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10 Places to Visit in Delhi

by Hello Kylie on 02/06/09 at 7:05 am

This is a list of the most popular tourist spots in Delhi. In case you visit the Indian capital, you should make sure you visit these historical sites.

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1) The Red Fort is also known as Lal Quila. It was built in 1639 A.D. and just like most impressive things you will probably visit, it was built by the Mughals. Situated in the old part of Delhi, it used to oversee the Yamuna river but during the centuries after it was built the river changed its course to a degree where it cannot be seen anymore from the fort. The Red Fort is an attraction that offers diversity to its visitors. One gets to witness history but you can also indulge in some jewellery shopping on the bazaar street called Chatta Chowk.  You can also visit the light and sound show in the evening. It is not too impressive visually but it tells you the history of the fort in an intriguing manner. Just don’t forget to bring a mosquito repellent.

2) Jama Masjid is just in walking distance from the Red Fort. Due to its position on top of a hill, it overlooks Old Delhi. It was built during the times of the Mughals and is one of the biggest mosques in India. The courtyard could fit as many as 25 000 people. It is open everyday for tourists apart from prayer times.

3) Lotus Temple is the newest attraction on this list in terms of when it was built. It was completed in 1986 and since then has won numerous architectural awards and recognitions for its innovative design. One thing is for sure, it will definitely stand out with its lotus-shaped exterior compared to all the things you will see in Delhi and perhaps in India in general.

4) ISKCON Temple is in walking distance from the Lotus Temple. It is among the most beautiful Hindu temples with a nice garden and art gallery to boost. It is very similar to the Lakshmi Narayan Temple in that it is very traditional and full of color.

5) Qutub Minar is an innovative attraction for more reasons than one. It is among the first achievements of the Indo-Islamic architecture. Also, its minaret, which stands at 72.5 meters is the tallest in the world and is covered with engraved verses from the Quran. Another piece of interest is the Iron Pillar, which was believed to make true the wish of anyone that can embrace it with their back towards it. However, it is fenced now due to the fact that the intensive ‘hugging’ accelerates its corrosion. It is made of corrosion-resistant iron and this serves as proof that it was the Indians that came up with this metal.

6) Humayun’s Tomb is also built by the Mughal rulers of India. The design of the tomb and the gates leading to the Persian-styled gardens proved to be so unique and inspiring for its time that later on it was copied for the architecture of the Taj Mahal. It is like a smaller version of the Taj Mahal, except the marble.

7) India Gate was built by a British architect in memory of the victims of the British Indian Army. It is not India Gate per se that is impressive though. It is rather the whole area around it with a nice park that leads to the Parliament building, which is pretty impressive. It is the one place in Delhi which is like an oasis and can give you a break from the noisy streets and hectic traffic.

8) Connaught Place is not so much a historical attraction as it is a place to just hang out. It has plenty of restaurants, books and souvenir shops and most of the popular fast food chains (McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Pizza Hut and Dominos included).

9) Akshardham Temple was only built in 2006 but it is the one breathtaking place that can compete with the Taj Mahal. You will have to go through lengthy security checks and leave all your personal belongings in a safe and not even be allowed to bring in your beloved camera (which is a shame because all you want to do while walking around is take pictures!!!). However, all the hassle is totally worth it. All one needs to do is walk around the gardens and take in the beauty. Brilliant and detailed work with marble. You should plan for at least half a day because it is pretty vast.

 

10) Jantar Mantar is a complex of astronomical instruments built around 3 centuries ago and is situated in the heart of Delhi. There is a similar structure in Jaipur as well. Each of the abstract structures is accompanied with information on how it was used in former times.

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Saurabh

Jun 2nd, 2009

India Gate was built in honour of the Indian soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the First World War.

Jenny

Jun 3rd, 2009

Thanks for the info…..we will be travelling to India in 2 months and will stay in delhi for about a week……i would love to see as many of these 10 places that i can!

ps- can you recommend any special market places in delhi?

