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Things to do in New Delhi

Things to do in  New Delhi

Welcome to New Delhi

One corner of India’s Golden Triangle, which also includes Agra and Jaipur, Delhi is a pulsing urban sprawl of attractions new and old, where visitors find vestiges of ancient kingdoms and colonial-era buildings coexisting with signs of modern development. India’s capital is home to the country’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, as well as the vermillion Red Fort, the remarkable Baha’i Lotus Temple, and the colorful Chandi Chowk market. Besides eating like a local, haggling at the bazaars, or visiting the spiritual sights in New and Old Delhi, you can use the city as a perfect jumping-off point for a day trip to the Taj Mahal or Rajasthan.

Top 10 attractions in New Delhi

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Lotus Temple (Bahá'í House of Worship)

Lotus Temple (Bahá'í House of Worship)

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Known as the Lotus Temple for its unusual, 9-sided floral shape, the Delhi Bahá'í House of Worship is one of the most visited architectural sites in the city, if not on the planet. Constructed entirely from white marble imported from Greece, this impressive structure stands in a 26-acre (10.5-hectare) garden featuring extensive landscaping and nine ponds.More
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Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah

Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah

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Known locally as “Baby Taj,” the Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah is a gorgeous white structure that actually predates the larger and more famous Taj Mahal by a few years. It was the first Mughal building created entirely in marble, and its existence marks the transition from sandstone to marble in Mughal architecture.More
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Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun's Tomb is the final resting place of Humayun, whose father Babur founded the Mughal Empire. It's considered one of the earliest examples of true Mughal architecture; ironically, the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah II, was captured here during the 1857 Indian Rebellion.More
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New Delhi Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan)

New Delhi Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan)

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Designed by British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, the Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan) is a striking sandstone building and home to both houses of the Parliament of India. This round building was inspired by the Great Stupa of Sanchi and the Ashoka Chakra—the same circular symbol found in the center of the Indian flag.More
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India Gate

India Gate

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India Gate is a 138-foot (42-meter) war memorial in the heart of New Delhi, reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. Built in 1931 and designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, designer of most of New Delhi, it’s a must-visit photo stop on a Delhi tour.More
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Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

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According to local Sikh belief, a boy prophet by the name of Sri Guru Hari Krishan Sahib moved among poor Hindu and Muslim communities during a time of small pox and cholera in New Delhi in the seventeenth century, distributing sanctified water to the sick which was believed to cause miraculous healing. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib his dedicated to his memory.The most important place of worship for Sikhs in New Delhi, this golden-domed gurudwara still distributes sanctified water to devotees who come from around the world seeking its healing properties. Unlike many Hindu temples, non-Sikhs are welcome into the gurudwara, where it’s possible to listen while hymns are sung from the Granth Sahib (the Sikh scriptures) or take prasad, the Sikh equivalent to Communion.More
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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and certainly one of India’s most famous landmarks, the Taj Mahal is a living testament to the grandiose and the romantic. Lovingly built from white marble by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the structure is decorated with carvings of flowers and inlays of precious stone arranged into intricate patterns that can be admired both from its impressive exterior and interior. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see for every traveler to northern India.More
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Red Fort (Lal Qila)

Red Fort (Lal Qila)

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The UNESCO World Heritage–listed Red Fort (Lal Qila) traces its roots back to the middle of the 17th century, when Mughal Emperor Shahjahan moved his base from Agra to Delhi. For the two centuries that followed, this gargantuan sandstone complex served as the royal residence of the Mughal Empire. Today, it’s one of the city’s most popular attractions, often visited in tandem with nearby Chandni Chowk.More
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Office and Residence of the President of India (Rashtrapati Bhavan)

Office and Residence of the President of India (Rashtrapati Bhavan)

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At the heart of New Delhi is one of its most remarkable buildings, the Office and Residence of the President of India (Rashtrapati Bhavan). The 320-acre (130-hectare) complex comprises a palatial 340-room main building and sprawling Mughal gardens. Many visitors come to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, complete with horses and a brass band.More
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Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

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The Qutub Minar is a brick minaret built in 1193 by Muslim conquerors of Delhi. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Delhi’s most visited tourist attractions. At 240 feet (73 meters) high, it’s also an impressive engineering feat—all the more notable for surviving for so many centuries.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in New Delhi

