Delhi seldom needs an introduction. Being capital and the political hotspot of India from the 12th century, it is a perfect blend of modern, medieval and ancient India. So what makes a visit to Delhi so immemorable? Honestly, there is no particular answer to it. For some, the thin alleys of Old Delhi, the chaotic markets, its medieval Havelis, Jama Masjid, and habitation around it are the most loving memories of Delhi. For some, the architectural grandeur, the precursor of the Taj Mahal, the lush green gardens and not to miss the mouthwatering street food of Delhi are the most cherished memories. While exploring the Amazing Places in Delhi, you can see all the aspects of human society in this beautiful multicultured, multilingual city.
So if you only have 24 hrs to spend in Delhi, we bring to you Amazing Places in Delhi.
1. Explore the Old Delhi
The city has seen inhabitance since 6th B.C. As per the epic story of Mahabharata, the current Delhi city was said to, the capital of Pandavas called Indraprastha. However, there are no written documents about the ancient history of Delhi. What we know about Delhi was covered extensively starting from the 12th century by Delhi Sultanate. In the 16th century, when Shah Jahan ascended the throne, Shahjahanabad (present Old Delhi) was created by him. He made this city the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1639-1648. It was during his regime, Delhi saw most of its glories which is quite visible at the Jama Masjid and Red Fort. Both these monuments are the just exceptional architectural gifts whose beauty still amazes everyone.
After travelling and exploring the old grandeur of the city, don’t forget to get on a bicycle rickshaw to get inside the chaotic streets of Old Delhi. If you love to shop, then Chandni Chowk is your place/ You can buy any fabrics starting from silks, satin, crepe, cotton to muslin with Zari and Zardozi work done on them. If you love reading while you travel, a visit to Nai Sarak is a must for you. Nai Sarak is among the best place to buy books. Love semi-precious jewellery or want to buy a fancy finely knitted bag, or maybe Wall Hanging, you must visit the Chhatta Chowk. As you roam along the narrow alleys and bylanes, you will be astonished by the engaging aroma of its mouthwatering foods like the Kebabs, Biryani, Parantha, and many more. The streets of Old Delhi are famous for their street delicacies and, are loved by everyone visiting this remarkable place. The vibrant colours of Old Delhi, the calm chaos, the street food and history makes this place at the top of our awesome Places for a visit to Delhi.
2. Hangout in Connaught Place
Connaught Place is one of the most significant and most comprehensive commercials, financial and business centre in India. It is a showcase of the striking architecture of architect Edwin Lutyen’s who designed the New Delhi. A place packed with shops, bars, boutiques, under the ground market, cinemas and, mouthwatering eateries, the Connaught place allows a carefree evening stroll. Enjoy as the people introduce the grace and rhythm to the city.
3. Get Blessing at Birla Temple
The next in line to our amazing places for visit in Delhi is Birla Temple, also known as the Lakshminarayan Temple, is one of the most magnificent structures of Delhi. Mahatma Gandhi inaugurated it in the year 1939. The multi-shrine Temple sprawls in the core of the city, dazzling in yellow and red colours. The temple houses statues of Lord Vishnu (The Preserver) and Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of Prosperity). People of various religious faiths take the blessing here. The Temple beautifully reflects the Orissan architecture with tall curved towers (Sikhara) capped by large Amalakas.
4. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, the precursor of Taj Mahal
Humayun’s Tomb is among the most visited monument in Delhi. It is also is one of the legacies of Great Mughal-Era architectural might. The Tomb is the resting place of the Emperor Humayun, who was the second emperor of the Mughal Dynasty. His reign was in the 16th century. Although being Tomb of an Emperor, mysteriously, it did not finish until almost 15 years after his death. The impressive and imposing monumental Tomb, with its elegant garden setting, was a first of its kind in India. Humayun’s Tomb paved the way to a new style of Mughal architecture, which served as inspiration for constructing the Taj Mahal. Hence, Humayun’s Tomb is also said to be the precursor of Taj Mahal. In 1993, UNESCO declared Humayun’s Tomb as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
5. Pay Respect to the Soldiers at India Gate
Next in the list of places to visit in Delhi, Tall standing 42-meter high Arc-de-Triumph like archway in the middle of the crossroad of Rajpath is the most lovable, inspiring and eye-misting charm of New Delhi. It memorialises 70,000 Indian soldiers, who had lost lives battling for the British Army, in World War I. This remarkable memorial has the names of approx 13,516 British and Indian soldiers, killed within the North-western Frontier within the Afghan war of 1919 embedded on the walls. Under the arch and at the centre of it lies the Amar Jawan Jyoti (never dying fire), remembering the Indian armed forces who had lost their lives during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971. A trip to India Gate is truly inspirations, motivating and eye-watering experience. It truly is one of the amazing places for visit in Delhi.
6. Drive by most fascinating Government Building in The Rajpath Area
Delhi for the time immemorable has been the throne of the rulers, from the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal Dynasty to the British Empire and at the end the Democratic Government of India, they all had Delhi has their capital.
The New Delhi, as coined by the British’s was developed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, who had conceptualized, designed and constructed buildings during the period of the British Raj. The Lutyens Delhi as we know houses several prestigious government buildings and official residences which were the masterpiece of Sir Lutyens. You can drive past a few of them, like The Parliament House, the Rashtrapati Bhawan (or the President’s House) which still narrates the story of British India.
7. Get amazed by the Mehrauli Archaeological Park
In our list of places to visit in Delhi be ready to be dazzled by the striking riches spread around Mehrauli, with over 440 monuments dating as far as the 10th century to as new as the British era. One of the most impressive among the large pool of monuments are the tombs of Balban and Quli Khan, his son, and the Jamali Khamali mosque which are now in ruins. To the west lies the outstanding step well of Delhi, a 16th-century dated Rajon ki Baoli.
At the northern end of village lies the Adham Khan’s Tomb. This magnificent Tomb was used as a British house, later as a police station and finally as a post office. If you move northwards past the Tombs, you will find the pre-Islamic walls of Lal Kot.
Down south of the village lies the remains of Zafar Mahal, the Mughal palace. Just close to Zafar Mahal lies the Dargah of Qutab Sahib, a Sufi shrine. Interestingly, even today you will see a small empty burial ground which was supposed to be the last resting place of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last king of Delhi. Sadly, the last King of Delhi died in exile in Burma in 1862. A walk through along the Mehrauli Archaeological Park is like reliving the times that had gone by years ago. Although a lesser-known place, this comes under our places to visit in Delhi.
8. Visit the Leaning Tower of India – Qutub Minar
Nearly as old as the history of the Delhi Sultanate, the world’s tallest brick tower, roaring through the skyline of Delhi is the Qutub Minar. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qutub Minar, stands 73 foot tall. It is a five-storeyed minaret which still lives as one of the most brilliant buildings of India from the medieval era.
The Qutub Minar was constructed by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, who laid the establishment of Mamluk dynasty in India. After the victory tower at Ghazni, Afghanistan, the construction Qutub Minar began in 1192 AD. Unfortunately, Qutub-ud-din-Aibak could not see the completion of his dreams as he died early. Therefore, the tower eventually finished under Iltutmish and Firoz Shah Tughlaq who were his successors. This is absolutely a must in the Amazing Places for visit in Delhi.
One of the most famous structures among many at Qutub Minar is the Iron Pillar, or the Ashoka Pillar dating to the 4th century. This 24 ft high and weighing more than six tonnes masterpiece of scientific supremacy of ancient India is famous for its high resistance to corrosion. A visit to Qutub Minar is a must for architecture lovers.
9. Enjoy shopping at Dilli Haat
The last but not the least in places to visit in Delhi, an evening visit to this market will give you a chance to explore buy handicrafts of different states of India. Dilli Haat is not a place but a village market that offers art, handicrafts, cultural performances and, Indian cuisine in one place. The biggest and most renowned market, Dilli Haat, was set up by the Government, providing a platform for artisans from across India to come and sell their art.