21 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Delhi & New Delhi
Written by Bryan Dearsley Updated Mar 23, 2023
Delhi is both a union territory within India, as well as a city, and features two very different worlds: New Delhi and Old Delhi. The former, inaugurated by the British in 1931 to serve as the imperial capital, is the nation's modern capital and seat of government, while Old Delhi is considered by many as the symbolic heart of the greater metropolitan area.
One of the most populous regions in the world – it boasts a population of nearly 20 million people – Delhi is a heady mix of tradition and modernity, and is important as both a religious center and India's busiest international gateway. Its history is as old as the ancient Yamuna River, one of the most sacred rivers in Hinduism and a natural dividing line between New Delhi to the west and Old Delhi to the east.
Things to see and do in Delhi and New Delhi are plentiful and include experiencing its diverse arts and crafts industry, its many magnificent monuments, and countless performing arts venues. The area is also well known for its excellent cuisine, which includes delicacies from every corner of India. Delhi is also a shopper's paradise with numerous bazaars and markets, including Chandni Chowk, the country's most famous commercial area.
Find the best places to visit in this bustling, vibrant city with our list of the top tourist attractions in Delhi, India.
1. The Red Fort
2. qutub minar, 3. lodi gardens, 4. gurudwara bangla sahib, 5. the lotus temple, 6. india gate, 7. jama masjid, 8. humayun's tomb, 9. akshardham, 10. purana qila (the old fort), 11. rajpath and rashtrapati bhavan, 12. gandhi smriti and the mahatma gandhi memorial, 13. the jantar mantar observatory, 14. the indira gandhi memorial museum, 15. the national museum, new delhi, 16. laxminarayan temple, 17. national zoological park, 18. the national crafts museum, 19. the national rail museum, 20. the hauz khas complex, 21. sulabh international museum of toilets, map of tourist attractions in delhi & new delhi, delhi, india - climate chart.
The beautiful Red Fort (Lal Qila) was built by Shah Jahan in 1648 and served as the seat of Mughal power until 1857. This stunning structure, with its tall, red sandstone walls covers an area of more than two square kilometers, the entirety of which is crescent shaped and surrounded by a moat.
The impressive main entrance, the Lahore Gate, is so named as it faces towards Lahore in Pakistan, while the even grander Delhi Gate was used by the emperor for ceremonial processions. Entering through the Lahore Gate, visitors reach Chhatta Chowk, a 17th-century covered bazaar where items such as silks, jewelry, gems, and silverware can be purchased, along with souvenirs and food items.
The Naubat Khana within the Red Fort once housed the musicians who played for the emperor, and its fine galleries still contain many interesting musical instruments such as kettledrums, gongs, and cymbals. Diwan-i-Am, the Hall of Public Audiences, where the emperor would receive his subjects, is also worth seeing for its stunning white marble.
Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Official site: www.indiaculture.nic.in/red-fort-complex
Completed in the 12th century, the beautiful Qutub Minar is India's tallest minaret. It's also now a UNESCO Word Heritage Site that attracts many international visitors eager to climb to the top for its breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
This ornate five-story tower rises more than 70 meters and is covered with intricate carvings featuring the history of Qutub along with inscriptions from the Koran. It's also notable for being constructed of a number of different types of stone (the first three stories are made of red sandstone, while the fourth and fifth stories were built with marble and sandstone).
The complex also includes the Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid, a mosque at the base of the tower; a gateway built in 1310; and the tombs of Altamish, Alauddin Khalji, and Imam Zamin. Also worth seeing is the 2,000-year-old Iron Pillar, the Alai Minar.
Address: Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
Official site: www.qutubminar.org
One of the most popular New Delhi parks among locals, the 90-acre Lodi Gardens is well-worth including on your Delhi itinerary. In addition to its lush gardens, the park contains numerous relics from the Lodi period pre-1600s, including a variety of important tombs and ruins.
Architectural highlights include 15th-century mausoleums containing the remains of the Lodi Sultans, as well as a picturesque triple-domed mosque, the Glazed Dome, known for its blue tiles, and the ruins of a huge dome dating from around 1490. Be sure to also look for the Athpula, an eight-pier bridge dating from the 16th century with its attractive columns and arches that span the park's lake.
Lodi Gardens is also known for its flora and fauna, including more than 100 species of native trees, 50 species of butterflies, and plenty of birdlife. It's also home to the country's National Bonsai Park.
While in the vicinity, take the short five-minute walk to the popular Khan Market. This bustling (and very safe) area in fact ranks among the world's most prestigious shopping districts, with luxury brands rubbing shoulders with street vendors selling local delicacies.
Address: Lodhi Road, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Delhi's most important Sikh place of worship, the 18th-century Gurdwara Bangla Sahib is located near Connaught Place and is well worth a visit. Highlights include its magnificent pool, the Sarovar, at the heart of this large complex, as well as its famous gold dome and flagpole.
Also of note is the large temple building itself, along with its art gallery and a small museum dedicated to the history of the Sikh religion. Visitors are always welcome here, and an excellent meal is available at no cost in the large Gurdwara Kitchen. All that is asked in return is your hair be covered and shoes removed (free headscarves and shoe storage are provided).
Address: Ashoka Road, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Official site: www.dsgmc.in
The magnificent Bahá'í House of Worship, also known as the Lotus Temple due to its nine sides and stunning central dome, is an architectural masterpiece. Constructed of white concrete and marble, the entire structure looks as delicate as the flower it resembles. Rising from the surrounding nine pools of water, it almost appears as if it might burst into bloom at any moment.
Built in 1986, the temple has since attracted more than 70 million visitors, making it one of the world's most visited attractions. Interestingly, this remarkable place of worship has no idols, religious pictures, or outward symbols of religion.
Another modern day temple worthy of a visit is the ISKCON Temple , one of the country's biggest Krishna temple complexes.
Address: Lotus Temple Road, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Official site: www.bahaihouseofworship.in
Looking a little like the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris, the equally impressive India Gate is a magnificent stone arch built as a memorial to Indian soldiers killed in WWI. An eternal flame burns beneath the massive structure, and its walls are inscribed with the names of more than 90,000 soldiers who died in the conflict.
Standing on a base of red stone and featuring a shallow domed bowl on top that is occasionally filled with burning oil (usually only on important anniversaries), the structure dominates the parkland around it, an always busy area with crowds of tourists and locals alike enjoying a picnic or simply relaxing.
For a real treat, try to see the India Gate at night, considered one of the top free things to do in New Delhi. It's a spectacular sight when it and nearby fountains are floodlit.
Address: Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi, India
The Jama Masjid is one of India's largest mosques and was the final architectural feat of Shah Jahan. Completed in 1658, this beautiful structure features three gateways, four angled towers, and two 40-meter-high minarets built using red sandstone and white marble and attractively alternated in vertical stripes.
Visitors can climb to the top of the southern minaret for spectacular views of Old Delhi, and afterwards visit the large central pool used for washing before prayers. Please note: visitors must take off their shoes and be appropriately dressed before entering; non-Muslims aren't permitted during prayers.
Afterwards, be sure to visit Chandni Chowk , Old Delhi's massive main thoroughfare and a market area dedicated to shopping and eating. Of particular interest are Naya Bazaar and Gadodial, famous spice markets where you'll see hundreds of items displayed including aniseed, ginger, pomegranate, saffron, lotus seeds, pickles, and chutneys.
Address: Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Set in a lovely, large square garden, Humayun's Tomb is a lofty mausoleum constructed of white marble and red sandstone. It was designed as a prototype of the Taj Mahal in Agra and is an excellent example of Mughal architecture.
Built in the mid-16th century by Haji Begum as a memorial to her husband by Humayun's senior widow, the tomb is surrounded by lush formal gardens and other tombs including Humayun's barber and the Tomb of Isa Khan (the architect of the Taj Mahal), a fine example of Lodi architecture and octagonal in shape.
A fun thing to do is to try and catch a glimpse of this spectacular structure after nightfall when it's illuminated.
Address: Mathura Road, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Although only recently completed (it opened in 2007), the splendid Hindu Akshardham temple looks like it could be centuries old. Festooned with intricate and elaborate carvings, this magnificent building attracts countless visitors for its majestic beauty.
Highlights include the stunning 43-meter-high main monument with its rich carvings of animals, plants, gods, dancers, and musicians, all made from pink sandstone and marble. Of particular note are the 234 ornate pillars supporting its nine domes, as well as a stunning stone tribute to elephants, the centerpiece of which is a massive 3,000-ton statue of one of these beasts.
Other features of interest include a theater showing a movie tracing the building's construction, a fun 15-minute boat ride depicting India's rich history and diverse culture, and the spectacular Yagnapurush Kund, a large musical fountain that is a particular treat when lit up at night.
Address: Noida Mor, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Official site: http://akshardham.com/
Although often overlooked, as most tourists head straight for the more famous Red Fort, Purana Qila (Old Fort) is well-worth squeezing into your Delhi travel itinerary. Boasting a past that stretches back some 2,500 years, much of the current impressive edifice dates back to the 1500s, although evidence of earlier structures dating back to the 3 rd century have been discovered.
The present structure played an important role in the region's affairs for centuries and was particularly influenced by the Muslim religion, as evidenced by building's such as the Qila-i-Kuna Mosque , a single-dome place of worship built in 1541. The site covers an area of two square kilometers, and you'll enjoy exploring its thick ramparts and three large gates, an especially impressive sight during the nightly illuminations.
The 200-acre Mehrauli Archaeological Park is also worthy of a visit and features numerous important structures, some of which date back more than 1,000 years. Highlights include the old ruins of Lal Kot, along with more recent evidence of occupation by the British during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Address: Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Rajpath, also known as the King's Way, is New Delhi's traditional ceremonial boulevard. It runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official presidential residence, past such important city landmarks as Vijay Chowk and India Gate all the way to the National Stadium .
This broad avenue is flanked by trees, grass, and ponds, and comes alive each January 26th during the Republic Day Parade. This special occasion is marked by countless thousands gathering to celebrate the anniversary of the country's independence.
At the western end of Rajpath, the President's Residence-the Rashtrapati Bhavan (once the British Viceroy's residence)-is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent buildings in Delhi. It's an attractive place for a selfie given its eclectic mix of Mughal and European architectural styles that contains some 340 richly decorated rooms.
Of particular interest is the new Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum, which offers a glimpse inside the building, along with interesting displays relating to past presidents. Hot Tip: If visiting in February or March, check out the adjoining Mughal Gardens, a splendid display of plantings surrounding the President's Residence.
Address: Gates 30 & 35, President's Estate, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Numerous references can be found to Mahatma Gandhi throughout Delhi, a testament to the man's legacy. Of the many attractions related to the famed leader of the Indian independence movement, perhaps the best is Gandhi Smriti (Gandhi Remembrance), a museum housed in the property where he was assassinated in 1948.
Highlights include displays and memorabilia relating to both his life and death, including the room in which he stayed, left exactly as it was at the time, as well as the new Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum with historical records detailing his many achievements.
A particular highlight is the chance to stroll the very same gardens where Gandhi once spent so much time (the place where the shooting occurred is marked by the Martyr's Column). Also of interest is the Raj Ghat memorial to Gandhi just a few minutes' walk away on the spot where he was cremated.
Address: 5 Tees January Marg, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Official site: www.gandhismriti.gov.in
Located near Connaught Place , one of New Delhi's largest and best-known business districts, Jantar Mantar is one of five astronomical observatories constructed by Maharajah Jai Singh I in 1725.
Designed to enable occupants to observe the movements of the sun, moon, and planets, this well-preserved historic site also boasts several other old instruments on display that were once used to track the course of heavenly bodies and predict eclipses. Highlights of this remarkable and architecturally pleasing building include an enormous sundial known as the Prince of Dials.
Address: Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Another important politician-related attraction is the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, housed in the former residence of this much-revered woman (Indira was the daughter of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and although a friend of Mahatma Gandhi, was unrelated).
Highlights include photos documenting her life and time as prime minister, personal belongings such as the sari she was wearing at the time of her assassination, along with news clippings and letters.
An enclosed garden with mature trees and flowering plants surrounds the building, and its pathway is now a memorial, with the spot where she was assassinated clearly marked. Several rooms have been dedicated to her son, Rajiv Gandhi, who was assassinated in 1991.
Indira Gandhi's father, Nehru, is the subject of the equally interesting Nehru Museum and Planetarium (Teen Murti Bhavan) set in his former residence. The museum presents the leader's life and works, including interesting items pertaining to the struggle for freedom, with highlights including his bedroom, drawing room, and the study housing displays depicting highlights of his career.
Address: 1 Safdarjung Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India
The galleries of the National Museum, New Delhi-one of the largest museums in India-follow a historical sequence, with all major periods represented. Highlights include archeological finds, along with exhibits of terra-cotta toys, images and pots, jewelry, seals, bronze and copper implements, sculpture, musical instruments, tapestry, tribal masks, swords, and murals.
The most significant gallery is the Central Asian exhibit including silk banners and wall paintings, sculptures, and artifacts related to life along the ancient Silk Route that stretched between Europe and China. Audio guides and guided tours are available.
Other museums worth visiting include the National Science Centre , one of the world's largest science centers, and the impressive National Museum of Natural History with its focus on the country's rich flora and fauna.
Also notable is the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), which houses the country's most important art collections. Opened in 1954, its more than 14,000 artworks include pieces from leading Indian artists from the 1850s onwards.
Address: Janpath Road, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Official site: www.nationalmuseumindia.gov.in
If you're able to squeeze just one more temple into your Delhi sightseeing itinerary, make it Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir). It's also one of the newest such sites in the city.
This impressive looking Hindu place of worship was opened by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939 in Connaught Place as a dedication to the goddess of prosperity, Laxmi (shrines dedicated to other faiths are also included on the site, a condition stipulated by Gandhi). Spread across nearly eight acres, the grounds are a delight to explore, and feature lush tropical gardens, fountains, and sculptures.
Address: Mandir Marg, Near, Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Reputed to be one of the best zoos in Asia, the National Zoological Park was established in 1959 and provides a habitat to some 1,500 animals and bird species. The abundant wildlife on display are representative of all continents, including numerous examples from Africa, Australia, and Asia.
Of particular note are the zoo's numerous chimpanzees, along with hippopotamuses, spider monkeys, zebras, hyenas, deer, jaguars, and tigers. A particular highlight for kids is the underground Reptile Complex, which houses a variety of snakes, including the deadly king cobra.
A fun way to get around the zoo's many attractions is via one of the small electric vehicles that whisk passengers around the park.
Address: Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110 003, India
Official site: www.nzpnewdelhi.gov.in
The Crafts Museum-officially named the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, New Delhi-displays a wide variety of traditional crafts from across India. Among its many fascinating features is the chance to watch highly skilled craftspeople demonstrate their centuries-old skills, as well as see large collections of textiles, woodwork, and ceramics.
Also of interest are architectural displays of various regional villages, including authentic mud huts and a full-sized wooden haveli (a form of mansion house) from Gujarat decorated with traditional folk art and featuring exquisite woodcarvings, paintings, papier-mâché, and embroidery.
Address: Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Spread across 10 acres, the National Rail Museum houses more than 30 locomotives and several old carriages, most of them quite rare. All told, more than 140 years of Indian railway history has been preserved on this fascinating site, including an engine built in 1885 and the Fairy Queen steam engine from 1855.
Other highlights include several unique items, such as a collection of saloon cars belonging to the country's once powerful Maharajas, including the teak carriage of the Maharaja of Mysore, covered with ivory; the cabin of the Prince of Wales from 1876; and the carriage in which the ashes of Gandhi were carried after his assassination in 1948. The skull of an elephant struck by a mail train in 1894 is also displayed.
For kids, a ride on an excellent narrow gauge steam train is all part of the fun.
Address: Shanti Path, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
The Hauz Khas Complex is a fascinating urban village a little south of New Delhi. In addition to its numerous ancient stone monuments, the entire village is dotted with domed tombs of minor Muslim royalty, who were laid to rest here from the 14th to 16th centuries.
Other highlights include the remnants of an ancient college and the tomb of Firoz Shah, who ruled Delhi in the 14th century, as well as Ki Masjid, a fine mosque built in Lodi style.
Be sure to allow extra time to explore the surrounding neighborhood. This bustling area is safe and popular for locals and tourists alike, for its art galleries, fashionable restaurants, and boutique shops.
Address: Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi, India
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets provides a fascinating look at sanitation and its connection to social reform. Displays show the evolution of the toilet and their various designs, with toilet-related items dating back to 2,500 BC, along with exhibits showing historical trends.
Facts, photos, and artifacts present a chronology of developments relating to technology, social customs, toilet etiquette, and sanitary conditions, with exhibits including privies, chamber pots, toilet furniture, bidets, and water closets from 1145 to modern times.
Although unrelated, Tibet House is another smaller museum worth visiting for its collection of ceremonial items brought by the Dalai Lama after he fled Tibet. Displays include wooden sculptures, paintings, carpets, and ritual objects from Tibetan monasteries and villages, along with a museum housing various rare art objects, religious artifacts, ritual implements, objects of war, and jewelry.
Address: Sulabh Bhawan, Palam Dabri Rd, Mahavir Enclave I, Mahavir Enclave, New Delhi, Delhi 110046, India
Official site: www.sulabhtoiletmuseum.org
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Since the 12th century, the city of Delhi has been home to several kingdoms. Each ruling dynasty left behind its own unique legacy, though the Mughals and the British, in particular, were a huge influence on the city’s art, architecture, religion, customs and cuisine. The result is a capital city brimming with different cultures, and there are monuments, museums, eateries and attractions dedicated to them all.
One of the newest attractions in the city, Champa Gali is a hideaway street full of cafés with leafy courtyards, restaurants, stores and design studios. Take a break from sightseeing to spend a few hours buried in a book at one of the cosy cafés here. The tiny street is tricky to find but you’ll discover that it’s well worth the effort – the peaceful spot feels more like a quaint village lane than busy central Delhi.
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Rightly described as an ‘urban village’, Shahpur Jat has become a favourite among locals in the last few years. It’s a haven for Indian wedding shopping , where shopfront upon shopfront glitters with heavily embellished, jewel-hued saris. Make a pitstop at one of the award-winning restaurants and cafés in the area; The Potbelly Rooftop Cafe serves excellent home-style Bihari food.
This heritage park was built by the Mughals back in the 16th century, and it’s back on the map after extensive renovations in 2017 transformed the space. Spread over a massive 90 acres (36 hectares) and containing more than 15 Mughal monuments, it’s an ideal place to visit on a sunny winter afternoon. On Sundays, pop-up organic market The Earth Collective sets up stalls piled with fresh produce, homemade pickles, artisanal cheese and traditional Indian home remedies.
A majestic garden-tomb built in 1570, Humayun’s Tomb was the first mausoleum to be built in the splendid Mughal style which would become synonymous with the period, setting a precedent for subsequent Mughal architectural innovations, including the Taj Mahal. While it is renowned as the burial place of Emperor Humayun, the second Mughal ruler in India, more than 150 members of the Mughal family have also been laid to rest at this UNESCO World Heritage site.
In 1639, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the Persian architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori, who also designed the Taj Mahal, to construct the Red Fort. An immense complex of canals, geometric gardens, entertainment halls, living quarters and a mosque, the beauty of the fort represents the summit of Mughal-era architecture. Among its most impressive rooms is the Hall of Public Audience where 60 red sandstone pillars support the roof.
With a capacity of 25,000 people, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India . It is also the last edifice built by Emperor Shah Jahan before his ultimate downfall. When the Mughal ruler first set out to build the Jama Masjid, he had a monumental ambition. Elevated 30 steps above street level, he called it the Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa, which translates as ‘mosque commanding view of the world’.
This Hindu temple’s complex is so vast and the construction so intricate that a good half day is required to properly tour the entire place. Akshardham Temple retells over 10,000 years of Indian history and culture. The main features of the temple are the 11ft(3.4m)-high statue of 18th-century Yogi Swaminarayan, and the 20,000 gods and goddesses that are carved into the temple.
More than 800 years old, Qutub Minar is a legacy bestowed on the city of Delhi by Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak, who was the founding father of the Delhi Sultanate era. The 240ft (73m) tower has five storeys that taper towards the top. As one of the structures that originally signalled the coming of Muslim dynasties in Delhi, it occupies a seminal place in Indian history.
For astronomy enthusiasts, the Jantar Mantar is an absolute must-visit. The first of the five Jantar Mantars to be built by Maharajah Sawaii Jai Singh II (the 18th-century Rajput ruler), the Delhi structure is an architectural marvel erected to study the movements of heavenly bodies.
Following his assassination in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated at Raj Ghat , located on the banks of the Yamuna river. Next to a simple black marble platform built over the cremation spot is an eternal flame that burns night and day. The simplicity and peacefulness of the park inspires a certain serenity in visitors.
A walk along the lush 90-acre (36-hectare) garden isn’t just rejuvenating but also serves as a quick education in the history of Delhi. Lodi Garden houses beautiful monuments such as the Bara Gumbad, Shish Gumbad and the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, built during the 15th and 16th centuries.
One of the most recognisable structures in India, the Lotus Temple is built out of Grecian marble shaped like unfolding lotus petals. Its design isn’t the only thing that makes it special – as a Bahá’í House of Worship, it is a space where all religions and humans are equal. This belief, along with its stunning architecture, makes the Lotus Temple the perfect place for meditative introspection.
Agrasen Ki Baoli
One of the city’s lesser known attractions, Agrasen Ki Baoli is a unique construction close to the busy commercial hub of Connaught Place. The builder of this ancient stepwell has never been revealed, and stories about the structure being haunted have existed for centuries. Plunging into the ground, it has 103 steps and being surrounded by its unique architecture gives you the unsettling illusion of descending into a subterranean city.
Dilli Haat is a one-stop shop for stocking up on traditional handicrafts from all 29 Indian states. From embroidered Kashmiri shawls to South India’s Thanjavur paintings and tribal jewellery from Odisha, traditional craftsmanship reigns supreme here. Dilli Haat is also home to plenty of food stalls that serve delicious regional cuisine .
A trip to Delhi isn’t considered complete without a tour of India’s oldest market, Chandni Chowk . When it was initially built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century, a long canal ran through the middle of the bazaar in order to reflect the moonlight. The market offers delicious street food, fabric stores, beautiful silver jewellery, exotic spices, traditional perfumes and much more.
Janpath Market stretches for more than a kilometre and is lined with boutiques selling everything from luxurious pashmina shawls to rugs and antique jewellery. You’ll easily lose hours wandering through the deluge of colours, immersed in the chatter of haggling (don’t be shy, if there is no clearly labelled price you should be haggling, too).
Sarojini Nagar Market
Even with an array of modern shopping malls filling the city, Delhi’s most-loved flea market has neither lost its patrons nor its charm. With some good bargaining skills, trendy outfits, jewellery, accessories and home decor products can be bought at less than half the original price. Don’t be surprised if you find a Zara top at Sarojini Nagar Market at a quarter of its store price!
National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern Art is a treasure trove of the country’s finest modern and contemporary pieces . The permanent collection houses works by eminent artists including Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore, Amrita Sher-Gil, Nandalal Bose and Jamini Roy; it’s a must-visit for any art enthusiast.
National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum
Locally known as the Crafts Museum, this is one of the most culturally enriching experiences in Delhi. Apart from displaying the abundant textiles of India and other handicrafts, every month the museum allows 50 craftsmen from across the country to come and share their artistry and sell their products. The in-house Café Lota is a great place to people watch.
This large museum houses artefacts dating back as far as the Harappan Civilisation during the Bronze Age. Among the 5,000-year-old relics is the famous figurine of the Dancing Girl and Terracotta statuette of Mother Goddess from Mohenjo-Daro. Other fascinating displays include fragments of Buddhist stupas built in the 4th century BC during the Mauryan empire. The museum is fairly simple – you won’t find interactive exhibitions or fancy digitised displays, but it’s a great way to get to grips with India’s cultural history. This article is an updated version of a story created by Mridu Rai .
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15 Incredible Tourist Places to Visit in Delhi
If there’s one word that can be used to define Delhi, it is ‘Experience’. Yes, such is the aura of the city. Delhi is inviting, enticing, challenging, enjoyable, enriching, all at the same time. Residing in the heart of the country, Delhi is aptly termed as “Bharat ka dil”. It's a city that gives you what you may not get anywhere. It's a career maker, Its a kingmaker. It's the government maker. It is business maker… and what not. Delhi is all about life, and the way life should be.
A unique blend of history and modernity, traditions and culture, commerce and fashion and beyond all of these, a place where all religions prevail with equality. Delhi is unique in its culture and lifestyle. While in areas like Chandni Chowk and old Delhi, you will find the traditional ways of living, places like Vasant Kunj and South Extension will give you a sense of modern-day Delhi.
The latest and greatest fashion in the country is seen first on Delhi’s streets. If you are a foodie, there’s no better place to go for than the heart of the country. On the one hand, you can get lip-smacking street food which is very cost-friendly too, and on the other side, you get to eat some of the most expensive international dishes in city restaurants.
In a nutshell, if you want to witness crazy yet sophisticated part of life, do visit Delhi at least once in a lifetime.
… And while you are in Delhi to experience the true fervor of the city, here’s a list of must visit places that you must explore. Check it out.
1. India Gate
This 42 meter high "Arc-de-Triomphe" like archway situated in the heart of Delhi city is much taller in the hearts of India. Formerly known as All India War Memorial, India Gate was built to commemorate the death of 70,000 British Indian soldiers who died during First World War between 1914-21.
Even though the India Gate was constructed as a war memorial, the architectural style of the monument makes it appear like an epitome of triumph. Much similar to Arch of Constantine, outside the Colosseum in Rome, India gate was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens.
India Gate got an additional structure in the form of a black marble plinth, with a reversed rifle capped by a soldier’s helmet after the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. This structure is situated beneath the memorial archway and is bounded by flames on four eternal sides. This is called Amar Jawan Jyoti. India Gate is counted amongst the most significant war memorials in the country.
What we all know is that India Gate has an essential place in the Indian history, but what many of us may not know is that the memorial has an important spot in the heart of Delhiites. Whenever there is a moment of distress or an occasion to celebrate, India Gate is the perfect spot for that.
People visit the place with families to spend some quality time with each other. Food vendors around the area add to the pleasure of hanging out with family and friends.
2. Red Fort
Red Fort, popularly known as Lal Quila, is the pride of the nation. It is a historic fort, situated in the older part of the city. Lal Quila served as the primary residence for Mughal Emperors who ruled the city, for about 200 years. It was until 1856 that the Mughals had resided in Lal Quila. Besides, the historical monument also served as the political center of the Mughals.
Red Fort was built under the reign of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the year 1639. It was made on the lines of Shah Jahan's palace in his fortified capital Shahanabad. It was called Red Fort because of its massive closed walls built in red stone. The palace not only showcases the architectural brilliance of Shah Jahan but also gives a reasonably good picture of Islamic architecture of those times.
Located at the center of Delhi, Lal Quila houses many museums and pavilions. Each pavilion of Lal Quila speaks volumes about the valor and pomp of Mughal empire.
The architectural elements of Lal Quila reflect a typical Mughal building and showcase a fusion of Timurid and Persian traditions. However, the fort saw enough destruction during the invasion of Mughal Emperor Nadir Shah in 1747, followed by the intrusion of British in the Revolt of 1857.
However, the Red Fort has not lost its sheen. It still stands magnanimous in the cultural and political scene of the country. Each year, on the Independence Day (15th August), India’s Prime Minister hoists the Indian Flag and delivers his speech to the nation. The Red Fort was honored to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Red Fort is a major attraction for tourists visiting the city all around the year. Chatta Chowk, its vaulted arcade is a local market that sells tourists trinkets. One can reach the main compound of Lal Quila after passing through the Chatta Chowk.
This fascinating building comprises of Drum House, the Hall of Public Audiences, the white marble Hall of Private Audiences, the Pearl Mosque, Royal Baths and Palace of Color. One of the major attractions of Lal Quila is the evening Light and Sound show. India’s glorious history is recreated every evening during the show.
3. Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk or “Moonlight Square” is one of the memorable gifts of the Mughal Era that Delhi cherishes till date. Being one of the oldest and busiest markets of the country, Chandni Chowk is a center of attraction for traders as well, besides the tourists who come to visit the city. Chandni Chowk was designed and built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan’s favorite daughter Jahan Ara Begum in 1650 CE. The marketplace was 40 yards wide and 1520 yards long.
There’s an exciting story behind the naming of the place. Chandni Chowk was built in a square shape and had a pool at the center. The pool radiated moonlight at nights, giving a mesmerizing experience. This is possibly the reason why the marketplace is named as Chandni Chowk.
Chandni Chowk is famous for a whole lot of reasons besides being one of the biggest and oldest markets of the country. This part of Old Delhi houses many religious and historical monuments. Red Fort, the pride of India, is situated next to Chandni Chowk.
Besides, Chandni Chowk houses a whole lot of religious places too. People from various faiths visit the place. Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, Gauri Shankar Temple, Shri Shiv Navgrah Mandir Dham, Central Baptist Church, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, Sunehri Masjid, and Fatehpuri Masjid are some of the religious sites situated in Chandni Chowk. Each of these places is not just religious but also have historical backgrounds.
Chandni Chowk continues to be one of the biggest markets of the country. In fact, it is the biggest wholesale market in the country. One can find shops in the narrow bylanes of Chandni Chowk and can get some of the most amazing deals there.
Apart from hundreds of shops of traditional Indian dresses for both men and women, the wholesale market of hardware, hotel kitchen equipment, industrial chemicals, silver and gold jewelry, spices, dried fruits and nuts, and herbs is a unique attraction amongst the visitors.
Your visit to Chandni Chowk is incomplete if you do not try the eateries in the marketplace. This place is famous across the globe for its mouth-watering delicacies. The Parathe Wali Gali at Chandni Chowk is famous for its variety of parathas. From the regular Aloo ka paratha to the extraordinary bhindi paratha, the variety of parathas available here will leave your taste buds wanting for more. Besides, places like the Ghantewala halwai, Natraj’s Dahi Bhalle, Chaatwallah, the jalebiwala, Gole hatti, et al, will enhance the experience of the place for you.
Chandni Chowk has found a place in films as well. Movies like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Delhi 6, Black and White, Chandni Chowk to China, etc. have featured the beauty of this part of Delhi beautifully.
4. Humayun’s Tomb
The tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun, called Humayun’s Tomb, was built in Delhi in 1569-70. The construction of Humayun’s Tomb was commissioned by his first wife and chief consort Empress Bega Begum.
It was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas and his son, Sayyid Muhammad along with some Persian architects, who were chosen by the Begum. Located in Nizamuddin East, Humayun’s Tomb is the first garden tomb of Indian sub-continent. It was declared UNESCO World Heritage SIte in 1993.
The complex of Humayun’s Tomb not just houses the tomb of Emperor Humayun, but also the graves of Bega Begum, Hamida Begum and also Dara Shikoh, grandson of Emperor Humayun and son of Emperor Shah Jahan. The building of tomb is a perfect showcase of Mughal architecture and the way it has evolved.
Besides, the main building, the Charbagh gardens of Humayun’s Tomb are also a significant attraction. Built in typical Persian style, these gardens serve as a rest area for the visitors.
Humayun’s Tomb is constructed in Nizamuddin area of Delhi. This site was chosen keeping in mind the proximity of the place to Nizamuddin Dargah , the mausoleum of Sufi Saint Hazrat Nizamuddin.
