Delhi, the heart of India is acclaimed for a rich history, diverse culture and a blend of people from different races, religions and origins. A popular saying in Hindi ‘Delhi hai Dilwalo ki’ implies that ‘Delhi is the city of benevolent people’ and it stands true to its sense as the people here will always welcome you with open hands and heart. This is the reason you will see a vast variety of people from different caste, creed and colour living cheek by jowl in Delhi.
From crumbling walls of monuments to beautifully decorated shrines, Delhi has it all. If you have the will and energy to explore the best of India, Delhi is where you should start from. Also, for tourists visiting India on their e-Visa, Delhi has so much to stun you.
Here is a compiled list of places to visit in Delhi to get a clear picture of the entire city. Stop by at the nearest metro station if you are going to cover the complete journey the Delhi Metro way.
1. Feel the Patriotism at Red Fort
The Red Fort is synonymous with the Mughal Empire because it stands as a strong reminder of the Mughal Era. Built by fifth Mughal Emperor ‘Shah Jahan’ in 1639, Red fort is a symbol of India’s struggle for freedom. It is the venue for the India’s Prime Minister Speech on every Independence Day. The one-hour sound and light show that is held every evening is enough to take you on a ride to the ancient era.
Nearest Metro Station- ‘Lal Quila’
Entry Fee- Indians- ₹35, Foreigners- ₹500
Timings- 9:30a.m to 4:30p.m
2. Gaze at the Gigantic Qutub Minar
The highest monument in India, Qutub Minar stands 73m high in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. It was built in 1193 but it took three rulers to complete the construction. Qitub-ud-Din Aibak built the basement, Iltutmish completed the next three stories and the last two stories were constructed under the rule of Firoz Shah Tuglak. Inscriptions of scripture text and a few carvings can be seen along the sides of the tower. Just next to the Qutub Minar is the Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque – the first-ever mosque built in India.
Nearest Metro Station- ‘Qutub Minar’
Entry Fee- Indians- ₹30, Foreigners- ₹500
Timings- 10a.m to 5p.m
3. Feel the Fresh Air at India Gate
One of the top attractions in Delhi, India Gate was built by Edward Lutyens in honour of all the Indian soldiers who died during World War 1. The breath-taking structure of India Gate is often compared to the Arch de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arch of Constantine in Rome. During the night this place glows tenderly under floodlights. The garden around the boulevard is a popular place to enjoy a warm summer’s evening.
Nearest Metro Station- Central Secretariat.
Entry Fee- Free for all.
Timings- Always open.
4. Get Awe-inspiring Pictures at Humayun’s Tomb
Humayun’s Tomb is mainly popular for its striking resemblance to Agra’s Taj Mahal. The reason is, it was the inspiration behind the creation of Taj Mahal. Built in 1570, the Tomb holds the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun. The best time to visit Humayun’s tomb is afternoon when you can click whimsical pictures of the place. This place is worth visiting to witness the finest work of Mughal architecture.
Nearest Metro Station- ‘Jor Bagh’ on Yellow Line and ‘JLN Station’ on Violet Line
Entry Fee- Indians- ₹10, Foreigners- ₹100
Timings- 10a.m to 6p.m
5. Feel the Different Vibe at Jama Masjid
One of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid is another treasure of the capital city. It took six years to complete the building and its courtyard has the capacity to hold 25,000 devotees. Amidst the rush and chaos of Central Delhi, you can breathe in total peace and calmness at this place. You can also climb to the top of its southern tower to get a magnificent view across the rooftops of Delhi.
Nearest Metro Station- Jama Masjid
Entry Fee- Photography ₹200; Tower ₹100.
Timings- All days of the week: 7:00a.m to 12:00p.m & 1:30p.m to 6:30p.m
Non-Muslim- 8:00a.m to 30 minutes before sunset
Minaret- 9a.m- 5.30p.m
6. Embrace the Beauty at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
Built by Sikh General Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most famous religious places in Delhi. The building is carved out of white marble, with the central dome covered in solid gold leaves.This place is a huge example of big-hearted nature of Sikh people. A single visit to this place will definitely rejuvenate your soul and one of the best things to do in Delhi is to have the incredibly tasty ‘Kada Prashad’. This place is known to serve around 25,000 people for free at the ‘langar’ every day.
Nearest Metro Station- Rajiv Chowk (Gate No-1)
Entry Fee- Free for all.
Timings- 24 hours open.
7. Know the the History at Agrasen Ki Baoli
Perfect place for photography lovers, Agrasen ki Baoli is an ancient water reservoir that rises from the depths of the earth to stand atop 103 stone steps. The old brick walls of the monument will take you back in history as you will go down the steps. This site is also known for being haunted and as the centre of paranormal activities.
Nearest Metro Station- Janpath and Barakhamba Road
Entry Fee- Free for all.
Timings- 7a.m to 6p.m
8. Click Pictures at Waste to Wonder Park
It is the latest addition to the list of attractions in New Delhi. This park features the replicas of iconic Seven Wonders of the World created from wastes. Best place for those who want to take pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower replica. The idea to create this park was triggered by Kota’s Seven Wonders Park.
Nearest Metro Station- Nizzamuddin
Entry Fees- Adults: ₹50
Children (between 3-12 years): ₹25
Senior citizens and the children attending Corporation Schools: No entry fee
Timings- 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Closed on Monday and National Holidays
9. Know the Nation at Rashtrapati Bhawan
It is the authorized residence fro the President of India. With its 340 rooms in the main building, it is one of the largest residences of any head of the state in the world. The design of this place was conceptualized by renowned architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The construction was completed in the year 1929 and currently it is the residence of President Ram Nath Kovind who assumed office in July 2017.
Nearest Metro Station- Central Secretariat Metro Station
Entry Fee– ₹50
Children under 8 years- No fee
Timings- 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
10. Calm Your Soul At Akshardham Temple
Built in 2005, Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is an epitome of Indian culture and spirituality. The temple looks like a work of miracle and is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. Akshardham has its name in the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.
Nearest Metro Station- Akshardham
Timings- All days of the week: 10 AM – 8 PM, (except Monday)
Ticket counters close at 6 PM
Entry Fee- Exhibition: Adults – ₹170,
Children – ₹100,
Senior Citizen – ₹125,
Adults – ₹80,
Children – ₹50,
Senior Citizen – ₹80
11. Enjoy Boating at Purana Quila
Purana Qila or the Old Fort represents ancient glory and authentic architecture of the Mughal Empire. One of the oldest forts in Delhi, the ‘Kila’ has three entrances. It is surrounded by a moat, which is now used for boating. One of the best place to spend some quiet time in the summers in the lavish green lawns surrounded with several shady trees.
Nearest Metro Station- Pragati Maidan
Entry Fee– Indians- ₹5, Foreigners- ₹200, Video- ₹25
Timings– 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Delhi sightseeing is incomplete without visiting these places. So make sure all these places are on your bucket list whenever you visit the capital city of India.