Delhi (Hindi: दिल्ली, Urdu: دلّی) is India's capital and seat of government. It forms the National Capital Territory of Delhi, rather than being part of a state.

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New Delhi station

(code ''NDLS'') is located just outside of Paharganj, also known as the backpacker ghetto. - It will take about 40 min-1 hr to travel from the New Delhi Railway Station to the airport by car, depending on traffic, a taxi fare cost you about ₨ 400. - A tourist ticket office called the '''International Tourist Bureau''' is open during office hours upstairs of, but still within, the main New Delhi railway station (on the side away from the metro, near platform 1). Note that it is only for foreign tourists, so you ''must'' have a tourist visa (i.e. student and working visas are not acceptable). Non-resident Indians can also book their tickets through this office. Bring your passport and cash or traveller's cheques in Euros, British pounds or US dollars. If you wish to pay in Indian Rupees (₹) you theoretically ''must'' show an official exchange certificate (from India, not valid if you changed in another country) or an ATM receipt. All ticket bookings require exact change, as like everywhere in India the office has little to no change. If you don't have exact change, it's possible after booking to go down to the food stores, buy food to get change, then return and pick up your ticket. To get a ticket, first go to the centre of the room and get numbers for the reservation and information desks, as well as a form to fill out. Then line up at one of the two u-shaped lines of chairs, fill out the form, and prepare for a protracted wait. When your information number is called, have the clerk check the availability of the train(s) you desire and answer any questions you have about the form. Then wait for your reservation number to be called. Note that by the time you get to the reservation desk, your train may no longer be available, in which case you can try to reserve a different one. If you need a bathroom during this lengthy process, there is a relatively clean male and female toilet just outside on the verandah through the side door (the door you didn't enter through). - The station is large, crowded, confusing and packed with touts. Allow ''one hour'' to find your train the first time you visit. Don't trust the electronic display boards, which often show incorrect information. Instead listen to the announcements and ask multiple people in uniform (policemen) until you find your train.

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Humayun's Tomb

is one of Delhi's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. - The tomb is in large, immaculately maintained gardens in the Persian ''Char Bagh'' (four corners) style that were thoroughly renovated in 2003 with the Aga Khan's help and are consequently probably the best in Delhi. As you enter the complex, the first major structure on your right is the bulbous, octagonal '''tomb of Iza Khan''', a court noble who built it in his own lifetime, some 20 years before Humayun's tomb. As you pass through the first gate, you will glimpse the dome of the tomb and enter a floral path leading to the second (West) gate, which now acts as the entrance to the giant central garden. - The centrepiece is the eponymous '''tomb of Humayun''', the second Mughal emperor. Built starting in 1562, it was the first major Mughal structure in the city and has been described as a predecessor or prototype of Agra's Taj Mahal. The structures are, indeed, stylistically similar, although Humayun's Tomb is built from red sandstone, not white marble, and was built by a wife grieving for her husband, not the other way around. You can climb up to the second level (the stairs on the west side are very steep, those on the south side less so), and on the south side you will find the entrance into the main crypt where Humayun is buried. Before you leave, be sure to visit the South Gate, the original royal entrance, from where you can get picture-postcard views without too many tourists in the way. In the southeast corner is the '''Barber's Tomb''', also built in the same style. Historians do not know who is buried in this picturesque tomb made of red and grey sandstone.

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Jama Masjid

– The largest mosque in India and a must-see while in Delhi. Entry is officially free, although if you have a camera with you (even if deep in your bag) the "guards" will not let you go in without paying the fee, and this includes camera phones. Sometimes they will insist that you pay and they can become rude; pay to avoid making a scene. If you just walk in they will grab you and "carry" you out. Beware of the tenacious guides who will try and convince you that a tour guide is mandatory and is included in the ₹ 200 camera fee; they will give you an extremely hurried 'tour' of the mosque and then demand a further payment of ₹ 200-300 for the tour. You can climb to the top of the minaret for ₹ 100 (locals maybe ₹ 20). The climb is steep, dark and somewhat claustrophobic, but you'll get great views over the complex and the city. You'll need to cover up your shoulders and legs (scarves and lungis available for rental - about ₹ 10), and take off your shoes (expect to tip the shoe minder, ₹ 5 is plenty, or carry your shoes with you in your own bag). - Pictures should not be taken during prayer hours. If you're going to sit down don't look too comfortable. Certainly don't eat or become too engrossed in any reading material you may be carrying, the rule is that non-Muslims must make their visits brief and guards will usher along visitors who linger.

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Qutub Minar

This complex , houses structures dating from the Slave Dynasty (1206-1290) and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gardens are kept in excellent shape, making this a popular relaxation and picnic spot. Light-and-sound show held most nights after sunset. - This is the 2nd tallest minar 73 m in India after Minar-E-Fateh at Chhapar Chiri at Anandpur Sahib which stands 100 m tall, built in memory of great victory of Sikh forces led by Baba Banda Singh Bahadur over the mughal forces. The most famous structure on grounds, this 72.5 m minaret was the tallest "skyscraper" in the world when built (1193-1368) - it was constructed on the orders of Qutb-ud-din Aybak. Qutub Minar originally an ancient Islamic Monument, inscribed with Arabic inscriptions, and is a '''UNESCO World Heritage''' Site. Delicately carved, it has been astonishingly well-preserved and is still an awe-inspiring sight today. This is made of red sandstone and marble. - It's often visible from air when flying into IGI airport. The top of the tower has twice been rebuilt after an earthquake, and the base has been restored more recently. While entry into the tower itself is no longer permitted, for ₹ 10 per 5 min you can view the scenery via a little webcam on top. -

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Iron Pillar

In the centre of the mosque. True to its name, this is a 7 m iron pillar erected in 400 AD by Chandragupta II Vikramaditya, also known as "''he, by the breezes of whose prowess the southern ocean is even still perfumed''" according to the inscription carved on the base. Alas, Chandragupta II's perfume has long since faded, but to the amazement of metallurgists everywhere, his pillar is still going strong, after 1,600 years. The corrosion resistance results from an even layer of crystalline iron hydrogen phosphate forming on the high phosphorus content iron, which serves to protect it from the effects of the local Delhi climate. The height of the pillar, from the top of its capital to the bottom of its base, is 7.21 m, 1.12 m of which is below ground. Its bell pattern capital is 1 m in height, and its bulb-shaped base is 0.71 m high. The base rests on a grid of iron bars soldered with lead into the upper layer of the dressed stone pavement. The pillar's lower diameter is 420 mm, and its upper diameter 306 mm. It is estimated to weigh more than six tonnes.

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Select CityWalk, MGF Metropolitan, & DLF Place Malls

The mall is divided into three broad zones: Staple Traditional (family), Celebration (centre-stage) and High Voltage (youth). There are eight anchor tenants including Goodearth Verandah, Pantaloons, Crossword Bookstore, Mothercare, Arcelia, and Home Stop. The mall also has 125 stores representing over 500 major Indian and international brands of clothes and apparels. The mall has a 930 m2. multi-cuisine food court, Food Talk, on the second floor, along with several restaurants including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Pizza Hut, Chicago Pizza and KFC. The mall also houses a PVR Cinemas multiplex, which comprises six screens. There is also a 9,300 m2 outdoor open plaza, Sanskriti, for art festivals, fairs, exhibitions, performances, and al fresco dining. The plaza is landscaped extensively in timber, water, stone and steel and has an open–air amphitheatre, along with trees and water features. - extraphone=+91 74 28 367518

Sultan Ghari's Tomb

This is the first tomb built in Delhi. It was built by Iltutmish in 1231AD for his son Prince Ghiyasuddin Mohammad. This was later renovated by Feroz Shah Tughlaq. It is in the form of a fortress with a courtyard like layout, not common among tombs. The octagonal grave–chamber with the crypt has an underground opening. The western prayer wall has a mihrab, decorated with marble in exquisite Turkish and Afghan design and inclde some inscriptions from the Quran. The front, marble facade, dated to Feroze Shah's rule (1351–88). The prayer chamber depicts a base slab of a Linga. - Events: # Thursday is a special (tolerance) day for worship when devotees both Hindus and Muslims. # Every year, on the 17th day of the Islamic month of between Ramadan and Eid festivals, the “Urs of Nasiruddin Shah” (death anniversary) fest is held.

