As the second largest metropolis in India, Delhi has a vast amount to explore. From its rich history and culture to truly thrilling seasonal attractions, anyone who visits Delhi is sure to come away with an experience unlike any other.
For instance, Delhi hosts a number of spectacular celebrations and National events throughout the year. Republic Day (26 January) has a large cultural and military parade, while Independence Day – held on August 15th – invites everyone to celebrate by flying kites – a symbol of freedom. The Qutub is another cultural event which is held every September and sees performances by musicians and dancers from across India. The Spring Festival and International Mango Festival attract countless tourists and nationals each year. So, if you plan your visit to Delhi to coincide with these times of year, you’ll have the added pleasure of partaking in the country’s most celebrated events.
Holidaying in Delhi wouldn’t be complete without a taste of the region’s fantastic cuisine. Local delicacies include Chaat and Dahi-Papri, available in restaurants and through street vendors alike but due to Delhi’s cosmopolitan population, cuisines from every part of India can be found in the city.
Delhi is also a shopper’s paradise. The markets of Old Delhi hold an eclectic range of products – from foods and spices to jewellery and textiles. Visitors can also find arts and crafts unique to Delhi’s distinctive style, including Zardozi (embroidery with gold thread) or Meenakari (enamelled art). And if you’re after the stunning fashion sense of India, Chandni Chowk, a three century-old shopping district that’s popular for its jewellery and saris, is not to be missed.
A glance in any direction in the city of Delhi will reveal some aspect of the city’s vast culture and history. Aside from the countless monuments strewn about the city (175 alone are national heritage sites while another two are World Heritage Sites), the city holds legacies of its rich Mughal past among the old city’s narrow lanes and crowded markets.
Some of Delhi’s top architectural attractions include the Purana Qila fortress, Red Fort, the India Gate and the modern Bahá’í Lotus Temple. One of Delhi’s most spectacular sites is undoubtedly the Jama Masjid – the great mosque of ‘Old’ Delhi. Built in 1644, Jama Masjid was one of the last architectural indulgences commissioned by Shah Jahan – the Mughal emperor, who also built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. And with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 worshippers, Jama Masjid [http://www.lonelyplanet.com/worldguide/destinations/asia/india/delhi?poi=14596] is renowned as the largest mosque in India.
If you’re planning a trip to Delhi to experience the Jama Masjid – among countless other splendors – it’s best to book your flights well in advance to get the best deals; particularly if you’re planning to travel during the spring or autumn months. You’ll find a number of airlines which offer direct flights to Delhi from London – so getting there is easy. So, don’t miss out on one of the most exciting, beautiful and historic cities in India – visit Delhi on your next holiday!