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Tourist places to visit in Delhi

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The capital of India, New Delhi, is a proud holder of that title. New Delhi has a lot of tourist attractions and is strangely famous for them all. It will serve your every touristy instinct – sightseeing, shopping and eating. A stroll along the streets of the city is the equivalent of delving into the depths of history, culture and a mix of what’s old and new.

Here are 20 places tourist places to visit in Delhi that fulfill the responsibility that comes with being the capital of an incredible nation

  1. Red Fort

Red Fort

About the place: The Red Fort is a monument that stands out, even in the center of the city. It is yet another architectural marvel erected during Shah Jahan’s reign. A guided tour of the majestic fort is like flipping the pages of Mughal history. Dating back to 1638, it still has high, red-sandstone walls intact. The light and sound show adds sparks to the splendour of the monument.

Famous for: History, Architecture

Timings: Open on all days from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm, except Monday; light and Sound Show every day at 6 pm

Tickets: Entry fee ₹35 for Indian adults, ₹500 for foreigners; ₹80 for adults and ₹30 for children for Light and Sound Show; ₹25 for videography

  1. Humayun’s Tomb

Humayus Tomb

About the place: A fantastic display of Persian architecture, this tomb was built by the widow of the Mughal ruler Humayun as his final resting place. Now a UNESCO Heritage Site, the tomb is surrounded by English-style gardens of green. The inner walls contain numerous chambers, pillars, balconies and arches that are delicately designed and well-preserved.

Famous for: History, Architecture, Gardens

Timings: Open on all days, from sunrise to sunset

Tickets: Entry fee ₹30 for Indian adults, ₹500 for foreigners

  1. Qutub Minar

Qutab Minar

About the place: The Qutub Minar needs no introduction, for anyone in the world. It took a long time to be fully constructed. But we owe thanks to four Mughal rulers for taking the efforts of finishing it and giving us this colossal masterpiece. The Qutub Minar is a dazzling combination of marble and red sandstone. It is believed that if you stand with your back towards it and are able to encircle it with your hands, your desires will be fulfilled. Feel free to give it a go!

Famous for: History, Architecture

Timings: Open on all days, from sunrise to sunset

Tickets: Entry fee ₹30 for Indian adults, ₹500 for foreigners

  1. Bahai (Lotus) Temple

Lotus Temple

About the place: A Bahai House of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to people of all religions and backgrounds. The temple is a commonplace for worship and meditation, overlooked by the stunning lotus shape and lush gardens. The Lotus Temple is encompassed by nine pools of glistening water. During dawn and dusk, the combined beauty of the temple, gardens and water has a whole other grace to it.

Famous for: Architecture, Religion

Timings: Open on all days from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, except Monday

Tickets: Free entry

  1. Lodi Gardens

Lodhi Garden

About the place: The Lodi Gardens are spread over a huge patch of 90 acres. The gardens were constructed centuries ago to preserve tombs of the Sayyid and Lodhi rulers. Even today, they have these tombs, small historical monuments and the beautiful National Bonsai Park. The Lodi Gardens make for a great place to walk leisurely and even throw a picnic on a sunny afternoon.

Famous for: History, Gardens

Timings: Open on all days, from sunrise to sunset

Tickets: Free entry

  1. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple

About the place:Akshardham’ means divine abode of God, and so it is. The Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is a place to witness rituals and traditions as old as time. It is the biggest Hindu temple in the world and has over 200 murtis. The spirituality that envelopes the splendid architecture will make you feel in the presence of God.

Famous for: Architecture, Religion, Gardens, and Serenity

Timings: Open on all days from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, except Monday

Tickets: Free entry for children below 4 years, ₹100 for children from 4-11 years, ₹170 for people above 11, ₹125 for senior citizens

  1. India Gate

India Gate

About the place: India Gate is a devotion to the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the First World War and Afghan War. Their names are embedded on the walls of this memorial. India gate is most famous for how it lights up alongside fountains in the evening. It is also a distinguished symbol of India and is known worldwide.

Famous for: Architecture, War Memorial

Timings: Open on all days

Tickets: Free entry

  1. Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk

About the place: Chandni Chowk is the heart and soul of Old Delhi. The streets burst with vibrance. Chandni Chowk has a lot to offer, ranking from markets that cover the entire floor to delicacies like golgappe and dahi bhalle served in every nook and cranny. It is flooded with tourists and locals at all times, devouring the escapade of the bustle. It is the true Delhi experience.

Famous for: History, Shopping, Food

Timings: Open on all days

Tickets: Free entry

  1. Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid

About the place: The architectural work-of-art that is the Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India. The courtyard alone can fit 25,000 people at once. Erected when the Mughal Empire was at its peak, the structure reflects their ways of construction and godliness. With four towers, three gates and two minarets, the Jama Masjid stands tall, even after going through attacks and explosions.

Famous for: History, Architecture, Religion, and Serenity

Timings: Open on all days from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm; tourists not allowed during prayer time

Tickets: Free entry; ₹300 for photography

  1. Rashtrapati Bhavan

Rashtrapati Bhavan

About the place: Rashtrapati Bhavan is the residence of the President of India. Along with huge offices and living quarters, the property is graced with mesmerising Mughal gardens. You can easily get lost in the kilometre-long corridors and the enormous halls, as long as you take official permission. And you’re advised to do so; this is the closest thing to modern royalty.

