This list of the best places to visit in Delhi will help you not miss anything in this chaotic and noisy city and essential for every traveller.
The capital of India, with its more than 14 million inhabitants and high levels of pollution, is that kind of city that you hate at first glance but that as you catch the pulse of traffic, smells and way of life, it ends catching or thinking of catching the first flight back.
Getting lost in the day and night markets, finding the beautiful Humayun’s Tomb, reaching the Mequizta Masjid and the Fuete Rojo, trying traditional Indian spicy food or getting on a tuk-tuk are just some of the many things to do in Delhi.
Based on the time we spent in the city during our trip to North India in 24 days, we have made this list of what we believe are the 10 Best Places to visit in Delhi.
Humayun’s Tomb, a World Heritage Site and source of inspiration for the Taj Mahal construction, is one of my favourite places to visit in Delhi.
This excellent example of Mughal architecture is considered the first garden-tomb and was chosen for the eternal rest of Emperor Humayun. In addition to the emperor’s Tomb, in this complex you can find other smaller tombs such as that of the barber and that of Isa Khan, mosques and other constructions, forming a space that transmits harmony and peace.
Near this Tomb is the Lodhi Gardens, one of the few green lungs in the city and with several interesting tombs, which you can also visit.
A good option to learn about this Tomb’s history and other places of interest in the city is to book this guided tour in Spanish.
Visiting hours: every day from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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The Red Fort, named for the color of the sandstone with which it was built, is another of the most famous places to see in Delhi.
Built between 1638 and 1648, this complex impresses with its enormous walls of more than 6 kilometers long with a height of more than 30 meters, in some of its sections, and for the two impressive access gates, the Delhi and Lahore’s.
The interior of the fort is a bit disappointing compared to other Indian forts like Amber. However, it is worth going inside to see a copy of Solomon’s throne, the imperial apartments, and various pavilions.
Visiting hours: every day from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Jama Masjid Mosque
Another of the best things to do in Delhi is to enter the Mequizta Jama Masjid, one of the largest and most impressive in all of Asia.
This mosque was built by Emperor Sha Jahan between 1644 and 1656 on a small hill, from which you have good views of the old part of the city.
After passing the entrance control, access is free if you do not bring a camera. You will be impressed by its large patio that can accommodate up to 25,000 people, the two 40-meter high minarets, and the 3 large entrance doors.
An excellent way to have good first contact with the country and this city is to book this guided tour or this free tour of Delhi for free!, both with a guide in Spanish and passing through the most exciting places in New Delhi.
Visiting hours: every day from 7am to 12pm and from 13: 30h to 18: 30h .
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the main Sikh temple in the city, is another of the most authentic and impressive places to visit in Delhi.
This temple, built in marble, featuring a golden dome and a sacred pool, allows you to get to know and get a little closer to the Sikh religion practitioners’ customs. This religion, which emerged in India in 1500 during the conflict between Hinduism and Islam, is ninth with the most believers in the world.
Upon entering the temple for free, always complying with the rules of dress and respect, you will find a large room where you can sit on the floor to listen to the prayers-chants that several Sikhs sing and immerse yourself in the magical atmosphere.
Main Bazaar, Paharganj
Walking down Main Bazaar Street, located in Paharganj’s backpacker neighborhood, is another of the best things to do in New Delhi.
This chaotic street where large numbers of people mix with rickshaws and tuk-tuks, shops that sell all kinds of articles, street stalls, cheap hostels, and terraces to dine on good Indian or Western food at a reasonable price, is one of the Favorite places for travellers touring India or Southeast Asia.
The narrowest streets of this neighborhood start from this largest street, where you can discover the city’s authentic essence.
For us, this street was the first contact with India being close to our hotel. Although the West’s contrast is striking, we believe that it is an excellent place to start acclimatizing to this unique country.
Main Bazaar, one of the places to see in New Delhi
Qutab Minar, a World Heritage Site, is the tallest brick minaret in the world and should definetly be on your list of places to visit in delhi.
More than 72 meters high, which began construction in 1193 and took more than 160 years to complete, was inspired by the Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan.
A great display of Islamic art, the minaret has five floors designed differently and with the Quran’s verses carved into the red sandstone walls.
Besides this tower, in the Qutb complex, you can see the Quwwat Mosque and the ruins of the first Islamic city built in Delhi.
Visiting hours: every day from 7am to 5pm.
The Lotus Temple, or Bahai House of Worship, is a center for prayer and meditation and one of the most amazing places to see in Delhi.
This temple impresses from afar with its design in the shape of a semi-open white lotus flower with 27 marble petals and an interior with a massive room without any type of sculpture or decorative symbol. This austerity is because Bahaism is based on 3 principles: the unity of God, the unity of humanity, and the unity of religion, without taking into account the belief of each one.
For this reason, access is allowed to everyone, and you just have to take off your shoes and stay in silence to meditate and achieve spiritual peace.
Visiting hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
Remembering the Hindu landmark Mahatma Gandhi at the Raj Ghat (Royal Courtyard), the place where he was cremated in January 1948, is one of the best things to do in New Delhi .
This austere mauseol, formed by a black marble slab and an eternal flame, reflects the spirit of this historical leader who led the non-violent civil disobedience against the British Crown’s occupation until achieving the independence of India.
As a curiosity in the mausoleum, you can read “Hey Ram” (Oh Lord), the last words he spoke before being assassinated.
Another place to see in New Delhi related to Gandhi is Birla Bhavan, the house where he lived the last 144 days of his life, in which the Gandhi Smriti is located, the exact place where he was killed.
A good way to learn about this historical figure’s life is to book this Gandhi tour of Delhi with a guide in Spanish.
Visiting hours: every day from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Getting lost in Chandni Chowk, the oldest and busiest market in the city is another best places to visit in Delhi.
Located near the Red Fort, this market’s narrow streets filled with people and vehicles of all kinds, until it is difficult to see the typical nut and spice shops without overwhelming you.
Suppose you end up finding the charm of the organized chaos, the intense smells, the traffic jams, and the noise of this neighbourhood. In that case, you can be convinced that you will enjoy a trip through the most authentic India.
Connaught Place and Rajpath
Not far from the Main Bazaar, a more western area revolves around Connaught Square, built during the British occupation.
This circular plaza with beautiful Victorian colonial architecture is one of the largest financial and commercial centers to see in New Delhi.
The square comprises an outer circle where there are shops, restaurants and hotels, a central park, and a central process with offices and more restaurants.
Another less chaotic area to visit in Delhi is the Rajpath, the largest avenue in the city where the government buildings are located. The great India Gate pays tribute to the Indian soldiers who died in the First World War.
What are the best places to visit in Delhi?
Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort, India Gate, Connaught Place, Jama Masjid are some of the best places to visit in Delhi.
What are some places to visit in Delhi with Parents?
If you are planning a day out with your parents, you should visit the Nehru Planetarium in Chanakya Puri Area. You can also take your parents out for a Movie in DLF Saket or some other good cinema hall. Places like Red Fort or India Gate are NOT suggested as a lot of walking is required.
Which is the best places in Delhi for Couples?
I would suggest Hauz Khas Village to couples, with some amazing cafes and Bars where you can get some really good food and a place to chillout.
What are some romantic places to visit in Delhi during Winters?
Lodhi Gardens, Purana Quila, Kucheshwar, Tughlaqabad Fort are some really romantic places to visit in Delhi during Winters.
What are the Best Places to visit in Delhi at Night?
Sky Bar & Lounge situated at Antariksh Bhawan, Glued Reloaded, Pandara Road, Hauz Khas Village, Mocha Art House are some of the best places to visit in Delhi at Night.