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Discover Delhi

India is one of the most enticing countries to visit, as it is a place that captures the minds and hearts of many people who visit.

Delhi is the capital city of India and is one of the world’s most populous cities, with a population of more than 25 million people. The city has been inhabited continuously since the 6th century B.C. and many different governments  have ruled it along the way.

 

Embrace the mayhem

 

India is one of the most chaotic destinations for travellers, especially for those from the West. At first, visitors may be shocked by the intense number of people in the city, the haphazard and crazy driving and the weird and wonderful sights you’ll see on every single city street.

 

See the Qutab Minar

 

This UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a 74 metre high minar, which is made of red sandstone and marble. It is a tall, imposing tower with a diameter of more than 14 metres at the bottom and just shy of three metres at the top. The tower dates back to the 12th century and the complex is punctuated with ruined tombs and monuments, some of which are covered in beautiful Islamic calligraphy.

 

Visit the Jama Masjid

 

When in Delhi you should definitely take the time to visit the Jama Masjid mosque, one of the largest mosques in India. This beautiful red sandstone and white marble building can accommodate a staggering 25,000 people.

Construction on the mosque began in 1644 A.D. and took around 12 years to complete. There are three gateways to the complex and there are two minarets that stand at an impressive 40 metres high.

 

Dive straight into Indian cuisine

 

Indian cuisine is some of the tastiest and most flavoursome in the world and no visit to India would be complete without trying many different types of Indian food.

Don’t be afraid of trying street food in India, just first be sure that everything you’re eating has been cooked through. Street food is popular with locals thanks to the cheap prices and ability to grab it on the go. Look for a busy stand or stall and don’t be afraid to ask for advice on what’s best.

Definitely don’t leave Delhi without trying chaat. The original chaat is a delicious mixture of crispy fried bread, potato, dahi bhalla, gram and spices.

 

Discover the Golden Triangle

 

The so-called Golden Triangle is one of the popular tourist routes in India and takes in Delhi, Agra (home to the enchanting Taj Mahal) and Jaipur. Usually these trips take around seven or eight days if you choose to embark upon a guided tour, however, if you decide to explore this area self-guided then you can take as long as you wish doing so.

 

Getting there

 

Charter a private jet to Delhi and fly into Safdarjung Airport or Indira Ghandi International Airport, both of which are less than 10 miles from the city.

 

 

Images courtesy of Francisco AnzolaCool sneh13AshcoounterEwan MunroJim Carter