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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 15 attractions in New Delhi

Taj Mahal

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

New Delhi Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan)

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

Qutub Minar

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

India Gate

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

Red Fort (Lal Qila)

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

Humayun's Tomb

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

Jama Masjid (Masjid e Jahan Numa)

Old Delhi’s Jama Masjid(Masjid e Jahan Numa) is the largest mosque in India and an unmissable stop on any Delhi itinerary. Built between 1644 and 1658 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the mosque’s red sandstone and white marble domes, minarets, gateways, and arches are both grand in scale and elegance. Devout Muslims still come here to pray five times a day, while travelers stop by to marvel over the details.More

Lotus Temple (Bahá'í House of Worship)

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

Chandni Chowk

One of India’s oldest markets, Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk (Hindi for moonlight square) is a perpetually busy area filled with narrow, congested lanes, each specializing in a different product such as spices, jewelry, hardware, and stationery. It’s also a great spot to practice your haggling skills—and the photo opportunities are extraordinary.More

Swaminarayan Akshardham

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

Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah

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

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

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

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Delhi’s Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most important Sikh sites of worship in the Indian capital. The white marble gurudwara (Sikh place of worship with its golden domes and large sacred pond was founded in the mid-17th century when the 6-year-old guru Harkrishan Dev stayed at the site. As at all Sikh gurudwaras, visitors are welcome, and it’s a beautiful sight.More

Sarojini Nagar Market

Sarojini Nagar Market is one of South Delhi’s most popular markets, predominantly specializing in factory seconds of export brand names at extremely low prices. Discount western-style clothes aren’t the only thing on offer either, with home furnishings, bags, footwear, jewelry, and accessories all a part of the market’s mix, too.More

Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat is a large outdoor complex that houses the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, who was cremated here in 1948. His cremation spot is marked by a black marble memorial, and an eternal flame is kept burning here in his honor. The words "Hey Ram" are inscribed on the side of the memorial, allegedly the mahatma's last words.More

Top activities in New Delhi

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Recent reviews from experiences in New Delhi

Great Food, So Fun
Daniel_K, Jan 2023
Old Delhi Street Food Tour
All around a fun way to see New Delhi.
Great for female solo travelers on a time crunch!
Deanna_T, Dec 2022
Private Half-Day Delhi City Tour Including Entrance Fees
I got to see all the tourist attractions in New Delhi in a short span of time.
New and old Delhi
Tom_M, Dec 2022
Private Old and New Delhi Tour - Best of Delhi in 8 Hours with Entrances
We got to see the old and New Delhi .
Highly recommended tour company
David_H, Nov 2022
Private Full Day Old and New Delhi City Tour
The tour guide spoke good English and was able to give us lots of information at each attraction.
Natasha_C, Nov 2022
Private Half-Day Delhi City Tour Including Entrance Fees
Highly recommend to see the key sights of New Delhi in a couple of hours!
Three days with three priorities: safety, comfort, flexibility.
Mary_C, Jan 2023
3-Days Private Luxury Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur From New Delhi
In Agra we woke up early to see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal with our first guide, Aman.
Best experience with Viator and Keeper Landwey.
Easwarachandra_V, Jan 2023
3-Days Private Luxury Golden Triangle Tour to Agra and Jaipur From New Delhi
Thanks to Aman for his excellent diction in English snd his enthusiasm.
Best Full Day Old and New Delhi City tour package
Nick_W, Jan 2023
Private Full Day Old and New Delhi City Tour by Car
He also made my wish come to true to visit the spice market and other markets as well.
Real India experience
PAULO_P, Dec 2022
Private Jaipur City Tour from Delhi by Car
Early day Jaipur trip from New Delhi, our driver Sonu was 15 min early as promised to pick us up from our hotel at 4:00 AM we stopped for a quick breakfast in our way, arrived at around 8:00 met our local guide who showed us the main tourist attractions in Jaipur before lunch at 1:00.
A great overview of Old/New Delhi!
Alison_M, Dec 2022
Private Full Day New and Old Delhi City Tour
This was a great tour highlighting the top sights of Old and New Delhi.
Tiring but well worth it
Jesse_H, Dec 2022
Ranthambhore Tiger Tour of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur 5 Star Hotel
Overall, I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to see as much of India in a few days as possible.
Fantastic tour
Carly_P, Nov 2022
Private Full Day Old and New Delhi City Tour
He was very focused on ensuring the day met our needs and we got to see all we wanted.
Amazing and interesting tour
RowayneMonique_M, Nov 2022
Private Old and New Delhi Tour - All Inclusive
This tour is highly recommended to everyone who wants to visit New Delhi.
A memorable tour of New Delhi’s sites!
Jonathan_M, Nov 2022
Night View of Delhi Tour - 4 Hrs
I only had a few evenings in New Delhi and was keen to see some of the city.
For someone who wants to see main areas in one day
Kate_S, Oct 2022
Private Full Day New and Old Delhi City Tour
Would recommend it to someone who wants to see New Delhi quickly and get a general idea of where the different areas are and where to come back the next day or next trip.
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Travis_R, Sep 2022
Private Half-Day Delhi City Tour Including Entrance Fees
He tailored the tour to my needs and time constraints, and was able to see the most important sites.
A day trip to Agra
Steve_M, Oct 2022
Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour by Superfast-Train: Private Day Trip from Delhi
I HIGHLY recommend anyone who is heading to visit the Taj Mahal/ Agra area to book with this company ASAP.
Taj Mahal and Agra fort Day trip from New Delhi
Philip_G, Oct 2022
Private Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi by Car - All Inclusive
Aman is a fluent English speaker and very skilled at facilitating a pleasant experience with this tour.
Highly recommended personalised tour
Fiona_W, Oct 2022
Taj Mahal and Agra Fort Tour by Superfast-Train: Private Day Trip from Delhi
The main sights were the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort and there are other optional places to visit based on timing.
A good tour for my 19 hours layover
Anurak_N, Sep 2022
Private Old and New Delhi Tour - Best of Delhi in 8 Hours with Entrances
The tour itself was super fun and I get to see many thing.
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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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A local’s pocket guide to New Delhi

