Must See Captivating Beauty Of Delhi, The Capital City Of India

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About Delhi

India is a cosmopolitan county, and its capital city is Delhi. The national capital territory has Old and New Delhi and is surrounded by the metropolitan region.

The city bustles with a diverse crowd and attracts visitors from all over the world. The origins of Delhi date back as early as 1000 BC with a settlement near Purana Qila. If you are planning to visit Delhi, you should properly know about the city. New Delhi’s people often represent their city as “ Dilwaalon ki Dilli”, which means a place wherein people have affirmed hearts and lively nature . Modern day Delhi is a melting pot of monuments, archaeological sites and bazaars.

Why go there: Heritage | Culture | Food | Shopping
Ideal for: Leisure | Business
Trivia: Delhi has a lot of feathers in its cap. It is an educational hub with some of the oldest colleges in Delhi University
Things to bring back: Textiles, footwear, handicrafts, Khadi items and jewelry.

Also Read: Places To Visit Near Delhi on a Weekend | Places To Visit in Delhi For Couples

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There are lots of places to visit in Delhi, some of them are listed below:


Places to Visit in Delhi

28. Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple is the Bahai House of Worship in Kalkaji, designed in the shape of a Lotus flower. It promotes the oneness of God and anyone of any faith can enter or read religious texts of any faith. It has lush gardens, sparkling pools and the quiet of this temple will take you to a blissful state.

Distance from the city center: 13 kms
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Spirituality seekers | Architecture admirers
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: Open all days except Monday, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM/7:00 PM
Location: View on map


27. Akshardham

Located in Noida, Akshardham showcases India’s glorious history and grandeur. Dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, the avatars, devas and sages of Hinduism it is a marvel! The carvings of 148 life sized elephants and other features will leave you awestruck. There are various exhibits you can visit here are:

  • The Theatre
  • Hall of Values
  • Boat ride
  • Musical fountains
  • Gardens

Distance from the city center: 9 kms
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Spirituality seekers | Architecture admirers
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: Open all days except Monday, 9:30 AM – 6:30 PM (7:30 PM for Water Show)
Tickets: INR 170 for Adults | INR 100 for Children | INR 125 for Senior Citizen (Cost varies for water show)
Location: View on Map


26. Nizamuddin Dargah

Nizamuddin Dargah is the mausoleum of the Sufi saint, Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya. It is popular for its devotional music sessions or qawwali.

Other important historical monuments close to the dargah are:

  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Chausath Khamba
  • Mirza Ghalib’s Tomb
  • Sabz Burj (Blue Gumbad)
  • Lal Mahal

Distance from the city center: 7.1 kms
Time required: 1 – 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Spirituality seekers | Devotees
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 5 AM – 10 PM
Location: View on Map


25. Bangla Sahib

Known as the Jaisinghpura Palace, Bangla Sahib was a bungalow to Raja Jai Singh. Guru Har Krishan – The eighth Sikh Guru resided at this site. The grand golden tomb and Langar attracts visitors from all around the world. The water from its sarovar is holy and the site is of great importance to Sikhs.

Distance from the city center: 5 kms
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Spirituality seekers | Architecture admirers
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 24 x 7
Location: View on Map


24. ISKCON Temple

Established in 1998 by Achyut Kanvinde, the ISKCON temple is in East of Kailash, Delhi. This International Society of Krishna Consciousness has one of the largest temple complexes. It offers visitors an insight into spirituality, values and humanity. Pay a visit as there is a lot more to learn and see at this temple.

Distance from the city center: 13 kms
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Spirituality seekers | Architecture admirers
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 4:30 AM – 9: 30 PM
Location: View on Map


23. Chattarpur Temple

Visit the Chattarpur Temple to pray to Goddess Katyayini – an avatar of Goddess Durga. Established in 1974, it is one of the largest temples in the world. Built of marble, this temple features lattice screen work and Vessara style architecture.

Distance from the city center: 20 km from city center
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Spirituality seekers | Architecture admirers
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 6 AM – 10 PM
Location: View on Map


22. Jagannath Temple

The Jagannath Temple is a modern temple built by the Oriya community in Delhi. It is very close to the famous Haus Khas Village and attracts lots of devotees. Made in white marble, the temple looks serene and is also famous for the Rath Yatra carried out around June – July.

Distance from the city center: 8.8 kms
Time required: Less than an hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Spirituality seekers | Architecture admirers
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 4:30 AM – 9: 30 PM
Location: View on Map


21. Ladakh Buddhist Vihara

Amidst the chaos of Delhi, lies a small Buddhist Temple in Civil Lines. It’s hidden and is easy to miss but find your way to the place to gain that little peace of mind. The smell of incense, butter lamps and prayer chakras make this a perfect meditation spot. There’s also a small market nearby that sells Tibetan jewelry, artifacts, woolens and more. Try some lip-smacking Tibetan cuisine when you visit the place.

