Delhi

Best Places to Visit in Delhi and Travel Guide

Delhi is the state which is rich in culture, amazing food, nightlife, and much more. Delhi has very unique and vast histories that will amuse many people. The capital city of India has been the epicenter of northern tourism in the country. Delhi has been a proven strategic hub for India since the ancient age. There are many places to visit in Delhi which represent the culture and heritage of India.

The State of Delhi is known for its street foods. If you are a foodie, then a food walk down the streets is a top thing to do in Delhi. You will love to shop in Delhi, as there are numerous outlets to shop and buy things at a cheaper rate depending on your bargaining skills.

Delhi offers various tourist attractions and exciting things to do whether you love art, history, food, or nightlife. The majestic architecture that can be seen at the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutub Minar are some of the top tourist attractions in Delhi. Delhi is considered as Union territory of India. The state of Delhi shares its borders with Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

The Traditional language of Delhi is Hindi. The state offers a lot of activities that will make your trip worthwhile. The ideal duration for a vacation in Delhi would be around 3-5 days. Let’s find out which are the must-visit places in Delhi and the things it has to offer.

Best Places to Visit in Delhi

Let me say this straight, you might think that Delhi is just a small tourist destination in India. But don’t get the impressions wrong. There are many places to visit in Delhi such as UNESCO heritage, Museums, Temples, etc.

Here is my list of top 15 places to visit in Delhi.

1- Humayun’s Tomb

2- Qutub Minar

3- Red Fort

4- Jama Masjid

5- India gate

6- Purana Qila

7- Lotus Temple

8- Safdarjung Tomb

9- Lodhi garden

10- Agrasen ki Baoli

11- Tughlaqabad Fort

12- Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

13- Delhi National Rail Museum

14- ISKCON Temple Delhi

15- Rashtrapati Bhavan


Timings and Ticket Prices

1 – Humayun’s Tomb

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The Humayun’s Tomb was built in the year 1570 by Queen Haji Begum, a widow of Humayun’s. The tomb completely represents the Persian architecture. The best time to visit the Humayun’s tomb will be around evening, before the sunset. Do you see any resemblance to the Taj Mahal? That is because it was created in the early Mughal era in India. It is considered as a top place to visit in Delhi

Ticket cost – INR 30/- for Indians and INR 500/- for others

Timings – Open all-day

Duration – 1 hour

Things to do – Photography, Visit garden nearby, visit the nearby Nizam Al-din Dargah.

Visit the full blog post: Humayun’s Tomb


2 – Qutub Minar

The 73-meter tall tower is believed to be the tallest tower in India. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak when he defeated the last Hindu Kingdom. Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque is known to be the first Mosque of India which is adjoined to the Qutub Minar

Ticket Cost – INR 30/- for Indians and INR 500/- for others

Timings – Open all-day

Duration – 30 mins

Things to do – Visit India’s first Mosque – Quwwat-ul-Islam, Mehrauli Archeological Park, and more.


3 – Red Fort

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The Red fort represents the rule of the Mughal era in India. The fort was built in the year 1638. The walls of the fort are about 33m high and are an amazing feature of the fort. The famous Red Fort is imprinted on the back of the INR 500/- Currency.

Ticket Cost – INR 35/- for Indians and INR 500/- for others, Lights and sound show will cost extra INR 80 for adults and INR 30 for Children.

Timings – Tuesday to Sunday, Light show from 6 pm every day.

Duration – 1-2 hours.

Things to do – Experience the Lights and Sound show, History, Architecture and, Photography.

Visit the Full Blog Post: Red Fort – The Iconic Monument of Delhi


4 – Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid is India’s First and largest Mosque. Architecture is proof of the fine art of the Mughal era. The Mosque is not only a place to worship but also a famous tourist attraction in Delhi.

Ticket Cost – No Entry Fee

Timings – 7am -12pm & 1:30pm -6:30pm. Tourists not allowed during the prayer rituals.

Duration – 30 mins-1hour.

Things to do – Mosque, visit the old city, the chawri market.


5- India Gate

Photo By Gary Sequeira

The India Gate was built in the year 1931 in the memories of more than 70000 Indian soldiers that were killed during the First World War and the Afghan War. The names of all the soldiers are inscribed on the walls of this magnificent structure.

Ticket Cost – Free

Timings – Open all Days

Duration – 1 hour.

Things to do – paying respects to Amar Jawan Jyoti, Visit the nearby gardens.

Visit the full blog: India Gate


6 – Purana Qila

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The Purana Qila is one of the ancient forts in Delhi. The fort has vast history and events. The fort is still standing tall and strong till today.

Ticket Cost – INR 20/- for Indians and INR 200/- for others

Timings – 7 am to 5 pm

Duration – 1-2 hours.

Things to do – Visit the Historic ruins, photography, and Archaeological Museum.

Visit the full blog: Purana Qila – The oldest fort in Delhi


7 – Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple is also known as the Bahia Temple. The architecture resembles a Lotus, which symbolizes four religions namely Islam, Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. There are 7 major Bahia temples constructed throughout the world.

Ticket Cost – Free

Timings – Tuesday to Sunday from 9 am – 5:30 pm

Duration – 1-2 hours.

Things to do – Visit the library, gardens, explore the nine ponds and surroundings, Photography, and admire the architecture.


