A 5,000 year old city that has been rebuilt 11 times after destruction, Delhi is the capital of India. With very many places of interest to visit, Delhi can be daunting to any tourist. But if you read up in advance, pick your must visit sites, plan the route and timing, then the go ahead will be fairly simple.
There are also many places that might not seem as glamourous as the Red Fort or Indian Gate but are still worth a visit. One such place is the National Rose Garden. Located in the more picturesque area of Chanakyapuri, it has many exotic and rare varieties of roses. Created as a diplomatic haven, it has wide roads shadowed by large green canopies, landscaped garden and parks all maintained with the greatest care.
December to January is the best time to visit the park as the flowers are in full bloom, intoxicating you with their scents and painting a visual display of striking colours. But make sure that you don’t give in to your temptation and pluck flowers as it is strictly forbidden and you shall be fined. Since it is located pretty much in the heart of Delhi you can reach it by bus, metro rail or take a taxi. There are also many adjacent sites that you can visit including Shanti Vana, Ref Fort, Raj Ghat and Vijay Ghat.
Raj Ghat is where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated while Shanti Vana is where Indian’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was cremated. Vijay Ghat is the resting place of Nehru’s successor Lal Bahadur Shastri. The Red Fort is an impressive 17th century building that was once the residence of the Mughal Emperors.
Delhi offers many luxury 5 star hotels to spend a leisurely vacation and visit this many sites. As India’s capital, Delhi is also home to many international chains of luxury hotels collection. But of course, exploring this city requires time and if you are on a short visit then you might as well stay at a transit hotel like Eaton Smart, belonging to the Langham Hotels and see if you can squeeze a visit to at least a couple of places.