An Escape to the National Capital – Delhi

If there is one cosmopolitan city in India that is a must visit, you must book your trip to bustling New Delhi. The city is vibrant and gives you a sense of pride of being an Indian as we were in Delhi during the Independence Day weekend.

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Without much planning, I looked through the hotels in Delhi and I was on my way to the national capital for the much needed weekend break.

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What’s special about Delhi is its list of must-see destinations that will enthral you into another realm as you travel from the Delhi’s modern high-rise structures to a past that is rich in heritage and provides you with the opportunity to rekindle the history bug in you. At times, it can be difficult to find the right hotel that truly understand your desires and expectation with your price bracket.

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The New Delhi to Mumbai flights are usually booked but we were able to find a last minute deal. We used the airline’s mobile app to check-in and reached Delhi in a matter of less than 3 hours. Several boards recommended places to stay but we had already pre-booked a cab and were on our way to the hotel.

Tricia's rickshaw in front of the Viceroy's house and South Block

Our hotel arranged for a map of Delhi and helped us download a digital map of Delhi on our smartphones, and we were set! The night was young and Delhi did not disappoint with its nightlife. Whether it was catching up on street food or dining at inexpensive restaurants. The cycle rickshaw rides to the Red Fort and the stroll through bustling Chandni Chowk are a must.

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Our day trips were spent travelling to Old Fort, Hauz Khas Village, Qutub Minar, Connaught Place, Jantar Mantar and the Hauz Khas. You can get the total experience by riding a battery operated electric Segway vehicle on a three hour ride.

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There has never been a more enjoyable vacation than the Delhi weekend getaway trip on the Independence Day weekend. To our dismay the trip was ending way too soon. Our flights were right on schedule. Delhi will be etched in our fond memories and we are looking forward to another long weekend to make our trip all the more enjoyable.

Image source: wikimedia.org, Tricia’s rickshaw in front of the Viceroy’s house and South Block. Source: wikimedia.org,

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