Delhi is a vibrant melting pot of all things India. First time visitors can easily find themselves overwhelmed by the chaotic city packed full of ancient monuments, vibrant colours and buzzing activity. We discover some of the best things to do in Delhi and the National Capital Region to help you plan your visit.
1. Monuments in Delhi
The capital of India has innumerable monuments, most of which were built by the Mughals. Some of the most prominent monuments in Delhi are the Red Fort, Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb.
- The Red Fort is a huge and almost an entire day needs to be dedicated to it.
- India Gate is one of the most recognizable symbols of the Capital. It is open to all and gets packed with families and tourists in the evening.
- Don’t miss the lavish President’s House (The Rashtrapati Bhavan).
- Rajghat where Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi is seen is another historically important monument.
2. Places of worship In Delhi
There are many revered holy places in Delhi. Some of the most famous amongst them are the Bangla Saheb, Akshardham temple, Bahai’i temple (also known as the Lotus Temple) and Jama Mazjid.
- Jama Mazjid is one of the biggest mosques in the world.
- The Bahai’i temple is a very serene Buddhist temple famous for meditation and prayer.
- Bangla Saheb is a highly revered Sikh temple.
- The grand Akshardham temple, which is fairly new, is very popular amongst families.
3. Shopping in Delhi and NCR
Shopping for handicrafts is high on most visitors lists of things to do in Delhi. The ideal places for ethnic products are Janpath and Dilli Haat but for high-end indulgence people can head for the opulent Emporio Mall.
- Dilli Haat is known as mini-India because all Indian states are represented at this open air complex. Artists from every part of the country showcase their talent in the form of handicrafts, furniture, apparel and even dying skills. It’s not just a shopping complex as food stalls dedicated to each Indian state also serve up an endless plethora of cuisines.
- Locally known as C.P. is Connaught Place where one finds the notorious Palika Bazar, an underground market where knock-off gadgets and pirated goods are sold.
- Very close to CP’s main area is Janpath, a favourite amongst trendsetters for its ethnic items.
- Gurgaon is known for its malls and the biggest amongst them is Ambience Mall. At this mall there are rides, endless stores and a multiplex.
- Big Bazaar is where crowds head for major bargains.
4. Golfing in Gurgaon
Enjoying a game of golf is a popular thing to do in Delhi. There is an important Golf club in Delhi but the one in Gurgaon is considered more prestigious. The DLF Golf Club is a great place to enjoy a relaxing game of golf or just unwind watching others play.
6. Golden Triangle
The trinity of Delhi-Agra-Jaipur is called the Golden Triangle. Most operators in these cities provide dedicated tours that cover all three. Tours to suit all budgets and which cover the main parts of these cities are easily available.
7. Neemrana Fort
Two and a half hours drive from Delhi and en-route to Jaipur is Neemrana fort. This fort is a leading heritage resort, a glamorous place where people come to enjoy lunches and even weekend getaways. Day tours from Delhi can easily be arranged.
- Tourists can learn about the fort’s history, flora and fauna while at the same time enjoying a unique heritage aerial adventure experience with the Flying Fox zipwire.
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- October-March are the best months to visit Delhi. December and January can get quite cold and foggy at night, monsoon lasts from the end of June to mid-September, May and June are very hot and dry.
- Delhi is served by the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI). The International Terminal is 23km from the centre and the Domestic Terminal is 15km from the centre. To get to the town it is possible to take a taxi or airport coach.
- There are three main railway stations: The New Delhi Station near Connaught Place, the Hazrat Nizamuddin 5km south of Connaught Place and the Old Delhi (Main Station), 2km north of Connaught Place.
- Most historical sights are open from sunrise to sunset, but many attractions are closed on Mondays
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