The Hanuman Temple in New Delhi is thought to date back to the 18h century, making it one of the oldest of its kind in India. Dedicated to the deity, Hanuman, the Hindu monkey who aided Rama in his mission against Ravana, the temple’s main idol is of the child Hanuman holding a gada in his hand.
To reach the temple, you’ll need to climb the 570 steps of Anjanadri Hill. The hike up is a pleasant one, and you’ll be rewarded with some exceptional views beneath you once you reach the top. Unusually, the temple building features a crescent moon (an Islamic symbol) on its spire instead of the usual symbol seen on most Hindu temples. Inside, the ceiling of the main temple hall reveals some spectacular embossed artwork depicting stories from the great Hindu epic, the Ramayana.
A visit to New Delhi’s Hanuman Temple can be enjoyed on a half-day Connaught Place tour, including Bangla Sahib and India Gate. Many people choose to get a traditional henna tattoo while visiting the temple complex, and then take a scenic tuk-tuk ride to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib.
Insider’s Tip: If you want to see the temple at its liveliest, visit on a Tuesday or Saturday, when devotees congregate here in large numbers.
If not arriving as part of an organized tour, you can reach the temple by taking the metro to Rajiv Chowk station.