A gradual plunge in the morning temperature invokes the arrival of a serene and chilly evening, which marks the beginning of another winter season in Delhi. Colloquially termed as “Dilli ki Sardi” or ‘the winter of Delhi’, it brings its own charm and multiple festivals that add an air of euphoria and frolic in the atmosphere to spice up your overall experience – a bit more than you can imagine. It is advisable to travel Delhi during the winter season, as comfy weather enables you to enjoy the balmy sun and encourages to go sightseeing. As being the capital of India, Delhi has several magnificent monuments and interesting places, which have their historical and cultural significance. Besides that, there is an extensive range of delicious delicacies, to savour during this season. Undoubtedly, the capital of India turns into one of the most sought after destinations during winter! Why? Let’s unearth some details:
Winters in Delhi are associated with a typical pleasant weather. The obvious reason is that the day temperatures remain cool between 20-30 degrees Celsius. Being a lot close to the hill stations like Shimla, as compared to other metros in India – the effect of a snowfall in Shimla is clearly felt in Delhi. The temperature further drops during the peak winter in the month of January, causing fog for a few days. The month of February experiences a slight rise in temperature as the flowers begin to bloom and the massive gardens and parks of Delhi burst with bright colours, offering an endearing sight to everyone.
Undoubtedly, Delhi is quite famous for its street food and a hoard of legendary Mughalai dishes, but the capital turns into a heavenly banquet for foodies during winter. Perceptibly, there are certain foods, which are consumed during winters only. Delhi has its winter specialities too, which can be enjoyed by everyone – whether it is everyone’s favourite Masala Chai, Kathi Kebabs, or season’s special desserts like Gajar Halwa and Gajjak, all these amazing delights blend perfectly with those chilly evenings and not only satisfy your taste buds but also provide a much-needed warmth. One can enjoy a lot of mouthwatering street food, exquisite Mughalai dishes and desserts in almost all parts of the capital. Some of the popular places to relish the best of Delhi food are: Khan Market, Old Delhi Market, Nizamuddin, and Connaught Place among others.
Places to explore:
For many tourists, Delhi is simply a transportation hub, an arrival destination. In fact, the capital of India has many historical and cultural centres, which deserve to be explored by an ardent traveller. When it comes to wide-open spaces and greenery, the capital of India is right there on the top as compared to other metros. Delhi also has some of the most magnificent historical monuments in India. While the searing heat of Delhi summers makes it simply impossible to explore these places, winter brings along a great opportunity to enjoy sightseeing. Some of the popular monuments of Delhi are: Qutub Minar, Humayun Tomb, India Gate, Old Fort, and Jama Masjid among others.
During winter, Delhi plays host to a rich variety of cultural, musical and art events. One can enjoy music and dance festivals, art gallery exhibitions, lectures and talks. Every year in February, Delhi hosts a hugely popular three-day Sufi music festival, which is held at the lawns of the Humayun’s Tomb, to commemorate the death anniversary of the saint Hazrat Amir Khusrau, who started the qawwali music tradition in the 13th century AD.