Delhi, The Heart of India
Delhi is not just the capital but the heart and soul of Indian civilization. From being Hasthinapur of the Kauravas, to Dharm Raj Yudhisthir’s Indraprastha, to Mugalo ki Dilli or being Delhi of British India, Delhi has always found its place as the focal point.If there is one place where the diversity of India is best seen, it is here. Here one can find people from every part of India and as always, it welcomes everyone with open arms. This city has everything for everyone and one can never truly have enough of visiting it.
Delhi always has a special place in my heart. Being my birth place, it is not just another city to me but a place to go and seek solace. Each time I visit Delhi, it feels different providing varied opportunities to witness something new, something interesting.When in Delhi, one simply cannot miss out on numerous sites and destination that this city has to offer. Though congested, you cannot be bored in Delhi at any point. Such is the aura of this place, and thats why it is rightly called “Dilwalo ki Dilli”.
Frankly speaking, even though I have visited Delhi every year, I feel like I really haven’t seen anything. I mean there is so much to explore here that once you visit, you will want to visit it again and again. That’s what makes this city incredible and charismatic. Jama Masjid, Tuglaquabad Fort, Lotus Temple, Chandini Chowk, Karol Bagh, Hauz Khas Village, Connaught Place, Red Fort, India Gate, Qutub Minar (the symbol of Delhi) and the list just continues to go on and on.
Detailing every place of Delhi will definitely make a good book to read, but there are some places that deserve a special mention from my side. Connaught Place and Chandini Chowk are probably two of the most important destinations of this city and as such are always filled with people no matter what time of the day it is. These two places offer everything that one can ask for, from a plethora of shops that caters to everyone’s needs to the awesome food stalls that are sure gonna make anyone hungry. Especially the Parathe wali Gali, which is world renowned for its awesome food, that tickles the taste buds of everyone, and the Central Park in Connaught Place, where you can just simply hangout with your family and friends. If you go to Delhi and miss these places, your trip isn’t complete.
Connaught Place at night
Indian Flag flying high at Central Park
And at the night, a stroll down the quiet and peaceful Raj Path, where the Indian Flag flies proudly surrounded by the majestic India Gate, fills you with immense feeling of patriotism. Burning proudly here is the Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame that is lit to honour the brave soldiers of this country who have proudly sacrificed their lives in service of the Motherland. Watching this flame burning and remembering the sacrifice, it makes one feel proud to be Indian. You simply cannot pass this place without saluting.
India Gate from Rajpath at Night
Amar Jawan Jyoti
Having said that, these aren’t the only places to go in Delhi, the list is vast and never ending. I simple cannot forget how mesmerized I was when I first saw the Lotus Temple; the architecture just took my breath away. Nor can I ever forget the amazing hospitality and awesome langar of Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, and the mouth watering sewai of Jama Masjid. And the National History Museum is just a treat to all the history and art lovers.
Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib
Delhi, the capital of India truly is the heart of this country. So pack your bags, hop in a Metro and explore this Incredible capital of Incredible India.
About the Author
Hailing from Lucknow, the city of Nawabs and Kebabs, Shivam spent his childhood in different parts of India. Being born in Delhi, he grew up living in different cities – Haridwar, Aligarh, Banaras, Chennai, Mumbai and Chandigarh.
Being a foodie, he never misses an opportunity to taste new dishes and his favourites include Bati Chokha, Pau Bhaji, Rajma Chawal, Chole Bhature, Gol Gappe, Bambaiya Bhelpuri and Lakhnavi Kebabs.
He considers that the main essence of any culture lies in its traditional food, habits, and believes the diversity of India is not found in big famous places but in those small places where our culture and traditions are still thriving. He calls himself a floater as he is always ready to float to any place in order to grace its culture, tradition and most importantly its awesome food.
Currently in B. Tech Final year at Amity University Lucknow and preparing for higher studies, Shivam is a sports freak. He is a state level Hockey player and is ardent follower of Indian Cricket and Hockey Teams, and Manchester United Football Club. His hobbies include playing sports, watching television, reading novels, listening to music and playing his guitar.