This travel guide to Delhi, you will find the legendary Indraprastha, the city Yudhistir built, and then discover where the eight cities of Delhi are.

This comprehensive guide to India’s capital has district wise list of attractions, tips, safety scores, and restaurant recommendations. Carry a water bottle or a body warmer.

Pre-Travel Guide

If Bangalore is the city of villages, Delhi is city of cities. Old cities with new amenities that is. Its eight cities built according to times are Lal kot – Qila Rai Pithora – Mehrauli, Siri, Tughlaqabad – Adilabad, Jahapanah, Firozabad, Purana Qila, Shahjahanabad (old Delhi), and Lutyens’ Delhi.

Delhi has grown beyond its boundaries and is successful in creating new cities like Gurgaon and Noida, a sort of new cities that are not yet within the state of Delhi’s boundaries.

However, Gurgaon, and Noida, along with Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Rohtak, Meerut and other cities form the National Capital Territory of India where more than 18 million people live.

Getting into Delhi

Delhi has a well developed transport infrastructure that includes road, rail and air transport. Here are ways you can get to Delhi:

1. Indira Gandhi international airport (IATA: DEL)

It receives the highest passenger and cargo traffic in India. It hosts six domestic and 45 international flights here. Facilities at the airport are showers, shopping area, transit hotel, and lounges. There are three terminals. Terminal 1, 1C, 1D, and Terminal 2 handles domestic airlines.

Terminal 3 handles international flights and some domestic flights. Upper level of the terminal is for departure while the lower level is for arrivals.

Transport options from the airport:

Delhi metro’s Airport Express: Delhi metro is the most convenient way to travel between the airport and the city and it connects the airport.

Terminal 1C,D: Aerocity metro station and Terminal 3: I.G.I. airport metro station.

Delhi transport corporation: DTC operates Express route – 4 AC bus services from T3 at the Public transport center. There are shuttle services from Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 in 20 minute interval. Haryana roadways have buses to Chandigarh from Public transport center near Terminal 3.

Delhi suburban railway: Delhi’s suburban trains stop at Shahabad Muhammadpur. But it not a popular option.

Taxis: Uber, and Ola are for hire from the airport. Carzonrent offers rental cars. Metered taxis are available to every part of Delhi and beyond.

2. Train stations

Most people working in Delhi travel by trains. Suburban trains share the same rails as the inter-city trains. Here are the main train stations in Delhi and its connecting suburban and metro train stations.

New Delhi train station (code: NDLS): It is in Central Delhi near to Connaught place. It is the fourth busiest train station in India in train and for passenger movement.

Built in 1926, it is the main hub for Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains. There are 16 platforms in the station and so it makes the station huge and difficult to get to your train because of the crowd. Passengers can pay for parking outside the station. Transport options from NDLS is:

Delhi metro: The New Delhi metro station connects the train station with Delhi metro’s Yellow line. The Airport Express starts here.

Buses: The DTC has services from the station outside the gate 1 (Ajmeri gate) and at gate 2.

Delhi junction (code: DLI): The third busiest train station in India and was built in 1864. It looks like a fort. The famous Chandni Chowk is a 15 minute walk from here.

Samjhauta Express is an international train to Pakistan that originates from here as the Delhi – Attari Express. After a two hour immigration check at Attari, passengers board the actual Samjhauta into Pakistan. After the Pakistan authorities hold you up for two more hours for immigration check, they let the train to go to Lahore, Pakistan.

Transport options here are:

Delhi metro: Yellow line: Chandni Chowk, Kashmere gate; Red line and Violet line: Kashmere gate

Buses: DTC buses stop at the Old Delhi railway station stop and there are taxi, Ola and Uber from here.

Hazrat Nizamuddin train station (code: NZM): Hazrat Nizamuddin is in the Nizamuddin area near some of the main attractions of Delhi. It is a busy station that was built to ease traffic at the New Delhi station and Delhi junction. Transport options available are:

Buses: buses are available at the gate on the platform number 7 side. You can take the bus to the Indraprastha metro station (Blue line) which is the nearest metro station.

Taxis: Taxis and auto rickshaws are available on both the station gates.

Delhi Sarai Rohilla (code: DEE): Sarai (it means inn) called Rohilla was a place for rest in the olden days  Today it is one of the main train stations where trains to Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh operate from.

Suburban trains stop here and the Kishanganj suburban train station can be used to interchange with Pratap Nagar metro station (Red line).

Shastri Nagar is another station on that line near the station. Buses are available at the Sarai Rohilla stop.

Anand Vihar terminal (code: ANVT): Anand Vihar train terminal was built to decongest New Delhi station, Delhi junction and Hazrat Nizamuddin station. It caters to trains from cities in the Eastern states. Transport options from this station are:

Anand Vihar metro station (Blue line) Anand Vihar ISBT

3. Bus stations

Maharanapratap interstate bus terminus (Kashmiri gate ISBT): The only bus terminus in Delhi from 1976 until 1993, there are inter-state buses operated by the state government transports of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand.

There is a block for DTC buses that operate buses to Delhi and to places around Delhi. The red, violet, and yellow line of the Delhi metro trains are available at Kashmere gate metro station.

Swami vivekanand interstate bus terminus (Anand Vihar ISBT): Anand Vihar is the second ISBT in Delhi built to decongest Kashmiri gate ISBT.

Transport corporations of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and DTC operate buses from here. Delhi metro’s blue line has the Anand Vihar metro station next to the bus station.

Sarai kale khan interstate bus terminus: Sarai Kale Khan is the third major bus terminal. It handles buses of Haryana and Rajasthan transport corporations.

It is next to the Hazrat Nizamuddin train station. Jangpura metro station on the Violet line and Indraprastha metro station of the Blue line are the nearest metro stations.

delhi metro transport map
Source: Wikimedia (Map available in link if picture not visible)

Getting Around Delhi

Delhi has a lot of people and to cater to them, Delhi has built some nice expressways, urban connectivity. Transport options in Delhi are:

1. Delhi metro

Delhi’s most successful project, the metro system has 231 kilometers of rails that move people to the city center and to the suburbs. It has seven color coded lines that has a connections to the major train and bus stations, and to the Gurgaon metro.

Tickets are in the form of RFID tokens that are valid for a day, and for one way. The ticket price is between ₹20 to ₹100. Regular commuters can buy a smart card that is valid for ten years. They get concession on the usage.

Connectivity are in the form of buses that Delhi metro corporation is operating. They travel to 54 stations. Some stations have pedal powered bikes that you can avail at ₹15 an hour.

Despite overcrowding at the metro stations and in the trains, it is convenient because dying in Delhi traffic is the worst death ever.

Busiest stations are Rajiv Chowk, Vaishali, New Delhi (interchange with New Delhi train station), Noida, and Chandni Chowk (interchange with Delhi junction).

Interchange stations along the lines are IGI airport, Aerocity (IGI airport), New Delhi (train station), Chandni Chowk (Delhi junction – Kashmere gate ISBTKashmere gate, Anand Vihar (ISBT, train station), Pragati Maidan (Hazrat Nizamuddin train station), Dwarka Sector 21 (airport express and blue line), Sikandarpur (yellow and Gurgaon metro)

2. Hop-on, hop-off buses (HOHO Delhi)

Delhi Tourism operate HoHo buses to top attractions of Delhi. The tour starts from HoHo Centre, BKS marg at Connaught place. Buses are available at every 15 minutes from here starting from 8:30 to 11:15 AM.