Famous for: Architecture, Gardens and Government

Timings: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Tickets: ₹50 for adults, free entry for children up to 8 years; prior permission required for entry

  1. Tughlaqabad Fort

Tughlaqabad Fort

About the place: The founder of the Tughlaq dynasty, Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq constructed this fort during his reign, but was said to be cursed by a sufi saint. Today, the curse seems to have come true – what remain of the fort are ruins – but they have a charm of their own, especially with the landscape around. The surroundings are natural wonders – lakes, seasonal waterfalls, hills and sanctuaries.

Famous for: History, Architectural Ruins

Timings: Open on all days from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tickets: ₹5 for Indians, ₹100 for foreigners; free entry for children up to 15 years

  1. Purana Qila

Purana Qila

About the place: Purana Qila has multiple significances – historical and mythological. Along with being a fortress for rulers, it is considered to be the same as Indraprastha, the capital of the kingdom of the Pandavas from the Mahabharata. The museum inside has various artefacts from the Mauryan, Gupta, Rajput, Mughal, etc. empires, that are worth a visit.

Famous for: History, Architectural Ruins

Timings: Open on all days from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tickets: ₹20 for Indians, ₹200 for foreigners

  1. Laxminarayan (Birla) Temple

Laxminarayan Birla Temple

About the place: Ever since its inauguration by Gandhi ji, the Laxminarayan Temple has been open to people of all castes and religions, upon his insistence. The artificially constructed waterfalls and lush gardens make it a sight to behold. There are many temples within, dedicated to Shiva, Krishna and Buddha. The temple is especially majestic during the festivals of Janmashtami and Diwali.

Famous for: Architecture, Religion, Serenity

Timings: Open on all days from 4:30 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Tickets: Free entry

  1. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

About the place: Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is of great significance in Sikhism as the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Kishan stayed here to cure thousands of people suffering from cholera and smallpox. The Sarovar (lake) inside is also said to have water with healing powers. Originally the bungalow of Raja Jai Singh, the Gurudwara is now the holiest pilgrimage site in Delhi. It exists today as an amalgamation of a temple, a library, a museum, a hospital, a school and an art gallery.

Famous for: History, Religion, Serenity

Timings: Open on all days

Tickets: Free entry

  1. Cathedral Church of Redemption

Cathedral church

About the place: The Cathedral Church of Redemption (also the Viceroy Church) is a fine architectural and religious structure. Like many other monuments in Delhi, this church is open to people from all walks of life – in fact, that is the story behind its creation – the journey of an Englishman becoming multicultural. It offers a tranquil place for praying and meditating.

Famous for: History, Religion

Timings: Open on all days from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tickets: Free entry

  1. Agrasen ki Baoli

Agrasen ki baoli

About the place: This is one of the few remaining step wells in India. There are three distinct levels to the stone walls, constructed with perfect attention to detail. Agrasen ki Baoli looks like something from a history textbook. Not only is it a popular filming site but it also a supposedly haunted place. Multiple reasons to visit this glorious relic!

Famous for: Architecture, Step Wells

Timings: Open on all days from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm

Tickets: Free entry

  1. National Museum

National Museum Delhi

About the place: The National Museum is a magnificent beast that holds everything you’ve ever read about – from pre-historic articles to modern day art. The museum has over 200,000 exhibits, and displays only about 6-7 percent of them. A tour of the place will leave you thinking about how life was in different eras. It’s your own version of time travel.

Famous for: Historical Relics

Timings: Open on all days from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, except Monday

Tickets: ₹20 for Indians, ₹650 for foreigners, free entry for school children

  1. Nizamuddin Dargah

Nizamuddin Dargah

About the place: Nizamuddin Dargah overflows with thousands of visitors every week. It is the dargah of the Sufi saint Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya and is popular because of its evening qawwali sessions, the soothing sounds of which will make you swoon. The devotion in the eyes and hearts of the pilgrims is remarkable. There is also an exuberant market next to the dargah, where chaadars, clocks and Mecca prints are sold.

Famous for: Religion, Serenity, Sufism, Qawwali

Timings: Open on all days from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Tickets: Free entry

  1. Safdarjung Tomb

Safdarjung Tomb

About the place: Sandstone and marble come together once again to form the beautiful walls and domes of Safdarjung Tomb, made for Nawab Safdarjung in 1754. The last of the Mughal tomb gardens, it is home to many interesting architectural structures such as the Char Bagh and hidden stairways. Each gate, pillar and arch, every single cut in the stone is made with precision that will impress you.

Famous for: History, Architecture, Gardens

Timings: Open on all days from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tickets: ₹15 for Indians, ₹200 for foreigners, free entry for children up to 15 years

  1. Raj Ghat and memorials

Raj Ghat

About the place: Raj Ghat is a black marble platform that has Gandhiji’s last remains. The memorial is entirely dedicated to the Father of our Nation and an eternal flame burns on one side of it, keeping our spirits alive forever. Raj Ghat is on the banks of River Yamuna. To the north of Gandhiji’s memorial is the memorial of Jawaharlal Nehru. The park that lies within has trees that have been planted by dignitaries and heads of state.

Famous for: Memorial, Gardens

Timings: Open on all days from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm

Tickets: Free entry

Delhi is a total representative of our country, isn’t it? Pay homage to our national capital and rejuvenate your inner patriotism. And have some fun!

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