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.
On our business trip to India, we had that weekend in Delhi for some activities. We are glad to had that amazing tour with our guide Rishi. He has well knowledge about everything you might want to know about the history or present Delhi and everything beyond. He is engaged, smart and we felt safe among the whole tour. Afterwards you can say Delhi, especially Old Delhi is an open hearted, colorful city that spoils your nose with neverhad scents. On our list was in order of visitation Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Red Fort, to the alleys of Chandni Chowk to Jama Masjid and a small Sikh Temple, Khari Baoli Spice Market, Agrasen Ki Baoli, India Gate.
Worth revisiting cultural heritage sites and getting a taste of local specialities which may be on the spicier side for many. This is a very crowded part of Delhi and is full of life centuries after it was the centre of power in India. There is so much variety and history to absorb: only don’t let the strange aromas and the occasional dirt deter you. After all where else can one get so much of everything packed inside a 3 hour walking tour. Objectively speaking there are just 4 great cities in the world that can give you such an experience: Rome, Istanbul, Paris, and Delhi. No other city can.
we had a wonderful time on our street food and walking tour. our guide was prompt, well organized, efficient and fun to talk with. his English was excellent and he had a lot of interesting things to say about the area, its history and architecture. we particularly enjoyed both getting to use the subway and a rickshaw. thanks for a wonderful introduction to old Delhi.
My son & dad enjoyed the whole day private tour visiting the monuments in Delhi. The guide, Naveen was very friendly and showed all the places as per the plan mentioned. Also, chauffeur was very helpful. On time pick up and drop. Lunch was arranged by the guide in a very good hotel. Much appreciated by my dad! Overall happy times!!