It’s true what they say, India (New Delhi in particular) is as hectic as everyone makes it out to be but don’t let that put you off visiting one of the most unique cities in the world. Here we break down what to expect and things to do in Delhi.
Welcome To India – What To Expect When Arriving In New Delhi
Our India experience started off with what can only be described as organised chaos! We’d read over the ‘do’s and don’ts’ before our travels and were well aware it was going to be a huge culture shock upon arrival. Although Delhi surpassed all expectations.
Before we left the UK the most important thing we’d agreed on was to go to India with an open-mind and to expect ANYTHING. Well, during our first few days alone in the capital we got EVERYTHING. From crossing the highway with elephants and camels to being squashed on the metro at rush hour. Oh and not to mention the amount of cows, pigs and horses just chilling on the streets.
From the moment we stepped off the plane, we were greeted by madness. We were bombarded with questions, offers and people begging for money. Our tip; just get your head down and storm straight through – don’t let anyone distract you on your way to the city. (we recommend taking the metro, it’s super efficient and costs only 50 INR each) Once you get off the other side the madness only continues. So in the short amount of time it took us to find our hostel we soon learnt the easiest thing to do in India is make solid eye contact and hit everyone that tries to sell you something with a firm ‘NO’.
So this is a toss up between Airtel and Vodafone. Both have pretty good service at around the same price so we’ll leave it up to you guys. The only thing that is a pain is actually getting a sim card in India. A lot of places will ask for a local to go with you or need a residential address to verify. If you can live off wifi we’d recommend it.
Things To Do In Delhi
The Red Fort
One of the most historic forts in India. The Red Fort was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal dynasty for nearly 200 years and now remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
Built in 1931 and initially named as ‘All India War Memorial’, India Gate commemorates the soldiers who fought and died in World War I and the Afghan Wars.
One of the most beautiful places of worship in Delhi. With its crystal blue waters guarding the entrance, it makes for a great photo and is certainly a unique temple to visit.
Explore the streets of Chandni Chowk. From the spice markets to the rooftops this is the rawest of Old Delhi you can find.
Eat Street Food
The first thing you’re going to want to do in India is try the cuisine! So get into that street food. From the traditional samosas to the Asian inspired momo’s we couldn’t get enough of Indian spices and we’re sure you will love it!
Explore The Nightlife
We headed out on a Saturday night with some of the guys from our accomodation. Don’t ask us where we went or the name of the clubs but it was an evening of laughs and definitely an experience. Partying in one of the most populated cities in the world is a must!
So take a few days in Delhi, don’t rush through! Take time to adjust yourself to the food, currency and most importantly culture. There are a lot of lessons to be learnt for the beginning of your trip here.
It’s true what they say, India (New Delhi in particular) is as hectic as everyone makes it out to be. But don’t let that put you off visiting one of the most unique cities in the world.
Where To Stay
Luxury – The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa – One of the top hotels in New Delhi and just a 5-minute drive from Place.
Mid-Budget – The Prime Balaji Deluxe – Offering a 24-hour front desk to assist guests and complimentary airport pick-up this hotel gives bang for its buck.
Backpacker – Joey’s Hostel – With super friendly staff, daily tours of New and Old Delhi and a real positive vibe it’s somewhere that takes the edge off the unfamiliar.
You can also check out the prices of other places to stay in Delhi here.
For things to do in India or which route to take, make sure to check out our break down – The Best Of India – A Route & Trip Guide