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- Delhi is the capital of India
- IATA code: DEL
- Continent: Asia
- Currency: Indian Rupee (INR) (Course: 100 INR = 1.04 GBP)
- Current time: 10:10 (GMT+5.5)
- Current date: 2020.10.23
With its blend of historic attractions and modern developments, Delhi is one of India's most enticing cities. Book your flights to Delhi today with Airinme.com.
As India's capital city, Delhi is a microcosm of the country: you'll find people from all over India here and that diversity is reflected in its deliciously varied food scene. Explore India's Mughal history at famous landmarks like the Red Fort and the Qutub Minar, and see the building that inspired the Taj Mahal. Discover awe-striking temples and grand mosques, or head to the winding lanes of Chandni Chowk to haggle with stallholders. Whatever you do in Delhi, you'll build memories that last a lifetime. Book UK flights to Delhi with Airinme.com.
Things to do in Delhi
- Dive into Delhi's Mughal history with a visit to the enchanting Red Fort. This most famous of Mughal monuments is a huge sandstone complex that dates back to the 17th century and is lit up by a light and sound show on most nights.
- Just opposite the Red Fort is the Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque. Climb up its tall minaret for excellent views over the city.
- One of India's most famous landmarks, the Qutub Minar – a minaret measuring over 70m – was supposedly the tallest building in the world in medieval times, and its neighbouring mosque was Delhi's first. Despite being a very popular attraction, it's still a serene and peaceful spot.
- Another top Delhi attraction, Humayun's Tomb is said to have been the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal. Built to house the remains of Emperor Humayun in the 16th century, the resemblance between the two buildings is quite stark.
- Take a tour of Delhi's many temples to see more of this city's diverse religious make-up. The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple is free and renowned for its welcoming atmosphere, while the modern Akshardham temple complex and the serene Bahá'í Lotus Temple are notable for their stunning architecture.
- To learn more about India's ancient history, visit the National Museum in Janpath, while the National Railway Museum in Chanakyapuri is full of fascinating details about this hugely important infrastructure.
- Need a break from sightseeing? Take a walk down Rajpath (the "king's walk"), Delhi's central boulevard. At one end, you'll find Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president's residence. At the other is the impressive India Gate, a memorial to the Indian soldiers that died in World War One.
- While you're in India, take the chance to learn more about its most famous son: Mahatma Gandhi. Visit the Raj Ghat monument and the Gandhi Smriti museum, which offers insight into his life.
- Do as the locals do and take a walk in Lodi Gardens when you need some respite from Delhi's hustle and bustle. This tranquil park is a great spot for a family picnic, or simply for a casual stroll.
- Don't be surprised if you pile on the pounds in Delhi: its street food is some of the world's best. Pick up some chaat (savoury snacks, often fried) in Chandni Chowk bazaar or grab a plate of chickpea curry with chapatis for quick refreshment before heading to the next historic sight.
Shopping in Delhi
Whether you're after clothes, handicrafts or books, Delhi's array of markets and shopping malls has something for every traveller in India.
This world-famous shopping district in Old Delhi is a maze of delights. Wander through alleyways and crowded streets to look at traditional fabrics and jewellery. It's also an excellent spot for street food, when shopping takes its toll on your appetite.
Markets in Delhi
If you're in the mood for haggling, head to Janpath for bargains galore. For cheap clothes, Sarojini Nagar is your best bet, while Paharganj and the weekly craft fair at Dilli Haar are great places to buy souvenirs. Book-lovers looking for cheap English reads shouldn't miss the brilliant Khan Market.
For a more upmarket experience in India, head to Connaught Place, an old-fashioned shopping arcade established in 1931. Modern shopping malls include DLF Emporio and DLF Promenade, both in south Delhi.
Eating in Delhi
Despite the negative connotations of 'Delhi Belhi', India's capital city is home to its most thriving restaurants and street food culture. Here, you'll be able to taste food from all over India.
Delhi street food
Head to Chandni Chowk to munch on rotis, naans and chapatis dipped into meaty gravies or grab some chaat (savoury snacks). Pakoras (vegetables fried in a chickpea flour batter), samosas (stuffed triangle pastries) and aloo tikka (spicy potato croquettes) are particular local favourites.
Restaurants in Delhi
Most restaurants in Delhi serve Mughlai cuisine, including Persian-influenced dishes like biriyanis and kebabs that originated in the kitchens of the Mughal Empire. You'll find restaurants serving these specialities all over the city, with high-end offerings usually confined to five-star hotels.
For emergencies in Delhi, call 100 (police), 101 (fire) or 102 (ambulance).
British nationals travelling to India need to apply for a visa in advance. You can find out more online.
The Delhi Metro is a quick and cheap way of getting around, but can be very crowded. To avoid the throngs, hop in a taxi instead.
Delhi is prone to extreme temperatures, sometimes exceeding 40 degrees Celsius between April and June. Tourists should visit between October and March, though temperatures can hover as low as seven degrees in December and January.
Getting from Delhi Airport
The Delhi Metro connects Terminal 3 at Delhi Airport with the city centre, with services running between 05.15 and 23.35. Buses to and from the airport stop opposite the Centaur Hotel, but can be extremely crowded.
By taxi or airport transfer
Taxis are available outside the terminal buildings 24-hours a day. Alternatively, you may be able to arrange a Delhi airport transfer with your hotel in advance.
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