Nai Sarak Bookshop Area

Narrow alleys where most publishers are based. This is very popular with students, particularly college students as course books are available here. They carry books in nearly all major languages spoken in India. Don't expect bargaining to work here as shopkeepers are too busy to argue. The shopkeepers do more business than any proper branded shop, selling at least 5,000 books daily. There are also many whole sellers. Very few books will be on display and you need to ask for a particular type of book as the variety of books sold is huge. Most books are original and the shopkeepers get very irritated if you question the book's genuineness. You can either take a rickshaw or walk. One of Delhi's oldest shopping complexes, you can find any book there after a day of searching. Also good areas for sightseeing.

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Indira Gandhi International Airport, {{IATA|DEL}}

is the arrival point for many visitors into Delhi. Once notoriously bad, the airport has been transformed into a thoroughly modern facility. There are several security checkpoints in the airport and you may have to show your boarding pass and passport a dozen times before boarding the plane. When leaving Delhi from the international terminal, you should show up 3 hours before your flight is scheduled. For domestic flights, 2 hours should be enough, depending on whether or not you must wait in the queues to check luggage. While sometimes time-consuming, the process is smooth, and the new terminal's shops and restaurants are sensibly located at the gate area, not before security. However, if you wish to change Rupees back into foreign currency, you must do this before clearing security.

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Dilli Haat

Crafts fairs happen here every week. - It is a wonderful place to get crafts from all over the country. What is distinctive here is that the artists themselves come to sell their goods, so your money goes directly to them, rather than to middlemen. Some bargaining may be necessary if you want the best price. Prices are higher than elsewhere, but the modest entry fee keeps out beggars, ripoff artists, and most touts. Many visitors find the mellow atmosphere worth the extra cost of shopping here. It also has a section called Foods of India. This has a huge number of restaurants, each showcasing the food of a particular state of India. (Most of them give a mix of Chinese and Indian food, but state delicacies are also included). This section is a must-go for the foodie-cum-tourist.

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

- Completed in 2005 by the socio-spiritual organisation BAPS, no expense has been spared in decorating this large and elaborate temple carved of red sandstone. The central monument, built without any steel, houses an 11-ft golden statue of the founder of the Swaminarayan faith, Bhagwan Swaminarayan. The Premvati food court on the grounds serve up fast, cheap, huge but mediocre portions of vegetarian food, ₹ 75 for a thali. There is a ''strict ban'' on all electronic items, cameras, tobacco and pretty much everything except the clothes on your back. You can leave your belongings in the cloakroom outside. Allow at least three-four hours to explore it all.

National Museum

Janpath. The layout here is a labyrinthine and the presentation won't win any awards, but the collection is unparalleled and contains some true masterpieces. The section on the Indus Valley Culture and the one on Buddhist Heritage is most informative. The museum also showcases the arts and handicrafts from different regions of India. Keep an eye out for the 4,600 year old Harappan temple dancer, the Gandhara-era standing Buddha with Greek hair and a Roman toga, the stunning miniature painting gallery, and the giant temple chariot parked outside. An informative place for all interested in knowing more about Indian culture and history.

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Khari Baoli

walking away from the Red Fort through Chandni Chowk will lead you here, which is the main spice market in Old Dehli where most restaurants shop from. Great place to buy individual spices (especially cardamom in bulk), masala chai mix, and various masala mixes for vegetables, meat, fish, meat, chicken, and rice. Afghan Store (lot# 6553). - Reputed to be the largest outdoor, '''pedestrianized''' shopping area in Delhi. Huge bargains on all sorts of western and Indian wear. If you are lucky, you can also get many reputed western brands as export surplus. It is also a great market for fresh fruits, vegetables and household goods.

BUY   —  +91 98 73736846, —  Khari Baoli

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus

Not usually considered a "place of interest" for tourists, this one of a kind campus of the premier National University of India remains a hidden gem of the city. The campus is hilly and rocky and some areas look more like a jungle with peacocks. The hostels represent the geographical vastness of India as they are named after Indian Rivers. For instance Godavari and Ganga. Specific areas of the campus are named after a particular geographical region in India. For instance Uttarakhand and Dakshinapuram. Some of the non-scholarly attractions of India's best University includes 24x7, an open aired restaurant.

SEE   —  +91 11 2670 4090 —  JNU Ring Rd


Jama Masjid, Gali Kababian. As you'd expect from a restaurant on Kebab Lane, the main dish is Mughal-style meat (''mutton and chicken''), served up since 1913. Is down a little alley just South of the Jama Masjid southern entrance (past the auto supplies market). Favourites include badam pasanda (''boneless mutton cooked with yogurt, almonds and spices'') and chicken noor jahan, but if you're really hungry, try Tandoori Bakra; an entire stuffed goat for ₹4,500, 24 hr notice and down payment is required. Some of the dishes have huge puddles of oil on top, which you're supposed to drain off before eating.

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St Stephen's Church

Built in 1862, by Anglican missionaries and Department of Public Works Engineers in the style of Italian Gothic architecture, highly influenced by the Romanesque style. Apart from its ornate walls and ceilings the Church has a unique feature which is the stained glass rose window which is exclusive in Delhi. The baroque styled church has arched windows which allow the sunlight to brighten the interiors. the interiors are well maintained with motifs, pictures, carvings and beautiful furniture. A series of fine plasters form arcade on either side lined with beautiful carvings columns made of sandstone.

SEE   —  Church Mission Road

Mubarak Shah's Tomb

This tomb was once a massive and popular structure. Built during the Sayyid rule, it was famous during the times of the Mughals and Lodis and highly vandalized during the Revolt of 1857. Only the west and south gate survive and other gates as well as Quranic inscriptions have disappeared. Located in Kotla Mubarakpur Complex (Hindi: कोटला मुबारकपुर काम्प्लेक्ष्), a medieval village. There are several other tombs of Lodi Dynasty period such as the Darya Khan's tomb, Kale Khan ka Gumbad, Bare Khan ka Gumbad, Chote Khan Ka Gumbad and Bhure Khan ka Gumbad, and also a Baoli (step well).

SEE   —  Kotala Mubarakpur

Nili Chhatri Temple

A Hindu temple is the tomb of Naubat Khan. Naubat Khan was a mansabdar (state official) during the time of Akbar. He built it during his lifetime in 1565. The tomb stands almost midway between Purana Qila and the tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya. It is built in an enclosure of several acres. Though the walls of the tomb are not extant in its entirety, some portions of it can still be seen in the surrounding area. But the gateway is relatively in good shape. At the entrance of the tomb is written the inscription, the letters of the inscription are of black marble inlaid on sandstone.

Lodhi Estate

It is a Central Government Officers and Staff Residential Colony, built in the 1940s. Here are some 'tourist' places like the Sai Baba Temple of Lodhi Road, Khan Market, Jor Bagh, the 16th century Tomb of Sikander Lodhi, situated in Lodhi Gardens and the India Habitat Centre. There are several municipal parks including Charbagh which features the Lodhi Gardens. - The three main shopping markets in this area are Khanna Market, Khan Market one of the poshest & expensive market and Meherchand Market. Chocolate Wheel Confectionary in the Jor Bagh area is a very popular bakery.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

- This is the [ main gurudwara] for the many Sikhs of Delhi. You will need to cover your head (scarves provided for free) and stash your shoes in the shoe storage run by volunteers. Compared to other big tourist attractions, is free of scam or rude guards and can be enjoyed without hassle. You can sit inside and listen to the readings and prayers in Punjabi. Men should cover their head with something, although it is not mandatory, it will be seen as a sign of respect.

