Delhi, or Dilli as it is often called, is where the Mughal kings ruled from, as did the British during the colonial times. My first stop in Delhi is almost always India Gate, the huge monument that most of the important roads of Delhi pass. After picking up an ice cream from one of the many vendors there, I make my way to the Red Fort. The massive Red Fort was built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and is also where the Prime Minister raises the Indian flag every Independence Day. No trip to the capital is complete without visiting Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi’s final resting place. While there, make sure you make a quick visit to Qutub Minar, the world’s tallest brick minaret. Nothing adds to the Delhi experience like walking down Chandni Chowk, where you can feast on the juiciest of kebabs and the most delicious of sweets. One sweet that you must definitely have is the local Jalebi that is deep-fried in ghee. And for all those bookworms out there, get your parents to take you to Daryaganj for the Sunday book market where you can get your hands on your favourite comics and fairy tales at very cheap prices.
- Other tourist attractions within the city include the Delhi Zoo and the National Museum.
- Astronomy enthusiasts should also head to Jantar Mantar, the observatory in the heart of the city that was completed in 1724.