Delhi, the national capital of India, will never cease to amaze you. It happens to be the only city in the world with a unique distinction of having not one but three UNESCO World Heritage sites within its boundaries.
If you have the will and energy to explore Delhi, there is no dearth of interesting things to do here. The city is full of bars, cafes, bazaars and other fun places, which can make this culture capital give some better known cities of the world a run for their money.
As a local I’m happy to show you the best of my hometown Delhi! I’ve personally seen and visited all of these and hope this list gives you inspiration for you next visit. I’ve lived in Delhi my entire life and have had a chance to experience the best of the city.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Delhi:
1. Gawking at the Qutab Minar
Qutab Minar is one of Delhi’s top attraction and a renowned UNESCO world heritage site.
Standing 240 feet tall, this tower was established in the year 1192, by the very first ruler of Delhi – Qutb-ud-din Aibak. This minaret is named after its creator.
This five storey tower is built purely from marble and red sandstone and has a spiral staircase which takes you to the top in 379 steps. However, this has been closed to public since 1974.
One of the best times to I like to gawk at the stunning Minar is at night. You can enjoy the Minar all lit up while enjoying a classy dinner in one of the amazing rooftop bars surrounding it. My favorites are Miso Sexy and Dramz.
2. Find Inner Peace at Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple is an architectural delight. The whole complex from top to bottom is made of pure marble. The universal symbol of peace, a lotus flower, gives the temple not only its name but shape as well.
Photography is restricted in the inner sanctum and there is a strict code of silence to be maintained at all times. Open to all castes and creeds, the temple is an ideal place for anyone who wishes to meditate and pray. The temple is also known as the place of Baha’i faith. The temple offers a tranquil place to meditate to get away from city’s chaos for some time. The code of silence ensures it is distraction free zone.
Top rated tour: Delhi: Old and New Delhi Private One Day Tour
3. Take a walk to India Gate
Dedicated to the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in the Afghan war, a visit to this 42 m high iconic and historic landmark of Delhi is not only an educational experience but also a photographer’s delight.
The walls bear the names of each of the 13,500 people who laid down their lives fighting on the Northwest Frontier.
India Gate is best visited in the evenings when the monument is brilliantly lit up and the beautiful fountains around it give the place a truly magical look.
4. Pay obeyence at the Akshardham temple
A place of worship, complete with exhibits, boat rides, water shows and lush gardens, the Akshardham temple situated in East Delhi is unlike any other, not only in India but the entire world.
Considered to be among some of the largest Hindu temples in the world, the architectural beauty and decoration of the area is sure to leave you spellbound.
Sadly, photography is strictly prohibited inside this temple.
Suggested tour: Old Delhi Temples and Spiritual Sites
5. Visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan
The official residence of the President of India, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, is a splendid palatial building having more than 400 rooms. Apart from the President, it houses the bodyguards, stables and other utility staff.
In size, it is second to only the residence of the President of Turkey. The palace doors are thrown open to visitors on weekends by a registration process which can be accessed online.
The pride of the presidential place here are the stunning Mughal Gardens, which attract a large number of visitors, both local and foreign.
6. Experience a different culture at Jama Masjid
The largest Islamic mosque in the city, Jama Masjid, was constructed way back in the 17th century. The imposing building is an iconic landmark of Old Delhi and an important place of worship.
The mosque can hold up to 25,000 people and the sight of such a number, especially during Friday prayers, is a scene to behold.
The main structure has multiple entry points, all of which eventually lead to the main deck. Entry is free and open to all nationalities, except that you need to cover up from head to toe. A nominal fee for photography is levied if one intends to take pictures.
7. Party away at Connaught Place
The nightlife in Delhi may not be so vibrant, but it has its fair share of restobars, clubs and music outlets in Connaught Place, the commercial and party hub of Delhi.
Joints like, Excuse Me Boss, Lord of the Drinks and Junkyard cafe have a large and energetic crowd following. Modeled like the Royal Crescent of Bath,England, Connaught Place is without doubt the number one night out destination of Delhi.
8. Go boating at the Old Fort
The Old Fort, or Purana Qila as called locally, has a quaint boating area set amidst the ruins of the Fort and the Delhi Zoo as a boundary.
A perfect place to unwind on all days, except Monday, among the backdrop of the historical fort. The construction of this imposing structure was started by Sher Shah Suri and completed by Humayun.
9. Take a rickshaw tour of Chandni Chowk
Chandni Chowk, translated as Moonlight street is the commercial heart of Old Delhi.
One of the oldest markets of India, its small narrow lanes are a beehive of activity from daybreak, offering on sale every product you can imagine of under the sun.
The best way to prevent getting carried away in the mass of humanity which assembles here is to take a leisurely tour by cycle rickshaw.
The rickshaw driver doubles up as a local guide and happily imparts vital inputs on everything, including places to eat, shop and visit. To see how the real Delhi survives, a visit to Chandni Chowk should be high on every tourist’s agenda.
