Delhi (1 day)
Updated: Nov 13, 2022
Delhi is not one of the best travel destinations, but is an important part of travelling around the world.
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According to Wikipedia, "Delhi, officially the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi, is a city and a union territory of India containing New Delhi, the capital of India."
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Part 1: Understand. Travellers with little experience of visiting developing megacities will find Delhi to be chaotic, crowded and for much of the year, polluted. Air pollution is a major problem in Delhi since the 1980s, with much of the day dominated with a very unhealthy amount of particles. During the late spring and early summer months, the city is scorchingly hot. Dig a little deeper however and you will get a glimpse of order beneath the chaos as well as India's traditional and modern cultural richness flourishing side by side. First-time visitors feeling the culture shock are recommended to not compound that by visiting during adverse weather conditions, and get a decent hotel room so you can stay in comfort between your sightseeing trips.
Part 2: Get Around. Getting around Delhi is always an adventure. Traffic is, by and large, horribly congested and many drivers will think nothing of quoting ten times the going price to a tourist. Use the prices below as broad guidelines, agree on prices before setting off. Best way to travel is via metro, where there are separate cabins for women (which prove to be very useful during rush hour). Metro is clean, efficient, and typically ridden by relatively affluent middle-class students or commuters en route to/from work; there is almost nowhere in the city that you cannot get to by metro.
Part 3: Itinerary (New Delhi)
Safdarjung's Tomb, Lodi Road, Delhi (Located on Lodi Road, near Lodi Gardens. About 500 m north of Jor Bagh metro station (Yellow Line)). 5:30AM - 7PM. It is a tomb with onion shaped dome. It houses the tomb of Safdarjung, the Prime Minister during Mughal ruler Ahmad Shah Bahadur's rule.₹5 for Indians, ₹100 for foreigners.
Lodi Gardens. A huge urban open space with an interesting mix of nature and history. The park contains several historic monuments like Muhammad Shah's Tomb, Bada Gumbad, Sesha Gumbad, Sikandar Lodi's Tomb and Athpula.
Purana Qila (Old Fort), Purana Qila, Mathura Road (Near Delhi Zoo), ☏+91 11 2435 5387. 09:00 - 17:00. Purana Qila is the walled citadel of Mughal Emperor Humayun. It later turned into an urban village before becoming a monument. Ruins of the 16th century city of Shergarh, this complex sits on top of what is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic.₹5 for Indians, ₹100 for foreigners.
National Gallery of Modern Art, Justice SB Marg (near Delhi High Court, C - Hexagon), ☏+91 11 2338 6111.
National Museum (National Archaeological Museum) (bus 410 to National Museum stop). Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. Janpath. The layout here is labyrinthine and the presentation won't win any awards, but the collection is unparalleled and contains some true masterpieces.
Parliament House (Sansad Bhawan) (M: Central Secretariat Station). The shape is circular, which is based on the Ashoka Chakra. There are separate halls for the sessions of the Chamber of Princes, the State Council, and the Central Legislative Assembly. The building is surrounded by large gardens and fenced off by sandstone railings modelled after the Great Stupa of Sanchi.