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10 Iconic Attractions and Places to Visit in Delhi
Delhi Attractions are Rich in Historical Sites and Gardens

Delhi, the capital of India, has a rich history and make sure that you have enough time to visit some of the incredible tourist sites the city has to offer. From Humanyun’s Tomb, the lively activities of the old city, the area of Lodhi Gardens, the grandeur of Lutyens Delhi, to the spiritual tranquility of the shrine of the sufi saints in Nizamuddin, there is something for everyone to see. We look forward to helping you while deciding what sites to visit during your stay in the capital.

Delhi city is scattered with mesmerizing mosques, forts, and monuments available from the Mughal rulers that once occupied the city. The contrast between rambling Old Delhi and well planned New Delhi is immense, and it’s interesting to spend time exploring both and if you want have some relaxation, just head on to one of the landscaped gardens.

Here’s a list of the top attractions and places to visit in Delhi. The amazing thing is that most of them are not having any entrance fees.


Red Fort

Red Fort is the most famed monument which stands as a powerful memories of the Mughal emperors who ruled India. Its stretched walls for over two kilometers (1.2 miles) were built in 1638 to protect from attackers and keep out invaders. To take back your imagination to the ancient era, sound and light show of one-hour of the fort’s history is held each evening.

  • Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.
  • Entrance fee: Foreigners, 500 rupees. Indians, 30 rupees. Children free under 15 years.
  • Operational Hours: Sunrise until sunset. Closed Mondays.

Red Fort


Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is another spectacular treasure of the Old City and it’s one of the largest mosques in India. Its patio can hold an incredible 25,000 followers. The mosque was build and completed in 1956 and took six years to build. A energetic climb to the top of its southern tower will give you a stunning view across the rooftops of Delhi. Make sure that while visiting the mosque one should be dressed appropriately otherwise you won’t be allowed to enter the mosque, meaning thereby your head, legs and shoulders should be covered. Attire is available there.

  • Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. Near the Red Fort.
  • Operational Hours: daily from sunrise until sunset, except from noon until 1.30 p.m

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Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk, the old street of old Delhi, is a shocking contrast to the wide, orderly streets of New Delhi. Cars, cycle rickshaws, hand-pulled carts, pedestrians, and animals all compete for space. It’s chaotic, crumbling and congested, but completely attractive as well. Despite of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow winding lanes, you will find full range of inexpensive jewelry, fabrics, and electronics. To become more adventurous, Chandni Chowk is an excellent place to sample some of delicious Delhi street food. The renowned Karim Hotel, a Delhi dining institution, is also located in that vicinity.

  • Location: Old Delhi, near the Red Fort and Jama Masjid.

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Swaminarayan Akshardham

Exciting new attraction, complex of this temple is very huge and built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization, opened in 2005. It’s devoted to showcasing Indian culture with the astonishing architecture of the pink stone and white marble shrine, the complex is also having sprawling garden, sculptures, and boat ride. We advise that you should allow plenty of time to explore this temple thoroughly, at least half a day. For your prior information, cell phones and cameras are not permitted inside the temple.

  • Location: National Highway 24, near Noida Mor, New Delhi.
  • Entrance Fee: Free. However, tickets are required to view the exhibitions, boat ride etc.,
  • Operational Hours: 9.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m. (last entry). Closed Mondays.

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Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun in Delhi. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, Empress Bega Begum (also known as Haji Begum) in 1569-70. If you think Humayun’s Tomb looks a bit like the Taj Mahal in Agra, that’s because it was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal’s creation. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent and the Mughal rulers followed it up with an extensive period of construction all over the country. The tomb is part of a greater complex that’s set among beautiful gardens.

  • Location: Nizamuddin East, New Delhi. Near the Nizamuddin train station, off Mathura Road.
  • Entrance Fee: Foreigners, 500 rupees. Indians, 30 rupees. Free for children under 15 years.
  • Operational Hours: Sunrise until sunset, daily. It’s best viewed in the golden light of the late afternoon.

Humayun's Tomb


Lodhi Gardens

Lodhi Gardens provides a peaceful retreat from city life and is the place to come if you’re feeling tired and worn out. The vast Gardens were built by the British in 1936 around the tombs of 15th and 16th century rulers. Joggers, yoga practitioners, and young couples all enjoy this park.

  • Location: Lodhi Road, not far from Humayun’s Tomb.
  • Entrance Fee: Free.
  • Operational Hours: Daily from sunrise until 8 p.m., but Sundays are mostly busy.

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Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar, is the tallest minaret in the world made up of bricks, is an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture. It was built in 1206, but the reason remains a mystery. Some believe that it was made to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India, while others say it was used to call the faithful to prayer. The tower has five distinct stories and is covered with intricate carvings and verses from the holy Quran. There are also a number of other historic monuments on the site.

  • Location: Mehrauli, south Delhi.
  • Entrance Fee: Foreigners, 500 rupees. Indians, 30 rupees. Free for children under 15 years.
  • Operational Hours: Sunrise until sunset, daily.

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Gandhi Smriti and Raj Ghat

A visit to Gandhi Smriti will show you the exact spot where Mahatma Gandhi, affectionately referred to as the Father of the Nation, was assassinated on January 30, 1948. He lived in the house for 144 days up until the time of his death. The room that he slept in, kept exactly how he left it, and the prayer ground where he held a mass congregation every evening is both open to the public. Plenty of photos, sculptures, paintings, and inscriptions are also on display. You can also visit his memorial at Raj Ghat.

  • Location: 5 Tees January Marg, central New Delhi.
  • Entrance Fee: Free.
  • Operational Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays.

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India Gate

The towering archway of India Gate at the center of New Delhi is a war memorial, built in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. At night it glows warmly under floodlights, and the gardens that line its boulevard are a popular place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening. There’s also a fun Childrens Park which is an ideal place for kids.

  • Location: Rajpath, near Connaught Place, New Delhi.
  • Entrance Fee: Free.
  • Operational Hours: Always open.

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Bahai (Lotus) Temple

The Bahai Temple is commonly called the Lotus Temple, as it’s shaped like a lotus flower. It’s particularly pretty at night, when it’s attractively lit up. Made out of concrete covered in white marble, the temple belongs to the Bahai Faith, which proclaims the unity of all people and religions. Everybody is welcome there.

  • Location: Near Nehru Place, south Delhi.
  • Entrance Fee: Free.
  • Operational Hours: 9.00 a.m. until sunset. Closed Mondays.

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