Modern Delhi as we know is more of a tale of two cities. It is here that you find a seamless fusion of the tradition and contemporary. The baffling crowd and commotion may leave you gasping for air but that's just the outer layer of the onion that is Delhi. The more layer you peel off the surface, the more dear this city will become. And there's a famous saying: "Hunooz Dilli dur ast" (Delhi is still far off). It's continually expanding.
The capital of India, Delhi holds prominence in the country’s legacy, culture, tourism and modernization. It has the finest of latest hotels and shopping centers along with the heritage structures, ancient temples, museums and even a zoological park.
Delhi, demonstrates the influence of the Indo-Islamic architecture through the magnificent monuments and the architectural designs. At the moment, it is home to people from almost all the parts of India, which has made the capital, diverse and rich in culture and customs.
Table of Content
Heritage Sites in Delhi
Shopping in Delhi
Museums and Art Galleries in Delhi
Eat out in Delhi
Best Hotels in Delhi
Shopping Malls in Delhi
Religious Places in Delhi
Bars and Pubs in Delhi
Getting Around in Delhi
Travel with Kids in Delhi
|Red Fort in Delhi|
The fort complex comprises of several palaces including Mumtaj Mahal Palace which has been converted into a museum with artifacts belonging to several Mughal rulers. Then there are pleasure pavilions and a stunningly beautiful Moti Masjid which was built by Aurangjeb for his private prayers. Other structures of note include the Diwan-i-Aam, Diwan-i-Khas and Hayat Baksh Bagh.
The walled city as it is now referred, it stands in the middle of the city, and imposes its beauty to the passerby. The architectural design showcases the epitome of the Mughal creativity. It is a very significant site in India. The Prime Minister of India hoists the National flag each year from the top of the Lal Quila on Independence Day.
Visiting Hours: 9:30AM - 4:30PM daily (except Monday).
|Tomb of Ghiyas ud-Din Tughluq in Tughlaqabad Fort|
It is believed that the fort was cursed to remain barren by one of the saints at the time. Tughlaqabad Fort is massive, expanding along an area of 6.5 km. The fort in its dilapidated state emits a sense of lost splendor.
Interestingly, there's a curse associated with this once mighty fort. It is said that the Sultan Ghiyath-ud-din-Tughlaq had ordered all the labourers to work to construct the fort complex. As it happened some of the laborers were working to build the Gandhak ki Baoli for Saint Nizammuddin Auliya.
The dictate of the sultan meant that the work for the baoli had to be stopped which made the saint angry so he uttered the curse which resonated through the history of this place: "Ya basey gujjar, ya rahe ujjar (may the herdsmen may live here or this land remain infertile and unoccupied)"
Visiting Hours : 8 AM - 6 PM
[Read more about Tughlaqabad Fort]
Visiting Hours : 6 AM - 6 PM
|Safdarjung's Tomb in Delhi|
The location encloses many pavilions, tomb, mosque and also a Madrasa. The structure is built with red sandstone and marble, there are two graves located here, Safdarjung’s and of his wife. The tomb is easy to locate, as it lies at the head of Lodi Road.
Visiting Hours : 6: 30 AM - 6 PM
|Qutab Minar in New Delhi|
The architectural design of this tower is very interesting, the five storey are marked by distinct balcony, the whole tower is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Quran. It comes under the UNESCO World Heritage sites. The surrounding consists of several medieval structures and ruins that compliments the site altogether.
Visiting Hours : 6 AM to 6 PM
Firoz Shah Kotla
|Jami Masjid inside Firoz Shah Kotla|
On Thursdays, the entry is free as local people gather here to offer prayers to the Djinns. If you happen to be visiting this complex on a Thursday, expect a hearty lunch at no cost...thanks to the benevolent Djinns that reside in this complex.
This heritage site is located near the Bhadur Shah Zafar Marg. The establishment of Ferozabad by Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq was done in 1354, and the Kotla was the center of this city. The architecture designs within the site are delightful, the fort lies along the river Yamuna.
Numerous gardens, madrasas, palaces can be found within the fort, all standing in their ruined state except for the well manicured gardens. One of the main highlights of this fort complex is the Ashokan Pillar that standing tall on top of a pyramid structure.
This pillar was brought from Ambala to Delhi by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and bears Ashoka’s principles. The Jami Masjid inside this complex is supposed to have so interested the invader Tamulane that he prayed in this mosque after conquering Delhi.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park
|Rajon ki Baoli or the Mason's Step well inside Mehrauli Archaeological Park|
The magnificent monuments attracts many tourists, you will get to see the Rajon ki Baoli and Gandhak ki Baoli, the beautiful garden and old mosque and tomb of Jamali Kamali and even the Tomb of Balban which is was the first tomb in India to feature the true arch.
The architecturally blessed park is very easy to spot out, as it lies close to the famous Qutub Minar. It is a great place for landscape photography and has relaxed atmosphere to explore at a slow pace.
