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Places to visit in Delhi

How can anyone describe Delhi, the 5000 year old capital city of the world’s largest democracy? Some call it the city of extremes; extreme weathers, from clean areas to congested ones, to open roads to chocking traffic, posh areas to poverty stricken. Whatever it may be, Delhi is best known as ‘Dillee Dilwalo ki’ which means ‘Delhi belongs to large hearted people’. Delhi, the capital India is the largest metropolis by area in India. It is also the eighth largest metropolis in the world by population. The city is also the one of the most historical capitals in the world and has a rich and numerous tourist sites.

The city can be divided into Old Delhi and New Delhi. Old Delhi represents the history of India with mosques, forts and other monuments. New Delhi is the seat of government and houses the government buildings and embassies.

Here are the best places to visit in Delhi:

Pride of Delhi

India Gate – India gate was built as a memorial in honour of Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the Afghan wars and World War I. It is situated along the Rajpath (meaning King’s way) Avenue.

"India Gate"

India Gate. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Rashtrapati Bhawan – It is the palace for the President of India built in Indo-Western style. It was built before Indian independence for the Governor General of India.

"Rashtrapati Bhavan"

Rashtrapati Bhavan

Sansad Bhavan – Sansad Bhavan or the Parliament of India is the supreme legislative body of India. It is a circular building designed by the British architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Sir Herbert Baker.

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Sansad Bhavan - Delhi

Raj Ghat – Raj Ghat is on the bank of Yamuna River and is a memorial of Mahatma Gandhi- ‘The Father of the Nation’. It is a black marble platform and marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation. There are two museums nearby which are dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.

"Gandhi Memorial"

Gandhi Memorial - Raj Ghat, Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Historical Monuments - Places to visit in Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb – It is the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun built for his widow Hamida Banu Begum. This tomb later acted as a model for other monuments on which other Islamic monuments where built by the Mughals in India.

"Humayun's Tomb"

Humayun's Tomb. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Purana Qila – It was the fort built by Humayun in the ancient city of Indraprastha (present day Delhi). Later he was over thrown by Sher Shah Suri who was the founder of the Islamic Sur Empire in the Indian subcontinent. He did some significant modifications to the fort.

"Purana Qila"

Purana Qila ramparts, Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Red Fort – The fort was built by Mugal Emperor Shah Jahan and it took 10 years to complete. It is in the walled city of old Delhi.

"Red Fort Delhi"

Red Fort, Delhi

Safdarjung’s Tomb – It is known to be the ‘last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture’. It is a garden Tomb in marble Mausoleum.

"Safdarjung Tomb Delhi"

Safdarjung Tomb, Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Qutub Minar – It is the tallest minaret in India and has 379 steps to reach the top. It was started by Qutb-ud-din-Aibak and was completed by Iitutmish.

"Qutub Minar Delhi"

Qutub Minar, Delhi

Tughlaqabad Fort – It is a ruined fort in Delhi built by the Gazhi Malik the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty. It was built in 4 years.

"Tughlaqabad Fort Delhi"

Tughlaqabad Fort, Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Temples and Worship places - Places to visit in Delhi

Akshardham Temple – It is the largest Hindu temple in the world built in the last decade in the year 2005. It is an architecture marvel of modern India built in the style of ancient Indian architecture and encompasses the tradition and essence of Indian spirituality. It has been described as “an epitome of craftsmanship”.

"Akshardham Temple Delhi"

Akshardham Temple Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Laxminarayan Temple – The temple is also known as Birla Mandir built by the industrialist J. D. Birla in 1938. It is the temple of Hindu goddess Lakshmi and her consort Narayana.

"Birla Mandir Delhi"

Birla Mandir Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons

ISKCON Temple – It is a famous Vaishnav temple of Lord Krishna and Radharani in the form of Radha Parthasarathi built on Hare Krishna hills.

"Iskcon Delhi Temple"

Iskcon Temple, Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Lotus Temple – It is the temple built in a flowerlike shape and hence commonly known as the Lotus temple. It is the Bahai community temple.

"Lotus Temple Delhi"

Lotus Temple, Delhi. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Gurdwara Bangla Sahib – One of the largest Gurudwaras in India and the place where the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Harkrishan lived his last breath.

