If you are looking for an ideal vacation place from the numerous famous Indian travel destinations that offer a right mix of old world charm and modernity, then head to Delhi, the capital city of India. There are plenty of astonishing attractions and amazing things to do to spend some warm holidays in this historic city along with your family and friends.
Delhi attracts numerous travelers from far and wide with a myriad of attractions from eye-catching monuments to bustling shopping centers. People who visit this city find it difficult to choose the best tourist places from so many options. The historic attractions in this city not only attract you but each of them will leave you amazed with its outstanding culture.
Delhi – the cultural capital of India
Delhi, the cultural capital of the country is blessed with history, culture, and heritage. This city offers numerous historical monuments and great architecture to explore for the holidaymakers. This city is also teeming with fine restaurants, vibrant bars, cozy cafes, and bustling bazaars. Delhi is a paradise for foodies as the streets of this lively city selling different dishes at affordable rates.
Delhi is certainly one of the best places in the country to taste varieties of street food and other dishes. Travelers will get the chance to taste dishes from Indian to Chinese and fast foods to chaats in this destination. With plenty of awesome malls and some outstanding markets, this city is also a paradise for shopping enthusiasts.
It shall be a little difficult to choose the right destination to spend your family holidays that would give all the excitement that you expect on a holiday. Even if you find out the right destination, you need to search the best places to visit in that place. Delhi is a fantastic choice for those who look for some thrilling holiday experience. Here are the best suggestions for people who wish to explore this magical city:
Qutub Minar- the best example for Indo-Islamic architecture
Qutab Minar is among the most popular historical attraction in the city of Delhi. Built by Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, the first Mughal emperor of Delhi, in 1193, it is believed to be the tallest brick minaret in the world with a height of 72.5. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a part of the Qutab Complex and the best example of Indo-Islamic architecture. It has 5-stories and a tower-like structure. Gift yourself a natural beauty retreat of India with our Golden Triangle with Shimla Tour.
The first three stories of it were constructed using red sandstone while the top two stories were made up of using marbles. Another great feature of this marvelous structure is that each storey has a balcony with it. Qutub Minar is located in the Mehrauli of Southwest district.
India Gate – The All India War Memorial
Delhi has no shortage of tourist attractions with historical importance. India Gate is one such tourist spot in this vibrant city designed by Sir Edward Lutyens in 1931. Located in Rajpath, this beautiful monument is earlier known as “All India War Memorial” and it looks amazing at night under the lights.
This structure was built for commemorating the soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their lives during the First World War and in the Third Anglo-Afghan War. The names of approximately 13300 soldiers including several officers and soldiers from England are displayed on this gate. The ceremonial Republic Parade conducts every year in front of India Gate is a prestigious event.
Red Fort - An amazing historical fort with brilliant architectural beauty
The historical Red Fort draws travelers with its brilliant architectural charm. Built by the renowned Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, who also built the marvelous Taj Mahal of Agra, this stunning structure is a combination of Indian, European and Persian art and architectural styles. Built in 1638, this magnificent monument symbolizes the period of Mughal rule in the country.
The walls of Red Fort have 33 m high strong enough to face any attack from enemies. This fort houses several museums and visiting them takes you to a period of Mughal Era. Red Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and now managed by the Archeological Survey of India.
Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India
Visiting this largest mosque in India shall be a mind-blowing experience because of its awe-inspiring architecture. It is one of the main worship places for Muslims. Jama Masjid is another great example of the beauty of Mughal architecture. This captivating structure was also built by the famous Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. This mosque has two minarets, four towers, and three gates.
The courtyard of this mosque can carry more than 25000 people at a time. Apart from Muslim devotees, many tourists also visit this mosque to enjoy its amazing architecture. Jama Masjid is located in Old Delhi and people can reach there from ISBT Kashmere Gate and Old Delhi railway station on foot. The best time to visit this mosque is during the morning hours because there will not be too much crowd at this time. Give yourself an architectural tour retreat with Golden Triangle Tour With Shekhawati.
Humayun Tomb - the first garden tomb
Designed by Murak Mirza, a Persian architect, Humayun Tomb is another must-visit monument in Delhi. This first garden tomb in the country on the banks of River Yamuna was built in 1570. It is a marvelous 140 ft high tomb with a dome at the center. Travelers to Delhi do not forget to include this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site in their travel itinerary. Book Golden Triangle With Varanasi Tour to dig into this famous architectural city of India.
Jantar Mantar - an astronomical observatory
Jantar Mantar is an astronomical observatory located in Connaught Place. It is one of the five observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh II, the Maharaja of Jaipur. The masonry instruments of this tourist spot can trace the path of the astronomical universe. This tourist spot is open for public from 10 am to 6 pm and its entry is completely free. Give yourself a spiritual taste with our Golden Triangle With Khajuraho And Varanasi Tour along with Delhi tour.
The Lotus Temple - A major landmark of Delhi
The Lotus Temple is another must-visit tourist place in Delhi. The main attraction of this temple is its lotus flower-like structure and travelers to Delhi visit this architectural marvel to enjoy its beauty and serenity. The symbol of the lotus is common for religion like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam and this temple is open to everybody irrespective of their caste or religion. This elegant structure is located near Nehru Place and travelers can easily reach this shrine from the Kalkaji Mandir metro station.
