Delhi, officially named as the National Capital Territory of Delhi, is a
city and a union territory of India. It is the political hub of the
country. Delhi is also an excellent place to visit for history lovers, avid
shopaholics, foodies, architecture admirers, and spiritual tourists. One of
the most expansive city in the country, Delhi boasts an affluent past. The
city is dotted with huge mosques, striking monuments, and imposing forts.
For history lovers, the city boasts attractions including the likes of Red
Fort, Qutab Minar, India Gate, Humanyun's Tomb, and other historic
structures built by the Mughals. Zealous shopaholics can explore numerous
shopping arenashere including Old Delhi, Palika Bazaar, and Karol Bagh. The
city is also home to several architecturally-brilliant spiritual buildings
like Akshardham, Lotus Temple, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, and Jama Masjid.
Things to do in Delhi
India Gate was built to commemorate the death of Indian soldiers during the
First World War and the Afghan Conquest in 1919. The monument, located on
Rajpath, is constructed of sandstone and soars to a height of 160 feet. The
names of valiant soldiers of the First World War and Afghan conquest are
inscribed on the walls. There is also an eternal flame naming 'Amar Javan
Jyoti' added to the monument post-independence commemorating the soldiers
of the Indo-Pak War of 1971.
Red Fort, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in 1638, is a magnificent red
sandstone fort housing a plethora of museums. This fort was the political
and ceremonial epicenter of Mughal government. Every year, on the
Independence Day of India i.e., 15th August, the Prime Minister of India
hoists national flag at this spectacular monument.
Qutab Minar, one of the tallest brick minarets in the world, is a mounting
tower of victory constructed by Qutab-ud-din Aibak (Slave Dynasty) after
the conquest over Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The minaret has five storeys,
in which three are made of red sandstone and the fourth and fifth are of
sandstone and marble. There is also a 7-metre high iron pillar in the
courtyard of Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, located at the foot of the minaret.
This iron pillar is famous for being rust-free even after centuries.
Best Time to Fly to Delhi
Delhi experiences three distinct seasons - summer, monsoon, and winter.
Summers start from the month of April and continues up to the month of
July. Summers experience hot and humid weather. Winters in Delhi, from
December to February, bring extreme cold and low temperature. The best time
to book flight from New York to Delhi is with either during the months of
February and March or October and November. Monsoon lies in from July to
mid-September and experiences rainfall that gives relief from hot and humid
weather. Rainfall here is scattered in monsoon and hence it is also an apt
time to book Delhi flights.