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Top 5 Destinations in New Delhi: Travel Opinion and Analysis

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Qutub Minar and Iron Pillar, Photo by Dmitry B

New Delhi, the capital of the largest democracy in the world has a lot to offer to a traveler who is first time visiting India. Architectural relics dating back to Mauryan Period (300 BC) and its earliest reference as Indraprastha from the Mahabharat times, Delhi has been captured, sacked and rebuilt many times as the capital of the various kingdoms. With the kingdoms coming and going, Delhi has a significant history which can be seen from the historic monuments spread all over the city.

Traveling around Delhi you will also understand the way India has transformed itself from poor known country to the world’s third largest economy in terms of GDP (PPP). You will see some of the strangest things happening here, but still you will wonder how this diverse, huge and largely populated country has survived peacefully, efficiently since independence with the highest growth outputs. Traveling around New Delhi is easy due to availability of variety of modes of public transport. Delhi is not an expensive city compared to other Indian and international cities of the same level. However, in this guide we will still be stressing on making your stay and traveling even more economical and comfortable with the help of certain tips, information on travel and hotel coupons and other services provided officially by the government of Delhi or other private and commercial organizations.

How to Reach Delhi?

Delhi being one of the largest business, financial, tourist, educational and political hub of South Asia has one of the busiest airports and railway stations in the world.

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Buddha at Delhi Airport

 

Indira Gandhi International Airport is only 16 KM away from the city centre. The cheapest and fastest way to reach the city centre from the Airport is through Airport Express Metro Rail. It connects the New Delhi railway Station (adjacent to the city centre Connaught Place) with the Airport. A single trip costs mere ₹150 and around 30-40 minutes. If you are a frequent traveler on this line you can also buy a 45 trip or 60 trip monthly coupon pass which costs ₹2000 and ₹2300 respectively for traveling between these two stations.

Radio taxis are also a comfortable and easy way to commute from the Airport which have good and fixed fair and you will not have to bargain or fight with the drivers. You may find the coupons for Radio taxi in the stalls established as soon as you come out of the arrival section. Other cheaper taxi option is Government prepaid taxi, they will provide you prepaid coupon for much cheaper rate from the stalls inside the arrival section, before coming out.

Where to Stay in Delhi?

From low budget to high budget, Delhi has large number of options available for the travelers. There are large number of lodges to five star hotels on par with international standards. Almost all the big names in the category of luxurious and corporate five star hotels have their presence in the capital of India. But, if you are looking for the cheaper ones head to Pahargunj or Karol Bagh. Pahargunj has some of the cheapest lodges in Delhi and is strategically situated adjacent to New Delhi Railway Station and the centre Connaught Place. Pahargunj is often termed as the back side of New Delhi (not so good part of the city) the area is extremely crowded and the streets are narrow, however you will find cheapest food and lodges close to the central Delhi. (Note: Be careful when eating outside, always drink packaged mineral water).

There are also large number of normal and high budget hotels which often come up with schemes, try to grab those deal and keep checking travel and hotel coupons websites.

Top 5 Destinations and Places to Visit in New Delhi

 

1. Connaught Place

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TWR team at Central Park in Connaught Place, Delhi

Located in the central Delhi, Connaught place is one of the major financial and business hub of Delhi which reflects a flavour of English rule. The place has some of the best night clubs, bars, pubs and multi-cuisine restaurants in Delhi. Rajiv Chowk metro station of the Delhi Metro opens right at the central park in the Connaught Place. Use metro coupon passes issued as smart card in all the metro station to get 10% discount on your every trip in Delhi Metro.

Connaught place is coupled with Janpath Marktet and Emporium street (Baba Khadak Singh Marg). Janpath market has everything that you would need to give your friends once you return your home. From high quality souvenirs, Indian Jewellery and Aromas and other traditional items to low cost daily wear clothes. Be ready to bargain here, one tip is to directly reduce the price you are willing to pay to the half of what the shopkeeper told you. It would be good if you have an Indian friend to help you. Baba Khadak Singh Marg has some of the quality emporiums from different states of India exhibiting their culture and traditions. You can buy home decorative things to traditional clothes and souvenirs. All prices are fixed and maintained by the Government, no need to bargain. On the way to emporiums you will find Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan or Khadi Emporium, buy India’s pure and original herbal products and cosmetics from here, again it is a government shop and closes by 6 PM.