The architecture of Humayun’s Tomb is rather impressive. This mesmerizing architecture is given true showcase Persian styles of Islamic architecture. The tomb is about 47 meters high and 91 meters wide. The exterior of the monument is simple and symmetrical. The dome of Humayun’s Tomb is a special attraction. So do ensure that you tick the place in your list while you visit Delhi.
5. Connaught Place
Connaught Place is one of the largest commercial and financial centers of the country and the world. Popularly known as CP, the place houses the headquarters of some of the biggest Corporates. Besides, it is a fashion destination too. Some of the biggest brands in the world have their showrooms in Connaught Place.
It is worth mentioning here that Connaught Place is one of the most expensive real estate in the world. CP was termed as the showpiece of Lutyens’ Delhi. Courtesy its fantastic structure and architecture, Connaught Place is considered to be one of the top heritage sites of the city and pride of the country. The place is named after Prince Arthur, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. The marketplace was built between 1929 - 1933 and is still a masterpiece in its own right.
The Georgian architecture of Connaught Place is borrowed from Royal Crescent in Bath. Connaught Place is built in a circle and has two floors. The idea was to provide commercial space on the ground floor and residential area on the top level.
CP is divided into two concentric circles, bifurcating the place into the inner circle, middle circle, and outer circle. The three circles are joined by the seven roads emerging from the inner central park.
The government wanted to build New Delhi Railway Station in CP, but the plan couldn’t materialize due to the scarcity of space. Hence, the station was built in Paharganj area, next to Connaught Place. Connaught Place is famous not just for its architecture and heritage, but also for its cinemas and eateries.
Earlier, traders from Kashmere gate area used to travel to this marketplace. But later, it became the entertainment hub of the elite. Regal Cinema, the first cinema of Connaught Place used to host favorite concerts, ballet performances, and theatre groups. Odean and Rivoli cinemas came up later.
Connaught Place is also known for Wenger’s, the first pastry shop in the city, set up by a Swiss Couple. The pastry shop exists to date.
Post independence, Connaught Place got its first underground market, called Palika Bazaar. It was set up in the empty block under the inner circle. The Bazaar has expanded its wings towards the outer circle now.
6. Qutub Minar
Qutab Minar, Qutb Minar or Qutub Mina spell it as it suits you. Spelling could defer from historian to historian, but the charm of the building remained the same throughout the history. This 73-meter tall minaret has five stories. Interestingly, the base diameter of the structure is 14.3 meters, while it slims down to 2.7 meters as it approaches the top.
Qutub Minar draws inspiration from Minaret of jam, built in Afghanistan. It is believed that Qutab Ud-din Aibak, the founder of Delhi Sultanate, started building the minaret around 1192. He is credited to have built the first floor of the five-storeyed minaret. However, the task was taken up by Aibak’s son-in-law and successor, Iltutmish, who has added three more stories to the minaret in the year 1220.
The Qutab Minar that you see today was, however, completed by Firoz Shah Tughlaq. There was a lightning strike in 1369 that had destroyed the top floor built by Iltutmish. Tughlaq not just repaired the damaged floor, but also constructed another deck on top of the building to complete it. Sher Shah Suri made another addition to the building while Humayun was in exile. He created an entrance to the minaret as well.
Qutub Minar is not the only place to visit in the minar complex. It is surrounded by a lot of places with historical significance. The Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque is in the same premises and is as old as the minaret itself. There is an iron pillar, which is very old and popular.
Let’s talk about the architecture of the minaret. As mentioned earlier, the makers have drawn inspiration from Afghanistan Minaret of Jam. The incorporation of looped bells, lotus borders, and garlands in its carving give it the local effect. Qutub Minar has stood the tests of time and rulers. The place is definitely worth a visit.
7. Lajpat Nagar Market
Delhi is a shopper’s delight because of places like Lajpat Nagar market. It's a residential and commercial place in the southern part of Delhi. Named after Lala Lajpat Rai, the Lion of India, the place is extremely popular amongst markets across the nation.
The area is divided into four parts: Lajpat Nagar I, Lajpat Nagar II, Lajpat Nagar III and Lajpat Nagar IV. Popular residential areas like Amar Colony, Dayanand Colony, Double Storey, Vikram Vihar, etc., fall into the domain of Lajpat Nagar. However, the place is known to be a shoppers’ delight.
The ladies salwar suit market of Lajpat Nagar is famous worldwide. The kind of variety you get there is unmatchable. Besides, the garments and textiles shops in Central Market are a delight. You get the latest and unique fabrics at the most reasonable costs.
Lajpat Nagar was developed after the refugees from new Pakistan came to this part of the country. There were Sikhs and Hindus, who were provided shelter by the government and were allotted lands to construct houses for themselves. Nowadays, it is a preferred location for travelers from places like Middle East, Afghanistan, Africa, who travel to India for medical aid or education.
8. Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple is one of the most prominent attractions of Delhi. Known for its Lotus flower-like shape, the place is a Baha’i House of Worship. Opened for the public in December 1986, construction of The Lotus Temple cost around $10 million. The temple is not just known for its scenic value. It is the serenity and calm of Lotus Temple that attracts people from across the globe.
The best part of this temple is that people from any religion, caste or creed can visit it, without any inhibition or boundation. However, it remains a significant attraction amongst the tourists purely from the architectural point of view.
It has, in fact, won many awards. According to the statistics from the Government of India, the Baha’i House of Worship had 100 million visitors by April 2014. It is one of the most visited buildings of the world. A significant chunk of its visitors is architectural enthusiasts from across the globe, who fly down to see this architectural marvel and appreciate its beauty.
9. Purana Quila
Amidst the glitz and glamour of Delhi city, stands an old yet attractive monument called Purana Quila or Old Fort. Purana Quila is spread in the area of almost two kilometers and is rectangular. History states that the monument was built under the reign of Humayun and Afghan Sher Shah Suri.
The fort is made up of walls that rise to 18 meters and has three arched gateways. The Bada Darwaza (Big gate) faces west and is used till date. The Humayun Gate, situated towards the south of the monument is known by the name as Humayun himself built it. Humayun’s tomb is visible from that gate. The third gate is the Talaqi Gate or the forbidden gate. All the gates are decorated with white and colored-marble inlays and blue tiles.
The gates give a good glimpse of Rajasthani architecture with their ornate overhanging balconies or jharokhas and pillared pavilions or chattris. While the grandeur of the architecture is sure to impress you, the interior architectures are also equally captivating.
Qila-i-Kuhna mosque and the Shermandal, created by Sher Shah, are the two noticeable architectures within the Purana Quila, that are worth a mention here.
Qila-i-Kuhna mosque is a single domed mosque built in pre-Mughal style in the year 1541. The mosque has five gateways in horse-shoe architecture and is an example of pointed arch architecture, that was followed later by a lot of Mughal buildings.
On the other hand, the Sher Mandal, that is named after Share Shah, is a double-storeyed octagonal tower of red sandstone. Sher Shah began the construction of the building, but Humayun completed it after he recaptured the fort.
Purana Quila is now being used as a picnic cum tourist spot and is quite popular amongst the localites and the tourists traveling to Delhi.
10. Akshardham Temple
Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, also known as Akshardham, is one of the most important social, religious and cultural places of Delhi. BAPS has constructed the temple. It is inspired by Yogiji Maharaj and is created by Pramukh Swami Maharaj.
Officially opened on 6th November 2005, by Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, the Akshardham Temple attracts at least 70 percent of the tourists coming to the city. Akshardham Temple, Delhi, is the successor of Akshardham Temple, Gandhinagar, Gujarat and is built according to Vastu Shastra and Panchatantra Shastra.
The main shrine of the temple is the central point and is the main attraction of the temple. There are various exhibition halls created in the complex that displays an excellent sense of design and technology.
Some of the noticeable features of the Akshardham temple complex include Sahaj Anand water show, an Abhisheka Mandap, a thematic garden and three exhibitions namely Sahajanand Darshan (Hall of Values), Neelkanth Darshan (an IMAX film on the early life of Swaminarayan as the teenage yogi, Neelkanth), and Sanskruti Darshan (a cultural boat ride).
The beauty of Akshardham Temple is its architecture. It presents a mix of architectural styles from across the country. It is built of 234 ornately carved pillars, 20,000 murtis of sadhus, acharyas, and devotees and has nine beautifully crafted domes. The temple houses murtis of Swami Narayana, Shiv Parvati, Radha Krishna, Sita Ram and Lakshmi Narayan.
11. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
No matter what religious belief you follow, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi is a must-visit place for you. It is one of the most famous Sikh Gurdwaras in the city as well as in the country. It is known for its association with eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan Singh.
Built as a small shrine by Sikh General Sardar Baghel Singh in 1783, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is situated on Baba Kharak Singh Marg in Connaught Place, New Delhi. Its golden dome and a large flagpole called Nishan Sahib make you recognize the place from a distance too.
It is interesting to note that Gurudwara Bangla Sahib was originally a bungalow, that belonged to Raja Jai Singh and was known as Jaisingh Pura palace. It is believed that Guru Har Krishan Singh used to reside in the bungalow during his stay in Delhi in 1664.
There was smallpox and cholera epidemic that was spread in the city. He served a lot of sufferers with aid and water from a small well within the house. Later, he caught the diseases himself and died on 30th March 1664. Raja Jai Singh constructed a small tank on that well, which exists even today.
It is believed that the water of that tank has healing properties and people carry it with them all over the world. The gurdwara campus also houses a hospital, a library and a higher secondary school and Baba Baghel Singh Museum.
12. Lakshmi Narayan Temple
Better known as Birla Temple, the Lakshmi Narayan Temple is dedicated to Lord Lakshmi Narayan. Lakshmi Narayan refers to Lord Vishnu, also known as Narayan when he is with his consort Lakshmi. Although a Hindu temple, it is open to people of all religions and castes.
Built by industrialist Baldeo Das Birla and his sons, the temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that it will be open for people of all religions. It was built from 1933 to 1939 and was the first large Hindu temple in Delhi.
The Birla temple is spread over 7.5 acres of land and has a large garden, shrine, fountains, and a hall called Geeta Bhawan for discourses. The temple is a significant attraction for tourists and localites on special occasions like Janmashtami and Diwali.
The temple’s architecture gives a sense of modern Indian architecture. It was designed by Sris Chandra Chatterjee, a leading proponent of the "Modern Indian Architecture Movement. Over hundred skilled artisans from Benaras were put to the task of making the idols for the temple, which was inspired by Nagara style of temple architecture.
The artisans crafted the idols of Hindu lords with marble stone sourced from places like Jaipur. The architects had used Kota stone from Makrana, Agra, Kota, and Jaisalmer for the construction of the temple premises. A whole lot of artificial landscapes and greenery in the campus is inviting and soothing. So the next time you are in Delhi, don’t miss out of ticking it in your list.
13. Hauz Khas Complex
Amidst the fascinating youth junction of Delhi city, Hauz Khas, is an old time charmer called Hauz Khas Complex. Situated in the southern part of the city, Hauz Khas complex comprises of a few exciting elements including a water tank, a tomb, a mosque, Islamic seminary and some pavilions. The Hauz Khas Complex gives a fair sense of 13th century Delhi Sultanate reign.
Although Hauz Khas adds to the list of some of the most excellent commercial and residential places of the city, the Hauz Khas Complex holds the old world charm. The water tank, for instance, was built during Alauddin Khilji's reign to meet the water supply needs of newly built fort at Siri.
The size of the tank has now shrunk substantially due to encroachment and siltation. However, in its present state, it is quite well maintained. In fact, Delhi Development Authority makes constant efforts to preserve the tank.
Another attraction in Hauz Khas Complex is the tomb of Firoz Shah. Firoz Shah Tughlaq is known to have made significant contributions to the history of Delhi. He died at the age of ninety years after his continuous illness between 1385 and 1388. Interestingly, Firoz Shah had built a domed tomb for himself within the precincts of Hauz Khas.
Hauz Khas village was also known for being a large congregation of Islamic Scholars and students who came to the Madrasa for their Islamic Education. It was also termed as the Medieval Centre of Learning in India by some renowned historians.
14. Dilli Haat
For all those who want to enjoy the true spirit of Delhi in a few hours, a visit to Dilli Haat is a must. Food and shopping are in the air of Dilli Haat. It is an open aircraft bazaar and food plaza located in the southern part of the city. Dilli Haat has a paid entrance system and is run by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation.
Dilli Haat is a permanent market and is unlike a traditional weekly market. However, some sellers do rotate in the marketplace on a fortnightly basis. You will find unique products including rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, sophisticated fabric and drapery, gems, beads, brassware, metal crafts, and silk & wool fabrics. Exhibitions are being hosted in the exhibition hall of the haat, for promoting handicrafts and handlooms.
Being centrally located, Dilli Haat is pretty accessible from all modes of transport. While you visit Dilli Haat and wish to buy something from there, do not miss out on bargaining for the price. Dilli Haat is as much a family picnic spot as it is a shopping destination. Local families come to the place for fun and frolic and spending some quality time with each other. It is also a meet-up area for college students, especially girls.
There are some fantastic food vendors, who put up their stalls in Dilli Haat. While you get to taste some local delicacies, you also get a flavor of some state oriented dishes. Like the handicrafts, the food served in Dilli Haat also gives a fair sense of the culture of the country.
Do ensure that you have some time in hand to visit nearby places as well, including Sarojini Nagar market. Sarojini market is another local, ultra cheap and fantastic market of Delhi, like Lajpat Nagar. Pretty close to Dilli Haat, Sarojini market attracts a lot of young crowd for providing some cool fashion clothes and accessories at unbelievable prices.
15. Raj Ghat
In the older part of Delhi, lies a cool and calm place called the Raj Ghat. Raj Ghat is a memorial dedicated to the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform, built on the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. It was built on 30th January 1948, a day after his assassination. The memorial is left open under the sky, and an eternal flame burns on end.
Located on the banks of River Yamuna, Raj Ghat is situated on Mahatma Gandhi Road. The place is high on the list of politicians, state guests, and historians. One must remove his shoes before entering the walls of the Raj Ghat. Outside the walled architecture, is a lawn with some natural greenery.
While you visit the Raj Ghat to pay tribute to Gandhiji, do not miss out on Shantivan , which is the Samadhi of India’s first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. Shantivan is located towards the north of Raj Ghat. Adjacent to Shantivan is Ekta Sthal, where K R Narayana, the tenth president of the country was cremated in 2005.
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1. India Gate
7 km from city center 1 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Located in : New Delhi
India Gate is a war memorial located in New Delhi, along the Rajpath. It is dedicated to the 82,000 soldiers, both Indian and British, who died during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. India Gate looks stunning at night with the fountain displaying colourful lights. The surrounding lush green lawns are a popular picnic spot. The Amar Jawan Jyoti is also located here.
2. Qutub Minar
16 km from city center 2 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Located in : Saket (South Delhi)
Qutub Minar is a minaret or a victory tower located in the Qutub complex, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Delhi's Mehrauli area. With a height of 72.5 metres (238 ft), Qutub Minar is the second tallest monument of Delhi. The surrounding Qutub complex has lush green lawns which are popular picnic spot.
3. Akshardham Temple Delhi
8 km from city center 3 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
The Akshardham Temple, also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. It is known for its stunning architecture. Akshardham complex is home to India's largest step well which is a host to the mesmerising water show each evening.
4. Humayun's Tomb
9 km from city center 4 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Humayun's tomb is the final resting place of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Located in the Nizamuddin East area of Delhi, it is the first garden-tomb in India. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known for the stunning typical Mughal architecture with Persian influences.
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13 km from city center 5 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Located in : South Delhi
An affluent neighbourhood in South Delhi, Hauz Khas Village or 'HKV' is known for its electric nightlife with countless cafes, bars and pubs along with art galleries, and boutiques and is amongst the top hip places to visit in Delhi other than a heritage site. The area is also dotted with domed structures which are tombs of royalties during the 14th to 16th century.
6. Museum of Illusions
4 km from city center 6 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
The Museum of Illusions in Connaught Place, New Delhi is India's first optical illusion museum. It is a fun place to challenge the senses by exploring exhibits which include holograms, a supposedly rotating cylinder, a room with no gravity, rooms with mirrors that distort reality and much more.
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7. National Gallery Of Modern Art, Delhi
7 km from city center 7 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Following its motto of delivering an excellent world of art to its visitors, National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi, preserves paintings and other artistic pieces dating back to 1850s. It houses a collection of more than 14,000 artworks which includes work that is as old as a hundred and fifty years.
8. Lotus Temple
13 km from city center 8 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
The Lotus Temple is one of the seven Baha'i House of Worship present around the world. Known for its stunning white petal lotus architecture, iy is one of the most visited establishments in the world.
9. Red Fort
3 km from city center 9 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Located in : Old Delhi
The Red Fort is a historical fort in the old Delhi area, on the banks of Yamuna. Shah Jahan constructed it in 1639 as a result of a capital shift from Agra to Delhi. Built from red sandstone, it is home to several museums. Every year, the Indian Prime Minister unfurls the national flag here on the Independence Day.
10. Agrasen ki Baoli
5 km from city center 10 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
A protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India, Agrasen ki Baoli is a 60 meter long and 15 meter wide historical step well on Halley Road, New Delhi. It is an ancient water reservoir having 103 stone steps. It is one of the most visited places in Delhi having a serene atmosphere.
11. Sunder Nursery
8 km from city center 11 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Sunder Nursery (also known as Central Park) is a park complex situated adjacent to Humayun's Tomb, Built in the 16th century, the park was originally known as Azim Bagh. Sprawling over a whopping 90 acres of land, the park is home to 300 types of trees.
12. Garden of Five Senses
17 km from city center 12 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Located in the poised Said-ul-Ajaib, the Garden of Five Senses is designed to stimulate your senses of touch, sight, smell, sound and taste and is a paradise for nature’s lovers. It is spread across 20 acres and has various themed parks, Mughal baghs, pools of water lilies, solar energy park, themed decor and many other attractions.
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13. Lodhi Garden
8 km from city center 13 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Lodhi Gardens is a city park placed in New Delhi, spanning over 90 acres. It is a luscious garden that houses the tombs of Sayyid ruler Mohammed Shah and Lodhi King Sikandar Lodhi. It is situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung's Tomb on Lodhi Road and is a favorite spot for morning walks for the Delhiites.
14. Waste to Wonder Park
9 km from city center 14 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Waste to Wonder Park is one of its kind theme park in the world. It features the replicas of seven wonders of the world, created from industrial and other waste. Wind and solar energy have been harnessed to light up the park rendering a breathtaking sight during sunset and night.
15. Chandni Chowk
2 km from city center 15 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
One of the oldest markets in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is still an important historical site renowned for the availability of every kind of goods as well as food. It was Constructed in the 17th century by mughal ruler of India Shah Jahan. It is situated opposite the Red Fort and provides a view of the Fatehpuri Mosque.
16. Dilli Haat
10 km from city center 16 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Designed to invoke the ambience of a traditional village fair, Dilli Haat is every shopper’s paradise, a foodie’s haven and the cultural magnet of the metro city. A flamboyant mix of vibrant colours and varied cultures, the bazaar is located in the commercial centre of South Delhi, bang opposite to the INA Market.
17. Bharat Darshan Park
8 km from city center 17 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
The Bharat Darshan Park in Punjabi Bagh, Delhi has replicas of popular Indian monuments made out of waste material. It is quite similar to the Waste to Wonders park. Some of the monument replicas include the Gateway of India, Mysore Palace, Hampi, Victoria Memorial Hall and Charminar, amongst others made from about 350 tonnes of scrap material.
18. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
5 km from city center 18 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most important Sikh gurdwara, aka Sikh house of worship, in Delhi, India and known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, as well as the pool inside its complex, known as the 'Sarovar.' It was first built as a small temple by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, who supervised the construction of nine Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year, during the reign of Mughal Emperor, Shah Alam II.
19. Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya
8 km from city center 19 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
The Prime Ministers’ Museum or the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 14th April 2022. Located next to the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) on Teen Murti Marg, the museum pays tribute to all the Prime Ministers of India since Independence. Besides memorabilia, there is an audio and visual tour of speeches from the Red Fort and a virtual helicopter ride.
20. Rail Museum, Delhi
10 km from city center 20 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Located in the vicinity of Chanakyapuri, the Rail Museum aims to preserve the 163 years old railway heritage of India. Popularly known as the National Railway Museum, the museum is spread over 10 acres of land and houses some fantabulous railway memorabilia.
21. Nizamuddin Dargah
9 km from city center 21 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
This is the holy shrine of Muslim Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Chisti. The tombs of many other people from the Mughal era are present in the same area, which surround a tank. Known to be one of the top-visited places in Delhi, a vibe of spirituality and serenity seems to be omnipresent at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, where you can find throngs of devotees even in the later hours of the evening.
22. Jantar Mantar, Delhi
4 km from city center 22 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Located in New Delhi, the Jantar Mantar was one of the five sites built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The site consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The main purpose of the observatory was to compile the astronomical tables and to predict the movement and timings of the sun, moon and planets.
23. Delhi Zoo
8 km from city center 23 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Also known as Chidiya Ghar, Delhi Zoo is a favourite weekend spot among adults and children. From biggest cats to the tiniest birds, the zoo has all kinds of animals and birds. It has canteens inside for the visitors and battery-operated vehicles.
24. Mehrauli Archaeological Park
16 km from city center 24 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
The Mehrauli Archaeological Park is a 200-acre archaeological site home to more than 100 magnificent monuments, and tombs from the 10th century to the British era. Some prominent monuments here are tombs of Balban and Quli Khan, Jamali Kamali mosque, and Rajon ki Baoli among others.
25. Kingdom of Dreams
26 km from city center 25 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
The Kingdom of Dreams, also known as KOD sits majestically in Gurugram (Previously Gurgaon) and is India's first live entertainment, leisure and theatre destination. It is a magnificent structure and glitters merrily in sector 29. It offers visitors a taste of contemporary and modern India through the means of interactive tableaus, galleys, and arts. It is currently becoming one of the best places in Delhi for tourists and locals alike.
26. Mughal Gardens, Delhi
6 km from city center 26 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Popularly known as the “soul” of the Presidential Palace, the Mughal Gardens are located inside the Rashtrapati Bhawan Complex. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the year 1917 for Lady Harding, the gardens cover a vast area of 13 acres and are a wonderful incorporation of Mughal architecture with that of British style. The gardens are also open for a certain time in the year and hence make amongst the most-sought places to visit in Delhi.
27. Rashtrapati Bhavan
6 km from city center 27 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Rashtrapati Bhawan is a famous monument of the British Empire which was said to be the palace of the Viceroy of India. It is now the home of the President of India. It is considered to be the best-known monument in India next to Taj Mahal and Qutub Minar.
28. Jama Masjid Delhi
2 km from city center 28 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The mosque hosts thousands of pilgrims each year on the holy occasion of Eid to offer special Namaz in the morning. Non-Muslims are not allowed inside the Masjid during Namaz offerings. One of the top attractions and best places to visit in Delhi, Jama Masjid gets a lot of tourist crowd other than the religious crowd.
29. Sarojini Market
10 km from city center 29 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Vibrantly coloured clothes strewn all over, tiny food stalls cramped in every nook, deafening cacophony of the salesboys and a pandemic compact environment- welcome to Sarojini Nagar, the most hep and trendy market of Delhi.
30. Connaught Place
4 km from city center 30 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Officially named Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place is better known as CP amongst the locals. It is one of the largest commercial and business centers in Delhi, and has been designed in two concentric circles namely Connaught's Inner Circle and Connaught's Outer Circle. Known since British era, this market has its own elegance. Known to be the most iconic structure from Lutyens Delhi, this is also among one the top places to visit in Delhi.
31. Shopping Markets
2 km from city center 31 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Delhi is known to be shoppers' paradise. For almost everything, you will find a great market for the best price.
32. ISKCON Temple Delhi
13 km from city center 32 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
This temple was opened back in 1998; it is located at Hare Krishna Hills, in the East of Kailash area of New Delhi, India. A very well-known Lord Krishna temple for inner peace. Its followers believe in Srila Prabhupada. As one of the biggest temple complexes in India. It has numerous rooms for priests and service renders. Many halls are used for its administration purposes. It is divided into four broad units.
33. Khan Market
7 km from city center 33 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Khan Market is one of the hot spot and posh market in Delhi which serves as a perfect place for friends and family to hangout. Known to be one of the top places to visit in Delhi, the market has successfully held the essence of its original structure even in the times of rapid modernization. If you need to hang out late at night, Khan Market is the place for you as remains open till 12:00 AM.
2 km from city center 34 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Replete with travellers, both Indians and foreign, Paharganj is the most chaotic, noisy, dirty and yet the most vibrant market of Delhi. Dotted with umpteen hotels, brothels, cheap bars, and ultra cheap restaurants; the labyrinthian alleys of Paharganj have a lot more to offer than visible to the naked eye.
35. Birla Mandir Delhi
4 km from city center 35 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
The Birla Mandir or Birla Temple popularly known as the Laxminarayan Temple is a temple dedicated to Laxminarayan. It is located at Connaught Place, New Delhi, and was built by the Birla family, which is why it is known as the Birla temple. Built-in the early 1900s and spread over a whopping 7.5 acres, the temple houses many shrines, fountains, and gardens along with sculptures and carvings.
36. Lajpat Nagar
11 km from city center 36 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Lajpat Nagar is a bustling and colourful neighbourhood in South Delhi which is best known for the Lajpat Nagar Central Market where many come to experience the thrill of the genuine Delhi life. One visit and you'll know how lively the place is and this can be seen by the flamboyant goods on sale, the brilliant evening lights, the rushing inhabitants and the sounds of the ever so busy streets.
37. Safdarjung Tomb
9 km from city center 37 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Built in 1754, during the reign of Mughal Emperor- Ahmad Shah Bahadur, the namesake tomb is dedicated to the Prime Minister of the court- Safdarjung. Located in the heart of the city, at the junction of Safdarjung Road and Aurobindo Marg, the monument is a low-key tourist attraction of the city.
38. Purana Qila
7 km from city center 38 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Stoically standing in the placid vicinity of Indraprastha, Purana Qila or the Old Fort is a masterpiece of the ancient glory and sterling architecture of the bygone Mughal Empire, and is one of the oldest forts in Delhi. Built on the banks of river Yamuna and spread over a vast 1.5 kms of area, the monument has tons of myths and legends of the medieval era attached to it.
39. Adventure Island
12 km from city center 39 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Located in : North Delhi
Probably the most famous of all adventure parks in Delhi NCR, Adventure Island is a one-stop haunt for all the dose of thrill and enjoyment. It is a super-hit with kids and adults alike, and couples find it a refreshing change to head to for spending an exciting date! It has a vast array of adult rides, rides for kids, water rides as well as special events that are organised from time to time. Feel the adrenaline pumping as you head for a ride on 'Butterfly Feeling' or 'Twister' meant for adults; alternatively, you could let your inner child have fun on less scary rides such as Wild Wheels, Sky Riders or Splash Down. Wave Rocker, It's a Ringa Ringa Thing, Bush Buggies, Splash Dunk and Bumper Cars are loved by families and large friends' groups. In addition to the adventure park, you could dabble in some window-shopping experience at the Metro Walk, which is dotted with all the latest brands, and finally, head towards a satisfying lunch or dinner at plenty of culinary options available. The best part about this place is its super convenient connectivity by metro as it is located bang opposite to Rithala station on the red line.
40. Pragati Maidan
7 km from city center 40 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Pragati Maidan, situated at Mathura Road, is a vast exhibition center of Delhi. With an exhibit area of 150 acres, it serves as an important attraction of Delhi.
5 km from city center 41 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Rajghat is a place where Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation was cremated followed by his assassination in year 1948. Visitors from all around the world come here to pay their homage.
42. National Museum, Delhi
6 km from city center 42 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Also known as the National Museum of India, the National Museum in New Delhi is one the largest museums in India, situated on the corner of the Janpath and Maulana Azad Road. Established in 1949, the blueprints of the majestic repository were prepared by the Gwyer Committee set up by the Government of India in 1946.
69 km from city center 43 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Located in : Noida
Kuchesar is a tiny village in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh, at a distance of 80 km from Delhi and is popular for its Mud Fort, now restored as a heritage resort.
44. Crafts Museum
6 km from city center 44 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Popularly known as the Crafts Museum, the National Handicrafts Museum is a colorful amalgamation of the diverse culture and rich traditions of our country. Located in the far corner of the magnanimous Pragati Maidan in Delhi, the museum is a centre to exhibit varied specimens in handicrafts, textile and local decor.
45. Tughlaqabad Fort
17 km from city center 45 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Tughlaqabad Fort is one of the finest specimens of pure Islamic architecture and has the touch of Sultanate sturdiness about its fortifications. Popular as one of the best-visited places in Delhi, the entire premise takes around an hour or two to look around and offer great opportunities for history enthusiasts and shutterbugs.
46. Teen Murti Bhavan
7 km from city center 46 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Once served as the home of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru for 16 years, today, the Teen Murti Bhavan houses various institutions like the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library and the office of Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund. One of the four Nehru Planetariums is also located within the grounds of the house.
6 km from city center 47 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Running from Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill, all the way through Vijay Chowk and India Gate to the National Stadium, Rajpath is a long ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi. Considered to be one of the most important roads in India, it is where the annual Republic Day parade takes place on 26 January. While Rajpath stands for the King's Road, Janpath, which stands for People's Road, also crosses the road. Running in the east-west direction, the avenue is lined on both sides by huge lawns, canals and many rows of trees.
48. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
15 km from city center 48 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets was built in 1992 by Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (a social activist) and titled as one of the weirdest museum in the world by Time magazine. Established with the objective to address the global history of sanitation and toilets, the museum is anything but mundane and is a source of amusement to many.
49. Nicholson Cemetery
1 km from city center 49 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Situated in the heart of the city in Kashmere Gate area of New Delhi, Nicholson Cemetery (also known as Lothian Cemetery) is an ancient Christian cemetery named after the Brigadier-General John Nicholson, a Victorian era military officer who played a crucial role during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
50. Iron Pillar
16 km from city center 50 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Iron Pillar is one of the many mysterious monuments of wonder present in Delhi- the capital of India. Located within the Qutub Minar complex in Mehrauli area of New Delhi, the Iron Pillar has been posing as one of the foremost metallurgical curiosities of the world due to its prowess to not exhibit a speck of rust despite being thousands of years old.
51. Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
7 km from city center 51 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Housed within the premises of the grand Teen Murti Bhavan in Delhi, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library is an autonomous institution established in the memory of the first Prime Minister of India- Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
52. Chhatarpur Mandir
19 km from city center 52 out of 112 Places To Visit in Delhi
Situated in the posh locality of South Delhi, i.e. Chhatarpur, Chhatarpur Temple is dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, a part of Navadurga. Founded by Baba Sant Nagpal Ji in 1974, the temple is the second largest in all of India after Akshardham Temple (which is also in Delhi).
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These Are The 10 Must-See Bucket-List Attractions In Delhi
Marvel at the Qutb Minar, explore the Red Fort, or discover treasures at the Khan Market; these attractions are a must-see in Delhi!
Home to close to 19 million people, Delhi is known as India’s bustling capital city. Besides its heavy traffic and busy crowds, Delhi is more than just a lively destination. Delhi is a historic city and is home to many monuments, historical buildings, and landmarks that will tantalize and fascinate any curious traveler. Plus, this bustling city has no shortage of bazaars, markets, and entertainment areas for tourists and locals alike. Ready to explore Delhi this season? Be sure to visit these must-see attractions in India’s capital city!
