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Best Places to Visit in Delhi and Gurgaon

To state that Delhi is appealing is the understatement of the century what with the array of historical sites, beautiful temples, architectural ruins and neighboring hill stations and cities it hosts. A vibrant cultural melting-pot, Delhi has always been the eminent seat of power and the capital of India. Catering to an assortment of needs as varied as the tourists themselves, Delhi has an intriguing number of places to visit for you to build a lifetime of memories.

Historical places in Delhi

1. Red Fort

Home to Mughal Emperors for nearly 200 years, the Red Fort or Lal Kila was converted to barracks for the British colonial army. The iconic landmark recognized by its red sandstone architecture has a rich set of stories dating back to India's pre-independence era. This massive time-tested fortress today is the backdrop for large scale national events such as the Republic Day and Independence Day.

Timings: 9am - 6pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Entry Fee:

  • INR 10 (Indians)
  • INR 150 (foreigners)
  • Audio tour in Hindi/ English INR 60/100
   Photography: Allowed (Video INR 25)

2. Jama Masjid

India's largest mosque, Jama Masjid a sight to behold is definitely among the places to visit in Delhi. The magnum opus mosque constructed by Mughal ruler Shah Jahan stands tall at 40 ft with 4 angles, 2 minarets and can contain 25,000 devotees.

The mosque's eye catching exterior made of red sandstone strips and marble is incredible. Marvel the view from the Southern minaret as one gets to see New Delhi's landmark buildings - the Jama Masjid, Connaught Place and Sansad Bhavan (Parliament House) in a direct line.

Timings: 7am - 12noon, 1.30pm to 6.30pm (Open all days except during prayer hours)
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: Allowed at INR 200

3. India Gate

Rising 42 mts high in one end of Rajpat stands the India Gate - a symbol of pride and bravery. This outstanding stone archway instantly ignites a feeling of patriotism and thus is a major tourist place in Delhi.

Also known by the name of All India War Memorial, this prestigious monument is a mark of respect to all those unknown soldiers who have sacrificed their lives protecting an entire nation.

Timings: Open on all days
Entry Fee: Free

4. Qutab Minar

Qutub Minar, a soaring 73 m high tower of victory built in 1193 is one of the finest monuments in the world. An architecture reminiscent of the distinct styles from the Tughlak and Aibak dynasties that ruled Delhi stands sculptured with red sandstone in the first three storeys while the fourth and fifth are made of marble and sandstone.

Visit Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque and make your wishes come true by circling your hands around a 7m high iron pillar enclosed within it.

Timings: 6am - 6pm, closed on weekends
Entry Fee: INR 10 (Indians), INR 250 (foreigners)
Photography: Free

5. Jantar Mantar

Among most popular places to visit in Delhi is the Jantar Mantar, an ancient observatory built by Maharaja Jaisingh of Udaipur in 1794 on the main Parliament Street at Connaught Place. The instruments at Jantar Mantar are undoubtedly fascinating for their ingenuity however the high-rise buildings around have obstructed accurate observations.

Timings: All days
Entry Fee: INR 5 (Indians), INR 100 (foreigners)
Photography: Free

6. Parliament House

A symbol of power wherein lies the office of India's decision makers, Parliament House is one of the major tourist attractions in Delhi. Conceived in the Imperial Style, the Parliament House consists of an open verandah with 144 columns.

The domed circular central hall with oak paneled walls and the three semi circular buildings are used for the Rajya Shabha and Lok Shabha meetings.

Timings: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm, closed on Sunday & Monday
Entry Fee: Free but restricted to authorized persons only
Photography: Free

Temples to visit in Delhi

1. Bahai (Lotus) Temple

The ever-popular lotus-shaped Bahai Temple in Delhi is the last of the seven major Bahai temples around the world. A mesmerizing structure made of pure white marble, standing against a lush green landscape, the lotus depicts a symbol common to all religions.

Hence the doors of the temple remain wide open for adherents of any faith to pray and meditate. Around the blooming petals lie nine pools of water, which illuminate in natural light.

Timings: Tuesday - Sunday, 9am - 7pm, closed on Monday
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: Permission required

2. Akshardham Temple

Heralded by the Guinness World Record as the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple, Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi is an epitome of Indian culture. Akshardham is nothing short of an unforgettable experience taking every visitor close to the breathtaking beauty and grandeur of India's ancient art, architecture, and eternal spiritual teachings.

Various exhibitions on display take visitors through multiple journeys such as the Hall of Values, giant screen film on Discover India, and Cultural Boat Ride. Other attractions include the Circle of Life Musical Fountain (after sunset), Gardens of India, and Lotus Garden.