₹300 is the charge for the ride and ₹150 for children. The tour in the air-conditioned buses takes 9 hours to complete.


3. Buses in Delhi

Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) operate buses to neighbourhoods within the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi. It operates the most Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses in the world.

All three Inter-state bus terminus of Delhi, namely Maharana Pratap ISBT (Kashmiri Gate ISBT), Swami Vivekanand ISBT (Anand Vihar ISBT), and Sarai Kale Khan ISBT have separate bus bay for DTC buses.

Other than the DTC, companies that operate buses are the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System.

4. Delhi suburban railway

Delhi’s rail network is one of the busiest in India. Delhi is not only a tourist hub, but movement of people and goods happen on rail.

There are suburban trains that operate trains within Delhi and to nearby districts of Ghaziabad, Rewari, Faridabad, and few other cities within Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

Delhi ring railway is part of the suburban train network that operates within Delhi (the dark grey line in the above picture denotes ring railway). It is 35 kilometer long starting from Hazrat Nizamuddin and trains run in clockwise, and anti-clockwise direction.

They are infrequent and unpopular because of the government’s interest towards metro rail. However, the ticket prices on the ring railway and the suburban railway are five times lesser than in metro.

5. Taxis & auto rickshaws

Taxis and auto rickshaws provide last mile connectivity to areas away from suburban and metro stations. You can avail taxi services to travel and tour within the city and to nearby cities.

Taxis will charge you ₹25 for the first kilometer and ₹14 for every kilometer after that, or ₹16 in an AC taxi.

Auto rickshaws charge ₹25 for the first two kilometers and then ₹8 for every kilometer. There is a 25% additional fare between 11 PM to 5 AM. There may be an extra ₹10 for each heavy baggage.

App based operate in Delhi. Uber and Ola cabs are available on call at 3355 3355. Book using the app and use code “24ZFBJ” to get started (website). For Uber, use “kishorv263ue” to use the app (website).

6. Cycle rickshaws

Cycle rickshaws operate in Delhi, and is the cheapest mode of transport. There are more than 600,000 cycle rickshaws in Delhi. Most of them run on pedal power while a few of them are electric.

Because they are slender, rickshaw riders can easily maneuver it. They are a good way to travel in Old Delhi where there are small lanes that cars cannot go. You may pay from ₹50 to ₹100 for a four kilometer ride, but the rickshaw rider deserves it for the hard work.

7. Walking

Most people in old Delhi and New Delhi walk to work, and to metro or bus stations. Sometimes it is the quickest way to get to where you want to go. But exposure to pollution and heat are the drawbacks of it.

delhi metro train
Delhi metro; Source: Factordaily

Being Dilliwala

Dilliwallas (people of Delhi) can live through extreme climate, weather at 40 degree temperatures or freezing coldness.

1947 saw Hindu and SIkh refugees from the then new East and West Pakistan. Delhi’s population has a mix of Punjabis, Haryanvis, Bengalis, Biharis, people from Uttar Pradesh, Central Indians, and South Indians. All of it makes it multi-linguistic and multi-ethnic. People celebrate almost all the festivals on the calendar.

Living space is of a concern because of influx of people. This could be the reason the area of NCT is increasing to develop more living space. People work in agriculture, service, and manufacturing sectors and have been contributing to the economy of the capital.

Delhi has been combating pollution since decades. Despite potential health hazards due to pollution, most people live longer than national average due to good health care.

Introduction of Delhi metro has eased over burdening on roads. Yet people move by buses and auto rickshaws, which are slowly converting to run on CNG.

Some of the top universities are University of Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indira Gandhi National Open University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi are some of the top academic institutions people of Delhi study in.

Food in Delhi

Delhi is a foodie city and the people like to eat.

butter chicken invented in delhi
Butter chicken; Source: The Spruce

All time eats

Paratha – Paratha is one of the most popular breakfast in Delhi. Parathas have different layers achieved using different techniques. Eateries at the Paranthe Wali Gali serve variety of parathas. (Recipe) Read how the Paranthe Wali Gali experience is.

Chaats – These savory dishes came from neighboring Uttar Pradesh. While it is a popular food in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Central, and South India, Delhi chaats have local flavor to it.

Golgappa vendors are aplenty near the India Gate. They also call it pani puri or puchka and it comes with delicious jaljeera. (Recipe)

Kulle chaat and fruit chaat is also popular in Delhi. Check out this guide to see where chaats are available in Delhi.

Rolls and momos (dumplings) – rolls are flatbreads like chapatis rolled into a snack with jam or vegetable curry as filling. Even meats can fill into the roll. (Roll recipes)

Shawarma is type of a roll preparation popular in Delhi. It is a roll in which the chefs prepare the meat fillings on a grill for a long time. It came to Delhi from its origin in Turkey. (Recipe)

Asian countries know momo dumplings by different names. Popularly known as momos in India, Tibetans brought the momos to India and it is usually steamed.

If you find them frying it, do not go for it because that it not how they do it. There are many varieties of momos in Delhi, but the chicken and pork dumplings are popular. (Recipe)

Kachori Aloo sabzi – Aloo sabzi is a curry made of only potato and there is kachori dipped in it. (Recipe)

Chole bhature – Chole bhature is a curry made with chickpea and served with flatbread or puri. (Recipe)

Litti chokha – It is a Bihari dish made of whole wheat, black gram flour, and brinjal. The dish is served with a dollop of ghee. (Recipe)

stuffed kulcha in delhi
Stuffed kulcha; Source: Archana’s kitchen

Regional eats – Regional food available are from Bihar, Bengal, Punjab, Rajasthani, Gujarati, and South Indian. Dhokla is a popular Gujarati dish in Delhi, Bisi bele bath from Karnataka, masala dosa and idli sambhar from South India, and pav bhaji from Mumbai. Polka cafe has a list of more regional dishes.

Kulcha – Kulcha is a variation of the naan bread from Punjab made from maida flour, water, and a pinch of salt. The dough is covered in wet cloth and left in a warm place. Then it is pummelled and rolled into a round shape. (Recipe)

Big meals

Biryani – Biryani is a big meal dish popular in South Asia and India. Persians brought the Biryani to India with them in their Indian conquests. (Recipe. Here is a list of 35 biryani recipes)

Kebabs – Though it is not of Indian origin, people find themselves start their meals with kebabs. There is variety of grilled meat and this blog does tell you where to find it in Delhi.

Butter chicken – It is a Punjabi dish invented in Delhi by Kundan Lal Gujral, a restaurateur/food creator at his restaurant Moti Mahal Delux. The end result is mildly spicy and is best to eat it when still warm. (Recipe)

Chicken Changezi – The invention of this dish happened in the 90s and not as popular as butter chicken. The preparation take a long time and tastes great. (Recipe)

Nihari – Nihari is a shank meat of goat or sheep slow cooked with spices made first in Old Delhi in the 18th century. (Recipe)

Gushtaba – Gushtaba from Kashmir is a slow cooked meatball dish in curd/yoghurt. They serve it at the end of meals during important feasts. (Recipe)

Mutton Korma – Mutton korma is a curry dish that tastes good with rice, dosas or any flatbreads. It was once eaten by the Mughal kings, now available at almost every Mughal restaurants in Delhi. (Recipe – how they make in Karim’s)

Dal – Dal is lentil curry served with Indian flatbread bread or rice. Here is the list of different dal dishes.

