15 Best Places To Visit In Delhi
Are you planning to visit Delhi but don’t know which places should you visit to make your vacation worth it, then you are definitely in the right place.
Delhi is a big city having two parts: New Delhi and Old Delhi, so it is difficult to find out which places you should visit in your limited time and do not regret visiting those places.
So to help you, we have created the list of the 15 Best Places to Visit in Delhi. Now without wasting much time, let’s dive down in Delhi’s journey.
Best Places To Visit In Delhi
1. India Gate
The India Gate is a war memorial located near the Rajpath in New Delhi. It was built in the memory of 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died in the First World War between 1914-1921 and the Anglo-Afghan War.
The names of 13,300 soldiers, including some from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate. The Monument was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, which is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and the Gateway of India in Mumbai.
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2. Red Fort
The Red Fort is a historical fort is located in Delhi, which was the primary residence of the Mughal Emperors. Shah Jahan began the development of Red Fort in 1638 when the capital was shifted from Agra to Delhi.
The construction of the Red Fort completed in 1648. The first prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, was the first person to raise the India flag above the Lahori Gate on 15 August 1947.
And from then onwards every year on India’s Independence Day, the prime minister hoists the Indian flag at the front gate. It is designed by architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori, who also constructed the Taj Mahal.
3. Qutub Minar
The Qutub Minar is a victory tower that is part of the Qutub complex and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Delhi.
The height of Qutub Minar is 72.5 meters, with a 14.3 meters base diameter reducing to 2.7 meters at the top, which has a spiral staircase of 379 steps. Its surface is decorated with engravings and geometric patterns.
Its closest competitor is the 62m Minaret of JAm in Afganistan, which was built in 1190, a decade before the start of Delhi tower. In general, minarets were not much used in India, and are often detached from the central Mosque.
4. Jama Masjid
Jama Masjid of Delhi is one of the largest Mosques in India, which was initially known as Masjid e Jahan Numa. It was built was by Shah Jahan between 1650 and 1656 at the cost of one million rupees, with more than 5000 workers.
The Mosque has three gates, three domes, and two 40m high minarets constructed with red sandstone and white marble, and its courtyard can hold more than 2500 people. This majestic Mosque is considered the “National Mosque of India“.
After the victory of the British in 1857, they seized the Mosque and allotted their soldiers there. This Mosque is one of the last Monument built under Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
5. Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple is a Bahai House of Worship in Delhi, which was first opened in 1986. Because of its attractive flower-like shape, it has become a famous attraction in the city.
The Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of any religion like other Baháʼí Houses of Worship. It has nine doors opening and has a height of 34.27 meters and a capacity of 2,500 people.
This temple has won various architectural honors and was also featured in many newspapers and magazine articles. In the 2001 CNN report, it was referred to as the most visited building in the world.
6. Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun’s tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Empire, Humayun, located in Delhi. The Monument was authorized by Humayun’s first wife, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569-70. It was the first garden-tomb to use red sandstone at such a scale.
The Monument was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and since then has undergone extensive restoration work.
The tomb houses the graves of Empress Bega Begum, Hamida Begum, Dara Shikoh, Jahandar Shah, Farrukhsiyar, Rafi Ul-Darjat, and many other Mughals.
7. Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most famous Sikh Gurudwara located in Delhi. It is known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, and the river inside its complex, known as the “Sarovar”.
It was first built as a small shrine by Sikh General Sardar Baghel Singh in 1783, who also manage the construction of nine other Sikh shrines in Delhi in the same year.
It is immediately recognizable by its golden dome and the tall flagpole, and it is situated near Connaught Place.
8. Agrasen ki Baoli
Agrasen ki Baoli is a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India near Connaught Place in New Delhi, which is a 60m long and 15m wide ancient step well on Hailey Road.
Although there is no proof of who built this Monument, however, it is believed that Maharaja Agrasen initially created it. Yet, the present design hints at it being rebuilt in the 14th century during the Tughlag period of Delhi Sultanate.
9. Lodhi Garden
Lodhi Garden is a 90 acres city park located in New Delhi built in 1494 during the reign of Sikander Lodi. It consists of Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad with architectural works of the 15th century by Lodis.
The Archaeological Survey of India now protects the site. In the middle of the gardens is the Bara Gumbad, which was constructed as a gateway to either the there domed Mosque or a large walled enclosure. The watercourse in the garden connects the Yamuna River to the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi.
10. Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib Ji
Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib is one of the nine ancient Gurudwaras in Delhi. It was constructed in 1783 by Baghel Singh Dhaliwal to remember the sacrifice site of Guru Tegh Bahadur.
It is located in Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, where Guru Tegh Bahadur was executed on the orders of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb on 11 November 1675 for refusing to convert to Islam.
The Sikh regiment of the Indian army salutes the Sis Ganj Gurudwara after greeting the president in the Republic Day parade of India since 1979.
Akshardham is a Hindu Temple and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi, which was inaugurated in 2005 by Pramukh Swami Maharaj in the presence of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Manmohan Singh.
The elaborate displays the delight of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, and spirituality. The temple was formed according to the Vastu shastra and Pancharatra shastra.
The main shrine is the main attraction, which is in the central position of the entire complex, and it also features three exhibitions: Sahajanand Darshan, Sanskruti Darshan, and Neelkanth Darshan.
12. Kashmiri Gate
Kashmiri Gate is a gate located in Delhi, which was the northern gate to the historic Delhi. Shah Jahan built it, and it was named so because it was at the start of the gate that leads to Kashmir.
It was the area around the North gate of Delhi, leading to the Red Fort. During the Munity of 1857, Indian soldiers fired cannonballs from this gate at the British and used the area for strategizing fighting and resistance.
13. Purana Qila
Purana Qila is one of the oldest forts in Delhi, and it is regularly populated from the last 2500 years from the pre-Mauryan period. The construction of the current fortress was started in the time of Humayun and was continued under Sher Shah Suri.
Abu’l-Fazl ibn Mubarak stated that he built the fort int he place of ancient Indraprastha. Sher Shah Suri defeated Humayun and made a change in it by strengthening its walls.
During the Partition of India in 1947, Purana Qila and its neighboring Humayun’s Tomb became the refugee camps for Muslim migrants.
14. Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar is a site consisting of 13 architectural astronomy instruments located in the modern city of New Delhi. Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur built this site for developing the calendar and astronomical tables.
Construction of this site completed in 1724, and by 1867 it was weakened considerably. The primary purpose of these instruments was to gather the astronomical data and to predict the time and movement of sun, moon, and planets.
15. National Zoological Park
National Zoological Park is a 176-acre Zoo in Delhi consisting of a 16th-century fortress, a sprawling green island, and a bright collection os animals and birds.
The zoo was inaugurated in 1959, and now it is home to about 130 species of animals and birds from around the world. In 1982 it was renamed to National Zoological Park in hopes of making it a model for other zoos in the country.
I hope this list of 15 Best Places To Visit In Delhi has helped you in planning your Delhi trip very well. However, if you think that something is missing in this list, then do let me know about that in the comment section below.
Happy Travelling 🙂