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It was the famous Urdu poet Ghalib who said, I
asked my soul, What is Delhi? It replied The
world is the body, Delhi its soul Delhi is a
melting pot of cultures that has been shaped by
the people and cultures that lived here over
hundreds of years. To discover the soul of Delhi,
we will have to look at the structures and the
experiences that shape Delhi and what better way
than to visit some of these places that signify
the spirit of Delhi the best.
Top 11 Places to Visit in Delhi 1. India Gate 2.
Rashtrapati Bhawan 3. Red Fort 4. Chandni Chowk
Jama Masjid 5. Lotus Temple 6. Humayuns Tomb 7.
Jantar Mantar 8. Qutub Minar 9. Dilli Haat 10.
Palika and Janpath 11. Sarojini Nagar
1. India Gate
  • A memorial built to commemorate the memory of the
    soldiers who lost their lives in the First World
    War, the India Gate is a must-see in your visit
    to the capital. The names of around 13300
    soldiers who lost their lives in the WW1 are
    carved on the gate. The construction of the gate
    was started in 1921 and completed in 1931. The
    memorial is situated in the heart of Delhi at
    Rajpath and is easily accessible. If you are in
    Delhi in January, you can witness the India gate
    parade or the Republic Day Parade which is the
    most prestigious event in the country held on
    26th of January to commemorate the day of India
    becoming a republic.
  • Entry timings India Gate is open on all days
  • Entry Fee There is no entry fee
  • Insider tips
  • The best time to visit India Gate is between
    October to February in the afternoon and evening.
  • If you bring packaged or home-cooked food with
    you, you can have a picnic there in the open
    grounds in front of the gate.

2. Rashtrapati Bhawan
After India Gate, your next stop should be the
residence of the President of India also known as
Rashtrapati Bhawan. (Rashtrapati meaning
President and Bhawan meaning house). Understandabl
y, access to this colonial piece of marvel is
restricted. However, you can still get a tour to
see certain areas of this vast palatial quarters
with four floors and 340 rooms in an area of
200,000 square feet. The architecture is modelled
on the Edwardian Baroque and is the largest
residential quarters of any head of state in the
world. Entry timings 9 am till late evening.
You can book tickets on the official Rashtrapati
Bhawan website (http//
in/rbtour/) for an inside tour Insider
Tip Strolling through the road, you can see the
parliament house, Defence headquarters and
National Secretariat.
3. Red Fort
The Red Fort is an example of the glory and
grandeur of the Mughal dynasty that ruled in
India for more than 300 years. This was also the
place from where Jawaharlal Nehru made his
historic midnight speech when India became free.
Every Prime minister ever since has made his
Independence Day speech from the ramparts of the
Red Fort.  The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage
site. Do not miss the Red Fort Light and Sound
Show The light and sound show is about the
history of Delhi and the Red Fort. The duration
of the show is one hour and shows are voiced in
Hindi and English. The shows start from 6 PM
onwards. Adults have to pay Rs 80 and tickets for
children cost Rs. 30. Red Fort timings The fort
is closed on Mondays but is open on all other
days from 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM Red Fort entry
fee Entry fee for Indian citizens is Rs.10 and
for foreigners it is Rs.150. Insider Tips Museum
entrance fees are included in the  ticket price
for international visitors Taking your own car to
the fort is not a good idea as the parking lot is
not near the fort and traffic jams on the
connecting roads make it a pain to cross the
roads on foot.  Thus, using a taxi is
advisable. You can book the light and sound
ticket online at Winters
from October to March is the suitable time to
visit Red Fort.
4. Chandni Chowk Jama Masjid
Anybody who wishes to see the real Delhi up
close and personal just needs to pay a visit to
Chandni Chowk (literally the Moonlit Square). It
so derives its name from the canals that once
divided the market shops and reflected the
moonbeams that fell on its waters. Chandni Chowk 
is the oldest market in Delhi where the old world
and the new world jostle for space side by side,
where you will find remnants of old havelis and
reminders of  the bygone Mughal  splendour
alongside 21st century poor imitations of an
bygone era. Today the most famous places for
shopping in Chandni Chowk are the flea market
that shapes up every Sunday morning, Nayi Sadak
market and Darya Ganj market which are famous for
the books shops on the pavements. Book lovers
looking for used copies of almost anything under
the sun will have a field day rummaging through
these pavement stalls littered with books and
magazines. Chandni Chowk is also famous for its
mouth watering street food. If you want cheap
and best non-vegetarian food, there is no better
place than this in entire Delhi. Nestled within
this hullabaloo is also the largest mosque in
India Jama masjid which can hold 25000 devotees
at one time. This was the first architectural
marvel of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan who gave
the world another famous monument The Taj
Mahal. You need to be dressed in proper attire
meaning no short or skimpy clothes that show lot
of skin.
Entry fee Free, In case of videography fee is
INR 300 Opening hours Daily, 7 am-12 pm 130
pm-630 pm. It is closed during prayers and the
timings depends upon the moons
direction. Insider Tips Morning hours are the
best time to visit the mosque as it is not
crowded Women need to cover their heads while
visiting the mosque Admission fee is zero so
beware of any fake guides Beware of touts who
might try to harass you into buying something
from them You have to pay INR 200 for taking a
camera inside and clicking pictures. Try Chicken
Changezi at Karims Hotel nearby
5. Lotus Temple
The Lotus temple is a temple that represents the
Bahai faith and is a temple where people of all
faiths are welcome.  True to its name, it
resembles a Lotus flower in its shape. The Lotus
temple attracts people from India as well as
abroad. Entry fee No entry fees Entry
timings  The Temple is open on all days except
for Mondays. The entry timing is from 0900 am to
0700 pm in summers and in winter it is open from
0900 am to 0530 pm. Insider tips Photography
is not permitted within the temple You can walk
around in the gardens near the temple You can
attend prayer sessions in the temple
6. Humayuns Tomb
  • Another world heritage site under UNESCO,
    Humayuns tomb, as the name suggests is the
    resting place of the Mughal Emperor Humayun which
    was built by his wife Haji begum in 1570.  This
    complex not only has the grave of Humayun but
    also secures the graves of Bega Begum, Dara
    Shikoh and other significant members of the
    Mughal royal family. The tomb which served as an
    inspiration for the Taj Mahal later on is made of
    white marble and red sandstone and looks serene
    even after centuries of its creation.
  • Entry fee INR 10 for domestic visitors, INR 250
    for others
  • Opening hours Daily, up till sunset.
  • Insider tips
  • On Thursday evenings, you can listen to qawwali
    (devotional music) rendition at the Dargah of  
    Nizam-ud-din Auliya, (a mausoleum of the Muslim
    saint Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya).
  • There is no charge for listening to this and
    beware of anyone who asks you for money for this.
  • It is best seen in the morning or a full moon