Visiting Hours : 5 AM to 6:30 PM
|India Gate in New Delhi|
One of the interesting features of the site is the Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame that burns all the time. This was lit up to pay homage to the soldiers who gave up their lives during the Indo - Pak war, 1971. India Gate is a great site for evening walks and for family picnics, it also facilitates an enjoyable boat ride.
|Janpath Market in Cannaught Place|
|Lajpat Nagar Market in Delhi|
|Palika Bazaar in Delhi|
|Dilli Haat- Best Market to Buy Traditional Things|
|Sarojni Nagar Market|
|Karol Bagh Market in Delhi|
|National Museum in New Delhi|
National Gallery of Modern Art
|National Gallery of Modern Art|
|Craft Museum in Delhi|
National Rail Museum
|National Rail Museum in Delhi|
Popular Restaurants in DelhiSarvana Bhawan, Connaught Place
|Sarvana Bhawan Restaurant at Connaught Place, New Delhi|
Gunpowder, Hauz Khas Village
|Gunpowder Restaurant in Hauz Khas, New Delhi|
Karim’s, Chandni Chowk
|Karim’s Restaurant in Chandni Chowk, Delhi|
|Bukhara Restaurant in ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, New Delhi|
Punjabi by Nature, Vasant Kunj
|Punjabi by Nature in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi|
Chor Bizarre, Asaf Ali Road
|Chor Bizarre at Asaf Ali Road, Delhi|
|The Imperial in Janpath, Connaught Place|
|Hotel City Star in Paharganj, Delhi|
Smyle Inn, Paharganj
|Smyle Inn, Paharganj|
B Nineteen, Nizamuddin East
|B nineteen, Nizamuddin East|
Shanti Home, Janakpuri
|Shanti Home, Janakpuri|
The Manor, South Delhi
|The Manor, South Delhi|
[You may also read about other hotels in Delhi at www.new-delhi-hotels.com ]
|Watch Showroom in DLF Emporio Mall in Vasant Kunj|
Select Citywalk, Saket
|Select Citywalk in Saket|
Pacific Mall, Subash Nagar
|Pacific Mall in Subash Nagar|
Ansal Plaza, Andrew’s Ganj
|Ansal Plaza in Andrew’s Ganj|
|DLF Promenade in South Delhi|
|Iskcon Temple in East of Kailash|
|Jama Masjid in Chandani Chawk|
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
|Bangla Sahib Gurudwara in Connaught Place|
Lakshmi Narayan Mandir
|Lakshmi Narayan Mandir in Connaught Place|
|Chhatarpur Temple in South Delhi|
|QBA Restro Bar in Connaught Place|
Shroom, Lado Sarai
|Shroom in Lado Sarai, Delhi|
Agni Bar, Park Hotel
|Agni Bar in Park Hotel, Connaught Place|
Hard Rock Café, Saket
SOl 7 Pub & Brewery
|SOl 7 Pub & Brewery in Gurgaon|
AQUA, The Park
|AQUA, The Park in Connaught Place|
Delhi Metro offers an easy way of commuting in full A.C coaches and with good seating and standing facilities. Numerous developments and changes have taken place to further broaden the facilities which covered in the increased train length, travel timings and woman coaches.
We really cannot miss that Delhi Metro is well-connected to major tourist attractions of Delhi including Historical monuments and major markets.
Some quick facts:
Fare: Minimum is Rs. 8 and Maximum Fare Rs. 30.
No. of Lines: 6
- Red Line
- Yellow Line
- Blue Line
- Green Line
- Violet Line
[Read more about How to get around in Delhi by Metro Rail]
|HOHO Bus Service in Delhi|
The bus runs on a flexible schedule, keeping in mind the tourists and their requirements. The HoHo bus covers all the historical monuments, galleries, gardens, shopping malls, museums, hotels and markets. Tourists can choose between green and red route of the bus or enjoy both of them.
Why HOHO Bus?
- Luxury travelling in air-conditioned buses
- Flexible hop on and hop off at any pick and drop point
- Knowledgeable and reliable tour guides
- Monument and museum entry tickets on-board
- Online booking facility
DTC Low Floor Buses
|DTC Low Floor Buses in Delhi|
There are two types of low floor buses which operate in Delhi. These include red and green low floor buses. Red low floor buses are air conditioned, operate on the same routes but their fare is usually higher than the green low floor buses.
Fare of these buses starts from a minimum of Rs. 5 to Rs. 30. These buses cover all the places of the capital, so it is easy to travel within Delhi in these buses.
- Economical travelling option
- Different bus routes
- Comfortable seating and standing facility
|Auto Ride in Delhi|
Delhi has a number of auto rickshaws, so it is easy to find one for you. Auto fare charged by the operators is Rs. 25 for the first 2 Kilometer (upon downing the meter) and thereafter, it is Rs. 8 per every Kilometer. If you travel at night, you will have to pay 25% of the fare as the night charge.
- Fun way to travel through the city
- Cheap and safe travel option
- Comfortable seating
|National Zoological Park in Delhi|
|Adventure Island in Rohini|
- Park Timings: 12 pm - 8 pm all days of week
- Tickets: 600 for adults and 500 for Kids inclusive of tax
|Fun n Food Village in Gurgaon|
Traveling in India with Kids? Do go through this list of five things to keep in mind while travelling with kids
Timings: 9.30 am - 6 pm (water park) and from 3 pm - 7 pm (amusement Park)
A Guide to Street Food in Delhi
Getting Around in Delhi by Metro Rail
Best Park for Couple to Romance in Delhi
Dilli Darshan by HOHO Bus
Best Places for Bargain Shopping in Delhi
Top 10 Things to do in Delhi
Tughlaqabad Fort Travel Guide
Last updated on 17th September 2014 by Nikhil Chandra