Whether it is the food trails, a walk-through of architectural ruins, street shopping, five-star hospitality, or the undulating greens of its Mughal styled gardens, Delhi, the capital city of India has an eclectic, hypnotic appeal. The sheer vastness of the city and its teeming people and energy create a pace of its own. Being the seat of at least seven civilizations has ensured thousands of fascinating stories of palace intrigue, romance and valour besides the monuments that liberally dot the city. Blending the ancient with the modern are myriad hues of Humayun’s Tomb, Akshardham Temple, Khan Market, India Gate, Rajghat, Lotus Temple, Qutab Minar, Red Fort and Jama Masjid.
If you have done your recce right, you can even participate in a bunch of activities from plays to concerts, book readings and flower shows. Walking in the ruins of Chhatarpur and Mehrauli, signing up for a walking tour of Old Delhi, trying typical Indian curries at the Bukhara restaurant in Maurya Sheraton, shopping at Cottage Emporium, Dilli Haat or any of the upmarket lifestyle mall complexes are highly recommended.
Best time to travel would be September to March when the weather is just right. Delhi provides the perfect gateway to a host of places. From the forts and palaces of Rajasthan, to the cooler climes of Kasauli and Shimla, rafting in Rishikesh and villas, boutique hotels and other exclusive properties on the outskirts ensures you are spoilt for choice.