Delhi is the capital city of India, that makes it one of the most crowded cities in our country. Backpackers, food bloggers and even foreigners like to get a taste of this city.
From market to monuments, this city has got too many gems that one would love to see. So, if you are planning to know my home a little better, here are the 20 best places to visit in Delhi NCR.
1. Qutub Minar
Starting with the monuments, this one is a destination everyone knows about. Standing at 73 metres high from the ground, this place is a good tourist attraction. You’ll see the architecture is little different and that’s because it was built using Irani and Afghani architectural styles.
It is located in Mehrauli, and alongside the minar itself, you can also see some inscriptions of scripture text and a few carvings, in Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque, which is the first-ever mosque built in India. It is one of the best places to visit in Delhi NCR.
Try to avoid visiting this place during weekends as the rush crowd might kill your fun.
2. India Gate
Our history books might not mention the history of World War 1 but India Gate was just built for that. It is the memento that reminds me of all the great Indian and British soldiers who died during World War I. It is one of the top 10 tourist place in India.
Built by Edward Lutyens, India Gate is one of the most common tourist places in Delhi. Amar Jawan Jyoti is located next to the Indian Gate, which was built to honour Indian soldiers of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.
Sunset and Sunrise are the two best times that you can choose to visit this place.
3. Red Fort
Located in the Chandni Chowk, Red Fort is something that you should see to better understand Indian history. It tells about the Mugal era and their empire in Delhi. Made entirely with the red sandstone, hence the place got its name Red Fort or Lal Quila.
It is designed using floral motifs and calligraphy on the walls, which looks beautiful. This place also carries the status of a UNESCO world heritage site.
It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday, the best time to visit would be the evening on monsoon season.
4. Humayun’s Tomb
It was the first garden-tomb build in the Indian subcontinent. Located near the Purana Quila, in Nizamuddin East, Delhi. The place is quiet and looks good on camera. This site is a true example of beautiful design and Mughal architecture.
You should definitely visit this place. You might have to pay to get the entry but it’ll worth it. You’ll find a lot of people visiting the place during the sunset, just to capture the beautiful pictures and take time-lapse.
This place is open from sunrise to sunset and not that crowded. You can visit it any day of the week.
5. Chandni Chowk
You all must have heard of this place, one of the busiest lane in Delhi. It is the main street of Old Delhi, also known as the heart of Delhi. The place is always filled with the people, its small maze-like ally ways might even confuse you.
As it is one of the best and the busiest market in the city, you can go and shop for Indian ethnic dresses in this market all at a very affordable budget.
6. Sarojini Nagar Market
You’ll find mostly ethnic clothes in Chandni Chowk market, while you’ll rarely spot the same in Sarojini Nagar market. Famous among girls and fashion enthusiast. Sarojini Nagar market is a place where you shop for accessories and clothes at a throwaway price.
If you are in Delhi, you need to explore this market. From good jackets to cheap branded dresses you can take your girlfriend for shopping without thinking, “here goes all my savings.”
7. Select Citywalk, Saket
Located in south Delhi, Select Citywalk is a shopping mall where you can go and shop for a number of big brands. You can watch a movie at the multiplex of the mall. Or have lunch at the food court of this place.
The place is usually packed with the crowd during weekends. So, if you are planning to watch a movie than, make sure to book it in advance.
8. Dilli Haat
Situated near INA Dilli Haat is a food plaza/craft market. You can eat and shop for crafts to decorate your home at the same time. Open every day from 10 AM to 10 PM. You can come with your girlfriend and have a walk through the market.
You can see the beautiful art and craft from all over the country. And if you like something you can buy it as well. Run and maintained by the Delhi Tourism Authority (DTTDC), this place is good to spend your evening.
9. Lajpat Market
Named after Lala Lajpat Ray who is also remembered as the lion of Punjab. Lajpat Nagar is a residential and commercial area. The main market is quite famous for its collection of shoes, fabrics and ornaments.
You can get some really good deals at this place. And not just for shoppers but food lovers should also visit this place. From momo to chole kulcha the place you visit some popular street food joints here.
