By Himanshu Agarwal of Pearls India Tour
There are so many places to go and things to do in Delhi, that it may be difficult for travelers to decide.
Luckily, India native and travel blogger at Pearls India Tour, Himanshu Agarwal, is here to tell you exactly what you should add to your India travel itinerary for a memorable trip, including:
1. Take A Rickshaw Ride
Why not hitch a ride on a man-powered cart for an exciting ride across town. Throw a couple bucks down and your driver will take you anywhere you need to go in half the time it would take on foot or worse, stuck in traffic. This is also a great opportunity for some fast-paced GoPro footage that will also provide an authentic view of local life.
2. Rent A Bicycle
Why walk when you can ride and cover more ground? Grab a bicycle and pedal your way across town, ttuly feeling the beat of the city. Not only is it better for the environment, but it allows the traveler the opportunity to stop and go as they please and then all they need to do is return the bike when they are done.
3. Take A City Tour
Whether by foot, rickshaw or bicycle, Delhi offers myriad tours that provide the traveler with an exciting, stress-free experience. You can take a city tour with a registered Delhi Guide who will show you Delhi through their eyes, giving you a local perspective. Walks2Remember also offers free walking tours of Old Delhi, with some highlights including Dariba Kalan (Silver market), Kinari Bazaar (Wedding market), Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square), Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Gauri Shankar Temple, Baptist Church and more.
4. Eat Street Food
Enjoy authentic, traditional Indian food while taking advantage of many of the delicious restaurants and food kiosks the city has to offer. For the traveler who likes to see where their food is coming from, sign up for a street walking tour or local cooking class. Some recommendations: an Old Delhi Food Tour, a New Delhi Cooking Class with a local chef, touring the Breakfast Trail in Old Delhi, a Street Culinary Walking Tour of Old Delhi or, my top pick, a Delhi cooking class in a local home.
Check out this guide to eating paratha in Delhi.
5. Buy From Street Vendors
With its plentiful shops, bazaars and kiosks, Delhi offers numerous opportunities to shop for that perfect souvenir — especially if you like handmade items. Most of the street vendors don’t make much money, and buying a product from them, even when you know that you are paying little extra, will connect you with the local people while providing you with an authentic piece of local culture.
6. Worship At A Hindu Temple
Many travelers experience great peace and harmony when visiting a temple, with enchanting sounds of bells and mantras. There are numerous temples situated throughout the city, from ancient to new, all with beautiful architecture that calms one’s mind and soul. Don’t miss the Lotus Temple with its inspiring flower-like shape, and the 10,000+ year-old Akshardham Temple Delhi with its grand complex that have become a symbol of India. To really get a full day of temple exploration, a Day Tour of Delhi Temples or a Private Day Tour of Delhi’s Grand Temples takes you to the top temple sites in the city.
7. Visit A Monument
There are plenty of monuments that flood the city of Delhi. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy a nice scenic tour at your own pace. Many tourists are drawn to the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, India Gate and Lotus Temple. You might also opt for a Photo Tour of Delhi Monuments, which provides memorable photos with these sites to take home with you.
8. Visit A Museum
Delhi has an incredible history displayed proudly across the city. For those looking for a mesmerizing recap on the city’s most memorable museums, head to the National Museum, the largest museum in India showcasing artifacts from the prehistoric era to present day, with a major highlight being the sacred relics of the Buddha (5th-4th century B.C.). Or, take a private tour of Teen Murti House, the Craft Museum, and the National Museum of India with a local guide for an all-encompassing day.
9. Take An Ayurveda Spa
What better way to relax than to spend the day in one of Delhi’s finest spas. Whether you’re traveling solo in India or in a group, there is no better place to take in a yoga class, get a massage or shirodhara therapy or even enroll in a group meditation session. Don’t miss the highly-rated Ayurveda Kendra, where you can indulge in a number of health, wellness and healing treatments.
10. Talk With Local People
If you haven’t interacted with the locals, you haven’t visited the city. Take a break from your travel plans. Have a chai (tea) with a local and learn about their culture from their own mouths. Most of the time it’s these interactions that really make the trip memorable.
About Himanshu Agarwal
He is a travel blogger and blogs infrequently at Pearls India Tour with his friends. Though he is fitness-freak and yoga-doer, he cannot resist having a bite of delicious Indian vegetarian foods. He immensely enjoys watching Hollywood movies and is an ardent fan of Cricket.
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