Chirag Delhi or Chirag Dilli is an area of the national capital city of New Delhi. The area derives its name from a 14th Sufi poet and saint, Nasiruddin Mahmud, of the Chishti order. He was bestowed with the title of ‘Chirag-e-Delhi’, for his achievements, which literally means lamp of Delhi. The area kept growing around his tomb with constructions ordered by the Afghan and Mughal emperors. The mausoleum exists to this day, and is visited by Muslims and Hindus alike.
Places to Stay
Delhi is one of the best options in the area for lodging and dining. There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Rama Inn (Tariff – Rs. 900), Woodland Deluxe (Tariff – Rs. 500), Ashoka Continental Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Shangri-La Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700) and others.
The official language of the area is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are the annual Urs festival commemorating the saint’s death, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), along with Holi in March, Hanuman Jayanti and Dusshera in September-October, Guru Nanak Gurpurab and Diwali in November.
Places of Interest
Apart from the Dargah of Chirag-e-Delhi, the city will not disappoint you as a tourist. Some of the places which are worth a visit are India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Palika Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Birla Mandir, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Qutub Minar and others.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi at a distance of 15 km from the locality.
The Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station is the nearest major railway station at a distance of 11 km.
Mostly state transport buses cater to the needs of passengers in the region. A few smaller private operators are active too. Getting online bus ticket through Ticketgoose.com is one of the most convenient ways of booking your tickets.