Delhi is the capital and second largest city of India. Among the busy and bustling city life of Delhi you will find many interesting architectures, temples and great city markets to explore. It’s close proximity to Taj Mahal is also an important reason that makes Delhi one of the most visited tourist destinations in India. If you are visiting Delhi for the first time, you wouldn’t want to miss the city’s main attractions. So check out my list of top recommended places to visit in Delhi. To avoid getting stuck in traffic, I have also mentioned the nearest metro stations from where these places are easily reachable.
Places To Visit In Delhi:
India Gate is a war memorial dedicated to the soldiers of the British Indian Army who lost their lives during the World War I. Built during 1921-1931, this 42 meter tall memorial’s architecture is inspired from the Arc De Triumph of Paris. The India Gate has names of the soldiers inscribed on it. The Amar Jawan Jyoti (or the Flame of the Immortal Soldier) placed at India Gate is permanently lit under strict supervision to pay homage to the soldiers.
India gate is also surrounded by lawns and is a popular picnic spot in Delhi. It gets beautifully illuminated during the evenings and looks even more stunning.
How To Reach India Gate:
There is no direct metro to reach India Gate. The closest station is the Central Secretariat on the Yellow Line from where you can take an auto rickshaw or cab to reach India Gate.
India Gate is open 24/7, you can visit there any time. I would just recommend you to visit there during weekdays to avoid crowds.
Lotus Temple is one of the most featured attraction to visit in Delhi. It’s structure is built of 27 white marble petals and gives a resemblance of a lotus flower. The Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of worship which signifies faith, equality, peace and love. This iconic place is a perfect center for meditation due to its calm and peaceful ambiance. The Lotus Temple is also one of the most visited building in the world.
How To Reach Lotus Temple:
The closest station to Lotus Temple is the Kalkaji Metro Station on the Violet Line from where it is at walk-able distance of about 3 Kms.
Lotus Temple is open six days a week from Tuesday till Sunday at 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM. It remains closed on Mondays.
Qutub Minar is the world’s tallest brick minaret and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This majestic five storey tower was built in the year 1193 and stands tall at about 73 meters. It was built by the first Islamic ruler of Delhi Qutub-ud-din Aibak to celebrate his victory. You can also visit the Quwwat-Ul-Islam mosque which was the first mosque built in Delhi. Qutub Minar is a perfect example of a very well preserved oldest muslim architecture in India.
How To Reach Qutub Minar:
Qutub Minar is located at a short walking distance from the Qutub Minar Metro Station at Yellow line.
Qutub Minar is open everyday at 7:00 AM to 6 PM.
The entry fees for Qutub Minar is charged at Rs. 500 for Foreign travelers while Rs. 30 for Indians.
The Akshardham is a hindu temple dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. This temple is in itself a very unique architectural marvel and is one of the most beautiful hindu temples around the world. It is entirely built from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara Marble. The temple comprises of 234 decorated pillars, 9 domes and 20,000 statues of priests, devotees and acharyas (spiritual teachers). It also has a plinth containing 148 life sized elephants known as the Gajendra Pith.
The temple complex also has exhibitions, boat rides, gardens, musical fountains and an IMAX theater showcasing the early life of Lord Swaminarayan. There is a very beautifully captivating Laser Light and Fountain show organised during the evening which should not be missed. Any kind of electronic devices such as mobile phones, cameras, etc are not allowed inside Akshardham. You will have to place them in the cloakroom before entering the temple complex.
How To Reach Akshardham:
Akshardham Temple is easily reachable through Delhi Metro from the Akshardham Metro Station at Blue line.
Akshardham Temple is open six days a week from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:30 AM to 6_30 PM. It remains closed on Mondays.
The entrance to the Akshardham Temple is free. However you will have to pay for the exhibitions, boat rides and the laser fountain show.
The laser light and fountain show at Akshardham is priced at Rs. 80 per Adult while Rs. 50 per Child.
The Exhibition show at Akshardham is priced at Rs. 175 per Adult while Rs. 100 per Child.