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Excellent tour! We found our guide...
Robert P, May 2018
Full-Day Private Old and New Delhi Combo Tour
The tour is very flexible, taking us to see what we wanted to see, in one day we had a great overview of Old and New Delhi and saw some great sights!
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This is the best way to see New...
Greg M, Oct 2016
Delhi Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour by HOHO Bus
This is the best way to see New Delhi.
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I HIGHLY recommend this tour for...
Abigail C, Nov 2016
Private Rishikesh and Haridwar Tour from Delhi
I HIGHLY recommend this tour for anyone who can spare a day to see two of the most unique and incredible sites within a day's journey from New Delhi.
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Despite the initial logistical...
Aiandra K, Nov 2016
Delhi Food Tour : Best Way To Experience Authentic Indian Food
Great way to see both old and New Delhi and experience the food.
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Amazing day touring Old and New...
Marion S, Mar 2017
Private Custom Delhi: Explore Delhi with local experts
Spoke English very clearly and showed us temples not on the normal tourist trail.
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Excellent Way to Experience Delhi in a Day
Melanie B, Jan 2020
Private Old and New Delhi Tour - Best of Delhi in 8 Hours with Entrances
Would have liked to see more in New Delhi and visited Qutub Minar.
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Great Tour of Delhi
dan8129341, Jan 2020
Private Old and New Delhi Tour - Best of Delhi in 8 Hours with Entrances
Overall, we had a wonderful time and got to see so many places throughout Old and New Delhi.
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Agra Full day tour
wongnomura, Dec 2019
Private Day Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort By Superfast Train - All Inclusive
Although we wanted to visit the tomb, we still appreciated the transparency and thoughtfulness of our guide from the start of the trip.
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Excellent Guides !
Charlotte H, Nov 2019
Taj Mahal Private Guided Tour from Delhi with Entrance Fee
I had a 24 hour stop in New Delhi and I really wanted to see the Taj Mahal, so I signed up for this tour with nervous expectations.
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Amazing Experience!
Marie K, Aug 2019
Taj Mahal Sunrise Day Tour in New Delhi with Car
It was cloudy so we did not get to see the sunrise but the experience was beautiful and Asif was very knowledgable.
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“A memorable experience of a lifetime”
Papo01, Jun 2019
Golden Triangle Tour 3 Night 4 Days
I had a memorable experience visiting New Delhi,Agra and Jaipur and looking back to visit India again soon.
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A great day in Delhi!
russell520, Jun 2018
Full-Day Private Old and New Delhi Combo Tour
I was going on a small tour of Old Delhi the next day and was going to see the Jama Masjid, so we just stayed in New Delhi and saw some of the sites.
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The Breath-taking Taj Mahal...worth a 2:30 a.m. wake up
Acuwriter, Dec 2018
Private Taj Mahal at Sunrise and Agra Day Tour from Delhi
and be driven to Agra to see the Taj Mahal at dawn.
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Being a solo woman traveler
venetiahaneda2018, Aug 2018
Private Tour: Full-Day Agra and Jaipur Tour from Delhi
I decided to book this tour since I would love to see both cities, Agra & Jaipur.
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I am so glad I booked this Private...
Paul B, Oct 2012
Private Custom Delhi: Explore Delhi with local experts
He met us at the hotel lobby on time and together we toured many of Delhi's key attractions.
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Prakesh was our guide for our full day...
SCOTT D, Oct 2018
Private Full Day Shopping Tour in New Delhi
First, Akash contacted us prior to our arrival confirming our tour and inquired about any particular establishments we wanted to visit/any specialty shops of interest.
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Having read the reviews for this...
Jason H, Oct 2017
Private Jaipur Day Trip from Delhi By Car
Jaipur is an amazing place, and should be on everyone's list of places to visit hen in India.
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I flew from Goa to New Delhi so I...
Catherine W, Jan 2018
11-Hour Agra Day Tour: Sunrise and Sunset of Taj Mahal
I flew from Goa to New Delhi so I would have a chance to visit the Taj Mahal.
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We enjoyed our day trip to Jaipur...
Sumie O, Nov 2017
Full Day Jaipur (Pink City) Tour from Delhi by Express Train
We were able to see the sights we wanted to see Amer Fort, Jaipur City Palace and had a little time to shop before boarding the train back to New Delhi.
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This was a great way to experience...
Samdee65, Jun 2017
Delhi Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour by HOHO Bus
Having a limited time in New Delhi meant that this was the best option to choose as it covered a wide area and included all the major sights and attractions.

All about New Delhi

When to visit

The monsoon season usually reaches New Delhi in late June, bringing rain and relief from punishing heat. The weather from October to March is chilly but generally dry and sunny, and therefore better for traveling. In March, Delhi celebrates spring and Holi week with citywide dancing and a healthy dousing of brightly colored powder.

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