2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi
New Delhi, rather India in general, is not always considered a hot spot when it comes to sporting events. But for the first time in 2010, New Delhi is the host of the Commonwealth Games, the second biggest sporting event after the Olympics. Most of the events are also taking place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the second largest stadium in the world. Over the last few years during my annual visits to Delhi, I have noticed massive changes spiraling throughout the capital. A fully functional underground metro system that connects north-south-west-east Delhi with the satellite cities of Gurgaon, Noida, and Ghaziabad is definitely one of the monumental changes that has pitted Delhi in the league of international metropolitan cities. To say there's order in Delhi now would be a blatant exaggeration, but it's definitely trying and the efforts are visible through the city, especially with the construction of an upgraded, modern airport. For those who have been to Delhi before, it would be awesome to see the stark contrast and to trace its development from the last time you visited. For those who want to visit for the first time, planning your trip around the Commonwealth Games couldn't be a better idea. You'll reap the benefits of the "new" city and explore the historical, cultural, and social elements amid a large international presence. And the best of all, it's during the month of October, which I think is the best month to visit India. The weather is gorgeous, not too hot and not too cold and it's festive season, so happiness and generosity are two ubiquitous sentiments of the time. I hope I am able to see the revamped city and catch some swimming and gymnastics while I'm at it.