Delhi is the capital city of India, and there is a lot of tourist places to visit. Often people ask me, what is your favorite place in Delhi?” – Often it is hard to choose one place among many great tourist sites that I visited. Though, Delhi is one of the best cities of India and a home of the Indian politics. It is the center of countries glory, heritage, and history. Here are 17 top places to see in Delhi.
1 . RED FORT – Iconic 1600’s Majestic Residence & Museum
It was the imperial residence of Mughal emperors for nearly two centuries and a testimony of magnificence of the flourishing Mughal Empire. Even today prime minister of India is used to deliver a speech from here on the occasion of Independence Day. Octagonal designs with calligraphy and flower decoration are is what it makes a UNESCO’s world heritage site.
Attractions: Diwan-e-Aam, Diwan-e-Khas, Moti Masjid, Hayat Baksh Bagh, museum.
Timings: 9 AM -5 PM (All days except Monday)
Entry Fees: Rs 10 (Indian) 250 (Foreigners)
2. Chandni Chowk: History, Shopping, and Market
Chandni Chowk has its own place in Delhi tourism map. It is one of oldest and largest wholesale market of India. The place is surrounded by many historical monuments including Jama Masjid, Red fort, gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, and Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir.
Nearest Metro Station – Chandni Chowk
Famous For: Historical monuments, market, chaat, parathas, dahi bhallas etc.
3. Rashtrapati Bhawan: Presidents office with Garden
Schedule a tour of president office, a home to the president of the largest democracy of the world. The multidimensional mansion is a true architecture beauty. The Mughal Garden is just a few meters away from the president office.
Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Best Time To visit: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
4. TUGHLAQABAD FORT: Ruins of Tughlak dynasty
Built by the founder of the Tughlaq Dynasty, Ghiyas-ud-din-Tughlaq in 1321, The Tughlaqabad Fort is living testimonial of great Tughlaq dynasty.
The Humongous standing fort is a gigantic stone structure, with walls that are 10-15 meters high. Initially, there were 52 gates, out of which only 13 remain now.
There is an interesting story behind the fort being abandoned. It is believed that long back in 12th century Tughlaq wanted every laborer in the area to build the city-fort. This led to the rage of one of the laborers who cursed the fort saying “Ya rahey hissar, ya bassey gujjar”, which means, the fort will remain unoccupied, or herdsmen live here.
5. AGRASEN KI BAOLI
A step well having 108 steps, Agrasen ki Baoli is one of the top tourist destination of Delhi. This place is also listed on the list of haunted places in India. See the detailed post about Agrasen ki baoli.
Nearest Metro Station: Barakhamba
6. National Museum of India
India’s Largest museum which was built in 1949. This is the best place to experience the art and culture of prehistoric to the modern era. The various artifacts of Indus valley civilization show the rich cultural heritage of India.
Nearest Metro Station: Udyog Bhawan
Timing: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Monday Closed)
7. Garden of Five Senses
A Hub for public interaction and exploration. The garden of five senses is spread over an area of 20 acres. The various theme park including bamboo courts, herb garden, solar energy park is the main attraction of this garden.
8. Vishwa Shanti Stupa in Delhi
With the vision to promote Peace, the Vishwa Shanti Stupa was built in the heart of Delhi in the Indraprastha Park. Famously known as the World Peace Pagoda, the stupa was the idea of Fujii Guruji, a Japanese Buddhist monk, in 1978 after having received the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the Government of India.
It has an outstanding architecture is inspired by Sanchi Stupa in Madhya Pradesh. Jeweled with captivating design on white marble, beautiful golden pinnacle and lush green Japanese garden all around make it must visit the place of Delhi. It was inaugurated on 14th November 2007 to encourage peace and non –violence across the world.
9. Chhatarpur Temple in Delhi
Dedicated to Goddess Katyayani, the Chhattarpur Temple is the second largest temple of India after Akshardham. Spread over an area of 60 acres, it is a house of many large and small temples with magnificent statues of different deities.
It was founded by Sant Shree Nagpal Baba who was a devotee of Goddess Katyani. The captivating carvings in the temples are a blend of both, North and South Indian style of architecture.
The temples look best in the morning during Navratri and at 12 midnight during Poornamashi.
10. Jantar Mantar
An ancient astronomical site, which was used for revising the calendar and astronomical tables. It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh. Here is a complete information about Jantar Mantar, Delhi.
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
A perfect place for Shopaholic, Paharganj is a place where you can get lodging and hog at very economical cost. If you want to buy leather items like bags, satchels, footwear then there is no better place than Paharganj. This is one of the busiest markets of Delhi, where you can see locals and foreigners too.
It is one of the unique market, where you can enjoy the cheap shopping and this is the only reason that Paharganj is one of the best places to see in Delhi.
12. INDIA HABITAT CENTRE
IHT is the perfect place to spend some leisure time of the evening. The events of different themes are taking place throughout the year. The diversity of this place is the only reason that it is India’s most inclusive meeting center.
Attraction – Lotus Pond, Amphitheatre, Stein Auditorium etc.
13. MANDI HOUSE: Auditoriums, stage plays
A place for art, culture, and Drama. Mandi house has many auditoria where you can see the stage play at a regular basis. the national school of Dram (NSD) is located in a very close proximity. Apart from that many cultural sites like Sangeet Natya Academy, Shri ram center of performing arts, Ravindra Bhawan makes it a cultural hub of Delhi.
14. Adventure Island in Delhi
If you love adventure then this amusement park of Delhi is for you. It was planned by Bose International (Florida-based company). It was spread over an area of 62 acres and have 26 rides.
Timings : 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Nearest metro station: Rithala
15. Sacred Heart Cathedral in Delhi
If you are visiting Delhi for the first time, do not forget to visit one of the oldest church of Delhi. It was designed by Henry Medd. Sacred heart Cathedral is an amazing example of Italian Architecture.
16. TOMB OF SAFDARJANG
Similar to Humayun’s tomb, Safdarjung -the prominent Mughal leaders under Muhammad Shah built the Safdarjung’s Tomb in 1753. Amidst Mughal gardens all around, the tomb is a beautiful example of Mughal Architecture.
You can encounter several smaller pavilions with evocative names like Jangli Mahal, (Palace in the woods), Moti Mahal (Pearl Palace) and Badshah Pasand (King’s favorite).
Safdarjang Tomb. The archaeological Survey of India maintains the premises. This tomb is made of red sandstone and is one of the popular places to visit in Delhi.
17. BANGLA SAHIB GURUDWARA
Located on Ashok Road with close proximity to the Connaught Place, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the prominent Sikh pilgrimages.
The History of this holy place dates back to the 17th century. Locals believe that once Guru Har Krishan Sahib Ji, the eighth Sikh Guru came to visit the King and cured people who were contracted with smallpox and cholera epidemic by distributing them water from the tank. Initially, it was the palace of Raja Jai Singh.
The water tank, used by the Guru, still exists as the testimonial of that magical event. It is believed the water of the tank possesses medicinal properties.