SEE   —  Ashoka Rd

Gurdwara Mata Sundri

The temple is a tribute to Mata Sundri, the wife of the 10th Guru – Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708). The Guru was a Warrior, Poet and Philosopher. The Gurdwara built in brick and lime mortar, on the farther end of the hall is a marble-paved gallery. The carved weed beam of the gallery bears an inscription in Gurmukhi script in bold letters. There is a marble slab in the center which surrounded by the inscribed sacred emblem of the Sikhs. It has a standard square-domed sanctums, arched copings and a traditional styled entrance.

SEE   —  Mata Sundri road

Handicrafts and Natural Products Emporium

is one of the largest and oldest emporiums of handicrafts and herbal products in Delhi. It was founded in 1932 and provides it's visitors with a large variety of gift items from different parts of India. Textiles, handmade crafts and furniture made by artists and craftsman are sold at affordable prices. Ayurvedic and plant remedies, herbal soap, shampoos, oils and natural fragrances are also manufactured. This complex of 2 four-storeyed buildings is welcoming and a popular place for foreign visitors to Delhi.

Red Fort

is one of Delhi's top tourist sights and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A brilliant red sandstone fort built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (who also built Agra's Taj Mahal) as his ruling palace. Completed in 1648, the years since have not treated the buildings kindly: the rooms have long since been stripped of all objects, the marble inlays are long gone and quite a few buildings are off limits. Still, the scale remains imposing and the gardens are kept lush and green even in midwinter.

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Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Established at the initiative of avid art collector Kiran Nadar, KNMA opened in January 2010, as the first private museum of Art, exhibiting Modern and Contemporary works from India and the subcontinent. The core corpus of KNMA highlights works by F.N. Souza, M.F. Hussain, S.H. Raza, V.S. Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar, A. Ramachandran, Rameshwar Broota and several others. Located in the popular tourist destination of Saket.

Sagar Ratna

Considered by many to be the best place for authentic South Indian food, Sagar does justice to the reputation. The menu features dosas, idlis, vadas, uttapams, rasam and thalis. A/C. There's likely to be a queue for seats during peak hours and definitely on Tues nights. The upmarket version at Sagar Ratna, Ashok Hotel, 50-B Chanakyapuri, ☎ +91 11 2611 0101, is quieter, better laid out and more expensive. Both also have many other branches.

Khuni Darwaza

It is here in this gate that Major William Hodson beheaded last Mughal ruler Bahadur Shah Zafar's sons Mirza Mughal and Mirza Khizr Sultan as well as grandson Mirza Abu Bakr after the defeat in Revolt of 1857 forcing him to go to Yangoon. It is also believed that the beheaded heads of criminals were put on display in this gate. Here Jahangir ordered the killing of two sons of Rahim Khan-I-Khana who was a Navaratna in Akbar's court.

The Government of India Tourist Office

The Government of India Tourist Office offers daily tours, covering all of the major Delhi sites. If you should choose to go with the government-sanctioned day tour, be aware that due to the heavy agenda, you will need to have a quick foot, only 20-40 min are given for each sight, which is next to no time. Consider this day tour as a sampler. If there is a sight of particular interest, bookmark it and return at a later date.

National Railway Museum

Chanakyapuri. houses a collection of Indian trains from the past to the present - a worthwhile look into India's proud railway heritage. The collection includes carriages belonging to Indian potentates and British viceroys. Children can ride the small train that circumnavigates the museum. There is a small cafe on the premises. Open 09:30-19:30 (Apr-Sept) and 09:30-17:30 (Oct-Mar). Closed Mondays and national holidays.

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Ansal Plaza

Mall and a favourite shopping haunt for the local middle/upper class. This is a great place to get bargains on international brand clothing and jeans (as these tend to be 30-50% cheaper than in the West depending on the brand and time of year). Also has many Indian and Western restaurants. International brands such as Guess, Marks & Spencer, United Colors of Benetton, Lacoste and Apple have retail outlets here.

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Lal Bangla

This contains two separate masoleums which have the tombs of Lal Kunwar and her daughter Begum Jaan. Lal Kunwar was the wife of Mughal ruler Jahander Shah and mother of another Mughal ruler Shah Alam II. Lal Kunwar is similar to Nur Jahan, who monopolised power and gave important posts to his member of his family. The adjacent areas have the tombs of unknown tombs of third last Mughal emperor Akbar Shah II.

Chor Bizarre

Hotel Broadway, 4/15A Asaf Ali Rd. Now franchised worldwide, the original restaurant serves Kashmiri food in an eclectic surrounding like a chor bazaar (''thieves market''). The buffet is laid out inside an old car. ₹300-₹400 for each dish. A bit on the pricey side (relatively for India), but worth a splurge. If going by foot, look out for the Delhi Stock Exchange on same strip 0.5 km from here.

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National Science Centre

Although the name is too grand, the museum is definitely a must see for science enthusiasts, especially those who are young. Has a recently built section on DNA Science and also a section on Dinosaurs. A section on ancient Indian Science and Technology, including Vedic Mathematics & Ayurveda. The "Energy Ball" display near the entrance is interesting and perhaps the most captivating of all.

DLF Emporio

It is one luxury malls. The mall has been designed by architect Mohit Gujral and Chandu Chadha in Italian marble, burnished wood, and gleaming brass detailing. DLF Emporio has four floors including Ground Floor and comprises an area of 3ha. The mall features over 170 brands including 75 International Brands. Recently the promoters also opened a 180 seater high end restaurant called setz.

Metcalfe House (Dilkusha)

It was originally the tomb of Quli Khan who was the brother of Adham Khan and in turn foster brother of Akbar. Later Sir Thomas Metcalfe (who was a negotiator between Mughal Empire and British East India Company) bought the structure remodelled it, and became one of the two Metcalfe House also known as Dilkusha. It is in ruins as it was highly vandalized during Revolt of 1857.

BnB New Delhi Bed and Breakfast

House with a cosy family atmosphere. Free wifi, tea & coffee making tray in room, DVD plaver with bollywood and hollywood movies, games, children movies. LCD satellite TV, refrigerator. All rooms have private bathroom and western toilet with shower. Breakfast is served in dining room. Library includes books on culture, city guide books and India guide books in lounge area.

Kos Minar

These are pillars built by Sher Shah Suri and rulers after him. These pillars were as a mean to measure distance. The distance between two Kos Minar is roughly 3 km. They are massive pillars, 9 m high, built on a high platform and on the top holy verses from Quran are inscribed. There are two Kos Minars in Delhi, one next to Purana Qila and another one at Lodi Gardens

The Yum Yum Tree

As much as a fantasy-land as a restaurant, it's easily one of the largest Chinese restaurants in the city. The influence is from Singapore, and the Dim Sum Menu is good. The cuisine here is extremely high quality. Sectioned into separate areas. The Grill for a quick lunch, or the more formal dining area for dinner. Includes a funky bar called ''New Friends Colony''.

EAT   —  +91 11 4260 2020 —  Map

Kali Mandir

It is a forty year old temple complex and Bengali community cultural center. The compound has three temple - that of Lord Shiva and Radha Krishna and the Main temple in the middle. Built on a small hill, it started as a Shiv temple, which still stands within the complex, the larger shrines dedicated to goddess Kali, Shiva, and Radhakrishna were added in 1984.

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Gurudwara Sis Ganj

An important Sikh place of worship. Built on the spot where their ninth guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded on the orders of the mughal emperor Aurangzeb, it is an oasis of calm in the chaos of Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk. You will need to cover your head (scarves provided for free) and stash your shoes in the shoe storage run by volunteers (also free).