10 Qutb Minar
Also known as Qutub Minar, this tower symbolized victory, marking the end of Delhi’s last remaining Hindu kingdom in the late 12th century. Standing several feet tall, this intricately designed tower is five stories high, the Qutb Minar is also known for its architecture comprised of marble and sandstone. The Qutb Minar is one of the many architectural marvels one can find in the bustling city of Delhi. Moreover, for a comfortable stay close to the Qutb Minar, travelers should book a stay at the Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi in Mahipalpur Village.
- Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi
- Why You Should Book It: Great location with premium amenities
- Amenities: 24-hour business center, pool, train pick-up service
- Address: Near Mahipalpur Extension Nh 8, New Delhi
Being one of India’s most stunning attractions , the Red Fort sits tall and proud, known for its bright-red structure made of sandstone. This world-famous attraction served as a fortress for the Mughals in the 17th century and later as a fort for the British military. Standing as a symbol of power, the Red Fort remains one of the most-visited attractions in India’s capital. Visitors who stay at the Maidens Hotel New Delhi will access the Red Fort easily, which is only a short drive away!
- Accommodation: Maidens Hotel New Delhi
- Why You Should Book It: 5-star hotel with historic property built in the early 20th century
- Amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour airport shuttle (for a fee)
- Address: 7 Sham Nath Marg, New Delhi
8 National Museum Of India
Also known as the National Museum in New Delhi, this popular museum is the largest in all of India. Since 1949, the National Museum has housed historical artifacts and items central to the country’s heritage and culture. Additionally, the museum also contains various works of art depicting the history of this Southasian country. Nearby, visitors can stay at the Shangri-La Eros New Delhi , which is only a stone's throw away!
- Accommodation: Shangri-La Eros New Delhi
- Why You Should Book It: 5-star hotel with nearby access to tourist attractions and Delhi’s business district
- Amenities: Gym facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, outdoor pool, room service, on-site spa
- Address: 19, Ashoka Road, New Delhi
7 Jama Masjid
The Jama Masjid is a spacious mosque known for its bright red sandstone. Ornately decorated and intricately designed, this historic mosque includes three gates and a massive prayer hall. The Jama Masjid is free for all, giving visitors a taste of the 17th-century Mughal architecture. Moreover, to easily access the Jama Masjid (and other attractions), be sure to stay at the Haveli Dharampura .
- Accommodation: Haveli Dharampura
- Why You Should Book It: Beautiful property and great location
- Amenities: Roundtrip airport shuttle, complimentary newspaper service, 24-hour front desk
- Address: 2293, Gali Guliyan, Dharampura, Delhi-6, New Delhi 110006
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6 India Gate
This war memorial sits proudly on Kartavya Path, serving as a tribute to 84,000 soldiers who died during World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Built in 1921, this memorial is simple. It may not be as intricately designed as other architectural marvels around Delhi, but it remains a historical tribute to those who gave up their lives for India. When visiting India Gate, travelers can rest for a couple of nights at the Oberoi New Delhi , which is close by.
- Accommodation: The Oberoi New Delhi
- Why You Should Book It: Located in the center of Delhi
- Amenities: Express check-in, complimentary Wi-Fi, valet parking, room service
- Address: Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, New Delhi
5 Humayun's Tomb
The Taj Mahal is one of India’s most iconic attractions ; However, Humayun’s Tomb deserves mention too! This historical landmark serves as the final resting place for Humayun, the Mughal Emperor of the late 16th century. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site , Humayun’s Tomb inspired many architectural marvels across India, including the Taj Mahal! Moreover, stay at the Lalit New Delhi on Barakhamba Avenue near Humayun’s Tomb and other incredible historical attractions across Delhi.
- Accommodation: The Lalit New Delhi
- Why You Should Book It: Within the heart of Connaught Place and the New Delhi Railway Station
- Amenities: 24-hour business center, 24-hour airport shuttle (for a fee), room service, complimentary Wi-Fi
- Address: Barakhamba Avenue, New Delhi
Elegant, spiritual, and stunning are the adjectives to define Delhi’s Akshardham. Inaugurated in 2005, this Hindu temple features spacious gardens, a water show, and exhibits that tell tales of India’s history and cultural heritage. This breathtakingly beautiful temple is worth a stop when visiting the bustling city of Delhi. Moreover, for easier access, travelers can book their stay at the Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida in Mayur Vihar.
- Accommodation: Crowne Plaza New Delhi Mayur Vihar Noida
- Why You Should Book It: Located close to the freeway with beautiful city views
- Amenities: On-site spa, complimentary Wi-Fi, room service, restaurant/bar, complimentary toiletries
- Address: 13b Mayur Vihar, New Delhi
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3 National Rail Museum
Lovers of all things locomotive won’t want to miss the National Rail Museum in Delhi. Showcasing over 160 years of India’s train and rail networks, this educational museum includes various memorabilia and exhibits for viewing pleasure. Enjoy the museum’s life-size exhibits of locomotives or marvel at the fantastic restoration work done to preserve the models and displays of trains and railcars. Thinking of visiting this awesome museum? Then be sure to book a stay at the newly renovated Taj Palace New Delhi , emanating posh and luxurious vibes.
- Accommodation: Taj Palace New Delhi
- Why You Should Book It: Newly renovated with 5-star perks
- Amenities: In-room mini bar, free on-site parking, outdoor pool, gym
- Address: 2 Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi 110 021
2 Nehru Park
This sprawling park is a popular green space among locals and visitors alike. Nehru Park includes walking paths, fountains, and a few landmarks of interest, including a Vladimir Lenin statue and several temples. Plus, the park is perfect for picnics and getting away from the busy streets of Delhi. After spending a morning exploring Nehru Park, retreat into one’s room at the Leela Palace New Delhi . This gorgeous, “modern-day” palace hotel is the epitome of luxury; the Royal Suite has its plunge pool and jacuzzi!
- Accommodation: The Leela Palace New Delhi
- Why You Should Book It: Posh hotel with “modern palace” vibes!
- Amenities: Complimentary Wi-Fi, 24-hour airport shuttle (for a fee), complimentary valet parking, outdoor pool, on-site spa, restaurants, room service
- Address: Diplomatic Enclave Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 023
1 Khan Market
Khan Market is a well-known shopping center, serving as a popular posh attraction for tourists and locals alike. Undoubtedly, the Khan Market is a tad pricier compared to other markets in Delhi, but this shopping district is known for its unique boutiques, from specialty bookstores to homestyle bakeries. Spend hours exploring the Khan Market without worry while enjoying a cozy stay at the Taj Mahal Hotel .
- Accommodation: The Taj Mahal Hotel
- Why You Should Book It: Luxury stay with an array of dining options
- Amenities: On-site spa, room service, complimentary Wi-Fi, restaurant, outdoor pool and sauna
- Address: 1 Mansingh Road, New Delhi
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With old monuments and busy neighbourhoods subtly merging with a vibrant and contemporary cosmopolitan world, Delhi, the capital of India, is a fascinating tourist destination. Poised along the banks of River Yamuna, Delhi, which is almost 1,000 years old, offers a mesmeric mosaic of experiences, both heritage and contemporary. While the former honour the elegant ageing of centuries-old Delhi, the latter reiterate that the capital is the heart of Indian democracy, and can keep pace with the most advanced of the metropolitans of the world.
The bustling old quarter of the capital, centered around Old Delhi, preserves its antiquity and awes with its vibrant food culture and winding by lanes lined with shops selling almost everything under the sun. Strolling through Old Delhi is an unforgettable experience as you can sample some of the oldest recipes - which trace their origin to Mughal kitchens - and soak in essentially ethnic culture as you explore exquisite handicrafts, wholesale clothes and customised jewellery, all of which are available at budgeted deals.
In the midst of the maze-like Chandni Chowk (moonlight street), stands the glorious Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in the country. A stone's throw away is the pride of Delhi, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Red Fort, a legacy of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. A smattering of old forts, the iconic Qutub Minar and ancient temples stand as archaeological gems of the capital, paying tribute to the great Mughal kings who ruled their empire from Delhi. The more modern counterpart of the capital, New Delhi, is home to the powerseat of the world's largest democracy, speckled with iconic government structures, glitzy malls, sprawling residential complexes, plush restaurants and cafes, grand temples and lush gardens. A haven for foodies, who can try authentic cuisines of almost all Indian states, Delhi offers everything from international to local delicacies that would appeal to the most discerning traveller.
The national capital is a hub of shopping, with markets catering to all your needs - from books, fashionable clothes and exquisite jewellery to accessories, electronics and footwear. Delhi is home to most high-end retail stores and brands that offer straight-off-the-runway options to shoppers, along with stores that give a hefty dose of vintage crafts and textiles. Delhi's prominent place as the political centre of the country is indisputable.
A Union Territory, it is home to awe-inspiring structures like the Indian Parliament, Rashtrapati Bhawan or the President's residence, and Raj Ghat (the memorial of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi), along with neighbourhoods like Connaught Place and Lodhi Colony. Delhi has been the capital of India for more than a century. Having been ruled by some of the greatest and powerful rulers in the bygone era, the city traces its history to the Hindu epic Mahabharata, when it known as Indraprastha, the home of Pandavas.
In 1192 Afghan warrior Muhammad of Ghori captured the area, and the Delhi Sultanate was established (1206). In 1398, Timur, a Turco-Mongol ruler, invaded the city and founded his kingdom. It was later ruled by the Lodi dynasty kings, who were overthrown by Babur, the founder of the Mughal empire in India. Delhi became the capital of the Mughal empire during the reign of Shah Jahan. The Mughal period lasted for over three centuries and later India fell into the hands of the British, who shifted their capital from Calcutta to Delhi in the year 1911. Delhi has also served as the capital for other major dynasties such as the Tughlaqs and the Khiljis. Post-Independence, New Delhi became the official capital of the Republic of India in 1947.
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The city is well-connected with all major cities of the country through domestic flights. Not only that, a major number of international flights operate from the Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi.
The city is well-connected by a network of roads and national highways across the major cities of the country. Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus are the main bus stands of Delhi.
The New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station connect Delhi to major cities of the country.
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India Gate is an important site to visit when on your tour to Delhi. India Gate has its original name as All India War Memorial that was built in order to commemorate the 82000 soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives during the First World War happened from 1914 to 1921 as well as in the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The war memorial is situated at Rajpath where you can reach by getting down at Barakhamba Road Metro station in Delhi. India gate is also known to be one of the best places to visit with friends in Delhi .
India Gate is located on the eastern edge of the ceremonial axis of Delhi and it was formerly called Kingsway. The names of around 13300 servicemen including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom are displayed on the gate. The architecture of India Gate is world famous as the triumphal arch that looks like the Arch of Constantine and also compared to the Arc de Triomphe and the Gateway of India in Mumbai.
The designer of the memorial was Sir Edwin Lutyens. After the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971, there was a simple structure including a black marble plinth with a reversed rifle which was capped by a war helmet and bounded by four eternal flames built under the Memorial Archway. This one was the Amar Jawan Jyoti or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier.
The construction of India Gate was started in 1921 and completed in 1931. The architectural dimensions of the structure say that it is 42 meters tall and 9.1 meters wide. It was constructed using yellow and red sandstone along with granite. In 2014, the Government announced the plans to construct a National War Memorial around the canopy as well as a National War Museum at the park nearby.
India Gate Parade or the Republic Day Parade is the most ceremonious and prestigious event happen in front of India Gate every year. On January 26th, each year, India commemorates the day it became a republic with an esteemed presence of many national as well as dignified guests from other countries.
India Gate entry time: Anyone can visit India Gate anytime as it is open on all days 24 hours.
India Gate Entry fee: There is no entry fee to visit the structure.
India Gate location: Rajpath Marg, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001.
-The climate during the months from October to March will be favourable for sightseeing tours in Delhi . You can enjoy visiting India Gate with your family and friends peacefully during that time.
-It will be fun if you bring cooked or packaged food with you, and have a picnic. You can also go for boating at the Boating Club adjacent to India Gate grounds.
-The nearest metro station to India Gate is Central Secretariat (Yellow Line). The metro station has more than one exit gate so that you can seek the help of customer service about the closest gate to India Gate.
-Take an auto rickshaw or the shuttle rickshaw/rickshaw service to India Gate from the metro station. Bus service can also be availed depending on your boarding point.
-In case you are there in January, you can attend the Republic Day parade on 26th January.
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Maqbera e Humayun or the Humayun’s Tomb in Delhi is a major historical site in India and also one of the best places to visit in north Delhi. It is the tomb of the famous Mughal emperor of India Humayun. It was commissioned by the first wife of Humayun who was the chief consort as well, Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. The design of the tomb was born in the heart of Mirak Mirza Ghiyas- a persial architect invited by Bega Begum herself. Located in Nizamuddin East in Delhi, the tomb is known as the first garden tomb found on the Indian subcontinent, placed very close to the Dina-panah citadel. It is known to be one of the best places to visit in Delhi during summers as it also has a walled garden within its enclosure.
UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site in 1993 and since then its reputation began to flourish. But after that, it had to undergo several restorations. Near the tomb, there are several smaller monuments from the main entrance to the West that include one that even built prior to the main tomb. Isa Khan Niyazi’s tomb is that one who was an Afghan noble in Sher Shah Suri’s court of the Suri dynasty. Humayun’s tomb complex accommodates the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun along with the graves of Bega Begum, Hamida Begum and Dara Shikoh as well as other significant Mughal members.
An inimitable leap in Mughal architecture is displayed along with the Persian model garden that is the Charbagh garden. The construction of the toms was started in 1565, almost nine years after his death. The completion of the tomb was in 1572. The memorial built for Humayun symbolizes the unpredictable symbiosis between Humayun and his wife Bega Begum who was so grieved over the death of her husband finally decided to create such an astonishing remembrance.
The Turkic and Mughal rule in the subcontinent introduced the influence of Central Asian and Persian styles of Islamic architecture and from the 12th century onward, those styles started inspiring several monuments in and around Delhi. Humayun’s tomb is made of red sandstone and white marbles and the measurements say it is 47 meters high and 91 meters wide.
Humayun’s Tomb entry timing: The visit to the tomb is allowed from sunrise to sunset on all days but the best time to visit is between 08:00 am and 06:00 pm.
Humayun’s Tomb entry fee: Indian citizens and the visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries have to pay Rs.10 to enter the tomb while for other foreign nationals, it is Rs.250 per person. Children up to the age of 15 need not pay an entry fee.
Humayun’s Tomb location: Opposite Dargah Nizamuddin, Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110013.
-Visit the tomb during the early hours or late hours of a day during summer as the mid time will be very hot.
-Khan Market Metro station is the nearest metro station and it is the easiest way to reach the structure. Hire a tuk tuk to cover the last 2.5 kilometers to the tomb.
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Hauz Khas is a beautiful neighbourhood of South Delhi and is one of the major tourist places in Delhi. The pulse of Hauz Khas is known to be the historically important Hauz Khaz Complex. It exhibits both rural and urban atmosphere and also known as mehak ka chota quila. The location is surrounded by Green Park to the west and Gulmohar Park towards the north. It had witnessed different diplomatic missions like the Albania, Iraq, Guines, Burundi, Macedonia Missions and more.
Its name started achieving appreciation from the outer world due to the presence of an ancient water reservoir by the same name. It is now part of the huge Hauz Khas complex. Hauz means water tank in Urdu and Khas is referred to royal and thus it is considered to be the royal tank in the village. Hauz Khas’s water tank was built firstly by Allauddin Khilji in order to supply water to the inhabitants of Siri Fort and later in the 1960s, it was developed by the famous builders in India, DLF.
Later Hauz Khaz was modified to be an enclave of different blocks like A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, K, L, M, P, Q, R, X, Y, Z. E block comprises the main market in the area and it is lying in the middle of the colony. There are other major markets located in the premises but Mayfair Gardens is an important attraction which is an independent small private colony. Hauz Khas is also one of the most popular places for couples in Delhi to spend quality time. Hauz Khas village pubs, village clubs, restaurants, cafes etc are some of the points of interest for many visitors as they can meet the locals and have an unscheduled conversation.
Hauz Khas possesses the yellow line of the Delhi Metro railway and this is the easiest way to connect to Delhi’s other parts.
Hauz Khas entry timing: The Hauz Khas Village complex will be open on all days from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 07:00 pm but the restaurants in the complex will be open till 11:00 pm. Another famous structure that is Hauz Khas fort will be open on all days from 10:30 am to 07:00 pm.
Hauz Khas entry fee: There is no entry fee is applicable.
Hauz Khas location: Hauz Khas, South Delhi, Delhi 110016, India.
-Hauz Khas fort is a major attraction here and try not to avoid it.
-Hauz khas social is café-cum-restaurant-cum-co-working space.
-Experience the best nightlife in Delhi by visiting the different shops and restaurants.
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A valuable, protected structure of India is Qutub Minar, Delhi which has been considered to be a highly important historical attraction existing currently in India. It is a part of the Qutub Complex which was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is also one of the famous places to visit in north Delhi. The structure is situated in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. Qutub Minar Metro Station located at a distance of about 3km will be the easiest access to reach the amazing architectural brilliance. You can also book Delhi tour package as here is no end to the glorious history being explored in the present.
Qutub Minar is made of red sandstone and marble making its height up to 73 meters and gives a tower like structure to it which is consisted of five stories and its diameter is 14.3 meters at the base and it becomes 2.7 meters at the top.
Another main feature of it is the spiral staircase of 379 steps. It has been saying that the design of the tower had its origin from the Minaret of Jam located in Western Afghanistan. Qutub Minar’s founder was the legendary Qutub al-Din Aibak who was behind the existence of the Delhi Sultanate. The construction of the structure was started in 1192 and it was completed by Aibak’s successor Iltumish in 1220. But after some decades, its top storey was destructed by a lightning and later Firoz Shah Tughlaq renovated the damaged storey and constructed one more.
Around the tower, there are several historical monuments like the Qutub Complex with Quwwat ul IslaMosqueue and the Iron Pillar of Delhi. The structure of the tower has a style that resembles the architectural style prevailed in Iran but some artistic conventions found locally were incorporated such as looped bells, garlands and lotuses that are borders were carved out. One can see different inscriptions in Parso-Arabic and Nagari at different sections of the structure.
Qutub Minar entry timings: The visit to the structure is restricted to the day time between sunrise and sunset on all days.
Qutub Minar entry fee: For Indian citizens: Rs. 30 and for foreign nationals: Rs.500. For children up to 15 years, the entry is free.
Qutub Minar location: Qutub Minar Delhi is situated in Mehrauli in South West district of New Delhi, India.
-Nearest metro station is Qutub Minar Metro Station.
-It is advisable to reach as early as possible – the opening time is 7:00 AM as the complex will be less crowded.
-Although there are shaded areas in the complex but it is always good to carry sunscreen or sunglasses especially during summer.
-There is a Decorative Light Show every evening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm as well as the Qutub Minar Festival in October/November.
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A brilliant architectural beauty is a historical fort in Delhi, Red Fort which was the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty for more than 200 years. The Mughal families lived there until 1857. A golden feather in the crown of Delhi is the fort and it houses several museums in it. Though it was the house of the Mughal emperors, it was also the political and cultural center of the Mughal state and this was the place where a lot of significant events happened. It is the best place to visit in Old Delhi as it is also known to be a symbol of India's struggle for freedom. But what made the fort famous was the midnight speech made by Jawahar Lal Nehru before India was going to wake up to independence from British rule and afterward, it was becoming the politically significant spot in Indian history. It hosts the Independence Day celebrations each year from then onward. Red Fort history has a lot to share with the world and it came into the concept form in 1639 after the then Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan shifted his capital to the newly constructed city in Delhi and laid the foundation stone to build up the fort.
Red Fort architecture is an amusing one with a huge walled citadel that shines in red sandstone and the construction of the fort took almost one decade to complete and it came into the limelight in 1648. For the next 200 years, it was maintained as the seat of the Mughal Empire. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, the fort lies along the famous river Yamuna. Some of the facts regarding the fort say the complex consist of Shah Jahan’s palace as well as the Salimgarh fort which came into existence in 1546 AD.
The fort is managed by the Archeological Survey of India and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.
Red Fort Light and Sound Show: A spectacular show regarding the history of Red Fort and the capital Delhi is shown at the fort for one hour every evening. The show will be in Hindi and English with a half an hour gap in between the two shows.
Light and Sound show at the fort starts at 06:00 pm. To watch the Light and Sound Show, adults should pay Rs.80 and children should pay Rs.30.
Red Fort visiting timing: The Fort will be closed on Mondays but will be open on all other days from 09:30 am to 04:30 pm.
Red Fort Entry Fee: Entry fee for Indian citizens is Rs.10 while the same for foreigners is Rs.150.
Red Fort location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006.
-The nearest metro station to the Red Fort is Chawri Bazaar.
-It is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm.
-Tickets for international visitors will cover museum entrance fees also.
-As the parking lot is near Jama Masjid, located on the opposite side of the Red Fort, car parking is an issue. You need to take a long walk from the parking to reach the gate of the fort. Also, the traffic snarl on the connecting roads makes it difficult for the visitors to cross the roads. It is advisable to travel by taxi.
-To avoid queues to get the Light and Sound show ticket, you can book it online at theashokgroup.com.
-October to March is the suitable time to visit Red Fort.
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Among the temples in Delhi, Akshardham Temple or Swaminarayan Akshardham Complex is amazingly famous as it is known to be a spiritual and cultural campus in Delhi and also one of the famous places to visit in east Delhi. This complex showcases the traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality and architecture. Tourists from all over the world come to Delhi will visit the temple to understand the spiritual facts of India. The temple was opened in 2005 by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. It is one of the most religious places to visit in Delhi with family.
Sitting on the banks of the Yamuna River in eastern Delhi, the complex possesses the temple at the center and the construction was according to the Vastu Shastra and Pancharatra Shastra. There are an Abhishek Mandap, Sahaj Anand Water Show, a theme based garden, and three exhibitions like Sahajanand Darshan, Neelkanth Darshan and Sanskruthi Darshan which is a cultural boat ride.
Among the attractions inside the complex, Akshardham Mandir is quite famous and more charming. The architectural measures prove that the temple is 141 foot high and 316 foot wide. The walls of it are explicitly carved with the images of flora, fauna, musicians, deities etc. It has an intricate architectural style of Maharishi Vastu concepts and for the construction of the temple, the pick sandstone from Rajasthan and Carrara marbles from Italy was used. It accommodates 234 adorned pillars, nine domes, 20000 murtis of sadhus, devotees, and acharyas.
Akshardham temple entry timing: Entry: 09:30 am to 06:30 pm Exhibition: 10:30 am to 06:00 pm and the tickets for the exhibition will be available from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm. Musical fountain: 07:45 pm
The temple will be closed on Mondays.
Akshardham temple entry fee: Complex entry is completely free. Exhibition rates are Rs. 170 for adults, Rs.125 for senior citizens, Rs.100 for children between 4 and 11 years. Musical fountain: Rs. 80 for adults, Rs.80 for senior citizens, Rs.50 for children between 4 and 11 years.
Akshardham temple location: NH 24, Akshardham Setu, New Delhi, 110092.
-Akshardham Metro Station is the closest metro rail on the Blue Line that connects Dwarka to Noida. From the station, you can reach the temple in five minutes by an auto rickshaw.
-The best time to visit Akshardham Temple is from February to April and from October to early December. It will be very hot during summer and rainy during monsoon. You can also enjoy amazing places to visit near Delhi in December which encircles Shimla, Rishikesh, Manali, Lansdowne, Auli, Alwar and countless others
-There is a restaurant within the complex that is open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
-Get some souvenirs from a souvenir shop and it will be open from 11 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
-You cannot take valuable possessions inside the temple. You have to keep it with the securities outside and there will be a long queue for that. Hence it is advised to keep them in your car or with the driver. Mobile phones are also not allowed inside.
-There is a huge space for parking as well for cars, vans, minibuses, coaches, and other vehicles.
Musical Fountain - Circle of Life can be witnessed in the evening during sunset for 15 minutes.
Bahai (Lotus) Temple
The Lotus Temple is among the famous tourist places in Delhi and a major landmark of India that has been attracting tourists from all over the world because of its architecture and beauty. The construction of the temple was finished in 1986. It resembles the lotus flower but created in white colour. The Lotus Temple is open to all people, regardless of region and caste. The structure is built of 27 free-standing marble clad petals in clusters of three to form nine sides. The Lotus Temple is one of the best places to visit if you are planning to spend a day in Delhi .
There are nine doors onto the central hall that can accommodate around 2500 people at a time. It has won numerous awards for its inimitable and beautiful architecture. The temple has a great connection with the Bahai Faith that promotes harmony among people through a common place for worship. Those who belong any religion or any worship method can come to the Lotus Temple as it is a Bahai House of Worship.
There are the sacred writings of Bahai Faith as well as of other religions can be read or chanted but reading non-scriptural texts and performing ritualistic ceremonies are forbidden even though there is a fixed set of the pattern for worship services. As all Bahai Houses of Worship follow certain architectural elements, the Lotus Temple also has some of them in its structure. The Bahai scripture says that there should not be any pictures, statues of images displayed inside the house of worship. The Lotus Temple is located near Nehru Palace and Kalkaji Mandir metro station. The architect of the temple was Fariborz Sahba who was an Iranian. The construction was started in 1976.
Lotus Temple entry timings: During summer, the entry timing is from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm while in winter it is from 09:00 am to 05:30 pm on all days except Mondays.
Lotus Temple Entry fee: The entry to the temple is free.
Lotus Temple Location: Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019.
-Their surrounding area is brimming with beautiful gardens and you can spend time walking around.
-Photography is not permitted inside the temple.
-Avoid making noises inside the temple when people are meditating.
-You can either walk around on your own or with the help of a guide.
-There is an information center showing films and regular daily prayer sessions in the hall.
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Waste to Wonder Park
As the name suggests, this park is created out of industrial and various other waste materials and it will indeed leave you speechless with wonder. Housing the replicas of the seven classical wonders of the world, this is one of the famous attractions in Delhi. If you are wondering where you can take your kids for some enrichment, then do visit the Waste to Wonder Park as it is one of the best places to visit in north Delhi.
Entry Timings- 11 am daily. Closed on Monday. Entry Fee- Rs 50 for adults and Rs 25 for children aged between 3-12 years. Location- Near Nizammudin Metro station, Block A, Nagli Rajapur, Sarai Kale Khan, New Delhi. Insider Tips- If you want to avoid the swarm of visitors, then do visit the park on weekdays. Since there are no food stalls available inside, remember to carry your refreshments and water. The place also charges an additional parking fee.
Among the five major Jantar Mantar constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, the one in which Delhi has an equal reputation as of the Jaipur one. At Delhi Jantar Mantar, there are 13 architectural astronomy instruments. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Delhi in summers and it was designed in order to compile the astronomical tables and to predict the movement and timings of the sun, the moon and the planets. Situated on the Parliament Street, south of Connaught Circus in New Delhi, the Observatory possesses masonry built astronomical instruments.
Due to the unlimited desire of Maharaja Jai Singh II to spend time in the astronomical observations and to study the systems, the observatory was erected by himself. The name of the observatory gives us a meaning that is the instrument for calculation. The instruments preserved in the observatory were made of brick rubbles and then plastered with lime. As the time progressed, the instruments had undergone several repairs and restoration. But major alterations were far from them.
The Samrat Yantra, the Jai Prakash, Ram Yantra, and Misra Yantra are the principal instruments preserved in the observatory. A temple dedicated to Bhairava is also near the building which was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II. The Jantar Mantar in Delhi had its construction started in 1724. It came into existence in 1724 but by 1867, the observatory had faced a considerable amount of decays. After the construction of the Jantar Mantar in Delhi, Maharaja Jai Singh II had built more observatories in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, and Mathura.
Jantar Mantar entry timings: The observatory is open on all days from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm.
Jantar Mantar entry fee: To enter the observatory, Indian citizens should pay INR 5 and foreign nationals have to pay INR 100.
Jantar Mantar location: Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001.
Moonlight Square is the English name for the Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest yet busiest markets in Delhi. A major attraction in India is this vibrant market that provides A to Z items you would like to buy at the best rates. If you want to enjoy shopping at Chandni Chowk then o ctober to march is considered as the best time to visit Delhi . The Red Fort is a part of the square and it is one of the best places to visit in north Delhi. The compilation of the marker was happened in the 17th century by the then Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and its design was done by his daughter Jahanara.
It was divided by canals to reflect moonlight and still, it is considered to the largest wholesale market in Delhi. There are records blowing light to its history that says its birth was happened during the founding of the capital city of Shahjahanabad with the existence of the Red Fort. Originally, the market contains 1560 shops, the square is 40 yards wide and 1520 yards long. There is a pool in the centre of the complex which makes the bazaar illuminate. It is one of the best places to shop in Delhi as the bazaar gave space to a number of silver merchants.
But later, the pool in the complex was replaced by a clock tower during the 1950s. The chowk runs through the heart of the walled city from the Lahori Gate of the Red Fort to Fatehpur Masjid. There are separate markets for sarees, suits, electronic items, accessories, ornaments, footwear, food items, shawls, sherwanis, decoration materials, lanterns, colourful dresses and what not. Chandni Chowk itself has a metro station near the market and it is the easiest way to reach the square.
Chandni Chowk entry timing: The shops at Chandni Chowk would be open on all days except on Mondays from 10:00 am to 07:00 pm.
Chandni Chowk entry fee: No entry fee is applicable to enter the square.
Chandni Chowk location: Kaccha Bagh Area, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006.
-Must visit the Parantha Wali Gali.
-Visit the famous Natraj Chat and Dahi Bhalle.
-Papri Chaat on the opposite side of Gurudwara, or roadside kababs near Jama Masjid defines Chandni Chowk. A visit to the place without trying such delicacies would be incomplete.
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The people of Delhi consider the Masjid-I Jahan Numa close to them, hence call it fondly as the Jama Masjid of Delhi. It is one of the largest mosques in India which was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656. During that time, the construction of the mosque took around 1 million rupees. Imam from Bukhara inaugurated the building after its completion. The mosque is protected by three great gates and four towers. Also, there are two 40 meter high minarets created on red sandstone and white marble standing.
The courtyard boasts its space that can accommodate more than 25000 people at a time. The three domes seen on the terrace are surrounded by the two minarets as well as the floor is comprised of 899 black borders marked for worshippers. The mosque has witnessed two attacks recently, in 2006 and in 2010. There were more than 5000 workers who contributed their sweat and blood for the construction of the masjid. The original name of the mosque meant the mosque that commanding view of the world.
Though the British wanted the mosque to be destroyed, they could not succeed in the process due to rigid opposition and protests. The largest mosque in India is a mesmerizing monument which was the last one built under Shah Jahan’s power. The masjid is located at a walkable distance from Old Delhi railway station and ISBT Kashmere Gate.
The masjid that got its life because of the architectural brilliance of Ustad Khalil is now protected by Delhi Waqf Board.
Jama Masjid entry timing: Entry to the mosque is on all days from 07:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:30 pm to 06:30 pm.
Jama Masjid entry fee: You can enter the temple free of charge but for photography, you should pay Rs.200-300 and for climbing the southern minaret, you are supposed to pay Rs.100.