Available tour: 3-Hour Tuk-Tuk/Rickshaw Tour
Whilst enjoying a Tuk Tuk (Richshaw ride) across Chandini Chowk, I suggest to indulge in one of the many street food flavours this epic spot has to offer. A must do for foodies and if you are not one, you will surely be converted. Have a look at the video I created on Chandni Chowk Street Food:
10. Enjoy a meal at India Habitat Centre
This spectacle 9 acre complex, adjoining the Lodhi Gardens, is a venue for conferences, art galleries, auditorium and hospitality areas.
The top draw here are the number of restaurants serving finger-licking food from most corners of the world. Set among a stunning landscape full of gardens and fountains, adds to the ambiance of the this architectural marvel.
11. Take a photo tour of Humayun’s Tomb
This monument was originally built as a tomb for the Mughal emperor Humayun in the sixteenth century. Depicting elaborate Persian design, the vast area today houses marble tombs of quite a few other Mughal rulers.
A small museum is located near the entrance which showcases the history about the tomb and other relevant information. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site, the entry to this monument is a bit on the higher side compared to others.
12. Marvel the beauty of the Chhatarpur temple
Located in South Delhi, the group of temples known as Chhatarpur are the second largest of their kind in India. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Katyayani (Durga) and is made entirely of marble.
The shrine of the revered Goddess is housed in a neighboring shrine which is on display only once in a season during the Autumn festival of Navratri.
13. Savour the food at Paranthe Wali Gali
This narrow and famous street of Chandni Chowk, is home to some of the most lip-smacking paranthas, or fried bread. The recipes offered by some of the stalls are said to be generations old.
The alleys are packed with customers at most times of the day, with the smell of oil and food filling the atmosphere all around.
Different types of pastes and chutneys do the rounds with the main course. The din of the shopkeepers, calling for customers, fills the air as people jostle with each other to refill their plates for more and more of the delicious offerings.
This can be quite a sight in itself even if you want to skip the oily stuffed Indian flat breads.
14. Watch the fair at Pragati Maidan
Pragati Maidan in New Delhi lies opposite the ramparts of the Old Fort aka the Purana Qila.
The grounds are exclusively used to organise National and International exhibitions. Under one roof, a visitor can visit stalls ranging from textiles, food, beverages, automobiles, electronics, furniture and much more.
Not only are the products authentic, but come from exhibitors in India and a host of foreign countries. There are hundreds of outlets displaying an astonishing array of products which attract customers from far and wide.
15. Pay homage at Raj Ghat
Raj Ghat is the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation. The memorial is located on the banks of the river Yamuna, amidst beautiful landscaped gardens. An eternal flame burns at one end in perpetual homage to the great man who laid down his life for the freedom of India.
Memorials of other famous leaders surround this holy ground. A prayer meeting takes place here every Friday, while the teachings of Gandhi are portrayed through sound, light and sculpture narration between 1000 hrs – 1700 hrs daily, except Monday.
16. Enjoy a heritage walk
The city of Delhi enjoys a long and chequered history, where several century old monuments mingle with towers of new buildings.
To make the locals and visitors aware of this rich heritage and culture and maintain a harmonious relation with them, a series of Heritage walks were envisaged, way back in 2005.
These now hugely popular walks are conducted every weekend by some extremely knowledgeable guides and tour leaders.
For a nominal fee, one can cover several important areas of rich culture and architectural heritage which are far removed from the usual tourist itinerary.
Recommended guided tour: Red Fort and Old Delhi Heritage Walking and Rickshaw Tour
17. Lose yourself at the Jantar Mantar
The Jantar Mantar, or Maze Puzzle, is a complex in the heart of Central Delhi. The area comprises of an open air observatory, having thirteen different instruments, which involves the use of the different structures to observe the astronomic cycles.
The walls of the structure are designed for astronomical observations that resemble a maize where a visitor can get easily disorientated, hence the name Jantar Mantar. A nominal entry fee is levied for all visitors.
Multi day tour: 2-Day Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur
18. Join the chanting at the ISKCON temple
Situated just a few kilometers away from the Lotus temple, this is the largest temple in Delhi devoted to ISKCON or International Society of Krishna Consciousness, as it is commonly called.
It is an ideal place to walk around freely and participate in the constant drum and chant of Hare Krishna which resonates over the entire temple.
19. Relive your childhood days at the Children’s Park
Located in the backdrop of India Gate, the Children’s Park is a huge playground set in the sprawling lawns of Central Delhi. There are endless playing areas, rides, swings etc which can keep the young and old alike active the whole day.
The park and its environs, light up during the evening hours, enhancing the beauty of the place by giving an enchanting look. Entry is free and unrestricted from dawn to dusk.
20. Experience the haunting thrills of Feroz Shah Kotla fort
The old version of the city of Delhi, Firozabad, was the spot where Feroz Shah Kotla was built. Sultan Feroz Shah Tughlaq founded this fort in early 14th century.
