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Also known as Mile Pillars, Kos Minar was made by Sher Shah Suri in the late 16 th century. It served as a significant marker for travel and communication for the royal route.
A two thousand year old city with a rich historical past and a prosperous present, Delhi is the capital territory of India. Delhi is a resplendent concoction of the old and new! A state-of-the-art metropolis spread across 573 sq miles, Delhi is a must visit destination in one’s lifetime! It’s bordered by Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. One of the most happening tourist destinations with 25 million population, Delhi is the main headquarter of country’s political administration.
This ‘pulse’ city has everything to offer starting right from magnificent forts, mahals, mosques, museums, monuments, religious centers, national parks to eye-catching malls, stores, gardens, highways, water parks and n-number of amusement and adventure islands to indulge in!
Khiljis, Tughlaqs and the Mughals were the prime ruling dynasties of erstwhile Delhi. The world heritage monuments, tombs, ancient havelis and their narrow lanes and by lanes highlight the imperial past on one hand while Parliament House, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan and other similar landmarks emphasize long British rule of the country!
The city experiences humid subtropical climate with scorching heat in summers and biting cold with dense fog. Third largest urban area in the world, Delhi is the second city with largest number of billionaires and millionaires after Mumbai. Modern Delhi has all the exciting stuffs to make a traveler of any age group fall in love with the city! With loads of transport options, Delhi tourism is well equipped to make one’s city exploration a memorable experience!
A food lover’s paradise, Delhi has some of the best eateries and restaurants in the country! Two things that make a Delhiite proud are its rich history and delectable cuisines. Being a melting pot of many cultures and religions, food of this region is available in a huge array of gastronomical range! Mughlai cuisine is the predominant one. Besides, fast life and dependence on outside food made street food very popular here. Some of the best and must try dishes of Delhi are Paranthas – be it for breakfast or meal, paranthas occupy an important place in any Delhites dining table. Available in huge assortment with lip-smacking stuffing, paranthas is something that any non-delhiite cannot afford to miss!
Kebabs are one of the most sough-after Mughal delicacies, available everywhere in Delhi streets. Starting right from a road side eatery, a posh restaurant to the dining table of a gourmet, Delhites love kebabs in any form. Mixed with aromatic Indian spices, this Mughlai cuisine is a must try! Nihari, a signature delicacy of old Delhi, is a delicious meat preparation which is generally eaten as a side dish with freshly made hot tandoori rotis. Biryani, either made with meat or with poultry, this exquisite Mughlai preparation is known for its amazing taste and flavor!
Delhi street food is equally famous. Aloo chat – boiled potatoes mixed with fragrant spices and chutneys make a mouthwatering snack! Dahi Bhalla is another popular item in majority of chat stalls, made with curd and chutney making it an unforgettable street food! One of the ideal cities to try awesome Lebanese preparation, Shawarma is available is different eateries and food corners in Delhi!
Punjabi Lassi, an authentic drink of this region is a specially made curd drink that tastes super delightful!
Other must try includes momos, rolls, falooda, chole bhature, butter chicken, papri chaat and lot many more delicious food items!
Delhi celebrates hordes of festivals and fairs throughout the year. Since the city is an eclectic mix various of various cultures and practices, Delhi is often referred to as the cultural hub of India. Some of the authentic festivals of Delhi include Mango Festival, a fair in Talkatora Stadium held in the month of July. More than 500 different types of mangoes are displayed here. Holi Cow Festival is a gala event of music, food, art, and dance events, a must watch if one is a music fanatic!
Qutub Festival takes place somewhere between October to November in front of the UNESCO World Heritage Site! It continues for three days in the mist of musical and dance shows.
A popular fair among the Delhites, International Trade Fair is held in the month of November in Pragati Maidan displaying local handiworks and textiles.
Phoolwalon ki Sair is organized in Mehrauli; this is a procession of flower sellers – a must-watch when in Delhi!
Besides, the Delhi book fair, garden tourism festival and Surajkund crafts Mela deserves special mention!
Being one of the biggest cosmopolitan cities in India, Delhi doesn’t have its unique culture and tradition. People from different religions and sects across the country have settled in Delhi making it a huge heterogeneous population mix. Most of the traditions are influenced by Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Rajasthan.
One of the most hospitable people in India, Delhites are extremely helpful and fun loving people. Their multicultural way of life makes them unique from the rest of the country! Love and honoring their guests are an integral part their life.
On one hand one will hear the sound of quawalis of Nizamuddin Shrine while on the other hand one will hear the loud sounds and dynamic microphones of various pubs and discos. In Jama Masjid one finds Indo-Persian arts whereas Chattarpur temple showcases South Indian architecture. Khushwant Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khusrau and singer Mukesh are some of the famous personalities of India who were born in this famous city!
To know more about the culture, one must visit the landmarks like The Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun’s tomb, Gandhi Smriti, India Gate and plenty of such historical facades and monuments distributed across the city!
Bamboo and carpet weaving are the main handicrafts of Delhi. Ivory carving is also quite popular in this city. Paper crafts, kite making and Tazi are the other art forms which are equally famous in Delhi. Tazias are generally used during Phoolwalon ki Sair festival.
Kundan and Meenakari jewelry deserves a special mention when talking about Delhi’s souvenir shopping. This exclusive art form is used for ornamenting metals and was transported from Lahore.
A heaven for the shopaholics, Connaught Place, Palika Bazaar, markets in Chandi Chowk area, shopping complexes close to Hauz Khas and others are the main shopping zones to pick up modern as well as exquisite artifacts and knick knacks.
Hindi is the main language of this vibrant city. Besides, Punjabi and Haryanvi are equally popular. English is the next most popular language and the main medium of instructions in schools and colleges in Delhi.
By Road: Kos Minar is in south district of New Delhi. One can comfortably reach this place by bus, auto or taxi.
By Train: New Delhi train station is the closest rail head. Its 4 kms away and well connected to all the metros in India.
By Air: Delhi international airport is the nearest airport to this place. It’s well connected to all the important cities within the country and outside India as well.GET DIRECTION
There are plenty of food joints in Delhi catering lip smacking north Indian food to the tourists and others.
From October till March are the perfect times to explore this city!
Kos Minar was built in the 16 th century! It was constructed by the king to measure the distance between Delhi and Agra. This 30 feet pillar is built of bricks and has intricate carvings, designs and holy verses of Quran on the wall of it.
Humayun Darwaza: It’s one of the important gates of the Purana Quila and its known for its eye-catching architecture!