Top attractions in New Delhi
10 Things to Do in New Delhi
The capital city of India has a whole host of colorful sights. Discover the rich history of one of the world's oldest democracies and explore New Delhi with our top tips!
1. The Red Fort
The truly impressive Red Fort is a must-see on any trip to New Delhi. The 17th century structure is made from red brick and is visible from the motorway nearby. Take a guided tour to get the most out of the experience.
2. Qutb Minar
The largest Minar in Delhi, Qutb Minar is a tower that symbolizes the victory of Islam over Delhi's last Hindu kingdom in the 12th century. The 73 meter high tower houses the first mosque to ever be built in India.
3. Old Delhi
While you're in Old Delhi, take a guided tour of the area. You'll discover sights, sounds, smells, and tastes you've never experienced before.
4. Chandni Chowk
Located in the heart of Delhi's Metro system, Chandi Chowk is a great place to get some shopping done. Check out Janpat, a local market full of Indian goods and make sure you haggle!
5. Humayun's Tomb
Designed by a Persian architect, the palace where Mughal Emperor Humayun's Tomb is located is a beautiful homage to symmetry. Walk through the grounds and take in several monuments dedicated to lost members of the Emperor's family.
6. Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple is a house of worship for the monotheistic Bahá'í Faith. Shaped like the Lotus flower, the architecture of this sacred site is quite remarkable.
7. Jama Masjid
The largest mosque in India, the Jama Masjid is another structure built during Mughal rule of the 17th century. As you walk around the mosque, notice the intricate carvings on almost each and every wall.
Akshardham has some of the most intricate artwork along its walls. The huge architectural marvel is a tribute to some of the finest Indian architecture. History buffs will enjoy the short films and historic exhibitions inside.
9. India Gate
A tribute to the 70,000 Indian soldiers who fought in World War I for the British army and did not return home, India Gate is a 40 meter gate and a true landmark in New Delhi.
10. Rashtrapati Bhavan
Rashtrapati Bhavan is the home of the President of India, and is the largest presidential residence in the world. The gardens belonged once to the Mughal empire, and are perfect for an evening stroll.
Planning Your Visit
What to eat in New Delhi?
Do as the locals do and drink some chai in the afternoon and have some daal, or lentils, with rice and vegetables. For dessert, try Galebi, a fried orange treat that resembles fired glass and is best when dipped in hot milk.
How to get around New Delhi?
For short distances take a rickshaw, and make sure to bargain your rate before you step on. You can also take small motorized taxis called Auto-rickshaws, the Delhi metro system, or taxis. Buses can be quite overcrowded, but they are an option as well.
Good to know
- Hindi and English
- Indian Rupee (₹)
- Time Zone
- UTC (+05:30)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- The best time to visit New Delhi is between November and March. The weather is dusty, dry and cool but the temperature never drops below 60 degrees. The summers in India can be extremely hot and when August hits, so does the monsoon season.
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What people are saying about New Delhi
The tour was excellent Ajay our driver was fantastic. He was kind, funny and helpful making sure we got the most from our trip. Our guide was good sharing historical information with us and taking some great photos. At the end of the tour when our guide left we had some spare time so Ajay even drove us to a local market at our request before we left back for Ireland. He really was fantastic, thanks Ajay! If you are in Delhi I 1000% recommend this tour. You see everything worth seeing and can change the tour to suit yourself and it’s upto you if you go into the monuments or not which is great! Thanks guys! Lots of water, and hand sanitizer in the car too
We were picked up on time and our driver was good. Our tour guide Shain was extremely friendly and helpful, we would recommend taking a tour with him at any time. The sunrise tour was a great option because there weren't as many tourists crowding, and we thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the history at the Agra Fort. I especially enjoyed how Shain always offered to take our picture and showed us the best photo opportunities. Thanks for the wonderful experience!
Private car, driver and guide was absolutely great. I unfortunately lost the name of our driver but he was very nice and kind. Took us to breakfast before the long 3.5 hours to Agra. Once in Agra we picked up our guide Akil who was fantastic. Showed us all around the Taj, baby Taj and the Agra Fort. Lunch was at a great restaurant. Overall a great value for the $ and we tipped well! Definitely worth a day trip so I recommend making the time!
The organisation for our trip was fantastic. We were booked at the same time as Holi Festival which meant the monuments were closed on one of the days. Our driver and guide reorganised the itinerary which meant we could participate in the festival as well as see the amazing sights.
Although we booked a late start at 11 am, the guide managed to make the most of our time, and still made it to the most famous points of attraction of the city. Next time we do the rest. Depart before 9 am.