The places you should visit in Delhi
Delhi, the heart of modern India is amazing with its impressive monuments, mouth-watering delights and shopping malls. Delhi is the first destination for a glamor vacation.
Check out the most visited places in Delhi.
Escape from the hustle and bustle of Delhi and go to the Lotus Temple; this beautiful building in the shape of a white lotus is dedicated to the Bahai religion. People of all religions gather here to pray silently and rejuvenate themselves, within the green surroundings.
The nearest metro station: Nehru Place
National Gallery of Modern Art (GNAM)
The NGMA reflects one of the cultural facades of India. While some of the museum’s paintings date back 150 years, some reflect different events in modern India, with paintings by British artists, Thomas Daniel and his nephew, William, of the 19th and 20th centuries
The nearest metro station: the Khan market
This fortress covers almost a third of Delhi. The ruins of Tughlaqabad represent the majestic lifestyle of the Tughlaq dynasty. Built on a rocky hill, the castle consists of palaces, towers and large reservoirs.
Nearest metro station: Tughlaqabad (LíneaVioleta)
Tomb of Safdarjang
Tomb of Safdarjung is the last “garden tomb” of Delhi. Safeguarded by the Archaeological Service of India, this mausoleum consists of several smaller pavilions known as JangliMahal, MotiMahal and BadshahPasand.
Nearest metro station: JorBagh (yellow line)
Purana Qila and the National Zoological Park
The Purana Qila is a heritage of Delhi, which portrays a mixed Hindu-Islamic architectural style. While the great entrance and walls of the fortress were built by the Mughal emperor Humayun, the arches and supports of the castle were completed by Sher Shah Suri.
The National Zoological Park of Delhi is a place of fun for children. The park is in the vicinity of Purana Qila. It shelters nearly 200 species of fauna here; some species are brought from Africa, Australia and America: chimpanzees, spider monkeys, African buffalo, lion of the jungle Gir and zebras are some of the popular species of the park. Tourists can also enjoy picnicking under the cool shades of 200 species of trees in the park.
The nearest metro station: Pragati Maidan (blue line)
Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple of ISKCON is an incredible piece of architecture. While with its 90 meters high, the Shikaras seems to reach the sky, the interiors of the temple are decorated with paintings representing different phases of the life of Radha and Krishna.
The nearest metro station: Nehru Place
Red Fort and Chandni Chowk
The red sandstone castle of Red Fort treasures the chronicles of 200 years of Mughal rule. Each corner of the fortress, from the huge assembly halls to the palatial palaces, represents the greatness of the Mughals.
The three-century-old market of Chandni Chowk is located near the Red Fort. You can feel the Mughal era with the exotic collection of natural perfumes (known as Attar), silver, gold and pearl jewelry.
The nearest metro station: Chandni Chowk (yellow line)
How to get to New Delhi?
When we travelled there were no flights between Spain and India, although now there is a direct connection between Madrid and New Delhi with Air India. In addition, you can stop at any European or Asian capital before landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport. In our case, we fly from Valencia to Milan. There we caught a direct flight to the capital of India with Alitalia.
The Indira Gandhi International Airport is about 20 kilometers from New Delhi. When we were there, the remodelling of the airport had not yet started, yet we arrived at odd hours and were picked up by a minibus to go to the hotel.
However, you can take a bus (the cheapest option) or a prepaid taxi that costs around 400 rupees (5.5 euros). If you arrive at the terminal at a time when the subway operates, it is also a great option. When we were there, the orange line was not yet operational, let alone the Airport Express Line, so we cannot talk about them knowingly.
How many days do you recommend being in New Delhi?
If your nerves manage to survive the first hours in New Delhi, you probably want to be part of the chaos and stay a long time to discover the city calmly. However, our recommendations are aimed at those travellers who do not have much time and who have scheduled a trip to India of about two weeks.
We were there only four days (three nights), a very short period, but well managed can serve you to see some of the main attractions of the city. The four-day stay in New Delhi was very short, maybe a couple of extra days would have been the minimum, although India is so big that you will always have to choose between staying longer in a city or stop seeing other attractions.
Is life expensive in New Delhi?
The prices of India are much lower than in Europe, so it is an ideal destination for backpackers or people with tight budgets. However, those travellers looking for luxury or exclusive experiences can also experience them in New Delhi. It is an extreme city in that sense.
As for shopping, New Delhi is a true paradise. There is everything and for all budgets in its bazaars, markets, shopping centres or exclusive boutiques. Crafts, fabrics, wood … that you have to be very careful with the con artists and be very skilled in the art of bargaining. Do not cut yourself, but pay a price that you consider fair for what you buy.
The first day we were in India, we spent the most money by far, since we lost many rupees with innocent scams or because we did not know how to bargain properly. At first it is difficult to change the chip and adapt to the Indian way of negotiating.
What to eat in New Delhi?
Indian cuisine is one of the greatest attractions of the country. Many places or street stalls can throw you back because of the appearance or the apparent lack of hygienic measures. Trust those who have tails and prepare the food at once, avoid overheating. If you take into account the recommendations that we gave you at the time to avoid traveller’s diarrhea , eating in India can be a unique experience.
To begin the gastronomic immersion in Indian cuisine you can order some thali , delicious samosas or pakoras. If you find it hard to take the step do not worry because there are many international fast food chains in New Delhi, although we always like to taste the local food. Do not forget to try a lassi, we personally love the mango.
Where to stay in New Delhi?
The range and variety of accommodation in New Delhi is spectacular. Most backpackers stay in Paharganj, but in all areas there is usually a huge number of hostels. The range goes from one night for very few rupees in a hostel to hundreds of euros in luxury hotels. It is interesting to book in advance to avoid falling into the game of commission seekers and tourist’s scammers. Not even the most experienced traveller is prepared to deal with them.
We stayed in the centre of New Delhi, specifically in the luxurious Taj Palace. It is part of one of the most exclusive Indian hotel chains. Although it may not be the most appropriate to take the pulse of the city, we rested very well from the long trip from Spain and served as an oasis to disconnect from the deafening noise of the horns. Sometimes we remember that time of our trips and joke with the phrase: “do you remember when we were handsome, rich and young”. Here you can search for the best hotels for your stay in New Delhi.
What to see in New Delhi in three or four days?
Maybe we are repetitive, but three or four days a very short period to get to know Delhi in depth, it almost does not take time to adapt to the intensity of India. However, it is necessary to make a small effort to organize yourself in this chaotic city and make the most of your stay there. Taking into account that you will only be about 72 hours, we suggest what to see and visit in New Delhi One more thing you can try if you have 4 days to visit just 8 hrs drive from Delhi at nature created places camping in Dhanaulti .
We would start with a main course, a walk through Old Delhi to visit the Red Fort.
Then you can take the collapsed and noisy Chandni Chowk and get lost in the adjacent lanes until you reach the impressive Jama Masjid Mosque.
From there the Raj Ghat is quite close, where tribute is paid to the figure of Gandhi.
If you like this universal historical character, you can also visit the last abode of Gandhi.
Rajpath Avenue is no less chaotic, although it is wider and from there you can see the imposing Gateway of India. Nearby are the majority of government buildings.
Another area that you cannot miss is Connaught Place, a huge roundabout with seven avenues that depart from it. To the west is the first Hindu temple we visited in New Delhi, the Lakhsmi Narayan. All an experience Get Listed places and Resorts near Delhi NCR