New Delhi, 19 things not to miss, the ultimate guide.

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New Delhi, is not only Indias largest city and capital its also the world’s 4th largest city’s when it comes to  population.

New Delhi is one of the oldest city’s in the world  with its history stretching back to at least 6th BC. So it’s no surprise that New Delhi got tons to offer, from historical world Heritage sights, modern architecture,  to the smells, colors, and madness that you normally would think of when you hear about Indias capital.

Most people have a love and hate relationship with New Delhi,  I know Indians that refuse to visit their own capital, and I know foreigners that live there.

I myself have been coming to New Delhi and India since 2009, and I can easily say that things have changed drastically in the city over the years, from having a non-existing public transportation system to now, one of the best subway systems in the world.

Another thing that has changed over the years is it now neither, the awful tuk-tuk drivers, tuts or scam artists that’s the biggest annoyment to foreigners, now in 2016, is it the Indian government itself that cheats tourists the most, with some absolutely ridiculous ticket prices to visit sights around the city.

All ticket prices were increased for foreigners from 1.April 2016.

Some of the entrances fees are now so high, that’s its some of the sights that’s not worth visiting anymore. All the sights around New Delhi are easy to reach with the metro expect for 2-3 sites

1. Lotus Temple.

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The amazing looking Lotus Temple

The world famous Lotus temple is made of pure marble and is shaped as the lotus flower, the common symbol of  the four religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam.

The temple is open to everyone, but you’re not strictly not allowed to take photos inside the temple, the lotus is surrounded by a big green park, its a very relaxing place, but get there early in the morning, before the crowds start to arrive.

Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir. (Purple Line).
Opening Times: Tue-Sun 9am to 17.30, Mondays closed.
Entry Fee: FREE.
Worth a visit? 8/10

2. Red Fort.

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Lahore Gate entrance at Red Fort

The Red fort is probably the most famous sights in New Delhi, it´s one of the most important buildings in Indian history, it was constructed in 1648 by the fifth Mughal Emperor and become the home to the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857.
It became a Unesco world heritage site in 2007.

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk (Yellow line).
Opening Times: Tue-Sun 9:30 AM – 16:30, Mondays closed.
Entry Fee: 250 Rs for foreigners, 10Rs for locals.
Worth a visit? 6/10. It´s actually more impressive from outside than inside.

3. Humayun’s Tomb.

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Humayun’s Tomb seen from the south gate

Humayun´s Tomb was constructed in 1565 – 1672 and is the resting place for the second Mughal emperor.
It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.
It’s now one of the best-maintained places in Delhi and it became a World heritage site in 1993

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium (Purple Line), then a short tuk-tuk ride.
Opening Times: Every day from 9.30 AM to 16.30 .
Entry Fee: 250 Rs for foreigners, 10 Rs for locals.
Worth a visit? 7/10.

4. Lodhi Gardens.

Bara Gumbad in LodhI Garden

Lodhi Garden is not only the most peaceful parks in central New Delhi, the park it “dotted” with historical tombs and other buildings dating back all the way to 1444.
It´s the perfect place hide away from the crazy traffic and hassle in New Delhi for a few hours.

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium (Purple Line) / Khan Market (Purple Line) .
Opening Times: Everyday from sunrise to sunset.
Entry Fee: FREE.
Worth a visit? 7/10.

5. Tomb of Safdarjung.

Tomb of Safdarjung
Tomb of Safdarjung

Safdarjung Tomb is an impressive tomb built in red sandstone, it was the last garden tomb of the Mughals empire built in 1753- 1754. I personally prefer this tomb over the other tombs that’s around New Delhi.
Tomb of Safdarjung is located just across the street from Lodhi Gardens.

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh (Yellow Line).
Opening Times: 9.30 AM to 16.30.
Entry Fee: 100 Rs for foreigners, 5 Rs for locals.
Worth a visit? 7/10.

6. Jama Masjid Mosque.

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid is the largest mosque in India and can hold up to 25 000 people during prayer!
The mosque was built between 1644 and 1656. The Mosque is located only a short walk from “Red Fort”
Tourists are not allowed inside during praying seasons.

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar (Yellow Line).
Opening Times: 7am to 12. and 13.30 to 18.30
Entry Fee: The complex is free to enter, but foreigners have to pay 300 Rs to be allowed to take photos even if it’s only your mobile phone.
Worth a visit? 6/10.

7. India Gate.

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At the center of New Delhi, is India gate, one the landmarks of the city.
It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the World War I.
The monument bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919.

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat (Yellow and Purple Line)
Opening Times: 24/7 Every day.
Entry Fee: FREE.
Worth a visit? 5/10.

8. Jantar Mantar.

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Jantar Mantar observatory.

Jantar Mantar is an old astronomical observatory, it was constructed in 1724 and was one of 5 observatories designed by Jan Singh 2.

The 4 others are located in Jaipur, Ujjain, Mathura and Varanasi.

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk (Yellow Line)
Opening Times: Every day from sunrise to Sunset.
Entry Fee: 100 Rs for foreigners, 5 Rs for locals.
Worth a visit? 5/10.

9. Agrasen ki Baoli.

Agrasen ki Baoli surrounded by skyscrapers
Agrasen ki Baoli surrounded by skyscrapers.

Agrasen ki Baoli is 103 steps deep, steep well right in the middle of New Delhi.
There´s are no known historical records about who built Agrasen ki Baoli, but it is believed that it was originally built by the legendary king Agrasen during the Mahabharat (3124 BC) period and rebuilt in the 14th century.