8- Safdarjung Tomb

The Safdarjung Tomb was said to be the last of the monumental Mughal architectures. The tomb is inspired by the architecture of the Humayun’s tomb. There have been many movie scenes shot at this location.

Ticket Cost – INR 15/- for Indians and INR 200/- for others

Timings – 7 am- 5 pm daily

Duration – 30 mins-hour.

Things to do – explore the surrounding gardens and the Mughal architecture of the tomb.


9- Lodhi Gardens

The British built the Lodi Gardens in the year 1936. The Lodi garden is an excellent place to exercise or have a jog, relax, and enjoy the surrounding beauty.

Ticket Cost – Free

Timings – open all days

Duration – 30 mins

Things to do – Many visits this place for a day-out or exercise, you can visit it ant time of the day. It is known for photography and Monuments.


10 – Agrasen ki Baoli

The Agrasen ki Baoli is a beautifully created ancient step-well. The step-well was built in the 14th century. There are 108 steps in the structure. It is a top tourist attraction in Delhi nowadays.

Ticket Cost – Free

Timings – Daily from 7 am-6 pm

Duration – 1 hour

Things to do – Photography, Admire the architecture, Famous step-well.


11- Tughlaqabad Fort

The Tughlaqabad Fort was built for Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, the founder of the Sultanate dynasty. The building of this fort was his passion and lifelong dream. The fort has a vast and very interesting history.

Ticket Cost – Free

Timings – Daily from 7 am-5 pm

Duration – 1-2 hours

Things to do – Photography, Admire the architecture, Historical ruins, and also visit the tomb of Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq.


12- Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

The Temple is a majestic example of architecture and traditions. It is known as the largest Hindu temple in the World. The Temple has several parks and museums. You could also choose to boat in the nearby water ponds.

Ticket Cost – INR 170/- for Adults, INR 125/- for senior citizens, free for children below 4yrs.

Timings – Daily from 9 am-6 pm

Duration – Depends on the visitor

Things to do – people visit for Prayer, Architecture, Gardens, and more.


13- Delhi National Rail Museum

It is one of the largest rail museums in India. It exhibits the overall history of the railways in the country.

Ticket Cost – INR 100/- for Adults, they also have various packages.

Timings – Daily from 9 am-6 pm

Duration – 1 hour

Things to do – Must visit place for all the railway lovers.

Visit the full blog: The Delhi Rail Museum.


14- ISKCON Temple Delhi

The ISKCON temple in Delhi is one of the largest religious complexes in India. It was opened to people in the year 1998.

Ticket Cost – Free

Timings – Daily from 4:30am-1pm and from 4:30pm-9pm

Duration – 1 hour

Things to do – Religious Place


15 – Rashtrapati Bhavan

The Rashtrapati Bhavan is known as the Official Home of the President. The structure was completed in the year 1929. The Mughal gardens and the beautiful architecture are some of the many reasons to visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Ticket Cost – INR 50/- with permission

Timings – 9 am-4 pm (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Duration – 2 hours

Things to do – Visit the Complex and the Mughal gardens and the museums.


Travel Itinerary for Delhi

  • 2 Days Travel Itinerary for Delhi (Coming Soon)

Best Time to Visit Delhi

Most of the travel guides and tourism agencies recommend visiting Delhi in the winter season. The peak season for Delhi Tourism is from November to February. The weather is cool and pleasant enough to travel to all the places to visit in Delhi.

The summer in Delhi is unbearable. The temperature averages around 25 degrees Celsius and can also rise to 45 degrees Celsius. These are not suitable conditions for traveling.

The monsoon season in Delhi brings out the fresh air and cold winds between July and September. Although the temperature ranges around 30-35 degrees Celsius, I would not recommend traveling in the monsoon season.

The winter season brings out the colder climate, dense fogs, and chilled winds. Winters begin from November and lasts till the end of February. The temperature during this season is around 15-20 degrees Celsius and can drop up to 5 degrees Celsius in the night. It is considered as the best time to visit Delhi.


Things to do in Delhi

Considering the biodiversity, climate, and varied topography of Delhi, the state offers a long list of top things to do and tourism activities. Delhi tourism offers a variety of adventures and activities to make your tour worthwhile.

Here are 7 things you can do in Delhi.

1- UNESCO World Heritage Sites

2- Temples in Delhi

3- Museums in Delhi

4- Cuisines of Delhi

5- Shopping in Delhi

6- Festivals of Delhi

7- Spice market


Wondering where to stay in Delhi? Read my full blog on the best accommodation in Delhi.


How to Reach Delhi?

Transportation in Delhi is very much sorted. During my stay in Delhi, I pretty much took the Metro and Rickshaw to travel everywhere.

The state of Delhi has a lot to offer for avid travelers all over the world. You can choose your favorable mode of transport as Delhi is connected easily via Rail, Road, and Air. Take a look at the modes of transport and plan your travels in Delhi.

By Air:

Indira Gandhi international airport is a major airport in the capital city. Major flights are operating, hence connecting Delhi to other cities and international travelers.

By Rail:

Delhi has a well-knit railway network connecting to all major cities. The major railway terminuses of Delhi are Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi, and Delhi Sarai Rohilla. This connects Delhi to various major cities in India.

By Road:

Many state and private buses operate in Delhi, Thus connecting it to major tourist cities of India. It is a relatively cheaper option in my opinion, but it surely will take more time to reach your destination.

You can also choose to hire a private car.


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