New and Old, There’s So Much to See
Delhi has some of the most amazing historic sites and modern tourist attractions. The city is home to historical buildings and structures from eight different cities, with architectural works from numerous empires built over millennia. The Qutab Minar was the first monument to be built by a Muslim Indian leader in AD1192. An Indo=Islamic mausoleum by the name of Humayan’s Tomb, the Red Fort constructed in 1639, and the Jama Masjid mosque are architectural curiosities that draw tourists from all over the world. New Delhi, the most modern part of the city, features the India Gate, a memorial to the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives in World War I.
Old Delhi is the perfect place for budding historians to visit. Originally known as Shahjahanabad, this walled city dates all the way back to 1639, and was once home to many a luxurious mansion and expansive gardens. Today, Old Delhi is full of winding streets and bazaars, and shows city life in India at its busiest. Tourists can explore on foot and discover ages-old temples, visit market stalls and interact with locals, or catch a ride on a bicycle rickshaw.
Food lovers will be amazed at the food on offer, too. Tourists often opt to attend Heritage and Food Tours, which take groups of tourists to the best food spots in the city. Experienced historians and food enthusiasts can guide you through the wonders of Old Delhi, introducing you to deep fried jalebi, a form of pretzel, and other intriguing dishes like julfi, which is a dairy-based dessert served insider a frozen mango.
The Rah Ghat is also a popular tourist attraction – a memorial to the great Mahatma Gandhi, located at the place he was cremated in 1948. The simple memorial is made of black marble, and features an eternal flame and an inscription that reads “He Ram” or “Oh God.” These are said to be the final words of the famous pacifist and visionary.
Beyond food and historic sights, Delhi also has a lot to offer the modern tourist. Bollywood fans can enjoy a thriving nightlife, where dancefloors are host to huge performances, and bars serve up great drinks at affordable prices. New Delhi competes quite well with any Western bar, not just in terms of price, but in terms of vibe and design. The Lap bar, found inside Hotel Samrat, is owned by Arjun Rampal – a famous Bollywood star who now hosts famous DJs from all over the world.
For tourists on a budget, there are many affordable hotels – and with luxury palace hotels serving up High Tea and brunch in their manicured gardens and grand atriums, anyone can enjoy a taste of luxury.