Hometown Series: Delhi, India
Written by Travel Melodies
This week we continue to explore the hometowns of travel bloggers around the world while diving into Delhi, India as told by local Anjali of Travel Melodies. Delhi is the capital of India and a pretty well known destination. However, taking a look at Delhi from the perspective of a local will give us a different spin on the destination.
Delhi – A Local’s Guide
The vibrant capital of India – Delhi is known for its rich history, fascinating cultural traditions, chaotic yet colorful streets and markets, and mouth-watering street food. It’s a city that not only strings the people of many faiths and religions together but welcomes its guests with an open heart and mind.
As you travel across the narrow lanes of historic Old Delhi to wide boulevards of New Delhi, you’ll fall in love with the contrasts and the way the old and new blend together seamlessly.
Delhi is huge. There’s so much to see and do, to immerse yourself in from historic sites to iconic buildings to lively markets and streets soaked in the tastes and smell unique to India – you definitely need a plan to explore Delhi.
If you are a first-timer, you might get panicked and lost in the pandemonium. I’d recommend taking one of many cultural tours and heritage walks to understand the soul of the city. Delhi by Locals is one of the best tours in Delhi. A great way to see the city through the eyes of a local.
The best time to visit Delhi is during winter (October – March) as the city’s summer is harsh.
Must See Attractions
The Lodhi Gardens – a beautiful public park housing the historical monuments, is a delight to visit. The park is packed with fitness enthusiasts, bikers, runners, and families with kids indulging in various activities every morning. The adventure-loving families love walking the Lodhi Gardens Heritage and Nature Trails.
The iconic Mughal Garden located inside Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) opens its doors to the public during spring every year for people to admire the endless variety of flowers in full bloom.
If you’re traveling with kids, make sure to visit the Nehru Planetarium. Kids will be able to learn about astronomy and solar system through an interactive presentation. Another museum you should visit with kids is the National Science center. The Science Fun Centre at the museum is the best where kids can try their hands on various fun science experiments. A fun way to learn!
Another must-visit in Delhi is Waste To Wonder Park that features replicas of seven wonders of the world made entirely from the waste. Delhi is home to some of the famous Mughal architectural wonders like Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung Tomb, Tughlaqabad Fort, and the list is endless. History lovers can have an awesome time here in Delhi!
You can’t visit Delhi and not go to India Gate, the iconic landmark aka All India War Memorial. It’s one of the top places to visit in Delhi.
You can enjoy some delicious north Indian food at Pandara Road, spicy street food at Bengali Market, or head to Gole Market for a variety of Indian food.
Be sure to take a stroll around Chandani Chowk. The narrow and chaotic lanes of Chandani Chowk hides some of the best street food joints, and colorful markets to go crazy over. Stop by at Firdaus Mithai Shop for the best chai (spiced Indian tea) in Delhi. Don’t forget to visit the famous Paranthe wali Gali lined with small shops selling yummy paranthas (an Indian flatbread) and Old Famous Jalebi Wala for the delicious Jalebi (an Indian sweet).
Delhi’s street food is infamous for causing Delhi Belly. So, how do you not miss delicious street food without getting sick? Take the right food tour that allows you to taste the delicacies without the risk of Delhi Belly.
Tap water in Delhi or for that matter in India is not safe for drinking, so make sure to carry an eco-friendly reusable water bottle with a filter.
Drop by at Khari Baoli, Asia’s largest wholesale spice market to buy Indian spices to take back home as a reminder of your time in Delhi.
Dilli Haat is another colorful place where you can shop for handmade products directly from the craftsmen and enjoy food from all the Indian states.