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Delhi is also the seat of the Indian sovereign government. On a chilly winter’s evening, take a walk down the royal boulevard called the Rajpath, crossing the Parliament House and the Rashtrapati Bhawan (residence of the president) leading up to the India Gate. This arena has open lush gardens and makes for a perfect picnic spot. The Rajpath also hosts a Grand Republic Day parade on the 26th of January every year.
This city is clustered with cafes and eateries that offer a wide variety of cuisines to choose from, but the streets of Old Delhi or Chandni Chownk, serving deep-fried Jalebi’s and the famous parathas, make for a truly local dining experience. Mughlai cuisine is the highlight food of Delhi and can easily be found anywhere in Delhi.
Delhi is a fine shopping destination. Connaught Place and Khan Market are ideal for the elite shopper with top-notch restaurants and classy jewelry and clothing stores, while Sarojini and Janpath offer a great bargain. Dilli Haat is the place-to-go for regional handicrafts.
The India Habitat center in Delhi hosts the latest in art, poetry and the literary scene of the country.
Well connected by the Metro; the best time to visit is October through March. The city has a lot to offer and it can be an overwhelming experience even for the seasoned traveler. And while you’re here, don’t forget to visit the (neighboring) futuristic city of Gurugram!
Of these, the Taj Mahal needs no introduction. Built by the great Shah Jahan in loving memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, this “epitome of love” is made out of pure marble. On a full moon’s night, the sparkle of this magical wonder can leave one mesmerized. Described as ‘a teardrop on the cheek of eternity’ by the poet Rabindranath Tagore, The Taj Mahal is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is a perfect romantic getaway. The Agra Fort, a fortress made out of red sandstone, offers a great view of the Taj Mahal and is worth visiting.
37 Kilometres from Agra is Fatehpur Sikri, a walled city built by King Akbar, with a grand gateway to it called the Buland Darwaza. Along with Akbar’s Tomb, this site affirms Agra’s significance as a prime tourist destination of North India.
The Mughal past had great influence on Agra’s culture and food. Apart from the sumptuous Mughlai cuisine, Agra is famous for its Pethas, an ancient sweet dish made from white pumpkin.
A trip to Agra also calls for a visit to the nearby cities of Mathura and Vrindavan (one of the world’s oldest cities), both pilgrimage sites that sing glory to the great Lord Krishna!