'biriyanis'. The best of south Indian food --dosas, idilies, uttapams etc-- can be had at the Sagar Group of Restaurants, Andhra Bhavan and Udupi. Half of the Delhi population consists Chaat of Delhiof Punjabis, owing to the vicinity of Punjab and having Pakistani immigrants. Thus the abundance of Punjabi food which is a mixture of vegetarian and non-vegetarian preparations. Its speciality is that it has high oil content and includes milk preparations too. Of this Delhi is famous for Chaat and Kulche , Bhalle etc.
Then there is North Indian traditional `pucca ' or `kutcha ' food which is essentially vegetarian; ought to be cooked with highest degree of hygiene ; basic difference between the two is fried and non fried ;Spices and Vegetables tastes best when an Indian housewife cooks and serves with affection.
Of course , globalisation has brought MNCs like KFC and Mc Donalds to India , there are Nirula's and Wimpy's in league with them . The five star hotels like Maurya, Taj, Oberio, Park, Ashoka, and others serve Chinese , Continental , Thai , Mughlai and Indian cuisines.
Delhi-- the capital of India, reflects the cultural diversity and religious unity of India. It is difficult to define the culture and religion of India. As there is a continuous inflow of people from all parts of India, the cultural diversity is very prominent. Being an ancient city Delhi has the shadows of its past. It is said that the Delhi is losing its charm but still the glory of the past looms large its life-style. Delhi might be changing with time it has always done so but it has never shelved the past. There are discos for youngsters to swing their body through out the night, but still the Quwallies at the Nizamuddin Shrine floats in the air, the silence of the night is broken by the Prabhat ferries and the singing of Gurbani (the verses from the Granth Sahaib), the bells in the temples still tells about God being every where, the Sunday masses in Churches still attract the otherwise busy residents of India. People take a break from the hurried life during the ancient fairs and festivals like 'Phoolwalo-Ki-Sair which are still oraganised in traditional way.
Delhi shares its borders with Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, which influence the life-styles and language of the people. Migrations from various parts of India has led to pockets of has diverse culture coming together in various parts of Delhi. For example, R.K. Puram has a concentration of South Indians, while C.R. Park has a concentration of Bengalies. Delhi celebrates Durga Puja is celebrated with same enthusiasm as Id is celebrated. The Guru Purab and Christmas carry the same colour as Dewali or Buddha Purnima. The amalgamation of various cultures, traditions, religions has painted Delhi in colour which are brought from all over India.
Fondest memory: The Jama Mazjid of the walled city is an excellent example of Indo-Persian art, whereas the Birla Temple and the Chattarpur Temple complex are considered as a blend of the North and South Indian architectural styles. Gurdwara Raquab Ganj, Sheesh Ganj and Bangla Sahib stand tall for Sikhism, whereas St. Thomas and St. Columbus toll their bells for Christians. The Bahai Lotus temple has introduced the Bahai way of worship in Delhi. Not to forget the ancient religions of Jainism and Buddhism whose genesis is in India. The monastery near the Interstate bus terminus is hub of Tibetan culture in India. Not only for the Monastery but the place has acquired fame as shopping mall. Though 'Parsies' reside mainly in western India, Delhi opens its arms for one and all.
Even St. Columbas Churchthough Hindus form the majority, almost 85%, India does not impose any official religion on its people. Through the ages Delhi has accepted, adapted and moulded itself to everything from Islam, rather from Aryan culture to Christianity. It adopted herself with the changing faces of history. It got the destroyed many times but it has retained the culture, heritage, religion and the tradition of its time for the generations to come.
While visiting these architecturally magnificent spiritual abodes, acquire prior information of the etiquettes to be followed. Taking off shoes and other leather articles and even covering the head and body in the sanatorium might be mandatory at such places. Avoid hugging and holding hands at these places.
Favorite thing: On my first night in Delhi, I stayed at a small homestay hotel which was tucked down a small quiet street but still close enough to various areas and a main train station. While I had been warned about walking around Delhi on my own, I felt I was far enough from the tourist areas to be ok and asked the doorman if it was safe enough where we were for me to do this. He gave me a small map from the hotel and off I set within an hour of arriving.
Favorite thing: The following day I moved to the Hyatt Regency where I was to meet others and begin a tour. This was a huge contrast to my initial encounters, in many ways and I found my new temporary residence really quite formal and uninviting especially the location where there were mostly taller buildings and larger businesses surrounding the hotel. However, one view from my window was different again, on the perimeter of a park across the road were a small community of tents dwellers. Life for some seemed very unfair.
Favorite thing: Up on the main road, Pusar Road, life was busily going by in various forms of transport. Whole wardrobes were trotted by on cycle rickshaws along with roughly stacked chairs and anything else that could be moved in this fashion. There were always the curious stares as I had come to experience but nothing of concern being a female on my own in such a busy area.
