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Located in the northern area of India, Delhi delights travelers with its chaotic sights, sounds, and smells, and cacophony of activity. This guide features the best things to do in Delhi, India’s historic capital.

Guest post by Rachita from Meander Wander

One of the top places to visit in India, Delhi is the capital of this beautiful nation and has a lot to offer to all kinds of travelers. As someone who grew up in Delhi, I know that Delhi is full of marvelous places and people that easily cater to everyone’s needs. From delicious street food to historical monuments, you will find it all over here. 

And the best part is that Delhi is surrounded by some amazing destinations as well. So, if you are here for a week, you can easily experience everything that Delhi has to offer and explore some nearby places as a bonus too.

So, to help you plan your perfect trip to Delhi, I have prepared this travel guide. From food to accommodation to transportation, you will find all the important information in this guide.

Things to do in Delhi, India

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Safdarjung Tomb

Things to Do in DelhiPlaces to Visit

Here is a list of the best places to visit in Delhi to enjoy this city fully and experience everything that it has to offer.

India Gate

India Gate, a popular war memorial in Delhi, is 138 feet tall and was built in the memory of the Indian soldiers that died during World War I under British rule. You will find the names of all the soldiers inscribed on this memorial and see how grand it looks.

There are parks scattered around this memorial where one can sit and enjoy the evening light here. Furthermore, you will find a lot of street vendors selling popcorns and other snacks that you can taste to make the most of your time near this monument.

Entry Fee: Free

Jantar Mantar

Jantar Mantar is another great historical place to visit in Delhi which was built in 1724 by Maharaja Jai Singh II. It is an equinoctial sundial and observatory that was used in olden times to determine the date and time of a day. You will find 13 astronomical instruments here to follow the movement of the sun and other celestial bodies and determine their location and distance.

This is a great place to learn how they used to determine day, month, and years, without any calendar available at the time.

Entry Fee: 5 INR (Indians), 100 INR (Foreigners)

Kingdom of Dreams

Looking for a unique experience in Delhi? 

If yes, then do plan a visit to the Kingdom of Dreams that lies on the outskirts of Delhi. This fairyland park hosts several amazing shows every day that are quite enrapturing and will transport you into your childhood. 

Apart from the stage performances, there is a Culture Gully here that can not be missed. Here, you will find a lot of restaurants that serve different Indian cuisines, a crafts village, and several street performances as well.  

Entry Fee: 600 – 2,999 INR (Depending on Ticket Category)

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Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Okhla Bird Sanctuary

If you love natural settings and bird watching, then one of the best places to visit in Delhi is the Okhla Bird Sanctuary. Home to more than 300 bird species, this large park is a great place to stroll around and enjoy some peace and solitude in this fast-paced city.

That’s not all, there are a few vantage points here from where you can spot water birds too. And of course, watching a sunset here is a truly beautiful experience. 

Entry Fee: 30 INR (Indians), 350 INR (Foreigners)

Humayun’s Tomb

One of the most beautiful mausoleums to visit in Delhi is the Humayun’s Tomb which was constructed in 1570. This architectural beauty is the resting home for the Mughal emperor, Humayun, and was commissioned by his wife, Bega Begum.

Another fascinating thing about this tomb is that it was designed by Persian artists in a garden layout. So, it is one of the first garden tombs in India and is a great place to stroll around or sit in the garden to enjoy the views. 

Entry Fee: 30 INR (Indians), 500 INR (Foreigners)

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as it is the tallest brick minaret in the world. The entire Qutub complex is filled with beautiful historical buildings that one can explore slowly. You will find the Tomb of Iltumish, Alai Darwaza, and other beautiful architecture to admire here. 

Entry Fee: 30 INR (Indians), 500 INR (Foreigners)

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Lodhi Garden

Lodhi Garden

An elaborately-designed park in Delhi, Lodhi Garden is a great place to visit for both nature lovers and architecture enthusiasts. This is where you will find the architectural works of Lodis and several tombs as well.

Another great thing is that nearby there is the Lodhi Art District where you can observe the graffiti art in Delhi and take some wonderful pictures of yourself too.

