Think about a city in India that preserves both modern and historical cultural heritage and you will invariably end up thinking about Delhi. The capital city of India is a treasure trove of heritage properties. Cast a glance at one corner of the city, and you will find a monument narrating its tale. At still another you will see modern developments and lifestyle demonstrating themselves quiet authoritatively.
For any first time visitor, then, it is really difficult to chalk out an itinerary that will showcase both aspect of the city, more so when the duration of visit is short. So how do you go about planning your tour in Delhi if you are here for, say, just 4 days.
Here’s what I think can be a good plan.
The First Day
Reserve the first day of your trip for the Old Delhi region. The Red Fort, Jama Masjid and the market of Chandni Chowk will keep you engaged. Covering only three destinations will give you enough opportunity to explore each of them leisurely. While the first two will give your knowledge thirsty soul a lot to ponder on, the third destination will expose you to a variety of traditional items that you can carry back home.
Chandani Chowk is an area where you can shop for a variety of items, right from jewelleries to shoes, clothes and stationery. There is Nai Sarak, Fatehpuri, Dariba Kalan, Kinari Bazaar, Bhaghirath Palace, Chawri Bazaar, Ballimaran, Old Lajpat Rai Market, Moti Bazar, Khari Baoli and Tilak Bazar markets in Chandani Chowk area, each of them famous for a specific kind of product. There is also a Paranthe wali Gali where you can enjoy various types of Chapatis, stuffed and non stuffed.
In the evening, There is a Sound and Light Show in Red Fort that recreates the events related to the fort. If you have time, you can see this show for a better understanding of the history of Delhi.
The Second Day
Move on from Old Delhi area to New Delhi area on your second day. In you itinerary today, you can include Rajghat, Akshardham Temple, Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate and the Old Fort. You can start off by paying a visit to Rajghat, the memorial of the Father of Nation – Mahatma Gandhi, and then move towards Old Fort followed by Akshardham Temple. The evenings can be reserved for visiting the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Post your dinner, you can enjoy an ice cream at the India Gate while taking a leisurely stall. Alternatively, you can carry your dinner to the India Gate and have it there itself sitting on a mat.
The Third Day
A lot of history of Delhi and India is preserved in the museums of the city. Keep your third day for a visit to few of the museums of the city. The Archaeological Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Rail Museum and Air Force Museum are some of the most important ones that you can choose from. In case you have kids with you, then do include the National Children’s Museum and the Shankar’s International Dolls Museum Musical.
Delhi is also known for its theater performances. Today, you can keep your evening free for enjoying one theater performance – a play or a musical show.
The Fourth and the Final day
On the very first day itself, you have shopped a lot in the markets of Old Delhi. However, if you are still not satisfied (which many people are not), try out the various other markets of Delhi. Select your shopping destination carefully keeping in mind what you want to actually buy. For day to day clothes, you can visit the Lajpat Nagar market. In case you want to do a mix of traditional as well as brand item shopping, then go for Cannaught Place and Janpath. The two destinations are close by and will give you ample options for the items you want to buy. There is also the South Delhi Market where you can get top brands.
Your four days trip in Delhi will give you enough opportunity to explore its culture and heritage but despite this you will feel that there are a number of places that still remain unexplored on your trip. Keep all those that you have missed out for your next trip, and for now, relish the experiences you have just gained.
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