10. Kunzum Travel Cafe
Located in the Hauz Khaz village, Kunzum travel cafe is made for people to meet and connect with other travellers. Supporting the old conventional ways of meeting new people, here you can talk with other travellers over a coffee.
Hear their stories and share yours as well. You can come to read your book or just to use the free wifi that they offer.
11. Khan Chacha
Although, Delhi lacks the nightlife the food you eat here makes it up for that. Located in Khan Market, New Delhi, Khan Chacha is the first food place that we want you to visit.
Established in the 1970s, Khan Chacha is famous for his Mutton Seekh Kebab and Chicken Tikka Roll. The restaurant is open from 11 AM to 11 PM. It should be a must-visit place in your Delhi travel itinerary
12. North Campus
The North Campus of Delhi University is quite famous among the youth. There are multiple restaurants and cafes in the area, you can also found some good street food joints in the area.
The place is cheap and delicious, so even if you are a backpacker you can still get to taste the taste of Delhi street food here, without spending too much. Bille di Hatti, Bamboo Hut, Momo’s Point are some of the popular names in the area.
Your trip is a waste without spending an evening here. Not just it is one of the oldest settlements in Delhi but the place houses some of the great Mughlai restaurants in the city.
From Kebabs to sweets this place is famous for food. Especially the market behind the Jamamazid. Karim’s is one of the famous Mughlai restaurants in the area that you should definitely try.
14. Connaught Place
This is the uptown area of the city. You can find all the big brands having their showroom in this area. You can shop or the best, you can eat here. Come out on the streets of Connaught Place in the evening to have a luxurious dinner. Or get into one of those live music bars to enjoy the night.
You can find all the different kind of food in this area. Rajiv Chowk is the nearest metro station and one more thing, you might not find parking that easily. So, it’ll be good if you take a metro to come here.
15. Paranthe Wali Gali
If you don’t care about the extra stick of butter in your food, then its a place for you. An ultimate paradise for foodies, Paranthe wali gali is located in Chandni Chowk.
Although you can eat a lot more than paranthas in this area. But as the name suggests paranthas are the speciality of this Gali. As you can find some peculiar paranthas, such as rabri parantha, halwa paratha to mixed, and even cheese parantha.
16. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
After food now it’s time to look at some of the religious places this city houses. Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is one of the most beautiful temples, it follows the typical Hindu architectural style.
It has 234 beautifully-carved columns, 9 gorgeous domes, 20 towering citadels. The temple is dedicated to Swami Narayan and it tells the story of his life through videos and human figurines.
17. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
It is a religious place for the Sikhs, though everyone is welcome inside. The place surrounds a beautiful Sarovar, it is a small temple by Sikh General, Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783.
Experience piece and have a closer look at Sikh culture. The best part about Bangla Sahib Gurudwara is that they are offering free food to anyone who needs it. From rich families to homeless people you can see all sitting together and having food.
18. Chhatarpur Temple
Dedicated to goddess Durga, it is the second-largest temple in India. Constructed by Baba Sant Nagpal Ji in 1974, the place is a holy site for Hindus. The style of the temple follows the Chola Empire style of making temples.
The temple looks the most beautiful during the festivals, specially Navaratri and Durga Puja. You should try to visit during that time, but prepare to face the crowd as every devote wants to pay their offering to the goddess at that time.
19. Lotus Temple
Lotus temple is a temple that doesn’t house any idol. The place is famous for the modern shape that makes it look like a lotus. It is located in Kalkaji Delhi and the entry is free.
Lotus temple is also known as Baha’i House of Worship, Baha’i don’t believe in idols that’s why there is no idol in the Lotus temple as well.
20. Jama Masjid
One of the most popular places to visit in Delhi is Jama Masjid. It is a tourist attraction as it is the largest mosque in India. Can hold more than 25000 devotees at a time. It is commissioned by the Shah Jahan.
You can witness this marvel as anyone is allowed to come in. The only thing to remember is to respect the culture and dressed appropriately.