Last Updated: January 18, 2019 Ashwini
Every year thousands of tourists from all across the globe visit Delhi to witness the beauty of this mesmerizing city. However, sometimes it gets a bit hard as to how to plan your own day Delhi darshan trip, especially if you have a time crunch. It can get stressful to decide as to what to do in Delhi. There are thousands of options for a tourist, ranging from heritage sightseeing to Delhi Darshan bus tour services to exploring the city on your own. It’s quite literally a never-ending city, every neighbourhood, every lane has a story to offer, a sight to remember and it can be disheartening if you are planning Delhi darshan in 24 Hours. There are world heritage sights, famous local markets, urban hats, museums, monuments and what not. In such cases, the best thing to do is seek out suggestions for 1 Day travel itinerary. Just so it happens, we have made a travel itinerary for full day sightseeing tour of Delhi. The list of day tours and activities consists of famous city sightseeing places in Delhi as well as some of the hidden gems of the city.
Note: We have made 2 routes for you and you can pick the one which bests suits you. The first tour is of famous places and monuments in Delhi and the second route is of some of the urban hats and markets. Also, you need not worry, everything is planned and you wouldn’t have to miss any of the destinations on the list because of a time crunch. Everything is planned minute by minute and it includes commuting from one place to next, in Delhi’s traffic.
So, pick the route best suited for you and explore the city of history.
Breakfast at Chandni Chowk
A top tourist attraction in the city, the streets of Chandni Chowk is always filled with enthusiasts seeking different adventures. Famous for its street food, Chandni Chowk hides a gem in its heart. Nothing starts the day better than a delicious serving of hot Parathas. Paranthe Wali Gali offers you a variety of breakfast options ranging from aloo paratha, mixed paratha to khoya paratha. The three remaining shops showcase the photos of all the celebrities who have been in their shop. A famous hotspot for foodies, Paranthe Wali Gali would be the perfect start for your day.
What to look out for: Try their mixed paratha and khoya paratha.
Entry fee for Paranthe Wali Gali: there is no entry fee.
Timings for Paranthe Wali Gali: The shops usually open by 8 so we would suggest you reach by 8:30 in order to stick to the itinerary of one-day sightseeing.
Estimated time to visit Paranthe Wali Gali: 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
Delhi boasts many historical place and architectural marvels but the gem in its crown has to be the Red Fort. One of the most popular monuments, made by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the fort served as a Mughal palace, housing Mughal emperors for almost 200 years. Not just a palace, the fort also served as the cultural and strategic hub of Mughal empire. Made out of red sandstone, the Red Fort is purely an architectural marvel based on Mughal design. Holding special significance in Indian Freedom struggle, Pandit Nehru, First Prime Minister of India, gave the famous midnight speech from the Red Fort itself. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, today the Red Fort hosts many museums inside, showcasing Mughal history.
What to look out for: The main building from where the independence speech is delivered is not open for public entry but you can have the view of the main stage. The main building where the emperors used to have public hearings is one thing to look out for. Also, check out the must visit museums inside the Red Fort to have an insight into Mughal.
Entry Fee for Red Fort: INR 35 for Indians and INR 500 for international tourists.
Timings for Red Fort: Tuesday to Sunday – 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Monday closed.
Estimated Time to visit Red Fort: 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes.
Masjid-i Jahan Numa, very close to Delhi’s heart, is the religious name for the Jama Masjid. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in between 1644 and 1656, Jama Masjid is one of India’s largest mosques. Though British wanted it to be annihilated, it still stands tall in the centre of Chandni Chowk. Boasting a capacity of more than 25000 people, Jama Masjid is a sight to behold during Eid. One of the holiest places in India, the last monument to be built by Shah Jahan, today Jama Masjid is protected by Delhi Waqf Board. Best thing to do is climb to the top of the minarets and soak in the beauty of the Old Delhi.
What to look out for: The original name of the mosque means a commanding view of the world and that holds true till date. The tower provides an aerial view of nearby areas and you can see the horizon. Reaching to the top is a thrill in itself, with having to climb dizzying circular stairs.
Entry fee for Jama Masjid: There is no entry fee for Jama Masjid, however climbing the minarets is chargeable. Also, you need to pay 200 for photography.
Timings for Jama Masjid: Open every day from 7 am to 12 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm. However, tourists are not allowed during prayer time.
Estimated time to visit Jama Masjid: 30 minutes(approx.)