Bagh I Alam

Bagh I Alam ka Gumbad is a tomb belonging to the Lodi era. It is a mixture of local stones, red sandstones and blue ceramic tiles. It is surrounded by lush green scenery of gardens with a variety of birds and deer flocking. The interior is full of sunlight filtered through the framework. It also houses three tombs, whose identities are unidentified.

Khan Market

is where the foreign diplomats and Tibetan lama's go for lunch and to shop for dog supplies, groceries (great choice of vegetables), clothes (upper class Indian style, not expensive, Fabindia and Anohki for women's clothing), housewares (Good Earth), jewellery/accessories, and books (many bookshops that have a wide selection at reasonable prices).

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India Habitat Centre

This center though not a museum in the strictest sense of the word, is most noted for its ever-changing art exhibits, plays and films, as well as an international selection of food items in its food court. Only members can use the Dilli-O-Dilli & the Oriental Octopus restaurant, but the American Diner and Eatopia food court are accessible to all.

SEE   —  +91 11 2468 2001 —  Lodhi Rd


Decent restaurant and nice atmosphere on rooftop bar, although rooftop seems like a construction site. The staff are often rude and may try to offer overpriced tour package bookings as often as they can. The rooms are small and many do not have windows. Bath/shower facilities are archaic. The hotel does not offer a luggage storage service.

Hauz Shamsi

It is a water reservoir built by Iltutmish in 1230 AD.It is believed Iltutmish had a dream in which Prophet Muhammad asked him to built a water reservoir in the place where a winged horse would leave a hoof. It is said that he found the hoof here. It is here he then built a reservoit dug. - Auliya Masjid located on southeast corner

Janpath flea market

is a bargain-hunter's dream and just a two minute walk from Connaught place. Think of it as a vast flea market, where you can get all kinds of knick-knacks and clothes. Janpath is not a place for those unwilling or unable to bargain ruthlessly. Also, as in any flea market, quality will vary greatly. There are also some bookshops.

National Zoological Park

The Delhi Zoo is a very large and sprawling park dedicated to preserving the rich biodiversity of the country. This park may be the only chance of seeing a tiger or elephant for some travellers. Be prepared to do a lot of walking [].

Shani Dham Temple

Contains the world's tallest natural rock statue of Shani. Idol of Lord Shani is a chief hindu deity. Shani is one of the nine Navagraha or primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology, embodied in the planet Saturn. Shani is the Lord of Saturday. The word Shani also denotes the seventh day or Saturday in most Indian languages.

Sabz Gumbad

Though it literally means "green dome", its dome is nowhere green in colour. The dome is blue coloured and the tower is believed to be built between 1530 and 1535. The tower is an influence of Central Asian architecture. There are blue and yellow tiles on the drum. Moreover it was used as a police station during British rule.

The Imperial

Built in 1931. Has the only Chanel store in India as well as a priceless art collection, 'British Art on India.' It also has the largest collection of land war gallantry awards from India and neighbouring countries. Very classy, best value for least money in first class range. Good food and excellent service in restaurants.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 2334 1234 —  Janpath

Cottage Emporium

is the main government-run location for selling handicrafts from all over the country. The prices are a little more than what you'd find if you went bargain hunting, but you can shop in air-conditioned comfort and all of the sales people speak English. The quality of items is quite good. You can '''pay with credit cards'''.

The Other Side

81/3 Adhchini (''basement of Turquoise Cottage''), Sri Aurobindo Marg. Ssmoky brick-walled basement covered with Western memorabilia. Eclectic music with an emphasis on rock, expect anything from Beatles to AC/DC. It is a good crowd, particularly on Wednesday's media nights. ₹ 500 minimum for drinks and food. Couples only.

DRINK   —  +91 11 2685 396 —  Map

Bahá'í Lotus Temple

- [ This place] shaped like a lotus bud with 27 petals, this stunning temple suspended above milky-blue ponds is surely one of the most magnificent monuments ever made from concrete, however there is very little to see inside. The lush park around is well landscaped but mostly off-limits.

Najaf Khan's Tomb

This is the tomb of Najaf Khan. Najaf Khan was a Persian traveller who came to Delhi during the rule of Mughal ruler Muhammad Shah around 1740. He was later awarded deputy minister of Awadh. His tomb is accompanied by the tomb of his daughter. This tomb is laid in the traditional Mughal Char Bagh or Four Gardens style.

Hanuman Temple

The ancient Hindu temple has a self manifest idol of Hanuman Ji (who was an ardent devotee of Rama according to the Hindu legends), has an unusual feature fixed in the spire (Viman) in the form of a crescent moon (an Islamic symbol) instead of the Hindu symbol of Aum or Sun that is commonly seen in most Hindu temples.

SEE   —  Connaught Place

Lal Gumbad

Lal Gumbad is the tomb of Shaikh Kabir–ud-Din-Auliya who was buried here in 1397. It is one of the earliest examples of architecture in Delhi, built during Mohammad bin Tughlaq rule. Little is known about the saint, except that he lived during Tughlaq rule. It is made up of Red Sandstone from which it gets its name.

Hotel Delhi Aerocity

Hotel Delhi Aerocity is a budget hotel near Indira Gandhi International airport offering 3 star hotel facilities and services with in-house 24 hour restaurant and room service, airport pick up and drop services. Rooms are well spacious with modern interiors, free wi-fi, LCD, AC and fitted with all modern amenities.

City Inn DX

Rooms with double bed, flat screen TV (with HBO, VH1, CNN, lots of Hindi channels), clean bathroom with Western toilets. Each bathroom has its own hot water heater. Room service, computers in the lobby for ₹30/hr. Very friendly staff. Located just around the corner from ''Hotel Relax'' and the vegetable market.

Hazrat Nizamuddin station

(code ''NZM''). Many trains heading south. It's the least chaotic of the ''Big Three'', but still pretty big and poorly signposted; listen to the announcements to figure out your train. The station has a pretty good food court that sells inexpensive, hygienic takeaway snacks including sandwiches and samosas.

Parliament House

The shape is circular, which is based on the Ashoka Chakra. There are separate halls for the sessions of the Chamber of Princes, the State Council, and the Central Legislative Assembly. The building is surrounded by large gardens and fenced off by sandstone railings modelled after the Great Stupa of Sanchi.

SEE   —  Map

Gurdwara Dam Dama Sahib

Sikh place of worship. Built by Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783. Later a deorhi (Sikh architectural structure) was constructed, including buildings for priests and pilgrims. In 1984, a new building was constructed. Every year thousands of devotees assemble here to celebrate the festival called Hola Mohalla.

Ambience Vasant Kunj

is perhaps India's most luxuriant mall. You'll find 3 floors of international designer brands, as well as a number of Indian designers. Emporio also houses one of New Delhi's most popular new restautrants, Set'z (formerly Zest), a chic dining experience with over seven different cuisines to choose from.

BUY   —  Map

Nehru Memorial Museum

Former residence of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, now a museum of his life. Was used by the Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army before Indian Independence. Includes a Planetarium.Its entry fee is ₹ 50 For adults an 25 for childrens.Here they show a small movie on Astro and Universe.

SEE   —  +91 11 2301 7587 —  Map

Nehru Place

An IT hardware market complex and a perfect place for finding gadgets at very cheap rates. It is also a huge marketplace for both pirated and original software. Any computer-related accessory can be found here, but parking is a monumental problem. Beware of congestion and pickpockets. Open Mon-Sat.

BUY   —  Map

Hare Rama Guest House

Popular hotel and place to book sleeper buses if you're heading to Dharamsala or Pushkar. They're very laid back staff which makes a nice change. 24 hour hot water and check in, and 24 hours stay from when you arrived. ₹400 single, ₹500 double for an OK non-air-con room. Extra 50% for air-con.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 2743 3017 —  298 Main Bazaar

Turquoise Cottage

81/3 Adhchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, South Delhi. True to the name, the decor is turquoise and stylishly rustic, but the food is Thai-Chinese and, while somewhat adapted to Indian tastes, quite tasty. Also check out the popular ''The Other Side'' bar downstairs. Reservations recommended. ₹ 500.