Distance from the city center: 9.7 kms
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Spirituality seekers
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 8 AM – 7 PM
Location: View on Map


20. Lodhi Garden

Home to pieces of Mughal history, Lodhi Garden houses four prominent Tombs:

  • Mohammed Shah’s tomb
  • Sikander Lodi’s Tomb
  • Shisha Gumbad’s Tomb
  • Bara Gumbad’s Tomb

This 15th century architectural wonder attracts regular joggers, photo enthusiasts and tourists. The park has a small water body inside and other luxury hotels in the vicinity. Look out for Lodi – The Garden Restaurant and On The Waterfront.

Distance from the city center: 16.7 kms
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 6 AM – 7:30 PM
Location: View on Map


19. Garden of Five Senses

Located in the Mehrauli Heritage Area it has a lot of plants, modern art replicas and sculptures. It is ideal for walks, picnics and group outings.

Distance from the city center: 16.7 km from city center
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Leisure walks
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 9 AM – 6 PM
Location: View on Map


18. Deer Park

Deer park lies in the scenic backdrop of the ruins of Hauz Khas. There’s an adjacent rose garden, a small lake and a market filled with cafés and designer boutiques. Spotting deers or peacocks here is norm. Do take your camera along to capture some beautiful shots.

Distance from the city center: 12 kms
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Leisure walks | Wildlife lovers | Shopaholics
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 6 AM – 7 PM
Location: View on Map


17. Mughal Gardens

Located in Rashtrapati Bhawan, this garden is open to public only when flowers are in full bloom. Some species of flowers are rare much like the design of the garden. The design is a combination of Mughal and British styles.

Distance from the city center: 3.2 kms
Time required: 2 – 3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Leisure walks | Nature lovers
Best time to visit: February – March
Timings: 9:30 AM – 4 PM
Location: View on Map


16. Sarojini Market

Sarojini Nagar is full of small shops, showrooms and vendors. You can get unimaginable bargains and indulge in some inexpensive shopping here. Pro Tip: Examine the fabric before buying from street vendors!

What to buy: Clothes, footwear, jewelry, leather bags, home décor

Distance from the city center: 9.8 kms
Time required: 3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Shopping | Eating
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: View on Map


15. Chandni Chowk

If you’re fascinated by Indian weddings, welcome to this shopping hub. Filled with showrooms, Chandni Chowk remains packed with people almost all the time. The area retains its historical character despite narrow lanes, countless shops and houses.

Check out Haveli’s or mansions from the 1800’s

  • Begum Samru’s Palace
  • Naughraha Manisons in Kinari Bazaar
  • Khazanchi Haveli
  • Mirza Ghalib’s Haveli
  • Chunnamal Haveli
  • Zeenat Mahal
  • Haksar Haveli (Pt. Nehru got married here)
  • Naharwali Haveli (Birthplace of former president of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf)
  • Banarsi Bhawan
  • Haveli Dharmpura

Visit popular eating joints like:

  • Parathe wali gali
  • Natraj Dahi Bhalle
  • Karim’s
  • Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale
  • Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala
  • Haji Tea Point

Distance from the city center: 3.3 km from city center
Time required: 4 – 5 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Shopping | Eating | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: View on Map


14. Paharganj

Located near New Delhi railway station, Paharganj has budget lodges, cafés and more. A market place in itself it is a treasure trove for books, music, jewelry, bags, leather goods, clothes etc.

Distance from the city center: 2.8 kms
Time required: 3 – 4 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Shopping | Eating
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: View on Map


13. Janpath

Originally called Queen’s way, Janpath is on the outer circle of Connaught place. Popular for handicrafts, clothing, shoes, paintings, brassware, Indian artefacts, leather items and jewelry. It has many state emporiums from where you can buy things unique to a particular state.

Distance from the city center: 2 kms
Time required: 2 – 3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Shopping | Eating
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Location: View on Map


12. Hauz Khas Village

An urban village built around the 13th century, it is now an urban village. It has a Khilji dynasty mosque, tomb and an ancient water reservoir. An affluent neighborhood that comes to life at night Hauz Khas has hip cafés and party places.

Do visit Firoz Shah’s Tomb and other monuments in this complex at the end of the market lane, Deer park and Hauz Khas lake.

Distance from the city center: 12 kms
Time required: 3 – 4 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Shopping | Eating | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: All days, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM (Tomb Complex). The market remains open till 12:20 AM
Location: View on Map


11. Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is a small complex in South Delhi. It has many state specific shops and food stalls. Cultural and musical performances light up the place making it a popular hangout.

