Top 17 Places to Visit in Delhi

Delhi, India, is a giant city that contains best places and an overwhelming amount of history, culture, life, food, temples, and everything else you could possibly imagine.

Throughout this guide of things to do in Delhi. I’ve listed each attraction, given them all a brief introduction, and then shared my notes and personal visiting tips, which I think you’ll find useful.

I’m going to be honest, not everything is a breeze to accomplish in India, and that goes for the capital too.

Things don’t always turn out how you want them to, and there will always arise some frustrations when touring around.

But don’t let the annoyances get you down, keep a positive attitude. I would recommend not wearing anything too fancy or ritzy, and if you’re a female, I would encourage you to dress very modestly, and possibly even wear a head covering / scarf.

Now let’s start our journey to visit the best places in Delhi where people from the worlds are coming to see the beautiful beauty creation:

1. Red Fort

delhiwatcher places to visit delhi red fort delhiThe Red Fort in Delhi, known as Lal Qila, is a red sandstone Mughal fortress of walls that surrounds an entire ancient city. Once you get inside the gate, you’ll be able to freely walk around and view some of the main structures, halls, and mosques. Along with being a place to learn and see the history of Delhi, it’s also just a quiet place to get away from the crowds and noise outside the walls. However, if you visit Agra, please go to the Agra Fort, I thought it was more impressive than the Red Fort in Delhi.

  • How to reach: You can easily walk in about 20 minutes or take a quick auto rickshaw ride from Chandni Chowk metro station to the Lahore Gate of the Red Fort. Just get off the Metro and walk straight down Chandni Chowk road until you reach the large main road, and you’ll see the fort across the street.
  • Address: Netaji Subhash Rd, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
  • Hours: Tuesday – Sunday during daylight hours, closed Mondays
  • Price: 250 INR

2. India Gate

Delhiwatcher India GateThe well respected India Gate is a 42 meter tall monument that was built in 1931 to honor Indian soldiers as a war memorial. Under the gate you can see a flame that’s continually lit and honors soldiers that have given their lives for their country.

Since the India Gate attracts quite a number of tourists, both locals and foreigners, there are also quite a few beggars and overly pushy sellers that hang around.

  • How to reach: The nearest Metro station is Central Secretariat, but it’s a bit of trek from there, I think it took about 30 minutes walking, but it’s not a bad walk and right along Rajpath. You can alternatively take an auto rickshaw or take a shared little motorcycle rickshaw up to the entrance of the India Gate.
  • Hours: Daylight hours
  • Price: Free

3. Jantar Mantar

Delhiwatcher Jantar MantarThe Jantar Mantar in New Delhi is a complex that includes a number of different structures used for astronomy observations. Commissioned by Muhammad Shah, the Mughal emperor, the structures were actually constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh II from Jaipur, Rajasthan (if you visit Jaipur, they have an even nicer Jantar Mantar).

The thirteen different instruments are all used for different purposes in figuring out sun, moon, and planet cycles, and other astronomy measurements.

  • How to reach: Jantar Mantar is located just a short distance from Connaught Place and you can take the Metro to either Rajiv Chowk or Patel Chowk and the attraction is located right along Sansad Marg. Take the Metro to Patel Chowk and it took about 10 minutes to walk there.
  • Address: Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001, India
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  • Hours: Daylight hours
  • Price: 100 INR

4. Qutub Minar

Delhiwatcher Qutub MinarAmong all the historical things to do in Delhi, the Qutub Minar is what I enjoyed most. Along with a bunch of crumblings structures is the incredible 72.5 meter minaret that sort of looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The minaret is the tallest in all of India, and it was originally built nearly 1,000 years ago.

Constructed from red sandstone, there are detailed carvings and inscriptions throughout the tower. Though you can’t go inside, it’s really awe-inspiring to see from a distance and up close. Qutub Minar is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a proud icon of Delhi, India.

