Delhi Travel Tips-: DELHI AT A GLANCE :-
"It is said that the history of Delhi is the history of India."
Delhi is the capital city of the republic of India.It is situated on the banks of river Yamuna in northern India. The city is spread over an area of 1483 sq. kilometers and has a population of around 14 million. Delhi figures amongst the historical capitals of the world, with two of its historical monuments, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb figuring in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Delhi’s history, its culture has inherited the best from the various dynasties that ruled the place, with most of them making it their capital. Be it the Mughals, the Lodhi dynasty or the Delhi sultanate, their remnants can be seen in the form of monuments and cultural inheritance even today.
The political centre stage of India, Delhi offers the best in terms of education, medical facilities as well as good employment opportunities. Some of the languages spoken are Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and English, with Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, constituting some of the religions followed.
-: CLIMATE IN DELHI :-
Climate in Delhi is very much extreme in nature with weather being too chilly during winters and too hot during summers. It has a hot and humid climate for most of the season which becomes very hot during the months of June and July. Delhi’s climate is called the “Continental climate”, as it is situated on the banks of river Yamuna with Himalayas in the north, which varies its climate significantly.
Weather in summer:- Delhi’s summer season persists from April to August. The city is very hot in summers and daytime temperature can be as high as 45 degrees. Nights are relatively cooler though, with the cool breeze bringing the mercury down to around 25 degrees. Summer in Delhi attributes its cause to Rajasthan hot waves called "Loo". These heat waves are immensely hot and one needs to take proper precaution during the season before going out.
Weather in Winter :- The winter season of Delhi usually starts from Mid-November and continues till February end, and is shorter in comparison to summers. The day temperature is usually around 20 degrees, which falls as low as 2 to 4 degrees at nights. Winter days of Delhi can surprise a lot of people who have the impression of Delhi as being a rather warm place, as the city can be quite chilly during the peak season.The cold waves from the Himalayan region makes the winters in New Delhi very chilly. However, the sunny morning time can be a treat, and once the fog settles down, the sun rays beating down provides an enchanting experience.
Weather in Monsoon :- The time to take out the Umbrellas for the Delhi-ites! Monsoon in Delhi brings the much needed respite from the heat. However, as Delhi is situated in North India, the South West monsoons are very moderate and it rains heavily but in very short spells. Relative humidity is very high to the point where it becomes uncomfortable. The western disturbances too bring a fair amount of rainfall. Approximate annual rainfall is around 60-65 centimeters. The monsoon lasts from July to September. October sees the end of the monsoon but it is reasonably pleasant.
-: HOW TO REACH DELHI> :-
Delhi is the commercial hub of the country, the center of governance and a popular tourist destination therefore it is well connected not only to the rest of India but also with all the major cities of Asia and the World. It’s well connected air, rail and road network makes it easy for the overseas traveler to reach Delhi. Nearly all the major airlines in the world ply to Delhi. So, reaching Delhi is not a big problem with so many options available.
By Airways :- As mentioned, Delhi is connected to all major cities in the world through Airways. Regular flights are available to almost all parts of the globe. Delhi is also well connected to the rest of India with domestic flights. Delhi has two airports to cater the needs of commuters, Indira Gandhi International Airport and Palam Domestic Airport. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport of New Delhi.
By Railways :- The Indian Railway with their modern and organized network connects Delhi to all major and minor destinations in India. The city has three major railway stations at New Delhi, Old Delhi, and Hazrat Nizamuddin station. Direct trains are available to Delhi from nearly all the major tourist points. Make it a point to book tickets in advance, as there is heavy rush round the year. For a memorable ride, Luxury trains like the Palace-on-Wheels, Fairy Queen, and Royal Orient Express can be taken from New Delhi Cantonment railway station.
By Roadways :- Being the capital city of India, Delhi is connected to the rest of India through well-maintained network of expressways and roads. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has three Inter State Bus Terminuses (ISBT), at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar from where regular Govt. as well as Pvt. Operators provide Bus services. Besides, there are several other starting points in and around the city, from which various state-managed and privately run transport facilities like air-conditioned, deluxe and ordinary coaches operate.
Various State transportation corporation buses ply to and from the city. The major service providers are Himachal, Utter Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan Roadways corporations. Besides Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) also ply inter-state buses. Moreover DTC also has a biweekly service to Pakistan connecting Delhi with its sister city Lahore.
-: RESTAURANTS & CAFES :-
Delhi has witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of Restaurants and cafes that have come up in the city. They cover almost the entire spectra of the society, both in terms of budget and varieties of foods offered. Infact, there is no end to the list of restaurants and cafes in Delhi.
Indian cuisine can give food lovers an unforgettable experience. Here, you will find the unique mix of ancient with the modern, and a great variety of food including north Indian, Oriental, South Indian, and Thai. Some of the must visit Restaurants and Cafes are mentioned below
BUKHARA - ITC MAURYA SHERETON HOTEL, CHANAKYAPURI, NEW DELHI :-This is touted as serving the finest Indian cuisine in the world. A very popular place for food lovers. Its food, especially the non-vegetarian food is said to be mind-blowingly delicious and unforgettable.
THE SPICE ROUTE- HOTEL IMPERIAL, JANPATH, NEW DELHI :- This restaurant figured in the list of top 10 restaurants in the world. They basically serve Southeast Asian cuisine, and along with a visual depiction of the journey of spices from Kerela to Indonesia, they serve delicious food and exclusive wine selection.
CHOR BIZARRE, HOTEL BROADWAY,NEW DELHI :- The name of this restaurant means "thieves' market," and the mish-mash of nostalgic décor and furnishings echoes the sentiment. You might dine on an old sewing table or sit in mismatched chairs. Don't let the fun decorations distract you from your wonderful meal. The specialty here is Kashmiri (Northern Indian) cuisine. This style of cooking tends to be a bit milder than much of Indian cooking. Try the lamb meatballs flavored with cardamom or the mutton stewed in yogurt, cardamom and anise. Reservations suggested.
-: BEST TIME TO VISIT DELHI :-
As mentioned in this website, Delhi experiences hot and humid climate in summers and chilly conditions in winters. So that leaves us with the spring season as one of the best time to visit Delhi. During this season the city is blooming and blossoming and presents a delightful sight. The spring period of February to March and September to November is the perfect answer to the question of "when to visit New Delhi, India”. In addition to this, most of the festivals in New Delhi take place in the months of October to March, which adds to the beauty of the city. For example, Dussehra falls in the month of October, Diwali in October/November, Christmas in December, Lohri in January and Holi in March. So, if you want to truly enjoy the spirit of the city, come during the peak season and lose yourself in the festivities.
However, if you are here not for mere fun but to try for adventure excursions then Delhi is worth visiting round the year as city remains bustling with tourists throughout the year.