Like many, I am constantly dreaming of that picture perfect, must needed vacation away from all the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You know the one; far from home where your office phone doesn’t quite get service and you have excitedly turned into a crazed selfie-taking tourist because you are surrounded by nothing but beautiful architecture, gorgeous landscapes and of course, incredible food? Your social media accounts will explode from all the breathtaking views in this spiritual destination of India.
Now the question is where does one go to endure such an experience and to take those impeccable pictures that will most likely shut down the internet?
The answer is easy; Delhi India. Being the second most populated city in the Country, the Capital of India is home to well over a thousand heritage buildings and monuments including India’s largest mosque. Its extensive cultural history is every traveler’s dream, providing them an experience like none other. It allows its visitors to traverse throughout many of the city’s finest architectural landscapes all the while taking them on a journey through the Country’s extensive history.
Top 5 Places to Visit in New Delhi
As planning such an excursive trip can be challenging and at times overwhelming, I have put together a list of the top 5 places to visit in Delhi, as a guide to help you kick start planning your dream vacation:
As your jet lag sets in and your internal clock adjusts to the time change, why not start your trip off on a quiet note with a visit to the Lodi Gardens. This relaxing garden provides its visitors a peaceful experience as they make their way throughout the vast acreage populated with a variety of local flowers, wild life and monuments.
Now that you’ve had time to catch up on your sleep, it’s time to kick it up a notch. If you are up for a tough work out first thing in the morning then this 365 year old mosque is where you will want to find yourself. The immense history within the walls of the oldest mosque in the country embraces you as you make your way to the top for a spectacular view of the city! Which would be the perfect place for a morning meditation.
Surely you are eager to get in a little shopping and indulge in some of the finest cuisine in the world. I suggest you make your way down to Delhi’s main drag, Chandi Chowk. Packed full of local merchants selling everything from fresh produce to hand made souvenirs; this rowdy market located in the heart of the city is the place to be if you are looking to fill your belly and your carry on with delicious food and precious memorabilia.
Why not stop by the most famous monument in the city? With its lavish marble and red sandstone finishes, the Red Fort provides an experience all in its own. Not to mention the incredible sound and lightshow offered every evening and a shopping bazaar on its roof. A definite must see!
As much as we would love to spend every waking moment exploring the nooks and crannies of this beautiful city, a lot of us are forced to return to the likes of everyday life sooner than we would like leaving many stones unturned and many sites unexplored. The National Museum offers visitors the opportunity to catch up on the Country’s incredible history as it takes you through an in depth walk amongst the some of the Country’s most treasured artifacts and antiques.
There are so many amazing must see places in Delhi. There remains so much more to see and do but I have chosen to talk about the 5 I feel would best serve as an accurate and enjoyable experience for those with limited travelling time. Hopefully this encourages you to get out and explore! Safe travels!
He is a frequent traveler and infrequent blogger. Though he loves to write for Pearls India Tour, most of the time he is occupied with his gadgets & Indian foods (samosas & kachoris). He is a yoga-doer & meditation-practitioner and loves to visit new places and make new friends. Himanshu, thanks for this guest post, Top 5 Places to Visit in New Delhi.