It’s indeed the toughest part to decide as to where to take your friend from a foreign land who is visiting India for the first time.The image of India that they have in their mind is of a land full of snake charmers, poor and cows. Isn’t that a sad thing to hear when you know it, that it’s not true? However, my friend made my job much easier by asking me to plan a trip to Delhi instead of me deciding on the place. I wanted to make sure that she has a memorable trip back in India and that her image of India in her mind changes forever.
And that’s when I finalized some fantastic places to visit in Delhi to take her around. “Saddi Delhi” is the place which one should visit.
I planned an itinerary for visiting places in Delhi which covered the touristy places and some of the best places to shop and try some lip-smacking Indian food.
Here’s to do list of the best places to visit in Delhi, that we followed.
Lodhi Garden: This beautiful garden, spread over in 90 acres, was the first in the list. This massive garden is quite popular amongst Delhiites for morning walks and yoga sessions. It is a blend of natural beauty and history as it also has Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Shisha Gumbad, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, and Bara Gumbad. It is the best tourist places in Delhi to visit early morning when you can have some peace of mind and, click some fantastic photographs.
Humayun’s Tomb: This beautiful tomb of the great Mughal Emperor Humayun is the magnificent complex with incredible Islamic architecture. It also has a galore of other smaller monuments around it like Isa Khan tomb and mosque, Bu Halim’s tomb and garden, Afsarwala tomb and mosque, Arab Serai, Nila Gumbad, Barber’s tomb, and Chillah Nizamuddin Aulia.
Safdarjung Tomb: People usually think that since they have already visited Humayun’s tomb, they can give a miss to this one. However, this one is a standalone mausoleum with a stunning garden of Nawab Safdarjung. It is the last one built in the Mughal Empire style.
Qutub Minar: This is the tallest minaret with around 379 steps and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The construction of this complex was started by the QutbUd Din Aibak, who was the founder of the Delhi Sultanate Other famous monuments also surround it. This place is a must to visit while sightseeing in Delhi, for all the photography enthusiasts.
Red Fort: This is the main historic fort in Delhi, which was a residence of the Mughal dynasty’s Emperors. This enormous complex was a ceremonial and political center during the Mughal period. On the Independence Day every year, the Indian flag is hoisted here with a speech broadcasted at a national level.
Sansad Bhavan: This is also known as the House of Parliament of India. This circular building is like the Ashoka Chakra. There is also a Parliament Museum which can be visited and which is right next to the House of Parliament of India.
Jama Masjid: The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan built this largest mosque in India. It has three massive gates, four towers and two 40 meters high minarets constructed with the strips of red sandstone and marble. You should also go to the top of the minaret to enjoy the view of Old Delhi.
Agrasen ki Baoli: The Archaeological Survey of India protects this monument. It is a step well which was built by King Agrasen and was further built again in the 14th century. Photography lovers should not give this a miss.
Lotus Temple: This temple is open for everyone irrespective of what religion you follow. It’s known amongst the tourists for its flowerlike shape. It has also won many awards for its architectural beauty. Anyone who wants to seek peace should visit here.
India Gate: This is a war memorial gate for the 70,000 soldiers in the British Indian Army who passed away in France during the First World War. Sir Edwin Lutyens designed it. It is highly recommended to visit here in the evening to enjoy the weather, and it is also one of the places to visit in Delhi with friends.
Also, apart from the above monuments, shopping and trying the local food are the other things to do in Delhi.
Having heard so much about the street shopping culture in Delhi, we are planning to go to Sarojini Market, Lajpat Nagar, Janpath Market, Khan Market, and Palika Bazaar.
With regards to trying new food, be it street food or high-end restaurants, I have planned to take her to Hauz Khas Village, Connaught Place for exploring some high-end cafes and restaurants. While for enjoying the street food, I have planned to take her to Chandni Chowk and Paratha Gali. Also, there are some chain outlets to try in Delhi like Haldiram and Bikanerwala for different types of chaats.
So, I am already excited to take my friend on a trip for life. Hope she changes her views that she has for India. This whole list of places to see in Delhi and the things to do in Delhi will surely get her a glimpse of Indian culture.