A memorial built in remembrance of our father of the nation, Mahatma Gandhi, Raj Ghat attracts a lot of Indian and international tourists. Situated on the banks of river Yamuna, the place where the monument is built was historically referred to as Raj Ghat, because of a gate that lead to the river Yamuna had the same name. Raj Ghat is also home to the memorials of previous Prime Ministers of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi being few of them. Many foreign dignitaries visit Rajghat to pay respect to Mahatma Gandhi. There is an eternal flame placed at the end of the memorial. You can also visit adjacent memorials to Raj Ghat.
What to look out for: The memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and various previous Prime Ministers of India.
Entry fee for Raj Ghat: There is no entry fee.
Timings for Rajghat: Open every day from 5 am to 7:30 pm. There is a commemoration ceremony held every Friday.
Estimated time to visit Rajghat: 30 to 45 minutes.
English Name for Purana Qila is Old Fort. It is one of the oldest surviving forts in Delhi. Built by Sher Shah Suri, the founder of Sur empire. It is believed by the time Sher Shah Suri died in 1545, the fort was not fully complete and it was completed by his son, Islam Shah. According to historical facts, the fort which was originally constructed by Mughals was used as the inner citadel of the Mughal city. After conquering Humayun, Sher Shah Suri started further construction to the existing fort. During the partition of India and Pakistan, the fort was used to house refugees seeking asylum. Until 1970, the fort had staged many cultural plays and even till the day, it hosts many musical events and theatrical performances. It also has a lake in which tourists can boat. Also, another major attraction is the national zoo of Delhi.
What to look out for: The main fort ruins will be a boost to your social media handles. Also, the green areas of the fort is a treat to watch. The boating option is also available for tourists.
Entry fee for the Old Fort: INR 20 for Indians and INR 200 for international tourists.
Timings for the Old Fort: Open all days from 7 am to 5 pm.
Estimated time for visiting the Old Fort: 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Lunch at Andhra Bhawan
You must be hungry by now and we have got an amazing lunch planned for you. One of the best places to eat in Delhi, the canteen at the Andhra Bhawan offers mouth-watering, finger licking unlimited food at just INR 130. The menu is an unlimited South Indian thali which consists of rice, puri, dal sabzi, curd, desserts and some South Indian chutneys. You can also get some non-veg options like prawns, chicken and fish at additional INR 120. This is a match made in heaven for a foodie. The hosts of the canteen offer you delicious food with amazing hospitality which makes it one of the best eating places in Delhi.
What to look out for: Try their South Indian Thali and chicken. Also, on Sundays, the canteen offers dum biryani.
Entry fee for Andhra Bhawan: There is no entry fee, the cost of single thali is around INR 130.
Timings for Andhra Bhawan Canteen: The lunch is offered from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Estimated time for lunch at Andhra Bhawan canteen: 30 minutes to 40 minutes.
Check any list of top things to do in Delhi and you will find Humayun’s tomb common in all of them. This is the beauty of this monument. One of the major tourist attractions of Delhi tourism, the tomb of Humayun, the famous Mughal emperor, was commissioned by the first wife of Mughal emperor Humayun, Empress Bega Begum, in 1569. The designs of the monument are believed to be the brainchild of a Persian architect, Mirak Mirza Ghiyas, Humayun’s tomb is believed to be the first garden tomb constructed in India. Today a site for every heritage walk, Humayun’s tomb is a top tourist attraction of Delhi tourism with many national and international tourist visiting it every day. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1993 by the UNESCO and this has resulted in the historical monument gaining huge popularity. There are many other small monuments within the premise of Humayun’s tomb such as Isa Khan’s tomb which was built prior to the Humayun’s tomb. The tomb’s complex accommodates the main tomb of the Emperor Humayun along with the graves of Bega Begum, Hamida Begum and Dara Shikoh as well as other significant Mughal members.
What to look out for: The main tomb and the adjacent tombs accommodate the graves of many important Mughal figures. Also, check out the adjacent small monuments.
Entry fee for Humayun’s tomb: INR 30 for Indian tourists and INR 500 for international tourists.
Timings for Humayun’s tomb: Tuesday to Sunday from sunrise to sunset, closed on Monday.