The fort got its reputation as a haunted house due to the presence of supernatural spirits or Djinns, which have been known to inhabit this place.
The fort is frequented by tourists and locals, who come here to appease the Djinns and in return get their wishes granted. The guides here will relate many a spooky experience and stories about the moody spirits which reside here. A thrilling feeling awaits those aspiring for the supernatural beings.
21. Listen to soul stirring music at Nizamuddin Dargha
If you are into traditional soul stirring music, then the Qawwalis or lyrics sung at the Dargha of Nizamuddin every Thursday evening will amaze you.
A popular location for Bollywood films, the song session here is attended by hordes of people from all religions from the world over.
The Sufi music, which forms the background of the singers, will leave you in a trance and begging for more.
22. Relish the food at Little Tibet
Every cosmopolitan city has at least one traditional place for specialty food. Very few people, including locals, are aware of the fact that a size-able number of refugees from Tibet have been residing in North Delhi for nearly a century.
These Tibetans, in order to make a living, turned their humble homes into small food joints serving some of the most delicious Chinese, Korean and Tibetan cuisine one can find anywhere in Delhi.
The food here is not only fresh and tasty, but extremely cheap as well. Restaurants like, Dolma and Ama on the main lane are constantly packed with customers.
23. Enjoy budget street shopping at Sarojini Nagar Market
There is hardly a person who resides in or around Delhi or even overseas, who has not heard about the famous street market of Sarojini Nagar. An eating and shopping paradise thrown in one, a visit to Sarojini Nagar market is on top of everyone’s bucket list.
If you are looking for pavement bargains or trendy shops, this market caters to most budgets, especially the low level ones. The lanes are packed with hawkers selling bags, cosmetics, clothes, dresses all at a price which will make you smile all the way to the bank.
Shops selling mouthwatering delicacies line one end of the market, with choices which will make you come back for more.
Haggle hard as you can buy anything from junk jewelry to shirts and dresses for as low as US $2 here.
24. Pick your choicest spices at Sadar Bazaar
Sadar Bazaar, together with the Spice Market form one of the largest wholesale markets for commodities in the whole of Asia. From toys,household items,stationery, antiques and imitation jewellery.
Some of the areas of this renowned market are home to exquisite dining outlets serving indigenous Indian dishes and hundreds of types of sweets. At prices much lower than other parts of the city, Sadar Bazaar is always crowded with shoppers, and more so on festive holidays.
25. Grab a bargain at the Sunday book market
The Sunday book market on the pavements of Old Delhi is an event eagerly anticipated by all bargain hunters. So popular it has been over the decades, that there is hardly any person who has not visited this iconic bazaar at least once.
This mile long treat for book lovers has everything on any topic under the sun. Books of fiction, dictionaries, maps, novels, art & technology are all hidden under the congested piles on the pavement.
To get the best deals, it is advisable to set out as early as possible. While getting a book of your choice may require some hard work, the amazingly low price will be well worth the effort.
26. Take a toy train ride at National Rail Museum
Spread over 10 acres of land in a sprawling open area, adjacent to the plush diplomatic enclave in New Delhi, the National Rail Museum displays the true heritage of the Indian Railways.
The museum is literally a treasure trove of rare steam engines, rail artifacts, photos and working models of trains which run the length and breadth of India.
The star attraction here is the toy train, which is enjoyed by one and all. The museum is a highly informative place and the souvenir shop an excellent place to take back a train model.
27. Have coffee at Kunzum Travel cafe
Set amidst the 14th century ruins of Hauz Khas village, this one of a kind cafe caters mostly to travelers. With the option of paying as you please and staying as long as you want, the Kunzum cafe is the only travel cafe in Delhi.
The cafe has free wifi and you can plug your ipod into the music player too. This pocket friendly city hangout is the ideal joint for people who love to travel to meet up with like minded persons, make friends and even form new travel partners.
28. Watch a performance at Kamani Auditorium
Located in the heart of Delhi, the Kamani Auditorium is the best and leading theatre hall of Delhi.This aesthetically designed structure, plays host to numerous national and international plays and dramas.
The auditorium was inaugurated in 1971 by the then President of India and today enjoys a special pride of place among the theatre buffs of the capital.
Witnessing a performance at this venue is an exhilarating experience because of the huge stage and impressive acoustics. The whole atmosphere inside gives a feeling of grandeur and an overwhelming feeling which enhances the performance. Famous artists from the country and other parts of the world, perform here regularly.
29. Learn the art forms at Lalit Kala Akademi
The principal objectives of Lalit Kala Akademi are to encourage and promote the study of the various creative art forms like sculpture, painting, graphics and others.
It further gives recognition to artists and other art associations for outstanding achievements. The Akademi provides an excellent platform to foster cultural contacts, not only within the country, but with other countries through art exhibitions and exchange of objects of art.
30. Play real life escape games
This unique adventure, based on the ‘room escape’ concept, after gaining enormous success in other parts of the world can now be experienced in Delhi itself. Though the idea is thrilling, it needs no large physical effort and is totally safe.
