40 Places To Visit In Delhi: Dilli Darshan
India consists of twenty-eight states and each one of them is unique and famous for their food, traditional attire, festivals, and language. Delhi is one place where you can find a representation of people from each and every state of the country. In other words, India is a body and Delhi is its soul! We present you with a list of places to visit in Delhi.
1. Humayun’s Tomb
The best place to start the morning is Humayun’s Tomb. Located in the heart of Delhi, it is a UNESCO recognized World Heritage Site and definitely tops the list of must visit places. This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. How to reach: Take the metro to the Khan Market Metro station and then hire a tuk tuk to cover the last 2.5 kilometers.
2. Red Fort
A historian’s paradise, Red Fort is the magnificent past of India as well as the future of her sovereignty. It is one of the most symbolic features of the Indian capital. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan around 1638 and 1648, the Red Fort is something you just can’t afford to miss! Also, it now is a tourist spot turned into busy market-place called the Meena Bazaar, selling a host of wares.
Do hire a guide to show you around .
3. Akshardham Temple
One of the modern marvels of architecture, this sprawling temple complex by the bank of river Yamuna, is a sight to behold. The architecture, design, and rituals of this temple act as an insight to the ancient traditions of Hindu culture, beliefs, and spirituality which have trickled down the years. How to reach: Akshardham Metro station lies on the blue line of the Delhi Metro. From the station, it is hardly 5 minutes’ walk to the temple.
4. Qutab Minar
This minar stands tall at a height of 234 feet and is a perfect display of Mughal architectural brilliance. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is constructed with red sandstone and marble and is surrounded by several other medieval and ancient ruins collectively known as Qutab complex.
How to reach: 3 minutes walking distance from the Qutab Minar metro station.
5. India Gate
India Gate has in many ways come to be the unofficial symbol of Delhi. The iconic war memorial is a favorite picnic spot for many Delhiites and a popular tourist attraction for people from all over the country and the world. For those who are unaware, it was built in the memory of the 82000 soldiers who died in the First World War. The walls of this structure are engraved with the names of the soldiers who died in the war. During evenings, India Gate is dramatically floodlit while the fountains nearby make a lovely display with colored lights. Food vendors, ice cream vans, toy sellers, boating in the lake, toy car rides, etc will have you spend the perfect family time here!
How to reach: You can reach India Gate by getting down at Barakhamba Road Metro Station, Delhi. It is on the Blue Line of Delhi Metro and is about 3 km away from India Gate.
6. Jama Masjid
The biggest Mosque in India has a religious sentiment attached to it. The religious aspect and the architectural splendour attracts tourists to this monument. The Mosque is surrounded by three huge gates, four towers and two 40m high minarets constructed of strips of red stone and white marble.
How to reach: It is situated right opposite Chandni Chowk. Taking a metro to Chandni Chowk metro station is the most convinient way.
7. Old Fort Or Purana Quila
Sher Shah Suri built the Purana Killa some 5000 years ago between 1538-1540. It has three grand gateways called the Talaqi Darwaza, Bara Darwaza and Humayun Darwaza. There are lush green beautiful laws and a still lake that surrounds it that makes it even more attractive for the visitors.
How to reach: Purana Quila is located near the New Delhi Zoo on Mathura Road. The nearest metro station to the Old Fort is the Pragati Maidan station of the Blue line of Delhi Metro.
8. Lodhi Tomb
Mughal architecture is defined accurately but this tomb that is build inside the lush lawns of Lodhi Garden. It is the memorial tomb for the great leader and king – Sikander Lodi. It is adjacent to Humayun Road, situated on Lodhi Road.
How to reach: Get down at the Jor Bagh metro station and take an auto to Lodhi Garden.
9. Lotus Temple
The lotus temple is named the lotus temple because of obvious reasons – it looks like a Lotus. It is lit up with colored lights after the sun sets. Bahai Faith – which believes in the unity of all the people irrespective of their religions is the foundation of this white marble covered temple. This beauty is located in Nehru Place.
10. Agrasen Ki Baoli
Agrasen’s Baoli (Agrasen ki Baoli) is among a few of its kind in Delhi, consisting of 103 steps made of red stone. The Baoli was originally built by Maharaja Agrasen, in the Mahabharat era, and later rebuilt by the Agrawal community in the 14th century, most probably during the Tughlaq period. It is one of the sites protected by the Archeological Survey Of India.
