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India’s capital city, New Delhi is one of the world’s oldest inhabited from as early as 6th century BC. Nestled on the banks of the Yamuna River, and with history as old as 5000 years, Delhi is believed to have rebuilt itself the 11 times it was destroyed. Delhi’s heritage, architecture, cuisine, commerce and society has been shaped by the many rulers who made it their home, though of them the Mughal and British rule has had the most significant impact. You have here ancient and medieval archaeological vestiges that date back to 10th century BC jostle for space with the more modern day 20th and 21st century ones. And exploring this on foot is perhaps the most fascinating experience in the capital.

Among things to do in New Delhi, visit some of its iconic landmarks and learn about the history associated with them, such as India Gate, Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar, Lodhi Garden, Jantar Mantar and Lotus Temple among others. From works by the Delhi Sultanate, Mughals to more modern architectural works, architecture buffs will have field day soaking up different styles and their symbolism. Of course, you can buy tickets for a spectacular sound and light show at the Red Fort. Rickshaw ride though the narrow bylanes of old city is a fun activity to do in Delhi. Explore Chandni Chowk, Dariba Kalan, Darya Ganj - bustling wholesale markets where you can shop for everything from wedding trousseau, books, hardware and decor pieces, exquisite chandeliers, and perfumes in a quaint old-world set up.

Head to the Jama Masjid area to sample some of the finest in Mughal cooking. Don’t be intimidated by the crowd or the noise of traffic, it is only a part of the experience. Stop at street-side stalls to try out kebabs, Biryani, Nihari with tandoori roti and the popular Mughal-style dessert, Phirni, a milk and cream based pudding. Delhi’s infrastructure is the best in the country and day trips to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and the pink city of Jaipur can be planned very easily. The metro rail makes it very convenient to commute within Delhi.