Best things to do in New Delhi
Find out more about those top places in New Delhi
New Delhi, the capital of India, is a popular tourist destination in Asia widely reputed for its strong sense of culture and heritage. Located on the floodplains of the Yamuna River, the city is a mix of the good, the bad and the ugly. If you are a first time visitor, you might be a little surprised by its chaotic nature, but rest assured with time you will be completely oblivious to it.
The city is clearly one of the most beautiful in its region, with the perfect blend of ancient and modern architecture, cultural centers, popular restaurants and fascinating nightlife.
No list of involving beautiful sites of India is complete without the Qutab Minar. The ancient building is a minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex, established in the year 1192 by Delhi’s first ruler Qurb-ud-din Aibak whom it is also named after. Standing at an incredible height of 73 meters, it is made of mostly marble and red sand stone - there is a spiral staircase of about 379 stairs for visitors who want to get to its summit.
For calmness and serenity visit the Lotus Temple – described by many as the best work of architecture in New Delhi and India. It is shaped as a lotus as the name implies, the temple serves as a Baha’i House of Worship. Designed by architect Fariborz Sahba the building is composed of 27 freestanding marble clad petals and has a capacity of 2500 – its one of the most visited paces in New Delhi with millions of tourists annually.
Formerly known as the All India War Memorial, the Indian Gate is a symbol of courage and dedication to the citizens of India. Located near the Rajpath, it was built to commemorate the soldiers of the British Indian Army who died during the first World War and also those that died during the Second Anglo-Afgan war. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the memorial-gate has often been said to have similarities with “Arch de Triomphe”. Look at for the many name inscriptions of the fallen heroes on the Gate.
The Humayun’s Tomb is an architectural delight. The tomb which belongs to the Mughal Emperor Humayun, commissioned by his first wife Empress Bega Begum, who ensured that it was designed by the best architects money could find. The tomb is also surrounded by a garden, which makes it the first of its kind on the Indian subcontinent. Asides the tomb, there are other monuments littered around the complex including the tomb and mosque of Isa Khan which predates Humayun’s Tomb.
Not to be confused as another of New Delhi Temple’s the Rashtrapati Bhavan is undeniably a worthy site. Located at the western end of Rajpath, it is the official residence of the President of India – with over 340 rooms including offices, guest rooms and reception halls. Known as the largest residence of any national leader in the world, it is very welcoming to visitors and even has a museum.