How to reach: You can reach the Baoli by taking KG Marg from outer Cannought Circus, and then turn left towards the Hailey Road. The Janpath and Barakhamba Road metro stations are the closest.
This city has something for everyone. The capital city not only preserves a remarkable history but also flourishes in the beauty of the present! So if you have travel plans to Delhi and you wish to savor the ‘beauty of its present’ then don’t miss these amazing and ‘fairly cheap’ places to shop in Delhi.
It lies in the South West part of Delhi and is literally the most famous export market of the capital. If you have good bargain skills and are a shopaholic, this is the place for you. Products of even reputed brands are available here at cheap prices. How to reach: It is closest to INA metro station on the yellow line. Take an auto-rickshaw after the metro route.
Officially named Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place is better known as CP amongst the locals. The British architecture gives this place a very different and appreciable look. Janpath, located very close to the famous CP circle, is the largest destination for street shopping, especially for clothes and accessories.
How to reach: As the central place in New Delhi, by road, many buses pass through to this place. The nearest metro station is Rajiv Chowk, which is also a junction for changing metro across Delhi.
3. Darya Ganj Market
Set on the narrow footpaths and cramped streets of Daryaganj only on Sundays, this market is practically a heaven for book lovers. Here you can find new or previously used books in good shape and at reasonable prices. Novels, self-help guides, course textbooks, basic stationary, there’s nothing you won’t find here.
How to reach: The nearest metro stations are Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar. You can take a rickshaw from either. You can also take your own vehicle to the market and since most of the shops are closed on Sundays, you will be able to find parking fairly easily.
This night walk around Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi shows you the capital when it is most alive, in the evening. Criss-crossed by narrow streets with shops jostling for space, Chandni Chowk is the oldest and biggest shopping hub in India. Since the 17th-century era, this places is rightly called a “shoppers paradise” in Delhi. Shopping at Chandni Chowk is fun as the market is distributed in several streets and these narrow streets are famous for varieties of clothes, perfumes, electronic items, jewelry, candles, idols of deities lifestyle goods etc.
How to reach: Being the capital of India, Delhi is well connected via Rail and Road. Chandni Chowk is accessible by city buses and metro.
5. Lajpat Nagar
This market has it all! Malhotra’s, Shakutalam and CTC Plaza, among others, offer a good variety. If you are looking for something for a lower price, check out Rudrakshi. And, this market has its fair share of designer stores as well. This market is the go to market for shaadi shopping, from cloth material, to tailors, bangles, and everything you will ever need for all the functions, Lajpat Nagar has it readily available. Home items are also selling like hot cakes here. The closest metro station is the Lajpat Nagar metro station.
It is a place with some exclusive stores and boutiques offering the very best in designs. This place is located in the southern part of the capital. Each of its shops has an amazing collection of ethnic and party wear. The designs are exclusive at most of the shops and you may also get customized designs. This is where the cream of Delhi goes to buy wedding lehengas and other Indian wear and figure out their other wedding needs. Shahpur Jat also has the Shoe Factory wich customizes shoe design and sizes as per your requirements.
Read more about the Shahpur Jat Market here.
6. Karol Bagh
Karol Bagh is yet another place that would-be brides choose to buy their wedding lehenga. Ajmal Khan Road has been the mecca for shopping for wedding clothes for years. Although once popular for being reasonably priced, today it has shops selling exquisite bridal pieces costing lakhs of rupees. They also have choices of lehengas starting from Rs. 8000 which a little less detailed. Then you have Meena Bazaar, Satya Paul, Frontier Raas and Frontier Bazaar offering gorgeous bridal collections.
7. Janpath Market
The best market for ethnic shopping in Delhi, period. If you’re looking for some trendy junk jewelry at pocket-friendly prices, you need to go here. Located in the main area which connects Connaught Place with Lodhi Road, this market caters to all the needs of youth through its variety of wares. You get all kinds of metals in a variety of patterns, and designs.
8. Paharganj Market
This market is the hub for unique and rare junk and traditional jewelry. The designs and the patterns you find here are second to none. From hippie jewelry to boho neck pieces to earrings of all kinds, you will find literally everything you won’t get anywhere else. Keeping in mind the uniqueness of designs, the prices of stuff you find here is also slightly higher.