One of the most underrated historical monuments in Delhi lies the famous another Mughal architecture, Safdarjung’s tomb. Made of sandstone and marble mausoleum, it was constructed in 1754. Holding to its Mughal style architecture, Safdarjung’s tomb showcases the ambience with its arched red and brown and white coloured structures. While the Mughal emperor Ahmad Shah Bahadur was on the throne in 1748, Safdarjung was the Prime Minister of the Mughal empire. While the Mughal empire was on the verge of collapse, Safdarjung took control of the Mughal empire. After this, he was exiled by the king. After Safdarjung’s death, his son pleaded to the royal family to allow him to raise a tomb in name of his father.
What to look out for: The char bagh outline of the tomb is similar to Humayun’s tomb, a large podium along with a hidden mysterious stairway.
Entry fee for Safdarjung’s Tomb: Entry fee for the Safdarjung’s tomb is INR 5 for Indian citizens and INR for foreign internationals. Additional INR 25 is charged for carrying a camera inside.
Timings for Safdarjung’s Tomb: Open every day from sunrise to sunset.
Estimated time for visiting Safdarjung’s tomb: 15-20 minutes.
Agrasen ki Baoli
Made famous by Bollywood movie P.K, this monument has gone on to feature in many super hit movies. Today one of the most famous and best places to visit in Delhi, Agrasen Ki Baoli welcomes hundreds of guests every day who are looking to explore the dark side of the monument. Protected and promoted by the Archaeological Survey of India, this haunted monument is believed to be a source of black magic. There are many legends and rumours roaming around the construction of the well. However, no clear citation is available regarding the origin and the purpose of the well. It is believed to be built by the king Agrasen and it was rebuilt by Agarwal community. An architectural marvel of 108 steps is surely a gothic place to be. As you step down these steps, you will feel a bit creeped out by the dropping temperature and sound of birds.
What to look out for: Check this place out for its architectural beauty and the rumours of it being haunted.
Entry fee for Agrasen Ki Baoli: There is no entry fee for this heritage monument.
Timings of Agrasen ki Baoli: Open every day from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
Estimated time for visiting Agrasen Ki Baoli: 10 minutes.
Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur constructed 5 major Jantar Mantar across India and the one in Delhi is of the same importance as the one in Jaipur. The Jantar Mantar in Delhi has 3 of the total 13 astronomy instruments. The purpose of Jantar Mantar was to collect the astronomical data and compile them to predict the movement of the sun and tell the time. It was also used to predict the movements of the moon and the planets. Due to his love and passion for astronomical observation, Maharaja had himself ordered for this monument. The name Jantar Mantar means a calculation instrument.
What to look out for: The astronomical instrument has decayed over the time but you can still trace the intricate detailing and the science of astronomy in historical time.
Entry fee for Jantar Mantar: INR 5 for Indian citizen and INR 100 for international tourists.
Timings of Jantar Mantar: Open every day from sunrise to sunset.
Estimated time for Jantar Mantar: 30 minutes.(approx.)
The Indian version of Times Square, Connaught Place is the financial, commercial and business hotspot of Delhi. Situated in the heart of the city, Connaught place manages the old and new Delhi together. The exterior building of Connaught Place was designed by W.H. Nicholls and the neighbourhood gets its name after the Prince Arthur, the first Duke of Connaught and Strathearn. Today, India’s largest tourist hotspot, Connaught place, also referred to as CP, is the pride of Delhi tourism. Every day thousands of people come here to hang out and explore local shops. There are many cafes, bars, eating joints and International clothing brands. No Delhi day sightseeing is complete without exploring the underground markets of Palika, Asia’s biggest underground market. You can buy cheap knock-offs of famous brands at a very cheap price.
What to look out for: Palika Bazar and shops invite lakhs of buyers every month. You can also explore some of the best eating places in Delhi, with vintage coffee shops like Madras Cafe and Indian Coffee House. Cover image of every travel guide, CP has some of the best hangout places for every age group. CP has many kids friendly attractions like a central park where your little ones can play around.
Entry fee for Connaught Place: There is no entry fee.
Timings for Connaught Place: Open throughout the week, most of the shops open up after 10.
The Presidential residence which formerly served as Viceroy’s house during British era was designed by Edwin Landseer Lutyens. Built on the Raisina hills, this home of the President of India is located at the western end of Rajpath. The main building comprises of President office, residence, halls and guest rooms. Spread over 130 acres, Rashtrapati Bhawan has some of India’s most beautiful gardens. The famous Mughal garden opens for Public from August to March. Considered to be the largest residence for the single head of a state in the world in terms of area size, Rashtrapati Bhawan has around 340 rooms. The entire structure reflects the amalgamation of both the Indian and the British style of architecture.
