The Ultimate Delhi Travel Guide for Canadians

When traveling to India, most Canadian tourists will likely land in Delhi. Located in the central-northern part of the country, this metropolis is not only the capital of India but also the cultural and political center of the country. Delhi is made up of two contrasting cities blending harmoniously into one. Old Delhi dates back to the time of the Moghuls whereas New Delhi is a modern city designed by the British.

Whether you're looking for ancient monuments depicting the architectural brilliance and cultural diversity of the dynasties that ruled India in the past, colorful bazaars or to sample the cuisine local, you'll find something to suit your taste.

We've gathered relevant information to help you plan your trip, such as must-see attractions, great places to eat, safety tips as well as where to stay in this vibrant and bustling Indian city.

A great time to visit Delhi is from October to March, when temperatures are milder and humidity is low. This is also the peak tourist season, so you can expect higher prices and larger crowds as well as more cultural events and festivals.

For travellers travelling on a budget, April to June are excellent months to visit. Considered the shoulder season, you can find cheaper flights and hotels, and enjoy less crowded attractions. On the flipside, during these months temperatures can reach up to 45°C and air pollution levels are high.

As in any unfamiliar country or place, applying common sense will help you stay as safe as possible during your trip to India. Here are a few specifics to bear in mind.

  • If you take a taxi after dark, make sure it’s from a licensed company (including Uber). Solo travellers, especially women, should avoid unnecessary travel after nightfall.
  • Scams are one of the most annoying thing for tourists when coming to India. Make sure to learn about the most popular tourist traps to avoid being caught in one.
  • Petty theft is common. Keep an eye on your belongings and avoid carrying valuables in places where thieves can easily get to them.
  • Make sure you vaccinations are up to date. Getting shots for meningitis, typhoid, hepatitis A, tetanus and polio is highly recommended.
  • Check Government of Canada travel advice and advisories for a complete list of tips on how to stay safe.
  • For first time visitors – Due to its excellent accessibility to transportation and shopping, Karol Bagh neighbourood has become a favourite destination for tourists visiting Delhi for the first time.
  • For Budget travellers – Paharganj is known as the backpacker enclave in Delhi because of its temptingly great offer of cheap budget hotels and its proximity to the New Delhi Railway Station.
  • For partygoers – Located right in the heart of New Delhi and known by its Georgian-style architecture, Connaught Place will make you feel like you're in England, not India. The area is one of the greatest destinations within the city for partying dinning and shopping.
  • For history bluffs – Dating back to the 13th century, Hauz Khas is considered one of the most historic and hippie areas of Delhi. This place is also famous for its delicious food joints and trendy, luxurious shops.
  • For families – Dotted with parks and green spaces, South Delhi has a reputation for safety and a more relaxed atmosphere than the rest of the city. The area also has many trendy restaurants, bars and cafes.
  • Red Fort – Representing the summit of Muhgal-era architecture, this almost 400 year old fort has an extensive complex of canals, geometric gardens, halls, living quarters, and a mosque.
  • Akshardham Temple – This massive temple featuring white marble and pink stone in its architecture retrace over 10 millennia of Indian history. On its walls, there are carvings of about 20,000 gods and goddesses.
  • Agrasen Ki Baoli – Located on Hailey Road and believed to have been built in the 14th century, this historic 60 meter long  stepwell drops four stories underground and is also considered one of the most haunted places in Delhi. In the early days, these places were used to collect water and act as reservoirs to solve water shortages.
  • Chandni Chowk – Located in Old Delhi, this is the oldest and busiest market in the city. With its narrow streets and chaotic wholesale market filled with street vendors and porters, this market offers a complete medieval bazaar experience.
  • Taj Mahal & Agra Fort – Take a day trip to Agra and visit India's most iconic monuments. The Taj Mahal is a 375-year-old mausoleum built of white marble to honor the memory of ruler Shah Jahan's beloved wife. Agra Fort was built in 1573 and was the main residence of the Mughal emperors. This sandstone fortress has many magical palaces within its 2.5 km \-long surrounding walls.
  • Big Yellow Door – The atmosphere of this place will take you away from the chaos of the city into another world. The menu features mouthwatering dishes ranging from Continental to Italian.
  • The Big Tree Café – The lush ambiance of this diner will immediately transport you to a tranquil oasis, making it the perfect place for a romantic night out. The menu offers various cuisines featuring Italian, North Indian, Mexican, and Continental dishes.
  • Mamagoto – This diner is a pan-Asian joint that serves juicy and delicious Thai food at affordable prices.
  • C I A Call it Asian - This food outlet offers a unique and refined dining experience, featuring in its menu a variety of Asian-inspired dishes, from traditional Chinese and Japanese cuisines to modern fusion.
  • Veda - Boasting an interior décor that exudes royalty, this restaurant's menu offers North Indian, seafood and Mughlai dishes with a creative twist that takes all guests on an exciting journey.
  • Moti Mahal Delux – Founded in the 1940s and one of first restaurants in the world to promote Indian cuisine, this restaurant offers a great dining experience. Don't forget to try their legendary Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken and Dal Makhani.
  • Parikrama – This is the only revolving restaurant in New Delhi offering panoramic views of Connaught Place and great ambience. The restaurant's menu includes dishes ranging from Indian to Chinese and Thai cuisines.
  • Bukhara – Frequented by the Clintons, Tony Blair and many other world famous people, visitors will discover the most exquisite expression of the culinary traditions of the country's Northwest. The open kitchen allows visitors to watch chefs precisely skewer tandoor-cooked vegetables and meat. Be sure to try their Dahl Bukhara and Murgh Tandoori.
  • Kiyan, The Roseate – Set among Isfahan-style columns and surrounded by a regal blue water pool, this restaurant offers a selection of global dishes with a European twist, both in dining and gastronomic experiences.

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