The capital and the political headquarter of India is also one of the oldest of the world cities. The city is divided into two prominent divisions, called the crowded Old Delhi situated on the western banks of the river Yamuna and the British built New Delhi on the southwest. You can reach Delhi, by managing to get cheap flight deals to suit your wallets so that you can have the ride of your life exploring the glory and majesty of the historical masterpieces of this ancient Indian city.
The climate in the city is notoriously extreme, and the summer temperature frequently rises beyond the 40 degree mark. The winter can be as chilly and misty as it can be. Catching one of the cheap flights to Delhi during February-March or October-November, when the climate is more pleasant, is your best bet. Availability of airline tickets for cheap is readily available.
The city has a well established network of air, railway and road transportation. The metro train is one of the best options to go to almost any place in the city. The public bus service (DTC), private taxis and auto rickshaws, are excellent for moving through the different, complex parts of the city. And, if you wish to have a fun short-distance ride through the bustling streets of the city you also have the option of the three-wheeled cycle rickshaw!
Some of the most visited historical monuments of the city are the Red Fort built wholly in red sandstone by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, The Humayun’s Tomb in the southern part of the city with a striking resemblance to the Taj Mehal of Agra and the 72.5 meter tall Qutub Minar.
The India Gate, that was built in memory of Indian soldiers who lost their lives in First World War, the astronomical observatory, called Jantar Mantar, Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial called Raj Ghat are some of the modern day monuments that attract a horde of tourists.
The Bahai Lotus Temple resembling a 27 petal lotus flower is a contemporary architectural masterpiece worth watching. The ISKON, Jama Masjid, Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, etc are other religious places that attract visitors from around the world.
If you manage to get cheap tickets to Delhi, there are all kinds of shopping destinations in the city. At Connaught Place, you will find western style shops selling at Indian prices. To buy traditional Indian stuff including perfumes, shawls, jewelry, etc, Paharganj Market opposite New Delhi railway is the best place.
Sarojini Nagar is one of the largest shopping areas in the city selling all kinds of Indian and western items. While Kamal Nagar near Delhi University is mainly for the affluent, Central Market at Lajpat Nagar is ideal for the middle class shoppers. At the Khan Market, you can purchase everything from grocery to jewelry. And, if you are looking for fine handcrafted items and artworks then head to Cottage Emporium near Connaught Place, Dilli Haat or the Handicrafts and Natural Products Emporium at Noida. Not to forget, the oldest and busiest Chandni Chowk, for a full-on experience of the traditional and chaotic Indian marketplace.
From the expensive star-rated hotels like The Imperial, The Ambassador, The Claridges, Hyatt Regency, etc to more moderately expensive ones such as the Ahuja Residency, there are cozy places for you to make your stay in the city even more pleasant and comfortable.
From local to International, the city has all types of food items for you to indulge. The Bengali Market located near Connaught Place has quality restaurants like the Nathu’s and is famous for Chaat. Andhra Pradesh Bhavan canteen on the Ashok road is famous for its veg and non-veg varieties, and Karnatak Bhavan canteen near Ansal Plaza is well-known for all kinds of South Indian delicacies.
More expensive eating joints include Karim’s at Jama Masjid, Nirula’s at Connaught Place, Sagar Ratna at Defense colony, etc. There are also plenty of cafés and bars all around the city including Barista, Mocha, Xes cafe, Aqua, Decibel, etc to name just a few.