55 Best Places to visit in Delhi with Friends, Family / For Couples

“I asked my soul: What is Delhi?

She replied: The world is the body and Delhi its life”

Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib

Not sure about the world but for India, Delhi is definitely its life. Being the capital city of India and the largest metropolitan city in the country, Delhi is much more than just a city. Delhi is a way of life, a voice, and reflection of culture and most importantly it is the city of kind-hearted people. A perfect combination of culture and modernity, Delhi is full with historical monuments on one hand and a world-class modern city on the other. Historical Masterpieces, Museums, Cultural Centres, religious monuments, parks, shopping places and street foods; Delhi has everything on its own.

Delhi has a long history and it served various empires as the capital which makes it one of the longest-serving capitals and one of the oldest possessed cities in the world. Various settlements were established in the region of present Delhi which include Lalkot by Tomara ruler, Anangpal (present-day Mehrauli), Siri by Alauddin Khalji, Tughluqabad by Ghiyasuddin Tughluq, Ferozabad by Feruz Shah Tughluq (present-day Feroz Shah Kotla), Dinpanah by Humayun and Shergarh by Sher Shah Suri (present-day old fort area), Shahjahanabad by Shah Jahan (present-day Old Delhi) and Lutyen’s Delhi or New Delhi.

While Red Fort, Old Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Safdarjung’s Tomb and Jama Masjid are some of the alluring beauty of Mughal era you can also explore the British heritage of India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Parliament House and Connaught Place. While New Delhi is a striking mix of ancient monuments, modern culture, political influence and modern engineering skills, it is Old Delhi where the real enchantment of Delhi lies. Street foods, narrow streets and old bazaars of Old Delhi is the reminiscent soul of Delhi. Things to do in Delhi include exploring historical monuments, shopping and trying street foods.

Delhi offers everything that your heart desires and there is obvious confusion what are the best places to visit in Delhi especially for the first timer. The long list of tourist masterpieces in Delhi often gives nightmares. So relax and decide what you like and select from this list of famous tourist places in Delhi across different categories.

Best Time to Visit

Summer in Delhi is very hot and humid and temperature can go up to 45 degree Celsius. The minimum temperature fluctuates between 25 and 30 degree Celsius. Summer season is active from April to August in Delhi. As far winter is concerned, winter is more comfortable than summer. Temperature ranges from 5 to 15 degree Celsius. Sometimes winter can be harsh due to fog and very low temperature. But this is the preferable time to explore the whole of Delhi.

October to December and February to April are the most pleasant time in Delhi. So, the best time to visit Delhi is from October to April.

 

Fast Facts

  • Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi

  • Railway Station: New Delhi, Old Delhi, Anand Vihar, Hazrat Nizamuddin

  • Average Temperature: Summer- 30° – 40°C | Winter- 6°-16°C

  • Best Time to Visit: October to December and February to April

  • Language Spoken: Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, English and Haryanvi

  • Shopping Places: Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place & Sadar Bazaar.

  • Places to Eat: Old Delhi, GTB Nagar, Satya Niketan, Connaught Place, Saket Food Court etc.

  • What to See: Historical Monuments, Mosques, Temples and Gurudwaras, Museums and Parks

                                         

Historical Masterpieces

  1. India Gate

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: Open all days (except during Republic Day and Independence Day due to security reasons)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 hours

Famous For: Architecture, War Memorial, Boating, Picnic Spot

Location: Rajpath Marg, New Delhi, 110001

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat (Yellow Line)

Situated in the heart of Delhi, India gate defines Delhi. India Gate finally culminated in 1931 after 10 years of its foundation and names of 90,000 soldiers inscribed on its walls. India Gate was built to pay homage to these 90,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives during WWI and in Third Anglo-Afghan War. Designed by Edwin Lutyens, 42 metres tall India Gate is one of the largest war memorials in the country. Yellow and red sandstone along with granite was used to construct India Gate. India Gate resembles the Arc de Triomphe of Paris and Gateway of India of Mumbai.

When you visit India Gate you can see a flame underneath the archway which stays lit, known as Amar Jawan Jyoti. It was constructed after the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971 in the memory of the martyrs.

Apart from patriotic attraction, India Gate is also popular among families for picnic and boating. You can gather here to enjoy the winter afternoon and summer evening in the lush green lawns. Boating is another thing to do when you visit India Gate. You can also experience street food`s here.

Best time to visit India Gate is after sunset when the street lights leading to India Gate and monument itself is lighted up beautifully. Though India gate is mesmerizing at any time, its grandeur is even more when the structure is glimmering with yellow lights. A peaceful walk along the Rajpath with your loved ones and grabbing your favourite ice-cream, add memorable experience.

You can also attend the Republic Day ceremony and parade on 26th January, if you happen to be in Delhi in January.

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  1. Rashtrapati Bhawan

Entry Fee: Rs 50 (Paid Online)

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 4 PM

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hrs

Famous For: Architecture, History Enthusiasts, and Gardens

Location: Rashtrapati Bhawan, President’s Estate, New Delhi, 110001

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat (Yellow Line)

Online Booking: Official Rashtrapati Bhawan Website

Photography and Videography: Not Allowed

Entry: Gate No. 2 (Rajpath), Gate No.37 (via Dalhousie Road-Hukmi Mai Marg) and Gate no.38 (via Church Road-brassy Avenue)

Formerly known as Viceroy’s House, Rashtrapati Bhawan or President House is the official residence of the President of India. Again designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, this marvelous President Estate includes president’s residence, halls, guest rooms, offices, museum and gardens which is spread over an area of 330 acres. Rashtrapati Bhawan is one of the largest residential complexes in the world built for a head of the state, in terms of its size, immensity and its splendor.

The construction of former Viceroy’s House started in 1914 after Delhi Durbar and completed in the year 1929 with the employment of 29,000 workers. This breathtaking structure is the indomitable symbol of British imperialism.

The premises of the President House are divided into 3 circuits and can be accessed by pre booked visitors at specific time slots over the day. These timings and days can vary according to circuits.

Circuit 1: Main Building and Central Lawn (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)

Circuit 2: Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum Complex and Its buildings (All days except Monday)

Circuit 3: Mughal Gardens (Open during the month of February and March)

You can book your tickets on the official website of Rashtrapati Bhawan by paying the registration charge of Rs 50. During your tour of Circuit 1, you are going to visit famous Darbar Hall, Ashoka Hall, and Lutyen’s Gallery.

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  1. Parliament House

Entry Fee: Free (Restricted to authorized persons only)

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM (Sunday and Monday closed)

Famous For: Architecture, History Enthusiasts, and museum

Location: Sansad Marg, New Delhi, 110001

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat (Yellow Line)

Photography and Videography: Not Allowed

Designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, Parliament House or Sansad Bhawan is an iconic building and Mecca of Indian democracy. Sansad Bhawan comprises of a circular central hall, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, a library hall and a museum. This circular building is inaugurated by Lord Irwin in 1927, then the Governor-General of India.

One cannot visit Sansad Bhawan without official permission, whether parliament is in session or not. You have to apply to the Parliament Secretariat to obtain a visitor’s pass. Foreign nationals have to apply through their embassies or high commissions. You can only visit public galleries by visitor’s pass. To visit central library, you have to give a letter of introduction from a MP to the Visitor’s reception on Raisina Road.

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  1. Red Fort

Entry Fee: For Red fort- Rs35 for Indian Nationals and Rs 500 for Foreign nationals (also cover museum entrance fee for foreigners)

For Light and Sound Show – Rs 80

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hrs

Famous For: Architecture, History Enthusiasts, and Light and Sound Show

Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, New Delhi, Delhi, 110006

Nearest Metro Station: Red Fort (Heritage Line)

Photography: Allowed

Videography: Rs 25

A UNESCO world heritage monument and seat of power and residence of Mughal emperors, Red Fort is an outstanding fortification built in 1638 by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. This marvelous architectural beauty was constructed of red sandstone. Red Fort was the primary residence of Mughal rulers for more than 200 years until 1857.

Midnight speech by Jawahar Lal Nehru on 14th August 1947 made it the politically vital spot in Indian History. After that Red Fort witness the Independence Day celebrations each year. In 2007, Red Fort has declared a UNESCO world heritage site. Maintained by Archaeological Survey of India, Red Fort Complex consists of massive walls and fortification, gates, Nahr-i-Behisht (Stream of Paradise), Diwan-i-Aam and Diwan-i-Khas, and the royal apartments.

Lahori Gate is the main entrance to Red Fort because it opens towards Lahore, Pakistan. Museums inside Red Fort, Bazaar and Light and Sound Show are the major attractions of the Red Fort. Light and Sound Show exhibit the history of Red Fort and Delhi for an hour every evening. The show starts at 6 PM and will be both in Hindi and English.

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  1. Connaught Place

Timings: Shopping- 11AM-10PM (except Monday)

Entertainment- 11AM-1AM

Ideal Duration: 2-3 hours

Famous For: Architecture, Shopping, Food and Nightlife

Location: Connaught Place, New Delhi, 110001

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk (Yellow Line and Blue Line)

Photography and Videography: Allowed

Popularly known as CP, Connaught Place is famous for its classy restaurants, bars, shops, and nightlife. Connaught Place ranked 5th amongst the most costly business spaces in the world. It is the headquarters of many Indian Business Firms and considered as one of the dominant heritage buildings in Delhi.