Amie

Jun 5th, 2009

Good article.
@Jenny – Dilli Haat and jan path are among the best places to shop dont forget to bargain!

aman jha

Jul 1st, 2009

lotus temple is really of good value

AMAN JHA

Jul 14th, 2009

APPU GHAR MUST BY BE VISITED BY EVERYONE &THE ROLLER COASTER RIDE IS JUST HMMMMMM…….

ankita

Oct 11th, 2009

i love delhi . lotous temple, jantar mantar,appu ghar which now has been closed, and the main places.i reach delhi many times.when i go to delhi i did not want to come.i think all should must see delhi. delhi is very beautiful.i do many shopping in delhi.i love to give the comment.and thse have made the website .please see my website on www goodleestory.blogspot.com.and my email ID is goodankeita@rediffmail.com

njoooooooooos

Oct 27th, 2009

the article was good but the author seemed to be pessimeisticc withhis comments..

“It is not too impressive visually but it tells you the history of the fort in an intriguing manner. Just don’t forget to bring a mosquito repellent.:”
“exterior compared to all the things you will see in Delhi and perhaps in India in general.”
It is not India Gate per se that is impressive though
But the article was really good and entertaining because of these cmments

Sarah

Nov 27th, 2009

Though Delhi has lot many places to visit, the list of 10 places (or must visit) provided by you would certainly help visitors who are short of time. Good selection!

Tapakshi

Dec 6th, 2009

great info!!!!!!!helped me a lot.i thank trifter!!!!!!

sangeeta

Dec 17th, 2009

really helpful

Gagan

Dec 31st, 2009

Places to Visit:

Places of historical Importance:

1. India Gate – Built in Memory of Indian Soldiers

2. Red Fort or Lal Quila in Hindi; Lal means Red and Quila means Fort)

3. Old Fort or Purana Quila ( you can now guess what “Purana” means)

4. Humayuns Tomb – Not much to see here but for young couples trying to find some privacy.

5. Qutub Minar

6. Jantar Mantar – There is not much to see here.

7. Tughlakabad Fort

8. The not so Famous “Bawadi” (water reservoir) close to Connaught Place. This place may interest some.

9. Jama Masjid – A very popular Mosque near Chandni Chowk.

Religious Places: (For foreign tourists – Please mind that when you go to any religious place you may see people donating money, People generally do it of there own will, Please dont give money to any one asking for it unless you buy your offerings from small kiosks at that particular place)

1. Lotus Temple – Beautiful Structure. both in day and at night,This is also known as the Bahai temple does not belong to an particular religion all go here, you’ll enjoy the silence here.

2. Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib – Close to Connaught Place, This is a very popular place of worship for Sikhs, is extremely crowded on Sundays, has a small pond full of fishes, Serves “Langar” (a free meal) in the day round the year that is open to all. I enjoy going here.

3. Chhatarpur Temple – Temple of Godess “Adya Katyayani” is a Beautiful Structure (This is close to Qutub Minar, must visit if you go to Qutub Minar)

4. Birla Mandir (Mandir means Temple) – Close to Connaught Place – this is a famous temple for Tourists.

5. Sacred Heart Cathedral – Close to Connaught Place, This is a famous Catholic Church.

6. Jama Masjid – Mosque near Chandni Chowk

7. Iskon Temple – Near Lotus Temple, this temple is the temple to Lord Krishna and you will find a lot of foreigners as priests in this temple, a beautiful temple must visit if you see lotus temple.

8. Hanuman Mandir – Near Connaught Place – Temple to God Hanuman”

9. Bhairon Mandir – Near Pragati Maidan this is the temple to God Bhairon where The whisky is offered to God. – You will find a lot of Drunk beggars outside the Temple

There are a lot or other religious place that are very popularLike

Maa Jhandewali Mandir – Near Karol Bagh
Sai Baba Temple – Lohi Estate
Kalka Devi Temple – Kalkaji
Gurudwara Sri Nanak Pyau – Near Shakti Nagar
Gurudwara Sri Rakab Ganj – Near Connaught Place
Gurudwara Sri Sees Ganj – Chandni Chowk

and the list is endless – If you visit these places you’ll get the desired flavour or indian religious places, What would still be recommended is that dont just see one, try as many you can out of the first 9.

Famous Markets – (RULE- bargain if you are not in a Shopping mall or you are not at a fixed price shop “FIXED PRICE” will be displayed at shop at the payment counter.)

