When to fly:
Delhi has a few peak times throughout the year - February-April and August-November. Average temperatures in October, November, February and March are around 18°C to 22°C and from April the temperature rises, with averages around 32°C from May to August and highs up to 40°C or more.
Kite Festival at Jubilee Park takes place in November. The festival was created to promote and display Delhi’s culture and heritage and is open to professional kite flying experts from across India and nationwide to partake. The atmosphere at the Golden Jubilee Park will be electric with high spirits encourage by a series of outstanding colour that is created in the sky. The event is family-friendly offering activities such as kite making competitions for children. However as this event falls in Delhi’s peak season, airfare and accommodation prices may increase.
The best time to book your flights is October to March, when temperatures and humidity are both reasonable and slightly lower in December and January. In January every year, the city of Delhi see crowds gather to honour the soldiers protecting their nation. To celebrate, recognise and thank the soldiers, the day is filled with huge military parades, processions and aerobatics. If travelling to Delhi during army day, you will be welcome to join in the festivities at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate. Expect to experience big crowds accompanied by a day of respect and culture.
Delhi's history stretches back two-and-a-half-millennia and today's metropolis is thought to be the 16th city that has been on this site. There are two Delhis, the old and the new.
Old Delhi is wonderfully chaotic, where New Delhi is mostly stately and well-ordered. Old Delhi is a warren of streets and a tangle of roads, a skyline with blocks upon blocks. It centres around the Chandi Chowk, a bustling market where you can buy almost anything. This street runs from the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort (built by Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor, in the 17th century) to the Fatehpuri Masjid (built by Fatehpuri Begum, one of Shah Jahan's wives).
New Delhi has wide, tree-lined boulevards, spacious parks and imposing buildings. It was constructed between 1912 and 1929 (Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker were the architects) to replace Kolkata as the capital of British India. The streets radiate out from Connaught Place and just two of the highlights of this part of the city are India Gate and Parliament House, but New Delhi also contains the Jantar Mantar, an outdoor astronomical observatory that dates from the 18th century, and the dargah of Hazrat Khawaja Nizamuddin Auliya.
Other must-sees, once you arrive on flights to Delhi, include the Crafts Museum, the National Museum and Humayun’s Tomb. Last, but certainly not least, is the Masjid-i Jahan-Numa, known as the Jama Masjid and the country's largest mosque. The courtyard holds 25,000 worshippers - that's more than can fit in the WACA...
This collision of new and old, planned and organic is what gives Delhi its energy and, many Indians believe, its soul.