Named after the first Duke of Connaught, Prince Arthur, Connaught Place was completed in 1931 under the architectural plan of Robert Torr Russell. Very identical to the Royal Crescent in England, Connaught Place is a complete circle and has two concentric circles: the inner circle and outer circle. Rajiv Chowk metro station is built in the inner circle area under Central Park.

Connaught Place is shopper’s paradise. International as well as Indian brands showroom are available in CP for shopping enthusiasts. Jan Path Market and Palika Market are famous for cheap clothing. Tibbetan Market on Janpath Road is famous for handicraft products. In next section, I will give you full details for shopping in Connaught Place.

Whether it is a budget restaurant or high-end restaurant, you name it and CP has it. There is lots of dining option here where you can have a peaceful meal. CP is second to none in terms of its nightlife. Connaught place houses a range of nightclubs, bars, pubs, and restro-bars. It is the ultimate place to experience shopping, dining and the party in the capital. Connaught place is also the major entertainment centers in Delhi.

 

  1. Qutab Minar

Entry Fee: Rs 30 for Indian Nationals and Rs 500 for Foreign Nationals

Opening Hours: Sunrise to Sunset (All Days)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hrs

Famous For: Architecture, History Enthusiasts

Location: Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

Nearest Metro Station: Qutab Minar (Yellow Line)

Photography:  Allowed

Videography: Rs 25

Second tallest minaret in India and tallest minaret in India made by red sandstone and marble, Qutab Minar is a UNESCO world heritage site combined with other monuments near it.  It is the tallest individual tower in the world which is located in Mehrauli area of the Capital. As a part of the Qutab complex, this tower is considered as the major tourist attraction of Delhi.

Consisted of five storeys, first three storeys are made of red sandstone while the upper two storeys are made of marble and sandstone. This reflects the variation in architectural styles which was due to the fact that Qutab Minar was constructed by three different rulers. Qitub-ud-Din Aibak was the one who started the construction but only able to construct the basement. Three storeys of the minaret were constructed by his successor Illtutmish and later Firoz Shah Tuglaq completed the minaret by adding last two storeys.

Apart from Qutab Minar, Qutab Complex consists of Alai Darwaja by Allauddin Khalji, 1600 years old Iron Pillar resisting corrosion, Qubbat-ul-Islam Mosque, and Alai Minar. You are going to dazzle by the extraordinary architecture of Qutab Complex which includes impeccable carvings on the wall, dome-like structures.

Qutab festival celebrated in the month of November- December can be a major throwback in your travel diary. This three-day festival consists of cultural shows and art forms which is organized by DTTDC and Sahitya Kala Parishad. This festival celebrates the richness of the complex and gets attention by both Indian and Foreign tourists.

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  1. Jantar Mantar

Entry Fee: Rs 5 for Indian Nationals and Rs 100 for Foreign Nationals

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 7 PM (except Monday)

Ideal Duration: 1 Hr

Famous For: Architecture, History Enthusiasts and Astronomy lovers

Location: Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk (Yellow Line & Blue Line)

Photography & Videography:  Allowed

Jantar Mantar of Delhi is one of the five Major Jantar Mantar, constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. It is an astronomical observatory with 13 breathtaking architectonic astronomy apparatus. Located on the Sansad Marg, Jantar Mantar was built during the year 1724 but this observatory had faced a lot of decays by 1867. After the Jantar Mantar of Delhi, Jai Singh II had constructed more observatories in Varanasi, Mathura, Ujjain and Jaipur.

This observatory was constructed to anticipate the movement and timings of Sun, the planets, and the moon. Raja Jai Singh II himself erected this observatory due to his great interest in astronomy and to study the systems of astronomical observations. Major instruments of this observatory are the Ram Yantra, Misra Yantra, the Samrat Yantra and the Jai Prakash. These instruments were mainly made of brick rubbles and then plastered with lime. But due to various decays, the instruments had gone through several repairs and restoration.

This magnificent observatory with the help of its instruments authorized the observer to note the position of heavenly bodies with their naked eye alone. However, due to the construction of tall buildings near Jantar Mantar, It can no longer be used perfectly. You can visit here to cherish the science of Indian astronomy and its magnificent structure.

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  1. Raj Ghat

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 10AM to 5 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 1 Hr

Famous For: Mausoleum

Location: Gandhi Smriti, Raj Ghat, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

Nearest Metro Station: Delhi Gate (Heritage Line)

Situated on the bank of River Yamuna, Raj Ghat is a cremation ground where Mahatma Gandhi was incinerated followed by his assassination in 1948. This place carries a great significance in the Indian history as it is a memorial to the father of our nation. It is a walled complex and Raj Ghat Gate opens to the Raj Ghat where the memorial area is located. Inside the memorial area, a black marble platform was built which symbolizes the place of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation happened on 31st January 1948.

This open Marble platform is without a tomb and there is an everlasting flame lit at the end. The memorial is beautifully kept with lovely parks and Redstone paths. This red stone path will lead you to the memorial from walled enclosure but before that, you have to remove your footwear.

Apart from Mahatma Gandhi’s mausoleum, Raj Ghat area is also famous for memorials of other famous leaders like Pt Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi etc. Shanti Van, memorial of Jawaharlal Nehru is located north of the Raj Ghat. Vijay Ghat, Shakti Sthal and, Veer Bhumi are the memorials of Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi respectively which are located near Raj Ghat.

Raj Ghat premises also has a museum called National Gandhi Museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. This Museum depicts his personal belongings like paintings, walking sticks, the shawl, dhoti, and one of the bullets that were used to assassinate him etc. The Museum also has a library which has a unique collection of all works about or by him.

Every Friday a remembrance ceremony is held. You can watch English show which starts from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM except for Thursdays. On Sundays, this show is shown at 3 PM in Hindi and at 5 PM in English.

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  1. Humayun’s Tomb

Entry Fee: Rs 30 for Indian nationals and SAARC visitors and Rs 500 for Foreign Nationals

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6 PM (except Monday)

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Famous For: Architecture and History Enthusiasts

Location: Opposite Nizamuddin Dargah, Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110013

Nearest Metro Station: Jangpura (Violet Line)

Photography:  Allowed

Videography: Rs 25

First Garden Tomb of the Indian subcontinent, Humayun’s Tomb is the tomb of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun. This magnificent piece of architecture was built by Humayun’s senior widow Bega Begum in 1570. It took 14 years to complete this masterpiece which is amongst the top places to visit in Delhi. Precursor of the splendid Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb was designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyas- a Persian architect.

Humayun’s Tomb was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993 and after that, it went through various restoration programs. This tomb is located in the middle of a huge square Mughal garden called ‘Charbagh’ which has trivial water channels running through it. Apart from Humayun’s Tomb, this tomb is also house to the remains of several rulers of Mughal Dynasty like his son and successors of Shah Jahan and other subsequent Mughals. A Mix of Islamic and Persian architecture with modicum of Indian elegance too, this incredible Tomb set the tone for all later Mughal Architectures.

Near the main Tomb, there are various other smaller monuments. When you cross the main entrance, you will find Isa Khan Niyazi’s tomb on the west side which is even older than Humayun’s tomb. Nila Gumbad, Arab Sarai, Afsarwala tomb and mosque and Bu Halima’s tomb and garden are the other attractions of this complex.

Due to its architectural beauty and surroundings, Humayun’s tomb is unmistakably one of the most amazing works of Mughal Architecture.

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  1. Agrasen Ki Baoli

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5:30 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 1 Hour Maximum

Famous For: Architecture and History Enthusiasts

Location: Hailey Road, Near KG Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk (Yellow and Blue Line)

Photography and Videography:  Allowed

Also known as Ugrasen Ki Baoli, Agrasen ki Baoli is a step well in built order to preserve water during that time. Located in the heart of Delhi, this baoli is on Hailey Road in CP which is surrounded by towering buildings. This well is 60 metre long and 15 metre wide and is a protected monument which is managed by Archaeological Survey of India. Agrasen Ki Baoli is a step well with 108 steps which emerges from the depth of the earth. This Baoli is masterpiece of ancient architecture which is perfect for photography enthusiasts.

As far as the construction of this well is concerned, there are a lot of legends and stories but it is said that this well was constructed by Maharaja Agrasen during Mahabharata time. Later it was rebuilt by Agrawal community in 14th century. Actually Agrawal community of 14th century traces its construction to Maharaja Agrasen. A mosque is located on south western side of the well standing on four pillars.

This Baoli became famous after the shooting of super hit movies like PK and Sultan. This place is famous for haunted stories and activities but it never confirmed to be true. Haunted or not, this place is must visit destination in Delhi. You can also visit this place to know more interesting stories and make it more compelling.

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  1. Purana Qila (Old Fort)

Entry Fee: Rs 20 for Indian Nationals and Rs 200 for foreign nationals.

Rs 100 (for Adults) and Rs 50 (Children) for light and sound show.

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5:30 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Architecture and History Enthusiasts, Humayun’s Library

Location: Mathura Road, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan (Blue Line)

Photography:  Allowed

Videography: Rs 25

One of the oldest and magnificent forts in Delhi, Purana Quila, also known as Old Fort is the must visit place if you are in Delhi. It is said that the enormous gateways and walls were constructed by Humayun when he laid the foundation of his new capital, Dinpanah. But after that Sher Shah Suri of Sur dynasty defeated him in two consecutive battles and captured Delhi and Agra – two Mughal strongholds. Sher Shah Suri carried forward the work of Purana Quila and finally completed it in the 16th century. After the death of Sher Shah, Humayun recaptured Delhi.

