Sprawling, crowded, and pulsing with life, Delhi, India, is a city of creative and culinary delight. From the Red Fort to the Lotus Temple and Humayun’s Tomb, tourists come here from around the world for many reasons: some are seeking religion, some are on a quest for the exotic, and some just want to taste the world’s best Indian cuisine. You’ll fall in love with Delhi, especially when you know the best things to do while you’re there.
‘The King of Fruit’ at its Finest: The Mango Festival
If you’ve got a sweet tooth you’re in for a treat at the annual Mango Festival, held for two days in Delhi each summer since 1987. You might think you know mangos, but you’ve never seen them like this. More than 50 mango growers from around India descend on the city to showcase over 550 varieties of mango in a mind-boggling array of recipes. It’s incredible to see five-star chefs elbow-to-elbow with street vendors preparing mango dishes. Hindu mythology says that the mango is a symbol of life’s joy, and you’ll feel that here.
Paradise for Foodies and Photographers: Khari Baoli Spice Market
Imagine an enormous market with thousands of hungry visitors and friendly vendors, and even a few monkeys running around. That’s Khari Baoli, the largest wholesale spice market in Asia, located in the heart of Delhi. The alluring aromas here are almost as impressive as the vibrant colours of the spices, teas, herbs, dried fruits, and nuts on sale. Even if you aren’t in the mood to buy anything, the atmosphere in the market is absolutely unique and everywhere you look there’s a perfect picture waiting to be snapped.
Regal Elegance: Changing of the Guards
One of Delhi’s most famous works of architecture, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, is a stunning palace and the home of India’s President. It’s here that you can really get a feel for the regal elegance of India’s political life, especially during the changing of the guards. This 30-minute ceremony, which features a brass band, soldiers mounted on horses and of course dozens of royal guards, takes place every Saturday. The iconic event is a reminder of the country’s colonial past and also a showcase for its unique contemporary culture.