A trip around Delhi is a journey through history and culture. Our guide revealed pieces of history throughout the day to show us why the metropolis is the way it is today. By day’s end, we began to understand the complex puzzle that is India’s national capital territory. Our tour of Old and New Delhi in a day started from our hotel. Our first stop was across town at the Jama Masjid, or Friday Mosque. Built in 1656, the mosque takes its name from the Friday prayers that bring thousands of Muslims from around the city to worship. Its impressive exterior is made of red sandstone, and it’s topped with ornate onion-shaped domes. The 40-meter-tall minarets give an imposing feel to the mosque. From the gates of the mosque, you can see Delhi and the beautiful Red Fort in the distance.
Delhi is the world’s fourth-largest city (in terms of both size and population) and navigating the metropolitan area can be daunting, particularly for first-time visitors. Fortunately, India’s capital has numerous transportation options, all of which are affordable and relatively efficient. Here’s a look at the top transportation options in Delhi, along with tips on how […]
Delhi’s Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is often joked about on lists of the world’s weirdest museums. However, what sounds like a gimmick is actually a free educational museum run by one of India’s most respected nonprofit organizations. Here are three surprising reasons why you should add a visit to the museum to your next Delhi itinerary.
With a sizeable English-speaking population, it’s no wonder that India is a great place for book lovers. The country has one of the world’s largest English-language publishing industries, and most major publishing houses have large presences in India, where they release affordable editions of international favorites as well as a large number of titles by South Asian authors that aren’t always easy to find outside of the subcontinent.
In between Delhi and the neighboring satellite city of Gurgaon sits Chhatarpur Mandir Road, home to the National Capital Region’s most impressive collections of Hindu temples. This long stretch, sometimes referred to as Gadaipur Mandi Road, is flanked with magnificent stone and marble temples and ashrams on both sides.
Delhi has a wealth of live musical performances, ranging from classical sitar and tabla recitals to Indo-electronic club nights. Among the most moving musical experiences found in the capital are the weekly Qawwali (Sufi devotional music) performances at Central Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah. The dargah, or shrine, is that of Nizamuddin Auliya, a revered saint of the Chisti order of Sufis who lived in the 13th and 14h centuries. The structure was built in 1563 and receives a steady stream of Muslim and non-Muslims alike, who come to pay reverence to the beloved saint.
If you’re looking for something to do during a rainstorm or to beat the afternoon heat, or if you simply want to spend a day museum-hopping, here are some of New Delhi’s best museums and galleries.