“I’m in love with cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” This is a line I remember from one of John Green's books. A line which I believe resonates with all of us on a certain level.
Delhi- The ever-bustling capital city of India is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. It has buildings and monuments, beautiful scarlet sunsets and bazaars throbbing with ancient secrets- everything that you could possibly dream of.
So if you are about to embark upon your Delhi Travels, here’s a list of things to do when in Delhi-
Whether you are religious or just an admirer of intricate architecture, your Delhi Travels must include a visit to the following three temples.
You do not want to miss out on this one. The jaw-dropping beauty of this huge temple will leave you mesmerized. You need to dedicate an entire day of your visit to Akshardham and enjoy all that it has to offer. Which includes three exhibitions and a water show. In the evening, you can treat yourself to a visual delight in the form of a splendid water show and end your day with a meal at the food court. The calm atmosphere at this place will soothe your senses and make you feel refreshed.
Hours: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm, closed on Monday
The Lotus Temple
Inspired by the lotus flower, it is a white marble paradise. It is flanked by a beautiful garden and should be a must visit on your Delhi Travels.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 9 am – 7 pm, closed on Mondays
It is one of the largest mosques in India. There are three domes on the terrace which are guarded by two minarets. The monument is huge with breathtaking architecture. You will find yourself falling in love with the walls and small details that it has. We suggest you carry a pair of socks since you'll have to take off your footwear. The entry is free for Indian residents but if you wish to climb up the tower, there’s a small fee, which is totally worth the experience because of the view it offers. If you can wake up early and reach the place by 6:30-7 am, you will get to enjoy a blissful sunrise.
Hours: 8 am – 30 minutes before sunset
Price: Free to enter, 300 INR to take photos
National Museum of New Delhi
Take a quick tour through India’s vast history by visiting the National Museum of New Delhi. In addition to the public galleries displaying sculptures, paintings, coins, decorative arts, textiles, arms and armor, manuscripts, anthropological artifacts, etc., the Museum building houses an auditorium, a library for researchers and the National Museum Institute. It has a collection of approximately 200,000 pieces!
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm on Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Monday
Price: 300 INR (which includes audio tour)
History and architecture fans should not miss a visit to the Red Fort on their Delhi Travels. Walk around and take in the view of the beautiful structures, halls, and mosques. Buy lovely bags, merchandise and other antiques from the market inside. And last but not the lease, enjoy the sound and light show in the evening.
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday during daylight hours, closed Mondays
Price: 250 INR
A sight to cherish that will leave you in awe of India’s rich heritage. Standing at 72.5 meters high, the Qutub Minar is also known as the ‘Iron Pillar of India’. It was built about a thousand years ago, and still no signs of rust. Incredible, right?
Hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily
Price: 250 Rupees
Delhi Travels are incomplete without shopping. And with so much variety available, a little splurging won’t hurt. You can visit the Delhi Haat for buying high-quality handicrafts and souvenirs, along with various other clothing items. This can range from Pashmina items from Kashmir to embroidered pieces from Lucknow. You name it and they have it.
If you are on a budget and an avid street shopper, go to Sarojini Nagar and Janpath street markets for buying the trendiest pieces at throwaway prices. If it is traditional wear you are interested in, check out Lajpat Nagar market too. On a slightly higher budget, you can get some of the coolest pieces from the Tibetian market at Majnu ka Tila.
Delhi has endless options for the chic shopper too. Go to the GK market or explore Connaught place for some high-end shopping. And if malls are your thing, you must go to the Select Citywalk and DLF Place in Saket.
Delhi is truly a foodie’s paradise. You can have the best chole bhature of your life in the streets of Paharganj. Or the most delicious Parathas at the Paranthewali Gali in Old Delhi. Or if you're looking for trendy cafes and lounges to relax in, you have an assortment lined up in places like Khan Market, or the Hauz Khas Village. Delhi is also home to some of India’s best restaurants like the world-renowned Bukhara restaurant, and many others like Olive Bar and Kitchen, or the Carnatic Café. A plethora of options to satiate your taste buds awaits you on your Delhi Travels.
So this was our list of places you should visit, shop and eat at on your Delhi Travels!