New Delhi, the capital of India needs no introduction when it comes to a quintessential place that must be visited once in a lifetime. The city is loaded with attractions that cover wide aspects of travelling be it the culture or food or a place or anything else. Your travel is incomplete if you haven’t seen the best the city has to offer.
No matter if you are a tourist (on a visit to the country) or a local who hasn’t seen and experienced the capital, this post will help you in selecting the top places in Delhi you must visit without making any excuses. We have chosen the best places to visit in Delhi for you so that you don’t have to rigorously search for these places to plan your itinerary.
- Red Fort: Red Fort was the main place of residence of the Mughal emperors. It is one of the iconic landmarks in the city that shows the brilliance of Mughal architecture. The fort is an architectural wonder built with magnificent red sandstone along the banks of river Yamuna. This famous monument is significant because of its historical ties with medieval India.
2. Chandni Chowk: One of the oldest markets in Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk is a shopper’s paradise and the best place to have a medieval Bazaar experience. The narrow streets make a passage to different lanes popular for shopping electronic items, clothes, shoes and accessories. The mouth-watering street food served by local shops certainly worth a visit. The perfect way to end the day is by visiting the famous Paranthey-Wali Gali, and Jalebi shop.
3. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: A prominent Sikh gurudwara, Bangla sahib is a religious place of worship associated with Guru Har Kishan, the 8th Sikh guru. After a tiring trip of the nearby area, a visit to the holy place will give you peace of mind and solace. The “Kada Prasad” offered here is one of the delicious things you’d ever tasted. Bangla Sahib is an ideal place to visit when you wish to experience spiritual relaxation.
4. Connaught Place: It is a financial and commercial hub where you can spot many outlets of big brands both International and local. Connaught Place is a place where you can shop, wine and dine comfortably. The place is packed with numerous restaurants. The local markets of Palika and Janpath must be visited for an amazing shopping experience. Apart from that, the vibrant nightlife of CP is something to be felt on a trip to Delhi.
5. Jantar Mantar: It is an architectural observatory located in Delhi that was built by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur. The 13 types of astronomical equipment embedded in it are used to predict the movement of stars and planets. These instruments are placed strategically so well that you can see the positions of the planets through your naked eye.
6. Agrasen ki Baoli: Agrasen ki Baoli is one of the important historical monuments in the city. It is basically an ancient stepwell with 108 steps. The place is a perfect spot for photography lovers who can capture the ancient rugged marvel. Baoli is also considered to be a haunted place as visitors have felt the presence of some entity. The haunted aura of the place is one of the key features that attract visitors.
7. India Gate: India Gate is one of the largest war memorials in the country that is a treat to the historians. It is also a popular picnic spot where families, couple and friends hang out on a casual evening. The “Amar Jawan Jyoti” is one thing you must capture on your camera when visiting this place.
8. Humayun’s Tomb: If you are slightly interested in Indian history, then Humayun’s tomb is a place you should not miss under any circumstances. The tomb was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Humayun’s first wife Baga Begum. Yet another brilliant architectural piece by Mughals, the tomb lies amidst the Mughal garden giving it a magnificent look.
9. Qutub Minar: Located in Mehrauli, this UNESCO world heritage site was constructed by Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak, the founder of Delhi Sultanate. The entire complex is so spell-binding that you will forget yourself and go back into the history of India.
10. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple: Dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan, the temple is an architectural marvel in the world. There are many events run by the temple (documentary screening, boat ride to ancient India) to enlighten the visitors about Hinduism, its age-old culture, the Lord and his miracles. You must not skip the fountain show held in the evening when you are on a visit to the temple.
11. Rashtrapati Bhavan: The official residence of President of India, Rashtrapati Bhavan is located on the western part of Rajpath. It is a place of delight to the architecture lovers. The grand premises cover more than 5 acres of land including the main building and estate. This architectural masterpiece was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker who were renowned architects. The soul of the Bhavan i.e. Mughal Garden is a breathtaking place that is bound to give you nostalgia (usually opens up for the public in the month of February).
12. Jama Masjid: Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. The complex has the capacity to accommodate over 25,000 people. Another architectural wonder by Mughal rulers, the mosque was built with red sandstone and white marble and is a sight to behold.
13. Nehru House and Nehru Planetarium: Prior to the Independence, Nehru House otherwise known as Teen Murti Bhavan was the residence of the commander-in-chief to the British Indian Army. After that, it was housed by then Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. The house serves a memorial for Jawaharlal Nehru. If you are a science enthusiast you will love the planetarium named after him situated within the premises.
14. Khan Market: Known as one of the expensive markets in India, Khan Market is a hangout place for elite class primarily diplomats and influential people. The market is a treat for shopaholics as one can find anything they need no matter how expensive it is. The place is basically a posh locality with several cafes, pubs, bars and whatnot. Khan Market is definitely worth a visit when you are in Delhi.
15. Hauz Khas: One of the most happening places in the city, Hauz Khas is a village turned posh locality with several pubs, cafes, shopping centers, art galleries etc. The place has a buzzing nightlife that is so refreshing that you cannot miss the experience at all.
16. Nizamuddin Dargah: The place is a holy shrine of Sufi Saint Nizamuddin Chisti. People of all faith and religion come here to find solace. It is a place whose air is filled with tranquility. You must taste the delicious vegetarian food offered here as a part of the free community kitchen held on every Thursday and Sunday. The qawwali songs must not be missed if you want peace of mind.
17. Rajghat: It is a significant place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated followed by his assassination in the year 1948. Visitors and notable dignitaries often pay a visit to this place to pay homage to the father of the nation.
18. Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar: A paradise for shopaholics constantly looking for trendy yet affordable fashion apparel and other accessories, Markets in Lajpat Nagar and Sarojini Nagar are the most visited place in Delhi. You must not forget to taste the spicy food served at the food stalls for an unforgettable mouth-on-fire experience.
19. Lotus Temple: A place of worship for people of Bahai faith, Lotus temple is famous for its flowerlike shape. People of all faith and religion are welcomed here. It is a place where you can feel the enchanting calmness in the air and total bliss.
20. National Railway Museum: Located near Chanakyapuri, the national rail museum exhibits the history of rail transportation in India. The museum features the functioning of railway coaches, steam engines and diesel engines. There are a few dummies that offers ride to the visitors. The place must be visited at least once if you want to get an insight into the ancient heritage of Indian Railways. You can also buy souvenirs for your loved ones from the in-house shops.
The places listed here cover almost 90% of the city and are indeed the best places to visit in Delhi. So whenever you plan to explore the city, make sure you add these places to your checklist.