A Short Delhi Tale

Whenever it comes to looking for interesting places in Delhi, almost every tourist faces the problem of plenty. After all, richly steeped in thousands of years of colourful Hindu, Islamic, and Colonial history, the city has inherited a priceless heritage in the form of spectacular old monuments and historic sites. However, Delhi is not only about culture and history. There are also dozens of very popular shopping precincts and eating joints dotting the destination. Come, let’s explore some of the top sightseeing spots in Delhi and some of the other facets of the destinations. A Historical Tour of Delhi Some of the famous monuments in Delhi are Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, and Jama Masjid. While the legendary Red Fort was largely built by Shah Jahan, certain other interesting additions were made by Aurangzeb and other later Mughal rulers. The Light and Sound Show here is not to be missed. The Humayun’s Tomb tells it’s own tale. It was built by Humayun’s widow in his memory and is supposedly the inspiration behind the construction of the Taj Mahal. The Qutub Minar at Mehrauli is another not to be missed attraction. Built from marble and red stone, it kisses the clouds at a height of around 72.5 metres and remains India’s tallest minaret. Similarly, the humongous Jama Masjid is amongst the largest mosques in Asia. This is not all, with some of the other historical top sightseeing spots in Delhi being Parliament House, President’s House, and India Gate. A Culinary Voyage across Delhi There are numerous places in Delhi, where food is simply irresistible. Be it, swanky Five Star Hotels and restaurants, or cheap pocket friendly street stalls, Delhi pampers the avid foodie no end. While the Bukhara of Maurya Sheraton has seduced celebrities world over including Bill Clinton, Vladimir Putin, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, humbler eating joints such as Karim’s and Kake di hatti have tickled the taste buds of generations of locals and visitors alike. Some of the other notable eating joints of the capital include Punjabi by Nature, Khan Chacha’s outlets, Veda, and Chor Bizarre. A little tip here. Besides Karim’s, there are scores of other smaller joints outside Jama Masjid, where you can gorge upon some of the tastiest of Mughlai cuisines. Jama Masjid also remains one of the most famous monuments in Delhi and makes for a wonderful way to blend a sightseeing tour with a gastronomical adventure. When to Visit Delhi Well, Delhi weather is pretty notorious, especially during the summer months of April to July. With the onset of the rains from July onwards, things start improving. However, the most comfortable months are October and November. December, January, and early February are good if you don’t mind some bitterly cold spells. Late February and March are also excellent times. Places around Delhi Agra and Jaipur remain a couple of most popular weekend getaways from Delhi. In fact, both these destinations, together with Delhi, are known as the world famous ‘Golden Triangle Tour’. By road, the distance from Delhi to Agra is around 200 km, while Delhi to Jaipur is approximately 270 km. If you are willing to venture a little afar,, then Mumbai can be another option. Although, it isn’t exactly one of the places near Delhi, you can be there in less than two hours, if you take a Delhi to Mumbai flight.


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