9. Dilli Haat (INA)
This huge shopping market in Delhi has been deliberately made to feel like a traditional weekly village market, called a haat. Small thatched roof cottages with a village atmosphere give it great ambiance. The market offers an exciting blend of handicrafts from all over India, food, and cultural and music performances. You cannot miss out the Indian handicrafts and artefacts here especially shawls, accessories and showpieces you will come across nowhere else.
10. Kamla Nagar Market
Kamla Nagar is another diverse and exhaustive market for shopping. It is located in Old Delhi. This market has locals shop for everyday items including accessories, stationery, and household. The shops there are tiny but have a good stock of clothes that can fulfill your shopaholic wants. You can bargain as much you want and get the items at the best prices. The closest metro station is Vishwavidyalaya on the Yellow Line and Pul Bangash on the Red Line.
If you are visiting Delhi and looking out for branded shopping rather than street shopping, we suggest you hit these malls to get your dose of Zara, F21, Hnm merchandise. This malls are succesfully endowed with all the well known multinational brands you’d want to shop from.
1. Select Citywalk – DLF Place – MGF Metropolitian
This is the ultimate shopping destination for all of the posh South Delhi crowd. That is probably the reason, every store is out of your size or that top you are looking for. From Zara to MAC to La Senza, These 3 malls together have every brand that comes to your mind when you think shopping. This is an entire shopping complex with 3 malls in a row.
How to reach: Take the yellow line to the Malviya Nagar metro station and take an auto till Select citywalk from there
2. DLF Promenade- Ambience Mall – Emporio
These three malls in the crowded area of Vasant Kunj diverted the the good and rich crowd of Delhi from Citywalk. With DLF Emporio being one of the first luxury mall in Delhi with stores of high-end brands like Jimmy Choo, Louis Giorgio Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Fendi, Dior, DKNY, Tod’s, Suneet Varma, Burberry, Hugo Boss, Tarun Tahiliani caught a lot of attention. Promenade and Ambience are again high street brands with most of the brands you are looking for.
3. Pacific Mall
This mall in Subash Nagar is one of the oldest malls of Delhi. With more than 130 nationals and international brands to choose from. The mission at Pacific Mall Delhi is to work towards creating extraordinary retail spaces which has something for everyone.
These popular places have food like nowhere else in Delhi. Delhi has history and culture to spare, but for all the museums and ruins, one of the best reasons to linger in the capital is to satisfy your belly. Delhiites love to eat, and visitors will find that life in the city is a constant dipping buffet.
1. HAUS KHAS VILLAGE
One of Delhi’s hippest neighborhoods, Hauz Khas Village or HKV as it is popularly known is one of the best places to eat in Delhi. With a string of restaurants serving a wide range of local and international cuisines, HKV will give you a hard time deciding where to go. Some of Hauz Khas Village’s popular restaurants are Yeti, Out of the Box, Dzoukou, Amici, Zo, Smoke House Deli, Mia Bella and the Golconda Bowl among others.
How to reach: the Nearest bus stop is Hauz Khas at Aurobindo Marg. Nearest metro stations are Hauz Khas and Green Park on the yellow line. Cabs are available from all points in the city.
This fancy restaurant is the perfect place for a special time with your special one! The food is great and the service is exceptional. The bar, the soothing background music and the amazing outdoor seating are a welcome respite from the conventional. Definitely worth a visit!
This place totally justifies its name. The decor, ambience, and almost everything is indeed ‘Out of the Box’. The rooftop concept again makes it one of the best choices for a romantic date night. The place is so famous and loved that you’ll be surprised to see the rush! Make sure you’re ready with bookings and reservations for that special date.
Right above Social, there’s Antisocial, an amazing place to be at. Here you can chill with your friends and have a great time. Apart from live music and sports screenings, other cultural live events are also held here. Slam poetry shows, meet and greets, live performances, etc give it a creative touch!
With a full bar available, woody indoors and an extravagant outdoor seating available, LOD Meadows has just taken up the space from the Project in Deer Park for you to have a better nightlife during the weekends. The place is super pretty with drinks and food that is not heavy on the pocket.
