United Coffee House – Delhi’s Favorite Rendezvous Joint with Family & Friends

Established in 1942 during the British Raj, United Coffee House in middle circle Connaught Place is an iconic restaurant & bar playing host to cosmopolitan glitterati of Delhi that includes artists, corporate executives and bureaucrats who flock in everyday to unwind themselves over a cup of coffee or a glass of beer. The multi-cuisine restaurant serves mouth-watering culinary delights in a leisurely environment where you can sit for hours gossiping over the latest happenings in the city or discussing business plans with your business associates.

Some of the lip-smacking dishes served by the restaurant include Chicken Burger, Butter Chicken, Chicken Pepper Steak and Shredded Lamb in Hot Garlic Sauce which are bound to tickle your palate and encourage you to savor the food culture of Delhi which everyone talks about. Restaurant interiors are reminiscent of upscale London eateries and offer world-class ambiance to the overseas guests who visit United Coffee House as part of their city tour after a hectic day of sight-seeing.

If you are planning an authentic North Indian dinner with your family & friends, United Coffee House is your best bet in the Connaught Place area of downtown Delhi which will meet your expectations of a fun-filled evening where you can look forward to a unique dining experience with signature recipes served on a hot platter.

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Majestic Akshardham Temple in East Delhi

At the banks of river Yamuna in East Delhi stands the majestic Akshardham Temple which is a blend of architectural styles from across India. The main monument, at the center of the complex, is 141-foot high and 356-foot long and is covered top to bottom with carved details of deities, dancers and musicians. Designed in accordance with ancient Vedic text it is constructed entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian marble and has no support from steel or concrete.The monument also consists of 234 ornately carved pillars, nine domes, and 20,000 paintings and statues of Hinduism’s devotees. The monument also features the Gajendra Pith at its base, a plinth paying tribute to the elephant for its importance in Hindu culture and India’s history. It contains 148 scale sized elephants in total and weighs a total of 3000 tons.

Within the monument, under the central dome, lies a statue of Swaminarayan which is 11-foot high. It is surrounded by similar statues of the gurus of the sect. Each statue is made of five metals in accordance with Hindu tradition. Also within the central monument lie the statues of other Hindu deities, including Sita Ram, Radha Krishna, Shiv Parvati, and Lakshmi Narayan. The Hall of Values features lifelike robotics and dioramas which display incidents from Swaminarayan’s life, portraying his message about the importance of peace, harmony, humility, service to others and devotion to God.

The theater houses Delhi’s first and only large format screen, measuring 85 x 65-foot. The theater shows a film specially commissioned for the complex, Neelkanth Yatra, to recount a seven-year pilgrimage made by Swaminarayan made during his teenage years throughout India. A Musical Fountain named after the founder of the Hindu organisation, Shastriji Maharaj measures 300 x 300 feet with 2,870 steps and 108 small shrines. In its center lies an eight-petaled lotus shaped yagna kund designed according to the Jayaakhya Samhita of the Panchratra shastra.

Also known as the Bharat Upavan, the gardens at Akshardham Temple have lush manicured lawns, trees, and shrubs. The garden is lined with bronze sculptures of contributors to India’s culture and history. These sculptures include children, women, national figures, freedom fighters, and warriors of India, including notable figures such as Mahatma Gandhi.

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Famous Heritage Walks of Delhi

Delhi’s existence dates back to 6th century B.C. and it can easily be termed as the hot seat of kingdoms and empires which have left a legacy of their own by plundering it time and again and rebuilding it with world class monuments and structures. The best way to explore Delhi is to go for heritage walks across the city and enjoy the old wold charm and topography of this magnificent state.  Walking through the by lanes of Jama Masjid and spice market of Chandni Chowk will transport you to the Mughal Era when number of forts and tombs were built across the city which adorn the skyline of Delhi till today.
In 1857 Delhi came under the direct siege of the British Raj and the Colonial rulers decorated the city with exquisite British architecture by building iconic monuments like India Gate, President’s House and the Indian Parliament.

If you are a foodie and love to eat spicy stuff then streets of Chandni Chowk will offer you enough options to tickle your palate with Mughlai and North Indian delicacies. Walking through the crowded lanes of Chandni Chowk gives you an idea about how the walled city has been exploited over a period of time with illegal structures and uncontrollable population converting it into a business hub.  It’s hard to believe that originally, a canal ran down the centre of the Chandni Chowk with pools at major intersections which would reflect moonlight.

After a dose of old Delhi, entering into Connaught Place area of New Delhi transports you to a whole new world of glamorous and fashionable Delhi which never sleeps and the swnaky cars, five star hotels and high rise commercial and residential structures of South Delhi are a poof enough of the ongoing onslaught of consumerism on the heritage city which is gradually turning into a vertical slum.

Some of the famous heritage walks in Delhi comprise of a visit to:

Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid & Lanes of Old Delhi

Hauz Khas

Lodhi Gardens

Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Kashmiri Gate

Tughlaqabad Fort

Old Fort

Mehrauli Village

Northern Ridge

You can experience the heritage walks across the city of Delhi and it’s neighborhoods on your next visit by clicking on the link below:

http://delhiheritagewalks.com/index.html

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New Terminal 3 at Delhi Airport

If landing for the first time in Delhi by an international flight, you are in for a pleasant surprise as the new swanky Terminal 3 will floor you with all new sophisticated interiors and world-class facilities which are comparable to any international airport in the wold. The ethnic murals and Indian paintings adorn the arrivals and departure lounge of the new Terminal and the chic duty free outlets will tempt you to spend few dollars on the ever tempting cigars and scotch whiskey while you wait to board your flight.

