Here’s a video that goes along with my top 25 Things to do in Delhi article. Within this video you’ll get a first hand glimpse at some of Delhi’s most impressive attractions, sights, and some tasty Indian street food as well. Also, be sure to check out my Delhi travel guide if you plan to visit Delhi in the future.
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Delhi, located in North India, is the national capital city of the country and has a metro population of around twenty two million residents. From the ancient congested alleys of Old Deli to the wide tree lined boulevards of New Delhi, it’s a city that’s overflowing with diversity and opportunity.
With records that date back to the 6th century BC, Delhi is loaded with history, art, culture, and religion. No matter what you choose to do, you can be certain it will be an adventure!
Now let’s get started with these 21 things to do in Delhi.
Number one is the Bahai Lotus Temple, which is one of the most popular and famous destinations to visit. It’s made from marble, in the shape of a lotus flower, and kind of representing a variety of different religions. They don’t allow shoes in the temple, but it’s free to deposit your shoes in the cloakroom.
Number two is the Hare Krishna ISKCON temple.
Right now I’m at the Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir which is more popularly known as ISKCON. Oh hello, how are you, I’m fine. Are you at school?
Number three is Kalkaji Mandir, one of the most famous Hindu Temples in the city.
Number four is Jama Masjid, the most significant mosque in Old Delhi. The Jama Masjid, which is the largest Muslim mosque, here in, I think in all of India actually. Right in the most hectic area of Delhi, known as Chandni Chowk and the Chawri Bazar.
I am at Akshardham Temple complex in Delhi India. They do not allow any photography, or even any electronics, or even any bags to go inside the temple and the complex, but luckily they have a really nice cloakroom where you can leave all your stuff for free, and it’s safe. It’s absolutely mind blowing, the detail is stunning to say the least. It’s something you have to see when you’re in Delhi.
Number six is Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple. I think it’s the largest Sikh temple in Delhi, and of course, you need to cover your head before you enter, and also remove your shoes.
Number seven is the Laxmi Narayan Mandir – a Hindu temple that was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. It’s one of the most famous Hindu temples here in Delhi, India. Now they don’t allow any photography inside so you actually have leave your shoes and your camera is a secure like tourist room, but this is another temple that you should visit when you visit Delhi.
Number eight is the Hauz Khas historical complex. So it’s actually turned into kind of a park, but there’s ruins all around, there’s a couple of tombs also. It once functioned sort of as a water complex, so you can just sort of walk around this area leisurely browse around this area. Check out the ruins, the lake down below and you can even have a picnic here and relax if you’d like.
Number nine is Delhi’s impressive Lodi Gardens. I’m at the entrance of the Lodi Garden in Delhi, and this is a big, very nicely maintained park but at the same time it’s a historical attraction. So within the park you can sort of walk around, check out some of the tombs, and some of the ancient structures around this park. It’s just like any other central park, but in Delhi within the grass and trees are ancient thousand year old tombs and monuments.
Number ten is the famous India Gate and its quite similar to the Arc de triumph in Paris, but it’s like a victory gate commemorating India. Two rupees, no thank you.
Number eleven is the astronomy complex of Jantar Mantar. There’s thirteen different astronomy instruments, it’s almost like a playground over here, but you can walk around and check out the different instruments.
Number twelve, one of the iconic landmarks of Delhi, is Qutub Minar. I think it’s the tallest minaret in India, and I think it measures about seventy three meters in height, built in eleven ninety three, this is an ancient site, and it’s still in fabulous condition. It’s really tall, and it’s quite a site to visit when you come to Delhi. Flocks of birds flying from pillar to pillar made the experience even more gorgeous.
Number thirteen is Humayun’s Tomb, a Mughal masterpiece. And this is one of the three UNESCO World Heritage sites in Delhi. It looks very well preserved but at the same time they are doing some renovation as you can see some scaffolding at the top of the tomb there.
Number fourteen is the Tomb of Safdarjung. This one is a little less maintained than some of the other places I’ve been, but nevertheless it’s still an amazing attraction. So it’s just a five minute walk from the Jor Bagh metro station to get here.
Number fifteen is Raj Ghat, a memorial park dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. At the Mahatma Gandhi memorial.
Number sixteen is Delhi’s Red Fort. Which is another one of Delhi’s UNESCO World Heritage sites, and it’s a big complex you can walk around, see a number of different monuments, it’s like an entire walled in city, and to be honest it sort of almost looks like a college campus right now, but it’s a nice grounds to walk around and check out these amazing historical sites.
Number seventeen is the chaotic business area of Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazar. I am in Delhi India, Old Delhi at Chandni Chowk and this is one of the most busy business and shopping districts in the old city, always entertaining, always busy. There’s basically anything you could ever want to buy, as well as lots of famous restaurants, and lots of food to eat. So Chandni Chowk, this is Old Delhi, India. While walking around Chandni Chowk, you can visit the Sikh Temple, and just get lost in the market alleys. You’ll also find incredible food like jalebis and parathas in the area. Now one of the best ways to get around Chandni Chowk in Delhi is by cycle rickshaw, and these guys can go anywhere, and it’s amazing actually the places they can fit and things they can get through and the busyness. wow. But it’s definitely always an exciting ride.
Number eighteen is Dilli Haat, a handicraft market and village. I’m at the Dilli Haat which is kind of a central handicraft market here in Delhi, set up by the tourism authority. Now it costs twenty rupees entrance fee, but it’s a fantastic place to purchase handicrafts from around the entire country. There’s also different canteens, where you can sample cuisine from around the entire country, so that is what I’m looking forward to most actually.
Number nineteen is Paharganj, also known as the main bazaar. And this is kind of the backpacker area, there’s lots of budget guest houses and hostels as well as a lot of restaurants and shopping all around this street. And it’s just a short walk from New Delhi train station railway station, so this is called the main bazar area.
Number twenty is the modern business district of Connaught Place. This is Connaught Place, known more locally just as CP. Full of all kinds of shopping, restaurants, a lot of street vendors as well, but basically anything you could want is available somewhere within this gigantic roundabout, and there’s kind of like a series of roundabouts as well, and then with a park in the middle, and also an underground shopping center. CP is such a huge area that it’s honestly a little confusing, so be sure to decide where you want to go and bring a map. Be careful of the crazy street crossings and the many touts in the area.
Number twenty one is Delhi street food. Stopping on the side of a road for a bowl of chole, a rich chickpea curry, and a piping hot fresh chapati is one of the joys of visiting Delhi. There are also numerous other tasty treats to grab on the go while exploring.
It’s up to you now to visit Delhi and experience this diverse and interesting land that will keep you on the edge of your seat occasionally, but will keep amazed time after time again.
Thank you very much for watching this video. And also I’m excited, I’ve just launched by Delhi travel guide, so if you click that cover right over there, you can go check it out, be sure to grab a copy, it includes all sort of what to do, what to see, and of course, where and what to eat in Delhi. So go check that out, and other than that, have a great day, see you soon.
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5 comments. I'd love to hear from you!
High Rated Gabru
2 years ago
Amazing. Keep it up Mark.
10 years ago
very comprehensive and informative blog. thanks Mark!
10 years ago
No problem Ariyne, thanks for watching!
10 years ago
Mark, your things to do are much more like 21 ways to Explore, or 21 ways to Enjoy 🙂
10 years ago
Yah, those would be better titles. Thanks for watching Maria!