1. Chandni Chowk – Try the Street Food also

2. Kamla Nagar – Though its very oily we Indians enjoy it, try Chahe Ke Chhole Bhature

3. Connaught Place – Must visit the inner circle, Janpath Street market, Central Cottage Emporium at Janpath (Janpath is the name of a Road, The bunglow of the prominent Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is also here, the address is 10 Janpath), You can see India’s first Air Conditioned Underground Market – Palika Bazaar, again dont forget to bargain big time may be start from 1/10th of the price first quoted.

4. Rajouri Garden – Expensive Fashion Street

5. Lajpat Nagar – Cheap Fashion Street

6. GK (Graiter Kailash) 1 and 2 both

7. Karol Bagh – Must Ghaffar Market bargain a lot

8. Khan Market – Expensive market with a lot of food joints, and I hope “Khan Chacha ke rolls” are available again to eat (a must)

9. South Extension both 1 and 2 – Expensive

10. Sarojini nagar – Cheap Fashion Street

All of these markets above cater to all the needs of the customers and will have there own eating joints and restaurants with some speciality, ask around and enjoy.

Delhi Food:

Delhi Food is the tastiest out of all places I have visited in India.
Mind you I guarantee Taste full of spices, though I have not really fallen sick after enjoying a million meals here, but I dont guarantee hygiene every where, so please be selective.

Please dont be over selective as that will narrow your expanse of joy while eating.

You dont have to hunt for the most popular restaurants or locations to get good food, Though we Delhi Walas have become very particular of the taste and will only go to the selected places, if its you first time dont wates time just enjoy eating in delhi.

if you still want to hunt around for a good restaurant, Please refer to the time food guide that will find the place exactly suited to by all means.

i have not given you a list of food joints as it is not required to travel to only specific places to eat good food.

Hope you enjoy your trip to delhi.

Cheer!

Gagan

Dec 31st, 2009

Places to Visit:

Places of historical Importance:

1. India Gate – Built in Memory of Indian Soldiers

2. Red Fort or Lal Quila in Hindi; Lal means Red and Quila means Fort)

3. Old Fort or Purana Quila ( you can now guess what \”Purana\” means)

4. Humayuns Tomb – Not much to see here but for young couples trying to find some privacy.

5. Qutub Minar

6. Jantar Mantar – There is not much to see here.

7. Tughlakabad Fort

8. The not so Famous \”Bawadi\” (water reservoir) close to Connaught Place. This place may interest some.

9. Jama Masjid – A very popular Mosque near Chandni Chowk.

Religious Places: (For foreign tourists – Please mind that when you go to any religious place you may see people donating money, People generally do it of there own will, Please dont give money to any one asking for it unless you buy your offerings from small kiosks at that particular place)

1. Lotus Temple – Beautiful Structure. both in day and at night,This is also known as the Bahai temple does not belong to an particular religion all go here, you\’ll enjoy the silence here.

2. Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib – Close to Connaught Place, This is a very popular place of worship for Sikhs, is extremely crowded on Sundays, has a small pond full of fishes, Serves \”Langar\” (a free meal) in the day round the year that is open to all. I enjoy going here.

3. Chhatarpur Temple – Temple of Godess \”Adya Katyayani\” is a Beautiful Structure (This is close to Qutub Minar, must visit if you go to Qutub Minar)

4. Birla Mandir (Mandir means Temple) – Close to Connaught Place – this is a famous temple for Tourists.

5. Sacred Heart Cathedral – Close to Connaught Place, This is a famous Catholic Church.

6. Jama Masjid – Mosque near Chandni Chowk

7. Iskon Temple – Near Lotus Temple, this temple is the temple to Lord Krishna and you will find a lot of foreigners as priests in this temple, a beautiful temple must visit if you see lotus temple.

