A day in Delhi, India’s capital travel blog

Delhi is India in a nutshell~Anonymous

 Delhi’s History

   Old Delhi

Delhi has really long and vital history and a huge significance in emerging India in the global level.Wheather it’s silk route or any other significance factor Delhi has always been evolved. Since the early 12th century Delhi has been center of Mughal Empire and other powerful empires. According to Mahabharata, in early days Delhi was known as Indraprastha . In 1526 Babur won the war of Panipath and went on thriving over Delhi and it’s neighborhood. More more information about the Delhi you can access the link “history of Delhi

HOW TO REACH?

Delhi is the capital of India since the Mughal Empire and reaching here is not a big deal from any part of the world. But still not to be ignorant I will tell you in brief.

By Air

Delhi’s International Airport is well connected with the world and India you can reach here from almost anywhere from the world and from any airport in India. It has regular flight connection from most of the major and minor part of the country like Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Lucknow, Goa ,Kolkata, Guwahati and international destinations as well. The airport is divided into two terminals, namely Terminal 1D and Terminal 3

Airport is basically 22 kilometers from Delhi, and it has good transportation system to get into the town. Outside the terminals you can easily find DTC buses and lot of cabs which will take you almost any part of the town. For more details you can visit the following link-how to reach Delhi by air.

By railways –

Delhi is the headquarters of the Northern Railways. There are total five major railway stations in Delhi, namely the The New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station, Nizamuddin Railway Station, Anand Vihar Railway Terminal and Sarai Rohilla, where you can reach from almost anywhere in the you country. It has really good metro service adequate enough to take you almost anywhere in Delhi. For more details you can visit the following link-how to reach delhi by train

By Road-

Delhi is well connected by a great network of highways and you can enjoy a comfortable drive to Delhi with fun stops along the way. Delhi is connected to Jaipur by NH 8 and Agra by NH2. The city is also well connected to destinations like Dehradun, which is located at a distance of 243 kilometers and is four and a half hours drive away. Other cities Delhi is well connected to are, Chandigarh (243 kilometers), Amritsar (448 kilometers) and Alwar (168 kilometers) and many more. You can easily get a direct bus from these cities or else you can drive and come to Delhi, depending on your preference. For more details you can visit the following link-how to reach delhi by road

My experience in Delhi.

I went to Delhi just few days before going to Varanasi  where I spend 2 days, getting indulge in the vivid culture of the ancient city and enjoying there delicious street food.

I reached Delhi pretty early in the morning from Bengaluru. It was a month of January so still the weather was hazy in the capital. Delhi is famous for it’s extreme weather feeling it and to be honest I got little intimidated by the weather condition after reaching here, it was chilling outside, son if  you’re planning to come here during winters do carry your warm clothes.

 I personally feel the best and most convinient way to explore a city is to take a metro, and I took one from Airport. Delhi metro is one of the best in India and it has great facilities. You can easily explore the city by travelling in the Delhi metro.

Morning breakfast in Paharganj

Paharganj_New_Delhi

 

Paharganj is one of those clumsy neighborhood of Delhi where you will find lot of foreigners, some of them are tourists but most are hippies, they have that reckless looks on there face and a strange smile of satisfaction, which will make you wonder. One thing which you should do while is Paharganj is to take a Rickshaw, they will take you to the most of the alleys of the area where you will fine the true beauty. I reached Paharganj early in the morning almost at 8. At that time most of the shops were closed or about to open. I was starving at that time because of my obnoxious flight I couldn’t eat anything, so I started looking for some good food in almost every Alleys (I have always been fascinated by the  alleys of Paharganj, they all look same but everyone of them has their own stories).

While in Paharganj be sure of coming across lot of agents who will try to persuade and manipulate you that there hotel is the best, don’t become there victim, do you’re research, then decide you’re place to stay. There are lot of online portals available on the internet which will tell you about some of the nice place to stay in Paharganj.

