Delhi - Beauty, Chaos, and Color
Delhi has only 3 days? Here is our guide on where to go to maximize your time!
(Entry Fee: 200 Rupees)
An underrated, mostly secluded attraction - as soon as you enter, welcome this stunning view.
I found the intricate plasterwork on the inner roof of the main mausoleum to be absolutely magnificent.
The red color of the tomb comes from sandstone and buff stone. This was the first place we visited when we landed in Delhi and it was a nice warm-up of all the Mughal architecture that we were about to see!
(About 800 Rupees per person)
Great restaurant focusing on Asian food. Don't know what you'll get? Any two-person bowl is recommended.
(Entry Fee: 500 Rupees)
Great restaurant focusing on Asian food. Don't know what you will get Any two-person bowl is recommended.
Soda Bottle Opener Wala
(650 Rupees per person)
Walking around Old Delhi (try the motorized tuk tuk to get there) I found the view above Gadodia Market quite amazing. The floors between the buildings of this spice market are mostly covered with dried pepper vendors, so bring a scarf to cover your mouth as the smell can irritate your throat.
After that, walk around the small streets of Old Delhi. If you are not prepared for the chaos, the noise and the smell of all this then it can be a bit heavy.
If you can, try to slowly make your way to Haveli Dharampura Hotel. The original mansion was built in the late 1800s, but was abandoned and discovered in very poor shape. The owner took 6 long years to restore it beautifully keeping in mind the original character and Mughal architecture.
If you are not a hotel guest, they charge a small fee for you to enter and walk around, but I think if you have lunch or drink some tea you will be like this Can enter for free.
If you don't have lunch at Haveli Dharampura, there are actually McDonalds on the way to the Red Fort. I recommend eating there because I could not find anything safe to eat inside Old Delhi. Also, McDonald's is very tasty inside India! I especially like Puri Puri Fries and McLaw Tiki. Remember, cows are considered sacred in India, so you have not found beef anywhere!
(Entry Fee: 150 Rupees)
The Red Fort, where the Prime Minister delivers the annual Independence Day speech, is a symbol of national pride. It was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he decided to shift the capital from Agra to Delhi. The fort took 10 years to complete due to the complexity and scope of the project.
An interesting fact about the Red Fort is that it was not always red. It was originally white due to its limestone. But when parts of limestone started falling, the British turned everything red.
Walk around Hauz Khas Village and then eat at
Rang De Basanti Urban Dhaba
We were one of the best restaurants for Indian food. Recommended: Tea, Naan, Aloo Moti Karare, Dal Makhni, and anything that the server suggests! :)
Make sure you check out the natural ice cream - they have the most delicious and fresh tasting ice cream I have ever had. They use too much fruit in their ice cream with very high quality milk. For me, it competed with the best ice cream shops in San Francisco, Portland and Italy.
My favorite flavors were custard apple (sitaphal), pistachios, ginger honey, chiku, grapes and carrot pudding. The taste sounds simple, but each scoop was just bursting with natural flavor. You can actually see that they put a large amount of fruits in each batch of ice cream.
(Entry Fee: Free!)
Akshardham is one of the largest comprehensive Hindu temples in the world. It was fully returned in 2005 and was a group effort of over 11,000 artists and many more volunteers.
The main temple has the most complex, elaborate handicraft and artwork. I am not sure if I would try any of the paid activities like light shows or cultural boat trips. I found him very agile and fit.
Since it is attraction free, it draws large crowds. Try to leave early to miss the afternoon crowd.
In addition, they do not allow backpacks, purses, phones and cameras inside. So do not bring any of you together or you will have to stop in a long door frame room to check it all. We had to wait for over an hour to check our luggage.
Jantar (ant yantra ') Mantar () enumeration') is directly translated from 'enumeration machine'. It was built in 1724 by Jai Singh, who had a keen interest in science and astronomy.
Jantar Mantar has many astronomical instruments that do cool things such as determine the position of the sun, read horizontal and vertical angles, and attain meridian elevation.
If you have extra time then you can check out the free and good greenery of Lodi Gardens in the middle of Delhi.
Modern 5 Star Haute Indian Cuisine. If you want a memorable gastronomic experience, check out Worth.
Or go back to Haus Khas Village or Khan Market for dinner.
If you are looking for a budget hostel in Delhi, there are many to take.
For the bus north of Delhi, you can roam Rishikesh.