Delhi is the beginning or end of many trips in India, and for the first time visitor it can seem confronting and overwhelming. After a few hours in India’s capital city you soon settle in and realise that Delhi is one of Asia’s most eclectic, frenetic and magnificent cities with many cultural and historical layers. It’s brimming with glorious temples, stately colonial buildings and sparkling modern architecture that competes with many of the world’s great cities. Delhi’s multidimensional nature makes for a great two or three day stop; allowing you to dip into both colourful Old Delhi and the more orderly New Delhi.
Old Delhi was the Mughal capital until the end of the dynasty and it’s therefore a great introduction into Indo-Islamic art and architecture in India. Here you’ll find a winding labyrinth of tiny streets lined with bazaars; the Jamma Masjid; the Red Fort and Chandi Chowk, an ancient wholesale market. New Delhi on the other hand is far less gritty than Old Delhi; designed by Sir Edwin Luytens and Herbert Bake, this area was built as the imperial capital for the British. Here you’ll find far more ordered tree lined avenues leading to Connaught Place; Humayun’s Tomb; India Gate and Qutb Minar, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to the cultural and historical highlights, Delhi also offers an impressive selection of museums, art galleries, chic boutique hotels and fine dining restaurants. Whatever your tastes and interests, Delhi will definitely have something you will fall in love with.