After exploring most of the alleys in the lane I stopped for chai. Having chai in the winter morning of Delhi was a bliss, it is one of those small things which do not matter much, but the essence is truly remarkable. Right in front of me I found one small eatery, they had few round tables with chair . They had pretty decent amount of costumers, some were localities but most were  foreigners. On the side wall they had few shelf, it was full of books. From Dalai Lama to Osama Bin Laden they had vase collection, this place was appearing more like a laid back stop for most of the tourists. I ordered English Breakfast, the food was decent and the ambiance was really cozy.

They served me some sausages, mashed potatoes, some kidney beans, veggies and to wash it down with the Darjeeling tea. Overall it was a nice experience in the Paharganj

Maze of Connaught Place and the kebabs 

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Cnought place

Connaught place is one of the largest financial, commercial and business area in New Delhi. Located in the center of the town this place is really easy to reach.

First thing which you will notice here is it’s concentric structure, three circular complex allying to the center with some of the best showrooms, restaurants of the New Delhi.

I went to Connaught place especially to visit Khan Chacha, an institution for kebabs whose mutton kebabs are world famous and are really authentic. After circling in the area for nearly an hour I found it.

On the wall of the restaurant they had pictures with some of the famous celebrities who seems regular there , from Salman Khan to Shahrukh it seems everyone has visited there. They had really mouth watering menu, from kebabs to the rolls they had everything. I was in little dilemma what to order but, the staff there were courteous enough to guide me with there menu. Finally I opted for Mutton seeks kebabs with some chicken tikka and patiently waited for my order number. After 10 minute I heard them calling my order number and I went down to collect my order eagerly. Kebabs were tender and delicious and it was worth trying and waiting, and the chickens were equally moist and juicy.

While wandering in the area and planning for my next destination I found a girl. I went and asked her about some cool places to visit, because the piece of information which locals share about there town is just impeccable, it is  just refined and perfect. After our short talk I found she was going towards Chandani Chowk/Old Delhi, an ancient terrain where history of India belong and was ready to show me around. I feel Delhi’s people are really helpful, they are ready to help you in the strangest of the situation

Exploring the Chandni Chowk /Old Delhi

Chandni Chowk

Sis Ganj Gurudwara

Founded as Shahjahanabad, Chandni chowk is famous for it’s authentic food, spices, mosques and definitely Red Fort and tourist from around the world visit this world heritage center. We reached Chandani Chowk by taking metro from Connought place.

First thing which I notice when I reached there was large crowd of people walking on the road and the aroma of spices thriving my nose. It was a totally opposite situation compared to the New Delhi where you will find expensive cars and top brands showrooms. Compared to that it was a different world. It was also crowded but the crowd was different and also the environment some sought of like a parallel universe. For a instance it appeared as if we have come in the past. My friend was a local to Old Delhi so she was knowing about some of the famous places out there.

Our first stop was Natraj Dahi Bhalla Wala. Located in the corner of the road and at the entrance of the lane to Chandani Chowk Metro station and little away from Sisganj Gurudwara this place was established in 1940, I was amazed by seeing the crowd and there diversity. People from all class religion race and region were enjoying together in great harmony as if it was a symbol of peace and prosperity. After placing our order we went up to the seating area. It was little small with some like 5-6 tables but mind you don’t  go by there size they claim to serve the best Dahi Bhalla in the town, and I don’t doubt there claim. With crispy dahi to the tangy dahi with just the perfect pinch of salt and others spices it crazy delicious probably one of the best street food I ever had.

After that we went to Shishganj Gurudwara. According to the old stories the Priest of Shishganj Gurudwara gave his life in order to save one of the worshiper from the Mughal Emperor thus to honor him for his remarkable bravery they changed the name of the Gurudrwara. It was a really delightful experience to spend the time such a divine place the essence of peace and calmness was divine.

Famous karims

I spent almost like 3 hour roaming around on the streets of Chandani Chowk and went to several places like Red Fort, Parathe wali gali, Karim’s and much more

Final thoughts

A day spent in Delhi for me was really awesome and I came across lot of new things. I went to some of the really remarkable structures and places which are world famous, ate some of the authentic Delhi foods and met some of the really nice peoples with whom I would always try to be in touch. I don’t know when I will visit again, but some of the memories which Delhi gave me I would always cherish.

 

 

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