Although colloquially Delhi and New Delhi are used interchangeably, they are two distinct entities. New Delhi is an urban district located in the south of Delhi, a large metropolitan area in the north of India. New Delhi was declared the new national capital in 1931 after a massive political and religious upsurge in Calcutta, the first capital of India.
To this day, the large city of Delhi is considered the capital of modern India, home to at least seven previous civilizations. Though it doesn’t always make a good impression at first glance, there is so much to see and do here. The Delhi region boasts a cornucopia of history, culture, cuisine, commerce and street life.
As India’s fast-paced and busy capital, New Delhi is one of the first stopovers for most visitors when visiting India. Many consider it the go-to tourism destination if you want to catch a quick glimpse of Indian life and culture in all its glory. The city offers countless sights and plenty of activities to keep visitors thoroughly engaged, it is filled with one-of-a-kind sacred monuments that tell the story of the city.
There are truly a lot of things to do in Delhi, from a street food tour of Old Delhi where you can get lost in the narrow bazaars and feel like you’ve wandered into the medieval period, to exploring the city’s three UNESCO World Heritage sites, like the Red Fort, Qutb Minar, and Humayun’s Tomb.
While many ventures the historic sites of New Delhi to see the beauty and be enamored by the history of the city, others believe that the city’s true charm lies in delicious cuisine. By sampling its delicious food, visitors and locals immerse themselves in the Indian culture. Dishes like chaatpapdi, golgappas, stuffed parathas, kebabs, and jalebi are among some of its best and most traditional.
As India’s cultural heart and political center, there are many faces to the city of Delhi and people love to visit it for both business and leisure. Many business travelers visiting Delhi also opt for accommodations like the Radisson Blu Hotel New Delhi Paschim Vihar in West Delhi, due to its proximity to metro stations and top leisure activities, including shops at Metro Walk, Rajouri Garden and Pacific Mall Tagore Garden. There are also plenty of chic accommodation options outside the bustling city center. Areas like Dwarka offer convenient access to historic attractions, including the India Gate and the Red Fort, and are within a 30-minute drive from Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), the major international aviation hub of New Delhi.
Delhi is made up of layers and layers of history told by its many landmarks, monuments, markets and temples. Some of the most visited and historic sites include Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, Indian Gate, Lodi Garden, Indira Gandhi’s former home, Lotus Temple and the Akshardam temples. New Delhi is home to the iconic emblem- India gate, India’s largest mosque – Jama Masjid, and Asia’s largest spice bazaar – Khari Baoli. In the center of New Delhi, you can also visit Central Vista Park, a massive park-like area lined with government buildings, museums, and research centers.
Keep in mind that getting around Delhi can be time-consuming because of traffic, so visitors opt for taxi and metro to get around.
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