The capital city of our country, Delhi, is a boisterous region that is home to people of all religions and cultures. Delhi eludes a certain heart-warming aura that is exclusive to the city. Countless songs have been sung and stories have been written about the beauty of the city.
With forts, temples, monuments, bazaars, shopping malls and more, Delhi is easily the most happening place in India, in terms of events taking place as well as tourism. To know what it is like to live in this culturally diverse city, here are the top 12 things you must do at Delhi.
Witness The Beauty Of Mughal Architecture
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With centuries of Mughal Empire's rule in Delhi, the city is spread with innumerable magnificent monuments, tombs and forts that it might take more than just a day to visit them all!
Visit popular sites like Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, Jama Masjid, Chausath Khamba and more at Delhi. Pique your scientific curiosity by visiting Jantar Mantar, an observatory built for a Mughal emperor.
Take A Stroll Through Lodhi Gardens
Lodhi Gardens is a city park that is home to several beautiful tombs, a mosque and a serene lake that is now under the Archaeological Survey of India. These tombs belong to the Lodi rulers namely Sikandar Lodi and Mohammed Shah.
Since the garden is located between Delhi's famous Khan Market and Tomb of Safdar Jang, you may shop after taking a stroll through the garden. Bara Gumbad is a monument that used to be the Friday mosque and guest house of Sikander Lodi.
Try The Lip-smacking Street Food Of Delhi
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Delhi is certainly a haven to foodies. Walk through the streets of Old Delhi to find the most delicious street food, such as papri chaat, moong dal pakodas, golgappas, kulfis, etc.
You can find the best street food at Lajpat Nagar, Connaught Place, Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh. Some services offer a food tour through the streets of Delhi, which you can sign up for if you want a wholesome experience.
Experience Chandni Chowk's Old-world Charm
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Being one of the oldest markets of Old Delhi, your visit to the city is incomplete without heading to Chandni Chowk. It literally means Moonlight Square. It is a market that has been one of the busiest ever since the Mughal period.
Chandni Chowk has many religiously significant places like Fatehpuri Masjid, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib and several havelis. Don't leave Chandni Chowk without trying out food like jalebi, rasmalai, parathas, etc., from the market's renowned shops. You can also shop for spices, jewellery and more at this diverse market.
Find Peace At The Lotus Temple
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The Bahai House of Worship, commonly known as Lotus Temple, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Delhi. It is a worshipping house that is open for people of all religions. The place is notable for its unique flowerlike architecture.
Also visit Akshardham Temple in Delhi, a stunning temple that is built in order to honour Swaminarayan and his teachings. Seek peace at both these houses of worship at Delhi.
Explore Hauz Khas
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Hauz Khas is a historic village which has now been turned into the city's most happening hub. Streets with tangled wires overhead are lined with the best fashion boutiques, classy restaurants and cafes that have been attracting musicians, foodies and travellers for years. Spend an evening at this throbbing hub of Delhi.
Listen To Qawwalis At Nizamuddin Dargah
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You might recognise the famous mausoleum of Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah from popular Bollywood movies like Rockstar, Delhi 6 or Bajrangi Bhaijaan since a few songs have been shot at this place. Every Thursday, the mausoleum witnesses a soul-stirring Sufi musical performance that attracts thousands every week. Do stop by Nizamuddin Dargah for a surreal musical experience.
Sightseeing In HoHo Bus Service
HoHo or the Hop-On/Hop-Off bus service is an initiative taken up by Delhi tourism wherein specially designed buses are available for tourists to go through a fixed route that takes you through all the important spots of the city.
It is an air conditioned, frequent, audio-guided tour that takes you through the monuments, galleries, bazaars,etc., of Delhi - covering over 18 tourist spots. If you are short on time, go for the HoHo bus service for a comprehensive and guided sightseeing tour.
Shop In The Bazaars Of Delhi
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Delhi has one too many popular streets and bazaars, apart from shopping malls that have an overwhelming variety of options to shop from. Right from clothes, jewellery or accessories to books or computer accessories, Delhi has it all!
Shop for the best of trendy, fashionable clothes for cheap prices with a little bit of haggling at Sarojini Nagar, wide variety of books at Daryaganj Market and more at Delhi.
Visit The India Gate
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Formerly called the All India War Memorial, the India Gate is located at Rajpath in Delhi. It is a memorial that was built to pay respect to 82,000 Indian Army soldiers, who passed away between 1914-21, during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. Visit this monument, which is one of the largest war memorials in India.
Appreciate Art At The Crafts Museum
Delhi's National Craft Museum, which is formally known as the National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum happens to be one of India's largest crafts museum. It includes several galleries, such as tribal and rural craft gallery, textile gallery, etc.
A crafts demonstration, performances and exhibitions take place at the museum. Galleries are open from 10 am to 5 pm and remains closed on Mondays; crafts demo is between 10 am to 5.30 pm everyday and the museum is open from 9.30 am to 5 pm on all days of the week.
Witness The Change Of Guards Ceremony
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Change of Guards is a military tradition that takes place at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. This tradition of periodically changing fresh troops of guards and sentries was allowed for public viewing since 2012, after President Pranab Mukherjee took charge.
It takes place on the following dates and time:
15th Mar - 14th Aug at 8 am - 8.40 am
15th Aug - 14th Nov at 9 am - 9.40 am
15th Nov - 14th Mar at 10 am - 10.40 am