Having explored Delhi I thought I would share some of the best places to visit in Delhi. Just the very thought of India warms me up a little. When we visited it was so hot, and thinking about traipsing around in the sunny city provides solace considering my current weather situation in London right now. I have shared quite a few posts of my explorations of places to visit in Delhi and Agra
. New Delhi is one of those places that is filled with temples, tombs, and historical places and the bustling noise of the traffic is hypnotic. There are plenty of places to visit for families, couples and if you are exploring with a group of friends.
Places To Visit In Delhi During Your Visit
Considering its history with Mughal Empire in addition to British involvement in the country. There is such rich history in very corners, very building with plenty to see and do in Delhi. You could spend a lifetime exploring the city’s mixes. A reach mix of origins, whether that’s in its people that have come from all over India to make a name for themselves in New Delhi or the Persian influence in the architecture and style of buildings that have stood the test of time, to the history of the Mughals and their fight to stay relevant. New Delhi is a must see so invest a little time to explore.
You can definitely explore places to visit in Delhi in one day but considering the traffic is so bad, if you are short on time I would defintely at a minimal allocate 2 days, then you can pick below places to visit in Delhi in 2 days. Of course to make this easier you can use tours in Delhi
to make the most of your exploring. I hired a car and drive from Marriott Hotel so I really didn’t have to think about how to get to places in and around Delhi as the driver took care of that. I just showed him a list of places I planned to visit in Delhi on the day and he came up with the best ones to visit first depending on traffic.
List Of Places To Visit In Delhi | Top 13 Places
Prepare for the traffic in the city when you visit, which means that exploring may be a lot slower than you think. There are taxis, rickshaws, and trains in the city, although I found it easier to have the hotel book the car for me as I wanted to make sure I was using registered taxis while exploring. When you visit Delhi do not miss out on the following places below. Below is a list of places to visit in Delhi I visited on my own while my boyfriend was working in Gurgaon. With a map in hand, I would plan on which places to hit in a day considering the traffic.
1. The Lotus Temple(Bahai House of Worship)
This place was close to the top of my list as I have visited Bahai Temples in Israel
, all with amazing architecture. I will be sharing more pictures of this place in due course. It’s certainly worth a visit when in Delhi. The Lotus temple, shaped like an unfolding lotus flower, consisting of 27 marble petals, rises from nine pools and walkways, is made entirely out of white marble and reminds me of Sydney’s Opera House
. It stands out against a lot of the temples you will find in Delhi. The inside is plain and simple and does not contain any idols oR images as it’s against Bahai faith. I share more pictures of the Lotus Temple
in a separate post on the blog. This is one of the best places to visit in Delhi for photography but note that photography is not allowed inside the temple itself.
Visitors are welcome inside. No photography is allowed inside. It’s open 9.30-5.30 and until 7pm in the summer. Entry is Free. Also, note that shoes are not allowed so prepare for the hot ground when the sun is in full force. You can get on a tour that takes you to the Lotus Temple, Dilli Haat and Qutub Minar.
2. Jantar Mantar
This is an observatory constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur in 1724. Its purpose was to accumulate astronomical tables which would help predict the time and movement of celestial objects like the sun, moon and planets. Jantar Mantar comprises of various instruments and is just a treat later in the afternoon when the sun is low enough to start creating shadows. Definitely one of the places to visit in Delhi for fun for kids too, so great place to visit for family. If you are heading to do the Golden Triangle there is another Jantar Mantar in Jaipur
Open from sunrise to sunset. Entry is 100 Rupees to foreigners and 5 Rupees for Indians.
3. Connaught Place
This place is located right in the heart of Delhi and center of important business and commercial centers. It has remnants of a colonial past in its iconic white pillars that form a large circle in the center of the city with seven streets diverging from it, kind of similar to the avenues at Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Built by the British in 1933 and named after the first Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. This is one of the places to visit in Delhi for shopping. There are several shops, restaurants, offices and its a lively part of the city where many people head to especially for the weekends. There are also markets nearby for almost everything you can think of. This is also one of the best places to visit in Delhi for food. If you want to check out food in Delhi there are also food tours
you can join. To stay locally check out hotels in Connaught Place
4. Lodi Gardens
If you are looking for places to visit in Delhi with family or couples then this is it. As a city that is famous for its temple and tombs. One definitely has to pass by Lodi Gardens. It’s dotted with monuments and tombs from Lodi and Sayyed periods of history. Lodi Gardens is a popular attraction in the city and much loved by picnickers, walkers, and morning joggers. It also contains the National Bonsai Park, home to a variety of miniature trees.
Entrance is free. Open from sunrise to sunset.
5. The Red Fort (Lal Qila)
Having been to Agra Fort, I was keen to also see the Red Fort in Delhi. Commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1633 when he decided to shift the capital of the Mughal Empire from Agra to Delhi. The Red Fort took 10 years to build. It’s also the site of the Prime Minister’s speech every year on Independence Day. The Red Fort is comprised of a few internal buildings and truly a delight in learning about how the Mughal lived as you walk around.
Open from sunrise to sunset. Entrance is 250 Rupees and 10 Rupees for Indians. Note there are usually massive queues but be sure to walk through as the queue to the foreigner’s ticket booth hardly has anyone queuing there.