Paneer dishes – Paneer is Indian cottage cheese and is non melting cheese. People use it a variety of dishes. Paneer tikka, matar paneer, and kadai paneer are some of the favorite paneer dishes in Delhi.

Desserts the delicious

Desserts are some of the favorite foods in Delhi. People prefer to get their desserts at Chandni Chowk, which is where you should start. Some of the favorite desserts are Jalebis, Rabri Falooda, Motichoor laddoo and other laddoos, Kulfis, different types of paan, and the tall glass or matka wali lassi.

Your Stay in Delhi

Ancient ruins dot the Delhi landscape. While you don’t have to stay in one of them, there is a good chance that you will stay in a hotel of a home next to some ancient ruins.

People are willing to share space on Airbnb. Sign up using the link to save ₹1,200 on your first booking.

You can look for nice hotels, inns and serviced apartments on and Agoda. Use the link to sign up on and Agoda to save on accommodation.

Hostels/accommodation for budget backpackers/travellers

Top backpacking hostels in Delhi are Zostel, Stops hostel, Joey’s hostel, Backpacker panda, Madpacker’s hostel, Moustache hostel, Jugaad hostel, Hosteller, Smyle Inn, Hotel the Spot, Youth Hostels, Bloomrooms (Link road, New Delhi station), Bed & Chai guest house, and Maya’s nest.

Guide to Delhi

There are eleven districts in Delhi, and most of it has housing neighborhoods, and business districts. You will learn about the districts of Dilli in this guide, along with what to see and do, and where to eat. Use this guide to plan your Delhi visit and save money.

Central Delhi (केंद्रीय दिल्ली)

Central Delhi district is one of the oldest areas of Delhi and the site of Shahjahanabad, the capital of the Mughal empire. Daryaganj and Paharganj are the two administrative divisions, both which are neighborhoods that grew around Shahjahanabad. The attractions here are many.

Shahjahanabad (शाहजहानाबाद)

Safety score – 4.2 – 2.2/5

Shah Jahan, the same king who built the Taj Mahal in Agra, moved his capital from Agra to Shahjahanabad after finishing the construction of a new palace and the fort in 1648.

Paranthe Wali Gali, Gulati’s Punjabi swad, Karim’s, Pehelwan restaurant, Haji Shabrati Nihariwale, Babu Bhai Kabab Jama Masjid, Moti Mahal, Kallu Nihari, Jung bahadur Kachori Wala, Changezi chicken

red fort old delhi
Source: DNA

Red fort (UNESCO World Heritage site)

Lal qila, Qila-e-Mubarak (blessed fort) or red fort is a massive citadel built by the fifth ruler of the Mughal empire, Shah Jahan using red sandstone. It is a mix of the Mughal, Persian, and Hindu architecture.

Important structures inside the fort are Diwan-i-Am, Diwan-i-Khas, Rang mahal, Naubat khana, Mumtaz mahal, Khas mahal, Hammam (royal bath), and the Hayat Baksh bagh.

Furnishing inside the palace included the famous Kohinoor diamond, jade wine cup, and the crown of Bahadur Shah II. The plunderers and the looters took them during the 1857 Indian rebellion.

The loot during the invasion of Persian king Nadir Shah in 1747 was so huge that he did not tax his people in the Persian empire for three years.

Tuesday to Sunday – 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM; 35 for Indians, 500 for foreign tourists, 25 for video camera; Light and Sound show: Weekdays – 60 for adults, 20 for children; Weekends – 80 for adults, 30 for children;  Lal Qila

Sri Digambar Jain Lal mandir

Sri Digambar Jain lal mandir is made of red sandstone and built in 1658. It was an important time for the empire when the Mughals were trying to grow the city’s economy by inviting businessmen.

Shah Jahan allowed Agarwal Jain merchants to acquire land and build a Jain temple here. The deity of the temple is of Tirthankara Parshva. There is a bird hospital in the vicinity.

6 AM to 12 PM & 5:30 PM to 9 PM;  Lal Qila

Jama masjid

Shah Jahan built the Jama masjid, the biggest mosque in India made with marble and red sandstone. The courtyard has enough space to accommodate 20,000 people. It has three gates and 40 meter high minarets.

Relics in the mosque include Prophet Muhammad’s beard hair, footprints, sandals, and the old Quran printed on deerskin.

You can climb up to the minarets to take nice photographs of Old Delhi with your camera. There is a narrow flight of stairs that take you to the top and make you end up gasping for breath at the end of the ascent.

Read Prasad’s experience at the Jama masjid.

7 AM to 12 PM & 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM; Free – do not pay even if anyone insist you to Jama masjid

Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk (moonlight square) is among the oldest markets in Delhi and it served Shahjahanabad during the time of the empire.

The market got this name from the pool in the middle of the market that reflected moonlight. Shah Jahan’s daughter Princess Jahanara Begum was the designer of the market.

Chandni Chowk had homes of important people. There are many havelis (mansions) of wealthy merchants, then there kuchas, a collection of homes of household helpers, then there are katras which is a separate wing for tradesmen and craftsmen.

Take a tour on a rickshaw. The rickshaw puller’s over there double up as tour guides. Also read how Chandni chowk walk is.

Havelis: Chunnamal Haveli, Mirza Ghalib’s haveli (also Mirza Ghalib museum), Begum Samru’s Haveli, Haveli Dharampura

Markets: Cloth market, Nai sarak (books, stationery), Lal Kuan, Khari baoli (spices), Dariba (jewels)

Gali Paranthe Wali, Kuremal Mohanlal kulfiwale, Al-Jawahar restaurant, Kallu nihari, Changezi, Giani’s di hatti, Haji shabrati nihari wale, Karim’s

Chandni Chowk, Chawri bazar (yellow line), Lal qila, Jama masjid (violet line)

Shish Ganj Sahib gurudwara

It is a historical gurudwara with a violent history. Mughal emperor Aurangzeb beheaded Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth Sikh guru for not converting to islam. In 1783, a Sikh military leader Baghel Singh constructed the gurdwara on the site of Tegh Bahadur’s death.

Chandni Chowk (yellow line), Lal qila (violet line)

Shantivan & Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat is the memorial for Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of River Yamuna located on the area near the old city of the same name. The black marble slab marks the spot of Gandhi’s cremation after his assassination.

Burial spots and memorials of Indian leaders are also in the vicinity. Vijay Ghat is a memorial for Lal Bahadur Shastri, Shakti sthal is the memorial for Indira Gandhi, Shantivan is the site of Jawaharlal Nehru’s memorial.

Delhi Gate

At a walking distance from the Raj Ghat is the National Gandhi museum, dedicated to the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi known as the Mahatma (great soul). You can see almost all of his belongings here including photographs of rallies and meetings.

The last room displays his blood stained clothes. Outside the white building where Gandhi lived in his last few days, there is a pathway that shows Gandhi’s last few footsteps and the spot of his assassination.

firoz shah kotla delhi
Source: YouTube

Feroz Shah kotla

One of the cities in Delhi, Firozabad was built by Firoz Shah Tughlaq in 1354. Water scarcity in Tughlakabad forced the Mughals to build a new city on the banks of River Yamuna in 1354.

Inside the fort walls, there is a mosque, a step well, and Ashoka pillar that is 13 meters high bearing the edict of Emperor Ashoka inscribed in 3 BC.

