4 Different Ways To Experience Delhi

Bangalore: The capital of India, the center of India's diversified culture - Delhi! Delhi is not just a city, it's the bubbling center of frivolity, an institution of authentic flavors, and it is where creativity capers; a party central, it is where monuments marvel and eclectic experiences are! We bring you a list of Delhi's five quintessential must-dos.

Authentic Flavors:

*A de rigueur on every foodie's list visiting Delhi- Karim's near Jama masjid is at a convenient rickshaw ride from Chandni Chowk's metro stop. It serves the city's authentic Mughlai cuisine since 1913. A meat lover's paradise, the must haves include - Badshahi badam pasanda - which is chopped mutton cooked with almonds, curds and spices; and also the delicious "Firdausi qorma".

*The contemporary restaurant- Threesixty- at the Oberoi is super chic and stylish and serves food beautifully plated with the best of world cuisine ranging from Japanese to Med to Indian. The wine lovers can relish the range of wines at Enoteca- the bar and Lounge.

*The number of paratha shops may have dwindled to only four at Chandni Chowk's Parathe Wali Gali but Delhi's favourite comfort food still comes in twenty five mind boggling avatars- paneer parathas, mix parathas, kaju-badam parathas, rabri parathas, peas parathas, and more. Most of these shopes have been around since 1872 and proudly display photographs of discerning patrons like Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

*If you are looking for a street food galore, head to Bengali Market to fulfill your chat cravings. From shopping-for-groceries aunties to hungry school children; from oldies bored with home-cooked food to young artists from nearby galleries, you find them all here jostling for a table at one of the two most popular eateries here- Nathu's Sweets and Bengali Sweet House. These best venues to sample chaat, bhel puri, chola batura and other savory delights are located across the road from each other.

*Bukhara, at the ITC Maurya continues to be the nation's finest restaurant for over a decade now. The landmark serves up rich and creamy Dal Bukhara which is rich and creamy and also serves succulent Kebabs and other mouth-watering North-West frontier dishes.

Creative Capers:

*Visitors are wowed at the Devi Art Foundation by not just the art displayed but also by the architecture of the brick building itself. A must-visit for art connoisseurs, this non-profit space attempts to showcase the most comprehensive collection of contemporary art in South-Asia.

*The National Gallery of Modern Art is the country's premier art galleries housing a staggering collection of modern and contemporary Indian art. The gallery can keep you engrossed for hours with the works by masters like Raja Ravi Verma, modernists like Amrite Sher-gil and contemporaries like M.F. Hussain and the likes.

*At the city's leading cultural hub, India Habitat Centre, there is always something going on. Look out for art exhibitions at the Visual Art Gallery to film workshops, film screenings, plays, music, dance recitals and other exciting events.

*Triveni Kala Sangam, designed by Joseph Allen Stein, has a timeless elegant appeal that allures art lovers from all over. The complex features the oldest amphitheatre in the city along with the four art galleries that it houses. Triveni is buzzing with artists, students who come here for the various dance, music, photography and sculpture courses on offer, come to enjoy the arty, laid-back feel of this cultural center.

Party central:

*For those wanting to party hard and late into the night, LAP at hotel Samrat is the obvious choice. Share the dance floor with the who's who of Delhi. Or head to their alfresco section where the mood is less decadent and sultry.

*Subdued and chic, Tapas at Lodhi is great to go drinking with friends and still have a conversation. A terrific tapas collection paired with exquisite wine makes for a fun evening enhanced by some soulful live jazz music.

*Head to two of the most elitist clubs of Delhi for pre-party tipple on the weekends - Delhi Golf Club and Delhi Gymkhana Club. These member-only institutions are must visits for quintessential Delhi experience, so find a member who would not mind signing you in.

*Relish old world charm at 1911, the historic bar that regales guests with original portraits and artifacts that date back to the dates of the Raj. The extensive menu offers over 500 varieties of beverages.

*Two places that top our list for marvelous alfresco settings are the Olive Bar and Kitchen- characterized by a lovely mood that plays out under an enormous banyan tree, and have conversations and drinks that flow deep into the night. The other place is Magique, a stunning locale where the lush greenery and atmospheric lighting creates an alluring glow making you want to linger on. Top-notch sumptuous food and innovative drinks along with perfect lounge music that gets revved up with guest DJs playing now and then is offered by both these places.

Monumental marvels:

*Qutub Minar, the five storied red sandstone minaret is Delhi's most prominent monuments in terms of history, design and architecture, and usually attracts about 10,000 visitors a day. The complex also features ancient monuments including Alai Darwaza, the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and the hard to miss iron pillar nearby.

*Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun's Tomb is one of Delhi's best maintained monuments. Surrounded by Mughal style carbaghs and manicured gardens, Humayun's tomb makes for a great family outing.

*Built on the site of the most ancient city of the various numerous cities of Delhi, Indraprastha- Purana Qila, stands patient and uncomplaining amidst wild greenery. The massive gateway was built by Humayun and stands in the inner citadel of the city of Dina-Panah which flourished as the sixth city of Delhi. Spectacular sound and light shows are held every evening at the venue.

*Located off Netaji Subhash Chandra Marg, Jama Masjid, the grand mosque located in Old Delhi is the largest in India. The mosque has a courtyard that is capable of holding 25,000 devotees. The highly decorative mosque has three gates, four towers and two 40 meter high minarets constructed using strips of red sandstone and white marble.

*The Red Sandstone walls built in 1683 of the colossal Red Fort rise 33 meters above the bellow of Old Delhi as a souvenir of the magnificent power and pomp of The Mughal Emperors. The main gate, Lahore Gate attracts a major crowd every Independence Day. Inside the huge fort compound is a treasure trove of buildings like the Drum House, the Hall of Public Audiences, the White Marble Hall of Private Audiences, the Pearl mosque, Royal Baths and Palace of Colour. An evening show of sound and lights re-create events in Indian History related to the fort.
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