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Delhi's culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India.

Kaveri’s passion for history arose from her realization that what was fed to her as a student of history, was based on a textbook written with vested interests: dated and tilted. In her journey to bust the myths she had been fed with during her formal education, she discovered India’s magnificent past, whose glory cannot be matched in any measure.

According to Kaveri, it takes three systematic days to scratch the surface of Delhi in the right way.

Day 1: New Delhi

Day 2: Old Delhi

Day 3: Delhi for craft and shopping.

These three days give you a bird’s eye view, pique your interests, and help you mark out themes that suit your mood and interests for any deeper delving.

Tips4Travellers

The weather in Delhi is of extremes so please have a close look at temperature predictions before you make your travel plans, and pack clothes accordingly. Summers, light cottons. Winters, winter jackets no less than what you would pack for winters in Northern Europe.

If you’re going to old Delhi and any religious areas, avoid clothes that might reveal the shoulders, legs and deep necklines.

In general, Delhi is perceived as unsafe for women, and this is not for no reason.

It is best to avoid street food if one has a sensitive stomach.

Hats, sunglasses, sun-cream, small foldable umbrellas. and mosquito repellent is advised.

Shoes should be easy to wear on and take off, easy to walk, and not expensive. Carry many pairs of cheap socks which you might feel tempted to throw.

Before taking pictures of people, always ask their permission.

Be careful of the helpful taxi or rickshaw driver who wants to take you shopping to his uncle’s store!

Carry your own medication.

Carry bottled water.

Ask for an air-conditioned car unless you’re happy to rough it out.

Drink & Dine

Delhi is famous for its street food, which ranges from local delights like Parathas (Indian breads) that come in dozens of flavours, Chole Bhature (chick peas with puffed bread), Chaat (India’s renowned fast food that is primarily rice or bread, puffed for long storage, garnished with toppings and spice chutneys. There’s also a strong North East Indian influence on street food, with momos, noodles, fried rice or fried vegetables flavoured with soy and vinegar.

Delhi has an elegant culture of high end dining too, with amazing venues like Lodhi Gardens, and India’s top restaurant Bukhara attracting curiosity from all over the world.

At the mid range, there is Khan Market, dotted with bars and restaurants, offering a variety of cuisines and gourmets.

History

The area around Delhi was probably inhabited before the second millennium BCE and there is evidence of continuous inhabitation since at least the 6th century BCE. Through most of its history, Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period, and modern Delhi is a cluster of a number of cities spread across the metropolitan region.

The earliest architectural relics date back to the Maurya period (c. 300 BCE); in 1966, an inscription of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka (273–235 BCE) was discovered near Srinivaspuri. Remains of eight major cities have been discovered in Delhi. The first five cities were in the southern part of present-day Delhi.

During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Delhi fell to the forces of East India Company after a bloody fight known as the Siege of Delhi. The city came under the direct control of the British Government in 1858.

People

Although a strong Punjabi Influence can be seen in language, Dress and Cuisine brought by the large number of refugees who came following the partition in 1947 the recent migration from other parts of India has made it a melting pot. This is exemplified by many significant monuments in the city.

Nearly everyone speaks Hindi in Delhi, however, the colloquial accent throws a thick
Punjabi blanket over those who are academically familiar with Hindi. Combined with the general habit of people to expect everyone from anywhere in the world to at least understand Hindi if not speak it.

Arts & Culture

Delhi's culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India.

Chandni Chowk, a 17th-century market, is one of the most popular shopping areas in Delhi for jewellery and Zari saris. Delhi's arts and crafts include, Zardozi an embroidery done with gold thread and Meenakari art of enamelling.