It is not because of the incredible city that Delhi is that a backpacker should visit Delhi, but what else it has to offer. Quite simply, Delhi is the stop for every international traveller who come to explore India. Here are some reasons why a backpacker should come to Delhi and not have second thoughts about where first in India should one stop at.
DELHI IS AN ADVENTURE IN ITSELF
Yes, it is a huge city and a busy city with mind-blowing history and culture. Delhi has a history which only a handful of cities in the world can be proud of. Spread across Delhi are numerous monuments and old lanes which take you back in time. The best way to know about this is to go on walks like those of Old Delhi and Mehrauli which would give you a comprehensive experience about what life looked like in Delhi and how it has evolved to what it is today. We at the Hosteller also have curated various city walks to help a traveler experience more than he usually can.
FOOD! FOOD! FOOD!
Delhi is a food giant not just in North India, but the whole of India. There is no city like Delhi which offers so much food. Look anywhere. Can you find a place where you can say “Damn, I cant find food anywhere here.” No. Delhi doesn’t allow you to say that. From delicious chole bhatures to paranthas to kebabs, Delhi leads like no other. If you ever go on a crazy food walk and you are the foodie you are proud of, you’d find the purest reason to come back to this city over and over again. Or maybe enjoy at the Hogger’s Cafe, which is our standardized cafe all across our properties.
PUBS & NIGHT LIFE
Delhi is the most important city in Northern India. Over time, with the emergence of Delhi as a land of opportunities, its cosmopolitan face started witnessing more and more glamour. So standard of life went from good to better and so improved entertainment and night life. A pub crawl across Delhi would make you forget time probably keep you hungover for the whole next day. So why not try?
HOSTELS AND CAFES
Delhi is one of the first cities in India to adopt the hostel culture, coming out of traditional Dharamshala culture that still prevails since ancient India. Hostels like The Hosteller were the firsts to help travellers’ lives get easy in this city. And it worked like never before. The numbers of travellers increased and so increased quality of hospitality with the best rooftop café to chill on and theme-based dormitories to make travellers’ stay more interesting.
Delhi is the door to the Himalayas, be it through railways or buses. You just cannot avoid Delhi. You do know about Kasol, don’t you? A 12-hour bus journey from Delhi would take you directly there. Here’s exactly where you must check in to have the best ever experience in Kasol. Or if you are thinking of an adventurous as well as spiritual journey, choose nowhere other than Rishikesh and surprisingly, the best budget backpacker’s hostel is there in Rishikesh, making it all the more happening for everyone who checks into Rishikesh. Try it out.
TREKKING & CAMPING
You pack your stuff and tighten your rucksack straps in Delhi. You get equipped in the markets of Delhi and then hit the road for adventure. The best treks being Nag Tibba, Triund, Kheerganga and Parvati Valley, your mind involuntarily starts preparing from Delhi itself.
TRAVELLERS’ MEETS AND TALKS
Delhi is the home of every big personalities in any industry. So when it comes to stopping by somewhere to listen to some travel tales to get motivated to hit the road, Delhi offers you ample travel talks and meets where you can just check in and listen to stories of great travellers, photographers, adventurers and storytellers, sipping your tea on a cold winter evening. Check what is coming up here.
To conclude, I do not think a backpacker should have a reason to hate Delhi. A backpacker does not seek places, but seeks journeys, cultures and experiences. Delhi gives you everything. And like every place, it has its cons. But what differentiates a traveller from a tourist is that the traveller keeps the cons away and embraces what a destination has to offer. As far as Delhi is concerned, what it has to offer is uncountable.