Places near Connaught Place: India Gate, Jantar Mantar, Railway Museum, President House

2. India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan ( President House)

Take a taxi or Auto Rickshaw (tuk tuk) from Connaught Place to reach Rashtrapati Bhawan, or get down at Central Secretariat metro station (Yellow and Violet Line) from Rajiv Chowk metro station and walk a bit to North Block/South Block (cheaper and recommended). Rashtrapati Bhawan is the largest residence of any chief of the state in the world. It is accompanied by huge twin structures of North block and South block. The view of Rashtrapati Bhawan is magnificent as you climb up the Raisena hill from the Vijay Chowk, as you climb you will feel the magnificent structure rising in the sky. Getting down to the same road will lead you to India Gate.

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India Gate

India gate is walk able from Rashtrapati Bhawan, the road connecting these two is known as Rajpath where every year military parade occurs on Republic Day (26th January). India Gate is an arch monument, a first world war memorial dedicated to the Indian soldiers who were killed in action during first world war. Surrounded by the lush green grasses and wide roads of Delhi. India gate is one of the most popular destination for the tourists in Delhi. Best time to go there is in the evening and stay here till the dark. You will have one of the best experience here if you visit this place and Rashtrapati Bhawan between January 26th to January 29th at night, as these places are well lit because of Republic Day celebrations.

3. Akshardham Temple

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Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple in New Delhi is the world’s largest comprehensive Hindu Temple. Officially opened in November  2005, the temple is relatively new and has modern features. With its big size, big area, and beautiful carvings and paintings all over, you need at least one whole day to spend here to see, learn and admire most of the things presented here.

Apart from the regular temple functionality, this religious place offers more entertaining and informative ways to involve in the spiritual environment. There is a video presentation on a large IMAX theater featuring the early life of Swaminarayan. There is a boat ride in the cave exhibiting Indian culture and ancient Indian science and mathematical achievements. And there is musical fountain presentation after aarti based on the messages of Upanishads.

Please beware that camera, mobile phone or any baggage except female hand bag is not allowed inside the temple complex. Leave them in your car or in the cloak room. The earlier you go the better it is, as the crowd increases by time. There would be a huge queue for security check up. The complex is closed on Monday.

4. Qutub Minar

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TWR Team at Qutub Minar

72.5 metres (237.8 ft) high, Qutub Minar is the tallest free standing brick minaret in the world. The complex is easily reachable from Qutub Minar metro station of Delhi Metro (Yellow Line). The main gate is however slightly far, but walk able from the metro station. The complex consists of variety of architecture from ancient Indian to relatively newer Islamic architecture including Qutub Minar built in 1193 A.D. The entry fees for Indians is Rs 10 and for Foreigners is Rs 250.

The complex has lush green lawns and other ancient and medieval period temple ruins. Qutub Minar was itself built with the materials of these ruins. Just nearby there exists an Iron Pillar which belongs to medieval Hindu period of Delhi. Standing tall for past 1600 years, this 7 m tall iron pillar has attracted the attention of metallurgists and archaeologists, as it has not rusted yet. The pillar has been called as “a testament to the skill of ancient Indian blacksmiths.”

If you are planning to go here, make it little earlier as this complex will start closing from 5:30 PM. After this if you have some time you can head to Delhi haat, which is a beautiful traditional style themed market where you will find handicraft and other traditional things and authentic Indian food, sweets and snacks from all over India. The best time to go to haat is March-April and September to December, as at this time weather is good, tourists are more and there are more stalls and colorful nights. We have been there in winters and I heard complaints from the people who were in stalls about the extreme weather, less number of tourists and pale environment.

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TWR team at Delhi Haat

5. Lotus Temple

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Lotus Temple

Completed in 1986, the temple has its faith associated with the Bahai community. With its popular lotus shape design, the temple has won several architectural awards. Come to this  place if you want to sit in peace and meditate. There are periodically short prayers in the temple sung by the members. Temple is open to the people of all faiths or religions to meditate together under the same roof. In 2002, the temple became one of the most visited buildings in the world surpassing Taj Mahal and Eiffel Tower. The temple is easily reachable from Kalka Ji Mandir Metro station (Violet Line).

The temple requires extreme discipline from the visitors, you can enter inside the main temple building in batches making queue. Mobile phones should be on silent mode and conversation or talking is not allowed inside the temple.

In the proximity of the temple, another internationally famous temple of ISKCON is present which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is worth visiting their during the time of Aarti. The temple is closed on Mondays.

Some Tips and Warnings

For experiencing Delhi properly you need at least two weeks dedicated to this city. Delhi has the ability to make you travel in time from ancient period to the modern era.

All the places which we have mentioned are connected with Delhi’s state of the art HOHO bus service (Hop On Hop Off) except the Akshardham Temple. You can buy HOHO bus travel coupon on their website HoHo Delhi. There are two dedicated bus routed (Red and Green), and covers a vast number of attractions.