Real life escape games are played in Mystery rooms, where the sole object is to find your way out of a theme based room, by cracking codes and solving puzzles, before the 60 minute clock ticks you out. An ideal way to spend time with families and loved ones, creating bonds and honing skills to experience the real time escape adventure.
Games like ‘Lockout’ ‘Abduction’ and ‘The Hurt Locker’ are very popular, each with different difficulty levels.The games can be booked online from various parts of the city and are a must in the itinerary of every tourist. One hour of pure unadulterated fun and a cup of coffee is guaranteed.
31. Immerse in the fragrance of the Flower Market
The wholesale flower market of Delhi blooms every morning around 4 am on the grounds of Ghazipur village. Considered to be the largest in Asia, with more than 100 vendors vying with each other to attract customers.
The prices are affordable, with flowers procured from other countries too finding their way on the open pavements. Flowers from Holland, China and Thailand include roses,lilies,orchids,marigolds and even artificial ones have their fair share of buyers.
Apart from flowers, bamboo and plants are also on display, as are a lot of accessories required by florists like bouquets, branches and baskets. The place is also a photographer’s delight, mesmerizing enough to open your eyes, even at this unearthly hour.
32. Watch a street play
In spite of strong competition from television, cinema and other channels of entertainment, the street theatre scene in Delhi has established it’s roots firmly in the capital.The street theatre scheme has caught the fancy of most colleges too, with their numbers going up over the years.
Street play competitions are held throughout the year, which in turn has significantly improved the quality of the theatre. The Jana Natya Manch is one such amateur theatre company specializing in Delhi since 1973.
Delhi had rich theatre culture, with the street theatre scene bursting at the seams with activity. The various groups, perform regularly across Delhi on topics like Road safety, Clean India and other themes pertaining to welfare of the people.
33. Get inspired at Ghalib ki Haveli
Located in an obscure lane in a place known as Ballimaran, lies the home or haveli of one of the most noted Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. A heritage site declared by the Archeological Survey of India, Mirza Ghalib penned all his poems in Persian and Urdu.
For people who are familiar with his couplets and work, a visit to this home will be a fulfilling experience. One of the frequently visited places for those seeking inspiration and knowledge from the great poet.
34. Go for a morning walk at Lodhi Gardens
Lodhi Gardens, in Central Delhi, is a public garden on a very grand and impressive scale. Amidst the sprawling greens you will come across ancient 500 year’s old structures and tombs of the Mughal era.
The park is huge and one can easily spend the better part of the day exploring the ruins and wandering around. The garden is also a haven for birdwatchers, with almost 60 different species of birds being sighted here.
An excellent indoor and outdoor restaurant called the Lodhi, lies adjacent to the garden entrance. The place serves delicious food, so make sure to make a reservation as there can be a long queue sometimes.
When you go for a walk at Lodhi, don’t forget to take a stroll just outside at Amrita shergil marg which is lush green and excellent for hard surface walks and runs.
35. Experience India’s cultural diversity at Dilli Haat
Dilli Haat is a one stop, open air craft bazaar and food plaza, displaying items for sale from every state of India. Not only that it serves as a one roof destination for arts,crafts and cultural activity, state by state.
The bazaar lights up in the evenings as the shops offer everything from home decor to excellent food. Various events and festivals are organised here from time to time, making it an excellent gateway for families and friends.
36. Attend a session of Parliament
The Parliament House, located in New Delhi, is the home of the Indian Parliament. Designed by the famous architect Edwin Lutyens, construction began in the year 1921 and the first session was held in 1927 by the then Viceroy of India, Lord Irwin.
One can register online to witness a session and decision making from the visitor’s gallery of this circular building. A must visit spot if you are interested in being a part of the history and politics of India.
37. Head to the Delhi Zoo
The Delhi Zoo, or the National Zoological Park, lies adjacent to the Old fort, with the ramparts forming a natural boundary at one end. These scenic environments are home to nearly 2000 different species of animals and birds.
The zoo is best visited on foot, though a battery operated car does regular rounds as well. A library, cafeteria and opportunities for nature lovers to do photography and birdwatching abound.
38. Get a taste of mythology at Birla Mandir
Also known as the Laxmi Narayan Temple, this significant complex of Hindu temples lies in the central part of the capital.
The temple was officially inaugurated by none other than Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation, and attracts thousands of devotees from India and other parts of the world. Entry is free and unrestricted, though there is a separate section for foreign tourists to keep their shoes and belongings.
Related tour: Faiths of Indian Culture Guided Tour
39. Get up close to nature at the Garden of Five Senses
Located in South Delhi’s Saidulajab village, the Garden of Five Senses gets its name from the five theme parks present here. These are namely Mughal Garden, Herb Garden, Solar energy Garden and Pools of Water lilies etc.
The entire area is beautifully landscaped in scenic natural surroundings. The Garden hosts various events all the year round, some of the more famous being Tourism Festival, Food Festival and much more.
