Delhi is one of those places that defy superlatives. However hard you may try to put its idiosyncracies to words, its ever-changing aspects and its essence will keep eluding you. Now, foolish as we may seem, we are not about to set ourselves to the improbable task of painting a reliable picture of Delhi. After all, it’s one of those places that is best experienced first hand. To give you some pointers on this journey, here’s our list of the.
One of the largest temples in the world, the Akhsradham temple is more a weekend tour site than a place of worship. Newly built but a fine specimen of traditional Hindu architecture, the various shows and activities here are truly enthralling and leave you gasping for more. Start with a captivating boat ride, then enjoy the cutting-edge and eye-opening robotics show, follow it up with an informative documentary, on one of India’s largest screens, and cap things off with a unique light-show late evening. Also, don’t miss the sprawling gardens, the good food and the interesting souvneir shop.
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For as long as one can remember, India Gate has been synomymous with Delhi. The experience of enjoying a picnic or ice cream with your friends and family in the lush green lawns, with water bodies and fountains flowing about you and cool breeze mussing your hair is a typical Delhi thing that has been the staple weekend (or whenever) plan for Delhiites. About time you stopped missing out.
Connaught Place and Janpath
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Edwin Lutyens, the legendary architect, designed the breezy marvel that is modern Delhi and capped it off with Connaught Place, a white emblem of colonial-era architecture, at its heart. It has been the go-to market of choice since it began, and that status remains unchallenged, as do the white facades of the hundred-year-old buildings. Enjoy a casual stroll through the inner circle, catch up on your window shopping, sample a few drinks at the swanky bars and then laze around in the vast green Central Park.
When you’re done exploring, head to Janpath nearby and shop for trendy apparel and accessories at dirt-cheap prices. A perfect way to spend a day, right?
The second-tallest minaret in India, Qutub Minar is an iconic Delhi monument that has stood here in silent testimony to the changing landscapes of Delhi since mid-12th Century. While this UNESCO World Heritage Site is now closed for entering, there is a mosque at its base, believed to be the first mosque in Delhi, an old rust-free iron pillar nearby and a huge tower complex that has a story to tell. Visit here to enjoy an unadulterated glimpse into Delhi’s history.
In strictly musical terms, Old Delhi is a revelatory jazz album in a run-of-the-mill pop casing. Every street corner hides a secret: a great food shop, some old monument, or a pawn shop for books. But there are some structures that are as recognisable as Delhi itself. Built by Shah Jahan on his streak of architectural briliance, the Red Fort has been the centre-piece of Delhi’s, and India’s, struggle and growth over the years. From the decline of the Mughals, the constantly deteriorating rule of the British, the century-long struggle for independence, to that speech by Nehru at the stroke of midnight at its pulpit about our ‘tryst with destiny’, the Red Fort has seen it all. If only these walls could talk, we would all be richer for it. Though we know it best as the place where the Indian flag is unfurled by the PM every August 15, don’t let it be the case. Visit here to appreciate the architecture, visit the multpile museums here that hold many significant artefacts and specimens from history, have tea at the centuries-old tea house, shop for goodies at the small jewellery market at the other side of Lahori Gate, and do attend the light and sound show in the evening that depicts Mughal history. A visit here wil be an enriching experience.