- Destination: Delhi
- Time to Visit: Any time. But summer could be really hot.
- Suggestion: Plenty of accommodation of all budgets are available in Paharganj which is good transit point to stay
- Date of travel: 03rd March 2015
- Note: Entry charges vary vastly between Indians and foreigners
- Guide: Refrain from taking local guide if you are bad in bargaining skills. Prefer to take audio guide available at the entrance of all monuments
- Other options: One can travel in Delhi by metro also but can be too crowded during peak hours.
About: Delhi is the capital city of India. The area around Delhi was probably inhabited before the second millennium BC, and there is evidence of continuous inhabitation since at least the 6th century BC and it is often pronounced as “Dilli”
Trip Planner: Delhi -> Agra -> Haridwar & Rishikesh -> Nainital -> Kausani -> Jim Corbett National Park
Our Journey Starts: Anindita’s friend Patrick Mennig from Germany payed a visit to India. Our plan was to show him some of the beautiful places of India. After an extensive planning, Me, Anindita and Patrick are all set to start our journey. The destinations we will cover in this journey are Delhi, Agra, Haridwar and Rishikesh, Nainital, Kausani and Jim Corbett National Park. As Delhi is the centre point for all trips to Uttarakhand, Uttaranchal and other places, we travelled by flight (Indigo) to reach Delhi from Bangalore. Reached Delhi at 9.30AM, whereas the scheduled time was 8.40AM.The flight got delayed due to bad weather. As we were in tight schedule, to save time, we finished breakfast in flight. We pre-booked our accommodation in “Hotel Amax Inn” at Paharganj Delhi.
The cab driver from the hotel came for a pick-up. On meeting the driver, without going straight to the hotel, we started our tour on Delhi sight-seeing. The plan was after seeing all the places, we will move in to the hotel in evening. The entire sight-seeing in Delhi cost us Rs. 1700 in a Indica. The driver took us straight to the “Qutub Minar” from the airport. It is the 2nd tallest monument of India which stands 100 meters tall. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. After spending over an hour there, we moved to the next spot, which is, The Lotus temple (Picture on top) . It is notable for its lotus flower like structure. It is also known as “Bahai Temple”. Anyone can go inside irrespective of religion and caste and the inside is nicely decorated and also a lovely place for the people prefer to meditate. After spending almost an hour there, we are on our way for the next spot. The next place we visited is “The Humayun’s tomb”. The entry fee is Rs. 10 only. Online tickets can also be booked here: https://asi.irctc.co.in/home/humayuns_tomb to avoid queue. The best thing about this place is, it looks very small and unattractive from outside. But, if one goes inside, the size of the construction increases gradually. After crossing two gates is the actual Humayun’s tomb which is huge and beautiful. We went inside the tomb and it was charming. It’s definitely a must visit in Delhi. My friends took an audio guide there by paying Rs. 50 each. I really liked the audio guide concept. It is like a tape recorder attached with a headphone which will be hanging around your neck and works on GPS. It will tell all the history and interesting facts about the monument as you move ahead gradually. Our next visit was “The India Gate”, originally called “All India War Memorial” is a war memorial astride the “Rajpath” (Kingsway) of 82,000 soldiers of the undivided British Indian Army who died in the period 1914-1921 in the First World War. All the soldiers name lost their lives are written on the gate. Republic day parade is held here on 26th January. This is quite a busy place and vendors all around selling food, ornaments etc. Foreigners can try painting their hand with temporary tattoo called “Mehandi”. Then we visited “Gandhi Ghat” (Raj Ghat) which is a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi. One needs to go there in bare feet. Though proper arrangements are there to keep your shoes. As we were running late and due to time constraint, we had to skip Indira Gandhi Museum. So after Gandhi Ghat, we moved straight to the “Red Fort”. The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years. The Red fort was constructed by the emperor Shah Jahan. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is an iconic symbol of India as on the Independence Day, the prime minister hoists the national flag of India at the main gate of the fort. The inside of the fort is really huge and takes at least one hour. The fort looks completely red as it is made up of red sand stone. Red fort was the last in our itinerary for sight-seeing. The next place we visited is “Parathe wale gali” a narrow lane in “Chandni Chawk”. “Chandni Chawk” lies just opposite to the Red fort. After crossing the street, the heavily busy road is the “Chandni Chawk”. One can get almost anything he needs and in a really cheap price. On asking some local people, we found the famous “Parathe wale gali” and ready to have some “Parathas” This places was in our list after seeing many videos in You tube. This place is really famous and there are many photos of Bollywood stars having food there. The name of the shop is “Parathewala”. One can have parathe of any sort. You name it, they got it. Some I can remember from the menu are – Parathe of nimbu (lemon), chili, methi, alu (potato), pudina (mint), gobi (cabbage), paneer, etc The parking area is in a distance of 3 km from Chandni Chawk. We three hired a rickshaw (man pulling vehicle) and reached the parking area by paying only Rs. 30. Then boarding the same cab, we reached the hotel “Hotel Amax Inn’ around 8.30PM which we had pre-booked after seeing may good reviews in “Trip advisor”. However, it turned out to be an average hotel.
This area offers plenty of food options to cater your needs. Need not to say, foreigners almost outnumber Indians here. We booked the same cab to visit Agra the next day to see the one of the Seven Wonders of the World – “The Taj Mahal”. The cab came at the door-step to take us to Agra next day at 3.30AM. Taj Mahal can be very crowded during later in the day. So our plan was to reach early in the morning. It takes around 6 hours to reach Agra via Taj Express. Delhi is an amazing place and we enjoyed a lot. Patrick who came from Germany enjoyed too. Found Delhi to be very cheap in compare to Bangalore. One thing I must mention, Delhi girls are really beautiful. LOL… If you are staying at Delhi for another day, definitely visit “Akshardham”. Stay tuned for more updates on the remaining trip…