Jama Masjid location: Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006.
-During the morning hours, crowd will not be there and it is the best time to visit the mosque.
-You should dress modestly as it is a sacred place and women should cover their head with a shawl or similar clothes.
-You can carry a bag to keep your shoes safe to avoid getting them stolen or be at the counter and wait for long.
-Remember, there will be touts to harass you for unnecessary fees and avoid them.
-There will be a separate fee to climb up the minaret that offers you a panoramic view.
-The nearest metro station is Chawri Bazaar.
-You should remove the shoes at the top of the stairs (pay the site minder Rs 5 upon collection).
-Avoid fake guides insisting there's a charge to enter the mosque (admission is free).
-For non-Muslims, the visiting timings are 07:00-12:15, 13:45-30 minutes before sunset; from 12:15 pm to 02:00 pm, it will be closed.
-Tourists can take the photograph of the Mosque. A nominal fee of Rs. 200 is charged for photography and you can bring your own camera.
The Presidential Residence, formerly known as the Viceroy’s House is the famous Rashtrapathi Bhavan in Delhi. It is the home of the President of India, officially. It is located at the western end of Rajpath. The mansion or the main building accommodates the president’s official residence, halls, guest rooms and offices. The entire 130 hectare President Estate that includes huge gardens known as the Mughal Gardens, large open spaces, a residence of office staff and bodyguards, stables etc is the major portion of it the mansion.
It is considered to be the largest residence of a head of state in the world in terms of area. The Delhi Durbar occurred in December 1911 decided to build a residence in New Delhi for the British Viceroy. In the beginning, the plan had 4000 acres of land acquired for the building after relocating Raisina and Malcha villages existed in the region. The famous British architect Edwin Landseer Lutyens was given the responsibility for the primary architecture.
The design made by Lutyens was grand and extraordinarily classical that was enhanced by different colours and details inspired by Indian architecture. Originally, the Viceroy’s House had to be built on the top of Raisina Hill along with the secretariats lower down. But it was decided to build 400 yards back and thus both the buildings had to come on top of the plateau. On this, Lutyens and Baker who was constructing the secretariat had disputes. The house consists of four floors and 340 rooms which are decorated with modified interior designs.
There were around 700 million bricks used for the construction. The design of the building was inspired by the Edwardian Baroque. It has several halls used for different functions and purposes. The main ones are the Durbar Hall and the Ashoka Hall. There is a dome in the middle that reflects both Indian and British styles.
Rashtrapathi Bhavan entry timing: The mansion can be visited on all days from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm but the Mughal Garden and other gardens will be open from August to March on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You should visit during winter as weather in Delhi is just excellent in the months of October and November.
Rashtrapathi Bhavan entry fee: There is a registration charge of Rs.50 and it can be paid online as well as it will be non-refundable and non-transferable. Visitors individually or in a group of fewer than 30 people will be charged Rs.50 per visitor and for a group of 30, it will be 1200 per visit.
Rashtrapathi Bhavan location: Rashtrapati Bhawan, President's Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110004.
Insider Tips: -Cameras are not allowed inside the building.
-You need not pay the guide.
-The various circuits of the Bhavan are: Circuit 1: Rashtrapati Bhavan Main Building and the Central Lawn will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Circuit 2: The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex [RBMC] comprising the Clock Tower, the Stables and the Garages will be open on all days except Monday. Circuit 3: The Mughal Gardens and other Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan will be open from August to March on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
-Entry to Rashtrapati Bhavan for visit is through Gate No.2 (Rajpath); Gate No.37 (via Dalhousie Road-Hukmi Mai Marg); and Gate No.38 (via Church Road-Brassy Avenue) of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
-Indian Citizens should carry valid photo ID Cards. In case of foreigners, they should make their request for visit along with photocopies of their passport. On the day of visit, they are required to carry their original passport for identification. Check Out: 50 Best Weekend Getaways near Delhi
Sarojini Nagar Market
Sarojini Nagar is a famous neighbourhood of South West Delhi and an atypical shopping spot where you can get hundreds of items with your pocket money itself. It is located very close to Safdarjung Airport and before it got the name Sarojini Nagar it was called Vinay Nagarand and later its name was changed to Sarojini Nagar. The colony is filled with Safdarjung Enclave, South Extension, Laxmibai Nagar, Nauroji Nagar, Chanakyapuri and Netaji Nagar. This is one of the most vibrant places in Delhi to buy various items like clothes, accessories, shoes, fabrics etc.
The street side shops will sell even branded items at cheaper rates. Garments of any colour, any size, any shape would be available here but questioning your bargaining power. During the bomb blasts in 2005 in Delhi, Sarojini Market was also included but it was rebuilt afterward. Almost all the shops in the market are of different families. The Babu Market, Subzi Market, Central Market, Mandir Wali Side Market are the different sections of the Sarojini Market offering you multiple selections of items ranging from garment shops to food shops.
Every time the markets are uncontrollably crowded- visitors or locals come to purchase multiple items of your likes at an unexpectedly low price. INA is the closest metro station from Sarojini Market.
Sarojini Market entry timings: The shops will be open on all days except on Mondays from around 10:00 am to 09:00 pm.
Sarojini Market Entry fee: There is no entry fee applicable to enter the market.
Sarojini Market Location: Sarojini Nagar Market, Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023.
-Remember the basic shopping rules at Sarojini Market: never pay more than INR 250 for any basic garment; INR 100 – 150 is the usual price for tops.
-The sizes of the garments may not be correct. You can check them with other sizes and identify your size by hold it against yourself. There is an option to quick fix at the darzee also.
-Check it out properly for wear and tear on the item you purchase. Always point out the defect (whether minimal or obvious) to the shopkeeper and use it to extricate an additional discount.
-Carry a big cover to keep your purchased items conveniently because the covers given by the shopkeepers are not of good quality so that they will be torn if you carry heavy materials in them.
-The best time to visit Sarojini Nagar is on weekdays, between 12pm – 4pm to be specific.
-Point out a landmark before you enter the market so that you can come back to the point after shopping easily. Suggested Read: 20 Best Tourist Places near Delhi within 300 Km
Paranthe Wali Gali
A tapered street in Chandni Chowk area, Paranthe Wali Gali is noted because of its sequential shops located one after the other known for selling paratha, a typical Indian unleavened thin bread. The food sold in Paranthe Wali Gali is strictly vegetarian, presented in old retrospective style without any addition of onion or garlic to the food.
This is because the owner of the particular series of a shop is a Brahmin and the neighborhood includes the Jain population. The menu includes mix paratha, khoya parantha, rabri parantha, parat parantha. The parantha generally is served along with mint, mixed or sweet tamarind chutney, potato or paneer curry sautéed with rich sweet and spicy pumpkin.
Entry timings - The opening timings to Paranthe Wali Gali is between 9 AM to 11 PM.
Entry fee – Average cost for having food at Paranthe Wali Gali would sum up to 150 INR or 2.306 USD for two people approximately.
Location - Address of Paranthe Wali Gali is 1984-1985, Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi.
Insider tips - You must try the recommended food from Paranthe Wali Gali. The recommended food is Mixed Veg Paranthe, Mirch Parantha, and Karela Parantha. Also Read: 35 Best Resorts near Delhi NCR
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
A prominent Sikh Gurudwara in India is Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Kishan. It is a worship house for the Sikh religion believers but now it is a primary pilgrimage and tourist attraction in Delhi. There is a beautiful pool as well inside its complex which is named as Sarovar. It had come into existence as a small shrine by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783 who was supervising the construction of nine other Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same time.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is located near Connaught Palace on Baba Kharak Singh Marg and it is recognizable easily from a distance due to its golden dome and tall flagpole. Next, to it, there is the famous Sacred Heart Cathedral. The building was actually a bungalow belonged to Raja Jai Sing and got the name as Jaisinghpura Palace. Guru Har Kishan was living in Delhi during 1664 when there was smallpox and cholera epidemic spread in the society.
Guru helped the people by giving aid and fresh water from the well at his house. But he was also affected by the disease and died on March 30th, 1664. But Sikhs believed that the water from the well at Guru’s house had healing powers and they had taken the water to their homes. Gurudwara and its Sarovar are a prominent place for Sikhs now and they pay tribute to the eighth Guru on his birth anniversary.
The complex included the Gurudwara, a kitchen, a pond, a school and an art gallery. The concept of langar is practised and regardless of race or religion, all people can eat in the Gurudwara kitchen. If you wish to enter the Gurudwara, you should cover your hair and avoid wearing shoes inside. There is a higher secondary school, Baba Baghel Singh Museum, a library and a hospital situated inside the complex. Patel Chowk, Rajeev Chowk, and Shivaji Stadium Metro station are the major metro railway stations near to the Gurudwara.
Gurudwara Bangla Saheb entry timings: The Gurudwara is open on all days 24 hours.
Gurudwara Bangla Saheb entry fee: No entry is needed to visit the Gurudwara.
Gurudwara Bangla Saheb location: Ashoka Road, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi – 110001.
-Dress modestly and cover your head while participating in the rituals.
-Remove your shoes before entering the gurudwara.
-There will be special prayers and gathering on the birth anniversary of Guru Har Krishan.
-The nearest metro station is Patel Chowk which falls on the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro.
-Do not forget to try Langar and sprinkle some drop from the holy water tank.
The largest financial, commercial and business spots in India is the Connaught Place in Delhi which has been a witness for the emergence of many shops, markets, buildings, hotels and important buildings. If you are looking for comfortable rooms and beds, delicious food, modern & necessary amenities then you can find great homestays in Delhi near Connaught place. It is often called CP and acts as the headquarters of many Indian firms and is also among the best tourist places in Delhi. During the time of erstwhile colonizers, the place was considered to be a place of pride and was counted as one of the top heritage structures in Delhi.
The place got its name after Prince Arthur, the first Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. Its construction was started in 1929 and finished in 1933. Rajiv Chowk metro station was also built under it. There were some villages existed before the establishment of the Connaught Place but the families were relocated. But the demolition of several buildings like the Hanuman temple, a Jain temple in Jaisinghpura and the Jantar Mantar did not happen and they were preserved till date.
W.H. Nicholls was the chief architect to the Government of India under whom the plans for building a central business district was featured to become a central plaza based on the European Renaissance in the classical style. The Georgian architecture found in Connaught Place is inspired or modelled after the Royal Crescent in Bath. Connaught Place is a complete circle with two floors made to house commercial establishments on the ground with providing residential space on the first floor. Finally, the circle was designed with two concentric circles including the Inner Circle, Middle Circle, and the Outer Circle.
There are multiple international as well as Indian brands are operating at Connaught Place along with some hotels in the vicinity. Since a large number of tourists gather here, there are a lot of attractive items arranged.
Connaught Place entry timings: The shops and markets at the Connaught Place will usually be open on all days from 10:00 am to 08:00 pm approximately.
Connaught Place Entry fee: There is no entry fee to be paid to enter the place.
Connaught Place Location: Connaught Place, Near Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, New Delhi 110001, India.
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-Don’t miss out Wenger’s - one of the best bakeries in the market.
-Visit the Underground Market Palika Bazaar also.
-There will be some shows at the central park as well.
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Kingdom of Dreams
India’s first live entertainment, theatre and leisure spot is Kingdom of Dream in NCR Delhi located near the Leisure Valley Park. As a master destination for all types of entertainment and art based innovations, the Kingdom of Dreams was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Haryana and it was open to the public on 18th September 2010. The opening day witnessed the special preview of the Bollywood musical, Zangoora portraying the famous stars like Hussain Kuwajerwala, Gauhar Khan, and Kashmira Irani. Kingdom of Dream is one of the best amusement parks in Delhi toto chill out.
The spot is spreading across over 6 acres of land and was built at a cost of more than Rs.2 billion. Kingdom of Dreams is under Great Indian Nautanki Company which is a joint venture between Apra Group and Wizcraft. It consists of two theatres named Nautanki Mahal and the Showshaa Theatre along with a cultural and cuisine area called Culture Gully. The famous Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan was declared as the global ambassador of Kingdom of Dream in 2010.Al, o it was in the news when the Commonwealth Games 2010 official theme song by A R Rahman was launched in the complex.
One of the portions of the complex, the Nautanki Mahal is a huge auditorium with 864 seats and is designed like a posh palace. Indian and international theatres are performed here. Culture Gully is the space where arts, crafts, and food etc are arranged beautifully. It is a fully air-conditioned boulevard that extends up to 10000 square feet with themed restaurants and live kitchens in its possession. Showshaa theatre is a 350 seater amphitheater with a soaring tent. Several theatrical performances are conducted here.
Kingdom of Dreams entry timings: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 12:30 pm to 12:00 am and on Saturday and Sunday: 12:00 pm to 12:00 am.
- 2,999 per person (Diamond) on weekdays (Tue-Fri)
- 3,999 per person (Diamond) on weekendsZ
- 2,499 per person (Platinum) on weekdays (Tue-Fri)
- 2,999 per person (Platinum) on weekends
- 1,999 per person (Gold) on weekdays (Tue-Fri)
- 2,499 per person (Gold) on weekends
- 1,499 per person (Silver) on weekdays (Tue-Fri)
- 1,999 per person (Silver) on weekends
- 1,249 per person (Bronze) on weekdays (Tue-Fri)
- 1,499 per person (Bronze) on weekends
- 600 per person (culture gully) on weekdays (Tue-Fri)
- 700 per person (culture gully) on weekend
Kingdom of Dream location: Auditorium Complex, Sector 29, Gurgaon, Haryana 122001, India.
-To avoid the rush, book your seat in advance and arrive at the venue on time.
-You can pick munchies, beverages (including alcoholic ones) at the theatre during the break.
-Which seats should you pick? Go for Diamond with the lazy boy seats. The chairs for all other categories could do with an upgrade – they are a tad uncomfortable, more so since the show is long. And there are no cup holders for your drinks. Beyond Diamond, you could pick any other seats and the experience will not be very different. Except perhaps the first row (where you may have to crane your neck to see the stage) and the extreme corners at the back.
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-Photography is prohibited inside the theatre but not at Culture Gulli. You may also like: 20 Best Amusement Parks in Delhi
A beautiful park acts as a favourite ornament on the body of the city of Delhi is Lodhi Garden that holds back several architectural works of 15th century. During the Lodhi reign was the construction of the garden took place and it is located in between Khan Market and Safdarjung tomb. The park possesses Mohammed Sha’s Tomb, Sikandar Lodi’s, Shisha Gumbad’s and Bara Gumbad’s tombs within it. It is considered to be a special place of preservation since it protects the last imprints of Sayyid rulers and it is one of the best places in north Delhi.
The architectural works of the park were done by Sayyidis and Lodhis. There is an old waterway connecting the Yamuna River to the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi. The echoes of the 15th century prevail in the park and thus it acts as the epitome of an astounding architecture. Before becoming Lodhi Garden, the park had another name as Lady Willington Park and after the independence, it was declared to be known as Lodhi Garden. Since the park demonstrates the ancient architectural styles aplenty, it was a talk of the town for long.
There are some amusing sites to be watched in and around the park apart from the historical tombs. It is a centre space for morning and evening joggers as well as exercise lovers. It is the best place to enjoy a peaceful time and if you want to get away from the city’s hustles then you should definitely plan a 2 days trip near Delhi. The lush greenery around the park is promised to keep the atmosphere pleasant always. Lodi, the Garden Restaurant has enough prominence among the natives and the tourists as it is located close to the park and there you get fresh, authentic delicacies of Europe. To reach the park easily, you can depend on JLN metro station which is the nearest one to the park.
Lodhi Garden entry timings: It will be open from 06:00 am to 07:30 pm on all days.
Lodhi Garden entry fee: You have to pay no entry fee to enter the park.
Lodhi Garden location: Main Lodi Road, Beside India International Centre, New Delhi, Delhi – 110003.
-To reach Lodhi Gardens easily, take the Metro to Jor Bagh station. From there, walk north on Sri Aurobindo Marg and turn east on to Lodhi Road; the gardens will appear on the left. If you hire a taxi or cab, you will be dropped at the entrance of the garden but the cost will be quite higher when compared to the train fare.
-It will be crowded on weekends. If you look forward to have a peaceful time, then choose a weekday.
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A residential and commercial point near South Delhi district is Lajpat Nagar which was named in honour of Lala Lajpat Rai who was known to Indians as the Lion of Punjab. Lajpat Nagar Central Market has several eyes pointing to it now because of the immense collection of different items at incomparable rates. It is the best place to visit in Delhi for shopping as Lajpat Nagar is divided into four parts like Lajpat Nagar 1, 2, 3 and 4 which include housing colonies like Amar Colony, Dayanand Colony, Double Storey, National Park and Vikram Vihar. It is one of the best places to visit in Delhi in one day.
Central market is the most visited spot in Lajpat Nagar where people come to buy fabrics, shoes, ornaments, food items etc. The market is a vast plethora of colourful items even made by the famous brands sold at the street side shops arrayed beautifully and it is always busy with people who look for shopping on a shoe-string budget. Most of the open markets are run by veterans. They will not fall for bargaining skills beyond their comfort zone. The items in the market have already a fixed pricing and they won’t come down to a very lower price than the fixed one but if you are a familiar face, then they can consider giving you a huge discount as well.
The nearest metro station to the market is the Lajpat Nagar Station which is an elevated station lying on the metro’s violet line.
Lajpat market entry timings: The shops in the market will be open on all days except Mondays from 09:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Lajpat market entry fee: No entry fee is needed to enter the market.
Lajpat market location: Central Market, New Delhi 110024, India
An old market in Delhi which was established in 1951 is Khan Market, named in honour of Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan. The market was ranked as the costliest retail one in India. Also, it is the most expensive retail high street by real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield. It is a U shaped double storey market complex started with 154 shops and 74 flats. Near to the market, there is Sujan Singh Park- believed to be the first apartment complex in Delhi.
It was built in 1945. Till the 1980s, the flats in the complex on the first floors continued to be homes and the neighbourhood grocery stores and middle class shops were in the middle lane. Later, the real estate boom and the expanding families made the original occupants to move out. Thus, all the flats were sold to become shops. Recent numbers say that only a few families are staying in these flats.
Currently, Khan Market is one of the most sophisticated yet expensive commercial real estate locations in New Delhi with a wide variety of stores, modern showrooms, well-known brands, local brands and others. Jewellery items, bookstores, paints, hardware stores, electronics, fabric stores etc are some of the major shops here along with some good restaurants. Khan Market metro station is the closest metro to the market on the violet line.
Khan Market entry timings: It is open on all days from 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight except on Sundays.
Khan Market entry fee: There is no entry fee applicable to enter the market.
Khan Market location: Humayun Road, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India.
Yet another famous neighbourhood of Central Delhi is Paharganj. It is located west of the New Delhi Railway Station. During the Mughal period, it was known as Shahganj or King’s ganj or market place. Paharganj is one of the three administrative subdivisions of the Central Delhi district. It promotes a plethora of hotels, lodges, restaurants, dhabas and a wide variety of shops. A lot of people from domestic as well as international regions come here to spend time with the locals and buy some good items at cheaper rates.
Paharganj was one of the five main markets of Delhi and the only one situated outside the walled city. It was the dominant grain market of the city in the 18th century where grains were ferried on the banks of Yamuna River after the trade between the wholesale markets and warehouses in Patparganj and Shahdara. Shahgaj, another wholesale market was located between Paharganj and Akbarabadi though Paharganj was referred to Shahganj.
The current name Paharganj came from its proximity to the Raisina Hill where the Rashtrapathi Bhavan is situated today. The New Delhi Metro station is the closest metro railway to Paharganj and it is located near to the New Delhi Railway Station as well. The place is a brilliant host of numerous shops of currency changers and currency conversions. The largest number of currency exchanging shops in the city is found in Paharganj. Thus tourists from different parts of the world arrive here to do currency exchange at a faster pace.
Paharganj entry timings: The market is open on all days except Monday from 11:00 am to 09:00 pm.
Paharganj entry fee: There is no entry fee applicable for entering the market.
Paharganj location: Paharganj, New Delhi, Delhi.
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-You can find a huge variety of Leather items in Paharganj. Check out the unnamed shops bang opposite Sams Cafe where you can pick up leather bags, belts, boots etc.
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An open air food plaza and craft bazaar, a triumphant spot of people’s gatherings and their chatters is Dilli Haat in Delhi which is a venture of Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation. Dilli Haat is quite unlike the other markets in the area. It is permanent and open all days. The exact location of it is the commercial centres of South Delhi opposite to the INA market. The complex is situated in an area of 6 acres and it came into existence as a part of the reclamation project and then transformed into a plaza.
The plaza extends a firm foundation work, many small thatched roof cottages and kiosks. Some shops here are there for permanent while some others are rotated usually for fifteen days. From fabrics to sculptures, the items you get here are prominently costly in big shops. Here you will get rosewood and sandalwood carvings, embellished camel hide footwear, soft fabrics and drapery, beads, brassware, metal crafts, silk clothes etc. Handlooms and handicrafts are also a dedicated collection at this market which are exhibited in the exhibition hall in the complex.
To sell the commodities, one should follow an application process and spaces are allocated according to which state the seller belongs to. Dilli Haat, thus, has hundreds of stalls allotted to sellers on a rotational basis and the payment would be from INR 100 per day for a period of 15 days. Now it is also a venue of crafts, music, dance and cultural events held by different organizations.
Dilli Haat entry timings: It is open on all days from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Dilli Haat entry fee: There will be a nominal entry fee to be paid.
Dilli Haat location: Sri Aurobindo Marg, Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023.
-Visit Dilli Haat during evening time when you can observe the diversity of Indian culture.
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Other Places to Visit in Delhi
The national rail museum.
A very significant museum in the history of India is the National Rail Museum in Delhi. It is situated in Chanakyapuri with a focus on the rail heritage India had been possessing. It was opened on February 1st 1977. The building is in over 10 acres of land enhanced by both indoor and outdoor exhibits and it is one of the famous places in north Delhi. The visitors are allowed to do a toy train ride around the site on regular days. Apart from the toy train, there are a lot of amusing items on the display such as 1:8 scale trail, Diesel simulator, Steam simulator, Coach Simulator and things like these.
The concept of a transport museum was coming into the presentation in 1962. However, the first concrete shape of it came out in 1970. It was coming into the scenario under the advisory of Micharl Graham Satow who was a genuine rail enthusiast. In 1971, the foundation stone for the museum was laid by the then President of India V. V. Giri. The Rail Transport Museum as it was known in the initial days was inaugurated by Kamalapati Tripathi, the Minister of Railways during that time.
Later, the name was changed to National Rail Museum in 1995. Patiala State monorail trainways, the oldest operational steam locomotive Fairy Queen, Fire Engine, Saloon of Prince of Wales, Saloon of Maharaja of Indore and Mysore, electric locomotive 4502 etc are a few of the possessions of the museum that have the history of many centuries to be told.
You can find several museums in Delhi , The National Rail Museum is one of the famous museums which is located near to the Dhaula Kuan Metro Station which is about 2 kms away and you can catch an auto rickshaw to reach the museum from the station.
Rail Museum entry timings: It is open on all days except on Mondays and National Holidays from 09:30 am to 05:30 pm.
Rail Museum Entry fee: The entry fee is Rs.20 per person and for toy train ride the fee would be again Rs.20 per person.
Rail Museum location: Market Rd, Block F, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021.
Raj Ghat in Delhi is an important landmark for India as it is a memorial to the father of our nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It used to be the name of a historic ghat of Old Delhi that is Shahjahanabad situated on the banks of Yamuna River. Near to it was Raj Ghat Gate of the walled city that opens at Raj Ghat on the banks of Yamuna River and thus later, the memorial area was also started addressed as Raj Ghat and it is one of the best places to visit in east Delhi. A black marble platform that symbolizes the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation happened on 31st January 1948.
The spot is open to the sky and there is an eternal flame burn at the end. A stone path that leads to the walled enclosure is the pathway for the visitors to reach the memorial and the guests should remove their footwear before entering the walls of the Raj Ghat. Near to Raj Ghat, you can find other samadhis or cremation spots of other major persons. The place was landscaped and the construction of the memorial was done by Alick Percy Lancaster. He was the last Englishman to hold the post of Superintendent of Horticultural Operations for Government of India.
To the north of the Raj Ghat is where the memorial of Jawaharlal Nehru is situated which is known as the Shantivan. Ekta Sthal, the site where K R Narayanan was cremated is also located adjacent to Nehru’s cremation site. The area of the Raj Ghat is made beautiful by a lot of trees around planted by the dignitaries and heads of states visiting the sites.
Raj Ghat entry timing: It is open from 05:00 am to 07:30 pm on all days.
Raj Ghat Entry fee: The entry to the site is completely free.
Raj Ghat Location: Gandhi Smriti, Raj Ghat, New Delhi, Delhi 110006.
-There is no entrance fee to visit Raj Ghat.
-You have to remove your shoes near the shrine of Mahatma Gandhi. Visitors can keep their shoes on the guarded shelves at the entrance.
-A commemoration ceremony is held every Friday.
-Foreign delegates of Government of India come here to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by offering flowers at the shrine.
-Nearest Metro Station to the structure is Indraprastha Metro Station.
-Visit Gandhi Memorial Museum as well. The museum displays the life of the great soul and the philosophy of the Sarvodaya Movement through a movie.
-English show is from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm except for Thursdays. On Sundays, the show is shown at 3:00 pm in Hindi and at 5:00 pm in English.
Agrasen ki Baoli
The super hit Bollywood film PK gave a supreme turning point for an important architectural monument of India that is Agrasen ki Baoli in Delhi. It is a protected monument under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India. Agrasen ki Baoli is a 60 meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well on Hailey Road near Connaught Place and it is one of the fun places in north Delhi.
There are a lot of legends and stories roaming around the natives regarding the existence of this well though there is no perfect citation proving the brain behind the construction of this well. But it is said to be built by the legendary king Agrasen and it was rebuilt in the 14th century by Agrawal community. Baoli is referred to Jassi or bauri. In Rajasthan and Gujarat, words for step well sounded like baoli, bavadi, vav etc.
India is quite famous for its water temples and step wells and this particular step well has 108 steps and a major example for the architectural brilliance of ancient Indians. There are three levels placed at the visible parts of the step well. Each level had arched niches on either side of it. Even, there are stories saying the well is haunted but it never proved to be true.
Agrasen ki Baoli Entry Timing: It will be open all days of the week from 07:30 am to 06:00 pm.
Agrasen ki Baoli Entry Fee: There is no entry fee needed to visit the well.
Agrasen ki Baoli Location: Hailey Road, Near KG Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi 110001, India.
-Nearest metro station is Barahkamba Road.
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Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir)
Birla Mandir is a common name for different Hindu temples built by the Birla family at different locations in India. Almost all the temples are built of white marbles as well as sandstones. The prominent cities across the country have given their spaces for these temples to be erected. Among them, Birla Mandir is particularly a famed one and an important Delhi tourist attraction as well. All the temples are created very carefully as to accommodate a huge number of visitors.
Birla Mandir in Delhi was built in 1939 and it was the first in a row and later many temples were built in different cities by the different branches of the family. The Delhi temple was designed to be spacious and beautiful along with the proper arrangements for congregational worship and discourses. Though it possesses modern technologies, the architecture remembered to include the Nagar style.
The Birla Temple in Delhi is dedicated to Laxminarayan who is referred to Lord Vishnu. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi as the construction was finished in 1939 by Baldeo Das Birla and his sons. There are side temples which are dedicated to Shiva, Krishna, and Buddha. The temple extends up to 7.5 acres and flanked by many shrines, fountains, a large garden that displays many Hindu and nationalistic sculptures as well as a Geeta Bhavan for discourses.
The nearest metro station to the temple is R K Ashram Marg Metro Station, about 2 km away from the temple and also the New Delhi Kalibari is located on the same road.
Birla Mandir entry timings: You can visit the temple on all days of the week from 04:30 am to 01:30 pm and from 02:30 pm and 09:00 pm.
Birla Mandir entry fee: No entry fee is there to enter the temple.
Birla Mandir location: Mandir Marg, DIZ Area, Near Gole Market, New Delhi 110001, India.
Garden of Five Senses
A park sprawling across 20 acres of land is the Garden of Five Senses in Delhi located in Saidul Ajaib village near the Mehrauli heritage area. It was a project done by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation at a cost of 10.5 crores. It took three years approximately to come into existence and was inaugurated in 2003. It is built on a rocky terrain with different thematic areas in the garden including a separate section on the lines of Mughal Gardens.
Along with that, there are pools of water lilies, bamboo courts, herb gardens, solar energy park etc. The garden was established with the aim of stimulating our five senses with the beauty of the Serenity and the attractions around the garden will let us experience all the senses by touching, smelling, hearing and seeing. This garden is also an important venue for cultural events as different programs have been conducted here round the year. Food festivals, the Garden tourism festival, Dandiya festivals and so on are organized and conducted here.
The garden houses Khas Bagh, flower shows, fountains, water cascades, food court, shopping centre, different sculptures etc within it to attract thousands of tourists and natives to spare time with beauty at its best. Saket metro station is the closest metro railway station located in the garden about 1 kilometer away.
The Garden of Five Senses entry timings: During summer it will be open on all days from 09:00 am to 07:00 pm and in winter it will be open from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm.
The Garden of Five Senses entry fee: For adults: Rs.30, for children up to 12 years: Rs.10 and for senior citizens: Rs.10.
The Garden of Five Senses location: Near Saket Metro Station, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road,Said-ul-Ajaib, M.B. Road, South of Saket, New Delhi 110044, India.
-From Saket metro station, the garden is at a walkable distance. You can hire an auto as well.
-There is a restaurant name Fio Country Kitchen and Bar in the garden and it has the best quality food available in the region.
Feroz Shah Kotla Fort
Kotla is the name people of Delhi simply call the famous historic figure the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. It was fortress built by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq to obtain his version of Delhi city named Ferozabad. The fortress looked amazingly stunning- a polished sandstone Topra Ashokan pillar is standing tall in the fortress and it is one of the best places to visit in east Delhi. It was one of the many pillars left by the Mauryan emperor. It was re-erected at the fort as per the orders of Firoz Shah after it was abandoned and left alone in Topra Kalan in Pong Ghati.
The obelisk has several inscriptions and the original ones is in Brahmi script along with some Pali and Sanskrit inscriptions added much later. James Prinsep in 1837 had successfully translated those inscriptions. Apart from the pillar, the fortress also accommodates the Jami Masjid, a baoli and a large garden complex. The city of Ferozabad was established by the Sultan of Delhi, Feroz Shah Tughlaq in 1354 and it was the new capital of the Delhi Sultanate including the kotla or the fortress. As years passed, the fortress had to undergo several destructions due to the battles between emperors and now what is remaining is some ruins of the proud fortress.
Pragati Maidan metro station is the closest metro railway station to the fort so that reaching the fort never becomes a headache.
Firoz Shah Kotla entry timings: The fort is open on all days from Tuesday to Sunday from 06:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Firoz Shah Kotla entry fee: For Indian citizens and SAARC members, the entry fee is Rs.15 while for foreign nationals it will cost Rs. 100. Children up to the age of 15 need not pay any fee to enter the fort.
