North India – A Cultural Goldmine

North India - A Cultural Goldmine

North India – A Cultural Goldmine. North India offers an abundance of cultural and heritage experiences – think ancient forts, mustachioed men and tall glasses of refreshing lassi drinks as examples.

The Northern Culture Zone includes various states and union territories in addition to Punjab; however, Delhi is excluded.

Arts and Crafts

Delhi boasts an abundant culture of arts and crafts. Crafts such as enamelling with gold or silver, embroidery in golden thread (zari), miniatures etc have long been practiced by Delhi artisans. Kite making, wooden toy making and pottery were other highly-sought after crafts during Delhi’s monarchical era – these techniques still continue today and can be found at Dilli Haat, Crafts Museum Pragati Maidan Chandni Chowk etc.

Delhi serves as an epicenter of Indian handicrafts, gathering handiworks from all parts of India – some ancient, while some recently revived by modern techniques. Delhi serves as an abundance of textile arts and jewellery; visitors could discover intricate cloths with mirrorwork from Rajasthan as well as breathtaking Madhubani paintings from Bihar here.

Jewellery in India is irresistibly beautiful with its intricate designs and patterns, created through a blend of Hindu and Muslim styles encouraged by Mughals into an exquisite style called Kundan.

City has many art galleries and workshops dedicated to developing the talents of both emerging as well as established artists. These spaces provide great opportunities to view some of the latest in artwork as well as meet with some of India’s premier artists.

Cottage Emporium is another destination to discover some of India’s finest crafts, offering products from across its states in an easy selection process and organized under state categories to enhance visitor shopping experiences.

North India is famous for its handicrafts, including terracotta pottery, enameled brass and silver objects, wool durries and kilims from Varanasi and Rajasthan; inlaid stone work from Agra near Taj Mahal; intricate marble carvings from Kanpur and Agra; all available at competitive prices within cities across North India.

Miniature painting, an ancient form of art often found in palaces and mahals from that era, has also become widely popular within the city.


Indian music has long been an integral component of its culture. Indian classical music can be divided into two traditions – Hindustani and Carnatic. While the former draws influence from Persian and Arabic classical styles and is predominantly improvised, Carnatic offers more structured composition. Today there have been numerous celebrated Indian musicians that have emerged globally or locally and been revered as teachers by their disciples.

Gandharva Mahavidyalaya was established by Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and became one of the pioneering schools to offer formal training in Hindustani classical music – providing respect and dignity for musicians who had previously been disdained at royal courts. Furthermore, this school was responsible for spreading it far and wide and helped cement Hindustani as an internationally revered musical tradition.

Delhi is home to many music academies and institutions, including Sriram Lal College of Music, Indian Institute of Classical Music, Sangeet Research Academy, Pandit Shankar Ravi Shankar Sangeet Institute and many others. These academies provide lessons and training courses in Hindustani classical singing while others focus on religious singing or accompaniment of traditional Indian dance forms.

The Delhi metro system offers a great way to explore its vibrant city while listening to live music while riding. There are various music stations, playing an eclectic array of genres and styles; additionally there are bars and clubs hosting local as well as visiting musicians.

North India boasts a rich cultural history influenced by both Hindu and Mughal influences, featuring numerous ruins from past empires and kingdoms as well as pilgrimage centres such as Char Dham, Haridwar, Varanasi, Ayodhya and Sarnath – plus several UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Red Fort Taj Mahal Fatehpur Sikri Qutb Minar!


Religion plays an integral role in Delhi. As India’s capital city, Delhi hosts many different major and minor religious communities that span Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism and Christianity – not to mention numerous temples and mosques throughout its urban space.

The city is also known for fostering many forms of music and dance, such as traditional Hindu forms such as Bharatnatyam, Kathak, and Kuchipudi which are widely performed at theaters across the city. Classical music can also be found here and is typically performed using stringed instruments with singing style called gayaki as its signature style.

Arts and crafts are also an integral part of Delhi culture, particularly among its ancient residents. Delhi was famous for ivory carving and kite making until their decline; yet, despite this there remains a robust crafts tradition within the city itself, with artisans creating traditional jewelry and handicrafts using techniques derived from local traditions.

As well, the city has been heavily influenced by the cultures of its neighboring regions. Many migrants from Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana have settled here bringing with them new traditions and lifestyles which have been readily accepted into city life.

Hinduism is one of the three predominant religions in India, alongside Muslims and Christianity. India’s capital city offers an unparalleled display of religious diversity and harmony; boasting temples, mosques, churches, and Gurudwaras for visitors to explore India’s unique religious traditions.

Delhi has long been known for its cultural diversity and coexistence. Although home to an extremely varied population, residents remain united in their sense of patriotism and cultural identity. An overwhelming share of Indian citizens across religious lines express pride in being Indian; most believe the culture of their nation to be superior than other cultures, and believe there should be no separation of cultural and religious values.


North Indian cuisine is world renowned, reflecting its history of cultures across multiple regions and ethnic groups. Delhi is widely considered the “food capital of India”, boasting an incredible array of restaurants that specialize in authentic north Indian fare that’s delicious, affordable and full of flavor – some popular examples being chole bhature, samosas and gulab jamun which often come served with additional condiments to add an extra level of flavor!

Delhi is a city of immense cultural diversity, and its food reflects that diversity. Immigrants from around the world have contributed their own unique styles and flavors to make Delhi’s food even more cosmopolitan; new restaurants are opening while old favorites continue to become favorites among locals.

Delhi offers both fine dining experiences and casual eateries alike, with its top restaurants providing both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine options alike. Enjoy classic biriyani or more exotic offerings like dal makhani or butter chicken; additionally these restaurants often use whole wheat flour naan that tastes fresh and light!

Moti Mahal, founded by Kundan Lal Gujral and known for its gourmet fare since 1881. Renowned for using more than 200 spices and traditional preparation techniques to craft unique cuisine, its famed dal has become a favorite in Delhi homes.

Kake Da Hotel, another legendary Delhi restaurant, serves incredible quantities of dal and butter chicken that should not be missed if you love Punjabi and Mughlai food.

Desi Villagio, a village-inspired restaurant serving north Indian food in Delhi, should also not be missed. Perfect for couples and large groups alike, their menu features delicious chicken seekh kabab, paneer methi malai and dal Punjabi dishes to choose from!