New Delhi is the capital of India. A city with magnificent museums, captivating monuments, a lively arts scene and some of India’s most delectable places to eat. Old Delhi reigned as the capital of old Islamic India, while New Delhi was born as the British imperial capital in 1931. The two worlds combine in the capital, creating a wonderfully diverse experience.
Best Time to Visit
If you are planning a Travel to India then best time to visit India is from October to March. The majority of India is tropical and is affected by three main seasons; summer, winter and monsoon. From October to March you will found good weather in New Delhi.
Top Places to Visit in New Delhi
1. Rashtrapati Bhavan
One of the most grandiose sites in New Delhi is the Rashtrapati Bhavan, home of India’s president. Built by English architects, the palace combines classical columns with unmistakably Indian touches like majestic domes and colorful filigree work. For the most memorable first impression, approach the palace from the east at the India Gate and stroll through the gardens. Crisscrossed by waterways and refreshing fountains, the gardens are a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and include whimsical butterfly enclosures, shady fruit orchards and one of the subcontinent’s best collections of Bonsai.
2. Red Fort
The Red Fort, located on the banks of the Yamuna river in the Old Delhi section of the capital, is one of India’s most important monuments. A slightly foreboding symbol of Mughal power made of deep red sandstone, the fort is marked by a massive wall, ornate gateways, royal baths, a mosque, numerous pavilions and gardens full of colorful blossoms.
3. National Museum
For an interesting overview of Indian history, visit the National Museum, where the labyrinthine layout leads visitors through unparalleled collections featuring true masterpieces from all over the country. The splendid exhibitions include rare silk paintings, detailed woodcarvings, fearsome Mughal weaponry, sacred Buddhist objects and more. Exploring the museum takes at least half a day, but it is worth it to gain a glimpse into India’s fascinating history.
4. The Gandhi Smriti
Visitors to the city can walk in the footsteps of one of India’s most prominent historical figures, Mahatma Gandhi, and learn about his message of truth and non-violence. The Gandhi Smriti, where the activist spent the last days of his life before his assassination in 1948, is now a multimedia museum featuring well-preserved rooms, photographs, paintings and personal effects.
5. Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple or the Bahá’í House of Worship is an architectural masterpiece which will make you want to go ‘wow’ but wait, you can’t say that aloud! Well, when inside the temple, you have to maintain silence! There are no sermons or ritualistic activities practised, one can just sit in peace and pray to their respective gods.
This is a must-see site and should be high on your priority list. Akshardham attracts 70% of all tourists who visit Delhi (not surprising at all!). Once you enter, I bet you wouldn’t want to leave. It has jaw-dropping architecture, a fascinating fountain show, an informative boat ride, a huge garden, a food court that offers scrumptious dishes and much more.Try to reach early so that you can experience all activities before the complex closes.
7. National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA)
If you are an art enthusiast or just like to go ‘aww’ over fantastic brush strokes, you must pay a visit to this place. NGMA is one of the most serene public buildings in Delhi. Take a walk around this beautiful piece of architecture and you will not want to get back to the hustling roads of Delhi. Buy picture post cards and souvenirs at affordable prices from the Museum shop.
8. Tughlaqabad Fort
Tughlaqabad Fort was built by the founder of the Tughlaq Dynasty in 1321. It is spread across an area of 6.5 km and is near the well established residential-commercial area of Tughlaqabad. Don’t forget to take your picnic basket, soak up some sun and enjoy the monumental beauty.
9. Tomb of Safdarjung
This monument was described as the ‘last flicker in the lamp of Mughal architecture’. It was built in 1754 for statesman Safdarjung. The huge structure is surrounded by beautiful gardens of the Mughal charbagh style. You’ll be certainly surprised with the silent environment here even though it is right next to the busy Lodi Road.
10. Purana Qila and National Zoological Park
When you visit Purana Qila, don’t forget to walk upto the National Zoological Park or Delhi Zoo. It is spread over an area of 176-acre and is very-very crowded on weekends. If you like long walks this place is perfect for it. Walk around enjoying the funny activities of hippos and the hysterical laughs of the hyaenas. You can also rent a battery-operated vehicle at the zoo to take a tour.
11. Garden of Five Senses
This garden is a treat to the eyes. It has 25 sculptures and murals on display and walkways surrounded by flowering and fragrant shrubs and trees. There is also a food and shopping court in the garden where you can enjoy a good meal while a light breeze awakens your senses. The garden is spotted as one of the most romantic places in Delhi.
12. ISKCON Temple
Your faith in God will reach new heights after you attend the ‘Arti’ at the ISKCON Temple. Devotional songs play while you walk around the temple adorned with splendid portraits and idols of Lord Krishna. You will witness a calm environment with an inexplicable energy around you.
13. Lodhi Garden
Here’s a great place for morning walks and family picnics! Lodhi Garden is spread over an area of about 90 acres, it has 5 beautiful architectural works of 15th century- Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Sikander Lodi’s Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad.
14. Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar is the 2nd tallest minar in India. It is in Old Delhi and it has been declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site. At the foot of the tower stands a mosque which is the first mosque built in India. It has a 7 m iron pillar in the courtyard with a fascinating saying attached to it. It is said that if you can encircle it with your hands while standing with your back to it your wish will be fulfilled.
15. Dilli Haat
This place is a walking tour of Indian culture. Shop for all the ethnic wear you wish, overload your bags with beautiful pieces of handicraft or just enjoy the weather while having a badam kulfi. There are food stalls dishing out scrumptious delicacies of different states of India. If you make an unplanned trip to Dilli Haat you might bump into a fancy exhibition or a dance/music performance. Bargain as much as possible, it’s legal!!
The capital’s food scene will delight even the most critical gourmets. Some of the subcontinent’s best food is in New Delhi, but there is also a rising number of international restaurants cooking up cuisine from around the world. Forget seafood, as New Delhi is about 1,000 km from the nearest source. Instead, stick to chicken, mutton and vegetarian dishes. Some of the best food is available right on the street from food trucks and independent vendors. While in the city, be sure to sample some chaat, a deep-fried pastry shell stuffed with lentils, potatoes, spiced cheeses and other delectable delights.