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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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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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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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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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National Zoological Park of Delhi

National Zoological Park of Delhi

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Delhi Zoo opened its gates in 1959, changing its name to the National Zoological Park of Delhi in 1982. Located near India Gate in the heart of New Delhi, the zoo is spread out across more than 170 acres and is home to almost 130 species of animals and birds from around the world.The National Zoological Park aims to house animals in a similar way to which they would live in their natural environments. It houses a number of endangered species, which it helps to breed in captivity with the aim of eventually releasing them to thrive again in the wild.The grounds can be explored either on foot or by using one of the zoo’s electric buggies. Just some of the larger mammals visitors can expect to encounter include chimpanzees, lions, hippopotamus, African buffalo, Indian elephants, giraffes, spider monkeys, and zebras. There are also a number of migratory bird species of note, along with water birds, crocodiles, hyenas, macaques, and jaguars. An underground reptile house is located at the center of the zoo.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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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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National Rail Museum

National Rail Museum

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India is home to the largest rail network in the world, and the National Rail Museum in Delhi is one of the best of its kind on the planet. Indoor and outdoor exhibits spread over 10 acres (4 hectares) of land feature dozens of authentic locomotives and old carriages, including the private saloon of the Maharaja of Mysore dating back to 1899 and the 1855Fairy Queen, the oldest functioning steam engine in the world.Train lovers will appreciate the collections of model trains and vintage railway maps, while a train ride that takes passengers in a loop around the site is always a hit with kids.More
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Swaminarayan Akshardham

Swaminarayan Akshardham

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One of Delhi’s biggest, newest, and most grandiose attractions, Swaminarayan Akshardham is a gorgeous temple complex. The vast grounds house not only a place of worship, but also an animatronics experience, an IMAX-style theater showing a film about the temple’s namesake, and a theme park–style boat ride.More
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Delhi Old Fort (Purana Qila)

Delhi Old Fort (Purana Qila)

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Construction of the red sandstone Old Fort (Purana Qila), Delhi's oldest surviving fort, was begun in the middle of the 16th century under Sher Shah of the Sur Empire. The fort was later the location of Dinpanah, built by rival Mughal Emperor Humayun and destroyed by Sher Shah. Purana Qila’s location may also have been the site of the ancient city of Indraprastha.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
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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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Greg M, Oct 2016
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Abigail C, Nov 2016
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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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Aiandra K, Nov 2016
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Great way to see both old and New Delhi and experience the food.
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Excellent Way to Experience Delhi in a Day
Melanie B, Jan 2020
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Would have liked to see more in New Delhi and visited Qutub Minar.
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Great Tour of Delhi
Daniel_W, Jan 2020
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Overall, we had a wonderful time and got to see so many places throughout Old and New Delhi.
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Angelica_N, 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!
Everald_P, 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
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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!
Russell_M, 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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Being a solo woman traveler
Venetia_H, 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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The Breath-taking Taj Mahal...worth a 2:30 a.m. wake up
Margaret_S, 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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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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The tour itself was incredible, and the...
Kate L, Dec 2015
6-Night Golden Triangle Private Tour and Ranthambore Wildlife Safari from Delhi
It was a shame he didn't really speak English so it was hard to communicate with him at times.
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Alisa C, Mar 2018
Delhi to Agra and Taj Mahal Private Day Trip by Express Train with Lunch
If you only have a short time in Agra or New Delhi and want to visit the Taj Mahal, I would HIGHLY recommend this tour.
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This trip has exceeded our...
James L, Nov 2017
3-Day Private Golden Triangle Tour: Delhi, Agra and Jaipur
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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.
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On my family's quest to see the 7...
Sasha R, Jul 2017
Four-Day Private Luxury Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur From New Delhi
On my family's quest to see the 7 Wonders of the World, we decided to visit the Taj Mahal in India, with the help of Crystal India Tours.

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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