Holidays to Delhi
A trip to Delhi is very special, with the bustling streets, dusty corners and welcoming locals providing a unique holiday experience. Whether you’re travelling alone or in a group, Delhi holidays offer something for everybody to get stuck into and memories that will last a lifetime.
Top spots to see
As the capital city, Delhi is the hub of India, attracting people from all over the country, continent and world. A population of 25 million people highlights the vastness of the city, which will surprise and delight at every corner. In the Old Delhi region you can find the bazaars and monuments as well as the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. In the south of the city lies the modern area of New Delhi with its tree-lined streets. Make sure you take a walk along the beautiful Rajpath that leads to the Presidential Palace from India Gate.
Things to do
A trip to the Red Fort is a great place to start your journey around Delhi, with the former British barracks offering a glimpse into the military past of the region. Humayun’s Tomb is also worth a visit alongside the Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple. For a deeper understanding of the city and its history, the National Museum will tell you all you need to know. Escape the hectic nature of the city streets with a stroll round Lodi Gardens, where you can gather your thoughts or enjoy a romantic moment in the tranquil oasis.
Cricket in India is like a religion and going to a game is a must-do experience, even if you’re not a fan of the sport. The locals go mad when India are in town, but even watching Delhi play is an exciting event. During the Indian Premier League T20 tournament, which takes place in April every year, the cricket fever really ramps up as the Delhi Daredevils play their home games at the historic Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
Where to stay
We suggest that you book in advance before you visit Delhi, because the top spots are extremely popular. You will also pay more in commission if you book on arrival. Backpackers should head to the busy region of Paharganj, which is near the train station and offers the best value for money. The city centre around New Delhi has a wide selection of more luxurious, five-star options. There are also several 19th-century options that provide old colonial charm, like the Maidens Hotel.
Food and drink
As you would expect, the food of Delhi is all about curry and it plays a major role in the Indian culture. The spices are what makes the dishes so unique, with red and green pepper chillies, turmeric and cumin being some of the most popular options. Many Indians are vegetarian so expect plenty of lentil dhal dishes. Most meals in Delhi are served with paranthas (flatbreads) and chaat, a type of dumpling.