EAT   —  +91 11 2685 3896 —  Map


This is a main parade route that leads from '''Rashtrapati Bhavan''' (the President's residence) to '''India Gate''', with many grassy lawns along the way. Especially nice in the evenings and at night when the buildings are lit and the vendors come out to supply the many picnicking families.

SEE   —  Map

Balban's Tomb

It is the tomb of Balban, a ruler of Slave dynasty. It is believed that the first arch, which later became an important part of Indian architecture was built in this masoleum only. The same goes for the dome, which has been destroyed. Beside, his tomb lies the tomb of his son Khan Shahid.

Balban's Tomb

It is the tomb of Balban, a ruler of Slave dynasty. It is believed that the first arch, which later became an important part of Indian architecture was built in this masoleum only. The same goes for the dome, which has been destroyed. Beside, his tomb lies the tomb of his son Khan Shahid.


Basant Lok (''in Priya Cinema complex''), Vasant Vihar. 3 level bar-restaurant offering surprisingly good (but pricy) Middle Eastern food. They offer a wide range of drinks and an even wider range of flavored water pipes. There is no outdoor seating, nor do they offer hot drinks.

DRINK   —  +91 11 4166 3522 —  Map

Aap ki Pasand

Tea Shop, A great place to sample Indian chai and the exotic Darjeeling and Assam teas and buy tea in handcrafted fabric bags. Located in an old colonial era building, its teas have been savored by Bill Clinton, Gorbachov, Koizumi and are taken as official state gifts of India.

Yogmaya Temple

This ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Yogmaya, the sister of Krishna. Built in early 19th century and is a descendant of a much older Devi shrine. Adjacent to the temple lies, a water body, known as 'Anangtal', after King Anangpal, and covered by trees from all sides

SEE   —  Mehrauli,

Adham Khan's Tomb

This is the tomb of Adham Khan who was the son of Akbar's wet nurse Maham Anga. After Adham Khan killed Atagha Khan, a general in Akbar's army, he killed Adham Khan by dropping him from the top of Agra Fort. After this his mother was depressed for which Akbar built this tomb.

SEE   —  Mehrauli

Majnu ka Tilla Tibetan Colony

One of the more accessible Tibetan resettlement areas in India, and certainly a nice piece of variety for Delhi. To get there head north along Ring Road just past Majnu ka Tilla Gurudwara, or take the Metro to Vidhan Sabha station, and a cycle-rickshaw is ₹ 15 from there.

SEE   —  Outer Ring road

Barbeque Nation

B-1 623, Opp. District Center, Janakpuri. Offers an option where customers can make their food on their personal grills, which are embedded in each table. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian BBQ starters, a main course buffet, soups, salads, desserts and a variety of liquors.

EAT   —  Map

Karol Bagh

known for traditional Indian Wear, sarees and shawls. Huge area and big brand showrooms. - Reputed to be the largest shopping area in Asia with 20,000 shops and traders. There are many tailors experienced in western styles (suits etc.). Also a growing number of hotels .

Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

Delhi's first and grandest mosque, now mostly in ruins, but many parts of the complex are still standing and the sandstone decorations are still impressive. Check out the extraordinarily ornate carvings near the '''tomb of Iltutmish''' on the west side of the complex.

SEE   —  Map

Teen Murti Bhavan

It is the former residence of India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. After his demise in 1964, it was converted into a museum cum library. It is one the biggest libraries of Delhi with 100,000 photographs, 18,000 microfilm rolls & over 10,000 manuscripts.

Moti Mahal Delux

Famous for their tandoori chicken and North Indian food. Their family-sized naan is delicious and the size of a 4 year old child. Home of where the original Dal Makhani, Butter Chicken, and many of the other dishes now highly popular in the UK were first created.

EAT   —  Several locations

Kalka Mandir

Constructed of brick masonry, finished with marbles and is surrounded by a pyramidal tower. The Central Chamber which is 12-sided in plan with a doorway in each side is paved with marble and is surrounded by a verandah 4m wide and containing 36 arched openings.

Khan-I-Khana's Tomb

This is a tomb built by Khan-I-Khana in 1598 after his wife's death. He was later buried here in 1627. Khan-I-Khana was a great composer during Akbar's time and also belonged to his Navaratna or his nine jems. The motif is similar to that of the Humayun's tomb.

SEE   —  Nizamuddin East

Saravana Bhavan

A good South Indian joint located in Janpath very close to Connaught Place. They are a Chennai chain operating in Delhi. If you go at lunch time, prepare to wait a while. The various dosas are recommended, as well as the thalis (''meals'') and the sweet dishes.

Club India Cafe

Don't be put off by the cramped stairway up. This is a clean and bright little haven of peace with birds-eye views of the chaos below. The menu spans the gamut but the thing to try is the Japanese food, prepared under the watchful eye of the Japanese owner.

The State Emporium

is the state's equivalent of a Cottage. one of the radial streets coming off of Connaught Place, and each state specializes in certain kinds of crafts. Some are better priced than others, and you can bargain a little. Many of them will take credit cards.

Aap ki Pasand Tea Shop

A great place to sample Indian chai and the exotic Darjeeling and Assam teas and purchase the same. Located in an old colonial era building, its teas have been savoured by Bill Clinton, Gorbachov, Koizumi and are taken as official state gifts of India.

Palika Bazaar

– This is a large underground market in the center of Connaught Place. The air here is bad and the quality of products low. One can hunt for DVDs, VCDs and audio CDs of Hindi, English and a few regional and foreign language films and PC-based games.

Uttara Swami Malai Temple

The main temple within the complex, formally called Sree Swaminatha Swami Temple, houses the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Swaminatha. The temple is built entirely of granite, and is reminiscent of the Chola style of South Indian Temple Architecture.

SEE   —  Sector 7, RK Puram

Chausath Khamba

Built by Mirza Aziz Kota, a foster brother of Akbar and an important noble during the time of Jahangir, this building has the tomb of Aziz Kota. The meaning of it is 64 pillars that support the structure. It also has other unidentified tombs.

Sher Shah Suri Gate

A gate opposite to Purana Qila built by Sher Shah Suri. Some historians believe that this marked the boundary of Sher Shah's empire, though others doubt that his empire extended till Shergarh. Nevertheless it must have marked some boundary.

SEE   —  Mathura Road

Daawat Khana

A minor palace, this was originally the residence of a prince, but it was converted into a tea house by the British, a function it continues today. Basic meals cost around ₹ 60, drinks ₹ 10-20, and it also has the cleanest toilets around.

SEE   —  Map

Purana Qila

Purana Qila is the walled citadel of Mughal Emperor Humayun. Believed to be built during the time of mythical Pandava rule, significant additions were made by Humayun itself. It later turned into an urban village before being a monument.


Temple, Centre for Krishna Consciousness, it has robotic shows and multimedia presentations, apart from the traditional temple complex. Lively atmosphere and excellent tasting sweets - and the delicious Govinda's restaurant is on site.

Rajouri Garden

Famous shopping area, here is the largest Malls complex in the city of New Delhi. It offers a variety of clothing brands both national and international such as United Colors of Benetton, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, Bossini, etc.

BUY   —  Map

Ghalib Museum

This is a museum on the life and times of the 18th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. On the third floor of the Ghalib Academy building. Also here an art gallery where paintings made by famous & eminent artists are on display.

South Extension

Shopping mecca but it is not a single mall. It is spread out over a large area and many international brands have stores here. International brands include the likes of Mango, Nautica, United Colors of Benetton, Levis, etc.