Favorite thing: One thing that took me by surprise was the cows that has taken residence on the raised median strip along this busy road. While I had seen them around the small streets of my hotel in Mumbai, this was a demanding road with no one tending them. Above them ran one of the busiest railway lines in Delhi. How did they get themselves there? I have no idea. Some apparently get themselves to places, some are placed their by their owners (somehow) and left for others to bring feed to.
Favorite thing: Around the back streets were dozens and dozens of curbside businesses, plenty of cycle repairers and the usual barbers, shoe repairers and food stalls. No one bothered me, although most were a little curious at this blond and alone Caucasian lady invading their busy world happily snapping photos of all I was trying to absorb.
Favorite thing: Tractors were even vying for road space along with motorcyclists, cars, trucks not to mention pedestrians avoiding the crumbling and broken footpath and taking to the road instead. Several cycle and auto rickshaw drivers pulled up to see if I wanted their services. One driver told me he would take me to the main attractions for 20 rupees but I wanted to walk and explore on foot. He pointed out a large temple further up the road to look at, allowed me to take his photo and off he went.
The 'Republic day parade' in New Delhi which takes place on the 26th of Jan every year to mark the day India became a 'Republic'.
This is the occassion where India shows off its cultural and military might... The President of India, who is also the chief of its military, takes the salute.
Its also a custom to host a chief guest- usually a visiting foreign head of state.
Favorite thing: Delhi is most comfortable between October and February with daytime temperatures of around (22 degree C) and cool evenings. December Arid January are decidedly chilly with night time lows of (4 degree C). The city has a fleeting, but beautiful flowering splendourduring the spring months of February and March, when parks brim over with flowers. The summer months of May and June are scorchingly hot, with the mercury soaring to a high of (46 degree C). Delhi does not have much of a rainy season compared to the other parts of the country. The monsoon or what there is of it in the citylasts from July to September.
Favorite thing: The celebration of all the festivals of India by the residents of Delhi makes the capital full of colour and joy through out the year. But the celebration of Holi and Dewali in Delhi carries a totally different mood here. These two festivals paint a very different picture of Delhi. The pomp and gaiety of the Id and Guru Purab celebrations takes into its fold the people from all walks of life. Being the Capital City, the National Festivals are celebrated with much fan fare which lacks any where else in the nation. The decorations done on the various places of worship during these festivals are a feast to the eyes.
One of the nicest things to do in Delhi was walking at Quitab Minar, a big temple complex. Also nice was to see The Red Fort of Delhi. But there are more things to see like: the Lotus Temple (modern temple of the Bahai community), Laksmi Temple (new Hindu temple), Humayun's Tombe, Feroz Shah Kolta (with the minar / columb of Ashoka and relic/sanctuary), Pharganj (near the New Delhi Railway station, a trendy hippiebazar), Connaught Place (modern shoppingarea)and the Palika Bazar (neat oldfashioned underground shoppingmall; watch out you can get lost here!).
I added a map of Delhi, hopefully it's a bit readable.
The history of Delhi goes back to the Mahabharata, as this was the site of ancient Indraprastha. Recently discovered are 3000 year old ruins. The recorded history of Delhi places the Hindu. Tomar king, Anangpal, as the founder of the 1st city of Delhi at Lal Kot in 1060 A.D. The famous Prithviraj Chauhan built ramparts and temples in this fort which were pulled down by later invaders.
Delhi was then ruled by a series of Muslim dynasties, the Qutb Shahis, Khiljis, Tughlaks, Sayyids and Lodis, each of whom built forts, tombs and palaces of different artistic styles.
Amongst the Mughals who followed, it was the great builder, Shah Jahan, who made Delhi his capital and embellished it. It was from Delhi that Nadir Shah, the Persian emperor, took away the Peacock Throne and the famed Kohinoor diamond. The British moved their capital from Calcutta to Delhi in 1911 making it the 8th city to be built on the site.
New Delhi was designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, English architects. Few capitals in the world can compete with the number of monuments of which Delhi can be justly proud.
odd-but i love the Delhi roads!Delhi's a circular city(and a very huge one!),so it's impossible to get lost!The roads are well maintained(although not well lit)and there are signs everywhere.Quite an experience!
Fondest memory: Delhi is a shoppers' paradise, as not only are local handicrafts available, but nearly every state of India has its handicraft emporium at Delhi. Some of the special handicraft available are silver work, filigree, Indian perfumes, sarees and fiber embroidered with gold and silver, curios and paintings, semi-precious and precious jewellery, brass and copper ware, Indian musical instruments etc.