Capital to one of the greatest and world’s largest democracies, India, Delhi is a home to numerous historical tales, splendor architecture, centuries old thriving market residing amongst the modern infrastructure and shopping complexes, and several ethnicities living and sewing dreams together. Delhi has been a capital for over 100 years since before the Indian independence and has been a witness to many kings and kingdoms rising and declining.
With several historical world heritage structures, grand religious edifices, biggest shopping malls, indulgent food, chaotic ancient markets, and advanced metros, Delhi hits the list of the famous places to be visited by foreigners. It is home to several ethnicities of people who follow Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikh, and some percentage of Buddhist and Jain people. Being a capital city, Delhi fits best as a window to the country and offers visitors a glimpse of a whole new world of numerous tell-tales and experiences.
Delhi Language and Population
Hindi is mainly spoken in Delhi with other languages of different ethnicities such as Punjabi, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi, etc. along with English.
At present in 2022, the current population of Delhi stands as 32,066,000 with people from different ethnicities living in New and Old Delhi and some in Delhi NCR region.
Famous Places in Delhi
Some of the best tourist places in Delhi are:
- India Gate – Located along Rajpath, Indian Gate is a war memorial and looks stunning at night with colorful fountain and lightings and a perfect spot for a walk.
- Qutub Minar – A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second tallest monument of Delhi surrounding by lush green lawns and picnic spot.
- Akshardham Temple – Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan and known for its spectacular structure, architecture, with India’s largest stepwell.
- Humayun’s Tomb – A UNESCO Heritage Site and the resting place of Mughal emperor Humayun with a stunning Mughal architecture with Persian influence.
- Museum of Illusion – Indian’s first optical illusion museum in Connaught Place that is very fascinating.
- National Gallery of Modern Art – Preserving and showcasing art dating back to 1800s with a collection of more than 14,000 artworks from artists throughout the country.
- Lotus Temple – One of the seven Baha’I House of Worship and known for its lotus shaped structure.
- Red Fort – A historical fort built by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan completely with red sandstones and home to several museums.
The hub of local delicacies and mouth melting cuisines from around the world, Delhi is a foodie’s delight that makes even a fitness freak tempted enough to gorge in the deliciousness. Some of the famous Delhi foods ranging from street foods to high street food and to high-end hubs are:
- Tangy and spicy street food such as Pav Bhaji, Pani Puri, Aloo Tikki, Chaat, etc. in Kamla Nagar
- Succulent fried and local food such as Chole Bhature, Kathi Rolls, Chicken Tikkas, Kulfi, and much more in Karol Bagh
- Scrumptious Indo-Chinese dishes such as Manchurian, Fried Rice/Noodles, Chili Potatoes, Spring Rolls, Momos with spicy chutney, etc. in Lajpat Nagar
- The best non-vegetarian dishes like Kebabs, Mutton/Chicken Tikka, etc. in century old restaurants with over 500-year-old recipes in Nizamuddin
- Lip-smacking north Indian and Mughlai delicacies in Chandni Chowk like Mughali paratha, Kachori, tikki, etc.
High Street Cafes:
- An array of Indian and international cuisines in numerous eateries in Connaught Place
- Enjoy delectable Indian and continental starters along with refreshing drinks in pubs and lounges in Hauz Khas
- Dive into a range of Italian, Mexican, North Indian to South Indian, French and many more cuisines in striking budgets in Hudson Lane
- Devour Mediterranean, Chinese, Continental, and Pan Asian menu with varied beverages in upbeat nightclubs and restaurants in Khan market
Delhi Famous Restaurants:
- Italian Cuisine – The Bigg Chill, Ego, San Gimignano, Spago, Flavors
- Japanese Cuisine – Sakura, TK’s (Teppanyak), Enoki (Yakitori)
- Chinese Cuisine – Taipan, August Moon, Empress of China, Pan Asian, China Fare, Fa Yian
- Indian Cuisine – Baluchi, Chor Bizarre, Delhi Darbar Restaurant, Dum-Pukht, Punjabi by Nature, Karim Hotel
Delhi Famous Markets
From century old markets to new modern ones selling clothing, footwears, handicraft, and much more, here are some of the famous markets in Delhi:
- Janpath and Tibetan Market – Shop for good from different parts of India and Tibet as well and that too at reasonable prices.
- Dilli Haat – With several small stalls made to look like a village fair, Dilli Haat is a blend of art and artifacts and apparels from all parts of the country.
- Paharganj – hop from a collection of apparels and other items at a discounted wholesale price
- Chandni Chowk – More than a century old market, a trip to the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and shopping insanely cheap items ranging from clothes, footwear, accessories, etc. is an experience.
- Sarojini Nagar – Known for cheap designer clothes and reputable brands that have been rejected from exports because of minute manufacturing defects.
- Khan Market – Market with several branded outlets
Famous Hotels in Delhi
Delhi has a mix of several budget friendly, high-end, and luxurious hotels to suit the needs, budget, and lifestyle of every visitor. Here is a list of some famous hotels in Delhi from budget friendly to luxurious.
- Bed & Chai
- Moustache Hotel
- Zorba the Buddha
- Tatvamasi Homestay
- Master Guesthouse
- Sri Aurobindo Ashram
High-end/Luxurious Hotels in Delhi:
- Hyatt Delhi Residences
- The Oberoi New Delhi
- The Leela Palace New Delhi
- Lemon Tree Hotel
- The Claridges
- Hilton Garden Inn
- The Imperial
- JW Marriott
- Shangri-La Eros
- Taj Palace
- ITC Maurya
How to Reach Delhi
- By Air: Delhi is well-connected by air with domestic and international flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport and domestic airports from all major cities of India.
- By Train: The Delhi railways connect the city to all major and minor cities of India which are New Delhi Railway station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station
- By Road: Delhi has well maintained network of roads and highways connecting major cities. Both the public and private transportation providers run to and from all the neighboring cities.
Narrating the country’s rich past and prosperous present, Delhi is a city where the modern blends seamlessly with the ancient, where the ruins greet the advanced, and where several ethnicities unite to welcome you to a place of wonders and legacies.