Delhi Travel Guide & Information

Delhi, the capital and the third largest city in India, is a perfect blend of ancient history and modern lifestyle and amenities. The beautiful city showcases a picture, rich in culture, architecture and diversity. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.

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Travel to Delhi, a city that has been said to have been destroyed and rebuilt at least 11 times, located on the banks of the River Yamuna; Delhi has been home to people since at least the 6th century BC. Flights to Delhi are your tickets to a city that reflects the complexities, beauty and juxtapositions of a city where the past successfully co-exists with the present.

Delhi is a wonderful starting point for your journey to India. Visitors to the world famous Taj Mahal and beautiful forts in Rajasthan, as well as other tourist delights at every corner, historical, architectural, floral and culinary, which gives Delhi its true colors.

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Things to do in Delhi

Religious Monuments:

One of the city’s greatest attractions is the religious monuments.

Lotus Temple: The Bahai House of Worship in Delhi is popularly known as the Lotus Temple because of its flowerlike shape, is a Bahai House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. The Bahai House of Worship in New Delhi has attracted more than 50 million visitors, making it one of the most visited buildings in the world.

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Jama Masjid: The Masjid-i Jahan-Numa is commonly known as the Jama Masjid of Delhi, is the principal mosque of Old Delhi. The courtyard in the mosque can hold up to twenty-five thousand people. The mosque houses several relics in a closet in the north gate, including an antique copy of the Quran written on deer skin.

Akshardham Temple:Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi. The complex displays centuries of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality and architecture. The complex features a large central monument crafted entirely of stone, exhibitions on incidents from the life of Swaminarayan and the history of India, an IMAX feature, a musical fountain and large landscaped gardens.

Prominent Landmarks:

The city of Delhi also boasts several architectural marvels, from historic times that are an absolute “Must See” on your travel to India.

Red Fort: The Delhi Fort also known as Lal Qilah is located in the walled city of Delhi and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Red Fort showcases the very high level of art form and ornamental work. The Red Fort is a brilliant red sandstone fort built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Old Delhi, attracting thousands of visitors every year.

Humayun's Tomb: Humayun's Tomb in south Delhi is one of Delhi's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The monument represented a leap in Mughal architecture and together with its accomplished Charbagh garden is a typical example of Persian gardens. The centerpiece is the tomb of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. The monument is often described as a predecessor or prototype of Agra's Taj Mahal.

Qutub Minar: The Qutub Minar is a tower in Delhi and stands 72.5 meters; it’s the world's tallest brick minaret. The Qutub Minar is notable for being one of the earliest and most prominent examples of Indo-Islamic architecture. The complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Delhi and was also India's most visited monument in 2006 even outpassing the famous Taj Mahal.

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Where to Stay in Delhi:

Delhi is one of the India's busiest destinations. It has a wide range of accommodations to choose from cheap hotels and 4 star hotels under $99, to deluxe five star luxury hotels.

Connaught Place: The area around Connaught Place or more commonly known as CP is a preferred place to stay for most international tourists. Centrally located to many places of interest, it is also Delhi's prime shopping center, with a wide range of businesses, from high fashion department stores to boutiques. The area boasts internationally reputed 5 star hotels as well modest 2 and 3 star hotels, as well.

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Paharganj: The Paharganj area of Delhi is a haven for travelers on shoestring budget. Travelers will find several inexpensive hotels and lodges. The area might lack the look of a bustling metropolis, but the presence of several young tourists with a sense of adventure makes up for it in dividends. Mostly, the area is suitable for backpackers travelling on budget. However, if you want to stay away from crowds and chaos consider staying in a hotel in Connaught Place.

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Passport & Visa Requirements

For US Citizens:

As per the latest travel information to Delhi, here are the guidelines that would help the visitors.

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* U.S. citizens require a valid passport and valid Indian visa to enter and exit India for any purpose.

* Visitors, including those on official U.S. Government business, must obtain visas at an Indian Embassy or Consulate abroad prior to entering the country, as there are no provisions for visas upon arrival.

* Please verify all requirements of visa and passport with the Embassy of India before you travel.

For Canadian Citizens:

* A valid Canadian passport is required for Canadians intending to visit India. The passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your expected departure from the country.

* Canadians must also be in possession of a visa.

* All travelers with visas valid for more than 180 days must register, within 14 days of arrival, with the local office of the Foreigners Regional Registration Officer.

This requirement applies to all travelers, regardless of age, including children.

We recommend that you check the latest travel alerts, various airlines baggage policies and travel safety tips, so that you do not miss out on any of the fun while visiting Delhi.

*Kindly note that we take the utmost care in providing you with correct information at all times. However, the passport and visa regulations are subject to change and we strongly urge you to check the requirements directly with the US passport office and, or the Canadian Passport Office before traveling.

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When to visit Delhi

The city of Delhi has four distinct seasons. As a visitor, you should definitely consider this while planning your trip. Spring is one of the best times to visit Delhi. During this season the city is blooming and blossoming and is a delightful sight. The spring, February to March, and September to November is the perfect times to plan your vacation to Delhi.

Also travelling during this period would give you an opportunity to witness some of the major festivities and experience the culture of this vast country.

Planning your Visit:

High season: (February to March / September to November)

Low season: (June to August)

Delhi Weather

Delhi’s climate is humid and subtropical with high variations between summer and winter temperatures and high precipitation.

* The cold season begins in November and is at its peak around the time of the New Year and the first half of January. Towards mid March, the weather tends to grow warm and gradually becomes hot.

* During the months of April to June, extreme heat with temperatures rising to 45oC at times. The monsoon arrives towards the end of June.

Currency and Language:

Currency:

The currency of India is the Rupee or INR.

ATMs are available all over Delhi. Before heading out for your vacation, contact your bank to let them know that you’ll be traveling to India. Find out what the additional charges are for using an ATM abroad.

Languages:

* The official language of Delhi is Hindi.

* English is a common second language n Delhi. Visitors from the U.S. or Canada should have no problem traveling to India.