This fort complex has a unique Mughal-Hindu-Afghan architecture which intrigues attention from tourists worldwide. Humayun used Sher Mandal as his library which is an octagonal red sandstone tower inside fort complex. It is evident from Mughal documents that Humayun died as a result of injuries from falling down from the stairs of Sher Mandal. Another magnificent structure inside the Purana Quila is Qila-i-kuhna Masjid.

Purana Quila also witnesses a series of excavations after Independence. One of the reports by ASI suggests that the Purana Quila stood on the site of ancient city of Indraprastha. Apart from this, ASI also finds various pottery and other handicrafts and art products which suggest the existence of civilization there before Old Fort was built.

If you have interest in history and archaeology, this is the place for you. You can also explore Humayun library which is known as Sher Mandal. A light and sound show is organised by Delhi Tourism inside the Old Fort which is available in both Hindi and English. You can also try boating in the lake nearby and visit Zoo.

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  1. Feroz Shah Kotla Fort

Entry Fee: Rs 15 for Indian Nationals and SAARC members and Rs 100 for other foreign nationals.

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5:30 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Architecture and History Enthusiasts

Location: Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Vikram Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110002

Nearest Metro Station: ITO or Delhi Gate (Heritage Line)

Photography and Videography:  Allowed

Feroz Shah Kotla Fort complex was built by Feroz Shah Tughlaq in order to make his capital Ferozabad in 1354. One of the oldest monuments in Delhi, this fort complex is enclosed with high walls and consists of beautiful gardens, step wells, palaces, madrasas, and mosques. When Tughlaqs transferred their capital from Tughlaqabad to Ferozabad due to the scarcity of water, this fort complex was built.

The entrance of the fort has a huge iron gate where a board bearing the name of Feroz Shah Tughlaq is attached. Fort complex is mainly in ruins but beautiful rose garden makes it a must-visit destination. One of the most eminent aspects of this complex is the Ashokan Pillar which is also known as Delhi-Topra pillar. This 13-metre tall pillar was erected above the palace complex of Feroz Shah Kotla which has the edicts of Ashoka’s principles.  Apart from garden and pillar, this fortress also houses the Jami Masjid and a Baoli.

This Fort complex which is mainly in ruins has enough architectural importance to excite you to visit this place. So if you are lovers of history and passionate about medieval architecture, visit this fort and enjoy the archaeological beauty of the place.

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  1. Safdarjung’s Tomb

Entry Fee: Rs 15 for Indian Nationals and Rs 200 for foreign nationals.

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5:30 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Architecture, History Enthusiasts, and gardens

Location: Aurobindo Marg, Near Jor Bagh Metro Station, New Delhi, Delhi 110021

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh (Yellow Line)

Photography:  Allowed

Videography: Rs 25

Safdarjung’s Tomb is a mausoleum of Mughal Statesman Safdarjung and also a famous Mughal Architectural beauty. This tomb is made of sandstone and marble and considered as one of the few architectural marvels of the late Mughal period. It was built in 1753-54 on a less grand scale in the traditions of Humayun’s Tomb. Safdarjung was Prime Minister of Mughal Empire when Muhammad Shah was the Mughal ruler. This monument is preserved and maintained by Archaeological Survey of India whose office is located at the top storey of the Tomb.

Last tomb garden of the Mughals, It was built with the tomb located in the middle of a huge square garden which is a Char Bagh plan. This Mughal garden is well maintained. This resembles the style of Humayun’s tomb with a nine-fold floor plan, and a large platform with hidden staircases. Other structures inside Safdarjung’s Tomb are Jangli Mahal, Badshah Pasand, and Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace).

This place is famous among couples as the whole complex is full of greenery and well-maintained gardens. This tomb is famous for its architectural beauty and Charbagh plan. You must visit this place if you want to get aww by the astonishing beauty of this Mughal masterpiece.

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  1. Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Famous For: Architecture, History Enthusiasts and Nature Lovers

Location: Opposite Qutab Minar Metro Station, Anuvrat Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

Nearest Metro Station: Qutab Minar (Yellow Line)

Photography and Videography:  Allowed

Mehrauli Archaeological Park is one of the least explored but rich heritage spaces in Delhi. Spreading across 200 acres in Mehrauli, this archaeological park is located near the Qutab complex. It houses more than 100 historical monuments and only area in Delhi which existed with continuous years of occupation for 1000 years. These monuments here ante back to the 11th century and as late as the British time.  Oldest surviving fort of Delhi, Lal Kot which was built by Tomar Rajputs in 1060 CE is located inside this archaeological park. However, this fort is now available in ruins.

Lal Kot, Balban’s Tomb, Rajon Ki Baoli, Gandhak Ki Baoli, Madhi Masjid, Quli Khan’s Tomb and Jamali Kamali Masjid and Tomb are some of the famous monumental structures of this archaeological park. These monuments belong to the time of Khaljis, Tughlaqs, Lodhis, Mughals, and Britishers. These monuments are scattered in the 220-acre area and mainly was in pathetic conditions. But restoration program in 1997 restored some of the 40 monuments.

It is also listed among the haunted places in Delhi. It is advisable not to visit after sunset. This park is a nice picnic spot to hang out with family during the afternoon. The area around Rose Park is well maintained which is full of greenery. Visit this place if you are photographer geek because this is the perfect place for photography.

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  1. Tughlaqabad Fort

Entry Fee: Rs 15 for Indian Nationals and nationals of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries.

Rs 200 for other foreign nationals

Opening Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Famous For: Architecture, History Enthusiasts and Photography Lovers

Location: MB Road, Tughlaqabad, New Delhi, Delhi 110044

Nearest Metro Station: Tughlaqabad (Violet Line)

Photography and Videography:  Allowed

The ruined fort of Tughlaqabad is located in the medieval city of Tughlaqabad built by Ghiyasud-din Tughlaq, the founder of Tughlaq dynasty. This city was abandoned in 1327 due to scarcity of water. Located on the historical Mehrauli- Badarpur road and spread on the both sides of the road, this fort is spread across an area of 6.5 Km. Tughlaqabad Fort is a massive structure built of stone with hard enclosures about 10-15 metres high. Originally this fort city had 52 gates but presently only 13 gates are surviving.

There is a famous legend behind Tughlaqabad Fort that Ghiyasud-din Tughlaq needed every labourer in the area to build the fort, but one of the Sufi saints Nizamuddin Auliya cursed that may the fort remain unoccupied or else may herdsmen live here. People still believed that due to that curse fort remained abandoned till date.

Whole Fort area is divided into three sections. First area is wide rectangular area where houses were built. Second area consists of Bijai-Mandal, highest point of the citadel with a tower, remains of halls, and underground passages. Third area adjacent to second area is palace area where you can find royal residences.

Most of the structures are in ruins and inaccessible due to dense forests. Palaces and citadels, massive fortifications, the great gateways, and mausoleums make this a must visit destination in Delhi. You can also enjoy your picnic with family and take a monumental tour. Since this complex is huge, it will take 3 hours to complete your whole tour of the fort.  The Surface is uneven, thorny, so it advised to prepare yourself for long walking. Don’t visit this fort in summer afternoon as it can be very strenuous.

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  1. Hauz Khas Fort Complex

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 7PM

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Famous For: Architecture, History Enthusiasts, Photography and Nature Lovers, and Food Lovers

Location: Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, Delhi 110016

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park (Yellow Line)

Photography and Videography:  Allowed

The Hauz Khas Fort Complex with the dazzling beauty of a lake is a famous tourist attraction in Delhi. Hauz Khas consist is a composite site which houses a tank and various other attractions like madrasa, tomb and mosque. Also known as Mehak Ka Chota Quila, this fort complex is a perfect spot for picnic, animal watching, nature walk and walk through history.

Hauz-i –Alai, a tank was constructed by Ala-ud-din Khalji in 1300 to store the rainwater so that the water was distributed in Siri, then capital of Khalji Dynasty. Later Feroz Shah Tughlaq refurbished the tank due to the necessity of water and the original tank gradually dried up and abandoned. He also built a number of other structures including mosque, tomb and a madrasa. This site ultimately became famous as Hauz Khas.

Some scenes of famous Bollywood movie Rockstar was shouted in the Hauz Khas Fort. Deer Park is another attraction in this area, through which you can reach the beautiful lake. It is divided into 4 parts: rose Garden, Hauz Khas market, Old monument, Deer Park and Fountain and District Park.

Hauz Khas is a cosmopolitan area which has both residential and commercial hubs. Famous for shopping places, restaurants, pubs and clubs, this place is a mix of everything. You can take a good romantic walk in fort complex and deer park and after head to a good restaurant for healthy meal. Hauz Khas is a perfect example of how can a series of monuments abandoned for centuries have emerged as a major tourist hub of Delhi.

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Museums and Cultural Centres

  1. National Museum

Entry Fee: Rs 20 For Adult Indian Nationals and free for students upto class 12th

Rs 650 for Foreign Nationals (including Audio Guide)

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 6PM (Closed on Mondays and Gazetted Holidays)

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Famous For: Architecture, Art and Craft, Library, Souvenir, and Historical Objects

Location: Janpath, Near Rajpath, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Nearest Metro Station: Udyog Bhawan and Central Secretariat (Yellow Line)

Photography:  Handheld camera photography allowed but you can’t use these photos without permission.

Videography: Not Allowed

One of the largest museums in India, National Museum in New Delhi was established in 1949. Also known as National Museum of India, it owns about 200,000 articles ranging from pre-historic age to modern age, comprising over 5000 years. Gwyer Committee prepared the blueprint of the National Museum in 1946. This museum is located on Janpath near Rajpath and operates under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. National Museum Institute of History of Arts, Conservation and Museology is situated on the first floor of National Museum building.

