Delhi is an important gateway' to India, since it is a major transport hub' in the sense that travellers change at Delhi, in order to go on elsewhere. This is a real shame, because the city has so much to offer tourists and travellers. Like other Indian cities, this is a big city. It has around 13 million people and is in the northern part of India, hence its convenience as a transport hub. The climate in Delhi is very dry during the summer months, which are usually April until October. This incorporates the monsoon season, which is variable, but may be around September. For obvious reasons it is best to avoid the monsoon season, but you should also be aware that the summer heat is very hot.
Public transport is quite good. There are buses, as well as a metro system and taxis as well as auto rickshaws (these are simply motorised rickshaws) run throughout the city. Fares are quite cheap, particularly by European standards. Delhi is reputedly one of the oldest inhabited cities, in the sense that it has been continuously inhabited, for thousands of years. This gives it a real sense of belonging and it is a very proud city, which seems well aware of its status. There are lots of ancient sites to be seen. Within the city there are three UNESCO World Heritage sites, the most popular of which is Humayun's Tomb. This tomb is actually a Mausoleum and it was built in the same style as the Taj Mahal. It is an absolutely amazing place to visit and it is very hard to believe that it was started in 1562, since it looks so well preserved. Another World Heritage site which is very popular is the Qutab Minar, which is the largest minaret in the world. The Bahai House of Worship, which is known as the Lotus Temple, is an absolutely outstanding example of modern Indian/Religious architecture. It was completed as recently as 1986 and looks just like a lotus blossom! An amazing piece of architecture. One of the most arresting sites in Delhi, has to be the Masjid-I-Jahan Numa, which is one of the largest mosques in India. It is truly amazing in terms of its size and how many people flock to it for prayers. But after all that culture, you may want to take it easy for a bit. Shopping in Delhi can be quite a good experience and there are some great bargains to be had. Just remember that you may need to resolutely stick to a price and if the vendor asks for more money, then just walk away, someone else will be glad of your business! When in Delhi you should also check out some of the fantastic eating facilities, from small stalls to opulent hotels and restaurants. The choice is yours, but the food is bound to be excellent, in particular, the sweets are incredible, so allow yourself the chance to be tempted! Who flies to Delhi? Most international flight operators fly regular flights to Delhi; they include Klm, British Airways etc.
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