Things to do in Delhi
Delhi is a beautiful place to visit. The city on first visit offers you all the colossal and popular attractions like the Red Fort, Lotus temple etc., You can route to some of the other magical things Delhi has to offer during future visits. Here I have listed some of the offbeat attraction in Delhi which you'll surely like.
Delhi, India Gate (Source: Arian Zwegers)
Bharatpur is a name synonymous with love of nature and flocking birds. At a distance of 180 kms from Delhi one can easily reach Bharatpur in about 4 hours.
Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary is a paradise for bird watchers and in case one is not an avid bird watcher, they will definitely be one after the visit. Keoladeo National Park attracts over 350 species of birds from all over the world. Apart from the birds, there is a visual treat of the fauna as well as pythons.
Other attractions nearby are the Lohagarh Fort, and Deeg - a charming little agricultural town of Rajasthan.
The Bharatpur bird sanctuary is a fabulous place for bird lovers and nature photographers. Was a bit disappointed on this visit as the migratory birds had not arrived in full - so much fewer birds at this time of the year. The best time to visit the sanctuary is when the cold sets in i,e December to February . Remember to go early morning - at dawn as that is the time when birds are out feeding and visible.
(Source: - TripAdvisor)
Distance from Delhi: 185 kilometers (about 2 hours and 42 minutes).
Literally "younger brother", this artificial lake stands as a homage to Garhwali youth of the regiment. It is a nicely landscaped lake with a small park, a few fountains and a bamboo 'machan'. There are boating options too. Although very modest, the Bhulla Tal is worth a visit just for the enchanting natural surroundings.
Rowing away (Source: Sanjoy Ghosh)
Here's a review:
If you are a nature lover and want to spend some time really for relaxation then this place is worth visiting. There are few restaurant in the market, but not much choice. Simply roam around to explore the nature.
One can travel in own car, roads are perfect condition.
This lake is about 100 kms away from the main city in Delhi. The drive itself will be totally worth your time. You could take a bus or even rent a car from Delhi, spend the entire day at the lake and adjoining areas and be back by the evening.
Location: Lansdowne, Uttaranchal
Duration from Delhi: 2-3 hours
Cost for travel: $30 - $45 (depending on your mode of transport)
Akshardham Temple (Source: Russ Bowling)
It is a beautiful attraction adding to the grandeur of Delhi. It is a huge temple complex surrounded by lush green gardens landscaped to perfection. Trust me when I say it's huge! It alone can take a full long day if you want to see and digest all the intricate details it has to offer. It is a Guinness World Record holder for being the 'Worldâ€™s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple'. Here's what an official from Guinness had to say:
"It took us three months of research, poring over the extensive architectural plans of the Akshardham and also those of other temples of comparable size, visiting and inspecting the site, before we were convinced that Akshardham deserved the title..."
To save time and yet get the best out of it, I would suggest you to visit it in the evening after 5:00 pm. A quick tour of the place and then head straight to the musical fountain area. When you are tired after a long day's work, being an audience to this lovely, colorful and musical show is sure to relax you. Believe me it is not like any other musical fountain. Its just amazing.
Musical Fountain (Source: Swaroop C H)
An important tip if you are visiting Akshardham is that taking mobile phones or cameras or any other thing is not allowed inside. They want you to be empty handed. Maybe so that you can capture it all in your eyes and keep the beauty safe in your heart
Lotus Temple (Source: Christopher Macsurak)
Lotus Temple, given its name due to its flower like shape is the Bahai House of Worship in Delhi. Due to its beautiful infrastructure, it has attracted more than 50 million visitors since 1986, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world. The Lotus Temple can make an interesting place to visit during a visit to Delhi.
Built in 1896 by Colonel AHB Hume, a trip to this chapel is a rustic affair. It is no longer functional, having fallen off the parishioner's list since 1947. Restored by the Garhwal Rifles Regimental Center, you can now find some rare pre-independence photographs and audio/visual display of regimental history.
(Source: Abhishek Baxi)
The Tip-In-Top is a vantage view point. Located in the ridge just off St. Mar's Church, it offers some mesmerizing vistas, specially at the time of the setting sun. The way meanders through lush forests and rugged mountainous terrains leading to the spot from where you can get a bird's eye view of the majestic Himalayas.
Lansdowne (Source: Abhishek Baxi)
Tip-In-Top (Source: Tip-In-Top)
Delhi has lot of restaurants serving various cuisines. So you'll have lot of options to choose from. here I have listed three restaurants in Delhi which is loved by all.
Tempting South Indian Food, oozing spices, great ambiance are enough to serve an empty stomach. Saravana Bhavan at Cannaught Place is very well honored for it's excellence in spices and tastes. South Indian Cuisine addicts, if you miss this thing, you probably miss everything.
