It’s a cliché but, with so much to do, you won’t have a minute to waste. You might not be into traipsing round historical monument after historical monument, but you should definitely see Humayan’s Tomb. This epic resting place for Moghul Emperor Humayan towers above you at 300ft and, to give you a sense of how old and awe-inspiring it is, it was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. Wander round in the evening and the imposing caramel building will really start to glow in the golden light.
Must-sees also include the five-storey Qutub Minar, the Red Fort – where Mughal emperors used to reside – and India Gate, a lookey-likey of the Arc de Triomphe. Special mention to the Lotus Temple – somewhere between serene floating flower and Star Wars-esque space ship, it’s unlike any temple you’ll have seen before. Worth it for the photo op.
If you’re a serial shopper, you’ll love Chandi Chowk. It’s one of the largest wholesale markets in the whole of Asia, a bustling hubbub of stalls, shops, eateries and – most of all – people. But it needn’t be overwhelming – with a professional guide, you can drink up the culture (and the chai) without worrying about getting completely and utterly lost. A night walk around the market is something else.
For a breather (and some fresh air), head over to Lodhi Gardens. You can spend hours wandering around the 15th century tombs, picnicking in the beautifully kept grounds or perusing the flower beds and herb gardens. Believe me, you’ll be grateful for a well-earned rest, and you can even get in an hour’s sunrise yoga in the specially designated yoga area if you’re keen.
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This magnificent monument to the second Mughal emperor was the first garden tomb in India, and set in motion an architectural trend that peaked 80 years later with the construction of the Taj.Discover more
This magnificent structure rises above its surroundings, and is even more impressive at night.Discover more
To define Chandni Chowk as a market belies its historical and commercial significance, yet at its heart that’s exactly what it is – a living, breathing enterprise, full of drama and chaos.Discover more
The Jama Masjid follows the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort as the final extravagance of Shah Jahan, who made sure the mosque and its pulpit sat higher than his residence and throne.Discover more
The Lotus Temple is one of the most visited buildings in the world – and it’s easy to see why. The architecture is a modern take on one of India’s most sacred flowers, the lotus.Discover more
Delhi's most towering attraction, built in the late 1100's, Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minerat in the world making it an ancient complex that would be hard to miss!Discover more
Red Fort will take you back in time to pre-colonial India, built as a home for the emperors it is sure to provide the wow factor.Discover more
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