New Delhi is the Indian city where many travellers start their trip. It is a big city with a lot to see and do. What are the must do’s in New Delhi?
These are 5 must do’s and things you should not miss out on in New Delhi!
The 5 must do’s in New Delhi
The Dutch love cycling and cycling in the notorious traffic of New Delhi is something in which you must participate. The traffic laws are not clear. It is a big chaos on the road. One rule is the most important to remember: a rickshaw always has the right of way (or at least, they will take it). They are the “King of the road” in New Delhi.
Tip: At Delhi By Cycle you can choose from five different routes in New Delhi. A tour lasts about 3.5 hours and it usually starts at 6:30. You will cycle in a group of at most 8 people.
2. India Gate
India Gate is a memorial for the Indian soldiers from various wars. At the India Gate, there is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Around India Gate lies a large grass field with a pond. In the evening, there are lots of families that have picknicks here. They take pictures together in front of the monument in their most beautiful clothes. As a tourist, you will frequently be invited to pose with them in these ceremonial family snapshots.
Tip: Visit India Gate in the evening. Take food and drinks with you, just like the Indians, and have a picknick in the park. Access to India Gate is free of charge.
3. Taj Mahal, Agra
Agra can be well combined with New Delhi. The distance is 200 kilometres and takes about 3.5 hours. You can go by train or with a taxi/tour. This can be easily arranged with every hotel in Delhi. The Taj Mahal is the most famous structure in the world and one of the 7 wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal was completed in 1653 after it was built for 22 years by 20,000 workers in total. Emperor Shah Jahan had the Taj Mahal built out of love for his deceased wife.
Tip: Make sure to be the first person in line at the opening of Taj Mahal (6:00). The sunrise is breathtakingly beautiful. You can take wonderful pictures without other tourists.
4. Cooking course
A cooking course is recommended in New Delhi, especially by Saffron Palate. Neha is the hostess of this course and it takes place in her own home. You learn much about local spices and the cooking techniques. Together with her, you will go to a market to buy the ingredients after which you will then start cooking with the freshly bought ingredients. Neha speaks English well and her explanations are easy to follow. This cooking course is the perfect win-win situation: eating a delicious meal and gaining great insights into the life in Delhi.
Tip: Take the recipes with you so you can make them when you’re back home.
5. Jama Mashid mosque
Jama Mashid is also called the Great Mosque or the Friday Mosque. This mosque was built in the 17th century and is one of the largest in the world and the finest of the dozens of mosques in Delhi. Thousands of Muslims come here daily for their prayers. This mosque is also very beautiful on the outside (see photo on the top of the article). Entry costs 300 roupees. Make sure you are fully covered, otherwise there is no other option than wearing the “dress” that you must rent by the entrance.
Tip: Jama Mashid is located across from the Red Fort, which is worth a visit. This combination is really ideal for spending a number of hours in New Delhi.
These are my 5 must do’s in New Delhi! What do you think are must do’s in New Delhi?
Hotel New Delhi
I loved my stay in Colonel’s retreat. It’s an excellent quality and price combination hotel with clean and spacious room. The staff is excellent and it’s a cosy place in a residential and safe part of Delhi with fast internet.
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