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India’s capital is one of the world’s oldest cities, and the place to visit to discover not just historic India but also the beating heart of the modern nation. Book a flight to Delhi with Qatar Airways and explore ancient mosques, colonial treasures and bustling streets that make the senses come alive. If you’re flying to Delhi and India for the first time, be prepared to be immersed in a rich variety of cultures, traditions, architecture, and human diversity.
Delhi is a rich tapestry of districts, all with their own individual characters. In Old Delhi you’ll discover the city’s most historic sights, including the famed Red Fort that was once the powerbase of India’s Mughal emperors. Nearby you’ll also find the country’s largest mosque – the Jama Masjid.
During your trip to Delhi you’ll undoubtedly also spend plenty of time in New Delhi, which despite its title is still home to some of the most exotic and ancient of the city’s wonders. One of the most impressive is Humayun’s Tomb, which is said to have inspired the Taj Mahal. The tomb is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is the Qutub Minar, located in the Qutb Complex, a fluted red sandstone tower which tapers up to a height of 72.5 meters, surrounded by a cluster of well-preserved buildings from the 13th century. Other highlights include the extensive National Museum. One of the largest museums in India, the Gandhi Smitri estate is where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last months of his life. The nearby India Gate is now a war memorial but still has the ability to inspire visitors to discover more about the history and culture of this vibrant city.
Delhi (Dilli) is fondly called “the heart of the nation” and the city's importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures.
Throughout the city you’ll find plenty of representations of these cultures, including a thriving performing-arts scene that includes the Kingdom of Dreams which masterfully captures everything that is truly representative of the colour and vibrancy of the Indian people.
One of the most popular activities enjoyed by those taking a trip to Delhi is simply taking a walk through its labyrinthine streets, or exploring Old Delhi’s bustling bazaars. There are also many historical sightseeing tours on offer, which can help you to make sense of the city’s long history. If you fancy a break from the relentless hustle and bustle during your trip to Delhi then visit the Garden of Five Senses in Said-ul-ajab, which has been especially landscaped for serene relaxation.
Delhi is the gastronomical capital of India. From age-old eateries in the lanes of the Walled City (another name for Delhi, a reminder of its Mughal heritage) to fine dining at restaurants in five-star hotels, Delhi is a food lover’s paradise, no matter what your budget or preferences. Head to Old Delhi to try chaat, a North Indian type of street food comprising a stuffed pastry shell, deep-fried and then rounded off with chutney, natural yoghurt and spices.
There are many places to try traditional street food throughout Delhi, though it may be advisable to sample these at respected restaurants.
Alongside spicy Indian dishes, you’ll also have no trouble finding top quality international cuisine in Delhi, ranging from Middle-Eastern to Asian and Italian dishes. Vegetarian travellers will find no shortage of hearty options in India.
As with other Indian cities, visitors should travel to Delhi prepared to haggle for the best prices. Shopping in the crowded bazaars like Chandni Chowk is seen by many as a quintessential part of the Delhi experience and there you’ll find all manner of authentic Indian crafts, fashions and foods. Paharganj market, Janpath market and Kamla Nagar are popular with bargain hunters.
Whether you’re looking for something ‘cheap and cheerful’ to remember your visit by or are in the market for a little more high-end luxury, there’s plenty of choice in Delhi. Spoil yourself with the popular tourist choices, such as jewellery, carpets, handicrafts, precious stones, silks and silver ware – all synonymous with India. Visit Baba Kharak Singh Marg, near Parliament Street for handicraft artefacts representing different states of India under one roof at government-controlled prices.
Haus Khas Village, Connaught Place and Chandni Chowk have distinct features and have their own special attractions, yet each of them showcases and appearance of this historical city. From crowded bazaars to glitziest malls, Delhi has it all.
For a more upmarket experience, visit DLF Emporio at Vasant Kunj. It claims to have the largest luxury collection in Asia with 74 international and 111 Indian brands. Some of the brands include Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Dior, Hugo Boss, Gucci, Prada and Ranna Gill.
India is a predominantly Hindu country, though there are also substantial Muslim, Sikh and Christian populations in Delhi and elsewhere. Aside from religious differences, those travelling to Delhi from overseas should be aware of the social differences that may be encountered. As with many international cities, pickpockets and scam artists do operate in Delhi, but the risks of these can be mitigated by staying vigilant during your travels to Delhi.
It is inappropriate to discuss religion and related politics as people can easily take offence. Places of worship have open door policies for anyone who wishes to visit however, due consideration must be paid to religious sensitivities. Many temples/mosques and chapels organize social kitchens, to re-enforce the feeling “all humans are equal.” Visitors will have to remove shoes at certain places of worship and dress codes are enforced at almost all places.
Most flights to Delhi arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Delhi please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Voltage: 230 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / D
Language: Hindi / English
International dialing code: +91