7. Jantar Mantar
There are five Jantar Mantars in India and the
one in Jaipur, Rajasthan is a UNESCO heritage
site. All of them are open air astronomical
observatories and the one in Delhi is no
exception. Built in 1724 by the Maharaj Jai Singh
of Jaipur, these dials could give local time and
predict the movement of the sun, moon and the
planets. These are astronomical marvel and stand
testimony to the ingeniousness of medieval
India. Entry fee INR 5 Opening hours Sunrise
to sunset Insider Tips It is advised that you
take the services of a guide to spend your time
here as they can explain all the instruments to
8. Qutub Minar
A visit to Delhi will be incomplete without
visiting the Qutub Minar or victory tower built
by Qutub-ud-din Aibak the ruler of the slave
dynasty. The brick minaret stands at a height of
73 meters with carvings and scriptures adorning
it. It is also a world heritage site. Entry
fee  INR 10 for Indians INR 250 for foreigners,
Free for kids under the age of 15Opening
hours Sunrise until sunset, Closed on
Mondays Insider Tips Waiting in queues to book
your ticket can be time-consuming especially
during noon when it gets really crowded. You can
alternately book tickets at https//asi.payumoney.
9. Raj Ghat
  • Another must- visit place.  Raj Ghat is the place
    where the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi
    was cremated. The spot of his cremation is marked
    by a black marble platform where a lamp is lit
    with a flame that never goes out.  Mahatma
    Gandhis last words Hey Ram are inscribed on
    the marble.
  • Entry Fee No Charges
  • Opening Hours 6.30 AM to 6 PM (All days except
  • Insider Tips
  • Other than Mahatma Gandhi, Raj Ghat is also the
    memorial for many notable people such as
    Jawaharlal Nehru, KR Narayan, Lal Bahadur
    Shastri, Indira Gandhi and others.
  • A Gandhi Memorial Museum here shows a film in
    both Hindi and English on Gandhis life every day
    except on Thursday.

10. Dilli Haat
  • Dilli Haat is an upmarket simulated version of an
    Indian handicrafts bazaar with open-air food
    stalls from different states of India. In short,
    you can taste and shop from a mini India here. 
    Artisans and craftsmen from across the country
    gather here to showcase and sell their
  • INA market opposite Dilli Haat is a good place to
    shop for spices
  • If you are a theatre fan, numerous theatres are
  • Entry fee INR 20
  • Opening hours 10 am to 10 pm, Daily
  • Insider Tips
  • Dont forget to try the cuisine of different
    states at the food stalls here. Youll get the
    local dishes of different states at one place.

11. Palika and Janpath
  • Connaught Place  There is always something more
    to see in Connaught Place. Palika bazaar is an
    underground bazaar located between the inner and
    outer circle of Connaught Place. It was set up in
    the late 1970s and has more than 380 shops which
    are famous for selling electronic items and
    duplicate versions of popular brands of clothing.
  • Janpath market is another roadside market in CP
    which is famous for bargain clothes, junk
    jewellery and interior décor items.
  • Opening hours 10 am till late evening
  • Insider Tips
  • Aggressive bargaining is the key to getting a
    good deal in Palika and Janpath.  If you dont
    bargain here for a good price, youre leaving
    money on the table.

12. Sarojini Nagar
Such is the fame of Sarojini Nagar that there are
few people across India who have not heard about
Sarojini Nagar. The market boasts of wide ranges
of products at throw away prices. Entry
timings Barring Monday, the shops will be open
on all days from around 1000 am to 0900
pm. Entry fee  No entry fee needed Insider
Tips The sizes of the garments may not be
correct. The best way is to try them out there
itself, if possible or else just hold it against
yourself. The best time to visit Sarojini Nagar
is on weekdays, between 12pm 4pm because it is
less crowded at the time.
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