ISIF 2017: ABOUT DELHI



Delhi is the perfect combination of tradition and modernity. An eternal city with countless historical monuments on one hand and world class airport, metro and shopping malls on the other, you will definitely fall in love with it. It is not just the capital of India, but its cultural and political centre too. It is a haven for shopping lovers and a foodie's paradise. We suggest you stay longer and experience this vibrant city.

Top Attractions


Akshardham
Heralded by the Guinness World Record as the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple, it brilliantly showcases the essence of India's ancient architecture, traditions and timeless spiritual messages. Visitors can experience the breathtaking architecture of the temple, a cultural boat ride, a spectacular musical fountain show (at sunset), magnificent gardens and exhibitions.

Nearest Metro Station: Akshardham (Blue line)
Timings: Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30am - 6:30pm, closed on Monday

Qutub Minar

Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 and has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. At the foot of the tower stands a mosque which is the first mosque built in India.

Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar (Yellow line)
Timings: 6am - 6pm (All days)

Lotus Temple
This temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is the last of seven major Bahai's temples built around the world. The structure is made up of pure white marble, each petal surrounded by nine pools of water, which light up, in natural light. Visitors can marvel at the beauty of the place or meditate inside.

Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place (Violet line)
Timings: Tuesday - Sunday, 9 am - 5:30 pm, closed on Monday

India Gate
India gate, a war memorial, is a symbol of pride and bravery. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I. The memorial bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. Another memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti was added much later, after India got its independence.

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat (Yellow line)
Timings: Morning to Night (All days)

Red Fort
Another UNESCO World heritage site, it served as the residence of Mughal emperors for 200 years and later converted to barracks for the British army. Constructed in 1639 by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone. Visitors can enjoy a light and sound show in the evening.

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk (Yellow line)
Timings: 9am - 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday)

Humayun's Tomb
The third UNESCO World heritage site in the city was built in 1565 A.D. nine years after the death of Emperor Humayun. There are several graves of Mughal rulers located inside the walled enclosure. Inside the walled enclosure the most notable features are the garden squares with pathways water channels, centrally located well proportional mausoleum topped by double dome.

Nearest Metro Station: JLN stadium (Violet line)
Timings: Morning to Evening (All days)

Shopping Places


Dilli Haat
The Dilli Haat provides the ambience of a traditional Rural Haat or village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here one sees a synthesis of crafts, food and cultural activity. It is not just a market place but a showpiece of traditional Indian culture- a forum where rural life and folk art are brought closer to an urban clientele. Visitors can buy handicrafts, ethnic wear and enjoy local cuisines of all states.

Nearest Metro Station: INA (Yellow line)
Timings: 11 am - 9 pm (All days)

Connaught Place
Built by the Britishers, this circular market in the heart of the city is a shopper's paradise. Visitors can shop for branded clothes, footwear and accessories. For bargain shopping, head towards the Janpath market. Shop, eat, watch a movie or just laze in the Central Park; Connaught Place is the perfect location for all.

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk (Yellow and Blue line)
Timings: 11 am - 9 pm (All days)

Select City Walk Mall
Select CITYWALK is a 1.3 million sq. ft air-conditioned, vibrant and upscale destination Shopping Centre. The mall has 180 stores representing over 500 major Indian and international brands of clothes and apparels. It has multi-cuisine a food court, along with several restaurants and movie multiplex.

Nearest Metro Station: Saket (Yellow line)
Timings: Morning to Night (All days)

Sarojini Nagar market
Sarojini Nagar market is the best flea market of India. Export-surplus garments come to this market at throwaway prices. That is why product of even reputed brands available here at cheap prices. Bargaining here is a must!

Nearest Metro Station: INA (Yellow line)
Timings: 11 am - 9 pm (Closed on Monday)

Food Guide


From age-old eateries in the by lanes of the Walled City to glitzy, specialty restaurants in five-star hotels, Delhi is a foodie's paradise.

Old Delhi (Daryaganj, Chandni Chowk etc.), often called the food capital of Delhi, is famous for its street food. The streets are lined with halwais (sweet-sellers), namkeenwallahs (sellers of savouries) and paranthewallahs (sellers of rich, flaky breads soaked in ghee). The best of Mughlai cuisine can be enjoyed at Karim (at Jama Masjid and Nizamuddin).


If you want to experience authentic north Indian food, head to the Pandara Road where a number of restaurants serve spicy north Indian cuisine, especially the famous butter chicken. For authentic Bengali cuisine, head to the Chittaranjan Park, popularly known as CR park.

Connaught Place is blessed with Delhi's best 5-star hotels and night clubs. There are plenty of restaurants serving Indian as well as International cuisines in Connaught Place to suit every pocket. For further details, visit the Delhi tourism website: http://www.delhitourism.gov.in/