A visit to the ‘city of the seven cities’

Delhi, locally also called Dillī or Dihlī, is one of India’s major metropolitan cities. Its culture has been influenced by its long history and historical association as the nation’s capital. Myriad ethnic influences have made Delhi a melting pot full of contrasts: the old, oriental Delhi with winding quarters on one side, the new Delhi with grid-like blocks and administrative buildings on the other.

Now the second largest city in the country, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC and is one of the oldest urban areas in the world. It is characterized by its very changeable climate. From monsoon-influenced subtropical humidity to a semi-arid climate with strong fluctuations between summer and winter temperatures and sometimes heavy rainfall, visitors should be prepared for anything. Nevertheless, the huge national capital territory shows Indian culture at its best – from museums full of history to ancient buildings and culinary specialties.

Seven cities, nine districts

Delhi doesn’t have its nickname ‘City of Seven Cities’ for nothing. Seven cities have now joined together into a single metropolis spread across the area of the original settlement. The oldest of the incorporated cities is Indraprastha, the subject of many legends. The current Indian capital, New Delhi, is in fact only one of nine districts in the extensive ‘Delhi’ region. Created by the British at the beginning of the 20th century as a government district, it is the present-day seat of government, and you can still find parliament and the supreme courts here, too. But the district also has some interesting destinations to offer tourists.

Experience tumultuous history at first hand

Delhi has a vast range of historical sights. A particularly beautiful one is the Lotus Temple, one of the most famous buildings in the whole of India. The temple was built in the form of a lotus flower, an omnipresent symbol of peace in the Hindu religion. It consists of a total of 27 gigantic petals made from white marble, fittingly surrounded by several pools. A visit to the surrounding gardens and ponds can also be combined with a trip to the temple.

Another possible excursion destination is the Red Fort. The imposing fortress dates back to the 17th century and owes its name to its red sandstone walls. A visit to the fort is especially worthwhile on India’s Independence Day on 15 August. Every year the Indian Prime Minister gives a speech there and raises the national flag to celebrate independence. Only 400 metres away from the Red Fort stands the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India and one of the biggest in the Islamic world.

Indian culture becomes even more tangible in the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a place of prayer and training for the Sikh religion open to all visitors. You are usually greeted warmly and invited for a communal meal at lunchtime. Upon entering the temple, it is mandatory to remove your shoes for the visit, and to wash your hands with soap and put on a headscarf. The idyllic atmosphere at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib makes a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of the city outside.

Other buildings worth seeing

Delhi offers many culinary highlights

In addition to the diversity of its religions and its extraordinary architecture, India is known for its many distinctive spices, which are used in many delicacies.

  • Paratha: Parathas literally mean ‘layers of cooked dough’. These are traditional flatbreads made of wheat with various fillings. The dish is common in Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, The Maldives and Myanmar as well as India. The best places in Delhi to enjoy parathas are Paranthe Wali Gali (the Paratha Road), Moolchand Parantha and Not Just Paranthas  
  • Murgh makhani: Another typical dish is butter chicken, also called murgh makhani, a curry made of chicken, spicy tomato, butter and cream sauce. It is similar to chicken tikka masala but prepared with a tomato paste. The best murgh makhani in Delhi can be found at Havemore, Daryangani and Gulati.
  • Kebab: Kebabs are also a Middle Eastern speciality, although, unlike in Germany, kebabs in Asia are not automatically served in bread: The term ‘kebab’ describes countless different grilled meat dishes in the Middle East. Delhi’s best kebab restaurants are Qureshi Kebab Corner, Ghalib Kebab Corner and Al Kauser.

Delhi as the logistical heart of northern India

As one of India’s largest metropolitan cities, Delhi has significant logistical importance. New Delhi’s airport, Indira Gandhi International Airport, is the aviation hub of northern India and the country’s most active airport in terms of both passengers and freight. Logistics service provider Rhenus is also active on the spot, with several sites providing expertise and high quality to all our customers. With over six decades of experience, the company aims to grow together with its customers and multicultural staff. Rhenus currently operates out of 70 offices across India with an experienced team of 2000+, a fleet of over 200 vehicles and 24 lacs sq ft of warehousing space at strategic locations, to deliver top-notch integrated logistics solutions and services to her customers.

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