1. Qutub Minar
Timings : 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Qutub Minar remains open for tourists all days except Sunday
Time Required : 2 to 3 hours
Entry Fee : Indians, SAARC and BIMSTEC: INR 40,
Foreign tourists: INR 600
Children up to 15 years: Free with valid ID
Height : 72.5 metres (238 ft)
Nearest Metro Station : Qutub Minar on Yellow Line
Qutub Minar is a minaret located in the Qutab complex. It is a heritage site located in Delhi. It is a tapering tower, which was designed similar to the Minaret of Jam located in Western Afghanistan.
The first floor of the tower was built in 12th century. The second, third and fourth floors were built in 13th century and the last floor was completed in 14th century. There were attempts to add a sixth storey to the tower, which failed. This is the victory tower of Mughal, which indicated the beginning of Muslim rule in India.
A long iron pillar stands in the courtyard. It is said that if one encircles the pillar with both hands (embrace the pillar), his wishes are fulfilled. Other significant features are inner and outer courtyard, graves, tombs, madrasa and others.
2. India Gate
Timings : All time
Time Required : 1-2 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Nearest Metro Station : Central Secretariat
The All India War Memorial, popularly known as the India Gate, is located along the Rajpath in New Delhi. The imposing structure of India Gate is an awe-inspiring sight and is often compared to the Arch de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arch of Constantine in Rome. This 42-meter tall historical structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and is one of the largest war memorials in the country. India Gate is also famous for hosting the Republic Day Parade every year.
3. Humayun’s Tomb
Timings : 10:00 AM – 06:00 PM
Time Required : 2 – 3 hours
Entry Fee : Indians – INR 10, Foreigners – INR 250. Video filming – INR 25, Photography – Free
Nearest Metro Station : Jawaharlal Nehru Metro Station on Violet Line
Popularly known as Maqbara-e-Humayun, Humayun’s tomb is nothing but an architectural masterpiece that is worth exploring if you are in Delhi. Declared as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1993, this monument is the first garden-tomb to be built in India. Reflecting great historical importance, the monument is the tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun. Witness the magnificent structure built on impressive red sandstone. In addition, Humayun’s tomb is the first structure in India constructed in the Mughal style of architecture. Observe the beautiful Humayun’s tomb, constructed uniquely on a raised platform of 7 m height.
Catch the sights of the 150 tombs in the Humayun’s tomb complex, like the Bega Begum, Hamida Banu Begum, Dara Shikoh and Isa Khan.
4. Red Fort
Timings : 7:00 AM – 5:30 PM, Except on Mondays
Time Required : 2-3 hours
Entry Fee : Indian Citizens, citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC nations: INR 10, Other foreigners: INR 250, No fees for children below the age of 15
Built in : 1639
You can never complete your Delhi trip without visiting Red Fort, famously called as Lal Kila of Delhi. Previously named as Qila-I-Mubarak that refers to a residence for the royal family, Red fort is spread over an area of 255 acres. Beautifully designed of many buildings with unique carvings, double domes and tall walls of around 2.5 km.
Built as palace of Shahjahanabad, this monument is now one of the most popular monuments in India. Constructed with beautiful red sandstone, this fort is called as Red Fort. Explore the impressive structure of red sandstone, prominently known for its historical & national importance. Must Visit the massive structure, spreading over an area of 255 acres.
Hauz Khas Village The Hauz Khas Complex Next
5. Hauz Khas Village and Fort
Timings of Hauz Khas Complex : The Hauz Khas Village remains open from Monday to Saturday from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM. The restaurant and pubs remain open till 1:00 AM in the night. However, you will spot police and PCR van patrolling the Hauz Khas Village after 12:30 PM to maintain security.
Time Required : 3 – 4 hours
Nearest Metro Station : Green Park on the yellow line
Parking : Available at INR 100
Explore the majestic on your own with this entry ticket to Hauz Khas Fort. Enjoy gazing at the famous monument, created by Firoz Shah Tughlaq, who termed the royal water tank as Hauz Khas. Spot various other buildings on the banks, and learn about the historical importance of each & every structure. Besides the Hauz Khas Fort and lake, recall the glorious history with several mosques, tombs and pavilions, which are now reduced to ruins.
It has an infectious energy, and you may catch a lot of live events hosted by several cafes during the weekends ranging from stand-up comedy to live jazz. The present status of the village retains the old charm of the place along with an enhanced aesthetic appeal. No matter whether you are a Delhiite of not, you eventually find yourself at the most happening place in the city.