  • How to reach: Though there’s a Metro station named Qutub Minar, the actual site is sort of inconveniently located a bit of a distance away. It’s easiest to take the Metro and then take and auto rickshaw for 30 – 40 INR to the entrance.
  • Address: Mehrauli, New Delhi – 110030, India
  • Hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily
  • Price: 250 Rupees.

5.The Lotus Temple (Baháí House of Worship)

Delhiwatcher Lotus TempleAmong the numerous recognizable landmarks which are scattered all around Delhi is the remarkable Lotus Temple. Designed in the shape of a sacred lotus flower, there are 27 flower petals which are constructed of marble and make up the structure.

Though it’s dedicated to the Bahá’í faith, it’s a religious worshipping grounds for people of all religions (as such is the philosophy of the Bahá’í faith). As you approach the temple, you’ll walk through some nicely manicured gardens and then have an opportunity to place your shoes in the free and secure shoe deposit room. You’ll then be given a 2 minute briefing by a volunteer, mainly about turning off your cell phone and keeping silent, and then you’ll be free to enter the sanctuary and sit in pure silence for as long as you’d like.

  • How to reach: Take the Metro to Kalkaji Mandir station and from there it’s about a 10 minute walk to the entrance gate – you’ll see the giant lotus from the Metro as you approach.
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  • Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 9 am – 7 pm, closed on Mondays
  • Price: Free

6. ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple

delhiwatcher-places-to-visit-delhi-iscon-templeLocated just a 15 minute walk from the Lotus Temple (though you have to walk around due to the fence), is one of the largest and most interesting temples dedicated to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

The religious movement was actually founded in the United States and is now represented throughout India. Visiting the temple, you’ll be able to freely walk around and sit in the sanctuary where you can listen to the ever present drum and chant of “Har-e-Krishna.” I think they also have a theater where you can watch a film, but I didn’t see it.

  • How to reach: The closest Metro station is Kalkaji Mandir and the temple is about a 10 minute walk from the station.
  • Website:
  • Address: Hare Krishna Hill Sant Nagar, East of Kailash, New Delhi-110065, India
  • Hours: Day hours
  • Price: Free

7. Kalkaji Mandir Hindu Temple

delhiwatcher-places-to-visit-delhi-kalkaji-mandirThe final temple making a trio of temples surrounding the Lotus Temple, is the Hindu Kalkaji Mandir. It’s not a big tourist attraction, and mostly (at least when I was there) it’s a temple where locals go. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Kali and is the site of many rituals that include singing and chanting.

  • How to reach: Take the Metro to Kalkaji Mandir station and it’s just a 5 minute walk from there, it’s right across the street from the entrance gate to the Lotus Temple.
  • Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from morning until night, closed on Monday
  • Price: Free

8. Akshardham Temple

delhiwatcher-places-to-visit-delhi-akshardham-templeThis modern Hindu temple complex, which was built in 2005, is one of the things to do in Delhithat you don’t want to leave out seeing. Akshardham, with its elaborate architecture, construction, and its ridiculous amount of perfect detail and decoration will blow your mind.

They don’t allow anything inside the temple complex, but they do have a very secure (and free) place to store all your belongings – you’ll have to deposit your camera, phone, and everything, but they’re safe and their system is very organized. You then walk into the gates, proceed through the visitor center, and you’ll be standing directly in front of the stunning temple. Keep approaching, deposit your shoes, and enter the temple.

The interior of the temple is unbelievable; What you’ll see will make your jaw drop. The amount of labor and craftsmanship that went into building Akshardham is unimaginable. Sorry, they don’t allow any photos, so you’ll have to see it for yourself!