40. Partake in a Langar at Bangla Sahib
One of the most friendly and welcoming Sikh shrine in Delhi is undoubtedly Bangla Sahib, located in the heart of New Delhi. Unlike other temples like Jama Masjid, for example, where you are likely to be pestered, this temple is a revelation.
There is a continuous Sikh group playing music and religious songs which adds to the ambiance of this remarkable place. Every afternoon a massive free lunch (langar) is prepared for the devotees which is shared and enjoyed by everyone together.
41. Take out time for the National Science Centre
The National Science Centre, lies adjacent to Pragati Maidan, the Old Fort and the Delhi Zoo, making it a convenient stop over on your local itinerary.
Constructed over 8 floors this museum houses exhibits ranging from art, culture, heritage to prehistoric specimens in the Dinosaur gallery.
Though it is a paradise of learning for all age groups, children in particular, can spend a full day at the fun packed multimedia centre, the first of it’s kind in the country. A sea water as well as a fresh water aquarium is also on display to enhance the educative value.
The museum is high on the popularity list of students and visitors and gives total value for the time and is an excellent educational experience.
42. Be Enthralled at the Dolls Museum
Established in 1965, the International Dolls Museum at Delhi houses an astonishing 6500 plus exhibits from more than 85 countries. The museum has two sections, one devoted to dolls from India and other Asian countries, while the other showcases US, Australia, Europe and New Zealand.
The Indian section itself has around 500 dolls in different dresses from all over the country. There is a clinic on the premises, which attends to broken up dolls in need for restoration.
This iconic place is a bonanza for children who flock here in large numbers, especially on Children’s Day.
43. Have a ball at Kingdom of Dreams
If there is any place in India, which can be termed as the ultimate entertainment destination, it is without doubt the Kingdom of Dreams.
The fabulous place, brings the visitor close to the culture, heritage, crafts and cuisine of the country through outlets from all over India.
Kingdom of Dreams is Delhi’s first and India’s only one stop live entertainment destination. The centre is located in Gurgaon, a suburb of Delhi, and is constructed in such a way to keep the culture fabric intact.
Two Bollywood musicals are staged exclusively here on all days except Monday, which is a closed day. Truly a place to visit to realize all your magical fantasies.
44. Family fun at Worlds of Wonder
This excellent theme park is located in Noida, another suburb of Delhi. Worlds of Wonder is a water cum entertainment park designed by the best consultants in the world. The park is conveniently located amidst shopping malls and other popular outlets, making it suitable for themed parties and social gatherings.
Apart from the many themed rides, there are plenty of eateries to delight your taste buds. This largest amusement park in North India also has a go-karting track. The park has an exclusive area to host private parties, seminars and even weddings. The park opens from 1230 pm to 9 pm on all days of the week.
45. Spend an exclusive evening at Kitty Su
The number one nightclub in India Kitty Su, is located within the premises of the The Lalit Hotel, in Connaught Place, Delhi. The luxurious club is an ideal venue for all night gatherings and DJ events, with music from pop, electro to fusion on offer.
The only night club in India to feature in DJ Mag’s top 100 clubs, Kitty Su has been constantly bagging the best local night club award. If you want to spend a classic evening, with music, fashion and cuisine then Kitty Su is your best bet.
46. Fly high at Delhi Flying Club
This club was established in 1928 with the sole intention of training young men and women who were aspiring to become aviators. Former Prime Ministers and State Ministers have had the distinction of getting trained here. Currently the club runs classes for pilot licences and does routine maintenance of VIP aircraft .
Though presently no flying activity takes here due to security concerns, the vision to make this club a premier flying and training centre for the country remains.
47. Travel to space at the Nehru Planetarium
The Nehru Planetarium, a vision of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawharlal Nehru, opened its doors to the public in 1977. The planetarium is aptly located on the grounds of Teen Murti house, the former home of Nehru and now converted into a museum.
Over the years, the planetarium has developed into a scientific study centre for astronomy and meetings and lectures concerning astronomical events.
The daily shows running here are aimed at inspiring people to watch and study the various astronomical phenomenon on the screen as well as through the telescopes installed outside. Shows run throughout the day in Hindi, English and Marathi.
48. Combine history with glamour at Hauz Khas
The Hauz Khas complex is situated in South Delhi. It is a collection of ancient ruins, which include tombs and mosques. A water tank, once a lifeline to this place, still stands in it’s original splendor with the ruins providing a spectacular backdrop.
Today the area surrounding the ruins has been merged into an upscale outdoor shopping and pub street. People throng here for high end boutiques, restaurants, cafes, pubs and clubs.
49. Take a HoHo city bus tour
The Hop on Hop off or HoHo buses, run across Delhi, covering popular tourist destinations. At an extremely nominal charge of Rs 500 or roughly $8, tourists can get on or off from any one of the 19 designated stops.
