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Monday, 29 December 2014

THE DELIGHTFUL DELHI

An enchanted world as persevering as a fireball and as chilling like an ice ball, Delhi not just happens to be one of India’s largest cities but is a picture-perfect amalgamation of antiquity and modernity. The colorful medley of Delhi, as diverse as the country itself is an everlasting appearance of the many things this city has to offer. The place can amaze you by just its sheer size and diversity – both natural and man-made.

While traveling to India, and landing in the country’s capital – the delightful Delhi for tourism could prove to be an unbelievable description. Delhi has always been the center of attraction in India. With many imperative historical events taking place in this small city in northern part of India, Delhi houses a number of famous monuments and tourist attractions. The quality of Delhi, where the old and the new co-exist is clearly visible in the tourist places in Delhi. Where on one hand Delhi houses old mosques, forts, tombs and many other historical artefacts, we also find swanky malls, clubs, adventure parks and other modern and world class facilities. Some of the famous tourist attractions in Delhi include, Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Tughlaqabad Fort, India Gate, Jama Masjid and many others. If you love history and art, and want to experience a mix of both modern and ancient styles of art, Delhi is the place to be. With world class malls and multiplexes to places in Lutyen’s Delhi which were built during the British period to Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and many other monuments which reflect the ancient civilizations that resided here, Delhi has it all.

Chilling Climate
Delhi experiences extreme climate, with temperature rising as high as 47.8°C in summers and going as low as -6.7°C in winters. Monsoons generally starts at the end of June and continue till August. The best time to visit Delhi is October-March, summers in Delhi could be harsh and are thus not the best time to visit the city.

Love to Bargain?
When in Delhi, visiting its famous markets are a must. From the hip Connaught Place where you can find all the brands to the cool flea markets of Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Paharganj and the likes tourists love it all. If you love to bargain (well, who doesn’t?) and want to grab cool stuff at the lowest of prices, the markets of Delhi are the ideal place. Besides these famous markets, there are many local markets which are famous for one thing or another. One can find a furniture market, a cloth market a utensil market. You name it and Delhi has it.

Entertainment! Entertainment! Entertainment!
Delhi has always been a vivacious city with a cosmopolitan culture which is reflected in every aspect of its life. It has plenty of entertainment spots to choose from. Places like cinema halls, pubs, hotels and recreational centers are open on all weekends. It has world class multiplexes like the PVR, Big Cinema, Fun Cinema, DT Cinema etc. The happening night life in Delhi consists of clubs, bars, restaurants, etc., where you get a world class ambience with quality service. There are auditoriums that host cultural and recreational concerts all through the year. Delhi is a hub of theatre activities, with a number of auditoriums like the Kamani Auditorium, Sri Ram Centre of Arts and the National School of Drama all situated in Delhi. Time and again theatre, literary, food and book festivals are organized on small and large scales.

Appealing Your Taste Buds!!
Delhi holds a unique place on the food map of India. It is surrounded by the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and thus the food habits of Delhi are greatly influenced by these states. Being the center of Mughal activities, Delhi is considered to be the place where Mughlai Cuisine originated. It is a must to try the street food from Chandni Chowk, the kebabs from Jama Masjid’s market, the mutton at Karim’s, paranthas from Paranthe wali gali are to die for. Chandni Chowk is the sacred hub for all food lovers, the streets are filled with vendors selling all kinds of delicacies, ranging from sweets to chaats to mango shakes and ice creams. If you have a sweet tooth and love gorging on sweets all the time, not to worry, Delhi has an answer for all kinds of foodies. From the super sweet gulab jamuns, jalebis, laddoos and rabri faludas there is something for everyone. You can also take home sweet delicacies like Soan Papdi, Pista Samosa and Badam Barfi. Butter Chicken is a must have in Delhi. It originated at the Moti Mahal, Daryaganj in the 1950s. Butter Chicken was born by accident and soon set tongues drooling the world over. It’s creamy with thick, red tomato gravy. This meltin- mouth dish tastes best with tandoori roti or naan. Delhi’s food is not for the faint hearted, or rather for people with a weak digestive tract, it is a blast of flavors, colors, and all kinds of spices, with just a dash of Delhi’s spirit.

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