The bustling country of India has seen a sudden, yet not-so-surprising rise in tourism recently. In New Delhi alone, foreign tourist arrivals notched up a 6.8% growth in January 2016, compared to the previous year, what more is luring so many people from across the globe to this melting pot of culture and color?
If you’re not already convinced, here are a few of the many reasons why traveling to New Delhi is the coolest thing you could do in 2017!
Culture & Sightseeing
India is one of the world’s oldest and most diverse cultures. language changes every 20 kilometers and people from Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Christianity, Sikh and Islamic faiths live together in one community. The well-preserved historical monuments are like storybooks carrying great tales of the past. taking a tour around them anywhere in the city is truly mesmerizing. New Delhi is home to the famous India Gate, Qutub Minar, Hauz Khas Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Safdarjung Fort and the likes. And it’s not just the history that’s worth experiencing, yoga in the parks and gardens around the city is a popular activity. Yoga sessions are held at sunrise in the beautiful Lodi Gardens.
Daytime activities and a vibey nightlife
Apart from being the capital of India, New Delhi is also the party capital. During the day, you can be entertained by a myriad of plays, musicals, and sightseeing tours. At night you’ll find a majority of the young crowd flocking to bars and clubs to unwind. Serving a population of 20 million, Delhi boasts over a thousand bars and restaurants. Whether your preference is relaxing in a quiet wine bar, or letting your hair down and dancing the night away in a nightclub, there is something for everyone. Nightlife means fun and entertainment: dance clubs, bars, parties, festivals, shows, restaurants and live music bands. Popular areas include Hauz Khas Village, Connaught Place, Khan Market, Nehru Place, Saket and Greater Kailash – N Block.
An exotic culinary adventure
If there’s one thing every single person needs to do, it is to visit New Delhi solely for the food! Although Indian food is heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions, the use of herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables in combination make the food an out-of-this-world culinary experience. Apart from the famous ‘curry’, it is worth trying the street food called chaat. Indian chaats are typically savory snacks found on roadside food carts and are very tangy and spicy. Nowhere else in the world can one find so much variety in food! Some of the highly recommended food markets include Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, Paharganj and Lajpat Nagar.
Where’s the fun in going to malls and paying at MRP (maximum retail price) to quench your shopping desires? Luckily, New Delhi is more popular for street markets and offers a range of authentic and fashionable goods at great, negotiable rates. From saree shopping in Chandni Chowk to shopping for artifacts in Connaught Place, Delhi is a paradise one can get lost in. For heavier pockets, of course, there’s no dearth of upmarket malls such as DLF Emporio, Select Citywalk and others.
Transport and Infrastructure
There is an abundance of options for getting around the city and its surrounds, depending on your destination. To make things easier, there are four main methods of getting around using public transport – metro, bus, auto (tuk-tuk) and cabs. The New Delhi metro system is the newest form of public transportation in the city and rapidly becoming the most popular. It has been touted as Asia’s best rapid transit system. It’s also possible to book Uber and Ola cabs, at all times, with your smartphones. Delhi, being the capital and home to the country’s parliament and ministries is very well-maintained. The wide roads, the lush parks, and the colonial architecture is quite breathtaking.
Upbeat Hostels and Backpackers
It is heartening to see that even in far-off corners of the country, a new travel culture is sprouting, one that is against the tried and tested clichés. As more and more Indians travel to distant lands, they bring back novel ideas and experiences that challenge the status quo. One such concept is backpacking and using hostels as the primary choice for accommodation. New Delhi being the capital of India, attracts more than 180 000 foreign tourists a year and the city is seeing a rising demand for quaint and quirky hostels and backpackers. if i could… works with some of these hostels which we have pre-vetted and are reliable, clean accommodation options.
The Golden Triangle
India is seeing an ever-increasing number of visitors who come to experience the unique blend of headiness that the subcontinent so effortlessly brews. The route between Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur has, for many years, been a veritable ‘India 101’ – an introduction to those on tighter travel schedules. Most international travelers either fly into or out of New Delhi, hence making it a perfect, yet quick stop, for DIY-ers.
With so much to offer it’s no wonder the world is traveling to New Delhi in 2017. All in all, there is one phrase that best describes India, and that is ‘unity in diversity’. When will you be making your first trip?
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