Monday, June 11, 2012

36 Hours in Delhi

Delhi has been the seat of power for a large part of its history. Right from the days of the Mughal and Lodi dynasties and the British rule, Delhi has been, and still is, the capital of India. Owing to the rich history and the consistent ramp-up of tourism initiatives, Delhi has become a tourist hub. The resident art and culture enthusiasts ensure that Delhi is at the top of the creative, art and cultural scene. Delhi and surrounding towns such as Agra and Jaipur has plenty to offer for tourists. However, Delhi has everything for everyone, even for the discerning traveller who has only 36 hours to spend in the capital city. 

Art Scene:

Grab a bite of India’s art scene in various art galleries such as Nature Morte, Talwar Gallery, Aryan Art Gallery, Palette Art Gallery etc. These art galleries are located in close proximity to each other. Do check local listings for an updated schedule of art exhibitions. 

Humayun’s Tomb:

An early example of Mughal architecture, the Humayun’s Tomb was built in the 1560s for the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. The tomb boasts of architecture akin to that of the Taj Mahal. The surrounding gardens are elaborate and have the ruins of the sandstone tombs, gate and a mosque.

Old Glory:

Best experienced in the early hours of the morning. Old Delhi offers plenty for the soul of the proverbial traveller. The 17th -Century Red Fort is a national monument and is the site for events of national and international importance. Traditional crafts can be found in Kinari Bazaar, a crafter’s paradise. Here, you will find everything from haberdasheries, bead shops and bright red turbans. 


The latest from the ramps of India’s very best in fashion in Lodi Colony main market. Designers such as Rajesh Pratap Singh and Manish Arora have collections that will fill up spaces in your luggage.


The Basant Lok Market is a bustling shopping center in Vasant Vihar. A Punjabi restaurant that goes by the name Punjabi by Nature stocks the best food and drinks. Some as unique as Vodka Gol Gappa Apertif, the Tandoor Roasted Lamb, the Fish Tikka. The vegetarians can indulge their taste buds with Tandoor Roasted Broccoli. Swagath Restaurant in Defence Colony serves unique southern sea food dishes such as squid in butter garlic sauce and Chettinad-style prawns. A dessert run is much advised along the India Gate area where cotton-candy in the environs of a calm evening breeze make for a perfect setting.

There’s more to do in Delhi than what is mentioned above however, for 36 hours, this will give you a pretty good taste of the city.

Delhi is one of Asia’s most important cities and is easily connected the world over. The Delhi International Airport attracts Flights To Delhi from most connections across India. 


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