People offer milk at the mosque and light incense sticks to appease the Djinns (spirits) that supposedly occupy the lower chambers of the fort. Delhi by Foot has a walking tour to this place.

6 AM to 6 PM; 15 for Indians, 200 for foreigners, and 25 for video cameras;  Delhi  gate

Feroz Shah Kotla stadium is near the Firoz Shah fort and hosts international one day and test cricket matches. It is the second oldest cricket ground in India. Indian cricket team remains undefeated in test matches for the past 28 years and 10 years in one day matches.

Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal emperor had 22 sons. Out of them Mirza Khizr, Zahir ud-din, and Abu Bakht were executed by General William Hudson with gunshots at the Kabuli gate of Old Delhi. People today call this gate Khooni darwaza (gate of blood).

Shankar’s international doll museum

There is a collection of about 7000 dolls from 80 countries in this museum that is existing since 1965. In the Indian section, there are about 500 dolls wearing Indian attire.

Dolls from other countries include Flamenco dancer dolls from Spain, Japanese geisha dolls, farmer dolls from America, Kandyan dancers from Sri Lanka, and more.

10 AM to 6 PM; 15 for adults and 5 for children;  ITO

The Ghats of Yamuna

After the cremation of Gandhi, his followers immersed his ashes in the Yamuna ghats near the Red fort. Nigambodh ghat is a burning ghat beside the Yamuna river supposedly built by Yudhistira, one of the Pandavas.

The name translates to realization of knowledge because Lord Brahma, the Hindu god of creation lost his memory but regained it along with some books after he took a dip here.

Other places of interest in Central Delhi are Razia Sultan tomb, Fatehpuri masjid, and Katu Shyam mandir.

St. James church

Colonel James Skinner built the church in the Greek cross design in 1836. Though the structure is modest with low ceilings, it is not too big.

However, it has elaborate designs and the two stained glass windows on either side of the cross below the dome have pictures of the crucifixion and ascension.

Wounded and without help on a battlefield, Colonel Skinner woved to build a church if he survived. The church exists because he lived.

Kashmere gate

Civil Lines (सिविल लाइंस)

Safety score – 2.9/5

Civil lines was where civilians lived during the British Raj. Currently, the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi lives in the Raj Niwas. There are residential areas here.

Nicholson cemetery

Another place for ghost hunters, it is said that John Nicholson, the British officer who played a role in failing the rebellion haunts the place. He along with other soldiers are buried here.

The cemetery was built in the 18th century and it belongs to St. James Church today. The gravestones have names of soldiers and their cause of death.

Kashmere gate

Qudsia Bagh

Ahmed Shah Bahadur built a mansion for Qudsia Begum, his mother. Much of it was destroyed during the Indian rebellion in 1857. Remaining structures in the place are the Shahi mosque, the stables, and the entrance gate.

Kashmere gate

Kamla Nehru Ridge

It is in North Delhi and has an interesting bird life, historical monuments and green cover. It is a place for walkers and joggers. Chauburja mosque is the remains of a single domed mosque built by Firoz Shah Tughlaq, and the southern guard house are centuries old.

Near the mosque is the Khooni khan jheel,a place for ducks. During the 1857 Indian rebellion, fighting broke out between those trying to hide among the trees here and those looking for them. Thanks to the dumping of corpses of rebels into the pond, people report seeing apparitions here.

Flagstaff tower built by the British in 1828 as a signal tower is the highest point in the ridge that gives you a full view of the surroundings. Mutiny memorial is called Ajitgarh today and it was built post the failure of the rebellion.

Vidhan Sabha (yellow line), Pul Bangash (red line)

Delhi University

An act of the Central Legislative Assembly of India (British India) gave birth to University of Delhi, or the Delhi University. It takes up a lot of real estate in Central Delhi. It is a Central university of higher education today.

There are North and South campuses with students enrolled in colleges in the campuses and also in other locations around Delhi.

Burari (बुराड़ी)

Safety score – 1.8 to 2.3/5

Murari is the former name for this neighborhood because Lord Krishna came here to graze his cows. However, the Mughals changed it to Burari.

Yamuna biodiversity park

It lies on a biologically rich wetlands in Delhi and it is one of the most visited places in Delhi. The park boasts of many species of birds, reptiles, and butterflies.

There are many medicinal herbs, and fruit yielding plants. The park acts as a conservatory for endangered species of plant life. Migratory birds in the park include painted storks, pintails, pochards, among others.

10 AM to 5 PM from Monday to Saturday;  GTB Nagar

Coronation park

Coronation park is far away from the city center today, but back then during the British Raj, despite being far from the city, they used the site of three coronations.

First was the proclamation of Queen VIctoria as the Empress of India in 1911 in a durbar. January 1, 1903 was the date of the second darbar to celebrate the coronation of the King Edward VII.

The third durbar was in 1911 to celebrate the coronation of King George V. The tall statue of King George V and several other statues namely of Lord Hardinge that remind us of colonial days was moved here from Lutyens’ Delhi.

5 AM to 7 PM;  GTB Nagar

Roshanara Bagh

Built by Mughal Princess Roshanara Begum, daughter of Shah Jahan, the park is today in the middle of residential neighborhoods. It has open spaces for children to play and an interesting flora. There is good variety of plants imported from Japan.

5 AM to 7 PM;  Pratap nagar

New Delhi (नई दिल्ली)

New Delhi is the capital of National capital territory of Delhi. It is the eighth historical city of Delhi. Some sources say this was the spot of the legendary Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas.

King George V laid the foundation stone for the new city during the 1911 Delhi darbar. After the durbar the British moved the capital from Calcutta to Delhi.

Connaught place (कनॉट प्लेस)

Safety score – 3.8/5

Connaught place is the most expensive business district in India.  One of the the several financial districts of Delhi, it has head offices of many corporations. Not many businesses can take an office space here thanks to the premium price.

Until 1929, animals and birds lived in this business district during its reserve forest days. The most attractive is the Central park and its retail outlets around the park. It attracts a lot of shoppers and foodies. The park hosts musical performances and other events at times.

Sagar Ratna, Veda restaurant, Unplugged courtyard, Odeon social, HotMess, Vault Cafe, Barbeque nation, Ananda restaurant, Bunta bar, Pebble street, Tamasha, Saravana Bhavan, Bikanervala, Parikrama

Cha Bar, Boombox cafe, Townhouse cafe

Lord of the Drinks, Route 04, My Bar Headquarters, Excuse Me Boss, The Flying Saucer, Informal, Cafe MRP

connaught place new delhi
Source: DforDelhi

Jantar mantar

It is a giant sundial and observatory built in 1724 with a giant structure called gnomon that casts a shadow and shows time.

Structures in there are samrat yantra, a giant triangle that shows time, jai prakash yantra, to see positions of stars, and Misra yantra, determines the shortest and longest days.

10 AM to 6 PM;  Patel Chowk

Laxmi Narayan temple

This pretty temple dedicated to Lord Laxminarayan was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi in 1939. It was built by the Birlas and so it is also known as Birla mandir. Major festivals people celebrate here are Janmashtami and Diwali.

RK Ashram Marg

Gurudwara bangla sahib

The erstwhile palace of Raja Jai Singh that people know as Jaisinghpura was later converted to a gurdwara and named in honor of the 8th Sikh guru, Guru Harkrishan Sahib where he had stayed here until 1664.

It has a golden dome, and a large tank that people say have healing powers. The museum shows history of the Sikhs.

