Delhi Travel Guide
Delhi Travel Guide
The Delhi Sultanate, this is the place which has its own significance with many chapters of its majestic history. Delhi is also known as the National Capital of India. Along with other union territories Delhi is one of them. The place is governed by Central Government of India that has its own legislature, high court and a council of ministers headed by a Chief Minister. The Capital of India is also popularly known as the “Dilwalon ki Dilli”. It is believed that Delhi has got its name from a Persian word ‘Dhillu’ or ‘Dilu’ which mean ‘a king’, Dehlee of Dehali which is called an entrance and Dili or Del which means ‘The Heart’. Geographically speaking, the state of Delhi is divided into nine districts. These districts was came into existence in the year 1997, prior to that Delhi was considered as only one district. The heart of India is hub for education, politics, tourism, health, fashion, transport and many more. The culturally rich political capital of India stands on the harmonious relations of different culture, festivals, traditions and cuisine. Delhi is said to be the second most populous City in India after Mumbai and fourth largest city in the world.
History of Delhi:
One of the biggest metropolitan city of India has the history as old as time. Considering Delhi’s a history child, the city is said to be one of the oldest existing cities in the world. The story of Delhi came into existence 5000 years back, from the time of epic Mahabharata, when the town was known as Indrapratha where Pandavaas used to dwell. The history of Delhi is canvased through the number of ‘Dilli’ built over ages. It is believed that the city of built and destroyed 11 times. Name of Delhi has been called with different named in different time such as Indraprasth, Dhili, Mehrauli, Siri, Tughluqabad, Jahanpanah, Ferozabad, Dinpanah and Lutyen’s Delhi. The history of Delhi unwraps though the time of Mahabharata, The Tomars, Khilji Dynasty, Tughluq Dynasty, The Suri Empire, The Lodhi Dynasty, The Mughals and The British Raj. Three majestic monuments which were built many centuries back like Qutub Minar, Red Fort and Humayun’s Tomb are declared as World heritage Monuments by UNESCO that gives an idea of architectural wonders created by the emperors during their reign.
In 1206 Muhammad of Ghori captured a town from Rajput Clan and established Delhi Sultanate. There after the city witness much turmoil and ruled by many rulers. The reigns keep shifting from one ruler to another and in 1803 AD the city came under British Rule, and in 1911 the British shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi. After Independence of India in 1947 Delhi was officially declared as Capital of India.
Culture, Traditions and Cuisine in Delhi:
The Capital of India is carrying rich heritage and culture with the standing evidence of the time which can be seen at Indraprastha, Qutub Minar, Ashoka Stupa and many such magnificent monuments in Delhi. Standing on the pillars of harmony and peace the city is woven with colorful threads of different regions. The city has been a centre of politics since the centuries. It has many heritage corners like museum, monuments, minars, tomb etc. The Masjid once built by Mughal emperor Shah-Jahan is now the biggest mosque of Asia. Delhi being the capital for centuries for different rulers of different dynasties brings vivid forms of arts and culture. The city preserves every bit of its history and promotes them in its art galleries like Art Heritage, Lalit Kala Academy and Sanskriti Kendra and many more. Delhi has turned a cosmopolitan over a last few years with its emerging new markets, shopping malls, night clubs and dance club etc. Majorly the population of Delhi is formed of Hindu and Punjabis. Delhi is encircled by four major states of India namely Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. All these states have a strong influence on the lifestyle of Delhi. People of Delhi celebrate each and every festival be it Diwali, Holi, Guru Parv, Eid or Christmas or Buddha Poornima with same vigor and bliss which we can see among the people from different communities.
Cuisine in Delhi:
Let’s take a look to the scrumptiouscuisine of Delhi. When it comes to food Delhiets are the big time foodie! Delhi being the melting pot of different people and culture from all over India also brings the different variety typical traditional food. Delhi is famous for dishes like Chole-Bhature, Butter Naan, Rotim Kebabs, Butter Chicken, Biryani, Kadhi, Rajma-Chawal, Chole-Chawal, Sarson-Kasaag, Chole-Kulche, Sahi-Paneer Aaloo-paratha and the list is endless. People with a sweet tooth can cherish a glass of lassi (Indian milk crusher) with cream in it. Other sweets like ‘Jalebi’ and ‘Gulaabjamun’ are other soft and delicate desert of India which has its own unique taste. A rich, nourishing sweet dish ‘Kheer’ which is cooked out of milk and rice is a very traditional sweet which has all sort of dry fruits in it.
