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Travel India guide provides you with detailed information and guide on New Delhi travel & its tourist spots like Lotus Temple, India Gate, Akshardham Temple, road maps, climate, festivals, delhi food and best hotel deals.

Delhi, or 'Dilli' as we normally call it, is the capital city of India. It is not one but seven cities Hindu and Moghul emperors gave to India. In its great buildings, standing or in ruins, can be seen the glories of the empires of the ages. This is a city that for all the planning that has gone into it still has a majestic beauty and an old world charm which even the jet age cannot pass by. The New Delhi is a garden city and is one of the worlds' most elegant capitals, with its huge diversity and culture.

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Arts & Crafts:
As the seat of empires for centuries, and with royalty as patrons, Delhi has long been a cultural center, attracting the best of painters, musicians and dancers. Though today's patrons have changed, Delhi is more than ever the cultural capital of the country, and is also visited by foreign dancers, musicians and theatre groups en route to the Far East.
October to March is the "cultural season" of Delhi, during which time a plethora of events take place in the fields of the visual and performing arts. The best of the performing arts can be viewed at Kamani Auditorium, the Chamber Theatre at Triveni Kala Sagam, FICCI Auditorium, the India International Center, Siri Fort, LTG Auditorium, Pragati Maidan and Sri Ram Centre, where Delhites can enjoy the privilege of seeing, and listening to, the legendary gurus as well as their disciples.

New Delhi Culture :
Delhi's culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India. This is exemplified by the many monuments of significance found in the city; the Archaeological Survey of India recognises 175 monuments in Delhi as the National Heritage Sites. Three World Heritage Sites—the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb—are located in Delhi. The Laxminarayan Temple, Akshardham Temple and the Bahai Lotus Temple are some excuisite examples of modern architecture.
Museums and Galleries:
National Museum, National Museum of Natural History,  Archeological Museum, Rail Transport Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art,  Crafts Museum, National Children's Museum, Shankar's International Dolls Museum, Tibet House Museum, Gandhi Memorial Museum, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library.
old delhi Jama Masjid  Lotus TempleQutub Minar
Fairs & Festivals:
Delhi's festival calendar begins with the Republic Day parade on 26th January. It is the most colorful of the city's festivals events and also the biggest crowd-puller. Hundreds of thousands people line the route from Rajpath to the Red Fort to watch the pageant of solders, camel crops, armored regiments, brass bands, folk dancers, school children, war veterans and elaborate floats representing the cultural diversity of India. The two hour long parade is usually rounded off with a much-awaited spectacular fly - passed presented by Air Force squadrons. A special display of folk dances also takes place at the Talkatora Stadium. Three days later the Beating of the Retreat takes place at Vijay Chowk. Various bands of the armed forces set the pace for marching troops against the grand backdrop of Rashtrapati Bhawan.

Places of Interest:
Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Purana Quila, Jantar Mantar, Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid, Safdarjung's Tomb, India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Rajghat, Lotus Temple, Old Delhi chandni Chowk, Lakshmi Narayan Mandir & Delhi Metro.

Delhi also offers amazing choices for weekend getaways as it's covered with beautiful touist spots in its vicinity such as Agra, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Lansdowne, etc.

Delhi Metro Train Red Fort-Lal Kila India Gate Connaught Place

Shopping in Delhi:
Delhi is unique in that it has representative outlets for the handicrafts of each Indian state. This in it self presents a staggering array of goods, and at very affordable prices. In the last decade there has been a dramatic change in Delhi's markets. Upwardly mobile lifestyle has led to greater sophistication in display and upgrading of various markets in terms of availability of items. The famous shopping spots include Sarojni nagar Market, Connaugh Place or CP, etc.
Many of its localities, like Sheikh Sarai and Yusuf Sarai, derive their names from medieval market towns. For visitors to Delhi, shopping is high on the list of "things to do". Tourists find a wide choice of items- such as carpets, silks, jewellery, leather and silver ware, handicrafts and handprinted cotton - that are synonymus with India. Each item is available in a range of prices, depending on the quality and the outlet.

Six of Delhi's best shopping hot-spots are:

1. South Extension: South Ex market is one of the up-market shopping areas of the city. From quality clothing to the best footwear, you will find almost anything and everything here. Frequented by the hip and happening crowd of New Delhi, this market offers designer wear as well. It is home to the entire major brands found in India, as well as the most number of departmental stores in one place.

2. Khan Market: Khan Market is one of the most chic and classy shopping markets in Delhi. The market offers an extensive assortment of showrooms, which have a wide variety for choice. Some of the best-known brands have their outlets in the Khan Market. The market also has some very popular cafes apart from the numerous The Khan Market in New Delhiexcellent restaurants.

3. Greater Kailash: Greater Kailas Market is touted as one of the most happening shopping areas of Delhi. It boasts of some of the most luxurious showrooms and retail outlets in the city. Also, numerous classy restaurants and swish pubs add to the glitz and glamour of this shopper's den.

4. Rajouri Garden: This market in West Delhi makes for a chic shopping venue and is soon becoming the shopping hub of the city with many big Shopping Malls coming up.

5. Malls in Delhi and NCR: Many huge shopping malls, like EDM, Pacific Mall, Waves, Ansal Plaza Mall, etc, have come up and people are moving towards these big shopping malls because these are home to a host of top brands and you can find anything that you are looking for. These markets aoffer a combination of ethnic chic and designer labels, Indian and International and everything conceivable available under one roof.

6. Sarojni Nagar Market: For those budget oriented guys, Sarojni Nagar provides the perfect spot. Here you get a lot of cheap, but good quality products, but the market mainly caters to dresses, sweaters and the likes. Remember to bargain hard if you looking to buy things are their correct price.

New Delhi Food:
Delhi is world famous for its food and has got every thing to offer from South IndianChicken Rice Food idli, dosa, sambhar, to North-east momos, to Punjabi styled spicy tandoori chickens. Local delicacies include Chaat and Dahi-Papri. Punjabi and Mughlai delicacies like kebabs and biryanis are popular in several parts of Delhi. Delhi naan-bread and shabarmas are also delicious and mouth watering. A word of caution though: make sure you eat from a healthy joint and eat within your limit because Delhi food is particularly spicy and is known to give "Delhi Belly".

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