Delhi is India’s political and administrative capital as well as one of the most important city in the country. It has some of the most expensive areas to live, and has recently surpassed Mumbai as the most sought after city to live in India. It has a long history, with the first archaeological evidence dating back to 300BC, and had since been conquered and ruled by numerous empires and kings. The city was at the heart of India’s independence, when in 1947 Jawaharlal Nehru became the first prime minister. Today, Delhi has become a big metropolis, hosting the 2010 Commonwealth games and as well as recently opening a wide and efficient metro network.
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- Best hotels in Delhi
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Delhi can be divided into the following key areas:
- Delhi city center: Connaught Place, Old Delhi, Rajpath and Chanakyapuri
- Southern center: Lodi Gardens and Nizamuddin
- North Delhi: home to the Delhi University
- South West Delhi: home to the city international airport
- South Delhi: Mehrauli and Tughlaqabad
- East Delhi: Trans-Yamuna, Noida, Shahdara and Uttar Pradesh
Top sights in Delhi
Some of Delhi most sought after sights include:
- Rajpath: Delhi’s center of Government
- Lai Qila: Delhi’s Mugal Red Fort
- Lodi Gardens: an amazing green space in the heart of the city
- Humayun’s Tomb: a UNESCO world heritage and model for the Taj Mahal
- Qutb Minar Complex: a remarkable Islamic monument
- Jama Masjid: a beautiful Mosque
Best hotels in Delhi
Delhi has some of India’s most luxurious world class hotels, with no less than 4 out of the 14 Indian hotels appearing on the top 100 list, including the Taj Mahal, Taj Palace, the Imperial and the Oberoi.
The following are the best rated 5 stars hotels in the central part of Delhi:
- Taj Mahal New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- Taj Palace New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Imperial New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Oberoi New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- The Oberoi Gurgaon, 5 Stars Hotel
- Trident Gurgaon, 5 Stars Hotel
- Hilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket, 5 Stars Hotel
- Crowne Plaza Gurgaon, 5 Stars Hotel
- Shangri-La New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel
- Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 5 Stars Hotel
Delhi central areas
The heart of Delhi is often referred to as the area around Connaught Place, surrounded by Old Delhi to the North, and the district of Rajpath and Chanakyapuri to the South.
- Connaught Place: heart of the city
- Old Delhi: Mughal capital of Shhjahanabad
- Rajpath and Chanakyapuri: the political district
The Connaught Place is often considered the hub of the capital , centrally located around the Connaught Circus and Indira Chowk metro station and home to one of the city’s busiest train stations. The district is more or less delimited by the New Delhi railway Station to the North, the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg street to the East, the Windsor Place to the South, and the Central Ridge Forest to the west. There are numerous important streets, branching out from the southern part of the Connaught Circus including starting from the West:
- Baba Kharak Singh Mg: home to the hindu Hanuman Mandir and the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara temples as well as the city’s most important catholic church, the Sacred Heart Cathedral.
- Sansad Marg: home to the Jantar Mantar astronomical observatory
- Janpath : home to the beautiful Imperial Hotel, the Western and Eastern Court buildings and the handicraft department store Central Cottage Industries Emporium
- Kasturba Gandhi Marg: home to the British Council
- Barakhamba Rd: home to the National Museum of Natural History
As for the Western side of the Connaught Place area, it is the location of the to the Central Ridge Forest, home to the St Thomas Church to the north and the Lakshmi Narayan Mandir, one of the city’s most celebrated temples.
Old Delhi, located to the north of the Connaught Place, was once known as the Mughal capital of Shhjahanabad and famous for its “Stream of Paradise” flowing at its hearts. Today those location of the waters are transformed into one of the area busiest street. The Chandni Chowk goes from the famous Khari Baoli spice market and Town Hall in the West to the Lal Qali, one of Delhi best known forts. Other key sights on this commercial street include the Jain Mandir bird hospital, the St-Stephen’s Church and the Sisganj Gurudwara. Old Delhi was once a fortified city, and although many of its original 14 gates have disappeared, it still have some remaining including the Salimgarh Fort to the North, the Delhi and Turkman gate to the South and the Ajmeri Gate to the West.
Finally the Eastern side of Old Delhi is a long parks called the Raj Ghat, home to various memorials including the famous Vir Bhumi in memory of Mahatma Gandhi.
Rajpath and Chanakyapuri
Rajpath and Chanakyapuri, located to the South of the Connaught Place, is considered the political heart of the city. The district is a good example of urban planning, with its wide avenue and numerous grandiose governmental building including the parliament known as Sansad Bhavan and numerous ministries. Its main artery is Rajpath, home to the grandiose India Gate on its eastern end , as well as the Hyderabad House, National Archives of India and National Museum, containing a wide collection of the nation historic and archaeological artifacts. Other art centres include the National Gallery of Modern Art and the Crafts Museum, both towards the eastern side of the district. As for the western side of the Rajpath, it is delimited by the Central Ridge Reserved Forest, as well as the home of the president, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, within the President Estate.
Although Delhi transport is often cited as one of the world’s most chaotic, it has significantly improved it the last decades, especially since the huge investment in infrastructure for the 2010 Commonwealth games and the completion of the metro network.
- Getting to and from Delhi
- Getting around Delhi
- Metro network
- Important Information
Getting to and from Delhi
There are a variety of ways to get to Delhi including by air, by train and by bus.
Most of the international travellers will arrive to Delhi via the Inra Ghandi international airport located less than 20km South West of the city center. There are direct flights from the US and the UK, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Jet Airways and Kingfisher. There are also a variety of indirect flights from Europe, usually transiting through the Middle East, by city such as Dubai or Bahrein.
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Getting around Delhi
From the airport the best way to get to the Delhi’s city center is through the newly opened metro. Indeed Rajiv Chowk, one of the key central station in the heart of Connaught Place is located only 4 stops from the airport. Other transport options from the airport including the cheap but slow bus, or the pre-paid taxi
The Delhi metro network is one of the best addition to the city transport infrastructure, and can be a useful way to navigate and get to most of the sights and districts.
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