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Welcome to New Delhi

One corner of India’s Golden Triangle, which also includes Agra and Jaipur, Delhi is a pulsing urban sprawl of attractions new and old, where visitors find vestiges of ancient kingdoms and colonial-era buildings coexisting with signs of modern development. India’s capital is home to the country’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, as well as the vermillion Red Fort, the remarkable Baha’i Lotus Temple, and the colorful Chandi Chowk market. Besides eating like a local, haggling at the bazaars, or visiting the spiritual sights in New and Old Delhi, you can use the city as a perfect jumping-off point for a day trip to the Taj Mahal or Rajasthan.

Top 15 attractions in New Delhi

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Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

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Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and certainly one of India’s most famous landmarks, the Taj Mahal is a living testament to the grandiose and the romantic. Lovingly built from white marble by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his favorite wife, the structure is decorated with carvings of flowers and inlays of precious stone arranged into intricate patterns that can be admired both from its impressive exterior and interior. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a must-see for every traveler to northern India.More
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New Delhi Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan)

New Delhi Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan)

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Designed by British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, the Parliament House (Sansad Bhavan) is a striking sandstone building and home to both houses of the Parliament of India. This round building was inspired by the Great Stupa of Sanchi and the Ashoka Chakra—the same circular symbol found in the center of the Indian flag.More
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India Gate

India Gate

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India Gate is a 138-foot (42-meter) war memorial in the heart of New Delhi, reminiscent of Paris’ Arc de Triomphe. Built in 1931 and designed by British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, designer of most of New Delhi, it’s a must-visit photo stop on a Delhi tour.More
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Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar

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The Qutub Minar is a brick minaret built in 1193 by Muslim conquerors of Delhi. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Delhi’s most visited tourist attractions. At 240 feet (73 meters) high, it’s also an impressive engineering feat—all the more notable for surviving for so many centuries.More
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Red Fort (Lal Qila)

Red Fort (Lal Qila)

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The UNESCO World Heritage–listed Red Fort (Lal Qila) traces its roots back to the middle of the 17th century, when Mughal Emperor Shahjahan moved his base from Agra to Delhi. For the two centuries that followed, this gargantuan sandstone complex served as the royal residence of the Mughal Empire. Today, it’s one of the city’s most popular attractions, often visited in tandem with nearby Chandni Chowk.More
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Lotus Temple (Bahá'í House of Worship)

Lotus Temple (Bahá'í House of Worship)

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Known as the Lotus Temple for its unusual, 9-sided floral shape, the Delhi Bahá'í House of Worship is one of the most visited architectural sites in the city, if not on the planet. Constructed entirely from white marble imported from Greece, this impressive structure stands in a 26-acre (10.5-hectare) garden featuring extensive landscaping and nine ponds.More
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Swaminarayan Akshardham

Swaminarayan Akshardham

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One of Delhi’s biggest, newest, and most grandiose attractions, Swaminarayan Akshardham is a gorgeous temple complex. The vast grounds house not only a place of worship, but also an animatronics experience, an IMAX-style theater showing a film about the temple’s namesake, and a theme park–style boat ride.More
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Humayun's Tomb

Humayun's Tomb

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A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun's Tomb is the final resting place of Humayun, whose father Babur founded the Mughal Empire. It's considered one of the earliest examples of true Mughal architecture; ironically, the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah II, was captured here during the 1857 Indian Rebellion.More
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Jama Masjid (Masjid e Jahan Numa)

Jama Masjid (Masjid e Jahan Numa)

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

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

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

Chandni Chowk

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

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

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At the heart of New Delhi is one of its most remarkable buildings, the Office and Residence of the President of India (Rashtrapati Bhavan). The 320-acre (130-hectare) complex comprises a palatial 340-room main building and sprawling Mughal gardens. Many visitors come to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, complete with horses and a brass band.More
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Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah

Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah

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Known locally as “Baby Taj,” the Tomb of I'timad-ud-Daulah is a gorgeous white structure that actually predates the larger and more famous Taj Mahal by a few years. It was the first Mughal building created entirely in marble, and its existence marks the transition from sandstone to marble in Mughal architecture.More
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Sarojini Nagar Market

Sarojini Nagar Market

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

Raj Ghat

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

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Recent reviews from experiences in New Delhi

