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Top 18 tourist places to visit in Delhi – The city of Djinns

The famous author, William Dalrymple, called the Delhi City, ‘the City of Djinns’. The National Capital Region of India is a beautifully chaotic city. They say it’s simply made up of many cities. Over and Over, it was rebuilt by every succeeding emperor and new historical structures popped-up, each having a unique story to tell. With magnificent tombs, colourful temples, huge mosques, colonial buildings, beautiful tree-lined avenues, there are many top places to visit in Delhi. In other words, the city is a potpourri of the past. The continuing rhythms of the city resonate with you and your heart every time you are in it. Wondering what are the must-visits when you are Delhi? Worry not, here is a curated list exclusively for Delhi explorers. Presenting to you the top 18 places to visit in Delhi.

Top 18 places for your Delhi must-visit bucket list

  1. Red Fort – A Mughal architectural marvel
  2. India Gate – In the memory of World War I
  3. Rashtrapathi Bhavan – The grand residence
  4. Qutub Minar – The Mughal Minaret
  5. Jantar Mantar – Yesteryear science wonder
  6. Humayun’s Tomb – An epitome of Mughal Architecture
  7. Akshardham Temple – For a Holy Visit
  8. Lotus Temple – Explore peace within
  9. Jama Masjid – One of the Largest Mosques
  10. Raj Ghat – Remembering Mahatma
  11. Hauz Khas – The royal tank
  12. Tomb of Safdarjung – For History lovers
  13. Chandni Chowk – Buzzing market road
  14. Sarojini Nagar Market – Stroll, Shop, Eat
  15. Paranthe Waale Gaali – Eat Garma Garam paranthas
  16. Lodhi Gardens – Serene gardens in Delhi
  17. Connaught Place – Visit the Happening place
  18. Waste to Wonder Park – All wonders in a single place

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1. Red Fort – A Mughal architectural marvel

The top tourist place to visit in Old Delhi is Red Fort. Being an example of the Mughal style architecture, the building will never fail to amaze you. The Red Fort was built by using red stone and remained as the Mughal residence till 1857. Plan your visit to the Red Fort in the evening, because you can witness the amazing light and sound show and know the history of the building. Above all, the fort is an architectural marvel, attracting many art and history lovers from all over the world.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 9 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays
  • Ticket Information: Indian adults – 10 INR, Foreigners – 250 INR. Free for children below 15 years
  • Nearest Metro: Chandni Chowk
Red Fort in India
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2. India Gate – In the memory of World War I

The India Gate also has one another name, the ‘All India War Memorial’. Built-in memory of 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army, who lost their lives during World War I, the Indian Gate is an iconic monument for India. The monument was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens and it is one of the top places to visit in Delhi. Plan your visit to Delhi around January 26, 2021, which marks the Republic day of India. On this day you can visit the most spectacular Republic day parade. Bring out the patriotism in you and celebrate your Rang De Basanti moment in India Gate.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Remains open all the time
  • Ticket Information: No entry fee
  • Nearest Metro: Central Secretariat
India gate in India
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3. Rashtrapathi Bhavan – The grand residence

Rashtrapathi Bhavan is the residence of the honourable President of India. The building has 4 floors, 340 rooms and a huge garden called the Mughal Gardens. Did you know that this marvellous grand architectural building is also the largest residence of any head of the state in the world? Yes, with a floor area of 200,000 square feet, you will witness the grandeur of the building as you walk around it. Inspired by the design of Edwardian Baroque, Sir Lutyens designed this reflecting both Indian and British styles.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 9 am till late evening. To visit inside the building, online booking mandatory
  • Ticket Information: No entry fee
  • Nearest Metro: Central Secretariat
Rashtrapathi bhavan in the night
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4. Qutub Minar – The Mughal Minaret

Delhi, being the yesteryear Mughal Capital, houses the best structures of the past. One of the top places to visit in Delhi, Qutub Minar is located in the Qutab Complex. This 73-metre architectural wonder also has spiral staircases to reach the top. This monument has a great name for its chiselled carving and sculptures. More than that, within the Qutub complex, there are several other historical monuments luring you to them.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 6 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays
  • Ticket Information: Indian adults – 10 INR, Foreigners – 250 INR. Free for children below 15 years
  • Nearest Metro: Qutub Minar
Qutab Minar in Delhi
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5. Jantar Mantar – Yesteryear science wonder