For detailed information about the best restaurants in Hauz Khas Village – Everything you need to know about Hauz Khas
2. KHAN MARKET
Khan Market shopping complex houses an array of gourmet food joints, and plush restaurants, serving cuisines – domestic and international. Then there are gift shops, book shops, boutiques, and fast food joints to keep the shoppers on their toes. Wok in the clouds, Mamagoto, The blue door café are some of the most famous restaurants in Khan Market.
If you’re looking for a brilliantly designed restaurant offering a mélange of dishes that feature the flavors of the oriental, then Townhall is the place for you. Its unique, eye catching décor consists of goth black chairs and deep turquoise wall tints. This, coupled with their famous dishes makes Townhall a must visit spot for every Delhite.
2. The Big Chill Cafe
Big Chill is a place with a diverse menu, with items spanning to nearly 600 dishes. With brilliant staff, rich food, and a home-ly brick-and-novelty-movie-poster ambience, Big Chill is a great place to unwind and have lunch with your friends on a weekend. It is your one stop for all Italian food cravings.
Mention the name of this restaurant and almost anyone on the street will enthusiastically recommend the famous Waffle Slam. However, The Blue Door Café isn’t just known for their desserts, but also for their spectacular range of sandwiches and burgers. With a menu on lasting more than 45 pages, The Blue Door Café has people coming back for more, especially with their Tenderloin Burger and Fire House Burger.
Origami and tangram shapes explode across ceilings and walls; everything from the sauce boats to the napkins are exquisitely detailed and mercilessly pop-chromatic. We are impressed with the consistency with which Yum Yum Cha has been rolling out fresh sushi for years.
For more information about the best restaurants in Khan Market – 5 hang out spots in Khan Market
3. RAJOURI GARDEN
Rajouri Garden is a bustling market place and residential neighborhood in West Delhi. While it has a lot to offer in terms of shopping, it’s also a great place to dine out!
Despite its name, this place has a classy ambience and great food. You’ll find a barbeque for you to cook your meats and veggies, and there is also an option for a buffet which has something for everyone!
Having an extensive menu with great non-veg and veg options, Wok in the Clouds is known for its oriental food. The quick service and soothing ambiance are perfect for dining and work very well for an outing with friends, family or if you’re on a date.
This is the best alternative to Haldiram’s out there. The food is prepared quickly and is delicious! Their menu is extensive and covers all your favourite chatpata snacks and street food from across the country.
If you are feeling a bit adventurous then Lights Camera Action is the place to be. This Bollywood themed restaurant manages to impress with its innovative food options and diverse set of cuisines. For some of the dishes, the chefs personally come out and prepare the dish in front of the customers. All in all, Lights Camera Action perfectly balances food with entertainment and guarantees a good time.
For more information take a look: Best Restaurants in Rajouri Garden
4. NORTH CAMPUS / GTB NAGAR
With DU’s North Campus lying in its vicinity having colleges like the Miranda House and SRCC, the students are forever on the lookout for places that don’t pinch the pockets, it is swarming with scores of restaurants, pubs, and cafes offering some of the best eateries at some of the best prices.
THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN NORTH CAMPUS
1. Mr. Crust Bakers
Mr. Crust is also a place to grab wholesome bites to start the day. The place can be visited to hog on sandwiches, hot dogs, salads, burgers, pasta, waffles, and sinfully delicious milkshakes.
One of the most iconic restaurants of G.T.B. Nagar, BYD, as it is acronymised by the students, is not only appealing because of its outlook, which takes quirkiness to the next level, but also because of its mind-blowing food, pocket-friendly pricing, and a cheerful ambiance.
It has become a favorite among the students, and this place sometimes even sees hour-long waiting times.
QD’s is a popular student-hangout where you can gorge on scrumptious preparations from a variety of cuisines. Chilled-out vibes is in abundance at this place and a young crowd can be seen hogging while chatting away in groups.
With a decor that screams 90’s, booze being offered at reasonable prices, and a young college crowd, The Vintage Avenue is a place you just can’t get enough of. Hookah lovers will find themselves at home here and foodies will be delighted by their multi-cuisine delicacies.
For more information on the best restaurants in North Campus – Read The best places to chill in and around North Campus
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