The CommonWealth Games are going on in Delhi. The Players, Officials and Supporters have arrived and as usual there are a few tourists also. The Games will be over by 14th, but i guess all others will love to take a break and visit places at Delhi.
Not Exactly dirt and filth: If you're prejudiced that you'll find dirt, filth and poor all around, break that. Delhi's is not all about that. It's got some really cool places that you can visit.
Connaught Place - If you wish to get the best-stuff in town, just come to Rajiv Chowk (The offiical name of CP) via Delhi Metro or any other transport. The Circular market is all about the best things in town. The best food joints, be it Indian or any other cuisine or maybe you'll love to have some entertainment? The best cinemas are here. About Clothes? You'll find all the pepe jeans, and levis stores, with the FabIndias in the main-circle.
Places of interest at Connaught Place:
Food - Indian
Haldirams - Gives you everything from North indian to South Indian
Sarvanabhavan - Delhi's best for South Indian food
Moti Mahal Delux - The Restaurant which got Tandoori to Delhi! The best place to eat North Indian
Food - Others
Zen - Traditional Chinese and Japanese Cuisine
Pizza Hut, Domino's Pizza and McDonalds - You all know what's that for!
Parikrama - The Revolving Restaurant of Delhi!
PiccaDelhi - Mutli-Cuisine. Note: under a wonderful Cinema hall!
So that was Food: Now about Cinema Halls:
The Best in town:
PVR (Priya 'Village Roadshow'): Plaza & Rivoli
Big Cinemas Odeon
There is also a single-screen theater known as 'Regal', but i wouldn't personally recommend that.
Also you'll find shops to buy some Indian clothes everywhere in CP. I'd suggest FabIndia for Indian Outfits. Apart from that you'll get Pepe Jeans, Levis, etc.. also.
From the mega-market of Delhi, you can take a metro to almost anywhere. Even any CWG venue. So if you've got plans for watching the ongoing CWG 2010 (which i hope you do!) you can go to any stadium. If you have a ticket already, you'll also get a free Delhi Metro ride. And the venues, needless to say are wonderful! (and without any filth!), The Delhi Metro connects to every stadium!
You can also take a ride down to Noida and Gurgaon, and visit some fantastic malls. You'll find the Great India Place (Noida) and Ambience Mall (Gurgaon) particularly very interesting.
You can also goto the Akshardham Temple, a really very interesting place to visit. Its completely spiritual and a trip to Akshardham is bound to mesmerize you.
There are of course, many other monuments in Delhi. I've made a list of the best of them:
All of them can be Googled about and searched on Wikipedia.
There are some food's you otta have (even though, they might not please your stomach much! :) ). Being in Delhi, you won't want to miss the street food! You can have Chole Bhature, Bhel Puri, Matra Kulche anywhere in Delhi! Apart from don't forget the Dal Makhni, Shahi Paneer, and all the other Tandoori foods of Delhi, which you can get in any good restaurant of Delhi.
You can visit all these places of Delhi, without any problems. You can visit even more (if you've got time!) but these are the best places, particularly you won't find anything dirty or filthy here. You'll enjoy the visit throughout and find people very helpful. You can take a metro ride and go any where around the city. I hope you like your visit to Delhi! (Do share your experience in the comments box below!)
P.S : Up next my review on the mozart of madras' creation : the soundtrack of Jhootha hi Sahi