Delhi is not just a metropolitan city but a ‘mehfil’. The long list of tourist attractions in Delhi even confuse the trip planners. While thinking of a vacation we all want to visit a popular place where we can take a number of memorable photos and treat ourselves over some exotic dishes. And for this, you can never find a better place than “shayaaro ka Shahar- Delhi”- perhaps the heart-throb of the entire India. So, let’s cruise over some of the most vivid tourist attractions of our capital.
1. Red Fort
Red fort is famous for its historical importance, architecture and cultural heritage. In the era of Shah Jahan i.e in 1693, Red fort was built which was actually white (limestone) in colour. When the white stones started chipping off, the British rulers painted it red. There are some great views over to the Fort from the Jama Masjid. If you are in old Delhi, this place is worth visiting for.
The nearest metro to Red Fort is Chadni Chowk which is in Yellow Line. Get a rickshaw or have a tuk-tuk tour around the area.
Excluding Monday, this place is open from sunrise to sunset every other days.
Just opposite to Lal Qila ,there is a huge market including clothes, watches, pets, etc.Check out Khari Baoli which is the largest spice market in Asia.
You could relish your tastebuds with “Daulat ki Chaat” made up of thick and creamy milk.
2. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid is one of the oldest and largest mosque in India, built during the Mughal period. The highly decorative royal mosque has been built on an elevation of over 30 feet covered with red sandstone and white marble. On every Friday, the prayer is offered in the courtyard which has an intake capacity of around 25000 people. The very distinctive features of Jama Masjid is its tall minaret towers and artistic domes, presents the Indo Islamic and Persian culture.
It is located across the road from the Red Fort at the end of Chandni Chowk. The nearest metro station is Jama Masjid itself. As this place is overcrowded almost everytime, try not to hire a cab.
I would suggest you not to visit Jama Masjid on Weekends. There is no entry fees. (opens every day).
If you are a hardcore non-vegetarian, then you are going to love this place. Al Jawahar is famous for Chicken Jahangiri, Qureshi’s are well known for the kebabs. If you have a sweet tooth, give a try to Sharbat-e-Mohhabat and an indigenous adaption of bread pudding i.e Shahi Tukda.
3. India Gate
India Gate is the war memorial, dedicated to the troops of British India who died in wars fought between 1914 and 1919. The gate is 42 meters tall standing on a basement made of red stone. This place looks far more mesmerizing in the evening. One can also enjoy boat ride in India gate lawns in nominal charges.
The nearest metro station to India Gate is Central Secretariat which is on the yellow and the violet line. You will find direct buses and auto rickshaws from anywhere to India Gate.
The best time to visit is after 6 PM as the place is all illuminated. There is no search entry charge.
Street foods never disappoint the soul of a true traveller. Get some delicacies in this area of Rajpath.
4. Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built-in 1193 by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom.
Qutub Minar is the nearest metro station in yellow line.
The perfect time to visit this place is after 9 AM to 5 PM.
You will find some lavish restaurant like Lavaash By Saby (Armenian Restaurant), Qla, Olive bar and kitchen, etc in Mehrauli.
5. Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple is created in the form of a stunning white lotus petal, it is one of the most visited places in the entire world. Designed by Fariborz Shah, this fascinating structure mainly preaches the oneness of the Almighty.
Kalkaji Mandir Metro serves as the nearest metro station.
It remains open from 8 AM to 12 noon during the morning shift, and from to 2 PM to 5 PM during the afternoon.
6. Safdarjung’s Tomb
Safdarjung’s Tomb, An 18th Century mausoleum built for Safdarjung, the Prime Minister under Ahmad Shah Bahadur, this lavish garden tomb has some intricate marble and sandstone designs. This place remains a major attraction for both Indian as well as foreign tourists.
Remains open from 7 am to 5 pm.
Jor Bagh Metro Station is the nearest metro station to this place.
7. Lodhi Garden
If you are opting for a short time travel back to the 15th Century, in the midst of the last ruling dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate, then you must pay a visit to this exotic location. Surrounded by tranquil greenery, this place is also a favourite one for the picnic goers. This place also houses a lot of historical monuments, which can further add an aesthetical background to your best candids. Besides, the place is also frequently visited by early risers going for a morning walk.
Jor Bagh (Yellow Line) Metro Station is the nearest metro stop, in case you’re deciding to travel by metro.
The place remains open from IST 6 am to 7 pm.
Lodhi Estate showcases a rich cultural heritage, which is reflected well among its inhabitants. Lodi, the Garden restaurant, houses a charming interior besides its traditional Mughal Cuisine.