National Museum has several departments and Galleries. Some of the most important galleries are Harrapan Gallery, Maurya and Post Mauryan Gallery, Gupta and Medieval Arts Gallery, Decorative Arts and Miniature Paintings Gallery, Indian Scripts, Coins and Manuscripts Gallery and other galleries which have foreign articles. Besides the galleries, the museum also has a library and an auditorium.

When you enter the Museum premises, you will see the statue of Sun god which belongs to 13th century. You can also see Ashokan Edicts just outside the main gate of Museum building. You can see the coins, various artifacts and sculptures, old jewellery, weapons, instruments and various other historical articles. So, if you have interest in history, you must pay a visit to this awesome museum. Audio guides are also available here and one day is insufficient to complete the whole tour of the museum.

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  1. National Rail Museum

Entry Fee: Rs 50 for Adult and Rs 10 for Child on weekdays

Rs 100 for Adult and Rs 20 for Child on weekends

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Real Size exhibits of Indian Railways, Signalling Equipments, Photographs, and Train Ride

Location: Shanti Path, ChanakyaPuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021

Nearest Metro Station: INA (Yellow Line)(Working), Moti Bagh (Pink Line)(Yet to Start)

Photography: Allowed

The National Rail Museum in Delhi is an exclusive Museum which represents the Rail heritage of India. This museum is opened in 1977 and has a spellbinding and peculiar collection of over 100 real size models of Indian Railways. Having both indoor and outdoor exhibits, this museum focuses on providing information about the history of Indian Railways.

Indoor exhibits displayed the static and working models, antique furniture, historical data, signalling equipments, photographs, and other relevant documents. Outside, you can witness the Prince of Wales’ Saloon built in 1875; Maharaja of Mysore’s Saloon built in 1899 and off course the Fairy Queen built in 1855 and one of the best protected steam locomotive engines of that time. A ride in a toy train and mono rail (PSMT) is the most interesting things to do in this museum. This museum is the must visit place for kids and rail freaks. If you are in Delhi, don’t forget to visit this awesome museum.

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  1. Pragati Maidan

Entry Fee: Depending on the Events

Opening Hours: Depending Upon the timing of the events taking place in Pragati Maidan

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Famous For: Book Fair, Trade Fair and Various other Expo

Location: Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110002

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan (Blue Line)

Photography and Videography: Allowed

Spreading across an area of nearly 150 acres, Pragati Maidan is a gigantic complex cum exhibition center in New Delhi. Owned and managed by Indian Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), Pragati Maidan is the largest exhibition center in Delhi. Pragati Maidan has 16 big and spacious halls, well-paved roads, gardens and lawns, and restaurants.

Built to celebrate the Silver Jubilee celebration of India’s Independence, Pragati Maidan is certainly an epochal structure. Pragati Maidan hosts one of the best expo in the world like Indian International Trade Fair, World Book Fair, Auto Expo, Defence Expo etc.

The whole complex is filled with halls and green lawns and gardens. There are two eating outlets inside Pragati Maidan and temporary outlets are established during events. Pragati Maidan is also famous for the Son of India Pavilion, Defence Pavilion and Shakuntalam which is a movie theatre. So check your calendar and visit Pragati Maidan to check out the fantastic exhibitions.

 

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  1. India Gandhi Memorial Museum

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM (Closed on Mondays and Gazetted Holidays)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Library and Museum where belongings on Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandi is kept, Former residence of Indira Gandhi

Location: Safdajung Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110011

Nearest Metro Station: Lok Kalyan Marg (Yellow Line)

 Photography and Videography: Allowed

Built as a tribute to the first female prime minister of India Indira Gandhi, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum displays the Indian Independence Movement and the contribution of Indira Gandhi to Independent India. She was known as the Iron Lady of India and on October 31, 1984, she was shot by her own bodyguards.

This Museum was originally the residence of Indira Gandhi which was later converted into Museum, after her assassination. You can see the rare pictures of Independence movement; sari wore by her during her assassination and a crystal plate with the brown spots of her blood. Museum also displays the life of Indira Gandhi and some rare photographs of Nehru family.

The Indira Gandhi Memorial incorporates a library and a living room. These rooms are well furnished and in the same condition in which Indira Gandhi kept them. You can view these spaces through windows from the lawn as these areas are not open for general public.

This museum should be in bucket list on your visit to Delhi. It is must visit to learn about the life of the Iron lady of India.

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  1. National Gallery of Modern Art

Entry Fee: Rs 20 for Indian Nationals

Rs 500 for foreign Nationals

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 6:30 PM (Closed on Mondays and Gazetted Holidays)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Works of Modern Art, Exhibition and Seminars on Modern Art

Location: Jaipur House, Shershah Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market (Violet Line)

 Photography and Videography: Not Allowed (Professional Photography – Rs 1000 per image)

One of the most tranquil public buildings of Delhi, National Gallery of Modern Art is no less than heaven for art lovers. Established in the year 1954 at Jaipur House in Delhi, this gallery is managed and maintained by Ministry Of Culture. There are two other branches of NGMA at Bangalore and Mumbai. Spreading across an area of 12,000 square metres, this gallery has a collection of about 14,000 artworks from the 1850s onwards. National Gallery of Modern Art was established to collect and preserve works of Modern Art. This Gallery is also dedicated to organise, maintain and establish galleries for permanent display.

This Gallery has a large number of collections of paintings, graphics, sculptures and photographs by Indian as well as International Modern Artists. The Works of Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Raja Ravi Verma, Thomas Deniell, Jamini Roy, Abanindranath Tagore and Amrita Sher-Gill are available in the galleries of NGMA. You can also find the works of D.C.Daja, Kozo Mio, Fred Theiler, Sonia Delaunay, Se Duk Lee, George Keyt, Peter Lubarda and Jacob Epstein.

NGMA is well equipped with Art Reference Library, a Restoration service, a Documentation Centre, a preview theatre, conservation laboratory and a new auditorium. NGMA also organises special exhibitions, lectures, seminars and conferences to encourage people to take interest in the field of art history and museology. This gallery is well maintained and organised by Ministry of Culture.

So, what are you waiting for? Head towards the NGMA and explore the Modern art of various artists and cherish yourself.

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  1. Indian Habitat Centre

Entry Fee: Depending on the Events

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 8 PM

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Convention Centre, Restaurants, Library, Art and Activities

Location: Lodhi Road, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh (Yellow Line) and J L N Stadium (Violet Line)

 Photography and Videography: Allowed

A cultural center with an amphitheatre, an auditorium, library and resource centre, the lotus pond and restaurants, Indian Habitat Centre offers you a little bit of everything. This space is used by the general public for meetings, presentations, art exhibitions, theatre plays, and get together. This place is famous for changing the traditional outlook of an office into a more modernistic environment. IHC offers a great range of facilities in order to achieve its goal to provide an environment where individuals and institutions working in different areas can be cooperative.

IHC is the brainchild of Joseph Allen Stein, an American architect. In his memory auditorium of IHC is named after him and it is one of the best auditorium in the country. A library and resource centre is also available in Indian Habitat Centre. Open air complex is one of the must visit where you can enjoy the performance of artists from the field of music and theatre. IHC also has an art gallery which houses a range of paintings. If you want to enjoy the nature, there is a lotus pond where you can find fishes and ducks which is another serene beauty. IHC also has a lot of restaurants; some are reserved for members while other restaurants can be visited by nonmembers also.

So, when next time you are in Delhi, must pay a visit to this splendid piece of architecture. You can also stay here at IHC guest House.  The famous scene of amphitheater from Rang De Basanti was shouted here.

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  1. Dilli Haat

Entry Fee: Rs 20 for Adults

Opening Hours: 10:30 AM to 9 PM

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Events, State Food courts, Handicrafts, and theatre performances

Location: Sri Aurobindo Marg, Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023

Nearest Metro Station: INA (Yellow Line)

 Photography and Videography: Allowed

The Dilli Haat is a replica of rural Haat or village market where you can find clothes, handicrafts and other everyday use items from all over the India.  Dilli Haat is more a handicraft bazaar and open air food court where you can enjoy a tour of Indian Culture. Maintained and run by Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC), Dilli Haat represents the prosperity of Indian culture on a permanent basis.

Dilli Haat also organise cultural events by various state departments and theatre programs. There are a lot of stalls which sells handicraft products from all over the country. An open air food court offers you a variety of cuisines from all over India states. Every state has its own food court and if you want to explore the all over India at one place, this is the place for you.

If you are lucky you can run into an exhibition or a theatre performance. It is advised that you should have bargaining skill if you are going to shop, because these products are expensive.

 

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  1. Air Force Museum

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM (Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Gazetted Holidays)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Model of Fighter Planes, Original Aircrafts, and History of Indian Air Force

Location: Air Force Museum, Palam, New Delhi, Delhi 110023

Nearest Metro Station: Delhi Aerocity (Airport Express Line)

Palam Air Force Station has the Air Force Museum which is one of its kinds until Goa Naval Aviation Museum established in 1998. This museum is usually explored by very little number of visitors. This museum not only gives you the picture of Air Force history but a complete history of Military Aviation in India.