Patel Chowk

Agrasen ki Baoli

This stepwell is in the middle of Connaught place and built during the times of the Mahabharata. It was rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agarwal community.

There are 108 steps of red sandstone. Another haunted site in Delhi where you may see an apparition or two, or hear voices speaking to you.

Janpath, and Barakhamba road

Other attractions in the area are the National Philatelic museum, and the Shivaji stadium.

Lutyens’ Delhi (लुटियंस दिल्ली)

Safety score – 3 to 3.5/5

Lutyens Delhi was built over 1920s, 30s, and 40s. They built the New Delhi train station to serve this area. Did you hear? The Rashtrapati Bhavan is on rent. However, you need to be the President of India to live in it.

Andhra Bhawan, Maharashtra Sadan, Shikara, Gulati, Haldiram’s, Lutyens Cocktail House, Chor Bizarre

Masala library, Vigyan bhawan, Cafe Lota

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Rashtrapati bhavan; Source: Holidify

Parliament house and museum

Sansad Bhawan or the Parliament house was designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker and built in 1927. The circular structure is based on Ashoka chakra. It is where the upper house of the Parliament meets and makes decisions.

You can witness a session and see how the decision making process happens directly. You have to get there on time and register yourself to witness it from the visitors gallery.

The Parliament museum is close to the parliament building and it was inaugurated by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on 15th of August, 2006. It gives you interactive tour of polity evolution of India, freedom struggle, and important events at the Parliament.

Central Secretariat (violet and yellow line)

Rashtrapati Bhavan

Official home of the President of India, it is part of the 130 acre Presidential estate. The Viceroy of India lived in this palace during the British Raj.

The mansion has 340 rooms which has President’s official residence, residences of the President’s bodyguards and staff, guest rooms for VVIPs, halls, and offices.

It is a blend of Mughal and European architecture and has a huge dome in the center like a stupa. When there is no government business, you are allowed inside and do you know what you can see? The museum is inside the estate and it well maintained huge complex.

Note: You can witness fresh troops of the armed forces replace the old ones at the Changing of the guard event every Saturday morning.

Central Secretariat (violet and yellow line)

Cathedral Church of the Redemption

Built in 1931, the cathedral was built to serve the British officers. It belongs to the diocese of the Church of North India.

Central Secretariat (violet and yellow line)

Another piece of history is the Gurudwara Sri Rakab Ganj Sahib built in honor of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th Sikh guru. This place marks the cremation spot of the Guru’s body.


Rajpath or King’s way is an avenue that runs from the gates of the Rashtrapati Bhavan to India gate. Both sides of the road are tree lined, there are huge lawns and canals.

The government uses this road for its Republic Day and Independence Day parades that the President, and Prime Minister of India along with other dignitaries witness. On other days, families are out here on picnic and chaat vendors sell their gol gappas and ice creams.

Another attraction here is the Segway tour. The Lutyens’ Delhi tour starts at the Rajpath and ends here after all of one hour.

National museum

One of the largest museums in India, it was established in 1949. Nice place for history lovers, there are artefacts from the Indus valley civilization, the Mughal dynasties, and empires from around Delhi.

There are galleries for wood carvings, coins, maritime heritage, paintings, textiles, arms, etc. There are artefacts of foreign origins too.

Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM; 20 for adults, 650 for foreigners (audio guide included);  Central Secretariat

Lal Bahadur Shastri memorial

Lal Bahadur Shastri was India’s 2nd Prime Minister of India. To end the war with Pakistan, he travelled to USSR, but he died in Tashkent on January 11, 1966 the next day of signing of the Tashkent declaration.

While living, he lived with his family here, but now it is a museum. Read more about it.

Wednesday to Monday from 10 AM to 5 PM;  Udyog Bhawan (yellow line), Khan market (violet line)

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India gate

It is rather a war memorial than a gate. It is 42 meter tall and has a lot of real estate where names of 13,516 soldiers who died in the British – Afghan war (1919) and World War I are etched.

India gate is the site of Amar Jawan jyoti (tomb of the unknown soldier) set up after independence. The arch is flanked by the August kranti maidan and children’s park.

National gallery of modern art (NGMA)

NGMA is housed in Jaipur house, former residence of of the Maharaja of Jaipur. Built of yellow sandstone and there is a large garden. There are works of art by famous artists like Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore and others.

11 AM to 6:30 PM; 10 for adults and 150 for foreigners

Major Dhyan Chand stadium

It is named after Major Dhyan Chand, it has hosted hockey tournaments in the past including a hockey world cup and commonwealth games hockey fixtures.

National science center

It has eight floors full of exhibits ranging from prehistoric, ancient, medieval to modern ages. Exhibits range from art, culture to heritage and science. It is of educative value to students of science. It is popular among other visitors also.

10 AM to 5:30 PM;  Indraprastha

Supreme court of India was built in the 1950s and contains the supreme court, and high court and other judicial offices.

National Handicrafts and Handlooms museum

It is Delhi’s largest museum for crafts that pays tribute to Indian handicrafts and textiles. Also known as the National crafts museum,  it has more than 35,000 pieces of exhibits.

Antique handkerchiefs, 300 year old Bhoota collection from Karnataka, metal jewelry, handicrafts from the Kutch, Kashmir, wooden carvings, paintings, craft museum, and more.

10 AM to 5 PM; 10 for Indians and 150 for foreigners;  Indraprastha

Chanakyapuri (चाणक्यपुरी)

Safety score – 3.3/5

Chanakyapuri is an affluent neighborhood and a diplomatic enclave. The neighborhood is named after Chanakya, political advisor to Chandragupta Maurya in 3 BC.

He was a master at diplomacy and taught Chandragupta how to handle Alexander the Great’s invasion of India. Perhaps a fitting name for this neighborhood.

There are land alloted to embassies, high commissions and residences of ambassadors, built around Shantipath (peace road). There are other interesting things to do here.

Alkauser, MP Canteen, Big Yellow Door

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Purana Qila; Source: Famous places in India

Nehru park

Nehru park was established in 1969 and is a place for morning walks. The Bhakti festival is organized by Delhi’s council and Spic Macay. There are regular events happening there like art events, and yoga sessions.

5 AM to 8 PM;  Lok Kalyan marg

National rail museum

The museum about the history of Indian railways. There are exhibits indoor and outdoor. Top attractions include Fairy Queen, Patiala state monorail train, Morris fire engine, Prince of Wales saloon, Mysore maharaja’s saloon, Maharaja of Baroda’s saloon, and palace on wheels.

Indoor section includes uniforms, communication systems, furniture, and signaling equipment. There are diesel and electric locomotives, armored trains, and wagons.

Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM; Weekdays: 10 for children, 50 for adults, weekends: 100 for adults and 20 for children;  Dhaula Khan

Nehru planetarium

Teen Murti Bhavan is the official residence of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, built in 1930. Nehru gave impetus to scientific development of India during his term. It is fitting that his residence is now belongs to science.

In the complex there is a Nehru memorial museum and library that showcases the belongings of Nehru. Nehru planetarium opened in 1984. The memorial outside the building with statues of soldier of Jodhpur state, Hyderabad state, Mysore state gave the name to this building.

The planetarium exhibits the vehicle that carried Rakesh Sharma to space including his space suit and his journal. Sky theater shows animations, special effects, videos of celestial bodies and events.