Timings: Tuesday - Sunday, 9:30am - 6:30pm, closed on Monday
Entry Fee:
   Exhibition: Ticket (available 10am - 5pm)

  • Adults: INR 170
  • Senior Citizen: INR 125
  • Child (4-11 yrs): INR 100
  • Child (below 4yrs): Free
   Musical Fountain: Ticket
  • Senior Citizen: INR 30
  • Child (4-11 yrs): INR 20
  • Child (Below 4 yrs): Free
   Photography:Not allowed. Mobile phones not allowed

3. Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir)

Built in 1939 and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, Birla Mandir is in reverence to Lord Narayana and Goddess Laxmi. One of the major attractions in Delhi and frequented places, Birla Mandir is a true testimony of India's unity in diversity philosophy. The temple is open to visitors of very faith.

Timings: 4:30am - 1:30pm, 2:30pm - 9pm (best time to visit during morning and evening aarti)
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: Not allowed. Mobile phones not allowed

4. Gurdwara Bangla Sahib

Situated in the heart of Lutyens Delhi, present Gurdwara was once a bungalow of Mirza Raja Jai Singh - hence giving its name Bangla Sahib. A sacred place with its deep-rooted history dating back to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the Gurdwara is known to have saved the residents of Delhi from a severe epidemic.

Even today, this impressive Gurdwara attracts devotees from afar to take a dip in the holy water here to heal them from suffering.

Timings: All days of the week, 12am - 12am
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: Not allowed

Places to visit with kids & family

1. The National Zoological Park

The National Zoological Park in New Delhi has recreated an ambience of the natural habitat to give its inhabitants a resemblance of their homes. Not only are endangered species conserved and protected here, but also helps them to breed in captivity.

A remarkable feature of the zoo is that the authorities educate and sensitize over 1.6mn visitors about the link between humans and animals thus enlightening the value of conservation.

Timings: 9 am - 4.30 pm (April-October), 9 am - 4 pm (November - March)
Entry Fee:

  • Indian Adults- INR 10
  • Children (5-12 years) - INR 5
  • Foreigners- INR 50
   Photography: Free, Video Camera - INR 500 per day (professional)

2. Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is one of the most popular places to visit in Delhi with an ambience of a typical rustic Indian village market but fitting to more contemporary needs. This permanent food and craft bazaar in the heart of Delhi is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine. Visitors can enjoy myriad flavours of Indian cuisines while shopping for ethnic weaves and such.
Dilli Haat is located very conveniently and is connected to the Delhi Metro Rail System by INA Metro Station.

Timings: Open all days, 10:30am - 10pm
Entry Fee: INR 20 (adult), INR 10 (child)
Photography: Allowed

3. Garden of Five Senses

This garden goes far beyond being just a park for leisurely strolls. Spread over 20 acres in the heart of Delhi, this garden is adorned by metal cut birds, stone cut elephants, peppered seating arrangements, food courts, and distinctly styled garden spaces such as Khas Bagh and Neel Bagh and also a pool of water lilies.

Perhaps the most striking feature of this exquisite garden is its beautiful composition of flowering beds, water bodies, and art arrangements, which makes it a place worth relaxing in.

Timings: Open all days. April - September: 9am - 7pm, October - March: 9am - 6pm

Entry Fee:

  • INR 20 (adult)
  • INR 10 (child upto 12yrs)
  • INR 10 (senior citizen)
  • Free for handicapped
   Photography: Varied charges

4. Connaught Place

Perhaps one of the most favorite places to visit in Delhi, Connaught Place is a magnet for several shoppers with diverse needs. Built by the British, this circular market was the first of its kind and also the largest when it came into being. The dedicated market space has plenty to offer from branded to local goods on display. Not to mention the multitude of eating joints attending to your every gastronomic need.

Timings: Open all days
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: Allowed

5. Chandni Chowk

The most contrasting scene in comparison to the streets of well-planned New Delhi is this main street of Old Delhi. Chandni Chowk is an amalgamation of between cars, cycle rickshaws, shoppers, stray animals, food stalls, hawkers, and pretty much anything else that completes a chaotic picture. It is this very trait of Chandni Chowk that makes it appealing.

As one of the oldest and busiest markets in India, its narrow winding lanes are full of inexpensive jewelry, fabric, and electronics. It is also an excellent venue to sample Delhi's exemplary street food.

Timings: Open all days
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: Allowed

6. National Rail Museum

A prestigious train yard with some of the finest treasures of the world that include the Fairy Queen (the best preserved steam locomotive), Prince of Wales Saloon (1875) and Maharaja of Mysore Saloon (1899) is the National Rail Museum, one of the star tourist places in Delhi.