Be careful before planning a week long trip for Delhi. Keep your Mondays free as on Monday almost all the major attractions in Delhi are closed including the HOHO bus service. On Monday you can plan to visit places like world class malls in Saket, Gurgaon and Noida where you can try ice skating, freeze lounge  amusement parks, an experience of being in the sea cruise and authentic Indian food or movie within these malls. Also visit Kingdom of dreams in Gurgaon which is a complete package of all entertainment.

Delhi at present is considered unsafe for women due to increasing number of crimes against women in recent days and it is recommended to be cautious on the street against eve teasers, it is better to be in group and avoid late nights outside.

There are a lot of places of interest in Delhi, please share your favourite destination or food joint in the comments section below.

Sanskar Shrivastava is the founder of international students' journal, The World Reporter. Passionate about dynamic occurrence in geopolitics, Sanskar has been studying and analyzing geopolitcal events from early life. At present, Sanskar is a student at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture and will be moving to Duke University.

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What Malaysia Airlines’ First Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Surabaya Means for the City

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Just two days ago, Malaysia Airlines commandeered their first flight from Malaysia’s national capital and largest city, Kuala Lumpur, to Surabaya, a port city on the Indonesian island of Java. This inaugural flight has caused a stir, and the event was celebrated with a welcome and send off event at Juanda International Airport. Guests included Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim (the Malaysian Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia), Arved von zur Muehlen (Malaysian Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer) and several Indonesian local government officers. To add an extra special touch, guests on the flight were treated to a performance from dancers supplied by Tourism Indonesia and a whole range of other in-flight extras. So, what does this new airline connection mean for the country of Indonesia and its inhabitants? Stay with us as we explore the potential benefits for the region.

Potential Increases in Property Value

Improved and expanded transport links are massively beneficial for near enough any given location’s property market value. Think about it: when you’re searching for a home, you look for properties that have all of the necessary amenities nearby, or properties in areas with the necessary transport links required to get from your home to wherever you may need to be. Properties within walking distance of public transport links tend to be favoured. This demand transfers into increased interest in properties that fully cater to the market’s desires and the price of suitable properties increase dramatically. Now think about how beneficial the addition of an international airport that consistently works towards opening new flight paths may be to various individuals. Perhaps a potential tenant or buyer does business with partners in Surabaya. Properties in Kuala Lumpur will now look a lot more appealing to them, as they will be able to get to where they need to be with the least hassle possible. Perfect! So, if you’re planning on moving to Kuala Lumpur or investing in property in the city, it’s better to take action sooner rather than later. Otherwise, you may get to the marketplace a little late and find that the best properties have been snapped up, or prices have skyrocketed. So start viewing apartments for rent and sale now!

Increased Tourism

Surabaya has been known for its brilliant potential as a holiday destination for some time now. However, transfer flights and consequent longer travel times put many individuals from Kuala Lumpur off the area. However, this new flight path could massively boost the number of the city’s inhabitants who choose to holiday on the Indonesian island. With the commencement of regular flights between the two destinations, travel companies are likely to start setting up deals for package holidays to simplify the process and make a trip to Surabaya seem just what the tired city folk of Kuala Lumpur could do with. At the same time, many dwellers of Surabaya may well opt to visit Kuala Lumpur too! After all, these things work both ways. A holiday is generally best when you experience a change of culture and atmosphere, and the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur could prove to be an energising break for those habituated to island life. Both places can expect to see a dramatic increase in local income and the state of their economies through the tourism industry alone.

Improved Business Relations

Better and more open routes of transport allow for an improvement in business relations between two countries and cities within them. While many goods can easily be shipped overseas on, well, a ship, remember that planes don’t merely transport passengers. Many can also carry cargo for trade or sale. Planes are a much faster and more convenient option when it comes to getting items from A to B as quickly as possible. Especially considering the fact that we live in a more impatient consumer market than ever before. Many buyers expect the option of receiving purchased goods the next working day following the placement of their order. The increased ease that goods can be passed quickly between Kuala Lumpur and Surabaya will hopefully improve the working relationship between the two places to the equal benefit of both.

As you can see, the introduction of flights between Kuala Lumpur and Surabaya four times a week holds a lot of potential for Kuala Lumpur as a major city. Hopefully, the creation of this flight path will see an increase in the value of properties in the area, an increase in tourism, and better business relations. It’s all up from here on out!

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A comprehensive guide for visitors to Sunderbans

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West Bengal’s most famous landmark is undoubtedly the Sunderbans, which is located at the South Eastern tip of the 24 Parganas. It is a part of the world’s largest delta formed by the rivers of Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna. Of the entire delta, 4,262 sq kilometres of the Sunderbans is situated in India, while another larger portion is a part of Bangladesh. 2,585 sq kilometres of the Indian side of the Sunderbans is dedicated to India’s largest tiger reserve, the Sunderbans National Park.

