Delhi being the capital city attracts people from all over India. A number of them come for education while a lot many come in search of better futures. A good job and improved standard of living is what draws them from interiors of the country to this city. Because of this the city has become home to varied people. When you come here, you can bump upon Kashmiris, Garhwalis, Punjabis, Biharis, Gujaratis, Assamese, Sikkimese, Tamils, Keralities – in brief just anyone from around the country. You can see a mini India here!
This is just one of the attractions of Delhi that impresses tourists from all over the world. There are numerous others highlights. Delhi has a number of historically and culturally important monuments that make for a good sightseeing options. The list includes the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Rajghat, Parliament House, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Akshardham temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Jantar Mantar. Museums are also aplenty in this city. There is the Science Museum, Doll Museum, Crafts Museum, National Children Museum, National Museum Of Natural History, National Philatelic Museum, National Rail Museum, Nehru Museum & Planetorium, Sanskriti Kendra Terracotta & Metal Museum and Tibet House Museum.
Though I have visited all the monuments mentioned above, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit all the museums. However, I can surely say that all these monuments and museums are wonderful destinations for anyone interested in exploring the culture and heritage of Delhi.
Talking about shopping centres and areas, the foremost names that come to my mind are Chandini Chowk, Dilli Haat, Sarojini Nagar Market, Karol Bagh, Lajpat Nagar Market and Connaught Place. The goods in these markets range from traditional to modern. Ethnic goods can best be bought in the first five of the above mentioned markets however, if you are looking for branded items, go to the last one. This is not to say that Connaught Place doesn’t give you an option to shop for ethnic goods. Infact, close to Connaught Place is Janpath, a must visit for tourists on a shopping spree.
If after exploring Delhi, there are few extra days in your hand, you can also take a quick trip to Agra, Jaipur,Alwar, Sariska Wildlife Sanctuary, Bharatpur Wildlife Sanctuary and Mathura Vrindavan.
All in all, Delhi is place that appeals to tourists. However, there are certain things that a tourist needs to keep in mind before and when touring Delhi. Delhi is very hot during summers, September – November and February- March are the best time to visit the city. Learn a bit of Hindi so that you can converse with the local people. Not everyone in Delhi is well versed in English. Make all your booking beforehand if you are a first timers .
For going around in the city, it is best to take a metered taxi from the hotel where you are staying. If you choose to take a three wheeler, be very cautious. If you appear to very new, chances are that the fare charged will be high. So find out the exact fare beforehand. Also try to gain a bit of idea about the route you will need to take to reach your destination. This will help you to judge whether the route taken by the driver is right or not. This is specially important in the case where you will be charged by meter. Take care of your belongings when you are at a crowded place. If you are looking for some direction help, just consult the PCR vans. Incase you ask a local person, confirm the direction by asking another. Sometimes, in an attempt to help, people give out wrong information. A second advice will definitely help you judge the authenticity of the first.
While shopping in traditional markets like Sarojini Nagar, Chandani Chowk, Janpath, make sure that you use your bargaining skills to the utmost or else you will end up paying twice or even thrice the actual price.
How you should dress up will depend totally upon the area you are visiting in Delhi. At places like south Delhi, jeans are acceptable, but in old Delhi area, it is advisable to dress up in a conservative way.