10 easy must-do’s that will get you covered within 24 hours, before you move onto the next destination!
As the capital of India, modern Delhi embodies its country’s future and a colorful history. If you’re visiting India, Delhi is most likely where you will land. Here are ten easy must-do’s that will get you covered within 24 hours, before you move onto the next destination!
1. Start your day at the Red Fort.
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. daily (except Monday)
Fee: Rs.10/- (Indian Citizens) and Rs.150/- (foreigners)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is on top of every must-see list. The ancient residence of the Mughal emperor is situated in the center of Delhi and hard to miss as the entire establishment was built in red sandstone. The landmark played an important role during 200 years of the Mughap empire until 1857. Today, the Prime Minister of India will conduct a speech to the nation on India’s Independence Day annually from the Red Fort.
2. Stroll through Chandni Chowk market.
If you’re a big fan of bazaars, Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest markets in Old Delhi. Situated near the Red Fort, this makes the perfect following stop. You can find anything from restaurants, clothing, books, jewelry, spices, to household items. This would be a great place to stock up on souvenirs.
3. Check out the view from Jama Masjid.
Created by Emperor Shah Jahan, the 17th century mosque is one of the biggest in India. Jama Masjid’s main courtyard can hold up to 25,000 worshippers. Completed in 1656, the mosque is adorned by red sandstone and white marble. It’s also the site of both the 2006 and 2010 explosive attacks.
4. Visit Gandhi’s tomb at Raj Ghat.
After his assassination, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated at Raj Ghat, surrounded by a lovely park with trees that are famously named, including: Queen Elizabeth II, Ho Chi Minh…etc. There are also two museums close by that are dedicated to Gandhi.
5. Lunch at Imperial Hotel’s The Spice Route Restaurant.
Call: +91 11 4150 1234
Open for Lunch and Dinner
Hours: Lunch: 12:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. and Dinner: 7:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
The highly acclaimed restaurant features flavors from India and Southeast Asia by infusing spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerala through Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam. Dress code is casual cool. But do not enter with shorts or slippers.
* The hotel’s 1911 Bar is also an excellent choice for delightful cocktails.
6. Window shop at the chic Khan Market.
After a hearty meal, a nice relaxing stroll is much needed. Extremely popular among Indian elites, socialites and expats, Khan Market is one of the most high end shopping areas in Delhi. It’s a fantastic place to collect souvenirs, browse through shops selling: books, clothes, jewelry…etc. You’ll also spot many cafes, restaurants and bars.
7. Check out Humayun’s Tomb.
Humayun ‘s Tomb was said to have inspired Emperor Shah Jahan as he constructed the Taj Mahal. Completed in 1572, this was the first red sandstone architecture built at a large scale. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can check out several small monuments along the pathway that leads to the main tomb.
8. Soak in the harmony and purity of the Lotus Temple.
Closed on Mondays.
Aka: Baha’i House of Worship, the Lotus Temple makes a magnificent Instagram capture. The multiple award-winning architecture has been covered in magazines around the world, and attracts more than 70 millions tourists annually. The Baha’i texts welcome people of all religion to worship at the temple, crossing all language barriers. Chants, prayers and choral music can be heard inside the temple but musical instruments are not allowed. Religious rituals and sermons cannot be performed either.
9. Admire Afghan architecture at Qutub Minar.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Qutub Minar is worth a visit because it’s a marvelous resemblance of Afghan design and architecture one can see in Delhi. Yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the red sandstone tower with marble entails 379 steps that leads to the top of the tower inside. By visiting Qutub Minar, you will also have the chance to see other famous landmarks surrounding it, including: diamond pole of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Ala-ud-din’s Madrasa, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din’s Madrasa and Tomb…and many more.
10. Dine in luxury cuisine at Dum Pukht.
Inside ITC Maurya, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India (map, website)
Expect impeccable service and many slow-cooked local dishes that oozes of authentic aromas and spices. Situated in the ITC Maurya Hotel, Dum Pukht is a luxury restaurant that remembers the 18th century Kingdom of Awadh that adored dance, music and food cultures. By dining here, you’ll be tasting delectable cuisine in addition to ancient history.
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