The capital city of India, Delhi, boasts of an illustrious history and rich cultural heritage. While visiting Delhi, you can find everything from religious monuments, forts, arts & cultural centres, authentic eateries, and manicured gardens. While commuting around the city, you can avail public transportation like Delhi Metro, DTDC bus service, and Hop on Hop off buses.
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If you are in Delhi for just a few days, and planning the perfect one-day itinerary to explore the major sightseeing destinations, check out these:
Visit the iconic monument of the India Gate at the center of New Delhi which is a war memorial, built-in memory of the Indian martyrs in World War I. Go jogging around the gardens in the early morning hours while enjoying a majestic sunrise. You can stay at hotels in Aerocity Delhi while exploring the top sightseeing spots in the city.
Location of the monument: Connaught Place, New Delhi.
2. Discover the Mughal era at the Qutub Minar
As one of the tallest minarets in the world, Qutab Minar is a popular tourist destination in Delhi. It was built in 1193 to signify victory and the beginning of Muslim rule in India. The tower is covered with intricate carvings from the Mughal era. Though you cannot hike to the top of the monument, it is worth a visit during your trip to Delhi.
You can book the best hotels in Delhi in the Saket area which is nearby to this monument.
Location of the Qutub Minar: Mehrauli, Delhi.
3. Plan a picnic at the Lodhi Gardens
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a relaxing retreat in the serene Lodhi Gardens. The vast Gardens were built by the British in 1936 around the tombs of 15th and 16th-century rulers. This park is very popular with tourists, joggers, and dog walkers. Plan a fun picnic with some healthy snacks, ice-tea while enjoying beautiful sunset views amidst the lush greenery. You can find some of the best hotels in Delhi in the Lodhi and Khan Market area.
Location of the Lodhi gardens: Lodhi Road
4. Visit the historical monument of Red Fort
As one of the famous monuments in Delhi, Red Fort is a powerful reminder of the Mughal era of India. Explore this historical monument which was constructed by the emperor Shah Jahan when he decided to shift his capital there from Agra in 1638. Do not miss out on the one-hour sound and light show that is held every evening. If you want to stay near the airport, book hotels in Aerocity Delhi while visiting Red Fort.
Location of the Red Fort: Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.
5. Go for a nature walk in Hauz Khas Village
Visit this famous tourist spot in Delhi set amid a serene lake, deer park, and historical Hauz Khas Fort. Capture some memorable photographs of the deers and peacocks in the natural surroundings of Deer Park. Check out the local boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, and art gallery located in the quaint streets of the Hauz Khas village. Take a stroll along the scenic lake or plan a picnic in the park. You can explore the hotels in New Delhi in the Green Park area while exploring Hauz Khas Village.
6. Shop for local souvenirs at Janpath
Located in the inner and outer circle of Connaught Place, Janpath is a must-visit market for all tourists and shoppers. Shop from 380 stalls in the Janpath area selling handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes, electronics, jewelry, and much more. Stay at any budget hotels in Delhi around the Connaught Place area. Keep your belongings safe while shopping around Janpath & Palika bazaar area. A visit to the famous Connaught Place is incomplete without a visit to the Janpath Market. Take a break from shopping to enjoy the lip-smacking food at the local cafes and restaurants.
7. Shop & dine-out at the Select Citywalk Mall
Experience shopping like Delhiites at the Select Citywalk mall in Delhi. It includes multiplex, service apartments, offices, 180 retail outlets, and a food court along with an open plaza. Shop from the best brands from around the world and enjoy delicious food in the food court. Take a break from the shopping and sip coffee at the local baristas.
8. Explore authentic handicrafts by local artisans at Dilli Haat
If you are intrigued by the art and culture of Delhi, a visit to the Dilli Haat will give you a new perspective. Explore the unique handicrafts by artisans and craftsmen from all over the country. Savour delicious food at the food stalls from different states in India. Buy handicrafts and souvenirs for your family and friends.
9. Visit the National Gallery of Modern Art
If you are an art-lover, a visit to this art gallery will help you to discover more than 14000 works of renowned national or international artists. Check out the beautiful and thought-provoking art in this famous art gallery near Connaught Place.
10. Experience shopping like Delhiites at the Lajpat Nagar Market
This is one of the famous markets in South Delhi, very popular with shoppers around Delhi. Explore the shops to pick up the best garments, jewelry, kitchen items, and much more. Don’t forget to bargain for products at the market. Take a break from shopping to enjoy delicious street snacks in the popular food stalls.
These are some of the fun activities to add to your travel itinerary to Delhi this summer.
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