Delhi is filled with grandeur and awe & has many famous places to visit. A city rich with cultural and historical aspects of times gone by and times to come and a lot more for tourists to see and experience. With a long list of tourist attractions available, the capital city has so much to offer that one might get confused about it all. But there is no reason to worry because we have curated a list of top 10 must-visit places in Delhi to ease out those first timer jitters when visiting the city-state of our great nation. Though Delhi has a lot to offer to tourists and visitors but these are the must visit landmarks that adorn this city and attract tourists from all around the world. Take a look at what Delhi has famous places in it;
This is a tall historical structure with a 73-meter tall brick minaret. It was built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak and the construction started in 1192. It has five stories with chiseled carvings and scriptures. This is the part of the Qutub Complex and is built of red stone. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a majestic amalgamation of Iranian, Parso-Arabic and Nagari architecture.
Entry fee: INR 10 (for Indians), free for children below the age of 15 and INR 250 for foreigners.
Timing: Sunrise to sunset, closed on Mondays.
The Red Fort is an outstanding marvel of Mughal architecture, built back in 1638 when Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan shifted his capital to New Delhi. It is built of red sandstone and remains one of the most popular tourist places in Delhi till date. Some special attractions within its huge walls are the Chhata Bazaar and evening sound-light show. The Red Fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 2007.
Entry Fee: INR 35 (for adults), free for children under 15, INR 500 (for foreigners).
Timing: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, closed on Mondays.
This is a monument built in 1570 by Humayun’s widow, Queen Haji Begum. It is a perfect example of Persian architecture. The world-famous monument, Taj Mahal bears resemblance to the design of this tomb. It houses the graves of the Mughal Emperor, Humayun, Bega Begum, Dara Shikoh, Hamida Begum and other significant members of the Mughal royalty. It is built of red sandstone and white marbles. Humayun’s Tomb remains serene and beautiful till date and is also a world heritage site under UNESCO.
Entry Fee: INR 30 for adults (Indian) and INR 500 for foreigners.
Timing: Daily till sunset.
Known to all, India Gate is the largest Indian war memorial. Built-in 1931, this is a memorial for the 70,000 Indian martyrs of WWI and the Afghanistan war. It is located at the end of Rajpath. It was built back in 1921 by the Duke of Connaught and was designed by Edwin Lutyens. This is an “Arc-de-Triomphe” like archway and another memorial, Amar Jawan Jyoti was added after India’s independence.
Entry fee: free
Timing: Open all-day
This is the largest mosque in India with the capacity to hold over 25,000 devotees at a time. This was Shah Jahan’s first architectural marvel. It houses four towers with the southern tower offering a stunning view of the city. One must wear moderate and appropriate clothes to enter the mosque otherwise rent an attire offered by the mosque authority. The best time to visit is in the morning as the premises are least crowded during early hours.
Entry fee: free but videography fee- INR 300
Timing: 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm daily, closed during prayers.
Lotus Temple owes its name to its structural resemblance to a lotus flower. It was originally known as Bahai Temple. The Lotus symbolizes the four religions, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and Jainism. There are seven major Bahai temples constructed all over the world and the one at Delhi was built the last. This is a serene place and remains open for prayers or meditation by people of any religion. There are nine pools filled withwater constructed around the petals which provide for an aesthetically arresting view at dusk. The Bahai World Centre Library and beautiful gardens are renowned tourist attractions too.
Entry fee: free
Timing: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
- Jantar Mantar: Built-in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is the world’s largest sundial. It is an astronomical observatory and remains one of the most amazing places to visit in Delhi. The instruments here can no longer be used accurately since there are tall buildings all around. The principal instruments include the Samrat Yantra, the Ram Yantra, the Jai Prakash, and the Misra Yantra. A temple of Lord Bhairava, a tantric deity reverently worshipped by Hindus is also located nearby.
Entry fee: INR 5
Timing: Sunrise to Sunset
Rashtrapati Bhawan is located astride the Rajpath and serves as the residence of the President of India. You need to make an online request to visit the premises since the access remains restricted here. This grand piece of architecture has four floors and 340 rooms over a floor area of 200,000 sq ft. Moreover, it also houses huge presidential gardens, originally known as Mughal Gardens, residences of bodyguards, staff and other offices. This is the largest residence of any head of state all over the world. The design of the building was based on Edwardian Baroque design and techniques. The center dome is the perfect amalgamation of Indian and British architecture.
Timing: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Registration charges: INR 50
When in Delhi, you must visit the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple. This is one of the largest Hindu temples in the world and was built by the BAPS spiritual organization. It is a stunning architectural work built with pink stone and white marble. This tourist place is located on the banks of the Yamuna River. There is an Abhishekh Mandap, Sanskruti Darshan, Sahajanand Darshan, and Neelkanth Darshan. Akshardham also provides a cultural boat ride and a theme-based garden for tourists to enjoy. The Sahaj Anand Water Show is also a must watch attraction here.
Entry fee: free
Timing: 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, remains closed on Mondays
This is one of the most ancient structures in Delhi. It occupies an important place in Indian history as it has witnessed many historic events since the Mughal era. This was initially built by Humayun and later expanded by Sher Shah Suri. During the India-Pakistan partition, many people took refuge here while traveling to Pakistan. Rectangular dimensions and an area of nearly 2 km make it a historical landmark worth the visit. Boating and sound-light show in the evening are some of the special attractions organised here.
Entry fee: INR 20 for Indians and INR 200 for foreigners
Timing: 7:00 am to 5:00 pm