What to look out for: The main building is not accessible to the public without prior permission. However, the mansion can be visited by tourists. Also, the Mughal gardens are a major tourist attraction.
Entry fee for Rashtrapati Bhavan: No entry fee
Timings of Rashtrapati Bhavan: The mansion can be visited on all days from 9am to 4pm.
Estimated time for visiting Rashtrapati Bhawan: 30 minutes. (approx.)
One of the must visit places in Delhi, India Gate is one place you can’t afford to miss. One of the best Delhi darshan places, India Gate during the evening is a magnificent site to visit. Originally referred to as All India War Memorial, it has names of Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives in World War I, engraved on its wall. The names of martyrs of Anglo-Afghan War are also engraved on its wall. Situated opposite to Rashtrapati Bhawan, it’s on the other side of the Rajpath. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, the construction of India Gate begun in 1921 and completed in 1931. There are 4 eternal flames placed under India Gate, referred to as Amar Jawan Jyoti. The famous republic day parade starts from Rashtrapati Bhavan and terminates at India Gate.
What to look out for: The India Gate is well lit after the sunset and it’s a sight you wouldn’t want to miss. Also, check the famous Amar Jawan Jyoti and travel on the Rajpath like in the movie Rang De Basanti.
Entry fee for India Gate: There is no entry fee for India Gate
Timings of India Gate: The visitors can visit the monument anytime they wish to.
Estimated time for visiting India Gate: 20 minutes. (approx)
Dinner at Pandara Road
By now you have ticked off most of the best places to explore in Delhi, but to give a perfect ending to the near perfect Delhi sightseeing tour we suggest you to the best eating place in Delhi, Pandara Road. Famous for its restaurants, you will some of the best restaurants in Delhi, serving you food here. With diversity of food at your disposal, you can choose and feast on whatever you want. A stomach full of food is what you would be craving after the one-day sightseeing.
What to look out for: Restaurants here offer some of the most delicious food in Delhi, so pick one and have a feast.
Entry fee for Pandara Road: There is no entry food for Pandara road.
Timings for Pandara Road: Most of the restaurants are open till 12, throughout the week.
Estimated time for visiting Pandara road: 1 hour to 90 minutes.
One of the most prominent religious places in India, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is associated after the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Kishan. A sacred worship place for Sikhs, today this place has become a popular religious tourist attraction. People from all religion come to this place to soak in the tranquillity and serenity of this place. It was originally constructed as a small holy place by Sikh General Sardar Baghel Singh in 1783 who at that time was in command of constructing shrines for all ten Sikh Gurus. The Gurdwara has a small pond, main dome, kitchen and a school all within its premises. The practice of Langar is still practised without any discrimination against religion. A holy place which has transformed into a religious hotspot for all religions is a top tourist attraction for people from all across the country.
What to look out for: The pond within the Gurdwara is a holy place for Sikhs but you are allowed to take a dip in the water. Thousands of people gather every day for the langar and Kada Prashad offered by the Gurdwara is one of the best halwa you’ll ever taste.
Entry fee for the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara: There is no entry fee.
Timings of the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara: The gurdwara is open 24×7 for the visitors and pilgrims.
Estimated time for visiting Gurudwara Bangla Sahib: one hour to 90 minutes. (approx.)
Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
Former residence of the former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, has now been converted into a museum. The Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum was built after her assassination at her residence. Today, the visitors can see all the artefacts preserved since her death. The drawing room and bedroom have been arranged in the way they were used to be during Indira Gandhi’s stay. Amidst the well-maintained lawns and shady trees, lies the spot where former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her two bodyguards. The museum displays some of the newspaper from the time she was Prime Minister of India. Inside the museum, the visitors can also see the burnt shoes and clothes of late former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. The museum exhibits the simple lifestyle of the famous Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi.
What to look out for: The spot of the assassination of Indira Gandhi and famous newspaper cuttings of the time when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India.
Entry fee for Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum: There is no entry fee.
Timings for Indira Gangi Memorial Museum: Tuesday to Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Estimated time for visiting Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum: 45 minutes to one hour.
