Delhi travel information & guide
PLACES OF INTEREST FOR
TOURISTS IN DELHI
Taxi fare calculators for Delhi are provided at end of the page
Chances are that the majority of tourists visiting India enter India via New Delhi. Delhi international airport is called the Indira Gandhi Airport.
New Delhi is the capital of India.
Delhi is a tourist’s delight with lots to do and see in and around Delhi. Listed on this page is information about the most popular tourist attractions of interest to visitors.
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Facts and Figures for Delhi - India
√ Area: 1,483 sq km
√ Population: 9.4 million
√ Languages spoken: Hindi, Urdu, English & Punjabi
√ Best Time to visit Delhi - October to March
Climate: Summers are hot with the temperature rising up to 45 C. Winters are quite cold with temperature dropping as low as 5 C.
Popular Tourist Attractions in Delhi
Places to visit in Delhi
The Red Fort
India Gate has an arch 42 meters high. It was built as a memorial to the Indian soldiers killed in World War.
One can get an excellent view of Rashtrapati Bhavan from here.India Gate is a popular place with green lawns around the main roadway from India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhavan.
During the summer in the evening there is a carnival type atmosphere here as families enjoy the fresh air and picnic on the lawns around India Gate.
India Gate is located in the heart of Delhi and can easily be reached from all areas in Delhi. There are no fees to be paid at India Gate.
Make it a point to drive by this at night also and see the fantastic lighted view of Rashtrapati Bhavan.
India Gate is also the area where India’s famous Republic Day Parade is held on January 26th every year.
Jantar Mantar in Delhi was built in 1710 by Maharaja Jai Singh.
This is actually an observatory which was used to tell time by the different position of the sun.
Several constructions are there to help calculate the position of the Sun or the Moon.
Birla Mandir Delhi
This temple was built over a six year period (1933 – 1939) and is said to have been opened by Mahatma Gandhi.
Birla Mandir is one of Delhi’s famous temples for tourists as well as local residents.
Indian visitors from other cities also make it a point to visit The Birla Mandir when visiting Delhi.
The Birla Mandir is also known as Laxmi Narayan Temple and enshrines Lord Vishnu.
Qutub Minar Delhi
The Qutub Minar was started in 1199 AD. It is made of red sandstone rising to a height of 72.5 meters. It has 379 steps.
It is said to be the tallest brick minaret in the world and considered to be an architectural marvel of the 13th century.
Picnic grounds around the Qutub Minar are great for a picnic so go prepared to spend the day.
The entrance fee to walk up to the top of the Qutub Minar is presently Rs 500 for foreign tourists.
The Famous Iron Pillar also stands in the courtyard at the Qutub Minar. Even though this pillar made of 98 percent iron has stood in the open for 1600 years it has not rusted out. The iron pillar is 23.62 feet tall. Traditional belief is that anyone who can encircle the pillar with their backs towards the pillar can have their wish granted.
The Qutub Minar area has ample greenery and gardens around it so take a picnic lunch if you prefer to spend some time there.
The Lotus Temple in Delhi is situated in the busy capital of India. The lotus shape temple captures the imagination and curiosity of visitors.
Visiting hours for the Lotus Temple
Summer (1st April to 30th September) > 9 am. To 7 pm.
Winter (1st October to 31st March) > 9:30 am To 5:30 pm.
The Red Fort Delhi
The Red Fort was built by the Emperor Shahjahan.
It took 10 years to construct and is said to have been completed in 1648.
This is where once the famous Peacock Throne was located once and is said to have been carried away to Iran by Nadir Shah in 1739.
The Prime Minister traditionally addresses the people on August 15th India’s independence day, from the Red Fort.
Visit the Red Fort and see the grand way the emperors of the past lived. There is also a light and sound live show held at the Red Fort in the evenings. There is an additional ticket to be purchased for this show.
When visiting the Red Fort guides are available at a nominal cost. However don’t go shopping with these people as they steer you to places where the prices will be ridiculously high and they get a commission. Touring the Fort with a guide is highly recommended as you see the various places with an explanation of some historical facts associated with what you see. The guides speak some English and are able to get the message across Wear proper shoes as lots of walking is involved due to the size of the Fort.
Photographers at the entrance gate also try to follow you on with the understanding that they will take your pictures and you can buy what ever you like without any pressure. I found that the photographer that accompanied
me lived up to his word. He followed us around and took photographs without any payment and then visited us the next day at our hotel with the photographs. We only had to buy what we liked and the price was quite reasonable.
A word of caution, If you decide to go this route, as a precaution, meet the photographer in the hotel lobby and NOT in your room.
Humayun’s tomb is the first tomb of a mughal emperor in India.
It is believed to be built in 1562 by the then Emperor Humayun’s widow.
The buildings display the Mughal architecture centuries old.
The mausoleum is also known for the several other eminent Mughal personalities buried here.
JAMA MASJID DELHI
Jama Masjid is India’s largest mosque. It was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in 1656.
It is located near the Red Fort in what is now called old Delhi. The area is not easy to reach by car due to congestion of traffic.
It is said over 25,000 people can pray in it at a time.
Delhi Local Train
The new local train started in Delhi is an excellent mode of travel in Delhi.
The train is called the Metro.
When travelling around the city you can use the metro to move around quickly and avoid the enormous road traffic jams. Luggage is not allowed. So if you have large bags etc then you may not be allowed to use the metro local train.
The trains are well maintained and the stations are clean. I had a chance to travel on the metro in April 2011 and found the service very good.
The trains also run quite frequently and a lot of time is saved when compared to travel by road due to Delhi's immense traffic.
Metro stations are also manned by police and all passengers need to go through a mental detector before being allowed into the station.
While Mumbai also has a large local train network, the Delhi metro train is newer and becoming quite popular amongst residents.
Using the metro train in Delhi is safe, faster and much cheaper.
The best way for traveling locally within the
city of Delhi is the Metro Train.
BEST TIME TO VISIT DELHI
Tourist season for visiting is at its peak during the months of May – June or October-March. The monsoon season starts in July but for Delhi the monsoon season is not as severe as that in Mumbai and some other parts of India. Hence trips to Delhi can be planned year round.
For traveling locally within Delhi visitors have the choice of using the new Metro train, Taxi or Auto Rickshaw's. To get an idea of taxi and auto rickshaws in Delhi use the handy fare calculators below.