  • How to reach: Take the Delhi Metro to Akshardham station (make sure you head towards NOIDA city center station), exit to the main street, turn right and then turn right again on the road and walk for about 10 minutes and you’ll be at the main entrance gate. Alternatively, you can take a rickshaw from the Metro to the temple.
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  • Hours: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm, closed on Monday
  • Price: Free

9. Jama Masjid

delhiwatcher-places-to-visit-delhi-jama-masjidIt was the during the Islamic Mughal empire when many of Delhi’s famous ancient sites were constructed. In the heart of Old Delhi, located right at Chawri Bazar and very close to Chandni Chowk is the largest Islamic mosque in the city, Jama Masjid. It’s a huge structure, built in the 17th century, and includes multiple entrances that all lead to the main worship deck. The mosque has two towering minarets and a few onion shaped domes. The giant expanse on the upper floor has a capacity to hold 25,000 people. There are some great restaurants like Karim’s and others within the vicinity.

  • How to reach: Take Metro to Chawri Chowk station, exited at Gate #3, and from there you just walk straight down the street for about 10 – 15 minutes and the road will lead you right to the mosque. You can then either take a left or right to get in either main gate of the mosque.
  • Hours: 8 am – 30 minutes before sunset
  • Price: Free to enter, 300 INR to take photos

10. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Sikh Temple)

delhiwatcher gurudwara bangala sahebThe Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple is about the friendliest, most inviting, and comfortable temple you’ll ever visit. Nobody will ask you for money, a donation, or anything. You just leave you shoes safely in the deposit room and walk around the temple.

There’s a huge pool of water outdoors on one side, a dining facility where many people share a meal together each day, and even a medical facility. Go inside the temple and you can sit and enjoy the Sikh band playing drums and singing as you sit there in peace. It’s a really great experience, and I’d label it as a must visit when you’re in Delhi.

  • How to reach: Take the Metro to Patel Chowk, from there walk along Ashok Road until you reach the back side of the temple. Walk about 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Hours: Daytime hours
  • Price: Free

11. Laxmi Narayan Mandir – Hindu Temple

delhiwatcher-best-places-to-visit-delhi-lakshmi-narayan-templeAlso known as Birla Mandir, this significant Hindu temple complex in Delhi is now a main tourist attractions. The temple is famous as it was officially opened by Mahatma Gandhi and it’s a Hindu temple that is meant for people coming from all different castes of India.

Unlike some other temples in Delhi where they offer you secure and free place to leave your shoes without any pressures, at Laxmi Narayan Mandir they instruct foreigners to go in a special little room to leave your shoes and then you feel a bit obligated to leave a tip… though of course, as they say… “it’s up to you.”

  • How to reach: Take an auto rickshaw from the Sikh Temple for 40 INR, and also you could get an auto rickshaw from Connaught Place for around 50 – 60 INR.
  • Hours: 6 am – 10 pm daily
  • Price: Free

12. Hauz Khas Complex

delhiwatcher-places-to-visit-delhi-hauz-khas-complexThe historical complex of Hauz Khas (originally known as Hauz-e-Alai) is an ancient community of ruins which includes a mosque, various tombs, and the previously important water tank.

Built in the early 1300’s, the water tank was designed to store rainwater to be used when needed in the dry season. Nowadays, the complex is a public Delhi park, a place where lots of students go to just hang out with friends, and chat while sitting on ancients stones and tombs. Delhi just has so many ancient Mughal buildings of history that there are many that are just public and not fully preserved, but are just part of the daily lives of residents – such is the case when it comes to Hauz Khas.

Hauz Khas Village, located surrounding the entrance of the ruins, is an upscale outdoor shopping area filled with boutique stores, high end restaurants, and cafes. When I was in Delhi, I stayed at a place near Hauz Khas. If you’re looking for where to stay in Delhi, South Delhi is a good area.

  • How to reach: The easiest way to get to Hauz Khas Complex and Village is by taking the Delhi Metro to Green Park station and then hopping in an auto rickshaw to Hauz Khas. It should cost 20 – 30 INR.
  • Website:
  • Hours: Daylight hours
  • Price: Free

13. Lodi Gardens

delhiwatcher-places-to-visit-delhi-lodi-gardensAlong with Qutub Minar and Akshardham, the Lodi Gardens is one of favorite place to visit in Delhi. It’s similar to Hauz Khas Complex, but on a much grander and more impressive scale.