Firoz Shah Kotla location: Feroz Shah Kotla Fort, Balmiki Basti, Vikram Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110002. Popular Reads: 25 Best Adventure Sports in Delhi
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The Tomb of Safdarjung
Safdarjung’s Tomb in Delhi is a famous attraction that is made of sandstone and marble mausoleum and it came into existence in 1754. The late Mughal Empire style is depicted for the statesman of Safdarjung. It extends a special ambiance with it's domed and arched red-brown and white coloured structures. Safdarjung was the prime minister of the Mughal Empire when Ahmad Shah Bahadur was on the throne in 1748 and it is one of the best places in east Delhi.
Safdarjung’s original name was Mirza Muqim Abul Mansur Khan and he was the viceroy of Muhammad Shah, an independent ruler and the richest and most powerful there. When Ahmed Shah ascended the throne of the Mughal Empire in Delhi, Safdarjang was made the Vizier. But when the empire was on the verge of decline, as Vizier, Safdarjung had taken all the powers and started ruling over the city while the king was playing the role of a puppet. Later, the emperor’s family had Safdarjung out of their kingdom and Delhi.
In 1754 he died and after that, his son Nawab Shujaud Daula pleaded to the emperor to permit him to raise a tomb for his father in Delhi and thus erected the Tomb of Safdarjung designed by an Abyssinian architect. Near to the tomb, almost to the south is the historic site of the battle that happened between Timur of Mangol and Mohammed Tughlaq in 1386. The tomb was the last monumental tomb Garden of the Mughals and it was built like an enclosed garden tomb in resemblance with the style of Humayun’s tomb. The main features of the tomb are the Char Bagh plan with the mausoleum at the center, a nine-fold floor plan, a five-part façade and a large podium along with a hidden stairway. Jor Bagh Metro station is located very near to the tomb.
Safdarjung’s tomb entry timings: It is open on all days from sunrise to sunset.
Safdarjung’s tomb entry fee: For Indians: Rs.15 and for foreigners: Rs.200. For still camera, no fee is applicable but for video shooting, you need to pay Rs.25.
Safdarjung’s tomb location: Airforce Golf Course, Delhi Race Club, New Delhi, Delhi 110021.
The Iskcon Temple is a spectacular shrine located in Delhi constituted to be the best tourist places in Delhi. Situated at the Sant Nagar in East Kailash, Iskcon Temple dwarfs the southern skyline zone of Delhi. Originally initiated by Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, ISKCON is an association belonging to Hare Rama Hare Krishna fad.
Entry timings - You can visit the temple throughout the week in between 4.30 am to 9 pm. However, the major altar is closed in between 1 pm to 4 pm.
Entry fee – There are no Entry fees for visiting ISKON Temple.
Location – The address of ISKON Temple is Hare Krishna Hill, Main road, Sant Nagar, East of Kailash, Delhi 110065.
Insider tips – A colossally huge temple that out cases a majestic appearance. Visit the temple and endeavor the beauty of the temple in and out.
Old Fort is the English meaning of Purana Qila, one of the oldest and important forts in Delhi. Purana Qila in Delhi existing in the current form was built by Sher Shah Suri who is believed to be the founder of the Sur Empire. He has erected the citadel of Purana Qila along with a spacious city area around it. It was said that even during the death of 1545, the fort was incomplete and perhaps it was completed by Islam Shah, the son of Sher Shah.
The Archaeological Survey of India had done some excavations at the area and have unearthed Painted Grey Ware dating back to 1000 BCE. This fort was considered to be the inner citadel of the city of Din Panah during Humayun’s rule. He had renovated it in 1533. After Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun, he named the fort Shergarh and added more structures to the complex. The fort and its surroundings were enhanced to be known as the sixth city of Delhi. But during the partition of India, the fort and the neighbouring Humayun’s tomb were acting as the site for refugees.
The camp was functional till 1948. The ramparts of the fort were used as the backdrops for many plays later in 1970s. Tughlaq, Andha Yug and Sultan Razia were those plays. Afterward, it has been the regular centre for theatre productions, cultural events, concerts etc. There is a daily sound and light show after sunset at the fort regarding the history of the seven cities of Delhi. Pragati Maidan is the nearest metro station to the fort.
Purana Qila entry timings: You can visit the fort on all days from 07:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Purana Qila entry fee: For Indians: Rs.20 and for foreigners: Rs.200. For still camera, no fee is applicable but for video shooting, you need to pay Rs.25.
Purana Qila location: Mathura Rd, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110003.
-Do not miss Humayun's Library - an octagonal building called Sher Mandal built by Sher Shah.
-You can avail boating or shikara rides in the lake near the fort.
-Since the monument is in ruins today, you have to be careful while exploring. Do not damage any portion.
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The Pragati Maidan situated on the Mathura road is an exhibition cum complex center with a total area of around one hundred and fifty acres. Well equipped with paved lawns, roads, outlets and gardens, Pragati Maidan is known as progress ground and is highly renowned fostering it with the title of being one of the best tourist places in Delhi . Housing around sixteen vast and voluminous halls in total, Pragati Maidan is considered to be the largest exhibition centers in Delhi.
Entry timings – The visiting time to Pragati Maidan depends on the event which is taking place and the visit duration is in between two to three hours.
Entry fee – The package for per person entry begins at 9914 INR or 152. 324 USD.
Location – The address of Pragati Maidan is Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110002.
Insider tips - The place is popular for photo seekers and wanderers providing them a wonderful experience of the Maidan in entirety Experience Seekers.
Hazrat Nizamudin Dargah or simply called Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi is a famous tourist destination in India. It is a mausoleum of one of the famous Sufi saints, Hazrat Khwaja Syed Nizamuddin Auliya who lived from 1238 to 1325. It is situated in the Hazrat Nizamuddin West area of Delhi and visited by thousands of Islam believers every week but since it was declared to be an attraction, many other people also visit the Dargah.
The complex is comprised of the tombs of poet Hazrat Amir Khusro and the Mughal princess Jehan Ara Begum and also, the tomb of Inayat Khan is located in the corner. Near the dargah, the neighbourhood was divided into two parts along Mathura Road; one is Nizamuddin West where the complex is located and a lively market dominated by Muslim vendors and the other one is Nizamuddin East.
There are other important monuments in the area like Humayun’s Tomb, Chausath Khamba, Mirza Ghalib’s tomb etc. The Dargah is a socially committed society of people which provides assistance for arranging marriages and extending helping hands to those who are needy of basic stuff, utensils, furniture, clothes etc. The community helps students, media person and professors to do their projects related to Sufism.
Also, they provide food at Khanqah for those who need it in seclusions and Am’ls. Jangpura Metro Station is the nearest metro railway station to the Dargah which is about 1 kilometer away. Qawwali performance happening here every night is a charming attraction but the performance on Thursdays are considered special.
Nizamuddin Dargah entry timings: The entry to the Durgah is from 05:00 am to 10:30 pm.
Nizamuddin Dargah entry fee: There is no entry fee.
Nizamuddin Dargah location: Old Nizamuddin Bazaar, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India.
-There will be weekly qawwalis on Thursday, reach early as possible to avoid missing the qawwali from the start.
-Take care of your belongings as Thursdays will be uncontrollably crowded.
-Do not wear footwear inside and you can keep them at the shoe counter at the entrance and get a token for your shoes.
-Parking will be difficult near the Dargah. Hence try to park at some distance and walk to the temple.
-Cover your head before entering the Dargah.
-Women are not allowed to enter the main shrine.
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Jamali Kamli Mosque and Tomb
A famous mosque which is archaeologically significant for India is Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb related to it. It is located in the archaeological village complex in Mehrauli in Delhi. The two monuments situated in contact with each other are the mosque and the tomb of two persons, Jamali and Kamali. The Urdu name Jamali originated from Jamal which means beauty. The name was an alias given to Shaikh Fazlullah and he was also known as Shaikh Jamali Kamboh or Jalal Khan. He was a great Sufi saint lived during the pre-Mughal period ruled by Lodi. While on the other side, Kamali was not famous as Jamali but he associated with Jamali.
Nonetheless, his antecedents have not been established. Perhaps, both their names were tagged as Jamali Kamali for the mosque and the tomb since they were buried close to each other. Both the mosque and the tomb were constructed during 1528 to 1529 but Jamali was buried in the tomb after his death in 1535. The mosque as well as the tomb are located in an enclosed garden which has a southern entry. The structure is appealing with the properly arranged red sand stone along with marble embellishments by which it looks extra ordinary.
It was believed to be a forerunner in the design of Mughal mosque architecture. It is comprised of a large prayer hall, a courtyard at the front, five arches in which the central arch only possesses a dome and much more. The arches have spandrels which are decorated with medallions and ornamentation. The central arch is astonishingly magnified by the presence of fluted pilasters. The rear end of the mosque is beautified with oriel windows. In the tomb chamber, there are two marble graves, one of Jamali and the other one is of Kamali.
There are a lot of easy modes to reach the mosque though Qutub Minar metro station is the nearest metro station to the tomb.
Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb entry timings: It is open on all days of the week from sunrise to sunset.
Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb Entry fee: The entry to the mosque and the tomb is completely free to all.
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Places to visit in Delhi are many. But amongst them, a visit to the National Museum of India will be a lifetime experience for you. This largest repository in India contains many prominent artworks dated over 5000 years ago and it is one of the best places in east Delhi. Here you will find works related to the Harappan times, several sculptures, carvings, paintings, manuscripts, coins, antiquities, and other valuable objects. The National Museum brings together the rich cultural heritage from various parts of the world, and your visit will indeed turn out to be an enriching one. You can avail the finely articulated audio tour as well. Entry Timings- 10 am daily. Closed on Monday. Entry Fee- Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 300 for foreigners. Location- Janpath Road, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi. Insider Tips- Seek prior permission for photography. Videography is strictly prohibited inside the museum.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
The former residence of one of India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, set in off white colour now is Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum located on a massive area beautified with well-maintained lawns and lined by shady trees, plants, gardens, bushes, and flowers. The museum is dedicated to the memory of late Mrs. Indira Gandhi after she was assassinated within this mansion on 31st October 1984. The rooms are properly furnished and a few personal belongings of Mrs. Gandhi can be seen here through the large picture windows.
Also, the museum displays rather a beautiful collection of rare photographs covering the nationalist movement and also some important pictures of the Nehru-Gandhi families. Another important possession inside the museum is the blood-stained sari Indira Gandhi wore on the day she was assassinated. The place where her body was lying has been marked and covered with a glass frame and that is a memorial site in her honour. The museum is a beautiful kaleidoscope of historical events woven so remarkably and presented to the visitors with life beating inside them still.
It is located on Safdarjung Road and the nearest metro station to the museum is the INA Metro Station on the yellow line. The museum is a must visit to know the life of the controversial Prime Minister as she was known to many. The pictures of her childhood and the years she had grown up through are presented and preserved well inside.
Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum entry timings: The museum is open all days except on Mondays from 09:00 am to 05:00 pm.
Indira Gandhi Memorial entry fee: There is no entry to be paid to enter the museum.
Indira Gandhi Memorial location: Safdarjung Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India.
National Gallery of Modern Art
A premier art gallery run by the Ministry of Culture is the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi. The major museum is at Jaipur House in Delhi and it was established on March 29, 1954. It has some subsequent branches at Mumbai and Bangalore. The gallery displays a large collection of more than 14000 works done by various artists from different parts of the world. The artists include Thomas Daniell, Rabindranath Tagore, RajaRavi Varma, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Abanindranath Tagore etc. There are sculptures, paintings and much more preserved in the gallery for years.
Some works here date back to 1857 also. The gallery possesses an area of 12000 square meters for exhibition and thus the Delhi branch becomes one of the world’s largest modern art museums. It is located at the end of Rajpath near the India Gate. It was formerly the residential palace of the Maharaja of Jaipur and hence it got the name Jaipur House. The building has a butterfly shape with a central dome. The construction happened in 1936 and the brain behind it was Sir Arthur Blomfield.
The idea of the gallery was spreading around in 1949 but its official inauguration was done by the Vice President Dr. S. Radhakrishnan in 1954. Hermann Goetz who was a famous art historian from Germany was its first curator. As years passed, the gallery went through some new facilities such as Art restoration services, an Art Reference Library as well as a documentation centre. A new addition or a wing to the gallery came in 2009. Now there is a new auditorium, a preview theatre, conservation laboratory, library and an academic section.
The nearest metro station to the gallery is Central Secretariat metro station.
National Gallery of Modern Art entry timings: It is open on all days except on Sundays and National Holidays from 11:00 am to 06:30 pm.
National Gallery of Modern Art Entry fee: For Indians: Rs.20 and for foreign nationals: Rs.500. For children up to 18 years, entry is free.
National Gallery of Modern Art location: Jaipur House, Sher Shah Road, Near Delhi High Court, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003.
The National Zoological Park
The National Zoological Park or commonly known as Delhi Zoo is an extensive zoo that spreads across 176 acres near the Old Fort in Delhi, India. In the middle of a vibrant city lies a 16th century citadel, a green island and a great collection of rare flora and fauna. Around 1350 animals are protected inside the zoo, of different species and families. You can also book best wildlife tour in Delhi to explore the beauty of nature and the wild life. Walking through the beautiful zoo is a relishing activity for a day out in Delhi one can do or you can explore it with the help of a battery operated vehicle that can be arranged on rent at the zoo. Also, the visitors are not allowed to bring their own food inside the premises except water but you will get food at the canteen situated in the zoo.
The zoo was in news is 2012 as one man fell into the white tiger’s zoo and got killed by one white tiger. Then the safety and security measures of the zoo were under questions. After New Delhi came into existence, the zoo also came into existence and it was inaugurated in November 1959. Though initially Major Aubrey Weinman of the Ceylon Zoological Garden was asked to do the plans for the zoo but he could not do it and later Carl Hagenbeck of the Zoological Garden of Hamburg was approached by the Indian Government and thus he helped the Government with the preliminary plan of the zoo.
The construction was started in 1956 and the northern part of the zoo was completed by 1959. The official name as the National Zoological Park was given to the zoo in 1982 with the aim to make it a model for other zoos in the country to develop.
National Zoological Park entry timings: From March to October mid- 09:00 am to 04:30 pm From October mid to March mid- 09:30 am to 04:00 pm
National Zoological Park entry fee: Adults: Rs.40, child between 3 and 5 feet: Rs.20, senior citizens: Rs.20. For foreign nationals- adults: Rs.200 and for children: Rs.100.
National Zoological Park location: Mathura Road, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park
Mehrauli Archeological Park is a predominant archaeological space spreading across 200 acres in Mehrauli in Delhi. It is located close to Qutub Minar and the Qutb complex. More than 100 historically important monuments are coexisting within this park. For more than 1000 years, the park has been witnessing occupation and includes the ruins of Lal Kot built by Tomar Rajputs as well. This is the only existing spot with continuous years of occupation.
The architectural relics of the subsequent periods like Khalji dynasty, Tughlaq dynasty, Lodhi dynasty of Delhi Sultanate, Mughal Empire and the last the British Raj etc are also found inside the extant fort of Delhi. The tomb of Balban which shows a true arch and the true dome is lying inside the park along with Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb of Maulana Jamali Kamali, Quli Khan’s Tomb, Gandhak ki Baoli, a madhi Masjid, a stepwell etc are scattered around the park as the pieces of remnants of something yet they form a cluster of charm and attraction with their firm structure and architectural strengths.
The remnants or the structures present in the park are dated back to the 10th century as well. The nearest metro station is ‘Qutub Minar’ on the yellow line to the fort. To the south of the village, you will find the remnants of the Mughal Palace, the Zafar Mahal, located once in the middle of the large jungle and next one to it is the Sufi shrine, the Dargah of Qutb Sahib. Also, a small burial ground with an empty space can be spotted which was intended for the last king of Delhi, Bahadur Shah Zafar.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park entry timings: The park will be open on all days from sunrise to sunset.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park Entry Fee: There is no entry applicable.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park location: Opposite Qutub Minar Metro Station, Anuvrat Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India.
-Wear a strong pair of walking shoes.
-Remember to bring water as well as sunglasses or sunscreen.
-Avoid wearing short pants to prevent some insects from attacking your legs.
A village in Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh is Kuchesar which is very closely located to Delhi, around 100 kilometers away. Earlier it was the seat of Zamindari. The mud fort in Kuchesar is famous. The Jat rulers of Kuchesar were behind the construction of the mud-fort in the mid- 18th century. The fort tells the chequered history of the Jats who vied with many other religions as well as with French adventurers and the British East India Company in order to fill the gap built by the decline of the Mughal Empire.
There are amazing heritage hotels in Delhi and a part of the fort has also became a heritage hotel in 1998 after the restoration by Neemrana Hotels. Kuchesar’s ruling family belonged to the Dalal clan of the Jat caste. Currently, there are different sects originated from the basic caste and they settled down in the region. Also, currently there are two heritage hotels which are part of the fort. One if Mud Fort Kuchesar and Rao Raj Vilas. In Kuchesar, the main attraction every visitor will love to visit is the mud fort. But now it is a heritage resort where you can enjoy a luxurious stay and relish the historically important walls of the fort.
The fort now has 16 well maintained and properly arranged rooms along with an impeccable service, brand new amenities and warm hospitality. Also, you would find enough chances to indulge in multiple exhilarating activities like nature walk, bullock cart rides, village walks, horse riding, swimming and much more.
It is one the best places near Delhi to visit. Brij Ghat located about 25 kilometers away from Kuchesar is an unbeatable location where you can spend ample time amidst the green nature and witness the beauty of the river Ganges.
Distance from Delhi to Kuchesar: The exact distance from Delhi to Kuchesar is 98.6 kilometers and if you take a drive along NH 9, you will reach Kuchesar in 2 hours and 30 minutes approximately. Thus Kuchesar becomes the favourite tourist destination to visit near Delhi within 500 kms .
Best time to visit: November – February
Attractions: Mud Fort is a pleasant place to spend leisurely time exploring cultural heritage apart from indulging in sports and other activities. Brij Ghat is an excellent picnic spot near Delhi with an exotic locale to enjoy a peaceful time on the banks of the Ganges.
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A herald lying in the history of India is the ruined fort which is fondly called as Tughlaqabad Fort in Dehi. It stretches across more than 6 km and it was built by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty. He established the historic city of Delhi which was abandoned in 1327. The fort was a gigantic structure made of stone with hard walls about 10-15 meters high and those walls were crowned by battlement parapets and bastions. The fort city of Tughlaqabad had 52 gates and now only 13 are remaining.
There is a famous legend behind Tughlaqabad that says Tughlaq wanted every worker in the area to build the fort but one of the labourers, Nizamuddiya Auliya did not cope with the idea and out of anger he cursed the fort saying may the fort remain unoccupied or else may herdsmen live here. People believe that the fort could not excel and prosper and remained abandoned till date because of that curse. Tughlaqabad is divided into three parts such as the wider city area that has houses built along a rectangular grid between its gates, the citadel with a tower at a point known as Bijai Mandal which is the highest one and the remains of different halls and an underground passage.
Tughlaqabad entry timings: It will be open on all days from 08:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Tughlaqabad entry fee: For Indians: Rs. 5 and for foreigners: Rs.100. Children up to 15 years of age can enter free.
Tughlaqabad location: Tughlaqabad Fort, Tughlakabad, New Delhi, Delhi 110044.
-It will take around 3 hours to completely watch the fort.
-The terrain is uneven, thorny and generally not recommended for senior citizens and people who have difficulty in walking.
-Be equipped with proper walking gear while visiting this historical site.
-During summer, it will be very hot in Delhi and try visiting the fort during the months from October to April.
-There is a spacious parking lot at the entrance of the fort.
-The surroundings are covered with dense thorny forests and it may give you a challenging walk. It is better to take a guide with you.
-The Light and Sound Show will be in Hindi and English. Timing: 5 pm to 9 pm.
Amongst the popular tourist places in Delhi, the Mughal Gardens is a spectacular place harbouring a wide variety of exotic plants. As you step inside the garden, the beautiful blending of Mughal and European styles will amaze you. Encompassed with lush gardens like the Pearl Garden, Circular Garden, and other beautiful gardens, your visit is bound to be full of surprises. If you are in Delhi during March and April, then do not miss out on the luxuriant spring bloom. With your family, you can spend some lovely hours relaxing amidst the grace of nature. Entry Timin- 9.30 am daily except Mondays. Entry Fee- Free of cost. Location- Gate No 35, Rashtrapati Bhavan, near North Avenue, New Delhi. Insider Tips- Entry with valuables or any bottles, bags, or luggage is not allowed. Submit them at the entrance.
Places to Eat in Delhi
An all-day exquisite restaurant, Rose Café serves distinct cuisines. Hosting an elegant range of cuisines like Italian, Mediterranean, Continental, and Lebanese, the restaurant exhibits great ambiance. Constituting both contemporary and traditional cuisines, the menu delineates enough choices for non-vegetarian and vegetarian dishes, making it a captivating and one of the gripping places to visit in Delhi.
Entry timings – The Entry timings to Rose Café is in between 12 Noon to 9 PM.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred for ordering the food at Rose Café is 1000 INR or 15.270 USD for two people approximately.
Location – The address of Rose Café is 2, Westend Marg, Saidulajab, Delhi.
Insider tips – The recommended dishes to try at Spaghetti Anglio Olio, Mint Lemonade steeped with Kaffir Lime Leaves, Espresso Cake with flogged with Kaffir Lime Leaves and Mezze Platter.
Karim’s is a historic, retrospective restaurant situated near Jama Masjid in Gali Kababian, Delhi. Introduced in the year 1913, Karim’s is a restaurant that is delineated to be synonymous with this location and is conceivably Delhi’s most popular culinary point of disembarkation. The main course of the place includes Naan & Roti, Kabab, Bharatia Pattal, Rice & Pulao and Shahi Dastar Khwan. For dessert, the place serves Kheer Benazir.
Entry timings – The Entry timings in Karim’s is bifurcated into two slots. The first slot is in between 11 AM to 4 PM and the second slot is in between 8 PM to 11.30 PM.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred for ordering food from Karim’s is 800 INR or 12.298 USD for two people approximately.
Location – Address of Karim’s is 16, Gali Kababian, Jama Masjid, New Delhi.
Insider tips – You must try the recommended food from Karim’s. The recommended food are Chicken Jahangiri, Mutton Qorma, Nahari, Chicken Mughlai and Brain Curry.
Kunzum Travel Cafe
An extraordinary place for travelers to meet and share thoughts and stories, make new travel buddies and plans over a cup of coffee is the Kunzum Café in Delhi. This is where you can enjoy reading travel books, share travel pictures, write about your experiences if you are not really travelling for the time being. Here, you will get to see many people who are from other countries as well with whom you can share the best knowledge about the places and travelogues.
You can use the free wifi as well and post pictures on Kunzum.com. It is located in Hauz Khas Village, a prominent historical spot in Delhi where people come in large numbers to spend good time. Plenty of tourists as well as natives come here to listen to the unimaginable stories about the places people dream to reach and spend time. The café supports such camaraderie in a huge manner and that is why it is open for all those who are living with the desire of travelling the world.
Kunzum Cafe entry timings: You can visit the café on all days of the week except on Mondays from 11:00 am to 07:30 pm.
Kunzum Cafe entry fee: The best part of the café is that you are not forced to buy anything from here, but if you buy coffee, then you can pay anything you wish to. It makes the café so different.
Kunzum Cafe location: T-49, GF, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 110 016, India. You may also like: 35 Best Road Trips from Delhi
Khan Chacha, quarries on the story of a splendid legacy. Founded in the early 1970s by Haji Banda Hasan, who started his interest with a modest little shop in Khan Market which later on popularly became to be known as Khan Chacha amongst the youngsters.
Entry timings – The Entry timings to Khan Chacha is in between 11 AM to 11 PM.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred for ordering food at Khan Chacha is 650 INR or 9.985 USD for two people approximately.
Location – The address of Khan Chacha is Shop 50, 1st Floor, Middle Lane, Khan Market, New Delhi.
Insider tips – The recommended dishes to try in Khan Chacha are Chicken Tikka Roll and Mutton Seekh.
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Tamra - Shangri-La's
Tamra is an elegant, radiant, vibrant and most cherished fun restaurant serving different kinds of dishes. Located in the Eros Hotel at Connaught Place, Tamra mostly serves the North Indian, Pan Asian and Continental cuisines to relish and lighten up the taste buds of the visitors visiting the place.
Entry timings – The Entry timings to Tamra is in between 6 AM to 12 Noon.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred for ordering food from Tamra is 3,800 INR or 58.385 USD including alcohol and 400 INR or 6.146 USD for including a pint of beer for two people approximately.
Location – The address of Tamra is Shangri-La's Eros Hotel, 19, Ashoka Road, Janpath, New Delhi.
Insider tips – On a visit to Tamra, it is important for you to try their luxurious delicacies like North Indian, European, Chinese, Thai and Continental. Also Read: Enjoy Camping near Delhi
Highly focused on the gourmet dinner, Farzi Café – the contemporary Indian inexpensive restaurant, is best delineated to be an epicure experience blending in global traditional cuisine with the Indian contemporary ambiance and style. Farzi Café is a place where the restaurant guests can relish good and fine food.
Entry timings – The Entry timings to Farzi Café is in between 12 Noon to 1 AM.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred for ordering food from Farzi Café is 2000 INR or 30.729 USD for two people approximately.
Location – The address of Farzi Café is 38/39, Level 1, Block E, Inner Circle, Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Insider tips – Farzi Café is known for a contemporary presentation of dishes with an elegant and sophisticated décor.
Buffets organized in Barbeque Nation exhibits every family’s treat. The place allows you to fulfill and satiate your hunger for good, mesmerizing food until the last moment. The Barbeque Nation at Delhi is one such happening place that makes people crave till the end till they are thoroughly full.
Entry timings – The Entry timings to Barbeque Nation is bifurcated into two slots. In the first slot the Entry timings in between 12 Noon to 3 PM and the second slot Entry timings is in between 6:30 PM to 11 PM
Entry fee – The average cost incurred for ordering food at Barbeque Nation is 1600 INR or 24.583 USD for two people approximately.
Location – The address of Barbeque Nation is second Floor, Block N, Munshilal Building in Connaught Place, Delhi.
Insider tips – On your visit to Barbeque Nation, the recommended dishes which you must guzzle are Paneer Chicken Tikka Masala, Spanish Valencia Prawn, and Chicken Dum Biryani.
Murthal restaurant is one of the most famous restaurants in Delhi that is open 24X7 inviting tourists and guest from within and afar the city.
Entry timings - Murthal is open 24 hours.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred for ordering food at Murthal is 400 INR or 6.146 USD for two people approximately.
Location – The address of Murthal is 52, 250 KM Stone, G.T Road, Murthal, Haryana.
Insider tips – On your visit to Murthal the recommended dishes are Pav Bhaji, Chaap, Sweet Lassi, Amritsari Kulcha, Paneer Parantha, Chai, and Rasmalai. You may also like: 30 Places to Visit near Delhi within 100 Km
Places to Enjoy Nightlife in Delhi
Hauz khas social.
Hauz Khas Social is considered to be the best chilling tourist places in Delhi that merge the best of office and café. An ideal place, Hauz Khas Social is for the people who crave to relish and feel tranquil after a hectic workday. An all-day bar and café, Social invites you all day long to discuss work or feel relaxed from the tiresome work. This calls to be one of the best places to visit in Delhi for youngsters .
Entry timings – The Entry timings to Hauz Khas Social is in between 11 AM to 1 AM.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred for ordering food from Social is 1300 INR or 19.972 for two people approximately.
Location – The address of Social is 9-A & 12, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi.
Insider tips – On visiting Social, it is essential for you to try Asian, Continental, American, North Indian, and Salad.
Hard Rock Café
Hard Rock Café, Delhi is the fourth restaurant in India which is opened in Delhi at DLF Place Saket. Hard Rock Café is a vibrant, leisure and happy chilling spot. Ideally situated near luxurious grand hotels, a short distance away from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, Hard Rock Café offers the best to the local visitors and travelers and is among the best tourist places in Delhi to visit at night . Entry timings – You can visit Hard Rock Café in between 12 Noon to 1 AM.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred on ordering food along with drinks sums up to 2500 INR or 38.411 USD.
Location – The address of Hard Rock Café is M-110, 1st Floor, DLF Place Mall, Saket, New Delhi.
Insider tips – On a visit to Hard Rock Café, you must try the recommended dishes like Fish O’ Fillet, Hard Rock Nachos, and Famous Fajitas.
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The Blue Bar
One of the best luxurious bar and lounge, The Blue Bar endows a charismatic and edgy experience. Owing to the ideal and dramatically beautiful color scheme of red on black, the ambient lighting sets the mood perfect for the audience.
Entry timings – The Entry timings to The Blue Bar during the weekday is in between 12.30 PM to 12.45 AM while the Entry timings on weekends are in between 5 PM to 12.45 AM.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred on ordering food and alcohol sums to 3900 INR or 59.922 USD for two people approximately and an additional charge of 400 INR or 6.146 USD for ordering a pint of beer.
Location – The address of The Blue Bar is Taj Diplomatic Enclave, 2, Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
Insider tips – The must-try dishes on a visit to The Blue Bar are Lamb Roulade and Nori. Also Read: 20 Best Corporate Day Outing Near Delhi
Club Pangaea, a luxurious dining restaurant, and bar is indubitably a class apart in all aspect. A well-stocked restaurant with tenuous ambiance featuring a distinct variety of delicacies. Known to serve the best spirits, wines, and beverages, Club Pangaea mixes delectable food with happy drinks.
Entry timings – The Entry timings to Club Pangea is in between 12 PM to 1 AM.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred on ordering food at Club Pangaea is 4000 INR or 61.458 USD for two people approximately.
Location – The address of Club Pangaea is The Ashok, Chanakyapuri, South Delhi.
Insider tips – The must try cuisines at Club Pangaea is Finger Food, American, Turkish and North Indian. Must Read: 18 Best Heritage Hotels in New Delhi
Nestled and ducked in The Lalit, Kitty Su has transmogrified as the most luxurious and stylish clubbing places in Delhi. Classy, full of radiant and vibrant and exquisitely designed delineating the aura of happiness, Kitty Su is an impressive nightspot considered to be a great choice for people who are hardcore party drivers. It is one of the best places to visit in Delhi at night.
Entry timings – The Entry timings to Kitty Su is in between 10 PM to 1.30 AM.
Entry fee – The average cost incurred for ordering the food at Kitty Su is 5000 INR or 76.856 USD for two people including alcohol and 600 INR or 9.223 USD for ordering a pint of beer for two.
Location – The address of Kitty Su is The Lalit, Barakhamba Avenue, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi.
Insider tips - You must try your luck and dance to the fullest on the ground of Kitty Su. The place Kitty Su is highly popular for nightclubs constituting a large dance floor for party lovers. Popular Reads: 15 Best One Day Trips from Delhi
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Rising gracefully from lush gardens and surrounded by a symmetrical charbagh (four-part garden), Humayun's Tomb exudes an air of tranquility and grandeur. The use of red sandstone and white marble in its construction adds a captivating contrast to the monument's façade, making it a visual delight for visitors and photographers alike.Interestingly, Humayun's Tomb served as an architectural inspiration for the world-famous Taj Mahal, which was built later by Emperor Shah Jahan for his beloved wife. The intricate geometric patterns, arched entrances, and delicate lattice work seen in Humayun's Tomb can be traced in the design of the Taj Mahal.Today, the tomb complex houses the graves of several other members of the Mughal dynasty, making it a cherished historical site and a symbol of India's rich cultural heritage. Visitors can explore the beautifully landscaped gardens, marvel at the detailed calligraphy adorning the walls, and immerse themselves in the captivating history that surrounds this majestic monument.