9 AM to 6 PM; 50 for adults and 30 for children;  Lok Kalyan Marg

Indira Gandhi memorial museum

Because of Gandhi Gandhi’s order to storm the Golden temple at Amritsar to kill leaders of the Sikh militancy, Indira Gandhi’s Sikh bodyguards assassinated her at her home.

The riots that followed this act was cringeworthy, but they decided that Indira Gandhi needs a museum. The spot of her assassination and her last walk is marked with a crystal pathway.

Her house is now a museum that showcases her work, her clothes at the time of assassination, her belongings, and pictures of her meetings with leaders and heads of states.

9:30 AM to 4:30 PM; Free;  Lok Kalyan Marg

Purana Qila

Afghan ruler Sheh Shah built this fort in 1540 after defeating Humayun, the Mughal ruler. It is the sixth city of Delhi, but some of the structures there are older than the fort.

The supposed site of the Indraprastha was around the Qila that was supposedly wrecked by the British to build Lutyens’ Delhi.

The walls of contain a stepwell, a mosque and a library + observatory from where Humayun fell off the stairs to his death. There are three gates to the fort, Talaqi darwaza, Badha darwaza, and Humayuni darwaza.

8 AM to 5 PM; 5 for Indians, 200 for foreigners, 25 for video camera; Light and sound shpw: 100 for adults and 50 for children;  Lok Kalyan Marg

Lodhi garden

Lodhi garden is a site of tombs of Lodi kings of the 15th century, namely, Mohammad Shah, and Sikandar Lodi. Shish Gumbad is a tomb of an unknown Lodi, and Bada Gumbad does not identify anyone.

It is a gateway to a mosque. All these structures are on a raised platform at different points in time. The park around it has many trees and flowering plants. The park also hosts yoga and zumba sessions.

Oct to Mar: 6 AM to 8 PM; Spr to Sept: 5AM to 8 PM;  Lok Kalyan marg, Jorbagh, Khan market

Safdarjung tomb

Safdar ka maqbara is a garden tomb made of marble and sandstone built in the 18th century. More than 300 years old, it is a design of an Ethiopian architect and his son Nawab Shujad Daula.

Safdar’s title at the time of death is Wazir-ul-Mamlak-i-Hindustan (Prime Minister of Mughal India)

7 AM to 5 PM; 15 for Indians and 200 for foreigners;  Jorbagh

India Habitat center near the Lodhi garden is a cultural center for plays, concerts, film screenings, and dance performances.

Central ridge reserve forest

Another haunted site of Delhi, the ridge once belonged to the Aravalli range and is almost 1500 million years old. Today it is in parts inside Delhi. The Central ridge was made into a reserve forest in 1914.

Bhuli bhatiyari is a fort in ruins with a giant gate and lots of trees around it. Talkatora and Ralkatora are the two gardens near the Rashtrapati bhavan museum. There is a cricket stadium and an indoor stadium.

Central Delhi is home to the Indira Gandhi international airport at Palam which is a mini city where people live (maybe) and work.

East Delhi (पूर्व दिल्ली)

East Delhi is to the East of Yamuna river and it has residential neighborhoods like Preet Vihar, and Mayur Vihar.

Safety score – 2.2 to 2.7/5

Ramesh Vaishno Dhaba, Nazeer

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Akshardham temple

This temple was built by the Gujarati Hindu Swaminarayan Group in 2005. The red sandstone was carved elaborately and includes at least 20,000 deities, saints, devotees, and other divine creatures.

The temple is made as per Sthapatya Shastra, the architectural science of India without usage of iron and steel. The modern architectural marvel is hard to describe in few sentences.

Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM;  Akshardham

The markets of Gandhi Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, and Smriti Van are other places of interest.

South East Delhi (दक्षिण पूर्व दिल्ली)

It is a revenue district and it has interesting monuments and places of interest.

Nizamuddin (निजामुद्दीन)

Safety score – 3/5

Nizamuddin is a historical neighborhood that took its name from Hazrat Nizamuddin, a 13th century Sufi saint.

Ghalib Kabab corner, Karim hotel, Nasir Iqbal restaurant, Indian accent

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Humayun’s tomb (UNESCO World heritage site)

Tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun, it predates the Taj Mahal by about a century, and it is among the first examples of Mughal architecture.

This tomb has marble to highlight key features while the Taj Mahal’s entire structure is white. Gardens, fountains, and the dome are the key features of this tomb. Read more here.

10 AM to 6 PM; 30 for Indians, 500 for foreigners, 25 for video cameras;  Jangpura

You can hear Sufi music with Qawwalis every Thursday evening at the Hazrath Nizamuddin dargah. Discover Sufism here.

National zoological park

Slated for inauguration before independence, the park was created much later. Some of the attractions are the Bengal tiger, Asiatic lion, jungle fowl, jaguars, wild buffalo, different species of deer, zebras, among others.

Tip: Do not lean into the tiger enclosure. Besides there are monuments inside the zoo.

Saturday to Thursday between 9:30 AM to 4 PM; Check this link for tariff Khan market

Millenium park Delhi is a manicured garden near the zoo that couples use for their couply thing.

Kalkaji (काल्काजी)

Safety score – 3.5/5

Kalkaji is a neighborhood in East Delhi. There are temples, retail stores, and residential layouts.

The founders cafe, City of joy, Maa tara restaurant, Mainland China

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Lotus temple

Lotus temple is a Bahá’í House of worship notable for its Lotus shape. Since its inception in 1986 It has 27 marble petals, 9 gates to symbolize 9 different religions, and 9 small ponds, all within a garden.

Disassociation from deity worship is the highlight here and it believes in religious oneness. You can pray to anyone inside the enormous prayer hall.

Tuesday to Sunday from 9 AM to 5:30 PM;  Kalkaji mandir

Kalkaji mandir

Believed to be a self-manifested deity from the era of Satya yuga, the temple was built in 1764 and the modern renovation is made of marble and black pumice stone.

The deity people worship is Goddess Kali or Kalka is a form of Goddess Parvati who killed Raktabija Sura, a demon king who spawned many like him from the drops of his blood.

4 AM to 11:30 PM;  Kalkaji mandir

Not far from the Kalkaji and Lotus temples, is a stone edict put there by Ashoka. King Ashoka wrote his experience practicing Buddhism in Prakrit language.

Jahanpanah forest

This forest is the site of another ancient city of Delhi called Jahanpanah. Muhammad bin Tughlaq is the founder of the city who wanted to live in a perfect city free from invasions with basic amenities available all the time.

The name means refuge of the world. There is a long jogging track laid out by the Delhi authorities in this 435 acre forest. You can see Satpula bridge and some ancient ruins along the way.

Tip: Do not stay after dark, come here with friends. Read more here.

6:30 AM to 6:30 PM; Kalkaji mandir, Hauz khas

Tughlakabad (तुग्लकाबाद)

Safety score – 3.5/5

Tughlaqabad is the bustling residential and commercial neighborhood near the ancient fort of Tughlaqabad. This neighborhood has a lot of ancient monuments and forts that you can visit. Because these monuments do not get many visitors, it is like getting off the beaten path.

tughlaqabad fort walls delhi
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Tughlaqabad fort

Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq the founder of the Tughlaq dynasty built this fort in 1321. It has a complex history of slavery, curses, death, and ruins. The walls of the fort are 10 meter thick with battlements and bastions still prominent and is 30 meter in height.

Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq’s tomb opposite to the fort was built by himself using Indo-Islamic architecture. The three graves under the dome belongs to Ghiyasuddin, his son Muhammad bin Tughlaq, and his wife Makhdum-i-Jahan.

It was built using red sandstones and white marble. There is a kalasa (pinnacle) at the top of the dome which is a Hindu influence.

9 AM to 5 PM; 5 for Indians and 100 for foreigners;  Mohan estate

Adilabad fort

Adilabad fort was said to have been built by Muhammad bin Tughlaq and named it Adilabad, while Adil is his title. It is also known as Nai ka kot or barber’s fort.

Many structures inside the fort like the palace and the former eight kilometer long wall, has been destroyed. There is an air of mystery to it and not much is known about this place.


Asola bhatti wildlife sanctuary

This wildlife sanctuary was set up in 1986, a home to birds, reptiles, and animals. There is a nature trail run by the Conservation Education Centre run by Bombay Natural History Society.


Okhla (ओख्ला)

Safety score – 2.5/5

Okhla is an industrial suburb and River Yamuna cuts across it. It sits on the border of Uttar Pradesh (Noida) which is a continuation of Okhla.

Karim’s, Royal biryani

Attractions of Okhla

Delhi Eye is a giant ferris wheel installed by Vekoma rides, a Dutch company and has air-conditioned pods. Each pod can seat six people. It joins the league of giant ferris wheels like in London, Paris, and Singapore.

It sits next to the Yamuna river and the top most pod gives a view of Delhi and some of the attractions like the Qutub minar, Akshardham temple, Lotus temple, Humayun’s tomb, and the red fort.

11 AM to 8 PM; 250 per person, 150 for senior citizens, 1500 for seat in VIP pod;  Kalindi kunj

The ferris wheel is part of the Kalindi kunj park.

Okhla bird sanctuary is a wetland near the Yamuna river where many species of birds live and many of them migrate here.

Jamia Millia Islamia is a Central university in Okhla was founded by Muslim independence leaders in 1920. It has established itself in the field of academics and sports.

South Delhi (दक्षिण दिल्ली)

It is a district of historical importance, locations of four of the eight historical cities of Delhi are in South Delhi. This district has affluent neighborhoods, nice urban villages, and educational institutes of national importance.

Hauz Khas (हौज़ ख़ास)

Safety score – 3.2/5

Hauz Khas is a mixture of historic and modern. Delhi is a modern metropolis with ancient city ruins everywhere. Hauz Khas is no exception. Businesses operate around nearby ruins.

It has a bustling nightlife because of specialty restaurants and pubs in the area. There are many retail stores and art galleries.

Naivedyam, Smoke house deli, Lama kitchen, Mia bella, Maquina, Toddy shop, Magister cafe, Karim’s, Summer house cafe, The junction, Gung, The Clayoven, A2B, Tabula beach cafe, Potbelly

Hauz khas social, Lord of the drinks, Imperfecto, Vapour, Piano man

Kunzum travel cafe, Coast cafe

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Hauz khas complex

Hauz khas got its name from the hauz (tank) and khas means royalty or elite. Siri is one of the eight cities of Delhi built by Alauddin Khilji of the Delhi Sultanate in the 13th century.

The ruins beyond the iron gate contains a madrasa, a mosque, various tombs, and a water tank. The tank was built back then to supply to Siri. The group of buildings near the tank is the madrasa and they are formerly the largest Islamic seminary in the world.

Firoz Shah Tughlaq restored the tank and desilted it. Today the complex also has a deer park enclosure. Visit the place, check out the ruins, meet a deer, and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere.

Other monuments on the way to the madrasa are Dadi Poti’s tombs, Barah khamba, Chhoti gumti, Sakri gumti, Choti gumti, and Bagh-i-alam ka gumbad.

Chor minar was built in the 13th century and this was where justice was served. Beheading was the top punishment for thieves and other criminals, and the heads displayed.

Monday to Saturday between 10:30 AM to 7 PM;  Hauz khas

Begumpuri mosque

This is the second largest mosque in Delhi and was built during the Tughlaq era (1320 AD). The structure is fortified that includes defensive capabilities.

It was built with quartzite stone which was capable of withstanding blows to the walls. It has a dome gateway and 64 domed compartments inside. The artisans gave this structure some strength using lentils and jaggery. Read Madhulika’s blog for more.

6 AM to 6 PM;  Malviya nagar

Premier education institutes

Premier education institutions near Hauz Khas village are Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, and Indian Statistical Institute.

Hauz Khas is the getaway of their students.

Mehrauli (महरौली)

Safety score – 2.8/5

Mehrauli is the first of the eight cities of Delhi, the ruins here are a mixture of Hindu, Jain, and Muslim origins. The city saw growth in size and population over the centuries along with addition of more monuments in and around the Qutub complex over the centuries.

Olive bar and kitchen, Cherie, En restaurant, Thai high, Qla, Tonino, FIO

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Qutub complex (UNESCO World heritage site)

Qutub complex was built over the centuries starting from the 12th century and it was a bustling city around the Lal kot built by Rajput rulers.

Most visited is the minaret known as Qutub minar which is 73 meter high, credited to Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, the founder of the Delhi Sultanate who worshipped sufi saint Qutbuddin Bakhtiar Kaki.

They hired the best craftsmen and builders to stack bricks so high and inscribe verses from the Quran.

Iron pillar, a two millenium old Chemistry defying rustless wonder is near the Qutub minar and is 7 meter tall. (Work of aliens or is it wizardry?) The name of King Chandragupta ll is inscribed in Gupta era Brahmi script.

Around the Qutub minar there are ruins of tombs of Iltutmish, Ala-ud-din Khilji and a mosque. The tomb seems to be built on Jain temples and Rajput structures. The madrasa is a center of learning.

There are inscription of Hindu gods at the ruins of various structures, which proves the fact that the citizens of the sultanate were predominantly Hindu and Muslim rulers did their best to include all.

7 AM to 5 PM; 30 for Indians, 500 for foreigners, and 25 for videos. Light show: 20 for Indians, 250 for foreigners, and 100 for audio guide;  Qutub minar

Sanjay Van & Qila lal kot (Qila Rai Pithora)

After the fall of Indraprastha, Delhi did not see any empire rise there until Mehrauli, that Raja Anangpal of the Tomar dynasty built along with fort walls in 736 AD. The Chauhans added more structures and strengthened the fort in the 12th century.

The fort walls still stand inside the Sanjay van. Adham Khan’s tomb is the most visible part of the city. Adham Khan was the general in the Mughal empire, which was constructed much later.

Mehrauli archaeological park

Mehrauli archaeological park is a park that preserves of historic relics of Delhi. As you walk into the park you will see tombs of Quli Khan and Balban, the Jamali Kamali mosque along with tomb of Sufi poet Jamali, and Rajon ki baoli, a 16th century stepwell.

The whole park has thick foliage and you may not see a ruin until you stumble upon it. To the South is the Zafar Mahal, the remains of a palace.

9 AM to 5 PM; Qutub minar

Hanuman and Katyayani temples

Lord Hanuman is the main deity of Chattarpur Temple Hanuman Sthal. It has a tall statue of Lord Hanuman that you can see from a distance.

1974 saw the construction of a beautiful temple. Today it is next to the Hanuman mandir. The temple deity is Goddess Katyayani (Durga). It is one of the biggest temples in India with South Indian architecture. Navaratri is the biggest festival they celebrate and the temple sees a lot of footfall.

