Top 10 Places to Visit in Delhi
Delhi, the capital of India, has a rich history. The city is dotted with spellbinding mosques, forts, and monuments left over from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. The contrast between rambling Old Delhi and well planned New Delhi is immense, and it’s interesting to spend time exploring both. If you feel in need of some relaxation, just head to one of Delhi’s flourishing landscaped gardens.
Delhi’s most famous monument, the Red Fort, stands not only as a powerful reminder of the Mughal era India but also a symbol of India’s struggle for freedom. It was build by fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, when he decided to shift his capital there from Agra in 1638. The fort’s turbulent history includes being captured by the Sikhs and the British. To take your imagination back to the ancient era, a one hour sound and light show of the fort’s history is held each evening.
- Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi
- Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., plus light shows in the evenings. Tuesday to Sunday
- Entry Cost: Foreigners, 500 rupees. Indians, 35 rupees
2. Swaminarayan Akshardham
A relatively new attraction, this massive temple complex was built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization and opened in 2005. It’s dedicated to showcasing Indian culture. As well as the astonishing architecture of the pink stone and white marble shrine, the complex includes sprawling garden, sculptures, and boat ride. Allow plenty of time to explore it thoroughly — at least half a day. Do note that cell phones and cameras are not permitted inside.
Location: National Highway 24, near Noida Mor, New Delhi
Opening Hours: 9.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. Closed Mondays
Entry Cost: Free. However, tickets are required to view the exhibitions
3. Humayun’s Tomb
If you think Humayun’s Tomb looks a bit like the Taj Mahal, in Agra, that’s because it was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal’s creation. The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. It was the first of this type of Mughal architecture to be built in India, and the Mughal rulers followed it up with an extensive period of construction all over the country. The tomb is part of a greater complex that’s set among beautiful gardens.
Location: Nizamuddin East, New Delhi. Near the Nizamuddin train station, off Mathura Road. Opening Hours: Sunrise until sunset, daily. It’s best viewed in the golden light of the late afternoon. Entry Cost: Foreigners, $5 U.S. Indians, 10 rupees. Free for children under 15 years.
4. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid is another marvelous treasure of the Old City, and it’s one of the largest mosque in India. Its courtyard can hold an incredible 25,000 devotees. The mosque took 12 years to build, and was completed in 1656. A strenuous climb to the top of its southern tower will reward you with a stunning view (albeit obscured by metal security grills) across the rooftops of Delhi. Be sure to dress appropriately when visiting the mosque or you won’t be allowed in. This means covering your head, legs and shoulders. Attire is available there
- Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. Near the Red Fort.
- Ticket: No Entry Fee
- Opening hours: Open all days from 7 am to 12 pm and 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm.
5. Lodhi Gardens
Lodhi Gardens provides a serene retreat from city life, and is the place to come if you’re feeling tired and worn out. The vast Gardens were built by the British in 1936 around the tombs of 15th and 16th century rulers. Joggers, yoga practitioners, and young couples all enjoy this park.
- Location: Lodhi Road, not far from Humayun’s Tomb
- Entry Cost: Free.
- Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise until 8 p.m., but Sundays are particularly busy.
6. Qutab Minar
Qutab Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1193, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. The tower has five distinct stories, and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. There are also a number of other historic monuments on the site.
- Location: Mehrauli, south Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Foreigners, 500 rupees. Indians, 30 rupees. Free for children under 15 years.
- Opening Hours: Sunrise until sunset, daily.
7. India Gate
The transcending entrance of India Gate at the focal point of New Delhi is a war dedication, worked in memory of the Indian troopers who lost their lives battling for the British Army in World War I. Around evening time it gleams energetically under floodlights, and the nurseries that line its avenue are a well known spot to appreciate a warm summer’s night. There’s additionally a fun Children’s Park that is perfect for kids.
- Location: Rajpath, near Connaught Place, New Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Free.
- Opening Hours: Always open.
8. Bahai (Lotus) Temple
The Bahai Temple is usually called the Lotus Temple, as it’s formed like a lotus blossom. It’s especially beautiful around evening time, when it’s alluringly lit up. Made out of cement canvassed in white marble, the sanctuary has a place with the Bahai Faith, which announces the solidarity surprisingly and religions. Everyone is welcome there.
- Location: Near Nehru Place, South Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Free.
- Opening Hours: 9.00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.
9. Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat
A visit to Gandhi Smriti will show you the careful spot where Mahatma Gandhi, lovingly alluded to as the Father of the Nation, was killed on January 30, 1948. He lived in the house for 144 days up until the hour of his passing. The room that he stayed in bed, kept precisely how he left it, and the supplication ground where he held a mass gathering each night are both open to general society. A lot of photographs, models, works of art, and engravings are likewise in plain view. You can likewise visit his remembrance at Raj Ghat.
- Location: 5 Tees January Marg, central New Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Free.
- Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.
10. Safdarjung’s Tomb
Safdarjung’s Tomb is arranged inside the Lodhi Estate. The tomb was worked in 1754 by Safdarjung’s child, Shuja-ud-Daula, as a sepulcher for his late father. Features of the Safdarjung’s Tomb are the Moti Mahal, Badshah Pasand and Jangli Mahal, which are little coverings, and the dazzling white marble arch that sits over the sepulcher. There is a beautiful nursery that outskirts the tomb and a couple of pathways where one can appreciate strolls.
- Location: Lodhi Estate
- Entry Fee: Rs. 15 (Indians), Rs. 200 (foreigners)
- Timing: Sunrise to Sunset