Things to do in New Delhi

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New Delhi has been inhabited for several millennia now, and has numerous beautifully preserved monuments to prove it—including two UNESCO World Herit... Read More

New Delhi has been inhabited for several millennia now, and has numerous beautifully preserved monuments to prove it—including two UNESCO World Heritage sites: Humayan's Tomb and the Qutub Minar. If you find yourself burning out on history, lighten things up at the oddly educational Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, or refine your sun salutations at Sivananda Yoga.

The best way to get around is via black-and-yellow taxis or auto-rickshaws. Make sure to negotiate a price first. New Delhi is structured around two central promenades called the Rajpath (King’s Way) and the Janpath (Queen’s Way). The Rajpath stretches from the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Viceroy’s House) in the center of the city to the India Gate, inspired by the Arc de Triomphe. The city is home to plenty of museums, including the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, National Rail Museum, and the Nehru Planetarium. Visit Humayun’s Tomb, the splendid 16th-century Moghul monument that inspired much of the design of the Taj Mahal. On certain weekday afternoons, the grounds are blissfully uncrowded. See the entrancing Sufi Qawwali singers who perform every Thursday evening at Nizamuddin’s Shrine. Take a walk down Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi’s historic, half-mile-long bazaar that teeters thrillingly on the brink of chaos at any hour of the day or night. See below for more things to do in New Delhi.

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    Birla Mandir

    Officially named the Laxminarayan Temple, this beautiful Hindu temple is commonly known as the Birla Mandir in honor of the family of industrialists... Read More

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    Chhatarpur Temple

    The Chhatarpur Temple (proper name Shri Aadya Katyayani Shakti Peetham) is the second-largest in Delhi, with a huge main edifice dedicated to the... Read More

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    Humayun’s Tomb

    Built during the 1560s in honor of India’s second Moghul emperor, this magnificent monument is perhaps Delhi’s most awe-inspiring sight. Its... Read More

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    Jama Masjid

    This stunning mosque—one of the largest in the country—is a must-see monument. The interior has incredibly intricate tilework, and the building itself,... Read More

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    Jantar Mantar

    Built in 1724 by Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur, the Jantar Mantar is a collection of oversized astronomy instruments ranging from sun dials to... Read More

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    Lodhi Gardens

    This is one of the most popular picnic spots in the city. The tombs and walled monuments within the 90-acre space of undulating greens lend a sense of... Read More

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    Qutb Minar

    This towering minar—which can be spotted from many places in the city—was commissioned to issue the azan (call to prayer) and tells a beautiful tale of... Read More

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    Red Fort

    Set at the eastern edge of Shahjahanabad, this sprawling 17th-century fort complex gets its name from the massive red sandstone walls (more than a mile... Read More

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    Safdarjung's Tomb

    Though it was built in 1754, Safdarjung's Tomb is in fact one Delhi's newest enclosed garden tombs. It lacks the grandeur of the better-known Humayan's... Read More

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    Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir and Bird Hospital

    Steps away from Old Delhi's Red Fort, this red sandstone Jain temple was built in 1628, making it one of the city's oldest. It's best known for its Bird... Read More

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    Tughlaqabad Fort

    This 14th-century fortified city was founded by Turkic ruler Ghiyathu'd-Din Tughluq, who only ruled from 1321 until about 1326—after which the fort was... Read More

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