BUY   —  Map

Kalindi Kunj

This is a public garden. Named after Kalindi, another name of river and goddess Yamuna and is situated close to between Delhi and Noida (Uttar Pradesh) border, it also accessible to Faridabad in Haryana, via Mathura Road.

DO   —  Amrapali Marg

Jantar Mantar

One of five astronomical observatories commissioned by Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur during the 18th century. The odd structures inside are enormous scientific instruments for measuring the movement of celestial bodies

Hotel Namaskar

Only 5 min from the train station. Be prepared for a somewhat gloomy hotel, with possibly roaches in the rooms. No sheets or towels. Primary school right next to the hotel makes sleeping past 09:00 nearly impossible.

Hotel SPB 87

20 min from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and 10 min from New Delhi Railway Station. Satellite TV, wifi, and a private toilet and bath. They also have a conference hall for business meetings and guests.

Ama Rabsel House

A surprisingly large and modern hotel, hidden down a dark alleyway next to Dolma House restaurant. Friendly staff appear to be constantly cleaning. The attached restaurant, on the other hand, is of low quality.

T.L.R. Cafe & Kitchen

Popular among tourists, expats and locals. Continental menu featuring a variety of pastas and panini sauce. Kitchen open 11:00-23:00 daily. Also Spanish, Moroccan and American styles, plus desserts and drinks.

Moustache Hostel

The most recommended hostel in Delhi. Dorms have air-con with showers and lockers (bring your own lock). There is a kitchen, washing machine, common room, water filter, wi-fi, PCs, books and guides.

Bikaner House

bus stop. Buses, including air-conditioned Volvo buses from Jaipur arrive at this place. For travel between Jaipur and Delhi, this bus stop is very clean, less crowded than ISBT, and easy to reach.

OTHER   —  Pandara Rd, New Delhi

Urban Ashram

Warm, intimate and cosy family-operated boutique bed and breakfast. Friendly and hospitable service. Nice new rooms. Free wifi. Close to GK-1, defence colony, saket with many restaurants and bars.


The Grand, Nelson Mandela Rd, Vasant Kunj-II. Pseudo-rustic ''yakitori'' (Japanese chicken kebab) restaurant offering fairly authentic food, including a limited range of sushi and sake. ₹ 1,000+.

EAT   —  Map

Shangri-La Eros Hotel

Part of the Shangri La chain. Seafood buffets, an extensive breakfast buffet, and a good Asian restaurant on 1st floor with a Thai, Chinese and Japanese menu. 5 star service and good security.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 4119 1919 —  19 Ashoka Rd

Flagstaff Tower

It was built in 1828 as a signal tower. This one storey tower was used to take shelter for European people during Revolt of 1857. - The '''Sankatmochan Hanuman Mandir''' is 100 m to the west.

Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya

To the left after the Chatta Chowk, this is a reasonably well-presented museum on the history of independence activism in India, starting from the Mutiny of 1857 all the way to Gandhi.

SEE   —  Map

St Peter's Cathedral

It is the headquarters of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox church in Delhi. It is known as the Antioch of the East and is a fine example of Oriental architecture blended with modernity.

SEE   —  Bhai Veer Singh Marg

Khas Mahal

The Emperor's main residence. The octagonal '''Mussaman Burj''' tower looks out toward the Yamuna River, and is where the Emperor used to appear before the public for each morning.

SEE   —  Map

Tughlaqabad Fort

Massive fortress built by Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq in the 14th century and was the third city of Delhi. The monstrous ruins of this complex are now overrun by hordes of Langur monkeys.

Sacred Heart Cathedral

- It is the biggest church in terms of structure and also the headquarters of the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese. A must visit to enjoy the beautiful architecture and pristine beauty.

SEE   —  1 Ashok Place


Family-operated boutique hotel in south Delhi. Very friendly and hospitable service. Nice new rooms. Free internet. Close to GK-1, defense colony with many restaurants and bars.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 4604 1569 —  A-7 Gulmohar Pk

Jagannath Temple

A modern temple built by the Oriya community of Delhi dedicated to the Hindu God Jagannath. The temple famous for its annual Rathyatra festival attended by thousands of devotees

SEE   —  +91 11 2696 6978 —  Green Park

Agrasen ki Baoli

A historical steep well believed to be built during to time of Maharaja Agrasen of the Mahabharata era and reconstruced in the 14th century. Also here is the '''Baoli Mosque'''

Meena Bazar

a popular flea market with antiques (and not-so-antiques) — it's also known as Chor Bazar or "Thieves' Market," so hold onto your wallet and don't believe every claim you hear.

BUY   —  Meena Bazaar

Asian Guest House

Not recommended for families. Corridors and cheaper rooms are dirty and in need of renovation. Monkeys living outside the building and coachroaches inside are a special treat.


Women's clothing, childen's wear, men's wear, and some home goods. In Khan Market and Santushti Shopping Complex with discount store in Nizamuddin East Market (enter gate #9).

BUY   —  Map

The Big Chill

Khan Market and East of Kailash, is popular with a young crowd for great smoothies, ice creams, cheesecakes and Italian food. Expect a waiting line during lunch at Saturdays.

Connaught Place aka Rajiv Chowk

A unique cross between a European shopping arcade, an Indian bazaar, and an upmarket shopping mall. With all shops laid out in 2 circles, it's easy to get around and explore.

BUY   —  Map

Purana Qila

Ruins of the 16th century city of Shergarh, this complex sits on top of what is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic.

SEE   —  +91 11 2435 5387 —  Mathura Rd

Kashmere Gate ISBT

This is "the" ISBT and the largest of the lot. Buses to points north (Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Garwhal, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmere) including Nepal

OTHER   —  +91 11 43090100 —  Map

Hotel GTC, South Delhi

Hotel GTC is situated in South Delhi and is a perfect destination for business travellers and backpackers. 23 rooms, business meeting halls, banquet halls, restaurant etc.


A popular store for high quality traditional clothing that caters to foreigners with a Western style store that is ''inside'', with ''fixed prices'', and ''no haggling''.

Turkman Gate

This gate is named after Sufi saint Hazrat Shah Turkman Bayabani, located in southern edge of Shahjahanabad (Old Delhi). Include the tomb of Hazrat Shah Turkman Bayabani

Hyatt Regency Delhi

Huge and slightly aged, but still 5 stars, outdoor pool, small gym and spa, 3 restaurants, and all the usual amenities. Halfway between the airport and Connaught Place.

Hayat Bakhsh Bagh

Once a grand garden of full of fountains and streams, now sadly all dry — only dry channels and acres of green grass remain. Near here will you find the Sawan Pavilion

SEE   —  Map

Lodhi Garden

Is a peaceful park in the heart of New Delhi. Lodhi garden is ideal for morning walks in the hot season and for afternoon strolls and picnics during the cooler months.

DO   —  Lodi Road

New Haven Hotel

Boutique hotel in South Delhi. New deluxe rooms, high speed wifi, nice surroundings. Close to Lotus temple, Opposite JMD shopping mall and Mainland China restaurant


This square, domed building once acted as the entrance to the mosque, but is now tucked away behind the minar. Inlaid marble decorations and latticed stone screens.

SEE   —  Map

Bara Batasha

This structure houses the tomb of Mirza Muzaffar who was the son of Babur and Gulrukh Begum. The speciality of this structure is that it has 5 arches on each side.

Deer Park

is a fantastic park for a relaxing. There are some good restaurants near this park and has Tomb of Firoz Shah Tughlaq at one of its corners. Has a boating lake.

DO   —  Map

Barakhamba Tomb

The name is derived from the structure's 12 pillars and 3 domes, it houses tombs of the Lodi time. A 14th century tomb during Lodi time of an unknown nobleman

SEE   —  Lodi Estate

Daryaganj and Asaf Ali Road

A little better organised, but otherwise similar to Nai Sarak. Hindi Book Centre on Asaf Ali Rd is well known and stocks many Hindi books. Has a good website.

