Delhi – the capital of India. Fondly known as Dilwalon ki Dilli, Delhi is a cultural amalgamation of people from all over India and to some what extent the whole world. While some may argue, she is popular for more of her gray areas than the positives, the Delhites will swear it is the best city in the world and is actually love. I have fought nail and tooth with why Delhi trumps every other city in India and today I’d like to illustrate why.
Rich Cultural Heritage
Delhi has been the capital of India since the Mughal times and hence houses some of the most brilliant monuments. The architectural design elements of these monuments are influenced by Hindu, Afghan, Mughal and the British styles. Be it the Red Fort where Shah Jahan and Aurangzeb ruled from, the Rashtrapati Bhavan amidst the Mughal gardens, the calm serene Lotus temple or the most recent architectural marvel – the Akshardham temple, Delhi’s monument games is a representative of her diverse spirit.
Must visit: Red Fort, Qutb Minar, Lotus Temple, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Akshardham Temple, Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Humayun’s Tomb, Purana Quila, India Gate
Haven for street food
Delhi’s food just like it’s culture is an excellent amalgamation of cuisines from all over India. You can find the best sweets from Rajasthani to Bengali, any cuisine from Andhra Biriyani to Kashmiri gosht in this food haven. But what takes the cake is the mouths watering street food available all over the city. From tikkis to pav bhajis to chole bhature to momos to pani puris to Shawarmas, any street food you find will be tempting and tasty AF.
Must visit: Connaught Place’s food street, Chandni Chowk’s paranthe wali gali and Karim’s, moolchand parathewala, Al-Bake’s Shawarma in NFC, Paanwala in front of Odean Cinema
Street Shopping Haven
Anybody who has been to India can swear that India is great for cheap, street shopping. Delhi with its various markets top the list as well. Drop by a market for high-end brand dupes as well as original handicrafts from various corners of the country.
Must visit: Sarojini Nagar market, Janpath, Palika Bazar (you get things dirt cheap here that will last 1-2 uses only – be it clothes, games or appliances) Kamla Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Dilli Haat, Chandni Chowk
While famous for street shopping, most of the high street international brands hit Delhi first. Head to any of the amazing malls spread around the city and you can shop from some of the best Indian and international brands.
Must visit: South Ex, GIP Noida, DLF Saket/ Noida, Select CityWalk Saket
While the age of drinking is set at 25, Delhi has plentiful options for clubbing and dining out options. With cuisines available from all around the world, there are multiple restaurant options available as well.
Must visit: Hauz Khas Village, Connaught Place, South Ex, GK II, HRC Saket, Parikrama Restaurant in CP
The city is a conundrum of diversity. One can find street shops, international brands, indigenous handicraft market, parks that are maintained beautifully, spacious malls, and little galis all over. The dissimilarities add to the overall beauty of the city.
Must visit: Mughal Gardens, Lodi Gardens, Embassy area
Quick Getaways Nearby
Being in the heart of North India, many tourist destinations are just hours away from Delhi. There are hills stations or deserts or cities of forts or places of historic importance or religious places.
Destination ideas: Agra, Mathura, Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Shimla, Rishikesh, Kasol, Nainital, Valley of flowers, Kurukshetra
Well, are you convinced why Delhi is one of the best cities to live and spend your life? If not, we urge you to spend a couple of months there. Personally, I would suggest the colder months as they just make you fall in love with Delhi ALL over again! And take me along. 🙂