Entertaining people of every age, the museum's ride in the joy train and monorail are other attractions here. Also the indoor gallery hosts innumerable rail memorabilia collected over the years.

Timings: 9:30am - 5:30pm, Tuesday - Sunday, Monday closed
Entry Fee: Free
Photography: Not allowed

Recommended Offbeat Activities In and Around Delhi

1. F9-Go-Karting, Gurgaon

Get ready for a heart racing experience of go karting like never before with f9-go-karting Gurgaon! A go kart is a small four wheeled vehicle designed specifically to be raced .

Awara Adventure Farm in sohna has been designed keeping in mind the need for adventure. Nested in the embrace of stunning Aravali Hills, this delightful place provides you with an array of activities.

2. Day Adventure at Laksh Farms, Faridabad

Nested in Village Mangar, off the Gurgaon-Faridabad Highway, the Laksh Farm spreads over 8 acres of area and strives for a wonderful experience. Crowned in the picturesque valley of the colossal Aravalli Hills, adventure at Laksh Farm is an ideal getaway destination.

Laksh offers a fulfilling experience, one of the excellent local cuisine. Delight in relishing cuisine that is made from organic food. Enjoy a stunning experience with adventure at Laksh Farm.

3. Day Fun at Fly India Adventure Resort

Fly India Adventure & Resort has been developed on the concept of back to roots, back to nature. The tranquillity and picturesque setting of our resort will take you back in time and allow you to experience the simplicity and peaceful existence of a simple village life.

Air Safari by Para motor flight is its major attraction which gives spectacular view to mesmerising flora and fauna of the resort.

4. Pottery with Meena Vohra at Noida

Glee in this experience of Pottery with Meena Vohra in Noida, New Delhi. Enthrall in this innovative ceramic art which load you with sheer joy as you transform the clay into something more beautiful.

5. Day Out at Thakran Farms,Pataudi

Located just an hour away from Gurgaon, Thakran Farms is one place that has all the required elements that make it a best weekend getaway destination.

If you think the city life has exhausted you till the brim and look for a change - you need not search for far-away places. Lying amidst the cobwebs of Delhi life, exists a place that is far too.

6. Day Trip to Aravali Resort, Rewari

Aravali Resort, Rewari is an off-beat resort away from the rapid discord of urban life where you can relax with your family and friends. It is a perfect place for the people who love to enjoy the

7. Blue Terra Spa

This is one of the best spa's in Gurgaon. They provide high class services at very convenient rates. The services match the international standards and they also provide ayurvedic treatments. It provides a very relaxing and soothing ambiance for the customers.

Location: It is situated in phase-4, DLF city, near DLF city club.

8. Wet 'n' Wild

There are plenty of fun-filled activities to keep the kids as well as adults entertained at Wet 'n' Wild, Gurgaon. From the rain dance enclosure to water slides and pools, this water park and resort promises a refreshing..

9. Oysters Water Park

Sprawling over 10 acres, Oysters is one destination you must take your kids to for complete fun and adventure. It offers all kinds of water activities you can think of, from playing in the water, to plummeting down water and more.

10. Fun n food Village

It is an amusement park for all the age groups that includes joy rides and water parks. It was established in 1993. It also has the largest wave pool around Delhi.

Address: Fun N Food Village, Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road, Kapas Hera, New Delhi

Entry fees: 
Rs.400 (Monday- Friday)
Rs.450 (Saturday, Sunday and holidays)
Children below of height 4 feet 6 inches: Rs. 300
Children below 3 feet 3 inches: Free

Timings: 
9:30- 8:00 (weekdays in summers)
9:00-9:00 (weekends and holidays in summers)
9:30- 6:30 (weekdays in winters)

11. Kingdom of Dreams

This entertainment park is most famous for hosting the grandest, larger-than-life Bollywood musical in the country. Spend a day with "Bollywood" at the Kingdom of Dreams - an entertainment destination just 15 minutes from the hotel. Experience the performance of Zangoora - a musical bringing the glamour and panache of "Bollywood" into a truly enchanting theatre production.

12. BluO

India's largest bowling alley (24 lanes) is located on the fourth floor of the Ambience Mall. This place provides one stop entertainment destination for people from all age groups.

13. iSkate

Iskate provides and option to Lace up your skates . This is an ice-skating rink on the sixth floor of the Ambience Mall.

14. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

Located 15 kms from Gurgaon, this bird reserve was upgraded to a National Park in 1989. Spread over an area of 1.43 sq km, the sanctuary is a protected area, which is inhabited by over 250 species of birds.

The sanctuary is home to many rare bird types and in the winter migration months the park serves as the popular picnic spot for visitors. The bird sanctuary features four watch towers, an education and interpretation centre and a library.

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