Ah, Delhi. There can be few places that inspire such impassioned debate and, at times, forthright hatred amongst travelers. You see it’s just so hot. The touts are everywhere, and they lie. Boy do they lie. It’s dirty, it’s dusty, it's smelly, and it’s poorer than a student come exam week. You could argue it's India at its worst, but therein lies the crux: you’re in the deep end. And it doesn’t get more Indian than this. That's a truism.
It’s so Indian, in fact, that many a seasoned traveler comes in, stay the night, and book the first train out. If you know what you’re doing, though (first rule: trust no one that says anything is shut, or takes you somewhere they ‘happen to be walking’. Least of all rickshaw drivers), and can deal with possibly the world’s worst examples of say-what-you-want-to-hear touting, then it might just get under your skin.
If you can get past the irritations, Delhi’s certainly not lacking in sights. There’s the astonishing Ganesh Temple (complete with several storey high pink monkey God standing outside), the extraordinary petal-shaped sides of the Lotus Temple (which draws 4 million visitors a year), the scenic deities of the Birla Mandir, and the towering beauty of the Qutab Minar. Not to mention the sizeable red fort, the market-views of the extravagant Jama Masjid Mosque, and the soaring memorial that is India Gate. Remember to visit Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi Museums for an inner vision.
The sites, in fact, are up there with any city in the world, as are the markets, though you’ll never get a moments peace wondering around them. They say, after a certain amount of time in Delhi, you get a vibe about you, and the locals start to give you some personal space. When that day comes you can sip chai tea at the street side in serene calm, knowing that you’ve reached a special place in Indian travel.
Until then, soak up some street culture, cool down in the cineplexes and run the gauntlet of the backpacker district of Main Bazaar to grab a henna tattoo, and you might just start to see the charms of India’s capital. Then again, you might not, it depends on your perspective and what India has to offer.
Delhi is probably the most colorful and loud place you could visit in Northern India. It has a population of about 16.3 million and is the place for National Capital Region. It is the third l…
Gurgaon lies in the Indian state of Haryana, and is one of Delhi's four major satellite cities and is part of the National Capital Region, hence derives a lot from the Indian capital.