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Top things to do in Delhi

Delhi is that city that will overwhelm you with its culture, arts, food and sights. Delhi is a symbol of India’s roaring growth and you will feel that when you are here. It is a true metropolitan with diversity at its heart. Though we believe that you will never run out of places to see in Delhi, but we also think that there are some iconic places that you must see, and this blog features them all in one place. These places are set to take you off your seats. Take a look.

Qutab Minar – The towering minaret built to symbolize the victory of Muslim Rulers in Delhi. One of a kind monument in India that is enclosed in a large complex which also includes Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque which is the first Mosque built in India, and an Iron Pillar which dates back to AD375 with origins relating to King Chandragupta. It is must see and a picturesque spot.

Opening Times – Daily 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission Fee – Rs.30 for Indians, Rs.500 for Foreigners, Rs. 25 for camera

Address – Mehrauli, New Delhi

It’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Red Fort / Lal Kila – Formerly known as Qila-I-Mubarak or residence for the Royal Family is the palace of Shahjahanbad built by Mughal Emperor. It gets its name from Red Sandstone of which it is built. Lahori Gate of the fort is used every year to hoist Indian Flag on Independence Day by the Honorable Prime Minister. Inside the fort, Rang Mahal, Diwan-i-aam, Sheesh Mahal, others are worth watch.

Opening Time – Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Admission Fee – Rs.35 for Indians, Rs.500 for Foreigners, Rs.25 for Video camera, Rs.20 – 80 for Light and Sound show.

Address – Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandini Chowk, Delhi

It’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

India Gate – Formerly known as Kingsway, the majestic India Gate is a war memorial built in honor of Indian soldiers. It is engraved with names of Indian and British Soldiers that lost their lives fighting for British India. It also has Amar JawanJyoti, added in honor of Indians Soldiers that laid their lives in Indo Pakistan war. India gate is perfect spot for picnic, sightseeing, and taking pictures.

Opening Time – Daily 12:00 am to 12:00 am, Light Show 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Boat Time 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Admission Fee – Free Entry

Address – Rajpath, India Gate, Delhi

Lotus Temple/Bahai Temple – It is one of the seven major Bahai temples in the world. It is not your typical religious temple, but symbolizes unity, peace, meditation irrespective to your religious beliefs and ethnicity. It has 27 petals, and attracts huge influx of tourists from all across India and World. It is must watch if you admire distinct architecture and are in search of some peaceful spot.

Opening Time – Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (Summer), 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Winters)

Admission Fee – Free Entry, but requires special permission for photography

Address – Lotus Temple Road, ShambhuDayalBagh, Bahapur, Kalkaji, Delhi

Akshardham Temple – The word Akshardham means adobe of the Lord. The temple is truly no less than a palace of gods where devotees find divinity and blessings. Studded with idols of Hindu Deities it serves as a perfect place for Worship. It also is a one of kind spiritual campus that holds various other religious activities and exhibitions. Gardens and open courtyards add to the beauty of this temple.

Opening Time – Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 am to 6:30 pm

Admission Fee – Rs.170 Adults Rs.100 Children Rs.125 Elderly for Exhibitions

Address – Noida Mor, NH24, Delhi

Humayun’s Tomb – Also known as Maqbara-e-Humayun is the first garden tomb to be built in India. It reflects the Mughal Architecture and is built of red sandstone with white marble double domes. It is a huge complex with whooping 150 tombs along with mosques and Char Bagh garden. It was built by the first and chief consort of Mughal Emperor, Bega Begum whose tomb too resides in the complex.

Opening Time – Daily 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Admission Fee – Rs.30 for Indians, Rs.500 for Foreigners, Rs.25 for Videography

Address – Mathura Road, Opp. DargahNizamuddin, Nizamuddin East, Delhi

It’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Lodi Gardens – Formerly known as Lady Willingdon Park, it is a huge complex set on lush green landscape with distinctive Mosques and Tombs belonging to the 15th Century era and architecture. Muhammad Shah Tomb, BadaGumbad, others are top attractions.It is also home to a Rose garden, duck laden lake, and a greenhouse. It is perfect picnic spot, or for a laid back visit.

Opening Time – Daily 5:00 am to 8:00 pm (Apr to Sep), 6:00 am to 8:00 pm (Oct to Mar)

Admission Fee – Free Entry

Address – Lodhi Road, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, Delhi

Rajghat – Built in the honor of Father of Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. It is a platform built of black marble at same spot where last rites of Mahatma Gandhi were held. Simplicity of its design is derived from virtues of Mahatma Gandhi. It is inscribed by the last words of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Hey Ram’. It is enclosed with fountains, lush green gardens, and a museum on life of Mahatma Gandhi.

