Calcutta (now *Kolkata, map) was the capital of India during the British Raj, until December 1911. *Old Delhi (map) had served as the political and financial centre of several empires of ancient India and the Delhi Sultanate, most notably of the Mughal Empire from 1649 to 1857.
*Central Delhi – contains an interesting mix of architecture from the Sultanate, Mughal and the colonial period. Also known as Old Delhi (map) with major tourist attractions such as the *Red Fort (map) and the *Jama Masjid (map). *Delhi Junction railway station is here (map). The red metro line runs east-west here, and the yellow line runs north-south.
The main tourist areas > Main Bazaar (map), Karol Bagh (map)
During the late spring and early summer months, the city is scorchingly hot. First-time visitors feeling the culture shock are recommended to not compound that by visiting during adverse weather conditions, and get a decent hotel room so you can stay in comfort between your sightseeing trips.
Sarojini Nagar Market (map) is one of the biggest and famous market. + Janpath flea market (map). Think of it as a vast flea market, where you can get all kinds of knick-knacks and clothes. Janpath is not a place for those unwilling or unable to bargain ruthlessly. Also, as in any flea market, quality will vary greatly.
Khan Market (map) This up-scale area of independent shops is where foreign diplomats go for lunch and to shop for dog supplies, groceries (great choice of vegetables), clothes, housewares, jewellery / accessories, and books. Expensive.
Dilli Haat (map) – Crafts fairs happen here every week. – It is a wonderful place to get crafts from all over the country. Many visitors find the mellow atmosphere worth the extra cost of shopping here. It also has a section called Foods of India. This has a huge number of restaurants, each showcasing the food of a particular state of India.
Try to avoid walking around alone in lanes without many people after sunset and be cautious when hiring cabs at night. Delhi is among the three unsafest cities for women in India.
! Do not trust strangers who appear out of the crowd to help you. Anyone who approaches you spontaneously should be completely ignored.