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Visiting the capital of India, Delhi

Delhi is a wonderful city with a fascinating history and a promising future. It’s a city of contrasts, where the old and the new exist simultaneously. It is the place where important decisions are made and what direction this nation of a billion people should take is discussed everyday. Despite having only a fraction of the area of Australia, it has a population comparable to that vast continent-size country. In terms of money, it’s one of the richest cities in India. However, unlike many other big cities, it has managed to preserve its heritage while keeping in pace with the rest of the world.

Map of Delhi

History of Delhi

There is archaeological evidence to suggest people were inhabiting in Delhi as long ago as third millennium BC. There are signs of urban dwellings going back to 6th century BC. From 12th century to until the arrival of the British in 17th century, it was one of the most powerful cities in the world. The English moved the capital to Calcutta (Kolkata). They later changed the capital to Delhi and since then it’s remained the seat of most powerful men and women in South Asia.

Best time to visit Delhi

Delhi is one of the few places where temperatures fluctuate from over 40C in the summers to a little over 0C in the winters. Therefore it’s advisable to visit the city when it’s neither burning or freezing. September, November, February and March are the best months to come to the city.

Places to visit in Delhi

There are tons of places to visit when you are in New Delhi depending on what you want to do. For instance, the area around Jama Masjid is popular among food-junkies, while those interested in historic sites don’t miss the Lal Qila and Connaught Place is the Delhi’s equivalent of Times Square. Here are some of the places tourists generally visit:

(a) Qutub Minar

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Qutub Minar

This World Heritage building is the most popular tourist destination in India, attracting over three million visitors a year. The “Minar” (Arabic for “Tower”) is a seven storey tower built more than 800 years ago in twelfth century AD to celebrate Mohammed Ghori’s victory over Rajputs. Back then it was only one-storey tall. More storeys were added to the original structure by other rulers in ensuing years.

(b) Jantar Mantar

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Jantar mantar, Delhi

This structure stands in defiance of a common misconception that science is exclusively a European invention. Built in first half of the 18th century this vast sprawl of buildings is an astronomical observatory.

(c) Connaught Place

"Connaught Place"

Tourists, Connaught Place. Source: prolix6x's photostream

Named after Duke of Connaught, this city centre was constructed back in the late 1930s. It is one of the most important commercial districts in the city and an upmarket area for shopper where they can virtually find anything.

Then there is Chandni Chownk which offers a glimpse into what the old city was like. And there are thousands of other places. We can’t list all of them here, but you can certainly find more information on here on places here to visit Delhi. It is the official website of the Government of Delhi which caters to tourists wishing to visit this wonderful city.

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15 Responses to “Visiting the capital of India, Delhi”

  1. Michael Belk says:

    I always wondered how New Delhi was handling the impressions from the Western cultures and other countries. It is nice hear that New Delhi has retained some of its culture. India is one of the most well respected countries in the World.
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  2. Hi Shalu, thank you for giving us a lot of information on Delhi. The culture here is very impressive and the architecture is just stunning.
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  3. Medha says:

    Hey Shalu.

    Good job.

    I have been waiting for my chance to visit The golden triangle in North India and Delhi in particular. I hope I will soon be able to enjoy the place.

    This post reminds me of my longing to see Delhi.
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  4. Hi Shalu, I just wanted to say that Delhi seems like such a rich cultural city. I love the architecture and the fact that tradition is so important there.
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  5. victor says:

    Very interesting article, I always wanted to visit India.

  6. Dennis says:

    Am interested in the Jantar Mantar observatory, especially the science behind it…maybe you can write more in depth review of all these fantastic places in India?
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  7. New Delhi is such a wonderful place, I never been there but my father keeps on telling me the greatest view in that country.
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  8. New Delhi, India is indeed an amusing place for any traveler since it is a place of history and at the same time a place where people would be amazed because of the scenery and the food here is great as well. :)
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  9. John Ernest says:

    You know what I like about your blog? It is the fact that it is void of any hint of racism and promotes understanding and tourism of one of the world’s best tourist locations. Though there may be annoying peddlers here and there that always seems like they are selling you something, it does not affect the adventure you will experience and the beauty of India and its people.

  10. Ajay says:

    I have read your blog.its very useful for us.you can also visit many places to visit in India.

  11. Hi Shalu…
    I lives in Noida (near to Delhi)….
    Its really a life time experience whenever you visit Delhi….there is so much to visit in Delhi that you will always ended up with shortage of time…
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  12. BJ says:

    You’ve done a magnificent job here of really summarising one of the most magnificent locations on the entire globe. Your articulate and use of crisp images really made this post – and this site in general – a pleasure to look through :)

  13. MerryJ says:

    Delhi is the city where i want to travel :) that is my secret dream
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  14. The capital of India is the historical place that is “New Delhi”. different-2 place like lal kila , red ford , lotus temple etc exist in my delhi.
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