Delhi from the Lens of a Backpacker

Photo of Delhi from the Lens of a Backpacker by Alaya Singh

Delhi, with its old forts and new skyscrapers, is often the first destination for backpackers wanting to explore India. The city is one big organized mess – chaotic in a structured way. This dichotomous nature – which is portrayed the best in the bustling roads and glitzy malls, abandoned ruins and overcrowded markets, spice stalls and bangle bazaars – of the city is what attracts tourists the most. If you are also one of the many people from Patna enchanted by the capital city, here is a guide for you to successfully traverse your way through Delhi, Old and New.

Travelling to/in Delhi

Photo of Delhi from the Lens of a Backpacker 1/2 by Alaya Singh
Delhi - View from Above

The most convenient way for you to reach Delhi would be by air. Patna to Delhi flights fly regularly for cheap. And now that the festive season is approaching soon, you will get many discounts on international and domestic flights as well. However, if air travel is not under your budget, you can opt for the trains as well.

Once in the city, you can get around via multiple modes of transportation: auto rickshaws, cabs and the metro.

Where to stay in Delhi?

The following is the list of the best backpacker hostels in Delhi

• Smyle Inn, Paharganj

• Zostel, New Delhi Railway Station

• Jugaad Hostels, RK Puram

• The Hosteller, Saket

• Stops Hostel, Chandni Chowk

• Backpacker Panda, Paharganj

• Madpackers Hostels, Panchsheel Park

Best shopping places in Delhi

If you go to Delhi and don’t shop, why did you even go there? The city is known for its treasure of all things good and collectible: clothes, art, jewelry, shoes, scents, antiques, handicrafts, leatherwork, and much more. While it has the best malls in the country, the actual fun is found on the streets, among the many bustling stalls of overflowing markets. Here are the best places to check out:

• Janpath

• Sarojini Nagar

Photo of Delhi from the Lens of a Backpacker 2/2 by Alaya Singh
Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi

• Khan Market

• Dilli Haat

• Paharganj

• GK

Must have experiences in Delhi

Don’t miss out on the following experiences:

• Visiting Humayun’s Tomb

• Going on an exploratory tour of the UNESCO-listed Red Fort

• Spending a quiet evening at Jama Masjid

• Going bar hopping around Hauz Khas Village, DLF Cyber hub, and Khan Market.