BUY   —  Map

Chill&Chai @ Khoj

A great tiny place for good coffee, tea and international food inside one of Delhi's best known cultural centre KHOJ. Mediterranean style with cool terrace

India Gate

This monument has been built as a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in World War I. There is also an eternal flame for all fallen Indian soldiers.

SEE   —  Rajpath

Maulsari Bed & Breakfast

Maulsari is a B'n'B in the posh colony of Sunder Nagar. Conveniently located near heritage monuments, Delhi High Court, Supreme Court and major markets.

Bed & Chaï Guesthouse

Run by two French women. A cozy and modern accommodation, safe for women. Clean and well decorated. Wifi and breakfast included. Fully-equipped kitchen.

Cathedral Church of Redemption

It is the headquarters of the Church of North India, Delhi Diocese. Built by Henry Medd between 1927-1935 it is a fine example of Colonial architecture.

SEE   —  Church Lane

Ticket office

It often has waiting times not much longer than at the tourist booking office. You will need to know the number or name of the train you want to take.

OTHER   —  Map

Raj Ghat

Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at the site of his cremation. Check for closure dates/security checks around national holidays/Gandhi's death anniversary

Razia Sultana's Tomb

This is the tomb of only woman ruler of Delhi Raziya Sultana. It consists of a two tombs, one of Raziya's and another of Sajiya's without any roof.

SEE   —  Sitaram Bazar

Bara Gumbad

This is a mosque located in Lodi Gardens. This struture however do not house any tomb. Legend has it that it was to be a port for Friday prayers.

Chor Minar

It is a minaret built by Alauddin Khilji in 13th century. Here the decapitated heads of chors, or thieves, were displayed through its 225 holes.

SEE   —  Aurobindo Marg

Gandhi Smriti

This estate is the site of Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom. Includes a museum celebrating his life and the room he lived in during his final days.

SEE   —  +91 11 2301 2843 —  Map

Terminal 3

This enormous main terminal, is used by all international flights and all full-service domestic carriers including Jet Airways and Air India.

OTHER   —  T3 Arrival Road


Hotel Metropolitan, Bangla Sahib Marg. Japanese style restaurant, carries the tag of being one of the most expensive restaurants in India.

EAT   —  Map

Nirula Bazar

Be sure to try a number of the shops in this area as all are selling similar goods. They will try to sell you is a hand-made Kashmiri rug.

Gurdwara Nank Piao

It's built at the site, in the garden where Guru Nanak Dev camped when he visited Delhi in 1505 during the reign of Sultan Sikandar Lodi.


Set out to build a tower twice as high as the Qutub Minar, but died after a mere 24.5 m was complete. The first story stands to this day.

SEE   —  Map

Tibet House

Established by HH Dalai Lama with the aim of preserving the cultural heritage of Tibet. There is a museum, exhibition space and library.

Safdarjung's Tomb

It is a tomb with onion shaped dome. It houses the tomb of Safdarjung, the Prime Minister during Mughal ruler Ahmad Shah Bahadur's rule.

SEE   —  Lodi Road, Delhi

Guru Tegh Bahadur Smarak

This monument has a unique concept. Guru Tegh Bahadur has been depicted by a central pylon but his three disciples by three semi arches.

Biran ka Gumbad

Literally meaning "doomed building of brother", the masoleum has arched niches which are neatly arranged. It was built during Lodi rule.

SEE   —  Green Park Extension

Delhi Food Adventure

Old Delhi. 3-4 hr tour of many of the best dishes in Old Delhi, reservations required, one of Delhi's top rated tours. ₹1500 per person.

EAT   —  Map

Sai Baba Temple

Although there are many Shirdi [ Sai Baba] Temples in and around Delhi, the one located at Lodhi Road is the oldest.

Anand Vihar Terminal

(code ''ANVT'') Repeatedly delayed, the station finally opened in December 2009 and will gradually take over all east-bound services.

OTHER   —  Map

International Doll's Museum

A museum of dolls from all over the country. You get to see the costumes and art from all over India, as well as some nice crafts.


Clean and pleasant design/style. Free breakfast when you book directly from the hotel website; otherwise there is a ₹200 charge.

Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib

Built in 1783. The temple built near old Raisina village near Raisina Hill, at present Pandit Pant Marg, took 12 years to build.

Terminal 1D

This is used only by low-cost carriers IndiGo, GoAIR and SpiceJet. (Oddly, their flights ''arrive'' at neighbouring Terminal 1C)

OTHER   —  +91 88004 93897 —  Terminal 1 A Rd

Amar Inn

Reasonable rooms, free internet, but bathrooms badly in need of a refurbishment. All rooms include air freshening dispenser.

Azaad Hind Gram

A tourist complex dedicated to Netaji (respected leader) Subhash Chandra Bose, a leader in the Indian independence movement.

Sikander Lodi's tomb

Tomb of Sikander Lodi built by the ruler himself in 1494. The tomb is located in the lush green scenery of the Lodi gardens

SEE   —  Map


Oriented toward backpackers, this strip of shops sells items such as Indian perfumes, shawls, tablas, rugs, jewellery, etc.

BUY   —  Arya Nagar

Oberoi Delhi

Mostly a business hotel. 5 stars. Includes a luxury retail complex. Views of Humayun's Tomb and the New Delhi Golf Course.

Atagh Khan's tomb

The tomb of Atagh Khan who was a general in Mughal emperor Humayun's army. Here is also the '''Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid'''

SEE   —  Nizamuddin Complex

Caravan Homestay

A small and cozy homestay in Delhi that houses a friendly Indian family with well maintained, clean and affordable rooms.

Le Meridien

Landmark refurbished 5 star hotel. Along with the Shangri-La is one of the best hotels in the city in terms of location.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 2371 0101 —  Windsor Place

Mirza Ghalib Tomb

Tomb of poet Mirza Ghalib (1797–1869) located on the Chausath Khamba margins. Also in nearby is the '''Makazi Masjid'''

Rajon ki Baoli

It is a Step well built by Daulat Khan Lodi during the rule of Sikander Lodi in 1516. The complex also houses 12 tombs

SEE   —  Anuvrat Marg

Star Grand Villa

All rooms with LCD TV with satellite channels, telephone, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity.

Ziya- The Morockin Cafe

This is a chain of neuvo Middle Eastern cafes with a wide range of drinks, food and flavoured tobacco. Budget prices.

DRINK   —  +91 92 1263 1306-1-2 —  Map

Chatta Chowk

True to the name, this is a covered bazaar between the gate and the fort itself, now filled with souvenir hawkers.

SEE   —  Map

Tomb of Imam Zamin

this octagonal tomb commemorates a Turkestani iman who was based in the mosque during the reign of Sikandar Lodi.

SEE   —  Map


This building separates the outer court from the inner court, and has a marble platform for the emperor's throne.

SEE   —  Map

District Centre, Janak Puri

You will get computer goods quite close to the prices available in Nehru Place. Parking is not as big a problem.

BUY   —  Map

St James' Church

It is an Anglican church, built in 1836 by Colonel James Skinner. It is one of the oldest churches in the city.

SEE   —  Map

Mumtaz Mahal

Contained six apartments for the Sultan's harem. Now used as a museum of court textiles, carpets, weapons, etc.

SEE   —  Map

Delhi Resort

Facilities of meditation, spider web, Burma Bridge, cliff jump, nature walk, rappelling, trust fall, and more.

SLEEP   —  +91 8130591111 —  Main Bazaar

Khan Chacha

A roomali rolls and kababs restaurant serving chicken, mutton, paneer, and rolls. Very popular with locals.

Central Market

– Middle-class Indians do their shopping here. Good prices for clothes, whether ethnic Indian or otherwise.

BUY   —  Chandni Chowk Rd

Chattarpur Mandir

Huge & beautiful temple complex with a big surrounding campus - located near Mehrauli area of South Delhi.