The buses are low floor, fully air conditioned, with audio commentary in English, flexible boarding and cover more than 20 important spots. There is an on board guide on every bus for attending to any query.
Booking can be done online and the first trip commences at 8 am and continues throughout the day at intervals of around 40 minutes from the Delhi Tourism office at Connaught Place. The visitors really admire the large windows, which offer a panoramic view of the city.
50. Pamper yourself for a night at the Oberoi Hotel
Located strategically in Central Delhi, a stone’s throw from some great tourist spots, the Oberoi Delhi has been serving clients for over 50 years. Even though the hotel is currently undergoing a change over, the prestigious property is taking reservations for future stay.
The Oberoi enjoys the honour of being the first 5 star hotel of the capital, and even today a night spent in the luxurious settings can culminate to create a perfect holiday.
The impeccable service, high class international cuisine and pampering treatments at the spa promise to conjure up memories for a lifetime.
51. Marvel the architecture of Agrasen ki Baoli
Agrasen ki Baoli, is the oldest part of Central Delhi, and the best preserved. Till today it lies hidden among the skyscrapers of Connaught Place, in the narrow Hailey Lane.
The baoli is actually a form of an elaborate well with steps leading down to the water source and were the main water source for the citizens. The surrounding area bears intricate designs and excellent architecture with rooms on either side for the well users.
The Archaeological Survey of India has, over the years, worked tirelessly to restore this stepwell. The baoli has 103 steps made of red sandstone and is now a protected monument. Entry is free and visitors can explore the various niches and rooms which at one time served as ritual rooms.
The mystic baoli is considered haunted and is placed as the tenth most haunted place in India.
52. Ride a segway at Rajpath
A segway tour , is considered to be the coolest way to move around the National Capital and take in the various sights.
The segway tour around Raj Path allows one to view historic buildings, monuments and affords innumerable photo opportunities. Starting from India Gate, through the many ministry buildings on either side, you can ride up to the Parliament Building and onward till the gates of the Presidential Palace or Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The tour is accompanied by tour supervisors and marshals, who not only look after the safety aspect, but provide valuable information as well.
All safety gear is included on this exciting 45 minutes trip. The tours are popular and tourists are advised to book well in advance online at email@example.com
53. Hang out at Khan Market
Khan Market, in Central Delhi, has both hipster friendly hangouts and excellent street dining options. One of the most upscale retail properties in Delhi, the lively market is full of shoppers at all times of the day.
Khan Market, today is a haven for locals and expats as well, with a variety of Indian and International brands available here. There are special outlets for authentic Indian jewellery and ethnic garments.
Some of the best food joints can be found here. Delicious kebabs at Khan Chacha and mutton berry pulao of SodaBottleOpenerwala are not to be missed.
Related tour: South Delhi: 3.5-Hour Private Bike Tour with Kebab Lunch
54. Haveli tour of Old Delhi
A serene and colorful trip awaits you through some of the most narrow but picturesque lanes of Old Delhi when you opt for a walking tour of the havelis. A haveli is an old but elegant mansion type structure depicting contemporary Indian architecture.
As you slowly meander along these paths you will be gradually immersed in the color and grandeur of these historical buildings. Amazing sights of the silver market, wedding market, temples galore, saree bazaars will keep you enthralled. The tour ends with a traditional meal at one of the Havelis.
55. Spend time at the Sacred Heart Cathedral
The Sacred Heart Cathedral lies in the center of Edwin Lutyens Delhi and vies for attraction in comparison with the other stately structures surrounding it.
This was only the second Catholic church in Delhi after St. Mary’s church in Old Delhi. The cathedral, which is a haven of peace, is visited daily by devotees from India and abroad.
The church is best visited during Easter and Christmas when the surroundings are lit up. The prime mission of the cathedral is to experience the live of God in practical life.
The church is open seven days a week from 0630 – 1800 hrs and entry is free. Designed by the British architect Henry Medd, the central altar is made of pure white marble and radiates a soothing and spiritual feeling.
Included in: New Delhi: Faiths of Indian Culture Guided Tour
56. Explore the ramparts of Tughlaqabad Fort
Far away from the madding crowds of Delhi, lie two mighty forts facing each other. It is said that the Tughlaqabad fort was built by Ghiyas ud din Tughlaq, the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty in the year 1321.
The fort itself is a large stone structure, with high walls and is about 6 km in length. The second fort, the Adilabad fort, which lies just across the road, though in an advanced stage of ruin still presents a symbol of the once mighty dynasty.
The fort was part of a dream project when Tughlaqabad, the third city of Delhi was envisaged. Even though the crumbling ruins of the fort portray a sense of lost glamour, the engineering skills of the builders are visible in their attempt to construct a dual purpose fort.
The place not only served as a defense establishment, but as the capital as well.
57. Go birdwatching at Okhla
Conveniently nestled on the banks of the river Yamuna, Okhla Bird Sanctuary is a haven for naturalists and bird watchers. The area was declared a sanctuary in 1990 and has more than 320 bird species on record. Apart from this there are more than 188 plants, 10 kinds of shrubs and 30 tree species in the park.