8. Humayun Tomb
While the world is quite awake to the history of The Taj Mahal, Humayun’s Tomb still remains veiled in an air of ignorance to a lot of travellers. Built by Humayun’s widow in memory of her beloved, this place has many tales to tell. Actually, Purana Qila used to be Humayun’s resting ground before the Emperor’s mortal remains were shifted here for his eternal sleep.
Sari Kale Khan, Nizamuddin serves as the nearest metro station to this mausoleum.
The place remains open from 8 AM to 6 PM. A special attraction remains the light and sound show , held at 9 PM on every moonlit night.
Karim’s is very famous for Chicken Barra ,Nihari since Mughal Period ,which is 5 mins away from the tomb.
9. Connaught Place
Connaught Place is the most happening place in this city. If you are up to experience nightlife, Connaught Place heartily welcomes you. This is one of the oldest building constructed by British Rulers for business and cultural perspective. If you are a brand-freak, then the luxury brands might excite you. From street food to cafes and bar, this area is overcrowded all the time.
Rajiv Chowk (Yellow Line) is the metro connecting Connaught Place.
Always open,Preferably I would suggest you to visit the evening .
This is a hub of all types of food ,from starters ,fast food to desserts.Try desi food to continental in Chili’s ,Farzi Café ,Detroit Bar,Odeon Social,Pind Balluchi ,etc.
10. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a well-known centre for Sikh pilgrimage. This place offers an air of spirituality and piousness. Besides, striking architectural features, the Gurudwara also wins over its tourists through its hospitality and free public meals.
Rajiv Chowk (Gate number-1) serves as the nearest metro stop to this place.
The Gurudwara is open 24 x 7, all across the year.
11. Akshardham Temple
Akshardham Temple is a popular Hindu shrine, acting as an epitome of typical Indian culture, architecture and spirituality. The temple has been dedicated to the 18th Century Hindu Yogi, Swaminarayan. It is also known for its light and sound show and dancing fountain.
Akshardham Metro Station,near Yamuna Bank (Blue Line).
It remains open from 9:30 am to 8 pm. But avoid visiting this place on Mondays, in case you don’t want your plans to get spoilt.
12. Delhi Haat INA
Perhaps, it is one of India’s biggest and most famous markets, known for its unique collection of handicrafts and contemporary products. In addition, it provides a robust platform to the artisans and craftsmen o, coming from different states of the country.
Dilli Haat INA is the nearest metro to this amazing place.
It remains open from 10:30 am to 10 pm.
The place houses restaurants from all over the country, having stalls of all the 28 states along with unique cuisine of each.
13. National Zoological Park
This massive zoo houses a wide variety of international birds and animals, besides around 130 species of fauna of Indian origin. Some rare varieties of animals which one can spot in this zoo include the Asiatic Lion, Royal Bengal Tiger, Spider Monkey, Gir Lion, zebra, etc. These animals attract a large number of tourists from all across the globe.
You can avail a metro upto Khan Market, in order to travel to this place.
It remains closed on Fridays. On other days, the park remains open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM.Outside food is not allowed.
14. Purana Qila
Purana Qila was originally built as a fort by the Pandavas, the place is mainly known for its rich Mughal history. Served as Humayun’s famous library, the Mughal Emperor died of a fall from its steps. The Fort is surrounded by the Bara Darwaza, the Humayun Darwaza and the Talaqi Darwaza, besides having lush green gardens all around.
Pragati Maidan (blue line) acts at the nearest metro stop for Purana quila.
Best time to visit Purana Qila is between 7 am to 5 pm.
15. Sarojini Nagar Market
It is not possible that we travel to a place and miss out on picking one or two local souvenirs, and for that we have opur next destinationPerhaps the shopping heart of the Capital, Sarojini market offers you a wide variety of fashionable clothes at affordable prices. Surplus export supplies as well are often sold at this market at throwaway prices. That’s the reason why you might even come across some reputed brands at this place at cheap prices.
Sarojini Nagar Metro i.e in pink lie connects this place.
The market remains closed on Mondays. It remains open from 10 AM to 8:30 PM.
Babu Market houses sweet shops within it, offering some tastiest local delicacies you can pick up in Delhi. Finally, the nearby Sabzi Mundy also provides you with some of the freshest vegetables. Try street food like chaat and bhelpuri to relish your tastebuds.
Perhaps, if you want to delight yourself over the rich cultural heritage of the Capital, and at the same time fill your hearts with its warm hospitality, then you must not miss out on any of the above-mentioned places. Finally, this blog was just to provide you with a glimpse of these exotic places in Delhi. The rest of the exploration is left out to its readers.