Climate

November is very pleasant and cool in New Delhi, therefore light warm clothing is recommended.

 

Welcome to the city of Delhi, the capital of India. A city that is as old as civilization itself and nurtured with loving care in the hands of several dynasties. As history unfolds itself, we find Delhi a city of magnificent kings and princes, men of great culture, learning and refinement who created famous masterpieces like the Qutab Minar, the Diwan-e-Aam and the Pearl Mosque in the Red Fort. No wonder the city's history is synonymous with the history of India. The evidence of this can be marked distinctly as the city is flourished with tombs, forts, monuments, ramparts and ruins where sightseeing is of great pleasure.



The Bahai Temple

Completed in 1986,the Bahai temple is set amidst pools and gardens. Adherents of any faith are free to visit the temple and pray or meditate silently according to their own religion . The structure is in lotus shape so it often called the lotus temple. The view of the temple is spectacular before dusk when the temple is floodlit.


ISKCON Temple

Built by the Hare Rama Hare Krishna cult followers this temple is dedicated to the Lord Krishna. Built on a hillock, this complex is elegantly built and is one of the largest temple complexes in India.



Laxmi Narain Temple

One of Delhi's major temples and a major tourist attraction. Built by the industrialist G. D. Birla in 1938, this beautiful temple is located in the west of Connaught Place. The temple is dedicated to Laxmi, the goddess of prosperity and good fortune. The temple has well grafted gardens. Popularly known as the Birla Mandir.


Red Fort

Built in 1648, this sprawling fort of red sand stones along the river Yamuna is surrounded by a wall of about 2.4 km in circumference. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. after he transferred his capital from Agra to Delhi. The fort has two main entrances, the Delhi Gate and the Lahori Gate facing the famed Chandni Chowk market. The Fort has Diwan-e-Aam, and Diwan-e-Khas where the king would grant audience to the public and would grant audience to important people respectively Adjacent to this is the Rang Mahal, the water cooled Apartment for the royal ladies. A Light and Sound show is held in the evening.


India Gate

Flanked by ornamental ponds and lawns, Rajpath is host to the Republic Day Parade. The two secretariat buildings and Rashtrapati Bhawan on the Raisina hills are located on the two sides of this immensely broad road. Previously the Boat Club, besides the Rajpath, was host to many demonstrations and Rallies. India Gate is towards the eastern end of Rajpath.


Qutub Minar

The Qutub Minar made of red sandstone rising to the height of 72.5mts is an architectural marvel of the 13th century. Also a must is the visit to Ashoka Pillar dating back to the 5th century. Though made of iron it has with stood the weathers of time.A very interesting belief is assigned to this pillar- Stand with your back to the pillar, and if you can hold your hands around it, then make a wish and it will surely come true.

Jama Masjid

JamaMasjid is one of biggest mosques in India-A magnificent architectural gift by emperor Shah Jahan. Completed in 1658, this mosque has three gateways, four angle towers and two minarets. You can enter the mosque but take precaution to take off your shoes and make sure that you are properly dressed before entering . One can also go to the top of minarets. From here you can have a birds eye view of Delhi.


Nizam-ud-Din Shrine

It's one of Delhi's major attractions. It's the tomb of the famous Sufi saint Nizam-ud-Din Auliya. Inside the premises of the shrine is a tank which is surrounded by many other historically significant tombs. The shrine also has the tomb of Amir Khusru and the grave of princess Jahanara, the daughter of Emperor Shah Jahan. It is worth visiting the shrine at around sunset on Thursdays, as it is a popular time for worship, and Qawwali singers start    performing after the evening prayers.

For further information on the places to visit in Delhi and how to get there, please visit the official website of Delhi Tourism Department.

www.delhitourism.nic.in

Here is a list of places you could visit in Delhi other than the ones mentioned above:

Old Fort
Jantar Mantar
Humanyun's Tomb
Safdarjung Tomb
Chhatarpur Temple
Raj Ghat
Gurudwara Rakab Ganj
Gurudwara Bangia Sahib

Shopping in Delhi

When it comes to shopping, Delhi offers a gamut of shopping options. A tourist on a shopping tour of Delhi has the option of shopping in busy streets, in organised and well-planned markets or in shopping malls. No matter, which of the option you choose for shopping, each one offers a distinct shopping experience. There are various shopping places in Delhi, where you can head to on your shopping tour. Some of the exciting shopping spots in Delhi are mentioned below.

Connaught Place

               The heart of Delhi, Connaught Place is a wonderful shopping destination. Connaught Place has a number of showrooms, where you can shop for designer cloths, antique items and jewellery. Janpath is a popular shopping spot in Connaught Place. You can shop for cloths and antique handicrafts items of brass and wood at Janpath. Don't forget to bargain, as most shopkeepers quote high prices.

Karol Bagh

            Not too far from Connaught Place is another popular shopping destination in Delhi. Karol Bagh has some fine showrooms. Karol Bagh is the best place to shop for jewellery and wedding cloths.

Chandni Chowk

         Old Delhi is famous for its bustling bazaars. Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest bazaars, which was founded when Shah Jahan established the city of Shahjahanabad in the 17th century. Chandni Chowk is basically a wholesale market that deals in electronic goods, watches, and textiles.

Darya Ganj

            This is another exciting shopping spot in Old Delhi. Darya Ganj is popular for its Sunday Book Market. The pavements of Darya Ganj become shopping stalls for book sellers. The market stretch for almost two kilometres and winds through a few streets in Darya Ganj. You could virtually get a book on any topic in the market that too on throwaway prices, when compared with original prices.

There are various other markets and bazaars in Delhi where you can visit. Some of the other popular markets/shopping spots in Delhi include Lajpat Nagar, Sarojini Nagar and Ansal Plaza. Shopping malls are the exciting spot for shopping. To enjoy shopping in the malls, satellite towns of Delhi-Gurgaon and Noida have quite a few numbers of chic shopping malls.