What to buy: Clothes, jewelry, home décor, handicrafts etc.

Distance from the city center: 12 km from city center
Time required: 3 – 4 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Shopping | Eating
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: All days, 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: View on Map

Also check out the India Habitat Center at Lodhi Road to:

  • Eat at the American Diner
  • Visit the visual art gallery
  • Check for exhibitions and cultural events

Other markets to visit:

  • Lajpat Nagar – Indian attire, suits, sarees, home décor
  • Connaught Place – Upscale shopping, eating joints, Pan shops and nightlife
  • Khan Market – Hookah Bars, nightlife, upscale shopping
  • Greater Kailash – Shopping, Eating

10. Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is an equinoctial sundial built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. Its construction started in 1724 and it has 13 architectural astronomy instruments. The king also built four other Jantar Mantar’s in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi and Mathura.

Distance from the city center: 2.1 km from city center
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: All days, 6:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Location: View on Map


9. India Gate

India Gate is a memorial built for soldiers who died fighting in the First World War. Though it looks beautiful in the mornings, the illumination at night makes it a vision to behold. There’s a small canopy and the Amar Jawan Jyoti manned by the Armed Forces beside the gate. A small park, site for boating and food vendors make the place for a good picnic spot.

Distance from the city center: 4 km from city center
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | Picnics | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Location: View on Map


8. Rashtrapati Bhawan

Rashtrapati Bhawan is India’s Presidential house. It spreads across a 130-hectare area that was earlier known as the Viceroy’s House. Inspired by the Edwardian Baroque, it was made using  700 million bricks. The mansion is open to public on all days whereas, the Mughal Gardens open to public seasonally.

Distance from the city center: 3.2 km from city center
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: All days, 9:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: View on Map


7. Agrasen ki Baoli

Agrasen Ki Baoli is a stepwell in Hailey Road built around the 14th century by King Agrasen. It is well known for its architecture; 108 steps that lead to three levels of the well and rumors of it being haunted. This place has also been a shooting spot for many Bollywood movies and attracts a lot of visitors.

Distance from the city center: 2.3 km from city center
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: All days, 8:00 PM – 06:00 PM
Location: View on Map


6. Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar and its complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site made of red sandstone and marble. The tower has a height of 73 m after losing some of it due to lightning. The construction of the structure started in the year 1192 and was completed by 1220. A 379-spiral staircase leads you to the top but the entry to it is closed. The complex features the iconic Iron Pillar and a mosque.

Distance from the city center: 14 km from city center
Time required: 2 – 3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: All days, 7:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: View on Map


5. Red Fort

Red Fort was the main residence of Mughal emperors for more than 200 years. The political and cultural center of the Mughals, it marks many historic events. The first Prime Minister of independent India, Pt. Nehru delivered his iconic freedom speech here. Places worht visiting inside the complex include the Hamam, Diwan-i-Aam, Rang Mahal etc.

Distance from the city center: 5.2 kms
Time required: 3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: Tuesday – Sunday, 9:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Location: View on Map


4. Humayun’s Tomb

A UNESCO Heritage site, it is one of the most well-preserved historical structures in India. Humayun’s Tomb lies in the center with four identical gardens on its sides. The complex also includes graves of humayun’s wife – Bega Begum, Hamida Begum, Dara Sikoh and tomb of Isa Khan.

Distance from the city center: 7.8 km
Time required: 2 – 3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 6:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: View on Map


3. Tuglaqabad Fort

Built by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq the Tuglaqabad fort stretches more than 6 km. Built in a historic city abandoned in 1327, the fort features ruins of hard stone walls about 10 – 15 m high. It also has 13 gates remaining out of 52 which gives every visitor an insight into history.

Distance from the city center: 21 km
Time required: 2 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 7:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: View on Map


2. Safdarjung Tomb

Safdarjung’s Tomb is an arched red-brown and white marble structure built in 1754. Known for its Mughal architecture, the Safdarjung Tomb boasts of a garden, water channel and a mausoleum. It also has a large podium with a hidden stairway.

Distance from the city center: 8.7 km
Time required: 1 hour
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 7:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: View on Map


1. Purana Qila

Built by Sher Shah Suri, Purana Qila is one of the oldest and most important forts in Delhi. Some archaeological surveys claim the site dates back to 1000 BC Pandava Kingdom. In 1970’s the ramparts of the qila were used as a backdrop for theatre. Today is has light and sound shows after sunset inspired by the history of the “Seven Cities of Delhi”.

Distance from the city center: 5.7 km
Time required: 2 – 3 hours
Ideal for: Friends | Family | History buffs
Best time to visit: October – March
Timings: 7:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Location: View on Map


Other places to explore:


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