This museum is divided into two sections – an annexe and the main hangar. History of Indian Air Force is designed in a pictorial form when you enter the annexe. You can see the photographs of some of the gems of Indian Air Force in various uniforms in Indoor display. There are also photographs of officers who fought immensely during WWII. You can also see the small arms like pistols and revolvers captured by Indian Defence Forces during operations in 1966 and 1971.

In the hanger section, there are a number of classic aircrafts, helicopters, jet engines and recovered enemy aircrafts and tanks. Some of the heavy aircrafts, helicopters, and jet aircrafts like Sukhoi Su7, MIG 21 and 23 are placed out of the hanger. You will love to see some of the vintage aircrafts of WW time if you are airplane enthusiasts.

There are also showcases which contain the models of various aircrafts, swords presented to Air Force officials, and models of tanks. So if you are a defense geek, you must visit this awesome museum and know about the history of Indian Air Force.

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  1. Nehru Museum and Planetarium

Entry Fee: Free for Museum

Rs 50 for Planetarium Show

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 5 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Famous For: Planetarium Show, Museum, Former residence of Jawahar Lal Nehru

Location: Teen Murti Bhawan, Teen Murti Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110011

Nearest Metro Station: Lok Kalyan Marg (Yellow Line)

Nehru Museum and Planetarium is situated at the former residence of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, first Prime Minister of India. This building is known as Teen Murti Bhawan which is located on Teen Murti Marg and an excellent piece of architecture in New Delhi. Teen Murti Bhawan was built by Robert Torr Russel, a British architect in 1930 as the residence of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Indian Army. After Independence, this became the official residence of Prime Minister of India and Jawaharlal Nehru was then PM of India. After his death in 1964, this Bhawan was converted into a memorial devoted to him.

Nehru Museum includes his bedroom, drawing room and study room kept exactly as they were at that time. Museum displays his life in the form of photographs. You can also explore the building which is worth visiting due to its huge roofs, cavernous verandas, teak panels, and beautifully maintained gardens. This museum is explored by thousands of tourists throughout the year.

Apart from the Museum, this building also houses Nehru Memorial, Library and Planetarium. Nehru library consist of books from diverse fields like economics, religion, sociology, culture, politics and development of India. You can also find old journals, rare periodicals, pre-independence newspapers, and manuscripts collection.

Nehru Planetarium in New Delhi is one of the five planetariums in India named after Jawaharlal Nehru. Other four planetariums are located in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Allahanad.  Planetarium organises shows on astronomy, Space Programs of India, the Universe.  These shows are organised on regular basis everyday with interactive sessions.

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Religious Monuments

  1. Akshardham Temple

Entry Fee: Free for Temple Visit

Rs 170 for Exhibition and Rs 80 for Water Show (Adult)

Rs 100 for Exhibition and Rs 50 for Water Show (Children)

Rs 125 for Exhibition and Rs 80 for Water Show (Senior Citizen)

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 8 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 3-4 Hours

Famous For: Temple Architecture, Garden and Lawns, Exhibitions, Water Show

Location: NH 24, Akshardham Setu, New Delhi, Delhi 110092

Nearest Metro Station: Akshardham (Blue Line)

When you visit Delhi, Swaminarayan Akshardham Complex should be on the top of your bucket list. This amazingly beautiful temple complex and cultural centre is a must visit site and one shouldn’t miss this architectural marvel. One of the largest temples in the world, Akshardham Temple attracts most of the tourists who visit Delhi. It has awe-inspiring architecture, an excellent exhibition with an explanatory boat ride and a documentary, a huge beautiful garden, a breathtaking water show and a spacious food court which gives you the opportunity to taste the diverse range of cuisines.

Akshardham, a divine abode of God built by BAPS and opened in 2005 by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. Over 8000 volunteers from all around the world participated in the construction of this temple complex. Dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan (1781-1830), this complex house of approx 200 idols and made an appearance in Guinness Book of World Records for World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.

When you enter the premises, there are welcome gates (Bhakti Dwar and Mayur Dwar), visitor centre, and thematic gardens before Main Temple. The main Temple is located in the heart of the complex and can be visited by two routes: one after completing exhibitions and second directly after visiting thematic gardens. Exhibitions are displayed in three large halls and it takes 2-3 hours to complete the whole exhibition tour. Water show starts just after sunset and it is a 24 minutes show. This temple complex with its exhibitions, water shows, and alluring architecture can take you to the new cultural world.

 

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  1. Lotus Temple

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 9:30 AM to 6 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Lotus Temple Road, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019

Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir (Violet Line and Magenta Line)

Photography: Allowed but not inside the hall

One of the most visited place in the world and perfectly famous tourist place of India, Lotus Temple is a piece of architectural beauty dedicated to the Bahai Faith. One of the seven Baha’i House of Worship present around the world, Lotus Temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower with using white marble. Regardless of their region and caste, everyone can visit and pray in Lotus Temple. The design of Lotus Temple was developed by Fariborz Sahba, a Canadian architect and was built in 1986.

According to the Baha’i faith, all religions and people are united and Baha’i House of Worship should be a place where people of all religions can worship. By maintaining silence inside the temple anyone can pray their respective god in peaceful manner. Any kind of rituals and reading non-scriptural texts are prohibited.

As you enter the premises, you can see the entrance and huge garden leading to main temple. The main temple building is constructed of 27 free-standing marble petals and 9 gates. The main hall can afford 2500 people at a time.

For its architectural beauty, Lotus temple has won a number of awards. It was the most visited building in the world in 2001 as a CNN report said. By April 2014, 100 million tourists visited Lotus temple which makes it one of the most visited architectural place in the world.

You can spend some peaceful time in the central hall and also admire the beauty of sparkling pools. It is advised to keep quiet inside the hall as making noise is prohibited. Photography is not allowed inside the hall. Put your shoes outside the temple at the counter.

 

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  1. Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir)

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 5 AM to 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 9 PM

Ideal Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Mandir Marg, Near Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Nearest Metro Station: R K Ashram Marg (Blue Line)

Photography: Not Allowed inside the Temple

Laxminarayan Temple of Delhi is one of the major tourist destinations in Delhi due to its spacious, architectural and religious significance. This temple is also known as Birla Mandir as the temple was built by Birla Family. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Narayan (Lord Vishnu) and Goddess Laxmi. There is also a number of side temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and Lord Krishna. First large Hindu temple of Delhi, it is spread across the area of 7.5 acres.

Laxminarayan Temple was constructed by Baldeo Das Birla in 1939 and was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. Sris Chandra Chatterjee conceived the architecture of Birla Mandir which is based on modern technologies but it resembles the Nagara style of architecture. The temple premises and idols were made by marble transported from Jaipur, Kota, Markarana, Agra, and Jaisalmer.

Main Temple is carved with beautiful sculptures. This temple can give you the spiritual insight you needed as well as you are going to fascinate by the architectural delicacy of the temple. So must visit this temple to get yourself motivated with the spirituality of Laxminarayan Temple.

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  1. Chattarpur Temple

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 6 AM to 10 PM

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hour

Location: Chattarpur, New Delhi, Delhi 110074

Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur (Yellow Line)

Photography: Not allowed inside the prayer Hall

Shri Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peetha, popularly known as Chattarpur Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to goddess Katyayani. Considered as the sixth avatar of goddess Durga, Goddesses Katyayani is the part of Navadurga. Temple is located just 1 Km walking distance from Chattarpur Metro station. It was considered as the second largest temple in the world and biggest in India before the construction of Akshardham Temple in 2005.

Chattarpur Temple was built in 1974 by Sant Shree Nagpal Ji who died in 1998. The entire temple complex is spread across both sides of the road in the whooping area of 60 acres. The Shrine of Shree Nagpal Ji is also lying in the temple complex in Shri- Gauri Nageshwar Mandir.

Chattarpur Temple has a wonderful architecture which is a splendid amalgam of North and South Indian style. The entire temple complex is constructed from marble and resembles the Vesara style of architecture.  The temple complex is divided into three parts. The main temple is dedicated to goddesses Katyayani. Apart from the shrine, there is a Shayan Kaksha (Bed Room) and a prayer hall. There are also temples dedicated to Lord Rama, Lord Shiva, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanumana. You can also see the giant idol of Lord Hanuman just opposite side of the main temple. This side of the complex houses the shrine of Baba Ji.

During Navaratri, Chattarpur receives a huge number of devotees. You have to wait for 2-3 hours to reach the main temple during Navaratri. Chattarpur Temple Administration also organises Bhandara regularly. This is one of the most visited temples in Delhi. So don’t forget to visit this temple when you are in Delhi.

 

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  1. ISKON Temple

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 4:30 AM to 8:30 PM (Main Temple Hall is closed between 1 AM to 4 PM)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hour

Location: Hare Krishna Hill, Sant Nagar, East of Kailash, New Delhi, Delhi 110065

Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place (Violet Line)

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) is a Vaishnava Hindu spiritual institution founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in New York City in 1966. This institution is responsible for the construction of various temples all across the world. One of the ISKON temples is located at Hare Krishna Hill in Delhi. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna and built in 1998 by Achyut Kanvinde.

This temple has splendid stonework on the outside and immaculate artwork on the inside. ISKON temple of Delhi with its beautiful architectural style attracts a number of tourists. The main temple houses the shrines of Lord Krishna and Radha, Lord Ram and Sita, and Lord Nitai and Gaura. These idols are embellished with clothes and heavy jewellery and maintained with great care. There are various halls inside the temple complex with beautiful fountains.