4 AM to 11 PM; Chhatarpur

There are more than 400 archeological site in South Delhi that you can visit if you have the luxury of time and a long life.

Other places of interest near the archeological site are the Garden of five senses, a 20 acres garden. It is more a place for couples stimulating their senses (you know doing couply things behind bushes) than a garden with roses and little shrubs.

Saket is a residential and commercial neighborhood in South Delhi. There are many schools, retails outlets and some famous television news personalities live. It borders the Asola wildlife sanctuary and Saket is also a point of entry.

South West Delhi (दक्षिण पश्चिम दिल्ली)

South West Delhi became a district in 1997 when National capital territory of Delhi became a state. This district is full of residential neighborhoods and commercial establishments. The neighborhoods of South West Delhi are Dwarka, Najafgarh, among others.

Safety score – 1.9 to 2.8/5

Sulabh international museum of toilets

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Source: Atlas Obscura

Sulabh toilet museum is one of the weirdest museums in the world. Set up by Sulabh International which was established in 1992, it has dedicated itself to sanitation and health in India.

While archeology museums showcase ancient tools, this museum has ancient toilet and sanitation systems displayed along with modern models.

Toilets on display are from ancient Indian and foreign civilizations, there are gold toilets of kings and monarchs, and sanitation pits.

Weekdays: 8 AM to 8 PM & Weekend: 10 AM to 5 PM;  Dwarka sector 10

Other sites of interest are the ancient stepwell called Dwarka baoli that was built 600 years ago and Iskcon temple.

West Delhi (पश्चिम दिल्ली)

District of West Delhi has residential and commercial neighborhood. Some of the neighborhoods are Rajouri garden, Punjabi Bagh, Paschim vihar, and Janakpuri.

Safety score – 2.4 to 3.6/5

Among Delhi’s multitude of markets, Dilli Haat is the biggest and popular that showcases culture and food of different states of India. The three locations are near Laxmi Bai Nagar which is the original, Pitampura, and the newest one at Janakpuri in West Delhi.

11 AM to 10 PM

Laxmi Bai Nagar: INA, Pitampura: Netaji Subhash Chandra Palace; Janakpuri: Tilak Nagar

Another attraction is the Iskcon temple at Punjabi bagh. It is a Krishna temple that began in 1984. People love the khichdi prasad here.

Baljeet’s, Guru kripa food plaza, Red Chilli’s, Evergreen, Derby cookhouse, Alkakori, Aslam chicken corner


North West Delhi (उत्तर पश्चिम दिल्ली), and North Delhi (उत्तर दिल्ली)

Districts of North and North West Delhi has residential areas and commercial establishments. The North Delhi also has industrial areas there. Delhi technological University is the North Delhi campuses of Delhi University.

Safety score – 1.6 to 3.4/5

DU provides the faculty for the tech university. Splash and Just Chill are the two water themed parks popular among children and families.

The North West Delhi is full of ecological parks, water theme parks, and markets. And off course, there are ancient and medieval ruins everywhere.

Moti Mahal Delux, Green chick chop

North East Delhi (उत्तर पूर्व दिल्ली), and Shahdara (शाहदरा)

Safety score – 1.8 to 4/5

North East Delhi is the least developed than other districts of Delhi and there is nothing worthwhile to see. Shahdara is an ancient settlement of a Mughal king which means door of the kings.

The markets of Shahdara had grain warehouses and the wholesale grain markets supplied grains to Old Delhi during the 18th century. There are many temples, gurudwaras, churches, and other religious establishments.

Travel far and wide from Delhi

Delhi is a small part of the North India circuit and most travel and tour companies have Delhi as one of the destinations. You can travel to other places using the buses and trains in Delhi. To make it easy I will divide it into what you see within the NCR of Delhi and elsewhere.

Within the National Capital Region

In Uttar Pradesh you can visit and see sights in historically important cities like Meerut, Ghaziabad and Noida. Rajasthan’s Alwar and Bharatpur are a few hours’ drive from Delhi. In Haryana, places near Delhi are Faridabad, Gurugram, Panipat, Sonipat, Karnal, and Bhiwani.


East of Delhi – To the East of Delhi are states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, and the North Eastern states. Nepal, Bangladesh, and Bhutan are nice getaways too. Some of the top cities connected by bus, train, and flights are Lucknow, Varanasi, Kathmandu, Patna, Bodh Gaya, Kolkata

South of Delhi – To the South of Delhi, you can go up to Kerala and Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu starting with Agra, Jaipur, Gwalior, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Mumbai, Pune, Bhubaneswar, Puri, Visakhapatnam, Hyderabad, Tirupati, Chennai, Bangalore, Mysore, Coimbatore, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram, and then Sri Lanka.

West of Delhi – The states of Haryana and Rajasthan are to the West. Chandigarh, Neemrana, and Bikaner are few hours journey from Delhi by buses and by trains.

North of Delhi Uttarakhand, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir are to the North. Popular destination for biking is at Leh and Ladakh.

Amritsar (see the Wagah border ceremony), Ludhiana, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Shimla, Dehradun, Mussoorie, and Manali are some of the top destinations.

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Source: Glimpses of India

Other tips

1. Visit Delhi’s urban villages and the markets

Delhi’s urban villages were the yesteryears villages or hamlets outside the royal cities of Delhi. These urban villages have restaurants, clubs, boutiques, and shops selling antiques, and handicrafts.

There might be food and music stalls. Only registered business can operate in these villages. Urban villages of Delhi are the Hauz khas village, Shahpur jat, Mehar Chand market, and Dilli Haat.

Delhi has many flea markets, spice markets, and markets for clothes and books. A great place to hangout in the weekends or on a short trips to Delhi.

2. Watch sports

Delhi has some of the best sporting venues in India. It was the host of the 1982 Asian games, 2010 Commonwealth games.

Cricket and football are popular games here and Delhi has teams of its own in these sports. It hosted team sports like 2010 Hockey world cup, and 2011 cricket world cup in its stadiums.

Sports teams to cheer for are:

Cricket – Delhi Daredevils and the Delhi cricket team – Indian Premier League – Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.

Football – Delhi Dynamos FC – Indian Super League – Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Even the Delhi football team play here.

Basketball – Delhi Capitals – UBA Pro Basketball League

Kabaddi – Daband Delhi – Pro Kabaddi league – Thyagaraj Sports Complex

Badminton – Delhi Dashers – Premier Badminton League – Siri fort complex

3. Go on a walking or cycling tours

Walking and cycling tours can get you off the beaten path and help you explore some of the unseen. LBB has a list of walking and cycling tours in Delhi.

4. Participate in a rickshaw run

Rickshaw runs are events that adventure companies organize for people to participate and complete a predetermined course on an auto rickshaw. These events  give a platform to adventure junkies to get their rush of adrenaline (mostly because of Indian traffic).

The participants usually collect donations from people who like their adventure. The adventurers will use the money to fund their tour and also to donate to charity. Find out more here.

5. Clean and Help

It took forever for the Delhi government to act to save a dying stinking river. Even private organizations have been trying to lobby to the government about the issue. Nonetheless, there are private and government organizations you can help.

You can help birds at the hospital run by the Digambar Jain complex. It is open from 8 AM to 8 PM on all days.

Safety score: Safetipin, an organization validates how safe a person is after dark in a place, based on research.

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