These are the Best Things to Do on your Delhi Itinerary
India is one of those places that each traveller has a love/hate relationship. Some love it while others find the change and culture shock challenging. I personally loved various elements of India while I was there. The Masala chai tea sold around every corner, the kaleidoscope of colour in every sari-clad lady that crosses your path, the street-side samosas that are full of flavour – they all contribute to the charm and beauty of the country. Let’s start with Delhi – the capital India. A city full of history, beauty, and everything you could want to get your exploration started. So here are 10 experiences to add to your Delhi itinerary.
Amazing Experiences for your Delhi Itinerary
The Jama Masjid Mosque
The Jama Masjid mosque in Old Delhi is beautiful. A façade made of red sandstone and white marble is topped with three enormous white domes and framed by two thin minarets on each side. In front is an enormous courtyard and a glowing red sandstone gate opposite. It is also a calm respite in the middle of the chaos of Old Delhi. You can climb the minaret for close up views of the enormous domes and birds’ eye views of the hustle and bustle of the market that surrounds it. Jama Masjid dates from the mid-sixteenth century and the scale is dramatic; it is one of the largest mosques in India. It’s free to enter, but there are robes that you can hire at the northern gate if you aren’t dressed appropriately. It’s open seven days a week 7:00am-12:00pm and 1.30pm to 6.30pm. Tourists are welcome in the courtyard and minaret except at prayer times.
National Rail Museum, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
Spread across 10 acres , established in 1977 this place is go-to spot for travelers to catch an glimpse into history of Rail network development in India in very casual way . The entire museum is divided into following sections :
- Toy Train Ride : Who doesn’t loves toy train rides, and more so here, when you can blow the whistle, turn On and OFF the lights as you go round and round around the track. Laugh, sing and get back into the beautiful memory lanes.
- Miniature India : An amazing and the largest working Railway Model of India. This Miniature beautifully depicts and summarizes India’s landscapes. Working models of Goods train, passenger train, steam train in mountain regions, bullet trains, windmill’s, rocket launchers, all of these keeps you enthralled. For cricket lovers, there is also a Model stadium to watch the cricket match.
- Indoor Gallery: A mesmerizing gallery sharing the rich heritage of Indian railways spanning over 1,15,000 km. It has some interactive games, models, historical facts and collectives and is quite well maintained.
- Rail Garden : Enter into the Rail garden to enjoy a lovely setting amidst the nature.
- Rail Cafe : Climb few stairs to get an bird’s eye view of the museum and an quick snack break .
They conducts many kids/toddlers activities throughout the year to keep visitors engagement high . Recently they has extended visit time from 7- 9 pm during weekend with an special Buffet plan
Duration required : Minimum 2-3 hours
- Weekdays : Adults Rs 50 & Kids (3-12 years) – Rs 10
- Weekends : Adults Rs 100 & Kids (3-12 years) – Rs 20
- Tickets for Joy Train / Mini engine are extra .
*Outdoor areas can be hot in summer duration
The Lotus Temple
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You cannot go to Dehli without visiting the infamous Lotus Temple, Situated in the Bahapur district of New Dehli, the temple is said to be one of the most visited buildings in the world. Whilst it is a temple, it is open to people of any faith, religion and race. The queue to get inside can be long and daunting, but it usually moves quite fast. The building itself is a remarkable feat of architecture, and is surrounded by 9 ponds. The interior is modern and sparse, and the temple is so unique in its almost futuristic look. For an added element of beauty, you could go at sunset where the light seems to make the building glow. usually included as part of most day tours in Delhi, but if you want to go it alone, there is the Kalkaji metro station some 500 meters away.
Salaam Baalak Trust
The 2 hour walking tour hosted by the Salaam Baalak Trust is one of the prime reasons I wanted to visit Delhi. This NGO works with and helps Delhi and Mumbai street kids.
Our guide for the tour was a street kid herself before being helped by the charity, we get to see where she slept and understand what the charity does. All the tours from the Salaam Baalak Trust are given by kids who lived on the streets because they left home, were thrown out of were simply lost. This is an incredibly moving and informative way to see the city of Delhi. We see parts of the city, near the New Delhi Railway Station and Parharganj that we simply wouldn’t venture into by ourselves, but feel completely safe going there.
There’s also a chance to visit one of the children’s homes that the trust supports – we talk with some of the children who live there and our donations go directly towards their support and education.
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Humayun’s Tomb is one of the excellent UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and should be on your bucket list during your first time trip to Delhi. There are many notable historical monuments in Delhi, but Humayun’s Tomb became one of the popular and top tourist attractions which built during the time of Mughal era. This is actually the tomb or mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Humayun and constructed in the 15th century. Exploring this outstanding sandstone Mughal architect can be your lifetime experience.
There are total 15 tombs and one garden (Char Bagh Garden) inside the complex of Humayun’s Tomb. Don’t miss to explore this iconic heritage site during the sunset hour and every day open for visitors from morning to the evening. Humayun’s Tomb is located in New Delhi, and you’ll get the entrance ticket from the outside of the landmark only.
I have to admit that out of all the places I’ve visited in India, I like Delhi the least. It’s just too much and hard to be loved by travellers. However, there is one place which I totally adore in India’s capital – the Akshardham Temple. You don’t hear about it too often just because you are not allowed to take any photos inside. As such it is missed by the famous Instagram and Facebook posts. But this is exactly what makes it special. It’s an impressive spiritual campus, which will help you clear your thoughts in the busy and hectic city. You can easily spend half a day there by walking through the incredible buildings, admiring the main temple, and even enjoy a musical performance at the fountain which depicts life and death according to Hindu philosophy. It’s definitely a must see in Delhi.
Gurdwara, Sikh Holy Site
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While in the city, you need to include in your Delhi itinerary the Sikh holy site of Gurdwara, the site where the ninth Sikh Guru was beheaded in 1675.
A very sacred building, you are given head coverings and told to leave your shoes at the entrance. Walk through marble hallways to the main room where many devotees are praying, chanting and reading holy scriptures. It is a peaceful, spiritual and interesting place that resembles a sanctuary. Nobody can walk through the halls alone. No photographs are permitted. Do not try to take one as somebody will see you. Don’t be that disrespectful tourist. The building is sacred and they will not tolerate any practices that disrespect the holiness within. Again, be the tourist in-the-know, and not in the large default group of the uninformed.
I sat beside a couple of travellers and just closed my eyes listening to the chanting. Even though this was not my faith, you could not help but feel a spiritual presence surrounding you. There was a special dedication to the guru in the room where every Sikh knelt to and prayed. I left quietly.
These are the best things to include on your Delhi itinerary to make the most of your time here. Hopefully you will try at least one of these while there!
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