(Source: Tracy Hunter)
Your search for an original south Indian food ends here, food is always delicious. It is served with smile.Waiters never irritate.Premises is very clean. Rates are affordable Their sweets overtake any North Indian Sweets from best Sweet shops like Bikanerwalla & Aggarwal also One must try this in life !
(Source: hotel saravana bhavanYahoo! India Local)
ADDRESS: Connaught Circus, P Block, Munrika New Delhi, Delhi.
In The Ashok Hotel you will get a plethora of various restaurants which serves from Indian food to Chinese, Thai etc and you will get to spend some quality time in their coffee shop or tea lounge as well if you want to.
Frontier serves north Indian food and is very popular among the locals. The ambiance is perfect for a family dinner and will pamper your taste buds with its finger-licking dishes. You can order any non veg items (chicken, mutton, fishes), Biriyani, various roti and naan also, the recommended dish must Dum pukht.
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Here is a review:
Frontier Restaurant at the Ashoka worth a try On a recent business visit a couple of friends took me to the Frontier restaurant in the Ashoka hotel. I didn't stay at the hotel so can only comment on the restaurant itself. Was pretty impressed. The food was very good, although many of the dishes are dry so if you like yours with sauce be sure to order one. The lamb dishes were particularly well put together. The service was very attentive and the cocktails were well made.
(Source: Ashoka Hotel - TripAdvisor)
Address: Diplomatic Enclave, 50-B Chanakayapuri, Delhi - 110021
Phone No: (91-11) 26110101
One of the most popular restaurant among the locals and the tourists in Delhi is "Karim's". The menu leaves no place for ordinary dishes, each and every variety is mouth-watering. You will get tandoori murgh, spiced roasted leg pieces, various kababs, even tandoori fish to be served with different types of rice and Naan items. Among the curries Akbari Murgh Masala, Firdausi Qorma (Roghan Josh) etc are quite delicious. Recommended "Jahangiri Chicken" and "Sheer-mal" but you can try anything you like and will never get disappointed.
Raan @ Karim's (Source: tvangoethem)
Here is a review:
Each day spent in Delhi included a lunch or dinner at Karim's. In search of halal food, with the taste of kabab's eaten on an earlier trip still lingering in my mouth, I had to make the most of my Delhi trip. The restaurant isnt visible frm the road, if you are new here you need to make a few queries to make sure to land in front of a table full of kebabs and tandoori roti's.
(Source: Karims, Delhi - VirtualTourist)
Address: Jama Masjid, Gali Kababian, Old Delhi - 110006
Phone No: +91-11-23269880, 23264981
Price Range: Medium
Delhi is a shopper's paradise. Here are some of the best shopping areas in Delhi
If you are interested in shopping for Indian hand-loom dresses and materials, Dilli Haat is the best place to go. Dilli Haat is an Indian craft, fabrics and food bazaar run by the Indian government in order to encourage hand-loom industries in India. There are around 62 stalls from all over India, where you can shop for beautiful silk and cotton garments at very reasonable rates.
Dilli Haat. (Source: Manuel Menal)
Fun place to get regional food - mostly good quality, and friendly service. Also a great place to get some fun gifts to bring home, and nice hand-loom clothes and crafts. You buy directly from the artisan there, so yes, you can bargain. Enjoy the crafts, the handiwork, the talent.. Lots of beautiful things you can proudly show of..
Dilli Haat - New Delhi - Reviews of Dilli Haat - TripAdvisor (Source:- TripAdvisor)
Address: Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi
Phone: Phone: +91-011-26119055
Timings: 11 AM to 10 PM
Admission fee: Adults ( 18 and above) 20 INR Children 10 INR
Want a taste of old Delhi, munch on tasty local snacks, get a feel of the old world charm, shop for anything under the sun at the cheapest rates? then Chandni Chowk is a must visit.
Located opposite the Red Fort, it was the main shopping center during the Mughal era. The place is marked with small winding lanes which houses some of the best restaurants serving mouth watering local delicacies. It's a wholesale market, so if you want to shop in bulk for some items, this is place.
When you are there be sure to go to the parathewali gali for some tasty stuffed Indian breads. For tangy snacks try the Chaatwala, Halidram and Natraj's Dahi Bhalle and for sweets try the Bikaner Sweet Shop, The Ghantewala Halwai and Gianiji ka Falooda.
20110428_Chandni_Chowk_019 (Source: Christopher John SSF)
Here is a visitor review:
Definitely a 'must-visit' for your Delhi trip. Fascinating by-lanes that often specialize in, eg., silk sarees, gold jewellery, types of food, eg., paranthas are very famous from the 'parantha wali gali'. Hire a cycle rickshaw to navigate the by-lanes so you won't get lost in the labyrinths !
Location: N-Block, Cannaught Place, New Delhi
Delhi, Red Fort (Source: Arian Zwegers)
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