This wetland came into existence when the barrage at Okhla was constructed. The habitat which consists of thorny shrubs and grasslands, became home to many different birds that had earlier been using the area as passing migrants.
Okhla is a great place for birding throughout the year, though the winter months are best for migratory species.
58. Visit Lahori Gate
The main entrance to the iconic Red Fort, Lahori Gate, is as steeped in history as the famous fort itself. While one entrance leads to the bustling market of Chandni Chowk, the road led all the way to the city of Lahore, hundreds of miles away in Pakistan.
The gate was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan and was one of the chief 14 entrances of the city of Shahjahanabad. There are only 3 other gates left now namely Kashmiri gate, Mori gate and Ajmeri gate.
59. Step back in time at the Jamali Kamali mosque
A mosque and a tomb of two people, Jamali and Kamali occupy a small place in the Archeological village complex at Mehrauli, in South Delhi. The tomb dates back to 1528, and since both these people were buried side by side here the place got its name.
The historic place gained in popularity after many sightings of ghosts and stories associated with them were reported. As the sun sets people have heard noises emanating from the surrounding graves.
60. Experience the culture at Lal Kot
Lal kot, or red fort was the first military bastion constructed in South Delhi. Not to be mistaken with the massive Red Fort, Lal kot was the first defense building of that era AD 731. The fort is currently in a state of ruins, but still displays it’s glory in certain parts.
The fort is open all days and there is no entry fee. It affords stunning views of Qutab Minar from the top. The fort has seven entrances in total and is on the list of Indian National Trust for Art and Culture as a heritage monument.
61. Find peace at Begumpuri Masjid
The Begumpuri Masjid is deemed to be one of the 7 mosques built by Khan -i-Jahan Junan Shah during AD 1351 and 1388 . The mosque has 24 arched openings, flanked by minarets which are tapered, as in Tughlaq architectures type.
A must for architecture freaks, this medieval masjid is only one of its kind in the whole of Delhi. The mosque is located in a by lane near the Aurobindo Ashram in south Delhi.
62. Catch a cultural show at India International Centre
Established in 1962, the India International Centre, just a stone’s throw from Khan Market, is one of the must visit culture spots of the Capital. Lectures, symposiums, dance recitals and food facilities showcase the intellectual, cultural and social faces of India.
The centre is a must visit for travelers as it has plenty of exhibition halls, museums and a cultural centre having a daily special program.
63. Get up close to fluttering patients at the Bird’s hospital
The red colored Digamber Jain complex at the entrance of Chandni Chowk displays a fascinating devotion by the Jain religion to preserve bird life in particular. This one of a kind hospital tends to sick and injured birds, and the rows of cages full of these fluttering birds is sure to make your heart reach out to these winged patients.
Treatment here is free of charge and the noble mission has been going on since 1956. The hospital runs on donations and encouragement from other well wishers. The birds are fed and bathed regularly and released when cured.
Open on all days from 0800-2000 hrs. A haven for bird lovers, but will need all one can do by way of donation as every penny is significant.
64. Khooni Darwaza
Khooni Darwaza, or Bloody Gate, is located in the heart of Old Delhi. It enjoys its place in history being the place where the three sons of the erstwhile ruler of Delhi, Bahadur Shah Zafar, were executed by the English General William Hudson.
Since it is rumored that if any white man passes the gateway, the spirit of the three sons will return to haunt him or her for the rest of life.
65. Join a Delhi photography tour
This tour gives the perfect opportunity to aspiring and professional shutterbugs to experience the rich heritage of Delhi through the camera.
The exclusive 4 hour tour covering important sites comes with a private guide. You can choose your own location from Mehrauli Archeological Park, Old Fort, Delhi zoo or Humayun’s tomb.
The guide will do all the ticketing and leg work and will impart information as you move. Tours are available at any time between 0700-1700 hrs depending on the convenience of the customer.
66. Pay respect at the Indira Gandhi Memorial
The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was at one time the official residence of the first woman Prime minister of India. After Mrs Gandhi’s assassination on these very grounds of her palatial home, the place was converted into a memorial dedicated to her.
The photographs portray the simple way of living of the Prime minister and her early childhood days.
The entire path where she took her last walk on that fateful morning of 31st October 1984 is covered with a glass frame. The exact spot where she fell down has also been covered and framed.
Till today one can see dry blood spots at the place she fell as well as the blood stained sari she had on at the time of her death.
67. National gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern Art, is situated in Jaipur House, near India Gate. This premier institution opened it’s doors to the public in 1954. The museum used to be the residence of the then Maharaja of Jaipur.
The museum has a splendid collection of paintings, some as old as 150 years, which include such renowned British names like Thomas Daniell and his nephew William.The gallery today has an impressive collection of sculptures, paintings and photos of Indian and Internationally acclaimed modern artists.
