About New Delhi
Delhi the city destroyed and born seven times, truly deserves to be the capital of India. India’s capital city, Delhi is a historic and grand city, vibrant with energy and buzzing with life. It is here that you’ll find the old with the new, existing side by side, in perfect harmony. The sprawling modern metropolis that is New Delhi has an alter ego in the form of Old Delhi that seems to be steeped in a timeless limbo. Old Delhi is the city of Mughals where you’ll find Red Fort and Jama Masjid and the meandering lanes of Chandni Chowk. South Delhi has Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Safdarjang’s Tomb, Tughlaqabad and Nizamuddin. Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate Rajpath and Connaught Place are in New Delhi. Savour Delhi’s famous street food and enjoy shopping at Karolbagh and Delhi Haat.
Some travelers prefer to use Delhi as a transport hub, staying one or two days, then taking advantage of the convenient connections to other parts of India. Also there are numerous weekend getaways from Delhi which one can go for.
As well as the upmarket stores of Khan Market, Delhi offers Hauz Khas Village for the artistically inclined, Janpath Market for Tibetan goods, and Chandni Chowk for everything else you might find in a bazaar. Travelers wishing to exercise all five senses can head to the Five Senses Garden, more than just a visual feast, music and delightful smells are offered here. Although Delhi is an ancient city, New Delhi was only built in 1912. The modern planning of New Delhi can be seen in its tree lined boulevards.
It pays to be careful in Delhi; the glorious city is also notorious for touts, beggars, scammers and even food poisoning. As a rule, do not trust strangers who approach you, however friendly they may seem. Around the Delhi Train Station and backpacker areas it is best to at most say ‘No thanks’ to anyone who approaches you. Do not get drawn into conversations or even make eye contact. It is likely that these friendly strangers are touts and scammers.
Buy tickets from reputable agents or from the official booths inside the bus or train stations. Be careful with the food. When eating, choose local restaurants that are busy as the food will be fresh. It comes down to personal choice whether to give to beggars. Horrifying stories of beggars working for ruthless bosses abound. Money given instead to a local charity may be a good option.
There are several train stations in Delhi, but most trains stop at the Delhi Railway Station (NDLS) which is opposite the backpacker district of Paharganj. There is also a different station by the same name. But Delhi Railway Station (formerly Delhi Junction) has a different code: DLI. Delhi Railway Station (DLI) can also be called Old Delhi Station. Buses in Delhi connect to almost every major city in India, as well as Kathmandu in Nepal.