It´s very surprising that an ancient site like this can survive in the middle of one of the most expensive areas of New Delhi, it’s literally surrounded by skyscrapers.

PS. The places it’s said to be haunted.

Nearest Metro Station: Barakhamba (Blue Line)
Opening Times:Everyday from 9 AM to 5 PM
Entry Fee: FREE.
Worth a visit? 7/10.

10. Dilli Haat.

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Dilli Haat market

Dilli Haat is not really a sight.
It’s a permanent open air market that has stalls from every state across India selling local traditional art and fabrics.
There´s an own section that sells authentic food from all around the country (I had the best momos that I have ever had in India from the Arunachal Pradesh stall)

Dilli Haat offers a hassle-free shopping experience.

Nearest Metro Station: I.N.A (Yellow Line)
Opening Times: Everyday from 11 AM to 21 PM
Entry Fee: 25 Rs for locals, 60 Rs for foreigners
Worth a visit? 5/10.

11. Hauz Khas village.

Hauz Khas,New Delhi
Firuz Shah Tughlaq Tomb.

Hauz Khas is not only one of New Delhi’s hippest areas.
The name Hauz Khas comes after an ancient water reservoir, and there’s tombs of Muslim royalty from the 14th to 16th centuries around the park.
Just outside the park is Hauz Khas neighborhood, some of the happiest places to go out drinking or enjoy food in new Delhi is in this area.

One of the bars offered UNLIMITED beer for 300 Rs. A good reason to visit the place on its own.

Nearest Metro Station: Green Park / Hauz Khas (Yellow Line)
Opening Times: 24/7
Entry Fee: FREE
Worth a visit? 5/10. 10/10 for the unlimited beer:)

12. Raj Ghat.

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The spot where Gandhi got cremated.

Raj Ghat is Ghandis memorial.
The black marble platform that marks the spot of Mahatma Gandhi’s cremation on 31 January 1948.

Nearest Metro Station: No metro close by. 
Opening Times: Open every from 6am to 18.00
Entry Fee: FREE
Worth a visit? 3/10


International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)
International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

ISKCON or International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Is the main Lord Krishna Temple in New Delhi, its located only a short walk from the Lotus Temple.

Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place (Violet Line).
Opening Times: 24/7 Every day.
Entry Fee: FREE.
Worth a visit? 3/10.

14. Akshardham Temple.

Akshardham is  an amazing looking Hindu temple, the whole complex is absolutely stunning, and it´s said that 70%! off all tourists that visit New Delhi visits Akshardham.
It´s not an old temple, it got open only back in 2005, but it’s still definitely worth a visit.

PS. There’s a strict no photo rule of the temple, there´s a big fence surrounding the whole complex so you can’t even take proper photos from outside.
Your not even allowed to bring your mobile phone to the complex (There´s a SAFE locker room outside)

Nearest Metro Station: Akshardham (Blue Line).
Opening Times: 9.30 am to 18.30
Entry Fee: FREE.
Worth a visit? 8/10.

15. Qutub Minar.

Qutab Minar is a 73 m-high tower and called the world’s first skyscraper, it was built all the way back in 1193 by Qutab-up-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. It´s a world heritage site.

Qutab Minar is one of the highlights in New Delhi, it’s just a shame that the entrance price got raised to a ridicules 500 Rs for foreigners on 1.April

Nearest Metro Station: Qutab Minar (Yellow Line). Then a short Tuk Tuk ride
Opening Times: Open every day from 7am to 17.00.
Entry Fee: 500 Rs for foreigners, 10 Rs for locals.
Worth a visit? 6/10. would give it 8/10 if it wasn’t for the new ticket price.

16. Old Fort (Purana Qilla).

Purana Qilla is the oldest fort in New Delhi and it dates back to around 1000 BC. The walls around the fort are up to 18 meters tall and traverse about 1.5 km

Nearest Metro Station: Qutab Minar (Blue Line). Then a short Tuk Tuk ride
Opening Times: Open every day from 9.30am to 16.30.00.
Entry Fee: 200 Rs for foreigners, 10 Rs for locals.
Worth a visit? 6/10.

17. Nizamuddin Dargah.

Nizamuddin Dargah is the world famous mausoleum for world’s most famous Sufisaints and it’s visited by thousands of Muslims every week.

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium (Purple Line).
Opening Times: 5 AM to 22.30 every day.
Entry Fee: FREE.
Worth a visit? 6/10.

18. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, New Delhi, India
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh temple

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most important Sikh temples and its known for its association with the eighth Sikh Guru.
It´s currently nr 1 on TripAdvisor of things to see in New Delhi.

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk (Yellow Line).
Opening Times: 24/7 Every day.
Entry Fee: FREE.
Worth a visit? 7/10.

19. Majnu Ka Tilla.

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A Tibetan Monastery in Manju Ka Tilla.

Manja Ka Tilla is the biggest? Tibetan refugee district in New Delhi. Over the year has Manju Ka Tilla become a small tourist hub for foreigners that don’t want to stay in the busy and loud area of Paharganj.
Except for the Tibetan Monastery so is it nothing else to see, but there numerous shops selling Tibetan souvenirs, Resturants selling authentic Tibetan food. 3 of my personal favorite coffee houses (Ringo being the best with proper black coffee to 70Rs) is located in Manju Ka Tilla.

Nearest Metro Station: Vidhan Shabha (Yellow Line)
Opening Times: 24/7 Every day.
Entry Fee: FREE.
Worth a visit? 5/10.


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