8. Hanuman Mandir – Near Connaught Place – Temple to God Hanuman\”

9. Bhairon Mandir – Near Pragati Maidan this is the temple to God Bhairon where The whisky is offered to God. – You will find a lot of Drunk beggars outside the Temple

There are a lot or other religious place that are very popularLike

Maa Jhandewali Mandir – Near Karol Bagh
Sai Baba Temple – Lohi Estate
Kalka Devi Temple – Kalkaji
Gurudwara Sri Nanak Pyau – Near Shakti Nagar
Gurudwara Sri Rakab Ganj – Near Connaught Place
Gurudwara Sri Sees Ganj – Chandni Chowk

and the list is endless – If you visit these places you\’ll get the desired flavour or indian religious places, What would still be recommended is that dont just see one, try as many you can out of the first 9.

Famous Markets – (RULE- bargain if you are not in a Shopping mall or you are not at a fixed price shop \”FIXED PRICE\” will be displayed at shop at the payment counter.)

1. Chandni Chowk – Try the Street Food also

2. Kamla Nagar – Though its very oily we Indians enjoy it, try Chahe Ke Chhole Bhature

3. Connaught Place – Must visit the inner circle, Janpath Street market, Central Cottage Emporium at Janpath (Janpath is the name of a Road, The bunglow of the prominent Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is also here, the address is 10 Janpath), You can see India\’s first Air Conditioned Underground Market – Palika Bazaar, again dont forget to bargain big time may be start from 1/10th of the price first quoted.

4. Rajouri Garden – Expensive Fashion Street

5. Lajpat Nagar – Cheap Fashion Street

6. GK (Graiter Kailash) 1 and 2 both

7. Karol Bagh – Must Ghaffar Market bargain a lot

8. Khan Market – Expensive market with a lot of food joints, and I hope \”Khan Chacha ke rolls\” are available again to eat (a must)

9. South Extension both 1 and 2 – Expensive

10. Sarojini nagar – Cheap Fashion Street

All of these markets above cater to all the needs of the customers and will have there own eating joints and restaurants with some speciality, ask around and enjoy.

Delhi Food:

Delhi Food is the tastiest out of all places I have visited in India.
Mind you I guarantee Taste full of spices, though I have not really fallen sick after enjoying a million meals here, but I dont guarantee hygiene every where, so please be selective.

Please dont be over selective as that will narrow your expanse of joy while eating.

You dont have to hunt for the most popular restaurants or locations to get good food, Though we Delhi Walas have become very particular of the taste and will only go to the selected places, if its you first time dont wates time just enjoy eating in delhi.

if you still want to hunt around for a good restaurant, Please refer to the time food guide that will find the place exactly suited to by all means.

i have not given you a list of food joints as it is not required to travel to only specific places to eat good food.

Hope you enjoy your trip to delhi.

Cheer!

Gagan

Dec 31st, 2009

Places to Visit:

Places of historical Importance:

1. India Gate – Built in Memory of Indian Soldiers

2. Red Fort or Lal Quila in Hindi; Lal means Red and Quila means Fort)

3. Old Fort or Purana Quila ( you can now guess what \\\”Purana\\\” means)

4. Humayuns Tomb – Not much to see here but for young couples trying to find some privacy.

5. Qutub Minar

6. Jantar Mantar – There is not much to see here.

7. Tughlakabad Fort

8. The not so Famous \\\”Bawadi\\\” (water reservoir) close to Connaught Place. This place may interest some.

9. Jama Masjid – A very popular Mosque near Chandni Chowk.

Religious Places: (For foreign tourists – Please mind that when you go to any religious place you may see people donating money, People generally do it of there own will, Please dont give money to any one asking for it unless you buy your offerings from small kiosks at that particular place)

1. Lotus Temple – Beautiful Structure. both in day and at night,This is also known as the Bahai temple does not belong to an particular religion all go here, you\\\’ll enjoy the silence here.

2. Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib – Close to Connaught Place, This is a very popular place of worship for Sikhs, is extremely crowded on Sundays, has a small pond full of fishes, Serves \\\”Langar\\\” (a free meal) in the day round the year that is open to all. I enjoy going here.

3. Chhatarpur Temple – Temple of Godess \\\”Adya Katyayani\\\” is a Beautiful Structure (This is close to Qutub Minar, must visit if you go to Qutub Minar)

4. Birla Mandir (Mandir means Temple) – Close to Connaught Place – this is a famous temple for Tourists.

5. Sacred Heart Cathedral – Close to Connaught Place, This is a famous Catholic Church.

6. Jama Masjid – Mosque near Chandni Chowk

7. Iskon Temple – Near Lotus Temple, this temple is the temple to Lord Krishna and you will find a lot of foreigners as priests in this temple, a beautiful temple must visit if you see lotus temple.