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Simply amazing - Taj Mahal at its best
Gustavo_G, May 2022
Delhi to Agra and Taj Mahal Private Day Trip by Express Train with Lunch
Highly recommended since you do not have to worry about getting lost or not knowing what to do.
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Great Overview of New Delhi
Teri_T, Apr 2022
Old and New Delhi Full Day Private City Tour
The tour guide was knowledgeable, we were able to see everything, and they were very adaptable to our few requests such as starting the tour an hour earlier and climbing up the minaret at the Friday Mosque.
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Wonferful Delhi Tour
Ariana_G, Apr 2022
Private Old and New Delhi Tour - Best of Delhi in 8 Hours with Entrances
I cannot imagine trying to drive in India, but it was quite nice, he would even point out thing to see as we picked up our guide & as he dropped us back off at our hotel.
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Excellent tour! We found our guide...
Robert P, May 2018
Full-Day Private Old and New Delhi Combo Tour
The tour is very flexible, taking us to see what we wanted to see, in one day we had a great overview of Old and New Delhi and saw some great sights!
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This is the best way to see New...
Greg M, Oct 2016
Delhi Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour by HOHO Bus
This is the best way to see New Delhi.
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Abigail C, Nov 2016
Private Rishikesh and Haridwar Tour from Delhi
I HIGHLY recommend this tour for anyone who can spare a day to see two of the most unique and incredible sites within a day's journey from New Delhi.
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Aiandra K, Nov 2016
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Great way to see both old and New Delhi and experience the food.
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Excellent Way to Experience Delhi in a Day
Melanie B, Jan 2020
Private Old and New Delhi Tour - Best of Delhi in 8 Hours with Entrances
Would have liked to see more in New Delhi and visited Qutub Minar.
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Agra Full day tour
Angelica_N, Dec 2019
Private Day Tour of Taj Mahal and Agra Fort By Superfast Train - All Inclusive
Although we wanted to visit the tomb, we still appreciated the transparency and thoughtfulness of our guide from the start of the trip.
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Excellent Guides !
Charlotte H, Nov 2019
Taj Mahal Private Guided Tour from Delhi with Entrance Fee
I had a 24 hour stop in New Delhi and I really wanted to see the Taj Mahal, so I signed up for this tour with nervous expectations.
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Amazing Experience!
Everald_P, Aug 2019
Private Taj Mahal Sunrise Day Tour From Delhi by Ac Car - All Inclusive
It was cloudy so we did not get to see the sunrise but the experience was beautiful and Asif was very knowledgable.
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“A memorable experience of a lifetime”
Papo01, Jun 2019
Golden Triangle Tour 3 Night 4 Days
I had a memorable experience visiting New Delhi,Agra and Jaipur and looking back to visit India again soon.
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A great day in Delhi!
Russell_M, Jun 2018
Full-Day Private Old and New Delhi Combo Tour
I was going on a small tour of Old Delhi the next day and was going to see the Jama Masjid, so we just stayed in New Delhi and saw some of the sites.
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Being a solo woman traveler
Venetia_H, Aug 2018
1-Day Private Agra and Jaipur Tour from Delhi
I decided to book this tour since I would love to see both cities, Agra & Jaipur.
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The Breath-taking Taj Mahal...worth a 2:30 a.m. wake up
Margaret_S, Dec 2018
Private Taj Mahal at Sunrise and Agra Day Tour from Delhi
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SCOTT D, Oct 2018
Private Full Day Shopping Tour in New Delhi
First, Akash contacted us prior to our arrival confirming our tour and inquired about any particular establishments we wanted to visit/any specialty shops of interest.
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Alisa C, Mar 2018
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If you only have a short time in Agra or New Delhi and want to visit the Taj Mahal, I would HIGHLY recommend this tour.
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We enjoyed our day trip to Jaipur...
Sumie O, Nov 2017
Full Day Jaipur (Pink City) Tour from Delhi by Express Train
We were able to see the sights we wanted to see Amer Fort, Jaipur City Palace and had a little time to shop before boarding the train back to New Delhi.
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This was a great way to experience...
Samdee65, Jun 2017
Delhi Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour by HOHO Bus
Having a limited time in New Delhi meant that this was the best option to choose as it covered a wide area and included all the major sights and attractions.
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Jason H, Oct 2017
Private Jaipur Day Trip from Delhi By Car
Jaipur is an amazing place, and should be on everyone's list of places to visit hen in India.
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All about New Delhi

When to visit

The monsoon season usually reaches New Delhi in late June, bringing rain and relief from punishing heat. The weather from October to March is chilly but generally dry and sunny, and therefore better for traveling. In March, Delhi celebrates spring and Holi week with citywide dancing and a healthy dousing of brightly colored powder.

Currency
Indian Rupee (₹)
Time Zone
IST (UTC +5)
Country Code
+91
Language(s)
Gujarati

People Also Ask

What is New Delhi best known for?

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

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What do tourists typically do when visiting New Delhi?

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

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How can I spend 2 days in New Delhi?

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

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What are the main attractions in New Delhi?

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

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Is New Delhi worth visiting?

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

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Is New Delhi dangerous for tourists?

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

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