Languages: Hindi, English
When to Visit– September to March
Climate: Summer– 30- 46 C/ Winter- O to 15 c
Monsoon: July to August
New Delhi is the capital of India and the seat of the executive, legislative, and judiciary branches of the Government of India. It is also the centre of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi. New Delhi is situated within the metropolis of Delhi and is one of the eleven districts of Delhi National Capital Territory.
During Delhi Darbar of 1911, the foundation stone of the city was laid by the then Empire of India, George V. It was designed by British architects, Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker. The new capital was inaugurated on 13 February I93I, by India’s Viceroy Lord Irwin. After India gained independence in 1947, New Delhi was conferred a limited autonomy and was administered by a Chief Commissioner appointed by the Government of India. In 1956, Delhi was converted into a union territory and eventually the Chief Commissioner was replaced by a Lieutenant Governor. The Constitution (Sixty-ninth amendment) Act, 1991 declared the Union Territory of Delhi to be formally known as National Capital Territory of Delhi.
Chandni Chowk in New Delhi, which is often called the food capital of India, is famous for its street food. The variety consists of snacks, especially chaat. The streets are lined with halwais (sweet-sellers), namkeen wallahs (sellers of savories) and paranthe wallahs (sellers of breads soaked in ghee). The real flavor of the Delhi street food lies in the chaat. The original chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, crispy fried bread, Dahi Bhalla, gram and tangy-salty spices. The mixture is garnished with sour home-made Indian chilly and saunth (dried ginger and tamarind sauce), fresh green coriander leaves and yoghurt. However, there are several other popular variants now, including the one with an Aloo Tikki.
Kachori, usually stuffed with pulses and served with potato curry, is another delicacy that makes your mouth water. Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala is perhaps the most famous for its Urad Dal Kachori, which is served with Aloo Subzi. On the sweeter side, Rabdi Faluda is a must.
Vendors sell kebabs and tikkas [made of buffalo meat) wrapped in rumali roti [paper-thin bread) at cheap prices. The Mutton Burrahs here are easily the best in the city.