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Things to do in Delhi

Delhi is the largest metropolis by are in India. It comprises India’s capital, New Delhi. Located on the banks of the River Ganga, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC. Such a long history is translated in a variety of historical buildings and UNESCO Heritage Sites.

It’s impossible to visit everything there is to see in Delhi during a single trip (unless you plan to stay a while here), so we’ve put together a list of some of the things to do in Delhi.

Visit the Red Fort

The Red Fort is a 17th century fort complex, built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the walled city of Old Delhi. Since 2007, it’s been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The art work comprises Persian, European and Indian art which led to the development of the unique Shahjahani style.

It is the largest monument in Old Delhi and of the most popular travel destinations in the country. The tea house is a functioning restaurant but other parts of the fort are closed to the public. Come here at night for the light and sound show.

Try the local street food on Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk is the most popular street in Delhi, running from the Red Fort to Fatehpuri Mosque. Why not enjoy the local street food such as chaat papdi or golgappas? Most of the foods are a delight for the vegetarians. And if you are not into street food, enjoy the foods from the cafés that line the street. Or go shopping.

Get lost in the narrow bazaars of Old Delhi

The narrow streets have a very medieval feel. So aside from shopping you can just get lost and explore the area at your pace.

Visit the Qutab Minar site

With the opening of the Yellow metro line , it’s now quite easy to actually get to this well known UNESCO World Heritage Site. Getting an audio guide is a good investment because you’ll be able to learn about this interesting tower, built as a minaret to call the faithful to prayer at the nearby mosque. Allow for several hours to visit the site.

Day trip to Agra and visit Taj Mahal

No trip to Delhi is complete with visiting Taj Mahal. Luckily this can be done easily without the help of a travel agency. Just hop on the morning express train to Agra, visit Taj Mahal (and other sites, if you want to) and hop on the train back.

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Take a tour of the spice market

Head to Khari Baol and try not to sneeze. We are not kidding: the smell of the amazing spices from all over the world can be a little intimidating. But you can pick up some interesting gifts for the friends back home.

Coffee and sweets in Khan Market

The middle class like to drink their coffee in the Khan Market and enjoy a sweet or two from the bakeries in the area. The place is very popular among locals and travelers alike.

A picnic at India Gate

India Gate is one of the most important landmarks in the city. It can get very crowded over the weekends when everyone seems to come here to relax, enjoy a picnic or just spend time in the nature. There is no fee to visit the monument or take photos.

Ride the metro

Again, we are not kidding; if you want to escape the heat , hustle and bustle from above, go underground. The metro system is clean, modern and a delight to avoid the congested streets.

Visit the Lotus Temple

It was completed in 1986 and is one of the major travel attractions in Delhi. It is open to all regardless of religion. The temple welcomes 4 million visitors each year.

Photo credits: Red Fort by Deivis on Flickr , Street Food by Toastwife on Flickr , Old Delhi bazaar by Paul Carvill on Flickr , Qutab Minar by yumievriwan on Flickr , Taj Mahal by Friar’s Balsam on Flickr , Spice Market by Daniele Sartori on Flickr, India Gate by Walwyn on Flickr , Delhi Metro by dlisbona on Flickr , Lotus Temple by Walwyn on Flickr