There are a museum and a restaurant inside the temple complex. Various multimedia shows and exhibition on Ramayana and Mahabharata are organised by ISKON museum. Special prayer sessions are organised on Sundays. Museum of Vedic Culture, Ramayana Art Gallery, and the Bhagavadgita Animatronics Robot Show are the major attractions of ISKON.

Sri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated here with great vigour. During this time, the temple is filled with devotees and it is estimated that nearly 8 lakh devotees visit the temple during Janmashtami. So if you are devotees of Lord Krishna, and architecture lovers, this place is for you.

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  1. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 24 Hours (All Days)

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hour

Location: Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House and Rajiv Chow (Yellow Line)

Photography: Allowed

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most famous tourist places and pilgrimage spots of Delhi. This Gurudwara is dedicated to Guru Hari Kishan Sahib, eight Sikh Guru and worship place for Sikh believers. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara was first built by Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783 as a small shrine. This is the former palace of Guru Hari Kishan during his stay in Delhi in 1664.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib was inspired by the Raja Jai Singh Palace of Jaipur. Later the architectural grandeur was dedicated to the Guru Hari Kishan Sahib and after that this is the place of worship for numerous devotees.

The Gurudwara is constructed in white and golden colour which offers a breathtaking picturesque location. The large main building of the Gurudwara has a central shrine which offers a completely another experience. Interior of the Gurudwara is beautifully carved. There are museum, bookstall, library, hospital and kitchen in the Gurudwara complex which is managed by Gurudwara Committee. Sarovar (Pond) near the main building increase the purity of the shrine. This Gurudwara is so splendid in its beauty that it will leave you with some great memories.

Near the Kitchen, there is a huge langar hall where meals are served to all regardless of their race, religion, caste and gender. Meals served here are free for everyone who visits the Gurudwara.

This place is perfect for divine peace and spiritual awakening. You can render your service by helping in the kitchen and in Gurudwara premises. Before entering the main Gurudwara complex, remove your shoes. Dress humbly and cover your head. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara has its own charm during the birth anniversaries of all the gurus. You should visit this Gurudwara to refresh your soul and experience the beauty of the place.

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  1. Jama Masjid

Entry Fee: Free but Rs 100 for climbing minaret

Opening Hours: 7 AM to 12 PM and 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Ideal Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Meena Baazar, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

Nearest Metro Station: Jama Masjid (Heritage Line)

Photography: Allowed

Videography: Rs 300

One of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid of Delhi is a masterpiece of Mughal Architecture constructed by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Originally named as Masjid-I-Jahanuma, this mosque was built between 1644 and 1656 with the cost of around 1 million Rupees. This mosque was planned and designed by Ostad Khalil, a distinguished Mughal architect. The whole complex is built with white marble and red stone and has three huge gates and four towers. One of the Shahjahan’s architectural marvels, Jama Masjid has the capacity of 25,000 people in the front space.

Situated in the densely populated area of Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid offers a splendid view of the city from its southern tower. Main Mosque building has three domes on the roof which are sided by the two towers. This huge central dome is an exceptional example of Islamic Architecture. You have to climb 121 steps to finally reach the entrance. More than 5000 workers worked during the construction of this massive piece of architectural beauty. Shah Jahan’s last architectural marvel, Masjid-I-Jahanuma literally meant the ‘Mosque commanding view of the World’.

During the time Eid and Bakrid, this mosque is filled with people to pray namaz. Unfortunately, Non-Muslims are not allowed during prayer time. Visit Jama Masjid during morning hours when there are fewer crowds. Dress humbly and women should cover their head before entering mosque premises. There are a lot of fake guides available there, so if you want any try guides from North Gate. If you are happening to be there, must explore the street foods and streets of Chandani Chowk.

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  1. Nizamuddin Dargah

Entry Fee: Free but Rs 100 for climbing minaret

Opening Hours: 5 AM to 10:30 PM

Ideal Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Old Nizamuddin Bazaar, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, Delhi 110013

Nearest Metro Station: Jang Pura (Violet Line)

Photography: Allowed

One of the most famous tourist attractions in India, Nizammudin Dargah is a holy shrine of world famous Sufi Saint, Hazrat Khwaja Syed Nizamuddin Auliya. He lived from 1238 to 1325 and was the successor of Baba Farid. Built in 1526, this dargah follows the Sufi tradition, according to which all religions are equal. Built from the red stone and white marble, the architecture of Hazrat Nizammudin Dargah is mesmerizing.

Nizamuddin Dargah complex consists of tombs of some of the famous people like Jahan Ara Begum, Inayat Khan and, Amir Khusro. Amir Khusro was the disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. This shrine is visited by thousands of tourists every week. Since this is the tourist destination now, it is visited by people of all religions.

One of the most famous attractions of this dargah is its famous qawwali session. Qawwali is organised every night but the performance on Thursdays and Fridays are believed exceptional. This dargah is actively helping the local people by providing basic stuff for living. Nizamuddin Dargah is also dedicated to providing assistance to students, researchers and professors who are doing research in the field of Sufism.

Nizamuddin Dargah is a must visit place in Delhi and you can also explore Humayun Tomb and Mirza Ghalib’s Tomb near it.

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Parks

  1. Lodhi Garden

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 6 AM to 7:30 PM

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Hours

Location: Lodhi Road, Beside India International Centre, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh (Yellow Line) and JLN Stadium (Violet Line)

Photography: Allowed

Lodhi Garden is a Sultanate period Park which houses for some of the architectural works of that time. This stunning park and other architectural monuments are the works of 15th century mainly completed by Sayyid and Lodi rulers. Construction of the park was started and completed by Lodi rulers. This garden complex is located in the heart of Delhi near Safdarjung Tomb. The entire garden is spreading over an area of about 90 acres. This place is very popular among the morning walkers and families for picnics. Archaeological Survey of India is responsible for the maintenance of the garden.

Lodhi Garden has architectural monuments built by Sayyid and Lodi rulers of the 15th century. These monuments are Sikander Lodi’s Tomb, Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad’s and Bara Gumbad’s Tomb. This place is of great importance as there are very few architectural works of Sayyid rulers. An old waterway connects the Sikander Lodi’s tomb to the River Yamuna.  Apart from these monuments garden is full of lush greenery and pleasant weather. Before Independence, this garden was known as ‘Lady Willingdon Park’ but it was renamed to its present name after Independence.

Lodhi Garden is famous among Delhites for its amalgam of lush greenery and architectural beauty. You can enjoy the sunset with the view of these monuments which will be cherishing. Due to its pleasant location, Lodhi Garden is the perfect place for spending some quality time with your loved ones and families. This is a famous picnic spot and jogging place for nature lovers. Heritage walk tours are also organised for students.

Don’t forget to visit this splendid beauty and try some delicious food in the garden restaurant. You can also explore the nearby attractions like Safdarjung’s Tomb and Khan Market.

 Must Visit : Parang La Trek (9D/8N)

  1. Sanjay Van

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 5 AM to 8 PM

Ideal Duration: 3-4 Hours

Location: Near Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar (Yellow Line) and Hauz Khas (Yellow Line)

Photography and Videography: Allowed

Sanjay Van is a protected city forest area in South Delhi which sprawls over an area of 784 acres. Sanjay Van has four entry gates: two from Qutab Institutional Are, one from Mehrauli area and last one from Aruna Asaf Ali Marg. Sanjay Van is one of the most densely forested areas in Delhi.

Situated in the lap of Aravali Hills, this forest is the home of many bird species and animals. This place is famous among bird watchers, nature lovers and cyclists. You can enjoy the peaceful walk in the forest, watch birds, water bodies, rocks established as selfie spots and a panoramic view of the forest from tower. You can also take a walk on the ruins of Quila Rai Pithora from where you can observe the mesmerizing view of Qutab Minar. This forest also houses a number of shrines of Sufi Saints. There is a temple inside the forest area.

Sanjay Van is considered as one of the most haunted places in Delhi. It is says that the spirit of Sufi Saint Hazrat Sheikh Shahabuddin Ashiqallah walks along the path. Apart from this there are also stories about walking of women wearing white sari, crying and laughter. It is advisable not to go into the forest after sunset.

DDA with the help of citizen’s group is restoring Sanjay Van through a unique Collaboration so that this forest can be the spot for nature lovers. There is also an idea to convert this forest into a Bird Sanctuary but officials say that when there will enough birds in the forest it will be declared as Bird Sanctuary. There are 150 species of birds found here. If you want to spend time with nature or you are a bird watcher, this is the place for you.

 Don’t Miss : Langtang Valley Trek (8D/7N)

  1. The Ridge, North Campus

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 5 AM to 8 PM

Ideal Duration: 3-4 Hours

Location: Kamla Nehru Ridge, Vishwavidyalaya Marg, New Delhi, Delhi, 110007

Nearest Metro Station: Vishwavidyalaya (Yellow Line)

Photography and Videography: Allowed

Kamla Nehru Ridge popular known as The Ridge of North Campus is one of the four zones of Delhi Ridge. Other three zones of Delhi Ridge are Central Ridge (Sadar Bazaar to Dhaula Kuan), South-Central Ridge (Sanjay Van and JNU) and Southern Ridge (Tughlaqabad and Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary). Kamla Nehru Ridge is the smallest portion of the Delhi Ridge which was declared as the Reserved Forest in 1915.

Apart from the part of the Ridge, this area is also historically significant. There are lots of historical monuments from Ashokan times to British times. Such monuments are the Flagstaff Tower used as a signal tower during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, Ashokan Pillar carried by Firoz Shah Tughlaq from Meruth to Delhi in 1356, a Mutiny Memorial, Khooni Lake which was used as a water source and changed into red colour due to bloodshed, Pir Ghaib and Sarpaakar Jheel. However, Khooni Lake is not easy to find as it is very deep into the forest and occupied by thick woods.