8. Hanuman Mandir – Near Connaught Place – Temple to God Hanuman\\\”

9. Bhairon Mandir – Near Pragati Maidan this is the temple to God Bhairon where The whisky is offered to God. – You will find a lot of Drunk beggars outside the Temple

There are a lot or other religious place that are very popularLike

Maa Jhandewali Mandir – Near Karol Bagh
Sai Baba Temple – Lohi Estate
Kalka Devi Temple – Kalkaji
Gurudwara Sri Nanak Pyau – Near Shakti Nagar
Gurudwara Sri Rakab Ganj – Near Connaught Place
Gurudwara Sri Sees Ganj – Chandni Chowk

and the list is endless – If you visit these places you\\\’ll get the desired flavour or indian religious places, What would still be recommended is that dont just see one, try as many you can out of the first 9.

Famous Markets – (RULE- bargain if you are not in a Shopping mall or you are not at a fixed price shop \\\”FIXED PRICE\\\” will be displayed at shop at the payment counter.)

1. Chandni Chowk – Try the Street Food also

2. Kamla Nagar – Though its very oily we Indians enjoy it, try Chahe Ke Chhole Bhature

3. Connaught Place – Must visit the inner circle, Janpath Street market, Central Cottage Emporium at Janpath (Janpath is the name of a Road, The bunglow of the prominent Congress Leader Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi is also here, the address is 10 Janpath), You can see India\\\’s first Air Conditioned Underground Market – Palika Bazaar, again dont forget to bargain big time may be start from 1/10th of the price first quoted.

4. Rajouri Garden – Expensive Fashion Street

5. Lajpat Nagar – Cheap Fashion Street

6. GK (Graiter Kailash) 1 and 2 both

7. Karol Bagh – Must Ghaffar Market bargain a lot

8. Khan Market – Expensive market with a lot of food joints, and I hope \\\”Khan Chacha ke rolls\\\” are available again to eat (a must)

9. South Extension both 1 and 2 – Expensive

10. Sarojini nagar – Cheap Fashion Street

All of these markets above cater to all the needs of the customers and will have there own eating joints and restaurants with some speciality, ask around and enjoy.

Delhi Food:

Delhi Food is the tastiest out of all places I have visited in India.
Mind you I guarantee Taste full of spices, though I have not really fallen sick after enjoying a million meals here, but I dont guarantee hygiene every where, so please be selective.

Please dont be over selective as that will narrow your expanse of joy while eating.

You dont have to hunt for the most popular restaurants or locations to get good food, Though we Delhi Walas have become very particular of the taste and will only go to the selected places, if its you first time dont wates time just enjoy eating in delhi.

if you still want to hunt around for a good restaurant, Please refer to the time food guide that will find the place exactly suited to by all means.

i have not given you a list of food joints as it is not required to travel to only specific places to eat good food.

Hope you enjoy your trip to delhi.

Cheer!

Shilpa

Dec 31st, 2009

For South Indians there is a very lovely and good place on ashoka road, the Andra Bhawan. In its canteen you can get a plate full of meal in just 80 rs and non veg on some extra price.

In the meal you will get 4 veggies, curd, sweet dish, rice(Obviously), roti or poori, papad, sambar, rasam and pure ghee.

eat as much as you can in just 80 Rs.

bala

Jan 15th, 2010

thnks guys, your information help me a lot…

Sabawoon-Afghanistan

Jan 30th, 2010

can a Muslims in side of the (birla,akshardham or akashram,chatarpur,iskon,kalkaji)mandirs. are they allowed to visit there.

ABG

Feb 12th, 2010

ofcourse, india is a secular country and everyone is allowed to visit everywhere, except for prayer times in some places!

merlando

Apr 15th, 2010

thanks a bunch
hope v’ll enjoy our trip to delhi

Anuraag roshan

Oct 18th, 2010

Anyone who wants to visit delhi….can call me for any query, like top places, cheap hotels, free guides – Anurag roshan +91-9818415525

ANA

Oct 19th, 2010

i m a delhite
best place to go for funky as well as branded shopping is:
canaught place, janpath(local strall market of clothes and accesoris,,if u r a good bargainer), sarojini market, south-ex market.
best place to go:in preferance are:
Akshardham temple,
India gate,
lotus temple, kutubh minar, lal quila, humayun tomb.

