10 Iconic Tourist Attractions In Delhi-ncr For A Quick Weekend Itinerary
Delhi, the capital of India, boasts of an illustrious history and cultural heritage. This city houses several religious monuments, forts, arts & cultural centres, well-maintained leisure parks, and hangout spots. It is interesting for tourists to explore Old Delhi with the contrasting and well-planned city of New Delhi.
Looking for a relaxing stroll or a picnic amidst the lap of nature? Head onto the lush green nature parks like Lodhi Garden or if you want to stay near the airport to travel around the city’s popular spots, book hotels in Aerocity Delhi.
It is recommended you book the nearby hotels in Delhi well ahead of time and secure yourself a comfortable and pleasant stay.
While you’re travelling in Delhi, you can hop on public transportation like Delhi Metro, DTDC bus service, and Hop on Hop off buses available conveniently at all major tourist spots.
Here’s a list of the top visited and most popular tourist attractions in Delhi that should visit before 2021 ends:
1. India Gate
The iconic India Gate at the centre of New Delhi is a war memorial, built-in memory of the Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army in World War I. A popular tourist attraction, the gardens along the boulevard are a great place to enjoy an evening stroll during a summer evening. You can stay at nearby Delhi hotels in the Connaught Place area. You can find some of the best hotels in Delhi in this area.
- Location: Rajpath, near Connaught Place, New Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Free.
- Opening Hours: Always open.
2. 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. Qutub Minar is one of the must-visit historical monuments in Delhi.
Drive to Qutub Minar, if you are staying at hotels in Delhi in the Saket area.
- Location: Mehrauli, south Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Foreigners, 500 rupees. Indians, 30 rupees. Free for children under 15 years.
- Opening Hours: Sunrise until sunset, daily.
3. 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. Pack some evening snacks, ice-tea and enjoy the beautiful sunset amidst the lush greenery. A majority of New Delhi hotels are located in the surrounding areas.
- Location: Lodhi Road, not far from Humayun’s Tomb.
- Entry Cost: Free.
- Opening Hours: Every day from sunrise until 8 p.m. Sundays can be particularly busy.
4. Red Fort
As one of the famous monuments in Delhi, Red Fort is a powerful reminder of the Mughal era of India. This historical monument 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.
- Location: Opposite Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi.
- Entry Cost: Foreigners, 500 rupees. Indians, 35 rupees.
- Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the light shows in the evenings. This monument is closed Mondays.
5. Hauz Khas Village
Visit this famous tourist spot in Delhi set amid a serene lake, deer park, and historical Hauz Khas Fort. Watch the deer and peacocks in the natural surroundings of Deer Park. This recreational spot in Delhi is dotted with boutique shops, cafes, restaurants, and an 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 take a cab to the Hauz Khas Village from your hotel in New Delhi in Green Park area.
Tip: Enjoy live music in some of the cafes and restaurants
Built By: Alauddin Khilji
Built-In: 14th century
Entry fee: Free
Opening hours: Sunrise to sunset
Must visit: Green Park (attached to the fort)
Nearest Metro Station: Green Park
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, jewellery, and much more. Stay at any budget New Delhi hotels in the Connaught Place area.
Tip: Beware of pickpockets in 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 in the cafes and restaurants.
Opening hours: 10 am till late evening
7. Select Citywalk Mall
Located in the Saket District Centre, Select Citywalk is a premier shopping mall in Delhi.
It includes a 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.
Tip: To avoid the crowd, visit during the afternoon or weekdays.
Built By: Mr. Yog Raj Arora, Mrs. Neeraj Ghei & Mr. Arjun Sharma
Built-In: October 2007
Opening hours: 11 am till late evening
Nearest Metro Station: Malviya Nagar
8. Dilli Haat
Dilli Haat is a handicrafts and craft bazaar is run by the Delhi Tourism Authority (DTTDC). Explore the unique handicrafts by artisans and craftsmen from all over the country. Savor delicious food at the food stalls from all states of India.
Tip: Pick souvenirs for your friends and family
Entry fee: INR 20
Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm, Daily
Nearest Metro Station: INA
9. National Gallery of Modern Art
A must-visit art gallery for all art lovers. You can visit 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.
Opening hours: 11 am to 6.30 pm. This art gallery is closed on Mondays and national holidays.
Entry fees: Rs. 20 for Indians and Rs. 500 for foreigners. Students’ entry is free.
Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market or Pragati Maidan
10. 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, jewellery, kitchen items, and much more. You can bargain for products at the market. Take a break from shopping to enjoy delicious street snacks in the popular food stalls. Lajpat Nagar is a popular tourist spot in Delhi to visit for every tourist.
Tip: Park your vehicle around the adjacent parks.
Built By: B.N. Puri
Opening hours: Weekdays and weekends from 9:00 am to 10:00 PM. (Mondays are closed)
Entry Fee: Free
Nearest Metro Station: Moolchand
These are some of the popular destinations to explore in Delhi with your family or friends this Summer.