Lodi Garden – a peaceful hideaway
Visit the lovely Lodi Gardens if you want to spend some peaceful time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This beautiful picnic spot in Delhi was built by the Sayyid and Lodhi rulers in the 15th and 16th century. The National Bonsai Park inside this garden draws many people. Pay a visit to this marvelous garden for some refreshing time away from the crowd.
Swaminarayan Akshardham- A temple with architecture and traditions
Mind-blowing architecture is the prime attraction of the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple in Delhi. Built in 2005, it is a cultural and spiritual campus in this capital city. This 141 ft high and 316 feet wide temple is adorned with 9 domes, numerous pillars and nearly 20000 images of sadhus and acharyas. Made up of using sandstones from Rajasthan and Carrara marbles from Italy, the walls of it are explicitly carved with images of deities, flora, and fauna. You can enjoy the eye-catching musical fountain show if you visit the temple in the evening.
National Museum of New Delhi – A must-visit place for every art and history lover
Visit the National Museum of New Delhi if you wish to get an idea about the history of India especially if you are interested in art or history. It is the place where you get the snapshot of the last 5000 years of the country through its antiquities. This museum has a wonderful collection of textiles, miniature paintings, wood carvings, and musical instruments.
The relics from the Harappa Civilization and the artifacts from the Silk Route certainly catch the attention of each visitor. Amazing exhibitions and incredible installations also make it an excellent place to spend a day.
Things to do in Delhi
Delhi, the capital city of India, is a marvelous destination full of life. This cosmopolitan city is not just known for its awe-inspiring tourist attractions but it offers plenty of things to do for its visitors. The following activities make your trip to Delhi an unforgettable travel experience.
Plan heritage walks
Delhi is an incredible place rich in history and travelers love to watch the elegant monuments in this city. This tourist destination is home to approximately 174 monuments of national importance and you can visit them by planning a heritage walk during your trip to this alluring city.
We, as being a India tour agency, organize thrilling heritage walks with tourist guides to explore them conveniently. Some of the most popular monuments in
- Red Fort
- Qutab Minar
- Jantar Mantar
- Lodi Garden
- Humayun Tomb
- Jama Masjid
- Tughlaqabad Fort
- Feroz Shah Kotla
- Old Fort
- Delhi Gate
Mind-blowing shopping opportunities
Delhi is a paradise for shopaholics with exceptional shopping markets. These markets in this city are very popular especially among youths as most of them offer beautiful apparels and accessories of the latest fashion at cheap rates. Some of the items that you can buy from the markets of Delhi include trendy clothes, artificial jewelry, footwear, watches, electronic items, and decorative products.
This city has also several posh markets selling both leading national and international brands ideal for travelers with their pockets full. Some of the popular markets in Delhi that offer the delight for shopaholics include:
- Sarojini Nagar market
- Dilli Haat
- Janpath Market
- Palika Bazaar
- Karol Bagh
- Chandni Chowk
- Lajpat Nagar
- Connaught Place
Food tour for trying new delicacies
Delhi has a great reputation when it comes to food. There is no better way to explore and taste this incredible city than planning a food tour especially when you are in the Old Delhi area. It takes you to tuck into the sweet and savory flavors of this destination that highlights almost all its delicious culinary delights. Simply follow your guide through the back alleys and busy streets of Delhi on a quest to enjoy the most delicious dishes that this city has on offer.
Choose a particular area and enjoy different dishes while walking through its narrow lanes. Some of the popular places to eat
delicious dishes include:
- Chandni Chowk
- Kamala Nagar Market ( Famous for Chhole Bhature and street food)
- Rajouri Garden
- Nizamuddin ( For Mughlai Cuisine)
- Hauz Khas Village
- Dilli Haat, INA
- Connaught Place
- Khan Market
- Nehru Place
- Sarojini Nagar Market
- Tilak Nagar
With plenty of clubs and lounges that stay open till late make Delhi one of the most interesting places to enjoy the nightlife in India. It is an ideal place for every night creature search for great music, delicious food, and interesting drinks.
Another fantastic feature of this city is that it is quite safe and pocket-friendly if you visit the party scene in pairs. Some of the most popular night hangout areas in Delhi that make your trip this hot
Destination memorable are:
- Connaught Place
- Greater Kailash II
- Khan Market
- Hauz Khaz Village
- Vasant Kunj
Other popular activities that Delhi has on offer
In addition to the above activities, travelers to Delhi can enjoy plenty of other things. Some of the other things that you can consider to do during your holidays in this heritage city are:
- Visit the art galleries
- Take kids to the renowned amusement parks
- Bird Watching in Okhla or Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
- Plan Cycling tours
- Enjoy a bit of rock climbing to test your endurance and strength
- Try a little golfing
- Walk through the beautiful gardens of Delhi
- Visit the sacred shrines
- Enjoy Qawwali at Nizamuddin
- Content your heart and stomach with the special Langar at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
- Visit museums of the city
- Take a ride on the Metro
With so many captivating places to visit and so much happening, Delhi is a dream destination for many travelers. A trip to Delhi takes you to a glittery world with many forts, museums, tombs, gardens, and architecture. Explore the outstanding wealth of historical and cultural marvels of this tourist destination through Colourful Indian Holidays and go back with beautiful memories that you will cherish for a long time.
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