Delhi is a megacity with an abundance of culture, food, temples, and nightlife. Whatever your heart desires, you can find here in the city – historical forts, botanical gardens, art galleries, sports venues, foodie spots, and places of worship, to name a few. It’s an extraordinary blend of modern and traditional that attracts millions of visitors each year. If you plan to visit this year and it’s your first time, be sure to check out our guide for visiting Delhi in 2019. For a sneak peek, here are some things not to miss during your visit.
One landmark not to skip over is the Lotus Temple. This stunning landmark is designed in the shape of a sacred lotus flower with 27 white marble-clad flower petals on the outer core and nine doors that open onto a 40-meter tall central hall. Because of its beauty and significance, it has become a prominent tourist attraction in the city and is one of the most visited buildings in the world.
To get your shopping fix, be sure to visit the oldest market in Dehli, Chandni Chowk. Here you’ll find everything from jewelry, to clothes, to sarees, to trinkets, to spices, and street food. It’s dense and chaotic, but it’s well worth it. You’ll find many hidden treasures as well as forts and landmarks all within the area.
Khari Baoli Market
Once you’re done at Chandni Chowk, it’s time to head on over to Asia’s largest spice market, Khari Baoli. Within seconds of entering the market, you’ll be mesmerized by the vibrant colours and tantalizing smells. It’s a cultural adventure and also a historical one with shops dating back ten generations here in India.
Speaking of historical things to do in Dehli, the Qutub Minar is one of the best. It’s the highest tower in the country and includes the first mosque to be built in India, the Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque. Although you cannot enter, you can enjoy the grounds and get an up close and personal view of the structures, detailed carvings, and inscriptions here.
Another landmark that has major cultural significance is the Humayun’s tomb. Built in 1560 to honor the Mughal Emperor Humayun’s son, this structure became the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. With over 28 acres and 4 magnificent complexes to explore, you’ll want to book a good couple of hours to enjoy here as people come from all around the world to visit the grounds and see the grand dynastic mausoleums. The outside walls also offer many hidden treasures and monuments to explore, making it the perfect day trip.
Dehli Street Food
Although there are a number of top-rated restaurants to try, you can’t forget to sample all the delectable food carts that stretch along the streets of Delhi. Only in India can you enjoy spicy chickpea curry with cooked chapatis on nearly every corner. So be sure to jump outside of your comfort zone and try some of the street food delights – you won’t be sorry.
Delhi has so much to see and enjoy, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to explore it. And when you’re ready to book, try out our advanced search engine that scours up to 200 flight options from our vast network of travel partners to bring you the cheapest prices available.