This Forest is full of monkeys and diverse verities of birds. This place is a perfect place for couples. Early morning walks, sounds of birds and peaceful nature can make your soul clean. It is advised to keep away from monkeys as they are in the large group there. After exploring the Ridge must visit Pandit Jee ki Canteen for delicious breakfast loaded with meetha samosa and cold coffee.

 

Check Out : Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (7D/6N)

  1. Garden of Five Senses

Entry Fee: Rs 35 for Adult, Rs 15 for Child and Senior Citizen

Opening Hours: 9 AM to 7 PM

Ideal Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Said-ul-Ajaib village, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road, New Delhi, Delhi, 110030

Nearest Metro Station: Saket (Yellow Line)

Photography and Videography: Allowed

Designed by Pradeep Sachdeva, a Delhi based Architect and built by DTTDC (Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation); Garden of Five is an answer to need for a common space for leisure activities. With a cost of 10.5 crore rupees, this park needed three years to complete which finally opened in February 2003. Situated in the heritage area of Mehrauli, Garden of five senses is partially build over a stony surface and has diverse theme areas. This garden also serves as a cultural centre and various events are organised here throughout the year.

Garden is developed to provide a space for activities, explorations, and communal interactions. Apart from the tourists, this garden is also a favourite spot for the locals. Garden is located on the rocky terrain which naturally gives it a slope. Garden of Five Senses is divided into separate theme areas. Khas Bagh, located on the side of the walkway is inspired by the Mughal Garden. Canals are following the path of the garden. As you lead yourself to the Central part, you can see the chain of fountains. Fountain Tree is a famous sculpture near the central part and one shouldn’t miss that.

Another side of the garden has shopping place and food court. Neel Bagh is another attraction on this side where you can see a pond full of water-lilies. Other attractions are Colour Gardens, The Courts of Specimen Plants and amphitheater. There are about 200 varieties of plants are planted and other existing vegetation left untouched.

Nature Walk is also organised in Garden of Five Senses by Delhi Tourism. This Garden is very famous among couples and it is filled with couples during weekends. So if you are nature lover then try not to forget this place.

 Can’t Miss : Sandakphu Phalut Trek (8D/7N)

  1. Nehru Park

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 6 AM to 8 PM

Ideal Duration: 1 Hour

Location: Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi, 110023

Nearest Metro Station: Lok Kalyan Marg (Yellow Line)

Photography and Videography: Allowed

Nehru Park in Chanakyapuri is a large park situated in the Diplomatic Enclave. This park has a lush green landscape and considered as one of the leading green areas in the Capital. Spreading over and an area of 80 acres, this place is perfect for picnic and hangouts. This park is paradise for morning and evening walkers. Nehru Park also hosts various music concerts organised by NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Corporation).

There is an ancient Shiv Temple in the campus of the Park. This place also organises yoga classes and various arts events. One of the famous landmarks of the Capital, Nehru Park is a delightful place for hangout during winter afternoon.

Statue of Vladimir Lenin is also installed in Nehru Park. Vladimir Lenin was the leader of October Revolution of Russia and on the 70th anniversary of this revolution, his statue was established in Nehru Park on November 1987 by Nikolai Ryzhkov in the presence of Indian Prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Every year leaders of CPI (M) and other left parties visit this place to pay tribute to Lenin on his birth anniversary on 22 April.

You must visit this park if you are in Delhi as this is one of the peaceful places in the capital. One shouldn’t miss the Morning – Evening Ragas concerts by NDMC which is organised every month.

 

Do Check : Phoktey Dara Trek (8D/7N)

  1. Mughal Garden

Entry Fee: Free

Opening Hours: 9:30 AM to 4 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Opening Months: February and March

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Location: Gate No. 35, Rashtrapati Bhawan, North Avenue, New Delhi, Delhi 110004

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat (Yellow Line and Violet Line)

Photography: Allowed

One of the magnificent gardens in Delhi, Mughal Garden is an amalgam of Mughal style and British design. This garden is located inside the premises of Rashtrapati Bhawan, official residence of President of India. After transferring their capital to Delhi, Britishers designed this garden in Rashtrapati Bhawan then Viceroy Residence. Mughal Garden can be explored by taking tourn of the Circuit 3 of the Rashtapati Bhawan Tour. Entry to the Mughal Garden is from Gate number 35.

Designed by Sir Edwin Lutynes, Mughal Garden spread over an area of 13 acres which is divided into 3 sections. These sections are Rectangular, long and circular gardens also called Pearl Garden, Butterfly Garden and Circular Garden respectively. There are fountains, galleries and canals built on Mughal style with 4 waterways. These waterways intersect each other at fountain made of red sandstone which is lotus shaped. Mughal Garden is well known for its verities of flowers like marigold, roses, sweet William, viscearia, tulips, Asiatic lilies, daffodils and more. Some of these flowers are very rare.

Mughal Garden is considered as the soul of Rashtrapati Bhawan. This majestic garden is only open for public during the months of February and March. So if you are looking for natural beauty at its best, Mughal Garden is the place for you. You can relax in this majestic garden with the low sparkling sound of the fountain water. This is the perfect place to go with your family, friends and loved ones. You are going to thrilled by the beauty of the garden.

 

  1. National Zoological Park


Entry Fee:
Rs 40 for Indian Nationals

Rs 200 for Foreign Nationals

Opening Hours: 1st April to 15th October–9:00am to 4:30pm

16th October to 31st March– 9:30am to 4:00pm (Closed on Friday and national holidays)

Ideal Duration: 3-4 Hours

Location: Mathura Road, Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan (Blue Line)

Photography: Allowed

National Zoological Park or popularly known as Zoo was established in 1959 to provide recreation to public. By 1982 it was given status of National Zoological Park. Spread across 176 acre, it is houses a variety of Mammals, Birds and reptiles and plants. The rare Manipur Brow antlered deer is the emblem of Zoo. The Zoo battery car and Mini train gives soothing and quick round of Zoo. It is also ideal place for Picnic.

The concept of Zoo came to familiarise the general public about varities of Flora and fauna that exist in nature. In the Delhi zoo you can find Black buck, white Buck, leopard, wolf, Gaur, Jaguar, Goral, hyena, Deer, Zebra and many more Mammals. Finding So many animals and birds under one habitat is in itself a learning experience. The Delhi zoo also has Royal Bengal Tiger, White Tiger, Indian Elephant, Bear and Variety of Birds. Although battery operated Rickshaw is available for a nominal sum, it is better to walk through the clam and greenish roads of zoo.

The Zoo is visited by people of various ages and interest and is quite popular among Children. We all must have visited one of the zoos during our childhood. One should also take care of Zoo regulations and stay away from causing discomfort to Animals.

 

Shopping Destinations

  1. Sarojini Nagar

Opening Hours: 10 AM to 9 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Location: Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023

Nearest Metro Station: INA (Yellow Line)

One of the most popular and largest markets in Delhi, Sarojini Nagar offers quality shopping at very reasonable price. This market is famous for clothes, footwear and accessories. Sarojini Nagar is a paradise for shopalcoholics. You can get branded clothes for very reasonable price.

Whether it is a latest trend or colours or styles, Sarojini Nagar has everything for you. You can also get your jewellery and other fashion accessories from here. If you are good at bargaining then you are going to get some awesome deals here. Sarojini Nagar is pocket friendly market and one should explore this place in visit to Delhi.

 

  1. Palika Market and Jan Path Market

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Location: Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110023

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk (Blue Line)

Located between Inner and Outer Circle, Palika Baazar is a market mostly for men. Palika Baazar has a lot of options for men. It is an underground market with about 400 shops. Clothing items and electronic items are the major items available in Palika Baazar. There is also an open market just outside the underground market. These stalls sell items at very reasonable price. Try your bargaining skills when you are in underground market. Prices are fixed in outside market.

Similar to Palika Baazar, Connaught Place has another market, Janpath. This market starts from Sansad Marg and ends at Janpath. Once you are done with Janpath market you can also explore Tibetan Market which is located along the Janpath. Janpath market is full with clothing items for both men and women.

 

  1. Lajpat Nagar

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 8 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Location: Central Market, Lajpat Nagar New Delhi, Delhi 110024

Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar (Violet Line)

Lajpat Nagar is answer to your every answer. Whether it is clothing or accessories or footwear or bags, Lajpat Nagar has everthing. One of the most popular markets in Delhi, Central Market of Lajpat Nagar is profusion of shops where you can everything whether cheap items or Branded items. Main road of the Central market has Brand Showrooms from where you can get all branded items. If you want to buy commodities at reasonable price you have to go to the side market.

Since most of the vendors in the main market already fixed their price, it is hard to bargain. This is a perfect place if you want budget friendly shopping. Mehndi Walas of Central Market are very famous.

