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10 Popular Spots to Visit in Delhi

Updated on August 9, 2016
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Building of Parliament House and its refelction
Building of Parliament House and its refelction | Source

Many Tourists attractions at Delhi

Delhi is thronged by tourists, both domestic and international, almost throughout the year. Truly cosmopolitan in character, Delhi accommodates people from different states of India as well as diplomats of over 160 countries. Being one of the oldest cities in the world, there are many historic buildings and monuments, specially in the older part of the City. Clubbed with the modernity, fashion centres and shopping malls in the New Delhi part of this city, it becomes a perfect destination for tourists in India.

I have selected 10 spots in Delhi which are popular among tourists. These are a mix of old and traditional as well as relatively newer ones.

#1. Red Fort

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Red Fort is an important destination for a tourist visiting Delhi. This renowned Fort was built on the bank of river Yamuna by Shah jahan, the Mughal King who shifted his capital from Agra to Delhi. (Shah Jahan also built the world famous Taj Mahal at Agra). Even after more than three and half centuries of its existence, the Fort continues to be a source of attraction. The Prime Minister of India uses this historical monument for addressing the nation on 15th August, the Independence Day every year. One can find long queues of visitors from morning till evening.

Inside Red Fort

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Decorative floral work inside the buildings constructed by the Mughal Emperors is unique. They have proved their durability over centuries and adorable even today.

Jali stone work (on the right) provided air and light to the buildings at that time.

Red Fort Complex

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Main entrance as well as the boundary walls of the Fort suggests that the building is made up of red stones. However, inside story is quite different; most of the buildings are made up of white marble. The Complex has many buildings which were used as residences by the then Emperors, Pubic and Private Halls for meetings, a Mosque, women quarters, lawns, gardens, streams of water and fountains. It was a complete world in itself.

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#2. India Gate

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India Gate at Night

India Gate at Night
India Gate at Night | Source

This granite and red stone gateway was built in 1921 as a memorial for 90,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the World War I and also in the third Anglo Afghan War. The names of soldiers have been engraved on the structure. For the past half a century an eternal flame, called Amar Jawan Jyoti, is burning at this spot to remind the visitors of the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers. Many locals and tourists spend time here for relaxing, eating local delicacies and having fun with folk artists, specially during evenings. A view of the Rashtrapati Bhawan (President's House) can be had on the other end of the road. Similarly, a view of the India Gate from a higher level Rashtrapati Bhavan is rather fantastic.

A night view of India Gate is quite enchanting. Sprawling lawns provide ample space for children to play around and enjoy eating. People stay here till late evening. The lawns are used for public meetings and public demonstrations

#3. Qutb Minar (or Qutub Minar)

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A close up of Balcony of Qutub Minar
A close up of Balcony of Qutub Minar | Source


Named after Qutb-ud-din Aibak, the first ruler of Delhi Sultante, this tallest minaret in India is an example of architectural wonders. The construction started in 1192 was completed by the successor of Aibak. This five storied bulding has unique designs at each level. The minaret was damaged by lightening and earthquakes a number of times but was repaired from time to time to maintain its glory. Qutb Minar, a 72.5 meters high building with 399 steps, still attracts nearly 4 million tourist every year and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

#4. National Museum

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Elephant carved out of stone
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It is a great place for the students of history and tourists alike. Cultural heritage is preserved here for the next generations to know more about archaeology, earlier civilizations, musical instruments and old arms etc. It also has a reference library. There is something for every age group to observe and add to knowledge. It is located at Janpath (intersecting with Maulana Azad Road).

#5. Mahatma Gandhi Memorial & Mahatma Gandhi Museum

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Raj Ghat
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On the bank of Yamuna river, Raj Ghat marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Apart from tourists all the foreign dignitaries visiting Delhi come to this spot to pay homage to Gandhiji. 'Hey Ram' the last words uttered by Gandhiji are also written in the front (in Hindi).

Mahatma Gandhi Museum
Mahatma Gandhi Museum | Source

Very near to the Memorial is the National Gandhi Museum having galleries where books, relics and photographs related to Mahatma Gandhi's life have been displayed for the public. The role of Mahatma Gandhi and his associates in freedom struggle has also been depicted in this Museum.

#6. Jantar Mantar (Observatory)

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Constructed in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, this observatory is one of the series built by him. This was constructed for predicting movements of Sun, Moon and other planets as also to find out time at different places. 13 instruments built at that time can be seen at this observatory. Students and tourist often visit Jantar Mantar with interest, which is both learning and entertainment experience.

#7. Bahai House of Worship (Lotus Temple)

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This Bahai House of Worship is unique and one of the most visited worship places at Delhi. Stated in December, 1986, this lotus shaped structure is to teach oneness of God, Religions and Mankind. During my last visit to this place I found pin-drop silence and a wonderful experience of its ambience

Night View of Lotus Temple

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Night view of Bahai House of Worship (Lotus Temple) is gorgeous. It will certainly mesmerize you from outside. Inside silence is quite relaxing.

