How can you keep yourself busy in New Delhi? What are the things to see and do? Find out in this article.
New Delhi is above all India's capital city and economic heart. It is not only one of the country's major cities but also a destination that has been attracting tourists and foreign professionals in large numbers over the years thanks to the numerous opportunities it provides. So if you are also moving to New Delhi, you are definitely not likely to get bored there. Indeed, you can enjoy your free evenings and week-ends to discover its wonders, including monuments, museums, fortresses, as well as traditional markets and folk fairs, etc.
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New Delhi is one of the world's most densely populated cities with more than 13 million inhabitants in early 2015.
The Delhi region is divided into several cities, including Old Delhi which is the former capital city of Muslim India. Thus, Old Delhi holds a huge history dating back to the British colonial period which lasted till the 40s. The Red Fort, which is an emblematic site, portrays the region's historical legacy. Built in the 17th century, this fort is a relic of the Mughal warriors' power. The fort hosts a war museum including artifacts.
You will also find many other museums across New Delhi, namely the Mahatma Gandhi Museum, a modern art gallery which is found in an ancient palace, as well as monuments like the famous Qutb Minar, the tombs of Humayun, etc. The New Delhi National Museum, for its part, hosts a collection of old stones and archaeological objects with at least 5,000 years old history.
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Archaeological excavations have revealed that Delhi has been destroyed and built not less than seven times. Hence, its name as New Delhi.
Religion is as present in New Delhi as in the rest of the country, as demonstrated by the number of places of worship across the city, namely temples, churches, mosques, etc. The Jama Masjid, for instance, is one of the capital city's biggest mosques. You will also find the Lotus Temple which is a universal center for Bahai culture, preaching peace and tolerance.
You will find several huge shopping malls in the heart of the capital city, among which the famous Connaught Place, as well as high quality and luxury shops. In other neighborhoods, you will find popular markets, not to mention the well-known Chandni Chowk where you can find anything at attractive prices: clothes, textile products, silk, gems, fashion accessories, traditional jewelry, handicraft products, food, spices, etc.
In the city
After a long working day, you can spend the evening in coffee shop, pub or restaurant where you can enjoy the traditional Indian cuisine. You can even find suitable night clubs in hotels, where you can have a drink with your friends. Finally, cinema halls are just everywhere across the city as the country, in general, is famous for Bollywood which is a huge artists and film platform.
Sports and relaxation
Finally, if you like sports, you shall have no trouble in finding sports clubs, gyms, yoga courses and even health tracks all over the city. You can also enjoy spas and traditional massages in some neighborhoods at affordable rates.