Flights to Delhi
Delhi is the second largest city in India and is situated in the north of the country on the banks of the River Yamuna.
Flights from South Africa to Delhi are offered with Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines and South African Airways from Johannesburg with one stop via either Dubai or Addis Ababa. From Cape Town you can get a flight with Emirates or British Airways with one stop via either Dubai or London Heathrow.
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The Tourist Attractions of Delhi:
The Red Fort (Lal Qila) is one of the top tourist attractions in Delhi. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as his palace, and was completed in 1648. Although many of the grand decorations have now been stripped from the palace the building itself is still impressive and the gardens are well maintained.
There are a number of buildings within the palace which you can visit, including the Covered Bazaar, the Hall of Public Audience, the Hall of Private Audience, the Private Palace and the Museum of the Independence Movement.
Delhi has three sites which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Humayun’s Tomb is one of these. Humayun was the second Mughal Emperor and his impressive tomb was built from 1562. The Tomb and building has been compared to the Taj Mahal, as its predecessor.
The second of Delhi’s UNESCO sites is the Qutub Complex. Most of the buildings in this old complex date back to the 1200’s and the most famous part of the complex is the Qutub Minar. The tower here was the tallest in the world when built, and although you cannot go up the tower due to preservation purposes it is still impressive from the outside.
In this complex you will also find the first and grandest mosque of Delhi, called Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque. Unfortunately most of the mosque is now in ruins but there are still places around where you can see ornate carvings and sandstone decorations.
Amongst some of the other attractions worth visiting in Delhi are the Memorial of Mahatma Gandhi called Rajghat, and also the Rajpath which is the main street leading to the President’s residence. Along here you will find the famous India Gate – a monument built in remembrance of the Indian soldiers who died during the First World War.
Delhi has several impressive religious buildings, including the Baha’i’ Lotus Temple and although a beautiful modern building from outside, there is not actually much to see of interest inside. However, the Jama Masjid is an impressive building inside and out and is in fact the largest mosque in India.
There are a number of museums in Delhi worth visiting too. These include the National Museum which has a very extensive collection, whilst the National Railway Museum gives visitors a look at the history of India’s railways.
Delhi is also a great city for shoppers. Although western style malls are beginning to be built here, the best shopping experience can still be gained from shopping in the bazaars and street markets. These are often very crowded with locals but are great for finding some bargains especially if you’re prepared to haggle with the vendors!
When Should You Visit?:
Delhi can be a very hot city, though it can also get quite cold in the winter with the effect of the nearby Himalayas. Between April and October temperatures are often over 40C, and although a welcome break from the heat you probably won’t like to visit in July and August as this is when the monsoon rains happen. February is also quite a wet month, but between February and April and September to November you should have more pleasant temperatures in the 20’s or 30’s C.
The climate is tropical and so year-round the weather will be hot, humid and wet!