Jantar Mantar is one of the amazing historical monuments present in Delhi. This architectural wonder was built with the ideation of Maharaja Jai Singh in the year 1724. The Maharaja was so curious to study about the sun, moon and planets. Henceforth, he built this observatory to compile all his studies. There are several instruments present in Jantar Mantar which he used for his astronomical study. When in Delhi, never miss dropping by this must-visit tourist place.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 6 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays
  • Ticket Information: 5 INR/ticket
  • Nearest Metro: Janpath
Jantar Mantar in Delhi
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6. Humayun’s Tomb – An epitome of Mughal Architecture

Humayun’s Tomb is the most impressive place to visit in Delhi. It has noticeable architecture and design which stands as an epitome of Mughal Architecture in India. In the year 1569, Empress Bega Begum commissioned the construction of the Humayun’s tomb. Above all, on the Indian soil, this is the First Garden Tomb of historical importance. The Persian model garden and the red sandstone structure is a serene and beautiful monument of the past. In conclusion, never miss seeing the beauty of Humayun’s tomb whenever you are in Delhi.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 6 am to 6 pm. Closed on Mondays
  • Ticket Information: Indian and SAARC adults – 10 INR, Foreigners – 250 INR.
  • Nearest Metro: Jor Bagh
Humayun's tomb in Delhi
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7. Akshardham Temple – For a Holy Visit

Swaminarayan Akshardham temple is one of the largest temples and it is also famous for its architecture. The temple is a must-visit if you are on the eastern side of Delhi. Built with white marble and pink sandstone, the magnificent temple structure is even visible from the metro station. In addition to Temple worship, it also houses several exhibits. The Sahaj Anand Water show is a must-see when you are at Akshardham. In addition to this, there is also a theme-based garden and cultural boat ride. Visit the temple by night to witness it being illuminated by colourful lights.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm.
  • Ticket Information: Different exhibitions have different charges
  • Nearest Metro: Akshardham Metro Station
Akshardham temple with tourists
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8. Lotus Temple – Explore peace within

With mesmerizing architecture and design, the Lotus temple is one of the top places to visit in Delhi. The temple resembles the structure of a Lotus flower but it is in white colour. The temple has 9 nine doors to the central hall, which can accommodate 2500 people. You can sit down in the central hall and meditate, explore the tranquillity within you. Above all, the temple belongs to Bahai Faith, which believes that all religion and all people are one.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open only from Tuesday till Saturday – 9.30 am to 5 pm
  • Ticket Information: Free entry for all
  • Nearest Metro: Kalkaji and Nehru Place
Lotus temple in Delhi
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9. Jama Masjid – One of the Largest Mosques

With three domes and two minarets surrounding it, the Jama Masjid is the most favourite structure of any Delhite. The mosque is also the first structure to be built by Shah Jhan in Delhi. The Jama masjid is one of the largest mosques in India, which can accommodate up to 25000 people at the same time. The great architect Ustad Khalil is behind the architectural brilliance of this mosque. It is located on the busy Mosque street, always buzzing with people, shopkeepers and tourists. However, you will never fail to notice the charm of the mosque.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 7 am to 12 pm and 1.30 pm to 6.30 pm
  • Ticket Information: Free entry for all
  • Nearest Metro: Chawri Bazaar
Jama Masjid in Delhi
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10. Raj Ghat – Remembering Mahatma

To time travel to the Mahatma’s period. Take a stroll at the Rajpath and visit Gandhiji’s room and his cremation spot. There are several displays at the Raj Ghat which the visitors can see and read. More than that, closer to Raj Ghat, there are also several other samadhis where you can pay respect. Raj Ghat is also one of the top-visited tourist places in Delhi.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 10 am to 5 pm.
  • Ticket Information: Free entry for all
  • Nearest Metro: ITO metro station
Gandhi Samathi in Raj Ghat
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11. Hauz Khas – The royal tank

Hauz in Urdu means ‘tank’ and Khas means ‘royal’. The sole purpose of these tanks was to supply water to the village. In addition to this, the Hauz Khas also has pubs, cafes, restaurants, village clubs where you can spend some time and relax. In addition to this, there are also markets in the Hauz Khas area. Do not miss this popular tourist place when you are in South Delhi.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 6 am to 6 pm.
  • Ticket Information: Free entry for all
  • Nearest Metro: Green Park
Hauz Khas Complex
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12. Tomb of Safdarjung – For History lovers

