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My Days in Delhi

Delhi isn’t entirely what you’d expect.

For a place with 9 million people, it’s incredibly green and in parts, quite serene. There are birds everywhere and monkeys in the most unexpected places. But then of course it’s chaotic in parts too, wonderfully so. The smog is thick, the crowds are colourful and life beams at every corner. It’s a place where just riding a tuktuk down the road is an exhilarating adventure. In fact, it’s one of the best ways to see Delhi in all its beauty and bizarreness. Leave your phone at the hotel room, look up and soak in life at it’s most vibrant.

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The smog is thick, the crowds are colourful and life beams at every corner.

Do:Β Spend a good chunk of time in Old Delhi. This was my favourite part of the city and a whole day probably isn’t enough. Β This is where the madness happens. Where buzzing scooters compete with camels and market stalls pulsate with any number of things. The bazaar in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, is where the real magic happens. A rabbit warren of sparkling jewels, vibrant fabrics, incense, carpets and food. When you go, go to buy. Especially jewellery. You won’t find better costume jewellery anywhere else in the world. To get into the thick of it and delve deep into the alleyways I highly recommend touring the market on a rickshaw. It’s fun and thrilling all at once and my favourite experience I had in Delhi.

Eat: Jalebi from the famous stall in Chandni Chowk. Jalebi is essentially a spiral of batter soaked in a sugary syrup, and it’s just as delicious as it sounds.

Buy: Everything. Even if your haggling skills aren’t up to scratch, it’ll still be much cheaper than what you’d pay at home. I bought a few scarves in Delhi and my only regret is that I should have bought more. There’s of course shopping all over India, but looking back the shops at Chandi Chowk were my favourite.

See:Β See the city with a guide. If you’ve never been to India before, Delhi and where to begin can be quite intimidating. When I arrived in Delhi I walked down the road to another hotel for dinner and even then that was a challenging adventure. Luckily from the next morning onwards I had a guide and a driver with me at all times to help me navigate the sites, assist me in haggling and even just help me cross the road.

Want to visit Delhi? I flew with Virgin Atlantic and toured the city on a Flight Centre holiday which includes a private guide with Creative Travel.

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