C.V.AMUEL

Oct 19th, 2010

PRESIDENT HOUSE AND INDIA GATE, C.P., AKSHARDHAM, LOTUS TEMPLE ARE BEST PLACES TO CLIK

Gagan deep Singh

Nov 8th, 2010

India Gate
Sciences Musiyum
Rojori Garden Malls
Red Fort
Palika Market
Disk
Aksardham mandir(Noida Near by Delhi)
Metro Walk (Rithala)
Indian Zoo
Funn & Food (Alipur Near by Delhi)
Gurudwara Bangla Shahib
PVR & FUN cienamas

gracealone

Nov 9th, 2010

More than the articles, the comments have become interesting on this page. Anyway, I never knew that people love New Delhi so much,

See more photos of incredible India on http://www.photosofincredibleindia.com

Vibhuti

Dec 2nd, 2010

Yes, the comments were very informative. I am going for a week. I\’ll have only a Saturday and Sunday and evenings of the rest of the 5 week days. Guess need to plan properly to visit the places. I should be able to cover the temples, Shopping and food area during every evening.
Thanks a ton guys. Will update my feedback once am back :)
Looking forward to visiting the capital for the first time :)

Valerie

Dec 24th, 2010

Somebody was asking in the forum about tattoo places in delhi, i will reccomend Devilz tattooz i got one while in Delhi and its the only place with International standards http://www.devilztattooz.com

parvez

Dec 30th, 2010

i want to add ine more place to visit i.e DILLI HAAT, its very interesting place.

heenu

Jan 8th, 2011

if any one want 2 come delhi. do visit the geat Malls. ideal place for enjoy.

ninad c raut

Jan 21st, 2011

Can you tell me any hotels in the budget Rs1000 to 1500 range per day for 4 days near to maximum of the above ten places of visit .
Ninad

The G

Feb 16th, 2011

Delhi is a vast place that cannot be quoted into a comment in here, places like gurgaon, noida, faridabad, pitampura, ashok vihar, shalimar bagh, rani bagh, kashmere gate, vijay nagar, south-ex, GK 1 and 2, etc are some places being totally neglected.

Try Japanese Park in rohini for instance, or Market place at NSP(Netaji Subhash Palace) [ metro station ].
District Center near janakpuri and vikas puri are other nice places to visit.

Or check out shalimar bagh\’s old monument, which is rarely known of, or the cemetery near kashmere gate and tis hazari.
Also the indraprastha park and the actual KASHMERE GATE are some places peeps really dont know or talk about.

I m a monument lover so i love places that are old without regard for the nearby locations and facilities. So i guess the peeps who like monuments will love my taste that can be related to street smart choice :)

But its really dependent on the visitor, some places might be adored by the same person while hated by others.

to be honest, juz search by roaming free to know which place you like, you will be amazed by the diversity and difference in the cultures, experience, etc within a few kilometers of distance :)

Enjoy Delhi, and to know more about it, try to get urself either a guide or someone who can show you around.

I will also love to bring this to our notice that several travel agents are offering tour packages that will show you around the most common places in Delhi within a few days. So if you are short on time, try these services which usually shows you around in deluxe buses :)

adios,,Delhi Rocks !!! \\/

sanjiv

Mar 26th, 2011

Dam informative place..thanks to all for sharing so much.
I want to know some adventure places in Delhi where you can go on weekend types

Shruti

May 17th, 2011

Everybody should visit Delhi .It’s a very cool place .
wooooooo:)

Manni

Oct 2nd, 2011

nice articles really good :-)
top 10 places in delhi

Kapil

Mar 12th, 2012

Such monuments like India Gate etc which symbolize the traitors who fought for British rather than agains tthem should be demolished forever ..

Ayan

Mar 25th, 2012

Want to come delhi in 2 day. Need a guide who help me.

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