Home to the President of the world’s largest democracy, Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi stands as a symbol of national strength. The nation’s most important democratic functions like the swearing-in ceremony of its elected leaders are carried out in these very grounds. The Rashtrapati Bhavan has been witness to honour giving ceremonies of the country’s bravehearts and achievers, signing of historic pacts between India and other nations, of India’s independence and republic day ceremonies, and the hosting of many world leaders.The Rashtrapati Bhavan is a true architectural masterpiece in its own right. The magnificent building spreads across 320 acres, including the splendid ‘Mughal Garden’ and the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum. The design of the Rashtrapati Bhavan mainly imparts the Mughal architectural styles blended with classical and grand European signatures, credited to the British architects- Edwin Lutyen and Hebert Baker.The building is also diversified with a number of other typically Indian motifs such as ornate Elephant statues on the outer wall or the main gate of the building with the ‘Jaipur column’. All in all, it is quite a visual treat to behold!The building is open to visitors by three different segments or tour circuits. The first circuit comprises of the Main building and the Central Lawn. The second circuit houses the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex. In the same circuit, you can get a tour of the Clock Tower, the Stables, and the Garages. The third circuit has the magnificent Mughal Garden and other ancillary gardens of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Tourists can request a trip of each of the circuits separately on the days assigned for each segment respectively for daytime visits from 9 AM to 4 PM. There is much to take in and marvel at around the complex-- the intricate craftsmanship of carved marble statues, the sprawling Mughal Gardens featuring masterful landscaping concepts, the Clock Tower, and a myriad of presidential mementos preserved inside the Museum. Upon exit, you can explore the premier surroundings of this important historical site, often called as the ‘Lutyens Delhi’.
Situated in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – the Rail Museum offers a window into the railway heritage of the country. Also known as the National Railway Museum, this space is spread over 10 acres and displays some of the most awe-inspiring and fascinating railway paraphernalia. Established in 1977 on February 1st, the museum strives to preserve and protect the 163 years old railway heritage of India. There are nearly 100 real-sized exhibits of Indian railways in the museum – some of which are still working. On the other hand, there are also some static exhibits, antiquated items, old furniture etc. For rail nerds, this space is a haven where you can immerse in the rich history of Indian railways.Moreover, there are also a couple of dummy specimens that offer rides to both adults and kids. Latest additions to the museum include facilitated 3D virtual train ride, steam loco stimulator, and a magnificent indoor gallery. The lush green gardens surrounding the museum also houses its oldest and most precious treasure – the famous Fairy Queen, the oldest working steam locomotive in the country.For the curious souls, the exhibits have an informative tablet right next to them where you can learn more about everything that is displayed in this stunning space. There is also a gallery near the museum where you can witness the photographs featuring the golden years of Indian railways. Admire the miniature models and take part in the workshops held in the museum auditorium. And at the end of the day, you can buy some souvenirs for your loved ones in the little in-house souvenir shop located just on your way back.
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Top 17 Places to Visit in Delhi with Tour Itinerary and Travel Tips
Delhi, the capital of India, is a destination of every traveler's dreams with its abundance of amazing forts and temples. This city is a mixture of traditional and modern, with its old marketplaces like Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi and new malls like Connaught Place in New Delhi.
Delhi offers a lot of attractions that are rich in culture and history such as the Jama Masjid and Lotus Temple. From temples to gardens and museums, here are some of the must-visit places in India's capital.
- Claimed to be the oldest and busiest market in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is a shopping paradise for antiques, clothes, and electronics.
- Qutab Minar is a soaring 73-meter high tower that was built in 1193 to celebrate Muslim dominance in Delhi after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu ruler.
- Gandhi Smriti is one of the biggest museums about Mahatma Gandhi with a library of around 60,000 books.
- Connaught Place is the largest commercial center of Delhi containing many famous international chain stores, food chains, restaurants, and bars.
- The Lotus Temple is a Bahāʾī faith house of worship and is famous for its award-winning design that resembles a floating lotus flower.
The Difference Between Old Delhi and New Delhi
India's capital city of Delhi can be split into two different areas, New Delhi and Old Delhi. While they continue to grow side by side, each area of the city retains its distinct charm.
Old Delhi was founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 and was originally named 'Shahjahanabad'. This part of the city is filled with narrow lanes and crowded streets and is where you can find traditional experiences and taste authentic Indian delicacies and snacks.
Old Delhi is home to many famous Mughal structures including the Red Fort and one of India's biggest mosques, Jama Masjid. You can also find the bustling market of Chandni Chowk here.
New Delhi, on the other hand, is a symbol of modernity and progress. This part of the city has an excellent metro, wide roads, skyscrapers, and great infrastructure. You can find many air-conditioned shopping centers, pubs, and restaurants here.
Many streets of New Delhi are lined with impressive Colonial-era government buildings. Here, you can find the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, Secretariat Building, Parliament, Connaught Place, Lodhi Gardens, Jantar Mantar, and India Gate.
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1. jama masjid.
Across the road from the Red Fort and at the end of Chandni Chowk is the Jama Masjid which is the biggest and best-known mosque in India.
Some notable features of the mosque include its three entrance gates and two tall minarets made of red sandstone and white marble. There is also an open courtyard in front of the mosque with a pool made of marble where the devotees wash themselves before entering for prayer.
Jama Masjid was built by Shah Jahan in 1658 to be used as the emperor's main worship site. It is a beautiful example of Mughal architecture with Islamic, Indian, and Persian influences which can be seen in the structure's sandstone and white marble walls that are adorned with floral motifs.
Location: Jama Masjid Rd, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Hours: 7 am to 12 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm
2. Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and busiest markets in Old Delhi. It is considered to be the heart of the city and is an iconic shopping area.
The narrow lanes of this street are filled with shops selling clothes, perfumes, electronic items, jewelry, candles, idols of deities, and lifestyle goods. There are also many outlets offering Delhi's famous street food such as sweet jalebis and savory samosas. Travelers can take a rickshaw ride to explore the market and weave their way through the busy streets.
Chandni Chowk was built in 1650 amd is also a religious hub that has different places of worship for different faiths. Some of these religious sites include the Sis Ganj Sahib Gurudwara, Christian Central Baptist Church, and Digambar Jain Temple.
Location: Central Delhi
Hours: 9:30 am to 8 pm
3. Humayun's Tomb
Humayun's Tomb is a splendid mausoleum that was built to commemorate Emperor Humayun, the second Mughal ruler to ascend to the throne. It was built in the mid-16th century by the emperor's Persian-born first wife, Haji Begum.
The building complex contains several buildings including tombs and mosques. Some of the most popular buildings include the tomb of Afghan noble Isla Khan, the brilliant blue-tiled dome Nila Gumbad, and Chillah Nizamuddin Aulia which served as the residence of Delhi's patron saint Nizamuddin Auliya.
Humayan's Tomb is an example of Mughal architecture with a mix of Islamic and Persian influences. It was the first-ever garden-style tomb to be constructed in India. The structure is made of red sandstone and white marble and was built in an octagonal shape with a high central arch.
Location: Mathura Road Opposite, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi
Hours: 6 am to 6 pm
4. Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is a soaring 73-meter tall tower that was built by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak in 1193 to celebrate the Muslim control of Delhi after the defeat of the city's last Hindu ruler.
The tower is made of sandstone and marble with five tapering stories. Each story has a balcony that is surrounded by exclusive artwork. Visitors can also find the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque at the foot of the monument.
The construction of the Qutub Minar was started by Qutub-ud-Din Aibak, the first Islamic ruler of North India. Aibak built only the basement and then his successor, Iltutmish, added three more stories. The last two stories were completed by Firoz Shah Tuglak.
Location: Mehrauli, New Delhi
Hours: 7 am to 5 pm
5. The Red Fort
Located in the center of Delhi, the Red Fort was home to emperors of the Mughal dynasty for almost 200 years until 1857 when the British took over the city.
Covering 254 acres of land, the Red Fort is an octagonal red sandstone fort that is decorated with marble. Travelers can visit some of the popular structures inside the fort including the Hall of Public Audience, the Hall of Private Audience, and the Pearl Mosque.
The fort was constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan and served as his royal residence. The structure is decorated with white marble, impressive domes, and flower engravings. The Red Fort is a great example of Mughal architecture with a combination of Indian, Persian, and Timurid features.
Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed on Mondays
6. Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat
Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat are both buildings in Delhi that are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi Smriti is a museum whereas Raj Ghat is a memorial.
Gandhi Smriti is one of the world's largest museums that is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi with a library of around 60,000 books about the Father of the Nation. Built in 1928 by Ghanshyam Das Birla, Gandhi Smriti is the site where Mahatma Gandhi spent the last 144 days of his life and where he was assassinated on January 30th, 1948.
Located on the banks of the River Yamuna, Raj Ghat is the memorial of many of India's leaders including Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Rajiv Gandhi. Raj Ghat is where Mahatma Gandhi's last rites were performed on January 31st, 1948.
Location: Gandhi Smriti - Near Birla House, 5, Tees January Marg, Tees January Road Area, Motilal Nehru Marg Area, New Delhi
Hours: Gandhi Smriti – 10 am to 5:30 pm
7. India Gate
The India Gate is one of the largest war memorials in India. It is located in the heart of Delhi and stands at a height of 42 meters (138 feet).
The India Gate was originally called the All India War Memorial and is a memorial that was constructed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1931 to honor the 82,000 Indian and British soldiers who died during World War I.
Here, visitors can see the names of 13,300 Indian servicemen inscribed on the surface of the monument. This is also a great location to enjoy a picnic or an early morning walk.
Location: Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi
8. Connaught Place
Connaught Place is the largest commercial center in Delhi and the ninth most expensive office location in the world.
Connaught Place was built with Georgian-style architecture and was named after Prince Arthur, the first Duke of Connaught. This immense circular structure was built by the British in 1929 as part of their project to relocate the seat of governance from Civil Lines to Lutyen's Delhi.
Commonly known as 'CP', this market complex houses many famous international chain stores, fast food chains, restaurants, and bars. It is also regarded as one of the top heritage buildings in the city and contains many contemporary art galleries.
Location: G-22 Marina Arcade, New Delhi
Hours: 10 am to 8:30 pm, closed on Sunday
9. National Museum
The National Museum in New Delhi is one of the largest museums in India and is devoted to showcasing Indian art history as well as Buddhist studies.
Visitors to the museum can enjoy the 200,000 pieces of art from both Indian and foreign origins that cover around 5,000 years of cultural heritage. The artwork in the museum includes old manuscripts, temple hangings, lavish saris, weapons inlaid with precious stones, murals, and painted pottery.
The National Museum was established on August 15th, 1949. In 1955, it was moved from Rashtrapati Bhawan to its current location and was formally inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India in 1960. The museum is currently maintained and managed by the Ministry of Culture.
Location: Janpath Rd, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm
10. Lodi Gardens
Located near the India International Center and three kilometers from Humayan's Tomb, Lodi Gardens is a beautiful park that covers an area of 80 acres.
The gardens get their name from the four monuments of the Lodi dynasty that are located there including the tomb of Mohammed Shah, the Bara Gumbad, the Sheesh Gumbad, and the tomb of Sikander Lodi. Despite being a great place to view historical monuments, the Lodi Gardens is also a famous picnic spot for college students and families.
Lodi Gardens was built by Delhi's Islamic rulers and was previously known as 'Lady Willingdon Park'. The gardens are a blend of natural and manmade beauty. Here you can also see the remains of a waterway that connects the Yamuna River to the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi.
Location: Lodhi Rd, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi
Hours: 5 am to 8 pm
11. The Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple is a Bahāʾī house of worship that is visited by around 10,000 people every day. Baha'i is a faith that believes in the value of all religions and unifies every world religion into one belief system.
The Lotus Temple was built to resemble a giant floating lotus flower and is made from 27 marble "petals" that are organized in clusters of three to form nine sides. The lotus design was chosen because of its symbolic importance to many world religions including Jainism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam.
Many visitors come to this temple to admire its geometric structure. The building exterior is especially beautiful at sunset when it changes color with the fading light. There are also educational exhibits at the Information Center for visitors that are interested in learning about the Baha'i faith and the temple itself.
Location: Lotus Temple Rd, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, Kalkaji, New Delhi
Hours: 9 am to 7 pm
12. Akshardham Temple
The Akshardham Temple is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, a famous yoga master who revived certain Hindu beliefs, and is known as the world's largest comprehensive Hindu temple.
The Akshardham Temple was built in 2005 and the term 'Akshardham' means the eternal abode. No iron or steel was used during the temple's construction and all of its buildings are made of stone or marble.
The main attraction at this complex is the Akshardham Mandir Temple which is made of Rajasthani sandstone and Italian Carrara marble. The walls and ceiling of the temple interior are decorated with images of different deities, musicians, dancers, flowers, and animals.
Here, visitors can also enjoy a water show, a theme garden, and a relaxing boat ride.
Location: Noida Mor, New Delhi
Hours: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
13. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is one of the five observatories built to calculate planetary positions and alignment by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who was a keen astronomer. The primary purpose of this observatory was to compile astronomical tables in order to perform sacred rituals at auspicious times.
The Samrat Yantra is a right-angled triangle with its longest side is parallel to the Earth's axis. It helps form a gigantic sundial along with two brick quadrants used to measure the sun's shadow and indicate the hour and minute of the day.
The Ram Yantra is a cylindrical structure that reads the height of the sun and is used to measure the position of the stars. Another wonderful instrument at the observatory is the Jaya Prakash Yantra which was invented by Jai Singh II himself and is used to verify the time of the spring equinox.
Though Jantar Mantar has decayed considerably, the observatory's large and fixed instruments are resistant to vibrations and are still able to give exact measurements.
Location: Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi
Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, daily
14. The National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern Art is one of India's largest museums displaying artwork from the mid-19th century to present day. This premier art gallery was located inside the Jaipur House, a butterfly-shaped building with a central dome that served as the former residence of the maharajas of Jaipur.
The National Gallery of Modern Art has an excellent collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs including works by modern Indian painters like Jamini Roy, Rabindranath Tagore, and Raja Ravi Varma. The museum also displays work from artists such as Ram Kumar and Anjolie Ela Menon and renowned sculptors like D.P. Roy Choudhury and Ram Kinkar Baij.
The gallery contains more than 17,000 works of art and some collections of the work of various European artists including British artist, Thomas Daniell. It takes around 2 hours to explore the entire museum and take in each individual piece.
Location: Shershah Road near India Gate Jaipur House, New Delhi
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays.
15. The National Crafts Museum
Popularly known as the National Crafts Museum & Hastkala Academy, this museum was founded in 1956 by a unique project that aimed to promote the influence of indigenous artisans by giving them a place to display their work.
By the early 1980s, over 20,000 objects had been collected and at present the museum contains a collection of more than 33,000 pieces. These pieces include a variety of traditional artifacts like pottery, brass, wooden figures, clay and terracotta statues, folk paintings, tribal textiles, handmade jewelry, and cane and bamboo crafts.
The museum's exhibits are spread over two floors with a large open area used for displaying live art. Artisans set up workshops here each month (except during the rainy season) and perform the live creation of artwork in front of visitors.
Travelers can also check out the souvenir shop that sells a fine collection of art items from household objects and decorative pieces to ornate textiles. If you want to relax, Café Lota is a good place to be as it serves regional Indian food, tea, and coffee.
Location: Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday and Public Holidays.
16. Rashtrapati Bhavan
Situated on top of Raisina Hill, Rashtrapati Bhavan was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens to be the Palace of the British Viceroy. Covering an area of 5 acres, this elegant brown and red sandstone building is now the official residence of the President of India.
The building's design was mostly done in the Neo-Baroque architectural style by applying heavy classical motifs and various Indian elements. The Durbar Hall, also known as the "Throne Room", is the most prominent hall and where all important state ceremonies and functions are held.
Originally built as the state ballroom, Ashoka Hall is the most beautiful hall in the building. It is accented with rich wooden flooring and decorated with Persian paintings on the ceiling and frescos on the walls.
The beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding Rashtrapati Bhawan contain a Mughal garden with a large variety of flowers and beautiful fountains. These gardens are open to the public in February every year.
Location: Rashtrapati Bhawan, President's Estate, New Delhi
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, Friday to Sunday. Mughal Gardens are open from February to March, Tuesday to Sunday.
17. Khan Market
Established in 1951, the Khan Market was named in honor of the prominent nationalist and social reformer, Dr Khan Sahib, who was also the brother of Khan Abdul Gaffar, known as the Frontier Gandhi. Both men were revered for their contributions during the Indian Independence Movement.
This popular market, frequented by locals and tourists alike, has grown to be one of the most expensive commercial real estate locations in Delhi. It offers a wide range of Indian and Western merchandise including some of the most well-known brands. The market also includes boutique shops selling exquisite jewelry and designer clothes.
Wandering through the market, you'll see traditional sari shops and fabric stores, kitchen ware, and electronics. Visitors also have a choice of bookshops, stationery shops, grocery stores, flower shops, and restaurants and bakeries that serve local specialties.
Location: Humayun Road, India Gate, New Delhi
Hours: 10 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday
Explore the Best of Delhi with a Two-day Itinerary
All the contrasts of India are particularly visible in Delhi. Here you'll see every aspect of India from the 16th and 17th century Mughal monuments in Old Delhi to the wide avenues and colonial mansions of New Delhi. Below is a sample itinerary to provide travelers with insights on things to do in this constantly developing metropolis.
Spend the first day soaking up the atmosphere of Old Delhi. Start off by exploring the magnificent Red Fort where the national flag of India was first raised after the country became independent. Afterwards, visit the nearby Jama Masjid and Chandni Chowk market. The Jama Masjid is India's largest mosque and is surrounded by the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk and all of its chaotic beauty.
Then, head east towards Humayun's Tomb which is the earliest example of a Mughal garden tomb. Finally, visit Qutb Minar which stands tall within the city's Mehrauli Archaeological Park.
Start your second day exploring New Delhi at Victory Square where you'll find Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President's residence), classical Secretariat buildings, and the India Gate. From here, walk east to Connaught Place which provides some of the city's best shopping opportunities.
Afterwards, you can choose to spend the whole afternoon taking in the art collections at the National Museum and National Gallery of Modern Art. Then end your day at Khan Market where you can try some authentic local dishes.
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- 79 Tourist Places In Delhi In 2023
23 Mar 2023
So a close buddy is visiting Delhi for the first time and you are excited yet confused about showing him the tourist places in Delhi . Not your fault. The long list of tourist attractions in Delhi often gives nightmares to most established trip planners. Chill! All you have to do is figure out what they like and choose from our list of famous tourist places in Delhi across different categories. From monuments & temples to parks and museums, Delhi has so much in store that it won’t stop amusing you. Don’t believe us? Get packed and leave right away to be mesmerized by the beautiful city!
Being the former capital, harboring generations of culture, Delhi has earned its right to be the capital of India. There are many attractions and places that showcase the many years of rule and what now consists as major heritage places. from tombs to forts to old cities and markets, Delhi has it all. Exploring these is that first step that comes into “Exploring Delhi 101.” There are a whole lot of places so sit comfortably and enjoy the listings as you please. We have also added some more information with each listing to give you more insights.
79 Tourist Places In Delhi
Excited to explore Delhi? Here is the perfect mini-guide which has all the details about the places that you just cannot miss on your trip. Take a look at these best tourist places in Delhi to know all about it while you select the most extra ones in the capital city to explore!
1. Red Fort – Pride Of Mughal Dynasty
The Red Fort is an epitome of the Mughal era in India and is the face of tourist attractions in Delhi. Built in 1638, it is an outstanding marvel of Mughal architecture made of red sandstone and is one of the famous tourist places in Delhi . Within its magnanimous walls, the chhata bazaar and every evening sound and light show are special attractions. If you are interested in the history of Red Fort, you will be thrilled to know that the Fort was built when Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan shifted his capital to Delhi. In 2007, this Fort has declared a UNESCO World Heritage. It is one of the most famous places in Delhi.
Built By: Shah Jahan Built In: 1648 Entry fee: Free for children under 15, INR 10 for Indians, and INR 250 for foreigners Opening hours: 9 AM to 6 PM. Closed on Mondays Must visit: Digambar Jain Mandir, Sis Ganj Gurudwara and Paranthe Wali Gali nearby Tip: This place has many tourists visiting during the peak season and there might be a long queue for the tickets. Nearest Metro Station : Chandni Chowk Distance from Delhi airport : 20 km
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2. India Gate – India’s Largest War Memorial
India Gate is one monument that defines Delhi or India for that matter. It was built in 1931 as a memorial for martyrs of World War I and war in Afghanistan. At Rajpath, the structure looks amazing in evening lights. The gardens that line the structure are a must visit among the sightseeing places in Delhi. This is one of the popular tourist places to visit in Delhi at night.
If you are in Delhi on the Republic Day, you must visit India Gate Parade which is really a prestigious and the most ceremonious event of India. Lots of international guests and national leaders are present on the occasion and pay tribute to the freedom fighters and great leaders of the country.
Few Essential Tips:
- For the sightseeing tour at India Gate, the best time is from October to March. The weather is soothing this time to roam around.
- If you are having a family trip, go for a picnic near India Gate. Bring packaged or cooked food and have fun.
- Bus service is readily available to reach India Gate. Else, you can take rickshaw or shuttle rickshaw.
Built By: Edwin Lutyens Built In: 1931 Entry fee : Free Opening hours : Always open Must visit: National Gallery of Modern Art Nearest Metro Station : Central Secretariat Distance from Delhi airport : 14 Km
3. Rashtrapati Bhawan – Presidential Palace
On the opposite of the Rajpath is residence of the President of India and is one of the famous tourist places in visit in Delhi at night . Not among the typical tourist places in Delhi, access to this grand piece of architecture is restricted. With four floors and 340 rooms in a floor area of 200,000 square feet, it has a huge presidential gardens (Mughal Gardens) , large open spaces, residences of bodyguards and staff, stables, other offices and utilities within its perimeter walls. This grand architectural building is the largest residence of any head of state around the world. The architectural design of the building is based on the design of the Edwardian Baroque. The middle dome of the building is the perfect amalgamation of the Indian and the British architectural styles. Just a walk past the monument will give you an idea of how grand the monument is.
Built By: Sir Edwin Lutyens Built In: 1912 Opening hours: 9 am till late evening. For an inside visit, one can pre book at the official Rashtrapati Bhawan website. Must visit: Stroll through the road and you will get a glimpse of Parliament House, National Secretariat and Defence Headquarters Tip: Entry is restricted to only those who obtain a permit in advance. Nearest Metro Station : Central Secretariat Distance from Delhi airport : 12 Km (27 minutes).
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4. Qutub Minar – Majestic Stone Structure
Among the other places to visit in Delhi, Qutub Minar stands tall with its 7 3 meter tall brick minaret. Built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, the structure has five stories abundant with chiseled carvings and scriptures. Qutub Minar is the part of the Qutub Complex and it has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This red stone tower is a heritage site of India is an amazing example of the beautiful Iranian architecture along with Parso-Arabic and Nagari details. If you are a person with a love for history and looking for places to go in Delhi, Qutab Minar should definitely be on your itinerary.
Built By: Qutab-ud-din Aibak Built In: 1193 Entry fee: Free for children under 15, INR 10 for Indians INR 250 for foreigners Opening hours: Sunrise until sunset, Closed on Mondays Must visit: Chhatarpur Temple Tip: This place remains a popular tourist sight despite the damage caused a few years ago. Nearest Metro Station : Qutub Minar Distance from Delhi airport : 36 min (13.8 km)
5. Jantar Mantar – World’s Largest Sundial
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Constructed in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory and one of the fascinating tourist places to visit in Delhi . Fascinating for their ingenuity, the instruments at Jantar Mantar can no longer be used accurately because of the tall buildings around. However, a visit to admire the science of Indian astronomy makes it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Delhi. The principal instruments of the observatory are the Samrat Yantra, Jai Prakash, the Ram Yantra, and the Misra Yantra. There is also a temple of Bhairava, located near the building. It was also built by Maharaja Jai Singh II.
Built By: Maharaja Jai Singh II Built In: 1724 Entry fee: INR 5 Opening hours: Sunrise to sunset Must visit: Central Park in Connaught Place and get a selfie with the largest Tiranga Tip: This place often witnesses several cultural events. Nearest Metro Station : Janpath Metro Station on violet line Distance from Delhi airport : 29 min (13.6 km)
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6. Humayun’s Tomb – The Garden Of Tombs
Among the best places to visit in Delhi, and a world heritage site under UNESCO, Humayun’s Tomb was built in 1570 by Humayun’s wife Haji Begum. It is unarguably one of the most amazing works of Mughal Architecture to which Taj Mahal owes its design. Not only the grave of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun, but this tomb also secures the graves of Bega Begum, Dara Shikoh, Hamida Begum, along with other significant members of the Mughals. The tomb is made of red sandstone and white marbles and it looks serene and beautiful even after so many years.
Built By: Empress Bega Begum Built In: 1560 Entry fee: INR 10 for domestic and SAARC Visitors, INR 250 for others Opening hours: Daily, up till sunset. Best viewed in the morning or a full moon evening. Must visit: If on Thursday, walk to the Dargah of Nizam-ud-din Auliya for a spiritual qawwali evening Tip: This place is often included in the Delhi guided tours with a blue bus. Nearest Metro Station : Jor Bagh metro station on the yellow line Distance from Delhi airport : 44 min (17.0 km)
7. Akshardham Temple – Experience A Holy Visit
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While sightseeing in Delhi, a visit is necessarily suggested to Swaminarayan Akshardham – one of the largest Hindu temples in the world. Built by the BAPS spiritual organization, it’s a stunning architectural work made of the pink stone and white marble. Located on the banks of the Yamuna River, this Delhi tourist place has lots of exhibits for the visitors. There is an Abhishekh Mandap, Sanskruti Darshan, Sahajanand Darshan and Neelkanth Darshan where you can enjoy a cultural boat ride. The theme-based garden is really an exciting place to visit here. And while you are here, don’t forget to visit the Sahaj Anand Water Show. It is one of the beautiful tourist places in Delhi at night for those who wish to witness the light show. it is one of the many temples in Delhi which is flocked in large numbers.
Tip: This temple is famous for having a splendid view from far off. It is also visible from the Delhi Metro line.
Built By: Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) Built In: 6 November 2005 Entry fee: Free, separate fee to view exhibitions Opening hours: 9.30 am to 6.30 pm, Closed on Mondays Nearest Metro Station : Take the Blue Line which is going towards Noida City Center from Rajiv Chowk metro station and get down at Akshardham Metro Station. Distance from Delhi airport : 54 min (22.2 km)
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8. Chattarpur Temple – Awe-Inspiring Complex
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Set amidst the beautiful surroundings of South Delhi, Chattarpur is a popular temple founded in the 1970s by Sant Shree Nagpal Baba. This divine temple has an incredible architecture and it’s a perfect blend of north and south. There are beautiful statues of Shiv-Parvati, Ram-Darbar, Maa Katyayani, Radha-Krishna, Lord Ganesha, Goddess Laxmi, and Lord Hanuman.
Tip: This temple is famous for its architecture and makes for a perfect picture on your next visit.
Built By: Baba Sant Nagpal Built In: 1970 Opening hours: 4:00 am – 11:00 pm Nearest Metro Station : Chattarpur Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 33 min (12.2 km)
9. ISKCON Temple – Seek Blessings
ISKCON is a spiritual institution founded by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1966. You can see the beautiful visual presentations of Bhagavad Gita with colorful lights that create a wonderful effect on the huge screen. They also organize beautiful robotics and Mahabharata show during the evenings. There’s a simple Govinda’s restaurant inside the temple premises, where you get veg food.
There are lots of museums inside the temple where you can visit the extraordinary exhibits. Besides, they organize multimedia shows for the visitors. The best time to visit ISKCON Temple is during the festival of ‘Janmashtami’, the birthday of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated with pomp and vigor and it will be a great miss if you don’t visit this festival at this temple.
Tip: This is a perfect place to witness a serene setting accompanied by soothing bhajans and aartis.
Built By: International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Built In: 5 April, 1998 Opening hours : 4:30 am to 8:30 pm Nearest Metro Station : Nehru Place on the violet line.
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10. Lotus Temple – Experience The God
Famously known as the Lotus temple in the list of famous tourist places in Delhi, Lotus in the Bahai Temple symbolizes four religions namely Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Islam. This temple belongs to the Bahai faith which proclaims that all people and religions are united. Worshippers of every religion are welcome here. You will find nine doors of this temple which allows 2500 visitors at the same time. For mesmerizing architecture, this building has achieved several awards and rewards.
Few Essential Tips You Need to Follow:
- While you are here, stroll around the beautiful gardens inside the temple.
- Photography is strictly prohibited inside the temple. So, keep your mobile and camera inside your bag.
- If you want to know the history of the place, go for a guided tour.
- Always keep your shoes at the deposit counter, outside the temple, before entering.
Built By: Fariborz Sahba Built In: 1986 Entry fee: Free Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 am – 5 pm (winters) & 9:30 am – 7 pm (summers) Must visit: Kalkaji and ISKCON Temple nearby Nearest Metro Station : Kalkaji Metro Station and Nehru Place Distance from Delhi airport : 35 min (16.4 km)
11. Jama Masjid – India’s Largest Mosques
Among the other tourist attractions in Delhi is the largest mosque in India–Jama Masjid . It can hold 25000 devotees at a time. It was Shah Jahan’s first architectural marvel. The mosque has four towers and the southern tower gives a stunning view of the city. You’ve to be dressed appropriately to enter the mosque. If not, rent an attire provided by the mosque authority.
- The best time to visit the mosque is during the morning hours as there is no crowd at that moment.
- Remember, you should always wear moderate clothes while visiting this mosque and women should always cover their heads with scarves.
- You have to be careful about the harassment about fees and all.
- You don’t need any fake guides who say they can make you enter at fewer amounts. Remember, the admission fee is zero.
- You can click pictures, but you have to pay Rs. 200 for taking your camera inside.
Built By: Shah Jahan Built In: 1650 Entry fee: Free, but videography fee is INR 300 Opening hours: Daily, 7 am-12 pm: 1:30 pm-6:30 pm. It is closed during prayers and the timing depends upon the direction of the moon Must visit: Try Changezi chicken at Karim’s Hotel nearby Nearest Metro Station : Chawri Bazar. Distance from Delhi airport : 55 min (18.0 km)
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12. Purana Quila – Old Fort
In the list of places to visit in Delhi, Purana Quila is one of the most ancient grandeurs of the city. Delhi tourism promotes the quila as it’s one of the most important structure in the history of India. With rectangular dimensions, it spreads over a circuit of nearly 2 kilometers. Boating in the lake nearby and a sound and light show in the evening are special attractions which makes it one of the best tourist places in Delhi at night.
Built By: Sher Shah Suri Built In: 16th century CE Entry fee: INR 5 for domestic, INR 100 for foreigners Opening hours: 7 am to 5 pm Must visit: National Zoo and Supreme Court Museum nearby Tip: Boating activity near Old Fort is quite famous amongst the locals. Nearest Metro Station : Pragati Maidan on the blue line Distance from Delhi airport : 35 min (16.2 km)
13. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara – Offer Prayers
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One of the peaceful Delhi tourist places, with the gurgling sarovar inside its complex, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib was first built as a small temple by Sikh General, Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783. The complex also houses a higher secondary school, Baba Baghel Singh Museum, a library, and a hospital.