Built with marble and red sandstone, the Safdarjung tomb is one another place to visit if you are a history lover. The most beautiful architecture and design, ideated by an artisan in the later Mughal rule, is a special attraction in Delhi. The aura of the tomb attracts several visitors from all over the world. More than that, it resembles the enclosed garden present in the Humayun’s tomb.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open from 6 am to 6 pm.
  • Ticket Information: Indian and SAARC adults – 15 INR, Foreigners – 200 INR.
  • Nearest Metro: Jor Bagh
Safdarjung tomb in Delhi
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13. Chandni Chowk – Buzzing market road

Being the oldest and busiest market in Delhi, Chandni Chowk is a very popular place. Also called Moonlight Square, the street is full of life all the time. The narrow lanes with many shops and eateries sell almost every possible thing in Delhi. The street market is about 40 yards wide with about 1500 shops. Before the 1950s, there was a pool in the centre of the market, which was the biggest highlight. Now its replaced by a clock tower. In conclusion, Chandni Chowk is the heart of the Delhi city, an important landmark and a must-visit tourist place.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open all the time.
  • Ticket Information: Free entry for all
  • Nearest Metro: Chawri Bazaar
markets in Chandni chowk
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14. Sarojini Nagar Market – Stroll, Shop, Eat

The Delhi experience is incomplete if you don’t visit Sarojini Market. Name it and the market has it. Located in the South-west of Delhi, the market buzzes post 9 am in the morning. However, these street-side shops sell branded to local goods. Being an important and liveliest market in Delhi, visit the market to get the best street side shopping experience. Above all, the street also offers yummy dishes from traditional North Indian snacks to Chinese quick bites. More than that, You can also quench your thirst by drinking fruit juices or lassis on the way.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open between 10 am to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays
  • Ticket Information: Free entry for all
  • Nearest Metro: INA metro station
markets in Sarojini nagar
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15. Paranthe Waale Gaali – Eat Garma Garam Paranthas

This is a typical Indian restaurant, known for its hot paranthas. They have different types of Paranthas, prepared fresh as and when you make the order. Head into any of these restaurants and choose among Paneer Parantha, Gobi Parantha, Lime Parantha, Pudina Parantha and others. Firstly, it’s the different types of choices these shops present attracts many foodies all over the world. Secondly, its quick service. Thirdly, the friendliness of the shopkeepers. Above all, these Paranthas are served with Chutneys and Aloo curry, which is just top-notch. The typical brahmin chefs of Delhi run these tiny restaurants.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open between 9 am to 11 pm
Paranthas served on a plate
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16. Lodhi Gardens – Serene gardens in Delhi

Built later in the 15th Century by Sayyids and Lodhis, The Lodhi Gardens is the most beautiful and amusing garden in Delhi. It is conveniently located between Khan Market and Safdarjung tomb, making it easy to access as well. The architectural design of the Lodhis needs a special mention here. Its historical tombs and lush greenery around makes it the best picnic spot for a weekend. Above all, it’s also a great relaxation spot for tourists.

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open all the time
  • Ticket Information: Free entry for all
  • Nearest Metro: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium or Khan Market
Lodhi Gardens in Delhi
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17. Connaught Place – Visit the Happening Place

Often considered as the top heritage site in Delhi, the Connaught Place is a Commercial Complex in Delhi. During the time of British, this place was considered as one of the most important locations for businesses. Even now, it’s one of the busiest places in India, where you can find top hotels, restaurants, business firms, branded shops, etc. Connaught Place, fondly called as CP, consists of a circle with two floors, looking all majestic with windows. More than that, the colonial buildings stand as an iconic landmark in Delhi, pose before them to take pictures.

Visitor Information

  • Nearest Metro: Rajiv Chowk metro station
Roads in the Connaught Place, Delhi
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18. Waste to Wonder Park – To relax

This park is an example of a present-day wonder in Delhi. With Industrial waste and effluents, this park is totally built out of waste. The park has replicas of the Seven wonders of the world, in their same own glamour. This park is one of the famous places to visit in Delhi. Above all, this wonder to waste park is an adorable park, for taking several Instagram worthy pictures. More than that, Kids will love to wander around the park and spend a happy time here. Won’t it be great to see replicas of world wonders made with pipes, metal scraps and yet look beautiful?

Visitor Information

  • Opening Hours: Open between 11 am to 11 pm.
  • Ticket Information: No tickets required for children below 3 years.
  • Nearest Metro: Nizamuddin metro station
Statue of liberty in the wonder park, Delhi
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