Delhi is one of the popular tourist destinations of India. The cosmopolitan city is a perfect blend of historical and cultural tourist spots that attract the native and foreign flock alike. With its historical monuments, heritage buildings, landmarks and other prominent attractions, Delhi has something to offer to everyone.
As Delhi is a hub of business and other commercial activities, the city is visited by businessmen, students and other professionals too. During these trips, it is not possible to cover the whole of Delhi in day. However, if a day is given, you still can cover the best of Delhi in a single day.
With proper planning, Delhi can be visited in a day covering some of the popular attractions of the city. The trip has to be started early morning so that you can spend enough time at each attraction rather than visiting the places in haste.
First half of the day...
Let's begin our journey from the most prestigious building in India, the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The official residence of the President of India is a major attraction of the city. The colourful marbles, intricate architecture and the Mughal Garden gives the structure of a royal look.
Cathedral Church of Redemption
Close to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, you can find the Cathedral Church of Redemption which is another tourist attraction in Delhi. The church is shaped like a birthday cake and it is constructed in such a way that the interiors of the church would be cool even in the hottest of summers.
The Parliament House
The Parliament House could be your next destination. The huge circular structure is the largest law-making body of India. However, it is to be considered that one can enter the premises of the Parliament House only with official permission.
The National Museum
Having seen these buildings, you can now pay a visit to the National Museum, the biggest museum in India. The museum has a handsome collection of miniatures, jewellery, armours, manuscripts and more. The building is open to visitors from 10am to 5pm except Mondays.
You can now head to India Gate which is around 1.5 km from the National Museum. This tall structure commemorates the loss of around 70,000 soldiers who lost their lives during the World War I and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. You can see Amar Javan Jyoti, the eternal flame, under the monument.
Indira Gandhi Memorial
Around 3.5 km from India Gate, you can find the India Gandhi Memorial where the former Prime Minister India Gandhi was shot dead. The site which was her official residence is now a museum where all her personal belongings and the clothes she had worn during her death are preserved.
Head to Connaught Place for a sumptuous lunch and have a great shopping experience as the place is filled with restaurants, fast food joints, shopping stalls and malls. One of the best street-market in Connaught Place is Janpat.
The second half of the day...
From Connaught Place, take a Delhi Metro train to Chandni Chowk, one of the busiest markets in Old Delhi. You can enjoy a 5 km journey on the metro rails and also do some good shopping at the streets in Chandni Chowk. Apart from the shopping, there are several attractions here like Jama Masjid, Gauri Shankar temple, Sunehri Masjid, Bhagirath Palace and Central Baptist Church that you could visit if time permits.
The journey ends at Red Fort, a masterpiece of Mughal architecture. It would take a minimum of two hours to explore the whole fort complex. In the evenings Sound and Light shows are conducted here which shouldn't be missed.