What to do on a Day in New Delhi

Steeped in history, overflowing with culture and bursting at the seams with locals and tourists alike, New Delhi has a lot going on. So much so, you might find it a little daunting when it comes to planning out your days in the city, and rightly so! 

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The city of New Delhi can be a little unnerving, to say the least. From the moment you arrive, expect to be launched into the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s liveliest cities. Amidst all the chaos, mindless traffic and hordes of people, there are plenty of highlights and attractions that you should pay a visit to in Delhi.

Like all destinations around the world, the secret to a truly memorable and unique experience is to immerse yourself in the local culture. In our opinion, one of the finest places in the world to do so is Delhi and many of India’s other captivating destinations. In our latest post, we’re detailing the experiences you should add to your itinerary, so sit back, relax, and read on…

Visit the mosques, forts, and monuments

The city is peppered with enchanting architecture, spellbinding forts, historic mosques and monuments you really should take the time to explore. Of course, the Red Fort is most definitely Delhi’s most famous monument. The fort serves a powerful reminder of the Mughal era India and the struggle for freedom that followed. The fort is steeped in history, including the capture by the Sikhs and the British. Visit the fort and take your imagination back to the ancient era for just 500 rupees. If you visit in the late afternoon, it’s worth sticking around for the hour-long sound and light show held each evening.

The fort is open from sunrise until sunset Tuesday to Sunday.

Check out the inspiration for the Taj Mahal

The Humayun Tomb, which was built in 1570 is another must-see on the list. If you think it has an uncanny resemblance to the Taj Mahal, you would be correct. The tomb was the first of its type of Mughal architecture to be built in India, with the rulers going on to build similar edifices all over the country. The tomb is part of a greater complex that is home to some beautiful gardens offering a surprisingly calm oasis in the busy city.

The price of entry to the Tomb is 500 rupees and it is open from sunset to sunrise, daily. We think the best time to visit is during the late afternoon.

Visiting the towering archway of India Gate

The 42-meter-high stone memorial archway in the very heart of New Delhi is most definitely worth a visit. The arch was designed by Lutyens back in 1921 and it pays tribute to around 90,000 Indian Army soldiers who sacrificed their lives during WWI. Not only will you experience the moving history of the memorial, but you will also experience the constant buzz of tourists, locals, and street sellers that surround the area.

Go shopping

From flea markets and moving carts to streetside boutiques and luxury shopping malls, you will find every possible shopping experience in New Delhi. If you want to shop for souvenirs and traditional Indian keepsakes, head to Janpath market. The market is home to a whole host of small boutique stores selling jewellery, home décor products, and charming nit bits.

One of Delhi’s favourite flea markets is the Sarojini Nagar, home to trendy clothing and accessories, budget-friendly shopping and trendy homeware pieces. Beware, the market is often quite congested and somewhat unorganised, so you’ll need a little patience to find those hidden gems.

Although flea markets and streetside boutiques are an experience in themselves, during the height of summer, walking the streets of Delhi can be far from pleasant. If you’re looking for an indoor activity, why not retreat to one of the upmarket shopping malls? Select Citywalk offers an array of stores, restaurants and cafes so you could easily spend a day here. What’s more, nearby you will find DLF place; this mall is a far cry from the streets of Delhi, here you can expect to find designer stores, upmarket restaurants and bistro coffee shops fit for a king. If you fancy a little luxury, this is the place for you.

Treat your taste buds

One thing you most definitely won’t be short of in New Delhi is dining options. Whether you’re in search of budget-friendly street food or a lavish meal in one of the city’s most lavish restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice here. A lot of travellers are apprehensive about eating street food or produce from questionable looking establishments. However, more often than not, these are the vendors serving the freshest food purely because they can’t afford to stock up. Whilst you’re in Delhi you must try:

• Stuffed paratha: a staple in Indian households, often stuffed with a spicy vegetable filling topped with lashings of butter
• Samosa chatt: little triangles of golden pastry goodness served with a generous helping of chickpea curry
• Butter chicken: an indulgent and creamy dish made with succulent tandoori chicken

Venture a little further afield and explore Chandni Chowk of Old Delhi

If you’re looking to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the city, then Chandni Chowk most definitely isn’t the place for you, but if you’re ready to throw yourself into the congested yet captivating streets of Delhi, this is the place for you. Chandi Chowk; the main street of old Delhi is a far cry from the wide, orderly streets you’ll come across in New Delhi. Here you can find cars, rickshaws, carts, pedestrians and occasional animals all competing for space. If you wish to visit one of India’s oldest and busiest markets boasting inexpensive jewellery, fabrics and even gadgets, then it’s worth taking on the chaos for an atypical slice of market life in India.

The beauty of a destination like New Delhi is no matter where you go, you’ll encounter incredible people and experiences to create memories that will last a lifetime. If you’ve been considering a trip for a long time, it’s about time you took the plunge. You won’t regret it!

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