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Discover New Delhi
A place where the past and the present meet
New Delhi is the capital of India, which can be easily called the most nontypical in the world. The thing is that de-jure it is a district of the city of Delhi

Administrative division of New Delhi

The city was planned by the British architects at the times when India was a British colony. European approach allowed to make the urban structure as simple and coherent as possible, unlike in other Indian cities. Everything was structured around two big squares in front of the palaces (esplanades): Janpath (Queensway) and Rajpath (King’s Way). The streets, stretching from the two squares, cut at right angles. The tourists, who decide to rent a car or a motorbike, will be pleased with it.

Map New Delhi

Population of New Delhi

The locals are very friendly and always ready to help a tourist. But you should bear in mind that a stranger or even a policeman will ask for a reward. New Delhi residents have good writing skills in English, but they speak very little English or have an accent that makes it almost impossible to understand something.

Brief History

The capital of India was built on ruins of the oldest settlement of Delhi — the capital of seven empires that existed in 3000 B.C. With the arrival of the British, the city changed completely — wide green boulevards, the architecture peculiar to Europe, became a distinctive feature of New Delhi. The first settlements on these lands appeared in 8-2 centuries B.C. According to official sources, the Tomar dynasty lived here in 8-9 centuries A.D.

In 1011, the region endured wars. Under the governance of the sultan Mahmud of Ghana, the city was completely devastated. Years later, the Afghan military commander seized power, and Delhi became the capital of the new sultanate.

Afghan dynasty controlled the city for more than 3 centuries. Delhi became a trade and cultural center, and the richest city in India. But the further history of the region was unfortunate: incursions, wars, destructions, and transition from one governor to another — all this diminished the positions of the city.

Only in 1911, Delhi became the residence. In several days, the construction of the district of New Delhi began. After the declaration of independence, it will become the capital of the country.

Nowadays, it is a cosmopolitan culture city with authentic culture and unique ancient monuments.

The best time to visit New Delhi

It’s not a secret that there is no winter in the capital of India. The temperature doesn’t sink under +13 °С throughout the year.  Summer starts in April and lasts till October. The heat can reach +47 °С. So you’d better look up to the locals who have rest from 12 p.m. to 03:00 p.m. Monsoon season covers the period from July to September.  Winter starts in November and lasts until the end of January. It is warm and dry during this period. That is why many tourists come to New Delhi in the winter months.

Useful notes

Very religious people of different confessions live in New Delhi. Don’t violate the norms by your behavior or extravagant look. Choose light loose clothes with long sleeves. You must take off your shoes when entering a temple (you can carry a bag with your shoes). It is forbidden to enter some temples with uncovered heads; this rule applies to women as well as to men.

A lot of festivities take place in India, so your route may have some alterations. Many tourist attractions are closed on Mondays, and the Taj Mahal doesn’t work on Fridays. Travel conditions and hasty guides make travel difficult. You shouldn’t try to see all the attractions in one day. Try to be comfortable with any changes in your schedule.

People with blond hair get special treatment in India. They can be asked permission to touch their hair or to take a picture with them. If you don’t like such attention, you’d better hide your hair under some headwear.

There are no road regulations in India. You will have to accustom to the local traffic.

One should take food, shake hands, give anything only with your right hand. The left hand is considered to be unclean here.

What should a tourist do in New Delhi

  • Visit the oldest and major tourist attraction — Lotus Temple. The building resembles this flower, which gave the name to the building.
  • Walk along the streets of the Old Delhi. It’s hard to believe you live in the 21st century - everything there resembles the Middle Ages and times when the country was ruled by dynasties and Afghan conquerors.
  • Taste Dilli-ki-Chaat. This spicy street food is one of the gastronomical entertainment for tourists. Chicken with chili and fried flatbreads are in demand.
  • See the city from the height. A mosque Jama Masjid offers a fascinating panoramic view. The building itself is also worth visiting. A copy of the Quran written on deer leather is kept there.
  • Plunge into Indian art. You can find a lot of galleries, antique shops, and boutiques in Hauz Khas Street.
  • Visit Indira Gandhi’s home. Here in 1984, the only female politician of India was killed. Also, here you can learn about the history of the country and the most powerful dynasty.
  • Bring souvenirs from Janpath Market — the handicraft market of the country where you can buy different craft items.

Hotels in New Delhi

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