Delhi is a major holiday destination for people from all over the country and abroad. Both the Mughal and British rule over Delhi has left its imprint all over the city. There are rich history and stories in every corner of the soulful city. If you start to list the many tourist places in Delhi, you would need an entire notebook. The city makes the perfect starting point for many road trip destinations in the North. You can find some great recommendations for road trips from Delhi and places you could explore near the city. However, we strongly believe that if you are in the Dilwalon ka sheher, then you must check out these places to visit in Delhi.
Red Fort – Pride of Delhi
The Red Fort is the most popular places to visit in Delhi, be it with friends or family. The red sandstone structure synonymous with Mughal Architecture is a massive monument, right in the middle of the city. Admire the intricately carved interiors and don’t forget to watch the famous light and sound show. You must also visit the other nearby attractions like the Chandni Chowk market, Jain Temple, Sis Ganj Gurudwara, and Paranthe Wali Gali.
Tips: It is closed on Mondays. Remember to wear comfortable footwear and shades to walk around.
Old Fort (Purana Quila) – Mesmerizingly old
Old Fort is another magnificent fort in Delhi. It has a beautiful moat connecting it to the Yamuna River. Built by Humayun and Sher Shah Suri, these ancient structures in the city have rectangular dimensions spreading over 2 kms. Enjoy an evening of Sufi music or theatre with the fort as the backdrop. You can also indulge in a fun boat ride on the lake. Check out the timings of the Light and Sound show to book online in advance.
Tips: It is near two other tourist places in Delhi, the National Zoo and the Supreme Court Museum. The Fort is open all days with a nominal entry fee.
India Gate – A Memorial
The most popular tourist places in Delhi is India Gate, an imposing structure built-in 1921. The monument is symbolic of Amar Jawan Jyoti (an eternal flame that is lit 24×7) in memory of the soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the Indo-Pakistan War (1971). It is made of Red Bharatpur stone with inscriptions, fountains and lush green lawns colorfully lit during night time. It is Delhi’s most popular picnic spot, especially on summer evenings.
Tips: There is no entry fees and is open all days of the week.
Rashtrapati Bhawan – Royal Estate
Rashtrapati Bhawan is home to the President of the world’s largest democracy. It was built on 330 acre estate and took seventeen years to be completed in 1929. A total of 700 million bricks and three million cubic feet stone were used to build this historical marvel. It attracts tourists due to the beautiful and rare flowers in the Mughal gardens spread over 15 acres.
Tips: Please book online prior to your visit if you want to visit this magnificent estate.
Qutub Minar – Majestic Minaret
The Qutub Minar (1193) is a 73 meters (5 storeys) tall, red sandstone and marble minaret built by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak showcasing carvings and scriptures. The mosque Quwwat-ul-Islam here is the first mosque to be built in India. The iconic 7 m high antique iron pillar in the courtyard of the mosque, is another prominent tourist places in Delhi. Do check out the nearby rooftop restaurants for a breathtaking 180-degree view of the minaret and nearby areas.
Tips: It is closed on Mondays and has a small entry fee for tourists.
Jama Masjid – Red Grandeur
Jama Masjid Mosque comes in mind the moment you think of tourist places in Delhi. It is the largest Mosque in India where 25000 devotees can pray at the same time. One of the many architectural wonders built by Shah Jahan, the monument has stood the testament of time. You can see the same signature Mughal red sandstone and white marble in the mosque.
Tips: Entry is free yet a fee has to be paid for videography. You will have to wear a robe (available on rent) to enter from the northern gate.
Raj Ghat – Historical Memorial
Raj Ghat is one of the most popular places to visit in Delhi where people come to pay respect to Gandhiji. Situated on the banks of Yamuna River, it is the resting place for Mahatma Gandhi. Made of black marble and with lots of greenery around, the place has a very peaceful vibe.
Tips: You have to remove footwear to enter the premises.
Akshardham Temple – A Spiritual Journey
One of the famous religious places to visit in Delhi is the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple (2005) in New Delhi. It epitomizes 10,000 years of the ancient Indian culture with brilliant architecture and timeless messages. In addition to being magnificent, the temple also features in the Guinness Book of world records as the world’s largest temple.
Tips: It is closed on Mondays. Photography, mobiles, and electronics are not allowed in the temple premises.
Some other popular tourist places in Delhi are the National Museum, Jantar Mantar, Nehru Park, Chandni Chowk, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, and Bahai (Lotus) Temple. The list of fascinating places to visit in Delhi is endless. Add to that the yummy street food of Delhi and shopping havens like Dilli Haat and Sarojini Nagar. You would definitely need some time to see all of them.
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