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New Delhi

New Delhi is the capital of India and an administrative district of National Capital Territory of Delhi. Although colloquially Delhi and New Delhi are used interchangeably to refer to the *National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT), these are two distinct entities, with New Delhi forming a small part of the city of Delhi.

Delhi is one of India’s largest cities, and the core of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world.

With evidence of continuous settlement dating back to the 6th century BC, Delhi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Thought to have been built and destroyed eleven times, evidence of at least eight distinct settlements can still be seen in Delhi.

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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.

Chadni Chowk (map). This is the place to go for the full-on Indian experience of crowded, twisting alleys and tiny shops.

The National Museum (map) has 200,000 works of art, both of Indian and foreign origin, covering over 5,000 years. National Gallery of Modern Art (map) – Its collection of more than 1700 works by 2000 plus artists.

The India Gate built (map) in 1931 was inspired by the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The *Rajpath (map) which was built similar to the Champs-Élysées in Paris is the ceremonial boulevard for the Republic of India. The annual *Republic Day parade takes place here on 26 January.

*Jantar Mantar located in Connaught Place (map) was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments.

*Lodi Garden Area (map) it contains, *Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, *Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, *Shisha Gumbad and *Bara Gumbad.

*Agrasen ki Baoli (map) A historical steep well believed to be built during to time of Maharaja Agrasen of the Mahabharata era and reconstructed in the 14th century. Also here is the Baoli Mosque.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (*wiki, map) is one of the most prominent Sikh gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship.

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.

Public transport of New Delhi

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Getting around Delhi is always an adventure. Best way to travel is via metro, where there are separate cabins for women (which prove to be very useful during rush hour). Metro is clean, efficient, and typically ridden by relatively affluent middle-class students or commuters en route to/from work; there is almost nowhere in the city that you cannot get to by metro.



 BUS >   Buses are operated by the state-owned *DTC. Buses (red and green coloured with big windows)

 RAIL >   All trains in the national system in India are operated by the government-run Indian Railways (IR). (*Rail travel in India)

 AIRPORTS >   Indira Gandhi Airport (map), is the main gateway for the city’s domestic and international civilian air traffic. Delhi Airport Metro Express train line  (Terminal 3)


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