Delhi Travel Guide
Delhi Travel Guide
Delhi Travel Guide
The capital of India and also the second most used entry point into the country. The city is well connected by air, rail and road to most other parts of the country. Delhi also acts as a hub, where a series of short excursions can be taken to neighboring places, all connected by road, and also forms part of the well-known “Golden Triangle’ together with Agra and Jaipur.
With a rich and interesting history carrying on for centuries, the city has seen and attracted many rulers, invaders, businessmen, builders, poets, painters and intellectuals from different parts of the world. Delhi is a city that seamlessly blends its ancient past and modern present, where old forts, tombs and ruins share the skyline with high-rise buildings and stately homes.
The city’s wide tree-lined avenues of New Delhi give way to the crowded narrow lanes of Old Delhi- where a different culture and lifestyle can be noted. More recently, Delhi has positioned itself as one of the most forward-looking and best run cities in the country, whilst boosting a tourism infrastructure that compares with the best in the world. Featuring international hotels with extensive facilities, gourmet restaurants, luxury coaches, bargain shopping, ethnic entertainment and convenient connections for travelling, Delhi is an ultimate travel experience worth exploring.
Delhi Tourism Information:
Flights to Delhi operate on a daily basis via major cities such as Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Addis Abba and Nairobi. Flights also operate via Mauritius and Seychelles, which sparks the idea of combination trips with an island.
Delhi's past may be discovered in the fascinating collection of historical sites and museums. One of the most significant monuments is the Qutab Minar; a magnificent 800 year old minaret, whose origins are shrouded in controversy.
Delhi is a fantastic place to shop. Pick up hand-woven carpets, embroided shawls, leather goods, gems and jewelry at Khan Market, Janpathand Santushti Shopping Complex. Visit Hauz Khas Village, an arty little enclave filled with boutiques selling designer Indian clothing.
Good food is everywhere, from freshly roasted corn on the street to fine dining in five star hotels. The delicious Mughlai food at Have More Restaurant on Pandara Road is popular with tourists. For superb Italian food, try Amicis in the Khan Market. For an ice cold drink try D'Paul's cold coffee in M-Block Market, one of the best in Delhi.
The 300 year old Chandni Chowk is Delhi's oldest market, bustling with throngs of people buying everything from spices and attar to fine jewellery and silks. It is home to the world's largest weekly book market and the original Moti Mahal - birthplace of the butter chicken.
Enjoy a half day tour of Old and New Delhi, visiting the Jama Masjid Mosque, Humayun's Tomb - which the Taj Mahal was modelled on, Taj Ghat - the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, a former palace, bustling Chandni Chowk and India Gate - a war memorial arch.
The unforgettable half day Kingdom of Dreams tour takes you to the outskirts of Delhi to see the Nautanki Mahal. Sample the arts, crafts and food from the 14 Indian states on Culture Gully. Experience an extravagant cinematic musical showcasing the great Indian epics at the 'Sowshaa Theatre'.
Watch a Sound and Light Show at the Red Fort on this half day city tour. The Red Fort was built in 1638 to keep out invaders and is a reminder of the pomp and glory of the Mughal Empire. Watch the special effects at the evening Sound and Light Show that recreates events in Delhi's 5,000 year history relating to the fort.
India has a hot and tropical climate with variations from region to region. During winter, evenings and mornings are cool and days are dry and sunny. In late May, the monsoon begins and humidity levels build. Summer heat can be experienced by July.
Visas are required for South African passport holders when traveling to India. Visas to be obtained before traveling to India.
*6 month recent bank statements required for visa application
Places of interest in Delhi
National museum, New Delhi
National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum
National Gallery of Modern Art
National Rail museum
Jewellery / copper / brassware
Out and about
Mughlai and Tandoori dishes