If you are looking for the perfect end-of-the-year vacation, Delhi would be the city to visit. That’s right. The city may not have the best reputation with its polluted air, non-stop hassle, and overwhelming amount of people. So, why am I trying to sell this city to you?
Because there’s a lot to love about Delhi, from a mouth-watering food scene to lush parks and mesmerizing architecture, Delhi is one of my favorite cities in India. I visited this city, teeming with history and culture, with my friends last winter for our graduation trip. It was our first time there, and we were pleasantly surprised by how much it offered. Here’s how our three-day trip went.
Day 1: Exploring the charm of old Delhi
We availed of a Cab Booking in Delhi and started our day by heading to the Red Fort. Despite being in the heart of Delhi, the red sandstone fort was surprisingly peaceful. You can take your time strolling through the large green space around the fort and revel in the beauty of ancient architecture.
We then took our cab to Raj Ghat, a Gandhi memorial worth visiting. You’ll see a small marble platform there with an eternal flame at one end, marking the spot where Gandhi was cremated. It was a great place to take a breather before our next chaotic stop at Chandni Chowk.
The sounds! The smells! The traffic! The chaos! There’s no other place like Chandni Chowk. You’ll get no opportunity to stand and take it all in. The unbelievable market in Old Delhi will have your head reeling. But, it’s a place you must see for its food scene. It’s a great way to end your first day in the city by sampling some of the best foods in the world.
Day 2: Visit New Delhi
Exploring Old Delhi left us enthralled, but visiting New Delhi is what made me fall in love with the city. If you’re a spook lover like me, you’ll love Agrasen ki Baoli. Supposedly one of the most haunted places in the city, this step-well is a great place to take photos and enjoy the ambiance with friends.
We visited India Gate next–the famed war memorial dedicated to 70,000 soldiers in the British Indian Army who died fighting in WWI. You’ll find a multitude of tourists, families, and schoolkids on picnics around the structure.
We spent the rest of our day taking in the sights at Humayun’s Tomb and the magical Lodhi Garden. I recommend ending your day with a stroll through Lodhi Colony. Beautiful murals blanket buildings in this residential area turned public art district.
Day 3: It’s all about South Delhi
We concluded our in-city trip by chilling out in the neighborhood of South Delhi. We started our explorations at the Lotus Temple – a Sydney Opera House-Esque Baháʼí worship place open to all religions. As the only Bahai temple in Asia, the place has nine turquoise pools and lush gardens you can wander around.
Next, we drove to a UNESCO World Heritage site, Qutub Minar, to admire the architectural marvel. If you’re in Delhi, don’t skip this attraction! It has many interesting ruins and structures that are worth seeing. If you’re not too exhausted in the afternoon, you can head out to the PVR Directors Cut cinema like we did to enjoy a movie.
That was Delhi!
I hope my passion for this city came across in this article; and that you’ll be as spellbound with the city as I was. If you have a few more days of vacation, I recommend taking Delhi to Jaipur Cabs and visiting the famous Pink City of India for a great winter vacation.