"Gurdwara Bangla Sahib"

Gurdwara Bangla Sahib. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Jama Masjid – It is the best known mosques in India and was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

"Jama Masjid Delhi"

Jama Masjid. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Cathedral Church of Redemption – It is also known as Viceroy church which was used by then viceroy of India under British.

"Cathedral Church of the Redemption"

Cathedral Church of the Redemption. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Museums and other attractions - Places to visit in Delhi

National Agricultural Science Museum and National Museum – Both the museums are the house for the pre-historic to present artefacts and displays.

Jantar Mantar – Yantra means instruments and mantra means formulae. These are the huge instruments built by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur. It consists of 13 architectural astronomy instruments.

Lodhi Gardens – It is park on Lodi road spread over 90 acres of land with historical monuments.

Chandni Chowk – Chandni Chowk or “moon light square” in English is the busiest whole-sale market in India today. It was built by Saha Jahan and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara.

Apart from these there is one more tomb or the monument which is a must see when you are in Delhi. This is not inside Delhi but no one returns home without visiting this place! It is in Agra and it is nothing but the world famous and one of the wonders of the world, the splendid Taj Mahal.

If you have been to Delhi and have your own best places to visit in Delhi, leave a reply.

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24 Responses to “Places to visit in Delhi”

  1. Rajesh says:

    Very good compilation of great use to travelers.
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  2. ghazala says:

    This was like a mini tour, have not been to Delhi for a long time now, thanks:)
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  3. Krishna says:

    Thank you for this list. I always go to Delhi but have not been able too all of the mouments. Next time I am there I will go and see the Lotus Temple.

  4. Hi Shalu,
    there is so much to see in Delhi, I would really like to visit it sometimes. I only got to visit Kolkata and Mumbai when I was in India. Great places!
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  5. Alan says:

    These are the best places in Delhi to visit. I have been to the Akshardham Temple and its a marvel. Absolutely stunng. Delhi is a good place for a holiday.

  6. Hi there I am kind of new to your site, and I am glad that I have seen such wonderful place in India, to be honest my father used to be an Indian his name is Kirpal Singh Cudail, from Bombay, I still remember his story about this wonderful places in India such as Delhi, the Taj Mahal and many more.
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  7. I would love to visit India some time in the future. Indeed it’s really a beautiful place.
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  8. Holiday Fans says:

    loving this article! hope someday, i can visit India :D :>

  9. Excellent post, thanks for sharing your knowledge of Delhi.
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  10. BJ says:

    You more or less summed it up perfectly within the first line of this post: “How can anyone describe Delh..?”

    It’s one of the ‘you must see it in order to fully appreciate it,’ type locations, isn’t it Shalu?

  11. Sarah says:

    You have included almost all the tourist locations of Delhi. But you may have included places for shopping, eating and may be Gardens as well.
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  12. Manya Singh says:

    All the places are indeed the best places to see in Delhi and we can see the foreign tourist around these places.

  13. Ajay says:

    Shalu ji,
    Loved this post so i have already put a like on my Facebook page. These are must see places in Delhi.

  14. nishii says:

    So Nice.Thanks for sharing the post.

  15. Akshay says:

    Chandani Chowk and the Lotus template are the best for me. I have visited both and are these are excellence place as you mentioned.
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  16. Alena says:

    I’m from UK and wants to Visit TajMahal. Is there any Tour package offered by you ?
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  17. Vignat Vora says:

    This guide is very much useful for Indians as well as foreigners , who want to visit Delhi.

    Really Appreciable. :)
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  18. Mothers day 2013 says:

    Hello Shalu you are going great. Awesome Info about the places in Delhi,
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  19. Lakhan says:

    Akshardham temple, Lotus temple and Red fort are my favorite places and probably the most preferred destinations by tourists as well. thanks for the list!!
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  20. Jessica says:

    All the places are indeed the best places to see in Delhi and we can see the foreign tourist around these places.Such a great yet interesting post. Thank you very much for sharing this helpful stuff.

  21. Rabia Khan says:

    Thanx for providing such a great overview of Dehli. Hoping i will visit India.
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  22. Ayesha says:

    NIce temple – well built, makes you to be close to God, also has nice places for the every one to enjoy and learn in the complex. do not carry extra stuff, as lot of security. Good prasad also there.

  23. raj says:

    india gate is awesome place in delhi. As well it has great history too, behind the construction of india gate.
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