Delhi that includes the Indian capital New Delhi, stands on the Yamuna River in northern India. It is the second most populous metropolis in India after Mumbai and the largest city in terms of area.
Population: 16,314,838 (2011)
Area: 1,484 km²
Delhi’s Top 10
1. Dilli-ki-Chaat – Delhi’s tangy local street food, such as chaat papdi (fried wafers loaded with potatoes, chickpeas, yoghurt and chili) or golgappas (fried hollow dough filled with chickpeas and spicy potatoes.
2. Red Fort, and imagine the last days of the Mughal empire and the British era.
3. Humayun’s Tomb combines Persian style with local craftsmanship, and is surrounded by the fiercely symmetrical Mughal gardens: take a stroll here at dusk.
4. Hear qawwalis (devotional music) sung at dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya; religious songs resounding at around sunset at one of Islam’s holiest tombs.
5. A trip through the doors of the Imperial hotel is like a voyage back into the days of the Raj, with polished hallways hung with chandeliers and works of art. Drink a G&T in its 1911 bar.
6. Lose yourself to shopping, in the temples to Indian craft that are Delhi’s government emporiums on Janpath, close to Connaught Place.
7. Get lost and confused in the narrow bazaars of Old Delhi, and feel like you’ve wandered somewhere medieval.
8. Ride on the Delhi metro: so cheap, so clean, so democratic, unlike the other world upstairs.
9. Khan Market – take one to copy and get made-to-measure at a fraction of the cost of Savile Row.
10. Visit the former home of Indira Gandhi, Indira Gandhi Smriti, where she was shot dead by one of her bodyguards in 1984, and learn about India’s most powerful dynasty.
11. Lodhi Garden on a Sunday afternoon, the perfect place for people watching.