Elen Turner

Elen studied Hindi in Delhi and has been told (on more than one occasion) that she speaks Hindi with a Delhi accent. It’s her favourite city in India, and she returns at every opportunity.

The first thing you should do in Delhi is...

visit Humayun’s Tomb. The formal Persian gardens are so peaceful, and the beautiful tomb is a stunning precursor to the more famous Taj Mahal.

A perfect Saturday in Delhi...

Spend the day in Hauz Khas Village, eating in the fantastic restaurants, browsing the boutiques, and wandering amid the ruins and deer park.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Old Delhi. The main artery, Chandni Chowk, is congested and a bit overwhelming, but if you take a walking tour, you’ll discover all the best local spots down back alleys.

To discover the "real" Delhi...

Instead of staying in Paharganj, find accommodation in upmarket Defence Colony, Nizamuddin West, or Hauz Khas Village.

For the best view of the city...

climb to the top of one of the minarets at the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi.

One thing people get wrong...

is leaving Delhi as soon as they arrive. Many people transit through without stopping on the way to Rajasthan or Agra, but there’s thousands of years of magnificent history and culture to explore here too.

People Also Ask

What is New Delhi best known for?

New Delhi is one of 11 districts that make up the megacity of Delhi; many of its buildings and landmarks were constructed under the British just over a century ago. Notable sights include colonial-era houses in Lutyens’ Delhi, India Gate memorial, Indira Gandhi house, and the presidential residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan.

What do tourists typically do when visiting New Delhi?

Most tourists in Delhi explore the Mughal-era district of Old Delhi and other heritage sites scattered throughout the bustling capital. Old Delhi is home to two blockbuster attractions: the Red Fort and Jama Masjid. Many visit Humayun’s Tomb and the colonnaded shops of Connaught Place (or CP), and sample restaurants.

How can I spend 2 days in New Delhi?

Take the metro to Chandni Chowk station and explore Old Delhi by foot or rickshaw. Try a food-related tour to sample the district’s street food offerings, from sticky fried jalebi sweets to Mughal-inspired kebabs. Browse pedestrian districts such as Hauz Khas or Khan Market, and stroll through ruin-dotted Lodhi Gardens.

What are the main attractions in New Delhi?

Delhi attractions span nearly 1,000 years. Star with the ruins of Tughlaqabad Fort or Qutub Minar. Then, visit later landmarks: Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Hauz Khas complex, and Lodhi Gardens. Add British-built sites, from Connaught Place to India Gate, and the Akshardham temple, a 21st-century icon.

Is New Delhi worth visiting?

Yes. Delhi is a historically rich and culturally significant Indian city. It's the capital and a major hub for museums, heritage sites, food, and shopping. Some use it as a hub for the classic “Golden Triangle” itinerary to Agra and Jaipur, but Delhi offers plenty to do on its own.

Is New Delhi dangerous for tourists?

Yes and no. Delhi is a sprawling megacity of almost 20 million people. It can feel safe—in part because of tight-knit neighborhoods, many of which are gated nightly. Still, exercise caution and be on the lookout for pickpockets and scammers. Take trusted transportation and communicate with your hotel directly.


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