6. Lotus Temple
Timings : All days of the week except Monday: October-March: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, April-September: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Time Required : 45 minutes – 1 hour
Entry Fee : Free
Nearest Metro Station : Kalkaji Metro Station
An architectural brilliance and a representative of the Indian artistic nuances is the Lotus temple , the famous tourist attraction, fun activities in Delhi and a major landmark of India that has been attracting tourists from all over the world for long. The construction of the temple was finished in 1986. It is resembling a lotus flower but in white colour and the major feature of the temple is that it is open to all people, regardless of religion and caste.
The 27 free standing marble clad petals in clusters of three to form nine sides are the strong pillars of the structure. You can enter the temple through nine doors opening to the central hall. It will accommodate around 2500 people at a time. Lotus Temple has gained prominence from the year of its initiation and it received a lot of recognitions from different parts of the world for its inimitable architecture.
7. Akshardham Temple
Timings : All days of the week except Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM,
Ticket counters close at 6:00 PM
Time Required : 3 to 4 hours
Exhibition Fee : Adults (12 years and above): INR 220
Senior Citizens: INR 170
Children (4 to 11 years): INR 120 for children
Children below 4 Years: Free
Nearest Metro Station : Akshardham Station on Noida-bound Blue Line
Aarti Timings : 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Timings : 9:30 AM to 8:00 PM; closed on Mondays
Entry closes at 6:30 PM
A place of eternal holy communion, Akshardham is a temple complex located in the capital city of India, Delhi. The godly establishment is highly recognized for its mesmerizing architectural design, divine prayers and devotion and a locale where tourists from all around the county visit to participate in a number of festivities and events that transpire throughout the year.
The temple is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and various embodiments of Hinduism who have a great impact on the Hindu religion. Built-in the year 2005, the Akshardham temple homes more than 200 idols of a number of gods and avatars.
Created completely in sandstone and marble, the entire construction of the temple took more than 8,000 workers and 300,000,000 hours. A visit to the temple allows visitors to embark on a spiritually rich journey dictating ancient Hindu techniques of achieving eternal peace and serenity.
8. Jantar Mantar
Timings : 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM,
Time Required : 2 hours
Entry Fee : Indians, SAARC and BIMSTEC Visitors: INR 15 per person
Foreign Tourists: INR 200 per person
Videography: INR 25
Constructed By : Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur
Built in : 1724
Nearest Metro Station : Patel Chowk on Yellow Line
Visit the prominent attraction sight in Delhi to observe the scientific advancement of ancient India. Referring to the combination of yantra & mantra, the monument is composed of five observatories that were constructed by Maharaja Jai Singh of Jaipur in the year 1724.
The emperor, known for his inclination towards astronomy, curated 13 architectural astronomy instruments. Jantar Mantar was primarily used to measure the time of the day & was active for 7 years. Later, due to the construction of tall buildings, the structure failed to evaluate correct calculations.
9. Rashtrapati Bhavan
Timings : 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Time Required : 3 hours
Entry Fee : INR 50, (Children under 8 years are exempted from the registration fee)
Located on the western end of the Rajpath in New Delhi, the Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official residence of the President of India. It was originally built with the intent of serving as the Viceroy’s House. With its 340 rooms in the main building covering 5 acres on an estate of 330 acres, it is one of the largest residences of any head of the state in the world. This majestic piece of architecture was conceptualized by renowned architects Sir Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker. The construction saw completion in the year 1929 and now stands today as a magnificent symbol of all that India is. Its current inhabitant is President Ram Nath Kovind who assumed office in July 2017.
The premises of the Rashtrapati Bhavan has been divided into three circuits and can be accessed by an authorised visitor at specific times slots over the day. The first one is the Main Building and Central Lawn, where you can spectate the architecture firsthand. The second circuit is the Rashtrapati Bhawan Museum complex, which has a number of buildings within its own perimeter.
10. Safdarjungs Tomb
Timings : 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Time Required : 1 – 2 hrs
Entry Fee : Indian- INR 15
Foreigners- INR 200
(Children up to 15 years – Free Entry)
Video Shooting- INR 25
Safdarjung Tomb, prominently known as one of the grandest monuments of the city. Also known as ‘Safdarjung ka Maqbara,’ the tomb is beautifully based amidst lush green gardens and is carved out of marble and sandstone. Built in the late 18th century and reflects the cultural influences of the time.
- Witness the beauty of the fort, that resembles Taj Mahal, prominently known as the last garden tomb of the Mughals.
- Explore the beauty of the tomb which is surrounded by a massive square garden.
- Catch the sights of the majestic tomb, constructed out of brownish yellow and red sandstone.
- Get yourself clicked with the marvellous & unparalleled architecture, composed with Arabic inscriptions on it.