Built By: General Sardar Bhagel Singh Built In: 1783 Entry Fee: Free Opening hours : Everyday Must visit: Rakab Ganj Gurudwara, Birla Mandir and St Cathedral Church nearby if you are on Delhi sightseeing Tip: You can visit this place after sunset as the marble flooring is pretty hot during the day time in summers. Nearest Metro Station : Rajiv Chowk Distance from Delhi airport : 28 min (13.0 km)
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14. Raj Ghat – Take A Stroll
Gandhi Smriti shows you the exact location where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated. The room is exactly how Gandhiji left it and that’s where he built his abode for 144 days until his time of death. The room where he slept and the prayer ground is open to the public. It also has a display of paintings, sculptures, etc. On the other side of the road is Raj Ghat. Overall, if you want to pay your respects to Gandhiji and the work he did for India, then this is one of the best tourist places in New Delhi.
Built By: Vanu G. Bhuta Built In: 1948 Entry fee: Free Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm, Closed on Mondays Must visit: Feroz Shah Kotla fort Tip: Many groups from schools come to visit this place during weekdays. Nearest Metro Station : ITO Distance from Delhi airport : 43 min (18.6 km)
15. Hauz Khas Fort – Take Scenic Shots
The Hauz Khas Fort Complex rests amidst the splendid beauty of a lake and is a 10 pointer among the very famous tourist places in Delhi. Firoz Shah Tughlaq re-excavated the silted tank and cleared the channels to give shape to what is a famous recreational spot in South Delhi. Built in the 13th century, is a hub of activities, a bird watcher’s delight and a favored picnic spot for the locals. It is one of the best places to visit in Hauz Khas.
Tip: This place has many college students that play live music around evening. You can surely spend some time enjoying the music with a scenery pleasing your eyes here.
Built By: Alauddin Khilji Built In: 14th century Entry fee: Free Opening hours: Sunrise to sunset Must visit: Green Park (attached to the fort) Nearest Metro Station : Green Park Distance from Delhi airport : 25 min (11.6 km)
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16. Agrasen Ki Baoli – Take In The Beauty
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Agrasen Ki Baoli, which is also known as Agrasen Ki Baoli is one of the best tourist places in Delhi. It became quite popular after Amir Khan’s PK movie and on the other hand, is also infamous for its haunted activities at night. This 60-meter long and 15-meter wide step well in Connaught Place attracts many. It is indeed one of the best places to explore in Delhi with your family and friends.
Tip: This place has a wide scope for photography and stunning selfies with a creative backdrop.
Built By: King Agrasen Built In: 14th century Opening hours: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm Nearest Metro Station : Barakhamba Road or Rajiv Chowk metro station. Distance from Delhi airport : 35 min (16.5 km)
17. Nehru Park
One of the most beautifully landscaped green areas, the Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri is one of the best places to visit in Delhi and is a hub for recreational activities. Any sightseeing in Delhi is incomplete without attending any of the Spic Macey Concerts and Morning- Evening Ragas concerts by MCD (organized every month). The famous annual Bhakti Festival draws audiences from all parts of India.
Tip: There are many cultural and musical events that take place at this venue. Make sure you check out the current day’s scenario before you head here.
Entry fee: Free Opening hours: 6 am to 8 pm Nearest Metro Station : Lok Kalyan Marg or Jor Bagh Distance from Delhi airport : 20 min (8.4 km)
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18. Crafts Museum
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With the theme set up of a traditional village, this vintage museum in Pragati Maidan of Delhi has been preserving and nurturing the traditional crafts of India. An enormous carved temple chariot, a Gujarati haveli are the main highlights. The rear courtyard sells handicrafts made by local artisans, making it one of the best tourist places in Delhi.
Tip: Portraying unique crafts, this place is the best one to be explored by people interested in the same.
Opening hours: 9:30 am to 5 am (July to September); 9:30 am to 6 pm (October to June); closed on Mondays and national holidays Nearest Metro Station : Pragati Maidan Distance from Delhi airport : 42 min (16.3 km)
19. National Rail Museum
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With an exotic collection of over a hundred exhibits of trains from Indian Railways, National Rail Museum is one of the coolest must visit places in Delhi, especially with your kids. Static and working models, signaling equipment, antique furniture, historical photographs, Prince of Wales’ Saloon, Maharaja of Mysore’s Saloon are the major attractions. A mono toy train is the star attraction among kids.
Tip: Rail museum is famous for having plenty of patterns and structures of trains on board. This is highly educative for kids.
Built In: 1 February 1977 Entry fee: INR 20 Opening hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, Closed on Mondays and national holidays Nearest Metro Station : Dhaula Kuan Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 21 min (8.1 km)
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20. Shankar’s International Dolls Museum
Shankar’s International Dolls Museum in New Delhi is a wonderful place to visit on your trip to Delhi. The doll museum was envisaged by the popular cartoonist, K Shankar Pillai. The museum has exclusive costume dolls collected from USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand and from Asian countries. The number of dolls have increased from 3000 dolls to 6500 dolls collected from over 85 countries.
Tip: You can easily explore this place better on weekdays as there is less crowd.
Built By: K. Shankar Pillai Built In: 1965 Opening hours: 10:00 am to 5.30 pm. All days of the week except Monday. Entry fee: INR 15 for adult and INR 5 for children Nearest Metro Station : ITO Distance from Delhi airport : 42 min (18.3 km)
21. Chandni Chowk
The main street of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is the heart of Delhi . Chaotically competing for space, its narrow lanes are filled with shops to buy inexpensive stuff. Among the best tourist places in Delhi, Chandini Chowk is also great if you want to indulge in street food.
Tip: This market is perfect for buying wholesale products, so get ready with your list before you visit.
Built By: Shah Jahan Built In: 1650 AD Opening hours: 9.30 am to 8 pm (except Sunday) Must visit: The Flea Market every Sunday morning, Nayi Sadak, Daryaganj Nearest Metro Station : Chawri Bazar Distance from Delhi airport : 51 min (17.3 km)
22. Palika Bazaar And Janpath Market
An underground market located between the inner and outer circle of Connaught Place, Palika Bazar houses 15,000 people within its confines at any given time. Set up in the late 1970s, it has 380 numbered shops selling a varied range of objects where electronic items and clothing are dominant and is one of the best places to visit in Delhi for all the shopaholics.
Tip: Hold onto your bags a little tighter as things might get stolen in this packed marketplace of Palika. Janpath Market is another market in CP & the lane c onnects it to Lodhi Road. This place overflows with the shops and stalls at the roadside selling large numbers of goods.
Opening hours: 10 am till late late evening P.S. Apart from these, there are places, I bet you, which offer such wide ranges and throw away prices that you can be that ‘must-to-go-shopping-with guy’. Go to Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, and Karol Bagh.
23. Sarojini Nagar Market
One of the best places to shop for accessories and clothes in Delhi at cheap prices is Sarojini Nagar Market, and everyone who’s exploring Delhi must visit this market. It’s probably the biggest and the most important markets of the city. From gorgeous pair of cheap to branded dresses for parties, one can get everything in this market at a throwaway price.
Tip: Every kind of flea stalls are dotted along the streets of Sarojini market but you can bargain to great lengths here. So, do try!
Opening hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm. All days of the week except Monday Nearest Metro Station : INA metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 27 min (9.9 km)
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24. Select Citywalk
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A premier shopping mall located in the Saket District Centre, Select Citywalk is a 1,300,000 square feet retail development is spread over 6 acres. It includes a multiplex, serviced apartments, offices, 180 odd retail outlets and a food court along with an open plaza. It is one of the finest and classiest places to visit in Delhi and a heaven for shopping enthusiasts.
Tip: Citywalk is mostly packed on weekends so if you’re headed for a movie here, make sure you book in advance.
Built By: Mr. Yog Raj Arora, Mrs. Neeraj Ghei & Mr. Arjun Sharma Built In: October 2007 Opening hours: 11 am till late evening Nearest Metro Station : Malviya Nagar Distance from Delhi airport : 41 min (13.9 km)
25. Dilli Haat
An open-air food plaza cum craft bazaar, Dilli Haat is situated near INA and is run by the Delhi Tourism Authority (DTTDC). Artisans and craftsmen from all over the country gather here to showcase and sell their handicrafts. And for the guests, there is plenty of options when it comes to food. It offers savory cuisines from all over. If you are seeking places to visit in Delhi with family, Dilli Haat is truly a great option!
Tip: This place has the best food to accompany the best shopping experience in the city. Don’t forget to purchase souvenirs of all kinds from here.
Entry fee: INR 20 Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm, Daily Must visit: For theatre performances in Delhi, a visit to any of the theatres near Mandi House is suggested. Nearest Metro Station : INA Distance from Delhi airport : 29 min (10.2 km)
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26. National Museum
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The National Museum of India is one of the largest museums in Delhi . The main exhibits of this museum are the vivid collections of Indian and foreign art. There are a plethora of departments, like manuscripts, archeology, paintings, arms and armor and many more.
Built In: 5 August 1949 Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm. All days except Mondays. Entry fees: INR 20 for Indians and INR 650 for foreigners. Tip: Make sure you don’t touch the things in display as it might ruin them since they’re strategically placed for a reason. Nearest Metro Station : Udyog Bhawan Distance from Delhi airport : 29 min (13.4 km)
27. The Educational National Gallery Of Modern Art
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This is one of the major and largest National galleries of modern art. You can visit more than 14000 works of renowned artists, whether national or international. If you are an art connoisseur, you will love to spend your day at this museum.
Opening hours: 11 am to 6.30 pm. This museum is closed on Mondays and on national holidays. Entry fees: Rs. 20 for Indians and Rs. 500 for foreigners. Students’ entry is free. Tip: This place is a must visit for all the art-enthusiasts to discover modern art techniques on display. Nearest Metro Station : khan Market or Pragati Maidan Distance from Delhi airport : 32 min (15.6 km)
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28. Lodhi Gardens
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Located near Khan Market, Lodhi Gardens is spread around 90 acres and the entire year is a heritage site. You will get to see lots of historical monuments, like the tomb of Sikandar Lodi and Mohammed Shah. If you want to arrange a picnic on Saturday morning, head towards Lodhi Gardens.
Tip: This place mostly have school kids and family picnics going on. You’ll have to find a spot for yourself.
Built By: Sayyid Dynasty, Lodhi Dynasty Opening hours: 5 am to 8 pm Nearest Metro Station : Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium or khan market Distance from Delhi airport : 33 min (14.3 km)
29. Garden Of Five Senses
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If you are looking for the most fun tourist places in Delhi, this 20-acre park is full of lush greenery that will be soothing to you amidst the pollution of Delhi. This park is not for strolling around, but you can also enjoy numerous activities over here. If you are having the trip with kids, they will love to explore the area.
Tip: Spend some time tickling your senses at this garden to find the best spot for a relaxing time.
Built By: Delhi Tourism Transportation Development Corporation Opening hours: 9 am to 7 pm Nearest Metro Station : Saket Distance from Delhi airport : 44 min (16.3 km)
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30. Khan Market
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This is the place where you can find fancy branded items, along with the opportunity of shopping budget-friendly items from the street shops. You can find apparels, cosmetics, ayurvedic medicines and lots of other things here.
Tip: Since this area is a little posh, you’ll find more sophisticated crowd here.
Built In: 1951 Opening hours: every day from 10.00 am to 11.00 pm except Sundays. Nearest Metro Station : Khan Market metro station Distance from Delhi airport : 32 min (14.2 km)
31. Karol Bagh Market
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This is one of the oldest marketplaces in Delhi which is famous for traditional Indian wear, especially the bridal collection. The variety and design you can get here are difficult to find anywhere else. Besides these, you can also shop for jewelry, cosmetics, accessories, shoes, gadgets, books and lots of other materials.
Tip: Karol Bagh market is famous for a number of things. Make sure you purchase at least a few from here.
Opening hours: 10.00 am to 8.00 pm. It is closed on Mondays. Nearest Metro Station : Karol Bagh Distance from Delhi airport : 33 min (14.1 km)
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32. Tamra Shangri La’s
No food recommendations can be complete without Tamra. It is a fun and vibrant restaurant which serves up some local and delicious dishes. Situated in Eris Hotel at Connaught Place, Tamra is popular for serving up pan Asian, continental and north Indian cuisine. Head on over here for some R&R and tickle those taste buds.
Tip: This place is the perfect place if you wish to meet up with an old friend given the soothing ambience. Opening hours: 6 Am – 12 Pm Cost for two: Around an average of INR 3,000 including drinks and alcohol.
33. Lajpat Market
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It is a commercial and residential point located near the South Delhi district. Named after Lala Lajpat Rai, who was nicknamed as the lion of Punjab; Lajpat Nagar is presently famous for its collection of a variety of items spread over different shops, all of which you can get at incomparable rates. Keep in mind that the place is divided up into four parts like Lajpat Nagar 1, 2, 3 and 4 which includes the housing colonies like Dayanand Colony, Amar Colony and such. But it is a central market which turns eyes with its collection of shoes, fabrics, food items and ornaments. You will find everything from local stuff to branded ones and is a great shopping destination who are here on a shoestring budget. It is one of the popular tourist places in Delhi. Most items are at a fixed price and unless you have some superior bargaining skills, it won’t come down by much.
Tip: Make sure you don’t visit this place on Mondays as it is closed and park at the right spot due to congestion.
Built By: B.N. Puri Built In: 1958 Opening hours: Open on all days of the week from 9:00 am to 10:00 PM except on Mondays. Entry Fee: Nothing, just what you decided to buy. Nearest Metro Station : Moolchand Distance from Delhi airport : 39 min (14.7 km)
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34. Kunzum Travel Cafe
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While in Delhi you can meet with the other travelers here and have a great time to share stories, getting to know others and making perhaps travel buddies as well. Foreign tourists flock here and you can share your knowledge about the city and its attractions with them. They also have their own website called Kunzum.com where you can upload pictures, no worries about wifi, they have a free one for you to use. Located in Hauz Khas village, it has become a part of the historical landscape for the city as well. Kunzum has become a travel Mecca where people come to tell tales about places unknown and known.
Tip: This is the kind of place where you can meet new people and share new experiences. Opening hours: Open all days a week from 11:00 am to 7:30 am except on Monday Entry fee: No need to buy anything but if you do then you can pay whatever you want.
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It is a famous neighborhood located in Central Delhi. It was known during the Mughal period as Shahganj marketplace. The current name came from its nearness to Raisina Hill where the Rashtrapati Bhavan is currently located. Paharganj was originally one of the five main markets in Delhi and was located outside of the fortified city. Visitors here can find a variety of shops dedicated to current conversions and currency changes. Paharganj is actually one of the three major administrative subdivisions of Central Delhi district. It houses a lot of hotels, restaurants, lodges, dhabas, and shops. If you want to buy some amazing items at a cheaper price then this is the place to head to.
Opening hours: Open on all days of the week from 11:00 to 09:00 PM except on Mondays. Entry fees: None Tips: If hungry make sure to pay a visit to Multan Moth Bhandar for some delicious Kachoris, there are a large variety of leather items available here and check out the unnamed shops for them. If you are after some cheap drinks then My Bar is your friend as it offers the cheapest rates in the city. Nearest Metro Station : Jhandewalan Distance from Delhi airport : 38 min (15.7 km)
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36. The Blue Bar
If you want to explore the nightlife scene of Delhi then this is the best bar to head to. It is one of the best luxurious lounge and bars in the city because of its charismatic and yet edgy decor of red on black that makes its patrons have a really unique experience. The ambient lighting and the DJ playing some popular tracks will make your night. Of course the drinks will just make it better.
Tip: You can surely enjoy the night with your friends here, even though the budget might have to be increased a little. Opening hours: Open from 12:30 PM to 12:45 AM during the weekdays while weekend timings are from 5 PM to 12:45 AM. Cost for two: The average on food and alcohol comes to about 3500 INR but you will have to shell out 400 INR more for ordering up a pint of beer.
37. Club Pangaea
To enjoy some great food here, make sure you mark Club Pangaea on a list. It is a luxury dining restaurant and bar which offer a class in all aspects. Come here to experience some of the best food, wines, spirits and other beverages in a comfortable ambiance. The venue serves up Turkish, American, North Indian and finger foods.
Tip: This place is a perfect setting for a date. So, don’t forget to tag along your partner. Opening hours: Entry is between 12 PM to 1 AM. Cost for two: The averages cost which was incurred while ordering good at the club was between 4000 INR.
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38. Khan Chacha
There is an amazing story behind this establishment which has become a part of Delhi’s landscape. It was founded back in the 1970s by Haji Banda Hasan whose modest little shop went on to become the mammoth that was the Khan Chacha. Come here for some delicious food and make sure to try out the Mutton Seekh and Chicken Tikka Roll.
Tip: Make sure you don’t stop by at rush hour or on weekends as there are many people here. Opening hours: 11 AM to 11 PM Cost for two: It’s about 650 INR
39. Laxminarayan Temple
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Birla Mandir refers to any temple which was built by the Birla family and there are many as such scattered over the various cities. This one is located on Mandir Marg is a very important Delhi tourist destination as well. It is dedicated to Laxminarayan or Lord Vishnu. Built in 1939, the temple is spacious and large to hold many devotees. The architecture resembles the Nagar style and there are a lot of side temples here as well which are dedicated to various other deities like Buddha, Shiva, and Krishna. The temple stretches for up to 7.5 acres and is flanked by a lot of shrines, large gardens, and fountains which display many nationalistic and Hindu sculptures as well.
Tip: Always carry a long scarf while entering the temple to cover your head in order to pay respect to the customs of the locals.
Built By: Jugal Kishore Birla Built In: 1933 and 1939 Opening hours: It can be visited on all days of the week from 04:30 am to 1:30 PM and then again from 02:30 PM to 09:00 PM. Entry fee: There is no entry fee here. Nearest Metro Station : Jhandewalan Distance from Delhi airport : 24 min (12.3 km)
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40. Tomb Of Safdarjung
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The tomb is a very famous attraction in Delhi and is made up of marble and sandstone. It was constructed in 1754 and then architect is in the late Mughal empire style. It’s domed and arched dark red-brown and also white colored structure has a special aura which engulfs the visitors. Safdarjung held the post of the prime minister for the Mughal empire when emperor Ahmad Shah Bahadur was occupying the throne in the year 1748.
The tomb was constructed by his son Nawab Shujaud Daula after his death in 1754. The tomb is the last of the monumental tomb which were built resembling the Garden of the Mughals and so it resembles an enclosed garden which is in the style of Humayun’s tomb. The main attraction of the tomb is the Char Bagh plan, the mausoleum at the center, the five-part facade, the nine-fold floor plan, and the hidden stairway.
Tip: This place takes a minimum of an hour to cover so, make sure you have enough space to include this on your day’s list.
Built By: Shuja-ud-Daula Built In: 1753-54 Opening hours: It is open on all days of the week from sunrise till sunset. Entry Fee: For SAARC members and Indian citizens, the fee is Rs15 but for foreign nationals, it’s Rs 200. Nearest Metro Station : Jorbagh Distance from Delhi airport : 30 min (12.2 km)
41. Feroz Shah Kotla Fort
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Kotla is just the name which people of this city call the historic monument built by the Sultan Feroz Shah Kotla to mold the city in his vision of Firozabad. The fortress is an amazement to behold with its polished sandstone Topra Ashokan pillar that stands tall within the fortress. It was actually one of the multiple pillars which are still left standing that was once built by the Mauryan Emperor.
The obelisk is full of inscriptions as the original ones are in the Brahmi script along with some Sanskrit and Pali inscriptions which were added on much later. Apart from the pillar, there is also the Jami Masjid, a huge garden complex as well as baoli. What one can see of the fortress nowadays is just some ruins of what was once a proud fortress that was destroyed by continued warfare between the emperors.
Tip: Make sure you check the timings before going to this place and do not litter around.
Built By: Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq Built In: 1354 Opening hours: Open all days of the week from Sunday to Tuesday from 6:00 am to 6:00 PM. Entry Fee: For SAARC members and Indian citizens, the fee is RS 15 but for foreign nationals, it’s Rs 100. Children below 15 don’t need to pay. Nearest Metro Station : ITO Distance from Delhi airport : 43 min (18.2 km)
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42. Pragati Maidan
Located on the Mathura Road, Pragati Maidan is both an exhibition as well as a complex center which has a total of 150 acres of land which is equipped with roads, paved lawns, outlets and gardens. The place houses about sixteen huge halls in its entirety and Pragati Maidan is thought to be the largest of the exhibition centers in the city. This is a great place to get some scenic shots.
Tip: Reaching this place via metro is the perfect way to avoid the hectic traffic around the region.
Built By: architect Raj Rewal Built In: 3 November 1972 Opening hours: The visiting times aren’t fixed and they depend on the event which is being held there. But the visit duration can last from two to three hours. Entry fee: The package deal for per person begins at 9914 INR. Nearest Metro Station : Pragati Maidan Distance from Delhi airport : 33 min (15.9 km)
43. Nizamuddin Dargah
Fully known as the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, this is a famous tourist destination site in the city. The structure is actually a mausoleum of a very Sufi Saint called Hazrat Khwaja Syed Nizamuddin Auliya who lives between the years 1238 to 1325. Located in the area of the same name, it is visited by many Islam believers every week. The complex consists of tombs of poets like Hazrat Amir Khusro, Inayat Khan and that of Mughal princess Jehan Ara Begum.
Near the holy dargah, the neighborhood is divided up into two parts all along the Mathura Road. One is Nizamuddin West and it is here that the structure is located along with having a lovely market which is dominated by Muslim vendors. The dargah also provides social assistance for the needy by providing them with basic necessities like furniture, utensils, clothes and other such things. They also serve food at Khanqah for those who need it. Make sure to catch one of the Qawwali performances which take place every night here.
Built By: Muhammad Tughlaq Built In: 3 November 1972 Opening hours: The entry is from 5:00 am to 10:30 pm. Entry Fee: No entry fee Tips: Make sure to take care of your belongings because the crowds are insane. Don’t wear footwear inside, parking will be difficult so park at a little distance and then walk to the temple. Make sure that you cover up your head before entering the Dargah and remember that women aren’t allowed to enter the main shrine. Nearest Metro Station : Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Distance from Delhi airport : 41 min (16.0 km)
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44. Nehru Planetarium
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This is a major hub of science and information but also serves as a popular popular picnic spot for school kids. The Nehru Planetarium is sure to charm the astronomy fan in you and so it is one of the best places on the Delhi tourist places map ! You can choose to spend the afternoon roaming about in the vast galaxy far away from home surrounded by the stars, planets, and the solar system, or just take a tour of the astronomical artifacts and equipment that will fascinate you. The Hindi and English shows last for about 30-35 minutes each.
- English shows – 11:30 AM | 3:00 PM
- Hindi shows – 1:30 PM | 4:00 PM
Built By: Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund Built In: 1964 Cost: INR 60 per person Nearest Metro Station : Lok Kalyan Marg Distance from Delhi airport : 23 min (10.9 km)
45. Shahpur Jat
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If you are looking for the most fun places to visit in Delhi with friends for some good food and shopping, then Shahpur Jat is the best place to be at. While the lanes of Sarojini will always be overcrowded, Shahpur Jat’s organised shopping lanes won’t disappoint. You can find everything from high-end designer wear, quirky ornaments and accessories, customized outfits, and chic clothing here. For taming your tummy, you can head to eateries like The PotBelly Rooftop Café, Les Parisiennes Cafe, and Mad Teapot.
Nearest Metro Station : Hauz Khas Distance from Delhi airport : 27 min (11.8 km)
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46. Okhla Bird Sanctuary
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While this isn’t exactly located inside Delhi, it still is considered one of Delhi’s most fun and exciting places owing to the natural splendor and peace that this area offers. It’s among the most peaceful places near Delhi that is more beautiful in the rainy season. It’s situated in the Okhla barrage over the Yamuna river and is definitely one of the best places in Delhi for birdwatchers and nature lovers, especially in the monsoon season.
Nearest Metro Station : Botanical Garden Distance from Delhi airport : 1 h 5 min (24.4 km) Opening hours: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
47. India Habitat Centre
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For those who dig the modern red brick architecture with some beautiful small gardens on certain spots should surely consider paying a visit to the Indian Habitat Centre. One of the most amazing visiting places in Delhi , the structure of Indian Habitat Centre or IHC is such that it has been converted into a multi-purpose building. One can find an auditorium, a library, Visual Arts Gallery, Amphitheatre, and the stunning lotus pond. Apart from this, this building also blankets an All American Diner which is an exact replica of the retro diners that one can find in the States.
Entry fee: No entry free Opening hours: 8 AM to 10 PM Must visit: All American Diner, Lodhi Colony’s Street Art Walls, Library Tip: Do not forget to carry a camera. Make sure you try out the delicious food at the American Diner. Nearest Metro Station: Jorbagh Distance from Delhi airport: 13.5 Km (35 minutes)
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48. Southern Ridge Forest
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If a hidden gem with lush jungles and paths less taken is your idea of an outing, then head to the Southern Ridge Forest. It is one of the best tourist places in Delhi. Covering almost 6200 hectares of land, Southern Ridge Forest is a location that is surrounded by tranquility and serenity on all the corners. This Forest is home to Asola and Bhatti wildlife sanctuaries. If one is tired of their bustling city life, they can surely head to the Forest and embrace this least urban segment sitting in the heart of the concrete jungle.
Entry fee: No entry fee Opening hours: 10 AM to 6 PM Must visit: Qutub Minar, Hauz Khas, Deer Park nearby Tip: It is not very navigation friendly, so do the research before heading out on the adventure. Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat Distance from Delhi airport: 13.2 Km (30 minutes)
49. Indian War Memorial Museum
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Indian War Memorial Museum is one of the visiting places in Delhi for patriots and was established to pay tribute to those soldiers who fought in the World Battles and Wars in India as well as abroad on behalf of Great Britain. Sitting in the Naqqar Khana of Red Fort, this museum is spread over two floors of the important monument of the country. The galleries of this War Memorial includes a diorama of the battle of Panipat, machine guns, arrows, swords, khukri, shells, revolvers, and other ammunition that were used during these wars. One can also find battle axes, a variety of daggers, gun powder flask, chest armour, bomb fuses, and more.
Entry fee: INR 35 for Indians and INR 500 for foreigners (Entry for Red Fort; Entry for Museum is free) Opening hours: 9 AM to 5 PM Must visit: The galleries that showcase the impact of European industrialization Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk Distance from Delhi airport: 19.5 Km (45 minutes)
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50. Barakhamba Tomb
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When seeking for places to visit in Delhi, NCR , Barakhamba Tomb is a structure that showcases the architecture of Mughal Era in the finest manner possible. This monument got its name by virtue of the 12 (barah) pillars and arched openings that are there in each face of this tomb. The structure has a passage that is laid around the central chamber and four domed apartments standing at each corner. Sitting in the heart of a park that is accessed by the public, the restoration of the beautiful tomb is already at full pace.
Built In: 14th century Entry fee: No entry fee Opening hours: 8 AM to 6 PM Must visit: Lal Mahal that is located nearby Tip: You would need at least 1 to 2 hours to witness this monument at leisure. Nearest Metro Station: Barakhamba Road Distance from Delhi airport: 18 km (40 minutes)
51. Art Today
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Appealing to all sorts of artists and creative mindsets, Art Today is a contemporary art gallery sitting in the heart of the famous Connaught Place of New Delhi. This Art gallery displays the modern artworks of famous painters and sculptors such as MF Hussain, Meera Mukherjee, Satish Gujral, Gogi Saroj Pal, Anjolie Ela Menon, Riten Majumdar, and many more. Along with giving space to the arts of renowned individuals, this spot also gives the budding talents a chance to show off their work. One can also witness the works of final year students and buy the famous works from the art shop.
Entry fee: INR 20 for Indians and INR 500 for foreigners Opening hours: 10 AM to 6 PM Must visit: Connaught Place nearby Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk Distance from Delhi airport: 13.1 Km (30 minutes)
52. Sacred Heart Cathedral Church
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Reeking of the essence of spirituality from every nook and corner, Sacred Heart Cathedral Church is one of the famous places in Delhi , especially during Christmas time. Sitting in Ashok Place, this Church is one of the significant places to worship in Delhi. The peacefulness and tranquility makes it possible for an individual to spend some time in solitude and collect their thoughts in God’s home. This Church was designed by the famous British architect namely Henry Medd. The structure can be seen adorning Italian architecture which is a feast for the eyes of the spectators.
Entry fee: No entry fee Opening hours: 6:30 AM to 6 PM Must visit: India Gate, Cathedral Church of Redemption, Jantar Mantar, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara nearby Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk Distance from Delhi airport: 12 Km (30 minutes)
53. Moth Ki Masjid
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Another one of the Delhi best places that showcases the Mughal architecture, complete with domes and arches, is the Moth ki Masjid. Not particularly a famous attraction, this hidden jewel is a great place for those who are looking for some offbeat spots for photography or just strolling around. This monument reeks of the vibes of golden era that takes the travelers back in the time. Massive redstone gateway, arched openings, intricate designs, and the architecture makes it appeal to the eyes of the spectators.
Entry fee: No entry fee Opening hours: Sunrise to Sunset Must visit: Hauz Khas, Siri Fort, Lotus Temple, Nizamuddin’s Shrine nearby Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat Distance from Delhi airport: 13.3 Km (25 minutes)
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54. Tibet House Museum
If you wish to get an insight into the cultures and traditions of the land of Dalai Lama, then Tibet House Museum is one of the Delhi best places for you. Founded by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the year 1965, Tibet House Museum is a lot more than Tibetologists and Buddhist Masters, it amalgamates scholars and laypersons of numerous artists, disciplines, and social activists. This museum is home to many precious objects, books, and other collectibles that reek of religious and cultural significance, occupied by various Tibetans on their escapades to the Himalayas.
Built By: Dalai Lama Built In: 1965 Entry fee: INR 10 per person Opening hours: 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM Must visit: Bangla Sahib, Swaminarayan Akshardham, Humayun’s Tomb, Lodhi Garden nearby Nearest Metro Station: Jorbagh Distance from Delhi airport: 13.9 Km (30 minutes)
55. Hijron Ka Khanqah
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For those who wish to witness and get an in-depth understanding into the lives of the Muslim transgenders should visit Hijron Ka Khanqah. Make sure you get talking to the extremely friendly locals of this area and unfold the mysteries of their tales. Hijron Ka Khanqah is actually an extremely beautiful Islamic monument that is also a burial cemetery for eunuchs of the Muslim religion. Sitting within the Archeological Park of the Mehrauli Village, this spot reeks of tranquility and peacefulness.
Entry fee: No entry fee Opening hours: N/A Must visit: Iltutmish Tomb, Alauddin Khilji Tomb, Anangtal Baoli, Iron Pillar. Qutub Minar nearby Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas Distance from Delhi airport: 13.5 Km (35 minutes)
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56. Mehrauli Archaeological Park
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One of the famous places in Delhi for those who wish to spend some time embracing peace and tranquility, Archaeological Park is a massive land sitting adjacent to Qutub Minar Complex. This Park is home to one of the magnificent structures with enchanting architecture that takes travelers back in time of the golden days. Mehrauli Archaeological Park blanket the timeless ruins of Lal Kot that dates back to the 11th Century AD.