Street Food of Delhi:
Your visit to Delhi will remain incomplete if you don’t taste the street food while travelling in Delhi. The street food of Delhi is another valid reason to visit Delhi. Aaloo-Tikki is one of the famous street food which is a crispy cutlet made out of boiled potatoes. Some other dishes that you will love while your stay at Delhi are Aaloo Chat, Chole Puri, Pav-Bhaji Samosa and very famous Dilli Ke Chole- Kulche are some spicy items that drown you in the real flavor of the street food which is of some tangy and salty spices. If you wish to savor the taste of Old Delhi, you would love Paranthas with different fillings, chats, kebabs, biryani and mutton curries.
Economy of Delhi:
Real estate, restaurant, business services, financing, insurance and other service industries.This cosmopolitan city has grown in every sector from past many years. Delhi’s economy is increasing at a fast pace with its GDP. According to the economy survey of 2014-15 GDP has increased up to 78% as compare from last five years. Tertiary sector of the town play a vital role in the growth of the economy. These tertiary sectors are Hotels, banking, real estate, restaurant, business services, financing, insurance and other service industries.
Best Places to Visit Delhi
The capital city of India is famous for the diversity of the people who live there. This vast city is filled with places that are embarking the glorious stories of History and whether you are a child or a grown up, you will love these following places in Delhi –
The fort stands and giving its evidence about the majestic era of Mughals. The Fort was built in 1638 by Shah Jahan that captivates travellers’ attention with its architectural splendor of Mughals. The walls are 33 meter high which were built with a view to prevent invaders. The Fort is closed for visitors on Monday.
Built in the year 1570, the tomb was built by Queen Haji Begum who was widow of Humayun. This beautiful monument displays the inspiration of Persian architecture.
Noted as the tallest tower in India, Qutub Minar was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibakthat commemoratethe victory and the beginning of Mughal era in India. The 73 meter tall tower is has five and every story is marked by a projected balcony. Considered as India’s first Mosque, Quwwaat-ul-Islam is located at the foot of Qutub Minar.
The world’s largest Hindu Temple, Akshardham Temple is 42 meter tall and the foundation of the temple is made up of concrete. The construction of all the building was made using granites and marbles from all parts of the world. Travellers can go on boating in the water canals here.
Other pilgrimage sites in Delhi are –
Gurudwara Bangla Saheb
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are some of the popular Delhi attractions which can be visited by the travelers.
Best Time to Visit Delhi
The best time to travel to Delhi is from October to March or November to February when the weather is at its best. Rest of the year climate of Delhi is either too hot or too cold. These are best time to visit Delhi as during this time flowers blossom at their best and the visitors can enjoy the pleasant weather and enjoy the incredible experience in Delhi.
How to Reach Delhi
New Delhi is also a Political and Administrative hub in India which has its boundaries attached with NCR especially Noida and Gurgaon. Delhi is developing as an eminent IT hubs and proficient financial hub in India.
In case if you wish to visit Delhi, the following ways may come handy for you –
Delhi is well-connect with domestic and International flights to all the major cities/state in or outside India. Majorly the flights operated from Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi.
Being the heart of India, the railway network connects Delhi to all major minor stations in and around Delhi. Major Railway Stations are New Delhi railway Station and Old Delhi Railway Station.
The cluster of well-connected roads is the privilege for travellers. The network of roads and highways connects with all the major cities in India. One of the major bus stands in Delhi is Inter State Bus Terminus at Kashmiri Gate (ISBT).
Delhi has a lot to offer and being a metropolitan city, travellers can easily find place where you can enjoy your stay at Delhi. Get ready to collect the mesmerizing memories for lifetime.
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