Firstly, when making a travel plan to Delhi, always plan for a good 5-7 days. Next, make sure you plan during a good weather, because Delhi has extremely hot summers and equally cruel winters. In between the summer and the winter months is the Monsoon, which is unpredictable as well. However, the months of February to May and September to November, would be the ideal months to be in Delhi. Lastly, make sure you are here for some of the key Indian festivals such as Holi (generally in the month of March) and Diwali ( between October and November). Some of the best hotels to have a comfortable stay in are high-end hotels such as The Oberoi or averagely-ranged Bloom-rooms.
Here is a list of the Top 5 Things to Do and Places to See in Delhi, outside of the regular Delhi travel lists.
1.Take the Metro ride: The Most Comfortable Ride for a Delhi Tour!
You must be surprised to know that Delhi inhabits one of the largest transportation systems all over India. Following the same avenue, the Delhi Metro, the most modern form of transportation, is the 13th largest in the world in terms of its length. So, when in Delhi, you must take the Delhi metro to commute between shorter and longer distances. While on the metro train, you will witness the beauty of the city, its markets, temples, monuments, etc along with a glimpse into the metropolitan and corporate life of the city people. So, whenever you wish to commute within the city, you just meed to reach the nearest metro station. All metro stations are well-connected with feeder buses, auto-rickshaws as well as cabs.
2. Visit the Lotus Temple: Architecture Par Excellence!
If you wish to see one of the most finely crafted structures that portray Delhi’s richness in architecture, then you should definitely visit the Lotus Temple. The gigantic marble-white expanse of a temple, shaped in the form of a lotus flower with 27 petals, is sure to sweep you off your feet. It is dedicated to the Bahá’í faith, this temple is a mark of an amalgamation of all religions, uniting to one. The entry to the temple is free and is located at about a ten minute-walk from the Kalkaji Metro Station. The visiting timings for all days except Mondays (closed) are 9 am to 7 pm.
3. Qutub Minar- The Tallest Brick Minaret You’ll Ever See!
You definitely can’t say you’ve seen Delhi, if you haven’t been to the Qutub Minar Complex. Located in Mehrauli, the Qutub Complex is home to several tall minaret-like structures, especially the Qutub Minar ,which stands 72.5 meter tall. Often called as India’s Leaning Tower of Pisa, this tallest minaret was built over a thousand years ago, and has lived ever since to make its presence felt as a World Heritage Site. To visit the Qutub Minar, it is advised that you keep your camera handy and put on your walking shoes, since the complex is spread across miles. Next, to get there, it is suggested that you board the metro and get down at he Qutub Minar Station, from where you could hop on to an auto-rickshaw and reach the venue. The visiting timing are 10 am to 6 pm everyday, with about INR 250 as the entry fee.
4. Try Delhi’s Local Street Food
One thing that no Delhi trip can be complete without is the Delhi’s street food. At every nook and corner of the city, you will find a different kind of local food to binge on. Yes, there are all kinds of pizza and cafe places to visit, but street food is a delight unique in its kind. Chole Bhature, Golgappe, Momos, Kachori, Dahi Bhalla, Kulfi, Rabri Faluda, Kebabs, etc are some dishes of Delhi’s endless street food menu. All major markets of Delhi such as Chandini Chowk, Rajouri Garden, Lajpat Nagar, etc will feature several vendors with street food stalls.
5.Witness the Holi and Diwali Celebrations
If you happen to be in India, especially in Delhi during the month of March, then you should definitely stay a bit longer to experience the fun and festivities during Holi. It is one of India’s most reverred festivals, also known as the “Festival of Colors”. The historic relevance of the festival of Holi marks the triumph of good over evil, along with the arrival of Spring. The festival is celebrated with colors, water balloons, sweets and lots of food. If you wish to experience Holi in an immensely traditional way, then you can head straight to Mathura and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), a three hour drive from Delhi, which has a grand Holi procession, the Lathmar Holi and Huranga celebration.
Likewise, if you are in Delhi near the Diwali season, then you ought to stay back and witness the Deepavali Puja or the “Festival of Lights”. This festival too is of great mythological significance and marks the triumph of Lord Rama over the Rakshasa Ravana of the Lanka, who abducted Rama’s wife Sita. Diwali marks the return of Rama and Sita after an exile of 14 years in wilderness. During this time, you will find all the Indian cities you travel to, lit up with lights and fireworks. People exchange sweets and best wishes too. In fact, it is not just Diwali in the months of October and November, there is the Navratri (7-days of fasting festival) and Dhanteras (2 days ahead of Diwali).
Just a travel-friendly tip, make sure to keep a check on the weather, before planning a trip to Delhi or any part of India in general. Tourists from outside the country, find the Delhi heat extremely harsh and unbearable, mostly during the peak summer season in June and July. Thus, it ends up hampering the travel plans. However, if you are a travel-junkie at heart, nothing will stop you. Just remember, the beautiful city of Delhi with its rich heritage and culture, combined with shades of modern is waiting to be explored.