Delhi most famous market, Sarojini Nagar lies in the South West Delhi. Ideal for budget shopping, you can get hundreds of items within your budget. One of the most vibrant places in Delhi, Sarojini Nagar market witnesses thousands of people each day, looking for a cheap deal on their clothes. The shops here sell branded as well as local products at a knock-off price. You can get finger-licking bag at 300 bucks, even less depending upon your bargaining skills. If you visit the market on weekends, the place would be jam-packed with thousands of people bargaining with the shop owners.
What to look out for: Cheap clothes, bags, shoes and accessories are available at a giveaway price.
Entry fee for Sarojini Nagar market: There is no entry fee.
Timings for Sarojini Nagar market: The market sets up around 10 am and goes on until 10 pm.
Estimated time for visiting the Sarojini Nagar market: It depends on your shopping skills and how much time you are willing to spend on shopping.
Managed by the Hare Krishna Mission, Iskcon temple is one of the must visit Temples in Delhi for Krishna followers. Not just famous in India but international too, Iskcon temple witnesses pilgrims coming from all over the world. The temple is an aesthetic marvel, with a serene and tranquil surrounding. Initiated by Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, today Iskcon is a leading promoter of the Vedantic study.
What to look out for: The beautifully draped gods amidst the Krishna bhakts dancing in circles is an experience to remember. The evening aarti is something you must witness.
Entry fee for Iskcon temple: There is no entry fee.
Timings for Iskcon temple: The temple is open throughout the week between 4:30 am to 9 pm.
Estimated time for visiting Iskcon temple: 45 minutes to one hour.
Lotus temple is Delhi’s top tourist attraction with thousands of tourists taking this heritage tour. Constructed in 1986, resembling a lotus flower, this is not a typical religious place. Made by the Bahai house, under of one the nine Bahai house of worship. The temple was designed by an Iranian architect by the name, Fariborz Sahba. The rule of Bahai architecture states that worship house should have nine sides and no sermon preaching can be practised inside the temple. Open to people of all religions and faiths, the Lotus temple in Delhi serves as the worshipping house for the Indian subcontinent.
What to look out for: the architectural design of the temple has won various awards. Resembling the Bahai philosophy, the temple has scriptures and engraving of Bahai preaching.
Entry fee for the Lotus temple: There is no entry fee.
Timings for Lotus temple: The temple is closed on Monday. Entry time for summers is 9 am to 7pm. For winters it is 9am to 5pm.
Estimated time for visiting Lotus temple: one hour to two hours.
Part of the Qutub complex declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qutub Minar is one of the oldest remaining monuments in India. Commissioned by Qutub al-Din Aibak in 1192, the famous finger-licking in Delhi was completed by his successor Iltutmish in 1220. It is made of red sandstone and marble. The maximum height is 73 metres. An architectural marvel of medieval times, the Qutub Minar has a total of 379 stairs to climb to the top. It is believed that the top of the structure was destroyed by a lightning which was further renovated and reconstructed by Firoz Shah Tughlaq. He also began a construction of a new tower.
What to look out for: There are various monuments in the vicinity under the Qutub complex which depict the history of the time.
Entry fee for Qutub Minar: INR for people above 15 years of age, INR 500 for foreign nationals.
Timings for Qutub Minar: Open throughout the week from 7 am to 5 pm.
Estimated time for visiting Qutub Minar: One hour to 90 minutes.
One of the most pristine neighbourhoods of South Delhi, Hauz Khas is a major tourist attraction not just because of its heritage. The famous Hauz Khas village boasts of some of the most exquisite cafes and bars. Everyday people from all parts of Delhi come to hang out at this quaint place. The village is adjacent to the famous Hauz Khas fort which makes it a perfect combination of old and the new. The ancient water reservoir is a sight to behold and the view from the fort is a must thing to experience in Delhi.
What to look out for: Famous Hauz Khas fort and deer park attract many tourists from all over the city. Also, you should explore the cafes in the village.
Entry fee for Hauz Khas: There is no entry fee.
Timings for Hauz Khas: The fort opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. However, the village opens around 10 and you can hang out till 10 in the night.
Estimated time for visiting Hauz Khas: A perfect place to end your day, the cafes in the village are a perfect dinner location. 2 hours. (approx).
Even a week isn’t enough to explore the city, for some even years are less. The city is vast and diverse that you can never really fully explore it. But, if you stick to this itinerary, you’ll get a chance to, the soul of the city.
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Published: 04 Oct, 2018