As a kid growing up in Delhi in the 90s, life was simpler and uncomplicated. The fast food culture was limited to one or two McDonalds' outlets, computers were owned only by a handful of the rich families, and the digital age was still far away. Every school vacation meant trips to the only zoo and amusement park in the city, followed by long walks and ice cream. Eating out was a luxury and limited only for special occasions. It all changed at the turn of the century, with technological advancements and economic liberalization, but my early years in the city made up for a simple and innocent childhood.
The city is popular with tourists because of its rich history and architectural splendour. Monuments like Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Humayan's Tomb are a must visit, while pilgrims flock to religious marvels like the Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid and Akshardham Temple. For kitchsy keepsakes and handcrafted goodies, one must head to Delhi Haat and Janpath. Old Delhi is the go-to place for some authentic Mughlai cuisine and mouthwatering street food, while Connaught Place is the hub of all activity at the heart of the city. A ride in the state-of-the-art rapid transit system is also a noteworthy experience and not to be missed.
Delhi is home to a diverse food culture, having absorbed influences from all around the world and its own colonial past. While traditional Indian fare still rules the roost, continental and middle Eastern cuisines are popular with the urban population as well.
The most delectable delicacies to be had here are butter chicken, dal makhani, shahi paneer, pav bhaji and chhole bhature. If in the mood for a Southern meal, masala dosa, idli, sambhar and uttapam are the dishes to go for.