#8. Akshardham

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This magnificent building is not a temple alone. It reflect the architectural richness and traditions of India. There is a boat ride, a giant screen film and musical fountain, all depicting different aspects of Indian culture. The Garden of India is a lush green spread introducing Indian warriors and national figures which is altogether a new experience for the tourists

Night View of Akshradham
Night View of Akshradham | Source
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Akshardham at Night and other views


It is not only the magnificence of the main building which impresses the tourists but the surroundings and in fact the whole campus is magical. There is a 'lotus shaped' sunken garden called Yogi Hraday Kamal adding to the beauty of the campus.

#9. . National Zoological Park

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Animals and birds lovers can have a complete package of recreation and fun at Delhi Zoo. It can be a tiring experience if covered on foot as this nearly fifty years old Zoo is spread over 176 acres of land and having very spacious abode for many species of animals. It is worth spending a major part of the day to have a glimpse of the variety of animals in this Park.

#10. Connaught Place

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It is perhaps the most happening place for shopping and business in New Delhi. Colonial style buildings forming two (inner and outer) circles provide opportunities for entertainment, staying and eating. Janpath and Palika Bazar are most crowded for purchases by the local people and tourists. Shopping at Palika bazaar requires bargaining. Whole lot of handicrafts can be purchased in emporiums of different states of India.

The place has now been renamed as Rajiv Chowk after late Prime Minister.

Connaught Place - Park View

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Palika Bazaar is underground but at the top of it there are lawns and fountains where people would like to spend some time after shopping and for strolling. Specially in the summer people spend sometime to experience coolness.

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Handicrafts at Janpath
Handicrafts at Janpath | Source
New Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Air Port
New Delhi - Indira Gandhi International Air Port | Source
Flower Market
Flower Market | Source
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Bangles sale | Source
Dresses at Pahar Ganj
Dresses at Pahar Ganj | Source
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Golf Club | Source
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Bus ready for Delhi Tour | Source
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Humayun's Tomb | Source
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Delhi Metro stations Map

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About a decade back air pollution used to be a major problem at Delhi. Introduction of CNG propelled buses and Delhi Metro services have reduced the pollution level dramatically. The Metro service is not only economical and efficient but it has also added to the comfort level of the commuters and saved them a lot of travelling time. The introduction of this fully air-conditioned combination of elevated and underground transit system with world class operative mechanisms like smart card ticketing, has changed the perception about Delhi. Airport Express Line has definitely reduced discomforts of the domestic and international tourists.

The infrastructure of Delhi Metro gives you the feel of travelling in any developed western country.

Availing Hop-on/Hop-off (HOHO) bus service of Delhi Tourism can be a sight-seeing option to cover this great city.

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  • travelholidays profile image

    travelholidays 3 years ago from India

    Decorative floral work inside Red Fort is really unique. Clear information about the world heritage site 'Qutub Minar'. Really enjoyed reading this article. Thanks and voted up :)

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    Radhika Sreekanth 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

    These buildings are great epitomes of finest Indian architecture. Thanks for giving us a virtual tour of Delhi.

    Voted up, beautiful and interesting. Shared too.

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    SA Shameel 3 years ago from Bangalore

    Wow! Very detailed information on Delhi is hot 10 spots. Indeed each one is unique and have a place it is culture and history.

    During my brief visit to Delhi, I have seen only the Red Fort & Gate of India. I think I should make a leisurely trip to Delhi to visit the other 8-places you have mentioned.

    Voted up, marking as INTERESTING.

    also thanks @radhikasree for sharing this, else I would have missed it.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    travelholidays, Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you liked info about Qutub Minar. Also thanks for voting up.

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    radhikasree, incidentally Delhi happens to be the most visited place by me because of nature of job earlier. I had the privilege of visiting most of these spots and in spite of the fact that I find it quite crowded in certain areas I like Delhi. I am glad you liked the tour and voted up and shared; etc. Have a nice time!

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    zanaworld, I am glad you visited two of these spots at Delhi. It may require a lot of time to visit all of these spots. I could afford to visit most of these as I have been a frequent visitor to Delhi. Some of these requires prolonged stay to understand the intricacies of art and the history behind them. Thanks for visiting, taking interest and voting up.

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    April Dawn Meyer 3 years ago from Belle Fourche, South Dakota

    India looks absolutely gorgeous! and the detail at Red Fort is so beautiful. Voted Up and thanks for sharing :)

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    srsddn 3 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Red Fort is still maintaining its glory, April Dawn Meyer. An audio-video showcasing of the history of Red Fort (Light and Sound Show) is a daily feature which tourists love to watch. Thanks for visiting the Hub. Have a nice week end.

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    Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 20 months ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

    Nice hub with a lot of information for the travel folks. Delhi is a place one must visit in his lifetime and obviously this article will help to locate the popular spots in the ancient city. Shared and voted up.

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    Nand Kishor 7 months ago from New Delhi

    Full information about Delhi , if you want to Delhi visit , this article will guide you with good information.

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    srsddn 7 months ago from Dehra Dun, India

    Thanks, vidaan.

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