Lodi Gardens is a breathe of fresh air that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of this busy city. The lush green lawns, chirpy birds, beautifully planted flora, ponds, fountains, bridged walkaways, a bonsai park and picturesque remains from the medieval period would leave you spell bounded. It’s a fantastic place to spend a relaxing and peaceful evening.
How To Reach Lodi Gardens:
Lodi Gardens is located at a distance of about 2 Kms from Jor Bagh Metro Station. You can either walk or hire an auto rickshaw to reach the Lodi Gardens.
The Lodi Gardens is open everyday at 6 AM to 7:30 PM.
The Humayun’s tomb is one of the most stunning monuments in Delhi. It was the first ever garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent built for the Mughal Emperor Humayun by his wife Empress Bega Begum in the year 1572. The Humayun’s tomb was also declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
Designed by a persian architect, Humayun’s tomb is an artistic marvel built of red sandstone and marble. There are many intricately decorated floral designs and geometric shapes on the gate, dome and the walls of this mausoleum.
How To Reach Humayun’s Tomb:
The nearest metro station to Humayun’s tomb is the Jor Bagh Metro Station on the Yellow Line. You will have to hire a cab or an auto rickshaw from the station to reach Humayun’s tomb.
The Humayun’s tomb is open everyday at 6 AM to 6 PM.
The entrance fees to the Humayun’s tomb monument is Rs. 30 per person for Indians while Rs. 500 per person for foreign visitors.
The magnificent Red Fort (also known as the Lal Qila) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Delhi. Made of red sandstone, this architectural beauty was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan during the 17th century. Red Fort had served as a residential palace for the Mughal Emperors for nearly 200 years. This fort was declared as UNESCO world heritage site in the year 2007. The fort consists of beautiful gardens, courtyards, Hall of Private Audiences (Diwan-i-Khaas), Hall of Public Audience (Diwan-i-Aam), Rang Mahal (Palace of colors), museums, mosques and private quarters for the royals.
How To Reach Red Fort:
Red Fort is located at a distance of 1.5 kms from the Chandni Chowk Metro Station on Yellow Line. You can either walk or take an auto rickshaw to the Red fort.
The Red Fort is six days a week from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. It remains closed on Mondays.
The entrance fees to the Red Fort monument is Rs. 35 per person for Indians while Rs. 550 per person for foreign visitors.
Jama Masjid is one of the oldest and largest mosques in India. This magnificent mosque has been built of red sandstone and beautifully decorated marble. The courtyard at Jama Masjid can accomodate 25,000 people at a time. It has two minarets, out of which the southern minaret is open for public viewing. From this minaret you can catch some amazing panoramic views of the old Delhi.
How To Reach Jama Masjid:
Jama Masjid is located near by Red Fort at a distance of 1 Km. The closest metro station to Jama Masjid is the Chandni Chowk Metro Station on Yellow line.
The Jama Masjid is open everyday from 7 AM to 12 PM and 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib:
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a very prominent pilgrimage for Hindus in Delhi. Thousands of people visit this Sikh temple for offering prayers and to spend some peaceful time meditating. The Gurudwara has very beautiful interiors and a very calm ambiance where you can sit back and relax. The holy lake in the premises of the Gurudwara is said to have medical cure for many diseases. but this would totally depend on your belief. The Gurudwara also holds daily meals (known as the Langar Prasad) in a spacious hall for visitors.
How To Reach Gurudwara Bangla Sahib:
The Rajiv Chowk is the nearest metro station to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. It’s located at about 15 minutes walking distance from the metro station.
The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is open 24/7 everyday.
The Connaught Place (also known as CP) is the most thriving place located in the heart of Delhi. It’s the center of important business and commercial organizations in the city. You will find a plethora of shopping stores, cafes and restaurants here. You can also visit the Palika bazaar at CP which is India’s first underground market. If you are looking out for dining options in Delhi, spend an evening in Connaught Place and you will be spoiled for choices.
How To Reach Connaught Place:
Connaught Place is located at a walk-able distance from Rajiv Chowk metro station.
Connaught Place is open everyday except Sundays. The market opens at 11 AM in the morning. Some stores and restaurants are open till midnight.
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