Entry fee: No entry fee Opening hours: 5 AM to 6:30 PM Must visit: Qutub Minar, Alai Minar, Tomb of Azim Khan, Humayun’s Tomb nearby Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar Distance from Delhi airport: 13.4 Km (30 minutes)
57. Atgah Khan’s Tomb
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For those who are seeking the lesser known places to visit in Delhi, NCR , Atgah Khan’s Tomb is the answer. Appealing to artists, painters, and photographers, this hidden jewel of a monument covering the floors of Delhi is constructed with majestic redstone and ornamented with snowwhite slabs of marble, making it look like a beauty. One can witness an extensive number of medallions, calligraphy, and pietra dura work on the walls of this symmetrical square tomb. The interiors adorn beautiful blue-hued stone that takes away the breath of spectators.
Entry fee: INR 30 for Indians and INR 500 for Foreigners Opening hours: N/A Must visit: Barakhamba Tomb, Sabz Burj, Isa Khan Tomb nearby Nearest Metro Station: Lado Sarai Distance from Delhi airport: N/A
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58. North Campus
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This is the ultimate destination of the food lovers as you can get street foods, fast foods, snacking cafes, and obviously, multi-cuisine eateries. Students around India come here with limited money in their pockets. Therefore, this is the place where you can find quality food at a reasonable price. In fact, it’s among the best places to visit in North Delhi .
Tip: Chaap at the various restaurants is quite famous for you to indulge in. Famous Foods: sweets, street foods, regional foods, street foods, and snacks Special Picks: Bille di Hatti, Bamboo Hut, Momo’s Point
59. South Campus
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This is another place where you can get lip-smacking food in Delhi at an affordable price. For the cafes of this area, this place has always been on the list of the most favorites among the students. Tourists also find this place very appealing due to the cafes, like Big Yellow Door, Scooter on the Wall, etc.
Tip: Make sure you try the tandoori momos amongst other kinds of momos here.
Built In: 1973 Famous Foods: Italian, Chinese, American and North Indian Grill, shakes and fast foods. Special Pick: QD’s, Kev’s, Echoes, Chowringhee Lane
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60. Pandara Road
Are you looking for a place in Delhi where you can enjoy a fine dining experience with your family or friends or with someone special? Then, you need to head towards this place near India Gate where you can find several upmarket eateries.
Tip: Not only the food, this place is also famous for scenic drives at night too. Built In: 1954 Built By: K.L. Wadhwa Famous Foods: North and South India delicacies, multi-cuisine, Pan Asian, sweets. Special Pick: Gulati, Veg Gulati, Have More, Inchiban
You are in Delhi and don’t spend an evening at Nizamuddin will be a great miss. This is one of the oldest settlements in Delhi where you can find the most authentic foods of Delhi. From Kebabs to sweets, this place is famous for Mughlai cuisines.
Tip: Don’t miss on the delicious Kebabs at Karim’s in this place. Famous Foods: Tandoori Grill, kebabs, traditional sweets, and other Mughlai foods Special Picks: Gulfam Kashmiri Wazwan, Karim’s, and Ghalib Kabab Corner
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62. Connaught Place
From multi-cuisine restaurants to street-side cafes, this place is the perfect destination for all types of foodies. Whether you are looking for international cuisine or your love is authentic North Indian recipes, head towards Connaught Place to enjoy an evening.
Tip: Parking is limited in this place. Make sure you park at the right spot to avoid a challan later on.
Built By: Architect Robert Tor Russell Built In: 1929 to 1933 Famous Foods: North Indian, regional, international, cafes Special Pick: Minar, Kake da Hotel, Jain Chawal Wale, Parikrama and lots more.
63. Paranthe Wali Gali
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If you are a big time foodie and love paranthas, then you should straight head to Paranthe wali Gali in Delhi. The narrow street in Old Delhi will lure you with the appetizing aroma of paranthas and other traditional Indian delicacies. This place is a heaven for foodies. From rabri parantha, halwa paratha to mixed, you get all kinds of assortments here.
Tip: Parking in this area is limited. You’ll have to board a metro which is more convenient to reach this place.
Built By: Shah Jahan Built In: 1650 Opening hours: 9 AM – 11 PM Cost for two: INR 150
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64. Kingdom Of Dreams
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This is a live entertainment theatre located in the national capital region of Delhi, close to Leisure Valley Park. On the day of its opening, a preview of an awe-striking bollywood musical was shown featuring Hussain Kwajerwala, Kashmira Irani, and Gauhar Khan. Covering almost 6 acres of area, KOD is run by Great Indian Nautanki Company – a joint venture of Wizcraft and apna Group. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist places in Delhi.
Tip: There are only a limited number of seats here. So, make sure you book well in advance to avoid the end minute queue.
Built By: Great Indian Nautanki Company Entry Fee:
Diamond: 2,999 per person on weekdays Diamond: 3,999 per person on weekends Platinum: 2,499 per person on weekdays Platinum: 2,999 per person on weekends Gold: 1,999 per person on weekdays Gold: 2,499 per person on weekends Silver: 1,499 per person on weekdays Silver: 1,999 per person on weekends Bronze: 1,249 per person on weekdays Bronze: 1,499 per person on weekends Culture Gully: 600 per person on weekdays Culture Gully: 700 per person on weekend
Opening hours : 12:30 pm to 11:30 pm, closed on Monday Nearest Metro Station : Iffco Chowk Distance from Delhi airport : 14 km What’s Special : The fabulous performances steal the sights
65. Cha Bar
If you wish to spend some me-time in Delhi away from its crowded realms, then you can simply step into any of its charming book cafes. Book cafes in Delhi definitely serve as the most amazing places to chill with a book in one hand and a cup of steaming coffee or hot chocolate in another.
You can get to Cha Bar in Connaught Place and spend a quiet afternoon sipping on a cup of coffee or tea, munching on a cake, and reading through your favorite book! And it’s not just about spending lone time, but you can also visit these pretty book cafes for a romantic date with your partner. In fact, with its lovable and unique ambiene, Cha Bar is amongst the best tourist places in Delhi for couples who love coffee and reading.
Built By: Priti Paul Tip : Do taste the ‘Chai Hindustani’ which is a specialty item at Cha Bar Opening hours : 9:30 am to 9:30 pm Nearest Metro Station : Barakhamba Road Distance from Delhi airport : 14 km What’s Special : The menu which has a cultural and exotic blend like the Moroccan Mint, South African Rooibos and Decaf Teas
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66. Indian Air Force Museum
Small and large aircrafts along with an air force inventory are open for the visitors to have a look. Located in Palam Air Force Station in Delhi, this museum displays historic photographs, weapons and uniforms from the inception in 1932. It is one of the best tourist places in Delhi. The aviation museum is the specialty of this museum. The museum remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm Tip : Do not tamper with any artifact as they are rare and part of India’s military history Nearest Metro Station : Sadar Bazar Distance from Delhi airport : 2 km What’s Special : Exhibits that showcase our aviation flights before independence.
67. Waste To Wonder Park
The Waste To Wonder Park is one of the finest Delhi tourist places that houses the world’s seven wonders. They are replicated using waste products. It is a truly iconic park which has been inaugurated in recent times. The park is best enjoyed with friends and family.
Built By: South Delhi Municipal Corporation Built In : 2019 Tip: Do not litter garbage or sabotage the monuments in the park as it could lead to fine Opening hours : 7:30 am to 6:15 pm Nearest Metro Station : Hazrat Nizamuddin Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 18 km What’s Special : The first-of-its-kind monuments that showcase the 7 wonders of the world
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68. Jamali Kamali
The Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb is located in the Archaeological Village complex of Mehrauli, a historic site. It comprises two monuments adjacent to each other. One of them is a mosque and the other is a tomb of Jamali and Kamali. History lovers will surely love it.
Built By: Shaikh Fazl al-Allah Built In: 1536 Tip: The tomb is one of the many in the Mehrauli area. Do not miss this one as it holds special tributes for lovers. Opening hours: 6 am to 6 pm Nearest Metro Station : Qutab Minar Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 12 km What’s Special: It is claimed to be a forerunner in the Mughal architectural designs
69. Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
The museum might not top the lists of museums in India but if you really wish to take a peek into Delhi, then this is the place. It is a large house-turned-museum devoted to the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. You can see a collection of rare photographs during the nationalist movement and some personal moments of the Nehru-Gandhi family
Built By: Dr. Rajendra Prasad Built In: Opened in 1961 Tip: The museum houses rare artifacts. Do not mishandle or touch anything. Opening hours: 9:30 am to 4:45 pm, closed on Monday Nearest Metro Station : Central Secretariat Distance from Delhi airport : 10 km What’s Special : The photographs, clippings and some rare collections
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70. National Zoological Park
One of the best places to visit in Delhi which would be enough to take you on a half-day tour would be the Delhi Zoo or the National Zoological Park. The zoo is home to a large number of species of birds, mammals and reptiles which live in a natural environment. The zoo houses endangered species that breed well in captivity. Some of the special attractions at the Zoo include , Lion-tailed Macaque, Migratory birds (during winters) etc.
Built By: Frederick Law Olmsted Built In: 1889 Tip: Purchase a shuttle ticket of INR 55 to journey freely in the zoo Opening hours: 9 am to 4:30 am Nearest Metro Station : Pragati Maidan Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 15 km What’s Special : The wide range of animals like White Tiger, Jaguar, Rhinoceros, Sangai, etc.
71. Tughlaqabad Fort
The Tughlaqabad Fort is a ruined fort established as the third historic city of Delhi. The surroundings of the fort are an important biodiversity area that are part of the Northern Aravalli leopard wildlife corridor. The fort is located at the Delhi border of separating Delhi from Faridabad in Haryana.
Built By: Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq Built In: 1321 Tip: Explore underground passages and tombs as well as sloping walls and archaic wells but do not get lost Opening hours: 7 am to 5 pm Nearest Metro Station : Tughlakabad Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 19 km What’s Special: It is a a gigantic stone structure with walls that are about 10-15 meters in height
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72. Mughal Gardens
The Mughal Gardens is a beautiful place blossoming with flowers and containing fountains. It is located at the presidential palace of India. However, it is open to the public only in the month of February & March.
Built By: Mirza Haider Built In: 1619 Tip: Make sure that you pre-book your tickets Opening hours: 10 am to 4 pm, closed on Monday Nearest Metro Station : Central Secretariat Distance from Delhi airport : 10 km What’s Special: The Mughal-era canals and terraces. The flowering shrubs that are beautifully blended with European lawns, private hedges and flowerbeds
73. Teen Murti Bhavan
The Teen Murti Bhavan is the former residence of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. It was his house until 27 May 1964 where he stayed for 16 years. The Bhavan houses various institutions including the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, the ‘Centre for Contemporary Studies’ and the Nehru Planetarium.
Built By: Robert Tor Russell Built In: 1930 Tip: Do not miss the planetarium as it provides one of the best experiences Opening hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm, closed on Monday Nearest Metro Station : Lok Kalyan Marg Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 9 km What’s Special : The park in the premises will surely help you unwind and relax in the evening.
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As is clear with the name, it is a path, a particular road which leads to India Gate from Rashtrapati Bhavan. It is a ceremonial boulevard and lined on both sides by canals, trees and huge lawns. This is the iconic road where the Republic Day parade on January 26 passes through.
Built By: Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker Built In: 1931 Tip: Arrive early in the morning or late in the evening when the whole area is lighted. Opening hours: Always open Nearest Metro Station : Central Secretariat Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 10 km What’s Special : It is a great place to click pictures so do click!
75. Quwwatul Islam Masjid
Another of the finest places to visit in Delhi that exhibits a 12th-century architecture is the Quwwatul Islam Masjid. The mosque has a tomb which showcases a blend of the Hindu & Islamic influences. It is an old monument in Delhi and built of red sandstone, gray quartz, and white marble.
Built By: Qutb-ud-Din Aibak Built In : 1193 Tip: Try visiting early to avoid tourist rush Opening hours: Always open Nearest Metro Station : Qutub Minar Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 12 km What’s Special : The mosque is built from the remains of 27 Hindu and Jain temples
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76. Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in Delhi is a one-of-its-kind museum which is dedicated to the global history of toilets and sanitation. The museum has been featured in the Time magazine in the column of 10 weirdest museums in the world.
Built By: Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak Built In: 1992 Tip: Try to pre-book your tickets and visit in the morning. Opening hours: 8 am to 8 pm, 10 am to 5 pm (Sunday) Nearest Metro Station : Dashrathpuri Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 9 km What’s Special : The Museum houses a rare collection of facts, objects and facts about the detailed history of toilets from 2500 BC
77. Nicholson Cemetery
Now this is an out of the syllabus chapter. But if you are actually looking for haunted places in Delhi, then this is the place for you. It is a colonial-era cemetery that houses many tombstones. According to the Indian Paranormal Society, the headless apparition of the founder John Nicholson haunts the cemetery.
Built By: NA Built In: 1857 Tip: If you are afraid of ghosts, then go in a group and during the day. Opening hours: 6 am to 6 pm Nearest Metro Station : Kashmere Gate Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 20 km What’s Special : It is the oldest Christian cemetery in Delhi.
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78. National War Memorial
The National War Memorial is an Indian national monument which has been built in order to honour the soldiers of the Indian military who sacrificed themselves during the armed conflicts of Independent India. The museum is a first of its kind in India to tribute each and every soldier who gave his or her life in the armed conflicts.
Built By: Yogesh Chandrahasan Built In : 1972 Tip: Do not miss the flame guarding ceremony that happens everyday Opening hours: 9 am to 7 pm Nearest Metro Station : Central Secretariat Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 14 km What’s Special : The memorial inscribes the names of armed forces personnel who were killed during the armed conflicts with Pakistan and China in golden letters.
79. Chhatarpur Temple
The Chhatarpur Temple is located in the Mehrauli Heritage region and dedicated to Goddess Katyayani. The complex is spread over a wide area of nearly 70 acres. The temple was considered to be one of the biggest temples in India and the second largest in the world. Only when the Akshardham Temple was built in 2005, did this temple lose that crown. The temple is constructed from marble and has a vesara style of architecture.
Built By : Baba Sant Nagpal ji Built In: 1974 Tip: Dress modestly when you visit the temple Opening hours: 6 am to 10 pm Nearest Metro Station : Chhatarpur Metro Station Distance from Delhi airport : 10 km What’s Special : The front of the temple complex has a large statue of Lord Hanuman
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Best Time To Visit Delhi
The best time to visit Delhi is from October to March when the weather is pleasant and ideal for sightseeing making it the right time to experience the best of Delhi. You can explore places like Red Fort, India gate and more comfortably during this time. Summers are very hot and dry while springs and winters remain soothing and extremely cold.
How To Reach Delhi
New Delhi is well-connected to major states in the country as well as other countries. If you want to know how to reach Delhi, here is a detailed information that will help you decide to choose the best mode of transportation.
By Air: New Delhi airport is well-connected to other parts of India as well as the world. There are regular flights to and fro from cities like Bangalore, Mumbai and Hyderabad. It is an expensive but the best mode of transportation if you want to reach your desired destination early.
By Train: New Delhi is very well connected to metro line and thus reaching the station is a hassle free journey. All the major cities of the nation are also connected by rail. This is the most economical way to reach Delhi.
By Road: If you are planning to travel to Delhi by road, there are a number of regular buses from other major cities that operate on a regular basis.
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Whether it is about living the tradition and heritage of the country and getting a glimpse of history or enjoying the shopping culture and the mouth-watering foods, the capital city of India will never disappoint you. You can be in Delhi whenever you want, but going out during the daytime in summer will be really difficult. Prefer to visit places after sunset or early morning. So, get packed and book your trip to Delhi with TravelTriangle right away!
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Frequently Asked Questions About Tourist Places In Delhi
Which tourist places in Delhi are open for tourists post the pandemic?
Fun N Food Village, Kingdom of Dreams, Hauz Khas Social, Red Fort, Big Yellow Door Cafe are some of the places which are open for tourists post the pandemic.
Which are some of the tourist places in Delhi that are not over-crowded?
Hauz Khas Village, Majnu Ka Tila, Agrasen ki Baoli, Satpula Village are some of the places in Delhi that are not over-crowded.
Which are some of the best tourist places in Delhi for families with kids?
India Gate, Garden of Five Senses, Deer Park, Lodhi Garden, Kingdom of Dreams are some of the best tourist places in Delhi for families where you can enjoy yourself with kids.
Which are some of the best tourist places in Delhi for couples?
Garden of Five Senses, Purana Quila, Millennium Indraprastha Park, Qutub Minar is some of the best tourist places in Delhi for couples.
What are the famous monuments to visit in Delhi?
The Red Fort, Qutub Minar, The Lotus Temple, India Gate are some of the most popular monuments in Delhi which you must visit.
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7 Cool Neighborhoods to Explore in Delhi
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Delhi, India's capital, was once foremost regarded as a staid and sensible city of bureaucrats. Its long and divergent history has seen it conquered by the Mughals, colonized by the British, and settled by refugees from the Partition (of India and Pakistan) following Independence. More recently, another revolution of sorts has been going on, with the reinvention of unremarkable neighborhoods into cosmopolitan destinations to explore in Delhi. Here's the pick of Delhi's cool neighborhoods that are close to top tourist attractions in the city.
Connaught Place (or CP for short) is New Delhi's central business district. It was built by the British and completed in 1933. The layout consists of three rings (inner, middle and outer) of colonnaded white Georgian-style buildings, with a park in the center. Considered to be the heart of the city, key roads radiate out of it in all directions.
Those who are familiar with Delhi will remember Connaught Place as being a rather boring shopping arcade with a few gloomy bars, and uninspiring leather and clothing stores. Not anymore! The opening of the Metro train station invigorated the neighborhood, and it's now one of the liveliest in the city. Cool bars and restaurants continue to spring up at a staggering rate, and Delhi's party people congregate there for the nightlife. Most of the action takes place in the Outer Circle, while the Middle Circle has banks and offices. Feeling hungry? Here's what to eat in Connaught Place . Other attractions in the area include the serene Gurdwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh house of worship), Prachin Hanuman Mandir (a very old temple devoted to Lord Hanuman, the monkey god), Janpath market, Agrasen ki Baoli (an ancient step well), and Devi Prasad Sadan Dhobi Ghat (where laundry is manually washed in rows of troughs).
How to Get There: Take the Blue or Yellow line of the Delhi Metro train and get down at Rajiv Chowk, which is an important interchange station. It's located right in the middle of Connaught Place, below Central Park.
Hauz Khas Village
Undoubtedly Delhi's hippest neighborhood, Hauz Khas Village has a fascinating medieval history that dates back to the 13th century. The neighborhood gets its name, meaning "royal water tank" from the reservoir that was built there. It's now encircled by a paved walking track and forms part of the Hauz Khas Complex (entry is free). This area also includes the remains of a fort, a madrasa (an institution for Islamic learning), mosque, and tomb of Firuz Shah (who ruled over the Sultanate of Delhi from 1351 to 1388). There's a popular Deer Park adjacent to it as well. Hauz Khas didn't start becoming cool until the 1980s though, when it was redeveloped as an upscale commercial and residential area. Currently, this urban village is filled to the brim with chic boutiques, art galleries, restaurants and bars. Some would say its even overcrowded and overrated. The Kunzum Travel Cafe is a great place to hang out! Also try these popular restaurants and bars in Hauz Khas.
How to Get There: Hauz Khas is located in south Delhi and is accessible via Sri Aurobindo Marg. It has a stop on the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro train but you'll need to take an auto rickshaw from the station or walk about 20 minutes to get to the village. Alternatively, you can get off the train at Green Park Metro station on the same line. It's around the same distance away.
New Delhi's Lodhi Colony was formed in the 1940s, as a residential colony for government officials. It's situated in clean and green Lutyens' Delhi, and was the last residential area built by the British before they left India. Sounds more dull than cool, right? However, Lodhi Colony has India's first public open-air art district. The St+Art India Foundation brought in artists from across India and the world to paint murals on buildings between Khanna Market and Meher Chand Market. What's more, Meher Chand Market has also transformed itself over the past decade. No longer a market renowned for its tailors, they've been replaced by eclectic and stylish home decor stores, cafes, boutiques, and specialty bookstores. While Hauz Khas is more of a food and beverage destination these days, Meher Chand Market is distinctly designer-focused. Lodhi Gardens , one of Delhi's popular attractions, is nearby. While you're there, stop by these top restaurants in Lodhi Colony for something to eat.
How to Get There: Lodhi Colony is accessible via Lodhi Road. Take the Yellow Line of the Delhi Metro and get down at Jorbagh. Or, take the Violet Line and get down at JLN Stadium.
Shahpur Jat, another arty urban village, is often overshadowed by Hauz Khas Village 10 minutes away. But during the last decade, designers have relocated to Shahpur Jat, drawn by the lower rents and more peaceful atmosphere. The fact that many locals were skilled weavers and artisans was an added benefit.
Shahpur Jat was built on the remains of Siri Fort, which was established by the Khilji dynasty in the early 14th century. It remained an agricultural area until the 1960s, when the government started acquiring farming land to develop housing for senior officials. The neighborhood is no longer only an edgy designer hub. Health-conscious hipsters now flock to the many wholesome cafes and shops nestled into its narrow streets. Shahpur Jat also has colorful street murals on its buildings, created by the St+Art India Foundation.
How to Get There: Hauz Khas is the nearest Metro station.
Refined and sedate Sundar Nagar has been turning increasingly cool in recent years too. This New Delhi neighborhood gets its name from Sundar Bawa Singh, who was the first person to buy a plot of land there, when the government began to develop it in the 1950s. The neighborhood has a fabulous central location, bordering the Lutyens' zone and wedged between historical monuments (Purana Qila to the north and Humayun’s Tomb to the south).
Sundar Nagar market is one of the top Delhi markets . It's renowned for its fine Indian tea stores, art and antique shops, and jewelry shops. Check out Gallery 29. There's been an influx of new and trendy restaurants as well. What's more, the neighborhood is home to two of Delhi's top boutique hotels (La Sagrita and Devna), and Delhi's zoo. If you're in the city during Diwali , don't miss the popular fair that takes place at Sundar Nagar Park.
How to Get There: Sundar Nagar is accessible via Mathura Road. It doesn't have a Metro station. The nearest ones are Khan Market and JLN Stadium on the Violet Line, and Pragati Maidan on the Blue Line.
Just south of Sundar Nagar and east of Lodhi Colony, Nizamuddin is divided into vastly different East and West parts. The main attraction in Nizamuddin West is the shrine of the Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin , and the live qawwalis (Sufi devotional songs) that are held there every Thursday evening. It's worth taking this insightful and inexpensive tour of the densely inhabited surrounding area, known as Nizamuddin Basti.
In contrast, cooler Nizamuddin East is a wealthy residential neighborhood where numerous celebrities, politicians, authors and journalists live. This part of the city was originally developed to house refugees, who fled what's now called Pakistan in the Partition. They've since sold their properties to wealthier owners that have built lavish bungalows. You'll find varied places to eat in and around the neighborhood , from fine-dining to street food. If you want to stay there, Nizamuddin also has some of Delhi's best bed and breakfasts. Women who love gorgeous block-printed clothes will definitely want to visit the Anokhi discount store in Nizamuddin East Market ( Shop 13, enter through Gate 9 ). And, of course, Humayun’s Tomb is a must-see.
How to Get There: The closest Metro stations are Jangpura and JLN Stadium on the Violet Line.
Paharganj? Cool? Those who can't stand its filth, noise and congestion may have a hard time believing so. Yet, Paharganj is evolving from seedy to sought-after! The neighborhood is an old market area that came into being in the 18th century. It was the only market situated outside the walled city and Mughal capital of Shahjahanabad (now known as Old Delhi), and was the city's largest grain market. Paharganj gained notoriety in the 1970s, when it became a fixture on the Hippie Trail. Backpackers looking for cheap and centrally located accommodations also started gravitating there. Nowadays, hippies are encountering hipsters, who are heading to Paharganj in search of happening new places to hangout. Although the Main Bazaar is still dominated by foreigners, it's in vogue with young Indian college students for bargain shopping , and inexpensive food and drinks.
How to Get There: Paharganj is located on the west side of New Delhi Railway Station. It's close to Connaught Place to the south and Old Delhi to the east. The nearest Metro station is New Delhi Metro Station on the Yellow Line, and it's also directly connected to New Delhi Railway Station. Alternatively, Ramakrishna Ashram Marg Metro Station on the Blue Line is the best option for those approaching Paharganj from the opposite side of the Main Bazaar.
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40 acre timarpur lake soon to open as new tourist attraction in city.
n Delhi will soon have a new addition to the already long list of tourist attractions in the city and this time, it is a beautiful lake. The sprawling 40 acre Timarpur Lake, located in an area near Signature Bridge and the project is in its final phase as 90 percent of the work has been completed. The construction work is currently on hold due to Graded Response Actions Plan (GRAP) restrictions. Once the restrictions are lifted, the remaining work will be completed soon. Beyond aiding in groundwater recharge, this project will also address water concerns for the local population.
Delhi Water Minister Atishi, on Thursday, inspected Timarpur Lake and provided directives to officials to ensure the prompt and high-quality completion of the project. “The project is being prepared to maintain an ecological system and recharge more and more underground water in a cost-effective manner,” Atishi said.
The water minister revealed that around 1940, there used to be a treatment plant in Timarpur, Delhi. “Oxidation ponds were made to treat dirty water. However, this method of cleaning dirty water was quite old, resulting in the accumulation of dirty water and a foul smell on the Timarpur land. Due to these issues, the plant was shut down. In the subsequent years, people began dumping waste on the site, making it undesirable for locals due to the surrounding dirt,” Atishi added.
The minister further said the Kejriwal government planned to develop a lake on this land, and now this area has transformed into a splendid lake. The locals are extremely pleased with the development of the lake. Not only have the residents been relieved of the dirt, but the area has also become a secure place for the public.
Atishi further informed that alongside the development of the Timarpur lake premises, a Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is being established here on 5 acres land. This STP, part of the second phase, will treat 25 MLD of water daily, contributing to the replenishment of the lake and groundwater recharge. Anticipating the possibility of several crore liters of water being recharged daily from Timarpur Lake, the project signifies a significant water management effort.
Once open, this lake will be a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction because the lake site will also house a Sewage Treatment Plant that will feed clean water into the lake, and the site will help in water storage too. Once the lake is all ready, visitors will be able to enjoy facilities like food cafes, open-air theatre, butterfly park, a gallery and an auditorium. According to Atishi, the Kejriwal government is developing Timarpur Lake as a tourist destination, featuring amenities like food cafes, open-air theater, butterfly park, gallery, and auditorium. Upon the lake's opening, visitors can enjoy the beauty and utilize facilities like selfie points, step plaza, and a museum. The project aims not only to raise the groundwater level but also to create an ecosystem in the area. It will address water scarcity in the surrounding regions, ensuring the lake remains filled with clean water throughout the year.
Officials shared with the minister that the completion of the lake has not only put an end to pollution but has also enhanced the beauty of the area. People are eagerly awaiting the opening of the lake premises.
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Chandigarh to introduce shuttle buses at tourist places
The CCBSS has directed the architect department to develop a comprehensive plan in consultation with the engineering department and traffic police for parking buses at designated locations near popular tourist attractions, such as the Sukhna Lake, Bird Park and Rock Garden, and the Punjab and Haryana high court.
The Union territory is set to introduce shuttle bus services at the tourist places in the city to decongest traffic and improve the visitors’ experience. The decision in this regard was taken on Thursday during the 14th meeting of the governing body of the Chandigarh City Bus Service Society (CCBSS), functioning under the aegis of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU).
The meeting was held under the chairpersonship of UT adviser-cum-home secretary Nitin Yadav..
The engineering department would be responsible for marking parking spaces and erecting signboards to guide visitors. The society will also carry out a public awareness campaign to inform residents and tourists about the new parking arrangements.
CTU buses connecting the popular tourist attractions and the surrounding areas will operate at a frequency of 5 minutes with the minimum fare for a round trip fixed at ₹ 10.
The shuttle bus service will initially run on weekends and holidays on a trial basis. After taking feedback from the public, the necessary adjustments will be made.
Bus queue shelters to come up
To improve the experience of commuters, the body has resolved to implement “Delhi Pattern Bus Queue Shelters” across the city. These shelters will be designed with a focus on passenger convenience, safety and information accessibility.
Among the key features of these shelters are CCTV cameras, route maps to guide passengers, mobile charging points, dustbins, solar panels, aesthetically-designed artifacts, real-time bus information, emergency contact numbers, accessibility features for physically persons and installation and advertisement boards.
“The implementation of these modern and passenger-friendly shelters will enhance the commuting experience for residents of Chandigarh,” Nitin Yadav said.
He added that governing body had already sent a proposal for hiring 100 electric buses (12 metre) to replace diesel buses of depot -IV of the CCBSS to the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs under the PM-eBus Sewa Scheme.
During the meeting, the attendees were informed that there was an increase in the revenue of CTU and CCBSS. For CCBSS, the revenue increased by ₹ 3.14 in financial year 2023-24, as compared to 2022-23.
For CTU, the revenue increased ₹ 8.93 crore as compared to last year, despite 20 buses being remove from the fleet.
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Chandigarh to introduce shuttle buses at tourist places
Posted: 9 November 2023 | Last updated: 10 November 2023
The Union territory is set to introduce shuttle bus services at the tourist places in the city to decongest traffic and improve the visitors’ experience. The decision in this regard was taken on Thursday during the 14th meeting of the governing body of the Chandigarh City Bus Service Society (CCBSS), functioning under the aegis of the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU).
The meeting was held under the chairpersonship of UT adviser-cum-home secretary Nitin Yadav..
The CCBSS has directed the architect department to develop a comprehensive plan in consultation with the engineering department and traffic police for parking buses at designated locations near popular tourist attractions, such as the Sukhna Lake, Bird Park and Rock Garden, and the Punjab and Haryana high court.
The engineering department would be responsible for marking parking spaces and erecting signboards to guide visitors. The society will also carry out a public awareness campaign to inform residents and tourists about the new parking arrangements.
CTU buses connecting the popular tourist attractions and the surrounding areas will operate at a frequency of 5 minutes with the minimum fare for a round trip fixed at ₹ 10.
The shuttle bus service will initially run on weekends and holidays on a trial basis. After taking feedback from the public, the necessary adjustments will be made.
Bus queue shelters to come up
To improve the experience of commuters, the body has resolved to implement “Delhi Pattern Bus Queue Shelters” across the city. These shelters will be designed with a focus on passenger convenience, safety and information accessibility.
Among the key features of these shelters are CCTV cameras, route maps to guide passengers, mobile charging points, dustbins, solar panels, aesthetically-designed artifacts, real-time bus information, emergency contact numbers, accessibility features for physically persons and installation and advertisement boards.
“The implementation of these modern and passenger-friendly shelters will enhance the commuting experience for residents of Chandigarh,” Nitin Yadav said.
He added that governing body had already sent a proposal for hiring 100 electric buses (12 metre) to replace diesel buses of depot -IV of the CCBSS to the Union ministry of housing and urban affairs under the PM-eBus Sewa Scheme.
During the meeting, the attendees were informed that there was an increase in the revenue of CTU and CCBSS. For CCBSS, the revenue increased by ₹ 3.14 in financial year 2023-24, as compared to 2022-23.
For CTU, the revenue increased ₹ 8.93 crore as compared to last year, despite 20 buses being remove from the fleet.
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