Entry Fee: Free

Agrasen ki Baoli

One of the most beautiful places to visit in Delhi, Agrasen Ki Baoli is an ancient stepwell that was constructed by Maharaja Agrasen. This stepwell is 60m in length, 15m in width, and has a total of 108 steps. Although the place smells unpleasant, it is best known for its beautiful architecture and sees visitors from all over the world.

And it is also an amazing backdrop for photographs. So, if you love beautiful old stone architecture then you should absolutely visit this historic place in Delhi.

Entry Fee: Free

Things to do in Delhi – Getting to Delhi

Since Delhi is a major metropolitan city, you will easily find flights to Delhi from all over the world. It is also connected with almost every city in India and can be included in your road trip on the famous Golden Triangle in India. Delhi is primarily famous for its culture and attractions and is home to several UNESCO Heritage Sites as well. So, do plan to include Delhi in your itinerary if you ever plan a trip to India.

Things to do in Delhi – Where to Stay in Delhi

Now, coming to the stay options in Delhi, you will find a ton of options to choose from. From expensive hotels to budget stays, you will find it all here.

If you are on a luxurious and comfortable trip, then you can opt for 5-star hotels such as Trident, Radisson Blu, JW Mariott, etc. These hotels will take care of all your needs and will often arrange day trips and transportation for you as well.

On the other hand, if you are on a budget trip, then you can opt to stay in hostels, 3-star hotels, or AirBnbs. You will find a lot of options in these and your stay will cost somewhere between 300 and 2000 INR per night. 

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Things to do in Delhi – Try the Food!

Delhi will be a paradise for your taste buds with so many varying dishes to try over here. From aloo chat to jalebis, you will find all these delicacies here to tickle your culinary senses. If you want to try authentic food, then try the street food in Delhi in Chandni Chowk, Delhi Haat, and so on.

On the other hand, if you wish to enjoy the ambiance with your meal then there are several good cafés and restaurants here as well. A few places that you can try are Café Delhi Heights, Lodhi – The Garden Restaurant, Haldiram’s, Rose Café (Said Ul Ajaib), and so on. 

Things to do in Delhi – Getting Around Delhi

One of the things that I love about Delhi is that how easy it is to travel around Delhi on a budget. You have several budget-friendly options available such as the local transportation buses and metros. While the buses can be a little crowded and uncomfortable (especially the non-A.C ones), they are cheap and effective in getting you to your desired destination.

And if you wish to save time and not get caught up in traffic, then the metro is your best choice. Thankfully, even a ride on a metro won’t cost you a lot and is usually capped at 60 INR for the longest rides. 

If you are looking for a comfortable trip, then you can always opt for local cabs and can download apps such as Uber and Ola to book the taxis online. You will also find rickshaws and autorickshaws in Delhi which is majorly used for short distances and are cheaper than a cab. Just be ready to bargain before you hire a rickshaw/autorickshaw because they will quote you a high charge in the starting.

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Humayun’s Tomb

Final Thoughts on Things to do in Delhi

Delhi is gorgeous and will undoubtedly leave you with lifetime memories if you give it a chance. So, make sure that you spend some time in this city and experience everything that it has to offer to you. And use this travel guide to plan an adventurous and satisfying trip to Delhi.

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Rachita Saxena is a travel blogger from India who has been traveling full-time for 3 years now. She shares her travel stories on her blog – Meanderwander and loves trying new food and experiences in a new destination. When she isn’t traveling, she loves reading about new places and plan her next trips! 

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THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN DELHI, INDIA - A COMPLETE TRAVEL GUIDE TO INDIA'S HISTORIC CAPITAL featured by The Common Traveler. Guest post by local guest blogger, including not-to-miss spots, getting around, where to stay, and where to eat. Don't miss a visit to India Gate, Humanyn's Tomb, Jantar Mantar, Okhla Bird Sanctuary, Kingdom of Dreams, Qutub Minar, and Lodhi Garden. You can't go wrong with a local's suggestions!