 

  1. Chandni Chowk

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM

Ideal Duration: Whole Day

Location: Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi, Delhi 110006

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar (Yellow Line)

Chandni Chowk needs no introduction as this place is famous due to its street foods and markets. Not only in India but the whole world know this part of Delhi which unmatchable in any sense. This place is heavily crowded and quite expensive but it is sure that you can get everything here. Here are the markets and places located in Chandni Chowk and what they are famous for:

  • Dariba Kalan: Famous for jewellery
  • Nai Sadak: Books and stationary items
  • Bhagirath Palace: Electronics and Electrical wholesale market
  • Ballimaran Market: Opticals
  • Kucha Choudhary Market: Camera market
  • Chawri Bazaar: Paper Products
  • Kinari Bazaar: Shopping for weddings
  • Daryaganj: Book Market (Open only on Sunday Morning)
  • Chor Bazaar: Clothing, footwear and accessories (Only on Sunday)

 

  1. Karol Bagh

    Opening Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM

Ideal Duration: Whole Day

Location: Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110005

Nearest Metro Station: Karol Bagh (Blue Line)

The Karol Bagh Market is a must go for anything and everything you wish to purchase. This market has a range of commodities from everyday use to designer dresses (upon you to differentiate between original and copy). The market is heaven for would be brides and grooms. From designer lehengas to anarkalis, from saris to gowns, you can get everything here.

For jewellery shopping, Bank Street is your place to go. And for electronics, you can visit Gaffar market. It sells imported and smuggled goods at variable range. You can get Mobile and accessories at cheaper rate than anywhere else. Tank road market houses wholesale Garments and at Arya Samaj road market you can get your favorite books at your desired price.
So after so much of shopping, you may be famished! Nothing to worry the market has some of the famous Eating joints too, one of the most famous being ROSHAN DI KULFI. There are many eating joints for both vegetarian and non vegetarian people.
Note: – On Monday most of the shops are closed and streets are taken over by Local Haat, One of the biggest in Delhi.

 

  1. Khan Market

    Opening Hours: 10 AM to 9 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Location:  Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market (Violet Line)
Khan Market named after Khan Abdul Jabbar khan (not to be confused by his more famous brother khan Abdul Gaffar khan). It is one of the costliest Market of India.

The market lies close to central Delhi and is frequented by diplomats and officials. Fab India and Anokhi are well known shops selling Indian ethnic wear. You will also find designer boutiques selling exquisite Indian dresses. Ogaan is one such famous boutique as is Ritu Kumar. Well known home furnishing shops including Good Earth, Neemrana and Fab India have outlets here. International brands like Benetton, Levis and Adidas add to the international flavour of this place.
The Market also has some of the finest restraints and cafes in city which expertise in international and continental cuisine.

  1. Rajouri Garden

    Opening Hours: 10 AM to 9 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Ideal Duration: 2-3 Hours

Location: Ring Rd, Sharda Puri, Ramesh Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110015

Nearest Metro Station: Rajouri Garden (Blue Line)
The Rajouri Garden is market and residential area located in west Delhi. The main market and Nehru market are two markets. The markets sell wedding attires. Apart from these markets, there are many shopping malls housing arrays of Brands. It’s a mix of traditional market and modern shopping places.

 

Best Places to Eat for Food Lovers

  1. GTB Nagar and North Campus

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM

Address: GTB Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110009

Nearest Metro: Vishwavidyala and GTB Nagar (Yellow Line)

Cost: Ranges from Rs 200 to Rs 1000 for two people

Famous For: Street Foods, Fast Food, Multi- Cuisine, Cafe, Italian, American, Chinese and North Indian

Best Choices: Tom Uncle Maggie Point, Pandit Jee Ki Canteen, Momo’s Point, Chache Di Hatti, QD’s, Woodbox Cafe, Big Yellow Door, and Mad Monkey.

GTB Nagar and North Campus are the student area and you can find local food stalls as well as finest restaurants in Delhi. North Campus has some of the pocket- friendly canteens like Pandit Ji kee Canteen and Tom Uncle Maggie Point. You can find some of the best restaurants in Delhi in GTB Nagar. So if you are craving for pocket -friendly restaurants with the best quality then you should head to North Campus.

 

  1. Satya Niketan, South Campus

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM

Address: Satya Niketan Market, Satya Niketan, New Delhi, Delhi 110021

Nearest Metro: AIIMS (Yellow Line) (Active), South Campus (Pink Line) (Started Soon)

Cost: Ranges from Rs 200 to Rs 1000 for two people

Famous For: Fast Food, Italian, American, Cafe, Multi-Cuisine, Shakes, Chinese and North Indian

Best Choices: Pipeline Cafe, Chowringhee, The Chai Story, QD’s, Woodbox Cafe and Big Yellow Door.

Satya Niketan is answer to the GTB Nagar and North Campus. This is the area where South Campus of Delhi University as well as various other colleges are situated. Satya Niketan houses for about 30-40 restaurants in just one lane. You can find some of the finest restaurants in this lane. Due to student area, Satya Niketan is filled with food lovers and one should try this place. Don’t forget to try momos here; these are the best momos in Delhi, as far as I know.

 

  1. Old Delhi

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM

Address: Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

Metro Station: Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar (Yellow Line)

Cost: Ranges from Rs 100 to Rs 800 for two people

Famous For: Street Foods, Sweets, Parathas and North Indian

Best Choices: Karim’s, Haldiram, Ghantewala Halwai, Chainaram, Parathe Wali Gali, Lotan Chole Wala, Tiwari Bros, and Natraj Bhalle Wala

One of the most famous and exemplary food places in Delhi, Old Delhi is famous for its street foods. Samosa, Chaat, Papri, Dahi Bhalles, Jalebi and much more, you will find best of these. Bliss for street foods, pure Mughlai cuisine, and sweets, Old Delhi never lost its charm. This is the place for those who have craved for trying new foods.

 

  1. Connaught Place

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM

Address: Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Nearest Metro: Rajiv Chowk (Yellow Line and Blue Line)

Cost: Ranges from Rs 300 to Rs 2000 for two people

Famous For: Fast-food, Local Cuisine, Sweets, International, Cafe and Bars and North Indian

Best Choices: Domino’s, Pind Balluchi, Kake Da Hotel, Lord of the Drinks, Khandani Rajdhani, and Indian Coffee House

Connaught place is famous among those people who are looking for fancy restaurants. Connaught Place has fancy restaurants as well pocket-friendly restaurants. If you are party freak, then Connaught Place also has some of the finest bars and pubs. Connaught is also famous for its nightlife.

 

  1. Nizamuddin

Opening Hours: Late Night

Address: Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin, Opposite Nizamuddin Market New Delhi, Delhi 110013

Nearest Metro: Jangpura (Violet Line)

Cost: Ranges from Rs 300 to Rs 600 for two people

Famous For: Local Cuisine, Street Food, Mughlai Food and North Indian

Best Choices: Karim’s, Ghalib Kebab Corner, Comesum, Nasir Iqbal Restaurant and Gulfam Kashmiri Wazwan

One of Delhi’s oldest habitats, Nizamuddin is famous for its exemplary food, dargah, and railway station. You can find stalls in every corner of the area. Nizamuddin is famous for its Mughlai cuisines and Biryani. Some of the restaurants open at midnight so this is the place for those food lovers who want to explore city in the night.

 

  1. Netaji Subhas Place

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 11 PM

Address: Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Netaji Subhas Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110034

Nearest Metro: Netaji Subhas Place (Red Line)

Cost: Ranges from Rs 200 to Rs 1000 for two people

Famous For: Local Cuisine, Street Food, Fast Food and Shakes, Multi Cuisine, Mughlai Food and North Indian

Best Choices: Pind Balluchi, Fiery Grills, Barbecue Nation, Baljeet Amritsari Koolcha, Eleven Course, Shake Eat Up, Billu’s Hut and BTW

 

  1. Saket Food Court

Opening Hours: 11 AM to 12 PM

Address: Press Enclave Marg, DLF Place Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110017

Nearest Metro: Malviya Nagar (Yellow Line)

Cost: Ranges from Rs 500 to Rs 3000 for two people

Famous For: Local Cuisine, Fast Food and Shakes, Multi Cuisine, International Cuisine, Cafe, Mughlai Food and North Indian

Best Choices: Sagar Ratna, Domino’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Barbeque Nation, Oh So Stoned and Giani’s,

 

  1. State Bhawan Canteens

India is a land of Diversity and that diversity is well reflected in food habits of Indians. All different states have their own flavours and what better place than Delhi to get them all in one city with their local favours intact. The differen States have their own Bhawans where you can taste local foods there.

  • Andhra Bhawan: –
    Address
    : Ashoka Road, Near India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
    you can all-you-can-eat lunch at an affordable price here. It would be great if you could make it to Breakfast.
  • Bihar Niwas:-
    Address:– Bihar Niwas, Chanakyapuri, Behind Yashwanth Palace, Tikendrajit Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110021If you crave for Bihari style Chicken and fish curry then head to Bihar Niwas. You can have best of Bihari cuisine in Delhi at this place. It also has a potbelly restraint in its compound.
  • Gujrat Bhawan:
    Address: – Kautilya Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021
    Their Gujrati Tahli raises the bar in both quality and quantity. Rice, Dal, Bakhawadi, theplas, Farsa, papad and butter milk will leave you craving for more.
  • Banga Bhawan:-

Address: – 3, Hailey Road, Barakhamba Road, New Delhi, Delhi, 110001

Banga Bhawan is famous for its Kosha Mangsho (spicy Bengali Mutton Curry) and various dishes of fish. So if you are fish lover then this is the place for you.

Apart from these State Bhawans, there is also Karnataka Sangha famous for Mysore Masala Dosa, Assam Bhawan which is famous for its Thali, Odisha Niwas famous for mustard fish and Thali, J & K house famous for mutton Rogan Josh and Maharashtra Sadan famous for Mutton Kolhapuri. You can also try Kerala Bhawan, Tamilnadu Bhawan and the canteen of various north east states.

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