The seamless check-in and immigration clearance is another USP of the new Terminal 3 which has the current capacity to cater up to 46 million passengers annually. Spread over an area of 5,220 ares, Terminal 3 at Delhi airport is the  world’s eighth largest passenger terminal and has been designed to handle 100 million passengers annually by 2030.  It has been conferred the fourth best airport in the world and awarded for the best improved airport in the Asia-Pacific region. It was the 27th busiest airport in the world in the year 2012 registering a growth of 12.7% over the previous year.

The reputation of Terminal 3 took a hit in July 2013 when it got flooded due to incessant rains in Delhi during monsoon season and became an object of ridicule in the Indian media that highlighted the shortcomings of the Delhi Airport Authority and the GMR Group which is responsible for its expansion and modernization. Passengers had to walk in knee-deep water which flooded the departure and arrivals area of the Terminal due to ill-planned water and sewage outflow at the time of construction of the new Terminal.

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Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli in Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Mirza Ghalib is known as one of the greatest masters of Urdu poetry who gave a new dimension to Urdu poetry. Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli in Gali Qasim, Ballimaran, Chandni Chowk is a heritage site declared by Archaeological Survey of India and offers an insight into the Mirza Ghalib’s lifestyle and architecture of the Mughal Era. The Haveli is situated in a predominantly Muslim area with many eating joints around which serve lip-smacking Mughlai and North Indian food to tickle your palate.

The large compound of  Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli with columns and bricks reminds you of golden days of the Mughal Empire in Delhi and the walls are adorned with the huge portrait of the poet and his couplets which are hung around the side walls. Ghalib spent many years in Delhi writing poetry which touched the hearts of millions and made him the undisputed king of Urdu poetry.

The ambiance of the Haveli stirs your emotions and transports you to the days of Mirza Ghalib who was fond of kite flying and chess apart from his passion for poetry. Pigeons flocking the compound of the Haveli are a testimony to the old world charm of Chandni Chowk which has withstood the test of time.

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Delhi Page 3 Parties – Make Hay While The Stars Shine

If you are a socialite living in Delhi with party animal instincts, you can’t resist craving for a Page 3 invite as it is your gateway to rub shoulders with the social and political glitterati of the city that throws a party every evening at a swanky five star hotel in a desperate bid to be listed as Page 3 celebrities who adorn the Page 3 of Delhi Times every morning with their easily forgettable charm and charisma.

If you have not been invited to Page 3 Parties in Delhi in spite of climbing up the success ladder, you are considered socially backward and politically useless as there is a huge disconnect between you and the Page 3 fraternity that can only be bridged by attending the Page 3 Parties where the socio-political fraternity is waiting in desperation to be seen with you on the coveted Page 3 next morning.

Once you have tasted the blood of Page 3 invites, there is no looking back as they hold enough power to lure you every evening to their secret den where you are splurged with an exotic blend of wine and food and you can drink away to glory with your bubblytude acquaintances who will go an extra mile to get you in high spirits while bitching about the weird dressing sense of fashionista sitting next to them.

Page 3 Parties usually start late as the invited celebs find it insulting to reach in time for the event and will simply not step out of the home unless they find out the expected time of arrival of their friends, what are they wearing and the car they are driving to the event. And when they finally arrive late at the party fretting and fuming, they will give you the standard lame excuse of being awfully late due to piled up work at the office or due to the traffic jam on way.

The fashion fraternity of Delhi throws some of the most happening Parties where the skinny Indian models walk the ramp in haute couture designed to grab the media attention, making it a sensational page 3 headline. Then there are some not so exciting parties thrown by the politicians which are devoid of glamour, offering little amusement to the party animals, usually ending with a mocktail and a bland dinner.

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Khan Chacha – Delhi’s Favorite Uncle Sam Serving Kebabs Every Evening

Khan Chacha

Strolling down the inner lanes of famous Khan Market in Central Delhi, you can’t miss the aroma of Khan Chacha’s lip smacking kebabs, popular with the urbanites living in Delhi and the overseas travelers who do not want to miss the opportunity of spicing up their evenings with sumptuous Mughlai cuisine served at the outlet.

The elaborate menu at the outlet comprises of Kathi rolls, mutton and chicken tikka rolls, kakori kebabs, biryani and roomali roti served hot and fresh straight from the clay oven topped with tangy mint and coriander sauce, making it a grand treat for meat lovers who can grab a quick meal every evening which is reasonably priced unlike expensive fancy restaurants in the market.

The legendary Hasan Saheb known as Khan Chacha who has been selling Mughlai food since last thirty five years from a small takeaway counter in the inner lane of Khan Market, has recently taken up a bigger space on the first floor where you can sit and enjoy your meal indoors as well as outdoors on the terrace.

The eating joint is famous with the celebrities and political class of Luteyen’s Delhi who order food from here quite often whenever there is a party happening. The outlet even delivers food to the nearby localities and hotels at a nominal charge.

So next time you are in Delhi craving for some great non-veg food, don’t forget to visit Khan Chacha in Khan Market for a sumptuous meal at down to earth prices.

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