How to Reach

Sunderbans is well-connected to Kolkata by an excellent transport network of road, rail, air and waterways. Hence one can rent a car in Kolkata and undertake a short two-hour journey (100 kilometres) to reach this amazing National Park and Tiger reserve. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience and visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an amazing adventure for the entire family to embark on.

The nearest airport to reach Sunderbans is Netaji Subhash International Airport, Kolkata that is about 112 kilometres away. For those who love the rail, Canning is the nearest railway station from Sunderbans National Park (about 48 kilometres). The adventurous ones can opt for motorboats which can be hired from Sagar Island, Namkhana, Raidighi and Sonakhali.

What can you see in Sunderbans?

The most famous and popular inhabitant of the Sunderbans is the Tiger and there are over 100 of these magnificent cats roaming the dense forests of this delta and even swimming through the network of channels and mangroves. It is an exciting adventure as you cruise through the world’s largest mangrove sanctuary and its waterways, all the while relishing the breath-taking sights. You can use one of the reliable outstation taxi services in Kolkata that will transport you to the Sunderbans quickly and safely.

The delta is also home to reptiles like the Estuarine Crocodile, the Olive Ridley Turtle and the Monitor Lizard too, all of whom are a part of a conservation program to safeguard their population. Keep an eye out for the playful dolphins, the saltwater crocodiles, the water monitor and kingfishers when you ride out on this expansive water body. The Sunderbans was once home to leopards, rhinoceros, swamp deer and water buffalo, which have turned extinct over the past few decades. Those wishing to travel with the extended family can book an Innova taxi in Kolkata for a hassle-free journey.

When to visit

If you can endure the heat, then the months of March and April are perfect to visit the Sunderbans for increased chances of spotting the Royal Bengal Tiger. November to February is a relatively cool period and is preferred by tourists too. Remember that during winter, the park closes earlier since the days are shorter, while during summer, you can stay in the park for a longer time. A large population of migratory birds also visit this place during summer and this gives you an opportunity to spot them. Travelling from Kolkata for a short trip? It is now easy to book cabs in Kolkata and enjoy this amazing adventure with family and friends.

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Live a fantastic experience in Perú with the best organized trips

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Perú is a country with much charm and a lot of history to reveal to the world, so If you are planning to book an organized trip, this can be one of the most interesting destinations, full of cultural and fun experiences at your disposal.

Enjoying tourism in Perú is a good way to have a lot of entertainment and fun activities at your disposal, with which to experience new sensations and spend an unforgettable time away. Without doubt it is a fantastic way to increase our culture while we have fun, which makes it an especially suitable experience for the whole family. So let’s go to analyze some of the most interesting possibilities to consider when we are organizing a trip to Perú.

Firstly we encourage you to enjoy the fantastic excursions along the Inca trail, neither more nor less than the popular Inca trail Tours, an amazing experience with which we will be able to enjoy the wild nature around, the history of many tours and the meaning it had at the time. And finally, we can live and understand in the present, events and situations that happened in the past.

The most important thing about this journeys is that we can enjoy and learn more about the history of the country, and there is no better way of doing this than living the experience and the best lessons through the Ina Trail Tours, a way to ensure that the whole trip will go to the perfection, so we just have to organize it in advance and be ready to spend a few fantastic days and satisfy all our expectations.

Get to know the secrets of the Machu Picchu

And when we talk about Perú, we must not forget the incredible Machu Picchu, and old town prior to the XV century located in the Mount with the same name, having at our disposal some of the most amazing and unforgettable views that nature can offer.

There are doubts about the true nature of this construction, as some consider that in fact it was a palace, while others think that its purpose was to be a sanctuary of that times, and there exist other options as it was build as a citadel or even a fortress.

Regardless, it is a good idea to travel to the place not only to listen to the different theories about it, but also to understand the dimension and wonder of being in such an impressive environment, full of the wisdom of this ancient culture that revels some mysteries of an impressive civilization.

We must remember that Machu Picchu is within the list of the Unesco, as it was declared World Heritage in 1983. This is why this trip became indispensable and today you can book your trip through Machu Picchu Tickets, that will allow you to enjoy a very enriching experience in every way.

The Rainbow Mountains of Perú

As a third alternative for your trip, which in fact is not incompatible with the other two options as long as you have enough time, is to visit the Rainbow Mountain Peru, a succession of mountains of diferent colours that create speechless sensations.

Without a doubt, a very original and special destination to be part of the dimension of something bigger than us: the nature and its ability to surprise us with creations that escape to our imagination and ability to understand the world from a very magical perception.

So as you know, all you have to do is pick a date and book in advance the upcoming experiences to live in Perú, one of the most beautiful and charming destinations you will find.

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