68. Tomb of Safdarjung
Safdarjung tomb was built in 1754 as the burial place for Safdarjung, who was the Viceroy of Awadh. This exquisite garden tomb was the last of it’s kind in Delhi depicting Mughal architecture. Designed by an Ethiopian architect, the tomb lacked the fame and grandeur of the Humayun tomb, located a few kilometres away.
This beautiful garden tomb is open to visitors all day from sunrise to sunset. The mausoleum is under maintenance of the Archeological Survey of India which also controls a library located at the main gate.
69. Lodhi art district
If you want to see color and art with a different vibe, head to India’s first open air Art District in Lodhi colony. The concept first took shape in 2015, after which 26 murals have adorned the building walls of the area.
The latest addition ‘Facing Walls’ has been inspired by the Brazilian artist pair of Douglas Castro and Renato Reno, to highlight the flora and fauna of the capital in a vibrant manner.
Every wall mural has an interesting story behind it. The Lodhi Art District has truly changed the landscape of Delhi. So don’t wait any more. Just grab your camera and go for a stroll in this amazing place.
Recommended tour: Delhi: Street Art, Ancient Stepwell and South Indian Lunch
70. Delhi Eye at Kalindi Kunj
The 200 feet tall Delhi Eye, a giant Ferris wheel, installed at Kalindi Kunj on the banks of the river Yamuna claims to be the Indian equivalent of the iconic London Eye.
The wheel has 36 air conditioned cabins that can carry six passengers each. On a clear today, many important landmarks like the Lotus temple, Akshardham temple, Red Fort and Qutab Minar can be seen in the distance.
A great place for adventure lovers, fun seekers and photo fanatics, the ticket for the ferris ride includes rides at the water park which forms a part of this entertainment center.
71. Book cafes
What else do you yearn for at the end of a hard day-a good book and some excellent coffee to go with it. There are some very good book cafes to enjoy but none better than Cha Bar in Connaught Place.
A visit to the Oxford Book Store is anyway an experience in itself. Now you can just choose a book and walk into the Cha Bar, adjacent to it, and order your drink that cheers from over a 100 select varieties.
Cafe Turtle in Khan Market is another place where reading and eating go hand in hand. The well stocked bookshop has ample space to sit both inside and outside to make for a great day of reading while soaking in the rays of the sun.
72. Light and Sound Show at Red Fort
The Light and Sound show at the Red Fort, a UNESCO world heritage site combines artistic story telling with visual animation.This incredible experience, where expert musicians and artists portray historical events through narratives and music, is next to none.
The hour long extravaganza comes in English and Hindi at different times. During this period the ramparts of the fort come alive with colorful lights, music and perfectly synchronized narration. An ideal way to gain insight on the history of the capital through the wonders of technology.
73. Shahpur jat- Boutiques, Cupcakes and Art
Shahpur jat is actually a village set among the urban areas of Delhi. The paved streets and narrow lanes are dotted with homes occupied by the Jats, a caste native to the neighbouring state of Haryana.
The village has a vibrant collection of bars, rest and boutiques patronized by the upper class of the capital and visitors from abroad.
A new generation of Indian and foreign designers have made deep forays in this quaint locality and opened up a chain of vintage clothing outlets. The place is a real treasure house of clothing, street art, accessories and home products.
74. Shake a leg on Raahgiri day
As the city of Delhi led towards unchecked commercialization, a method to find way out of this madness had to be found. The reason Raahgiri, or Relief day was created.
This was one such day when the average citizen of Delhi could lay total claim over the roads and lanes of a particular part of the city for a few hours every Sunday morning.
During these early morning hours all roads leading to the destined place are blocked and no traffic is allowed to pass. A variety of activities like yoga, cycling, jogging take place or even aerobics by experts. A great way to socialise in the old fashioned manner.
75. Sway to the beats of Delhi Drum Circle
The Delhi Drum Circle has it’s fair share of followers since inception. Located in Hauz Khas village, the members include eminent lawyers, doctors, students and artists from both India and abroad.
This wonderful community strives to socialise casually by playing drums every fortnight in the park. Other instruments like dholak, flutes and pipes add to the sounds drawn from all parts of the world.
As time passes, the music reaches a crescendo setting the stage for an open air jam session like none other. Entry is unrestricted and you are free to bring any musical instrument of your choice along for an entirely fuss free time.
Bonus: Visit Animal Petting Farm – The Barnyard
An innovative new petting farm in Sainik farms which charges a small entry fee of US $3 and a pre booking to visit. You can pet, play with and feed all sorts of farm animals like Guinea pigs, donkeys, horses, ducks, goats, rabbits and so much more.
You can even “virtually” adopt one of these pets. You get a cute certificate and you have to pay a small donation of US $12 per month to feed your “pet”. You can visit your pet (And his friends) anytime at the farm too.
Its a fun place to visit for both adults and children, plus all proceeds go for the upkeep of the animals and the farm – so its a “Do good cause” plus a whole lot of fun.