Delhi – with its tenacious touts and crush of mechanical and human traffic – can be downright confronting and confounding for the first-time visitor. But don’t let petulant first impressions muddy the plus points of this truly multidimensional metropolis. Scratch beyond the gritty surface and you’ll swiftly discover that India’s capital is sprinkled with glittering gems: captivating ancient monuments, magnificent museums, a vivacious performing-arts scene and some of the subcontinent’s yummiest places to eat.
A vibrant melting pot, you’ll hear a jumble of vernaculars spoken in Delhi, the most common being Hindi, English, Punjabi and Urdu. In terms of its layout, Delhi encapsulates two very different worlds, the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, each presenting deliciously different experiences. Spacious New Delhi was built as the imperial capital of India by the British; rambunctious Old Delhi served as the capital of Islamic India. Visitors can easily dip into both, spending half the day immersing themselves in history at the dramatic Red Fort, Jama Masjid and medieval-flavoured bazaars of Old Delhi, and the other half reviving themselves over frothy cappuccinos or frosty cocktails at one of New Delhi’s swanky cafés and bars. Furthermore, Delhi’s recent global cuisine revolution means that hungry travellers can now feast on everything from meaty Mughlai curries and plump South Indian idlis (rice cakes), to crispy wood-fired pizzas and squishy sashimi.
For those here to catch a flight home there are some glorious last-minute shopping opportunities, with handicrafts from all around India – a real blessing if you regret not buying that twinkling mirrorwork bedspread in Rajasthan or striking Madhubani painting in Bihar.
DISCOVER DELHI’S EXCITING BLEND OF COMMERCE, CULTURE AND HISTORY
The rich heritage of New Delhi is on display in the grand architecture of Red Fort, the classic design of India Gate and the towering splendor of Qutab Minar. Looking for a fantastic retail experience close to the NDMC Convention Centre? Connaught Place offers upscale fashion, & it being the city center, is one of the most popular shopping districts in the country.
Connaught Place – 200 mts.
Enjoy a trip to Connaught Place, the capital city’s central business district and one of the most popular shopping destinations in India.
Select City Walk : 14.4 kms from the venue, it offers vibrant, upscale retail center with eye-catching decor, brand-name stores, a food court & a cinema.
Tel : 011 4609 8500
Qutab Minar – 14 km
The world’s largest brick minaret was constructed in 1193 by the founder of the Delhi Sultanate and then restored in 1369. Further restorations in the 19th century resulted in the addition of a pillared cupola, called “Smith’s Folly,” now installed at ground level.
India Gate – 3.3 km
A sobering memorial to the Indian soldiers who fought and died in World War I, this monument is a can’t-miss stop on your tour of Delhi. Admire the monument and surrounding fountains from the area’s beautiful green spaces.
Red Fort – 5.4 km
Originally the home of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, this immense complex is a beautiful architectural marvel made of red sandstone. Visit to tour multiple on-site museums.
Other points of interest:
Pragati Maidan – 4.6 km
In town for a conference or trade show? Pragati Maidan is one of the city’s largest exhibition spaces, featuring facilities that cover more than 625,000 square meters.
Tel: +91 112 337 1540
Swaminarayan Akshardham, New Delhi – 10.0 km
Opened in 2005, the Akshardham Temple complex is a Hindu house of worship with stunning marble and sandstone carvings. Visit in the evening to see a striking multimedia performance at the impressive fountain on site.
Tel: +91 114 344 2344