Opening Time – Daily 6:30 am to 6:00 pm

Admission Fee – Free Entry

Address – Gandhi Smriti, Raj Ghat, Delhi

Jantar Mantar – Named after Hindi words of Yantra and mantra, meaning instruments and formulae. It is a representation of India’s advancement in astronomical observations dating back to 17th Century era. It was built to collect astronomical data to be analyzed with wing of King of Jaipur. Key attractions are ramYantra, Mishra Yantra, and SamratYantra which is a sundial.

Opening Time – Daily 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Admission Fee – Rs.15 for Indians SAARC & BIMSTEC, Rs.200 for Foreigners, Rs.25 for Videography

Address – Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, Janpath, Delhi

It’s an UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rashtrapati Bhavan – Home to the President of India that brings back the charm of British Indian Era. It is as grandeur as India as whole. The H shaped building was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. It has close to 340 rooms that include Presidents residence, offices, guest rooms, and reception halls. The complex is enriched with gardens (Mughal gardens being one of the popular and famous one).

Opening Time – Thursday to Sunday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Admission Fee – Rs.50 per person, Rs.1200 for group of 30 people

Address – Rashtrapati Bhawan, President’s Estate, Delhi

Jama Masjid – Jewel of every itinerary of Delhi, is a masterpiece of architecture. It is 1 of the largest Mosque in India that can accommodate 25,000 people at a time. Also known as Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa, it was built as a central Mosque for Shahjahanabad. Built of Red Sandstone and Marble, it consists of 3 majestic gates, four towers, two minarets and a purification tank.

Opening Time – Daily 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Admission Fee – Free Entry and Rs.300 for Photography

Address – Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Laxminarayan Temple/Birla Mandir – A Hindu temple built to welcome all regardless of their caste. It is one of the biggest Hindu Temples in Delhi, and was inaugurated by Father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi. The temple complex encloses Fountains, Shrines, and Religious Idols. It built in Nagara style of Temple Architecture. The temple is also studded with marble carved deities.

Opening Time – Daily 4:30 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Admission Fee – Free Entry

Address – Mandir Marg, Near Gol Market, Delhi

Nizamuddin Dargah – Perfect place for making wishes, no matter what religion you belong to. It is a Mausoleum of one of most popular Sufi Saints HazratNizamuddinAuliya. It symbolizes presence of love in World and Humanity. The complex also has Tomb of Amir Khusro. The air in the mosque comes with melodies of Qawwali with soulful spiritual connection.

Opening Time – Daily 5:00 am to 10:30 pm

Admission Fee – Free Entry

Address – Nizamuddin West, Delhi

National Rail Museum – A place to see all the glory and history of one of the world’s largest Rail Network, Indian Railways. It showcases the evolution of Indian Railways, its heritage, exclusive exhibits, antique locomotives, train rides and advancement in railways. This giant museum has more than 100 real size exhibits of Indian railways. It is Fun for children and elderly alike.

Opening Time – Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission Fee – Rs.50 to 500 for Adults, Rs.10 to 300 for Children

Address – Near Bhutan Embassy, Shantipath, Chanakyapuri, Delhi

Gandhi Smriti – A museum dedicated to the father of nation, Mahatma Gandhi. Formerly known as Birla House, was the place where Mahatma Gandhi spent his last days before his assassination. It gives a sneak peek into life Mahatma Gandhi by his personal documents, photographs, journals, books, relics, and audio video materials. The complex also has a Khadi Shop.

Opening Time – Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission Fee – Free Entry

Address – 5, Tees January Marg, Motilal Nehru Marg, Delhi

Purana Qila – Also known as Old Fort, it has witnessed history too long. It is a perfect place for a picnic or hanging out for a laid back day. The lake inside the complex adds more appeal for the visitors to stop by. The gates when watched closely have stories inscribed within, and other buildings inside complex are one fine specimen of architecture that still stands bold.

Opening Time – Daily 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Admission Fee – Rs.20 for Indians, Rs.200 for Foreigners, Rs.25 Videography

Address – Mathura Road, PragatiMaidan, Delhi

Agrasen Ki Baoli – Located in the heart of Delhi, it is one of the most preserved Baoli of Delhi. It’s a step well found commonly in Rajasthan or Gujarat. It has 108 steps that lead to the Step Well. In its days of glory it served as an escape from harsh sun and summers.You can hang out for admiring the centuries old structure or serve the grounds as picnic spot.

Opening Time – 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Admission Fee – Free Entry

Address – Hailey Road, Mandi House, Delhi

Garden of Five Senses – It is not your just another park, but place that brings environment closer to your senses. Nothing beats fresh air in city of Delhi. This garden is set to awake all your senses. It is a treat to your touch, smell, sight, sound, and taste. The makers have infused Mughal architecture in making of walls. The spot also showcases works of established and budding artists alike.

Opening Time – Daily 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (October to March), 9:00 am to 7:00 pm (April to September)

Admission Fee – Rs.30 for Adults, Rs.500 for Children, Rs.10 for Senior Citizens

Address – Near Saket Metro Station, Sainik Farm, Delhi

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