Top attractions in New Delhi
The capital city of India has a whole host of colorful sights. Discover the rich history of one of the world's oldest democracies and explore New Delhi with our top tips!
The truly impressive Red Fort is a must-see on any trip to New Delhi. The 17th century structure is made from red brick and is visible from the motorway nearby. Take a guided tour to get the most out of the experience.
The largest Minar in Delhi, Qutb Minar is a tower that symbolizes the victory of Islam over Delhi's last Hindu kingdom in the 12th century. The 73 meter high tower houses the first mosque to ever be built in India.
While you're in Old Delhi, take a guided tour of the area. You'll discover sights, sounds, smells, and tastes you've never experienced before.
Located in the heart of Delhi's Metro system, Chandi Chowk is a great place to get some shopping done. Check out Janpat, a local market full of Indian goods and make sure you haggle!
Designed by a Persian architect, the palace where Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb is located is a beautiful homage to symmetry. Walk through the grounds and take in several monuments dedicated to lost members of the Emperor's family.
The Lotus Temple is a house of worship for the monotheistic Bahá'í Faith. Shaped like the Lotus flower, the architecture of this sacred site is quite remarkable.
The largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid is another structure built during Mughal rule of the 17th century. As you walk around the mosque, notice the intricate carvings on almost each and every wall.
Akshardham has some of the most intricate artwork along its walls. The huge architectural marvel is a tribute to some of the finest Indian architecture. History buffs will enjoy the short films and historic exhibitions inside.
A tribute to the 70,000 Indian soldiers who fought in World War I for the British army and did not return home, India Gate is a 40 meter gate and a true landmark in New Delhi.
Rashtrapati Bhavan is the home of the President of India, and is the largest presidential residence in the world. The gardens belonged once to the Mughal empire, and are perfect for an evening stroll.
Do as the locals do and drink some chai in the afternoon and have some daal, or lentils, with rice and vegetables. For dessert, try Galebi, a fried orange treat that resembles fired glass and is best when dipped in hot milk.
For short distances take a rickshaw, and make sure to bargain your rate before you step on. You can also take small motorized taxis called Auto-rickshaws, the Delhi metro system, or taxis. Buses can be quite overcrowded, but they are an option as well.
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- Best time to visit
- The best time to visit New Delhi is between November and March. The weather is dusty, dry and cool but the temperature never drops below 60 degrees. The summers in India can be extremely hot and when August hits, so does the monsoon season.
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What people are saying about New Delhi
We had a few specific places we wanted to see Humayun's Tomb, Akshardam Temple, Agrasen di Baoli, lunch at Moti Mahal and some clothes shopping with whatever time left over for my fiancee. Our guide gave a nice background on the sites we visited and answered several of my questions along the way. Although pictures are not allowed inside Akshardam Temple I would still consider it a must stop in New Delhi. Of modern architecture I have not seen anything that compares to it. Moti Mahal, the creators of Butter Chicken, was absolutely delicious. The only problem we had with most restaurant stops was requesting spicy, but being foreigners receiving less spicy food from the restaurants. Moti Mahal was no exception. Still...delicous. The only negative thing I have to say was the shopping. There are several cheap places to buy clothes around New Delhi, but we were taken to a linen store that pays out commission to tour guides and was frankly overpriced on all their items.
Our guide Aamir Khan was informative and knowledgeable. He was friendly and spoke clear English. He provided lots of other insights into the Indian culture and life in India as we visited the various sites throughout the day. We found that interesting. Our driver Himanshu Saxena picked us up promptly at the hotel and was always there for us when we finished visiting the site. He transported us expertly around the crowded streets of Delhi. He was friendly and helpful. Both of these gentlemen were extremely professional and provided an excellent experience for us throughout the day.
Aman was a wonderful guide! He gave us a lot of history about the Taj Mahal and guides us through the best way to experience the Taj Mahal. Next he asked us our preference on visiting baby Taj or Fort Agra. We chose the baby Taj and were not disappointed! It's beautiful as well. And Aman took fantastic photos of us in the best spots. After visiting, we saw how the the semiprecious gemstones were inlayed in the white marble. The entire day was a great learning opportunity and a splendid day of seeing a wonder of the world.
I had the opportunity to take this day trip with Saeed from Keeper Landwey and it was a real pleasure. His endless knowledge is just incredible. He was also very kind and patient regarding my requests (lunch, historical questions, architectural questions, etc..). Do yourself a favour and book a trip with Saeed.
I completely recommend this experience. We had an unforgettable time at the Taj Mahal, no pressure at all to buy anything (photographs etc), to the contrary our guide really helped us navigate through this! The driver was also very professional and the car very clean. Highly recommend.