The Lodi Gardens is a public park that’s scattered with ancient Mughal tombs and structures. Kids run around, people enjoy picnics, and artists become inspired by walking and sitting in these gardens. The park is large, and it’s easy to walk around for a few hours indulging in a breath of fresh air and exploring the 500 year old tombs.

You will find it very interesting and hard to believe that such ancient and important buildings are just a normal part of everyday life in Delhi, really cool!

  • How to reach: Take Metro to Khan Market station and from there it was about a 30 minute walk to Lodi Gardens. Then, take the auto rickshaw from Khan market to Lodi gardens
  • Hours: Daylight hours
  • Price: Free

14. Humayun’s Tomb

delhiwatcher-places-to-visit-delhi-humayun-tombPersian designed, the tomb was built in the mid 1500’s to house the Islamic Mughal emperor known as Humayun. Along with Humayun, there are quite a few other Mughal rulers whose graves are also within the building.

You can walk around the surrounding gardens and then proceed to climb a flight of stairs to the main deck. Then you can walk around the inside of the building and see the many marble tombstones. Also, located at the entrance of the attraction is a small museum showcasing some old photographs including explanations of the tomb and its history.

  • How to reach: There’s no real Metro station that will take you very close to Humayun’s Tomb, the closest is either Khan Market or JLN Stadium, but you still need to take an auto rickshaw from there.
  • Address: Mathura Road, Nizamuddin, New Delhi- 110013, India
  • Hours: 6 am – 6 pm daily, all daylight hours
  • Price: 250 INR – expensive because it’s another UNESCO World Heritage Site

15. Tomb of Safdarjung

delhiwatcher-top-places-to-visit-delhi-tomb_of_safdarjungOriginally constructed in 1754, the tomb was built for Safdarjung, a prominent leader under Muhammad Shah, the more powerful Mughal emperor. The tomb’s construction is very similar to Hamayun’s tomb, and it’s surrounded by Mughal gardens.

When I visited, I was the only tourist around, so it was quiet, I could hear the crows squawking, and it was a nice break to be away from the normal Delhi crowds. It’s not extremely well maintained, but they did appear to be doing a bit of maintenance when you go there.

  • How to reach: Take the Metro to Safdarjung station, exit at Gate 2, make an immediate u-turn, and walk for a few hundred meters and you’ll see the entrance.
  • Hours: Daylight hours
  • Price: 100 INR

16. National Museum of New Delhi

delhiwatcher-places-to-visit-delhi-national-museumThis, I’ll tell you straight up, is the only attraction on this list that I personally didn’t visit. But then again, the entire city of Delhi is like a hands-on entertaining museum, but if you’re really interested in art and history, you should definitely visit the National Museum. You’ll find an impressive quantity of over 200,000 individual pieces of art!

  • How to reach: Take the Metro to Central Secretariat, get out and head to Rajpath, walk towards the India Gate until you get to Janpath and that’s where the National Museum is located, about a 15 minute walk from the station.
  • Address: Janpath Road, Rajghat, New Delhi-110002, India
  • Website:
  • Hours: 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Monday
  • Price: 300 INR (which includes audio tour)

17. Raj Ghat – Gandhi Memorial

delhiwatcher-places-to-visit-delhi-raj-ghatMahatma Gandhi is likely the most famous person associated with India, he’s on the front of all Rupee notes; He was the founding father of modern independent India and he’s known throughout the world for his philosophy of nonviolence and his attitude of helping and caring for others. Raj Ghat is a memorial dedicated to Gandhi, and it’s located in the place where he was cremated.

The entire area is a park, and there happened to be a lot of students running around the day I went. When you enter the memorial, you leave your shoes at the counter (for a small tip), and then walk into the central courtyard where you can walk around the black marble memorial of Gandhi.

  • How to reach: To get there take a rickshaw from Chandni Chowk to Raj Ghat for 60 INR and also you can take an auto rickshaw to the nearest Metro station (Indraprasta) for 40 INR.
  • Hours: 5:30 am – 7 pm daily
  • Price: Free

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