SEE   —  Dr Ambedkar Colony

Sher Mandal

The two storeyed library inside Purana Qila. It is in this library that Humayun fell from stairs and died

SEE   —  Purana Qila

Galgotia and Sons Bookstore & The Bookworm

Two more disorganized bookstores, but with an excellent variety of books available at excellent prices.

BUY   —  Connaught Place

Maya's Nest

Bed & breakfast located in a safe, green, quite, residential area. Caters to single female travelers.

Talaqi Darwaza

It is the northern gate of Purana Qila. It has a marble carving of warring lions with a man in front.

SEE   —  Purana Qila

The Grand

390-room business hotel generally not for tourists. Opulent lobby, modern rooms, pool and spa.

Bloomrooms @ New Delhi Railway Station

Extremely modern and comfortable rooms. Rooms are noisy due to the location near the station.

Hotel Pitrashish Pride

Boutique hotel with 45 spacious rooms along with multi-cuisine restaurant and coffee lounge.

Ajay Guest House

Has a good restaurant and [ German Brown Bread Bakery].

India Luxury Homes

B&B in the centre of South Delhi. Jacuzzi, mini bar and all amenities of a 4 star hotel.

Shantigriha Bed and Breakfast

Calm peaceful, near Asola wildlife sanctuary and Qutab Minar. Free wifi, private toilet.

Prem Sagar Guest House

Clean quiet rooms, centrally located, terrace garden. All rooms have air-con, cable TV.

Nehru Park

Is a large park in the new Delhi neighbourhood of Chankayapuri, lying in the southwest.

International Youth Hostel Delhi

It is a member of the [ Hostelling International] federation.

Sunstar Grand

Room service and a restaurant available for breakfast and dinner. Lockers available.

Sartoria Italian Cuisine

Italian style food, great pizzas, carpaccio, pasta and wines. Mains are about ₹ 500.

Saar Inn

Clean and comfortable with breakfast included, a very friendly professional staff.

SLEEP   —  Map

ITC Maurya, Starwood Hotels

One of the best hotels in the city. Great restaurants, including the ''Bukhara''.

Humayun Darwaza

A gate built by Humayun located in Purana Qila. It is the south gate of the fort.

SEE   —  Purana Qila

Metropolis Tourist Home

More expensive than the average Paharaganj hotel. It also has a good restaurant.


Built completely of marble, this is where the emperor received special visitors.

SEE   —  Map

Ahinsa Sthal

It is a 4.3 m statue of Jain prophet Mahavira who professed ahimsa (nonviolence)

SEE   —  Mehrauli

Sakri Gumti

Tombs belonging to the Lodi age. Tombs dating back to 15th and 16th centuries.

SEE   —  Green Park

Ginger Delhi (Rail Yatri Nivas)

Run by Tata group, known for clean and cost effective no-frills budget hotels

Hotel Samrat

Just touches the 5 star luxury hotel levels, is a twin of The Ashoka Hotel.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 2611 0606 —  Kautilya Marg

Perfect Accommodation

Serviced apartments in South Delhi for corporates and business travelers.

SLEEP   —  G.K.1, New Delhi

Slice of Italy

near Lodhi Road and various other locations in Delhi. Italian style food.

Wazirpur Commercial Complex

- The prices are competitive and around that prevailing in Nehru Place.


R23 Greater Kailash 1. Boutique hotel. Neat, clean & hygienic rooms.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 4074 7474 —  Map

Sarojini Nagar Market

This market is great for export surplus garments, and green grocery.

BUY   —  Sarojini Nagar

Jhandewalan Mandir

One of the most popular temples of Devi Durga is Jhandewala Temple.

Nila Gumbad

A tomb in ruins. This impressive tomb made of blue tiles and stone.

Rajouri Garden Market

- Excellent place to shop for wedding as well as everyday clothing.

Thai High

Mehrauli. Should go at night for a view of the lit up Qutab Minar.

EAT   —  +91 11 26644289 —  Map

Kamla Nagar

Popular with college students and known for its spicy street food.

Elina Bed & Breakfast

Safe for women, all modern facilities. WiFi & breakfast included.

Mughal Garden

The Mughal Garden, that reside in President House is very popular

Shish Gumbad

A tomb in Lodi Gardens. It is heavily decorated with blue tiles.

SEE   —  Lodi Gardens


This has a pleasant rooftop restaurant, but rather bland food .

Mid Land Bookshop

Very similar to bookshops in Khan Market, but at better prices.

Tara Palace

Friendly budget hotel, free breakfast and free airport pickup.

Delhi Hotel

Boutique hotel with affordable, neat, clean & hygienic rooms.

SLEEP   —  C23 Greater Kailash 2

Okhla Bird Sanctuary

A haven for over 300 bird species, especially waterbirds.

Mehar Castle

Large rooms with air-con, TV, hot shower, room service.

SLEEP   —  Map

The Lalit New Delhi

Recently refurbished. Known for excellent breakfasts.

Sunderwala Burj

An unknown building dating back to the 16th century.

Sarojini Nagar Market

One of the biggest and famous market of South Delhi.

BUY   —  Sarojini Nagar

JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity

Opened in 2014. Excellent buffet. Goo for families.

Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid

A mosque in the Purana Qila built by Sher Shah Suri

SEE   —  Purana Qila

Kamla Nagar Bookshops

This shop provides a range of books and stationery.

BUY   —  F-Block

Cycle Market

Deals not just in bicycles, but in cameras as well.

Hotel Broadway

India's first hotel to get ISO 9002 certification.

Smyle Inn

Breakfast and internet access included in price.

Jamali Kamali Tomb

-Part f the Complex Mehrauli Archaeological Park

SEE   —  Mehrauli, Delhi.

The Ashok

Situated on 25 acres in the diplomatic enclave.

Parliament Museum

in the Parliament of India Library Building. -

SEE   —  Gokul Nagar

Sarai Kale Khan ISBT

Buses to points south, (Agra, Madhya Pradesh)

OTHER   —  Map

DLF Promenade

Features the only 7-screen multiplex in Delhi

Roshanara Tomb

Tomb of Aurangzeb's sister Begum Roshanara.

Gulati Restaurant

Voted as the best North Indian Restaurant.

Rang Mahal

The residence of the Sultan's main wife.

SEE   —  Map

Anand Vihar ISBT

Buses to points east (Lucknow, Kumaon)

OTHER   —  Map

Inn at Delhi

Bed and breakfast homestay in Delhi

Delhi Junction station

(code ''DLI'').Huge and confusing.

OTHER   —  Map


Noida (''adjoining South Delhi'').

DRINK   —  Map

Fortune Park DJ Avenue

Beautiful façade and open spaces.

Royal Palace

Clean and pleasant design/style.

The Lodhi

A boutique hotel opened in 2009.

SLEEP   —  Lodhi Road

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi

Good kebabs at the restaurant.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 2677 9191 —  National Hwy-8

Siri Fort

Ruined fort of Alauddin Khalji

SEE   —  Siri

The Claridges New Delhi

Built in 1952 and renovated.

Crafts Museum

also sells some handicrafts.

BUY   —  Map

Dusit Devarana

Sprawling resort hotel.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 3355 2211 —  Samalkha, NH-8

Taj Palace

403 rooms on 6 acres.

jüSTa Panchsheel Park

Full service hotel.


Cheap and cheerful.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 2356-1922 —  Map

jüSTa Greater Kailash

Full service hotel.

Majnu ka Tilla

Buses to Dharamsala

OTHER   —  New Aruna Nagar,

Narula Inn

Bed and breakfast.


Renovated rooms.


Assamese tea

Taj Mahal

294 rooms.

SLEEP   —  +91 11 2302 6162 —  1 Mansingh Rd

Fatehpuri Masjid

SEE   —  Map

Source: wikivoyage