6. Akshar Dham Temple
Akshar Temple is a Hindu temple which is just a marvel! It took the collaboration of 7000 artisans in the construction of the temple, together with another 3000 volunteers. The construction of the temple was built without the use of steel, constructed using 234 intricately carved pillars, 9 domes, 20 towers and a plinth of stone elephants known as Gajendra Pith along with statues of famous Indian spiritual figures. Seeing the temple all lit up from afar at night is just as breath-taking as taking it all in up close.
Entry into the temple’s gardens is free but other areas of the temple require advance booking and paid entry.
7. India Gate and Canopy
India Gate was dedicated to all the Indian soldiers of the British Army who died in World War I. The surrounding area is flanked by green lawns and is usually the spot for many a picnic. If you are a Yoga fan, you might also know that this is the area where they had the world’s biggest yoga session where nearly 36, 000 people set a world record last year.
Open 24/7 but the may be cordoned off in the later hours. Entry is also free.
The Canopy stands behind India Gate and can be seen through the arch. It was constructed by British Architect Edwin Lutyens. Until India’s Independence in 1947, it had contained the statue of King George the Fifth was but later removed. Like India Gate, its open 24/7 and free entrance.
8. Qutub Minor
This is a 120-meter minaret. It’s the world’s tallest brick minaret. Amazing that you can still see this considering it was built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193. Yes, 1193, the tower was built to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu ruler. It’s also the highest tower in India, complete with 5 storeys and projecting balconies. Apart from the tower, within the complex, you will also find Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque, the first mosque to be built in India.
Entry is 250 Rupees and 10 Rupees for Indians.
9. Humayun’s Tomb
One of my absolute favourite places I visited in Delhi. Humayun’s Tomb is one of the most magnificent tombs built during Mughal’s rule. Inspired by Persian architecture. Commissioned in 1526, nearly 10 years after the passing of Humayun, by his widow Hamida Baun Begum. It also went on to inspire Sikander Lodi’s tomb in Lodi Gardens and the famous Taj Mahal
. Both of which you can find more pictures of on the blog. More on my exploration Humayun’s Tomb
can be found here.
Entrance is 250 Rupees for foreigners and 10 Rupees for Indians. It’s a lot more peaceful than a visit to the Taj Mahal.
10. National Museum
One of India’s largest museums. The National Museum was established in 1949 and houses artifacts ranging from prehistoric to modern pieces of art.
Open 10am – 5pm. Entry is 300 Rupees and 10 Rupees for Indians.
11. Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk is one of Delhi’s oldest and most famous markets. Built in the 17th century but the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It’s located in Old Delhi is still steep in history and is home to many iconic and historic monuments such as Red Ford, Jama Masjid, and a few more sites. Chandni Chowk run through the Red Fort and all the way through to Fatehpur Masjid. It remains famous for being Delhi’s largest wholesale markets, attracting plenty of shoppers daily.
Open Monday to Saturdays.
12. Delhi Art Gallery
This is one of the oldest galleries in the city and home to the country’s renowned pre-modern, modern and contemporary art. If you are a lover of art of looking for places to visit in Delhi for couples or somewhere cool to bring a partner, this is up there in cool places to visit in Delhi.
Open 10.30 to 7pm and entry is free.
13. Rashtrapati Bhavan
This is the official residence of the President of India. Spread over 320 acres, the grounds of Rashtrapati Bhaven are home to the head of state, staff quarters and the beautiful Mughal Gardens. The gardens are only open to the public from Mid February to Mid March. There are also guided tours to sections of Rashtrapati Bhavan
Open Friday to Sunday 9-4pm and entry is free.
Tours In New Delhi
For those visiting New Delhi and perhaps need assistance in arranging a tour. There are plenty of tours in Delhi
available for both New Delhi and neighboring cities. Tours ranging from a private tour of Taj Mahal, which we did during our stay in India as well as doing the golden triangle from Delhi. There are many tours in India
to choose from, you can even have them customized based on which places you have on your must-see list. These can be both private and group tours. If a self-guided tour is more your thing I have provided places in New Delhi you simply cannot miss out on. I shared and review our hotel stay in India. You can read about where I stayed in New Delhi
on the blog but there are a variety of hotels and hostels in New Delhi
, from budget to luxury. I would highly recommend staying fairly central like near Connaught Place. With the traffic in the city, you need to ensure you start your exploring earlier or leave after 9 am when the traffic isn’t as bad. This is also because traveling between some of these places takes a while simply because of the traffic and not the distance.
Where To Stay In Delhi
There are many options on where to stay in Delhi. From luxury hotels like, The Oberoi
, Leela Palace
, Le Meridien
, and Shangri La
to mid-range hotels like Holiday Inn
, Radisson Blu
. You also have the option of apartments in the city. Most are well located like Shangri La and Radisson that are on Connaught Street. We opted to stay at the Marriott, which I reviewed in another post, as it was closer to the office my boyfriend was working in at the time of our visit. We still managed to navigate Delhi’s congested traffic to explore some of the city’s tourist sights above. For more on where to stay in New Delhi
check this full list of hotels covering all budgets. You can also compare deals on Trivago
. For further tips, if you are a first time visitor to New Delhi check out Wandering Core’s tips on New Delhi
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