3 Days in New Delhi: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, December 2015

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Sprawling and kinetic, this busy, growing megacity of some 23 million people is the ancient capital of one of the fastest rising world powers. Delhi - New and Old - offers India in a microcosm. It is a megalopolis imbued with the wisdom and architecture of millennia, interspersed with modern marvels that range from the sublime, such as the magnificent Lotus Temple unfolding in 27 marble "petals" toward the sky; to the unabashedly globalized like the gleaming glass skyscrapers of Connaught Place (Rajeev Chowk).

Navigating New Delhi is no easy task, but is well worth the effort. This city of surreal splendors and brightly colored moments sprawls across seven ancient cities and 26 centuries, preserving pieces of each era with faithful resolve. From mind-blowing markets to extravagant temples, aromatic cuisine to bustling business districts, it is a place you will never forget.

Day 1: A Swirl of Color and Activity

The best way to get to know fascinating New Delhi is with a private day tour, featuring the city's highlights and expert insights into this intricate urban tapestry. You'll visit the city's most famous attractions, from the glittering spires of the Laxminarayan Temple, one of the first to disavow the caste system, to the imposing facades of the presidential and parliamentary palaces, as well as more modest monuments, like those honoring Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. In between the marquee sights, you'll see daily life in New Delhi, its beautiful mysteries illuminated by your guide.

Day 2: New Delhi Maze

Now that you're getting to know the endlessly fascinating maze of New Delhi, you'll feel more comfortable exploring its quieter corners on your own. But consider booking a half-day tour, to explore some aspect of New Delhi in greater depth. If you want to experience the small joys of daily life, rise and shine with the Sunrise Tour, where the scented hues of the Flower Market, Sikh temples, and traditional Indian breakfast will swirl kaleidoscopically around your small, private tour. Not a morning person? Consider the light and sound show at the Red Fort, illuminating the centuries-old edifice with modern showmanship. Other options include Gandhi's New Delhi, where you'll learn more about the Mahatma, and the Delhi Cultural Night Tour, where you'll enjoy a home-cooked family meal.

Day 3: Day Trips from New Delhi

Consider going farther afield on your third day. A half-day tour of Old Delhi takes you meandering through the narrow, busy streets and bazaars of the original city, where you'll enjoy authentic cuisine and a slice of city life. New Delhi also makes a comfortable base for trips to the city of Agra, just 200 kilometers (124 miles) away. Though it is most famous for the graceful Taj Mahal, Agra is a city of architectural splendors. You can see the most famous sites, including the massive 16th century Agra Fort, on a 13 hour day trip. If you have more time to spare, however, the region's attractions certainly merit a longer trip, such as this four-day tour visiting the jewelry-making center of Jaipur as well.

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2-Day Private Tour of Jaipur from Delhi: City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort and Elephant Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Admire the beauty and extravagance of 18th-century architecture in India as you visit incredible palatial complexes, forts and temples on this 2-day private ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $99.00

Private Tour: Agra and the Taj Mahal Day Trip from Delhi

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 Reviews

Marvel at the world's greatest monument to love, the Taj Mahal and magnificent Agra Fort on this unforgettable private tour. Accompanied by your own private ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.99

Viator Exclusive: Private Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour, Dine with a View and Optional Photographer

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Enjoy a high-class experience that combines a privately guided tour of the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort with dining at the 4-star Gateway Hotel — a Viator ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 10-12 hours

From USD $129.99

New Delhi Cooking Class

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Discover the secrets to making the delicious cuisine of India during this half-day cooking class with a professional chef! Learn about the fresh ingredients ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.33

Private Agra Day Tour: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Kachhpura Village

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Discover the magnificence of the Mughal Empire on a private day trip to the walled city of Agra! Traveling by train and private vehicle from Delhi, visit two ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 20 hours (approx.)

From USD $197.33

Luxury Dining Experience in Delhi: Bukhara Restaurant at ITC Maurya Hotel with Private Transfer

During your time in Delhi, enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at one of Asia's top-rated restaurants, Bukhara. You’ll be whisked off from your ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $172.00

2-Day Private Tour of Agra from Delhi including Taj Mahal at Full Moon

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover India’s incredible architectural history on this 2-day private tour that will check many of the country’s must-see monuments off your list. See Agra’s ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 2 days, 1 night

From USD $247.00

Private Custom Tour: Delhi in One Day

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Explore Delhi your own way on a private day tour. You'll travel by private air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy the services of your own local guide. Your guide ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.33

Private Tour: Old and New Delhi in a Day

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Discover the diversity of Old and New Delhi in one day on a special private tour. The day tour takes you from the spacious planned street of New Delhi to the ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $145.33

2-Night Private Ranthambore National Park and Wildlife Tour from Delhi

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Experience a thrilling safari in India’s Ranthambore National Park, and be on the lookout for the famed Bengal tigers and other amazing wildlife during two ...  Read more

Location: Delhi, India
Duration: 2 nights

From USD $220.00

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