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New Delhi is India's vibrant, bustling metropolitan capital. While 3 days isn't much time in which to explore this sprawling metropolis, my tips will help you squeeze in as many of the city's highlights as possible.

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  • History Buff
  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveler
  • Thrifty Traveler
  • Trendsetter

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20 Places

Day 1

Qutab Minar

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers

Humayun's Tomb

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Gardens

Dilli Haat

Flea & Street Markets

Select Citywalk

Shopping Malls

Bahai Lotus Temple

Religious Sites

Hauz Khas Village

Neighborhoods

Kiran Nadar Museum of Art

Art Museums

Day 2

Connaught Place

Points of Interest & Landmarks

India Gate

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Andhra Pradesh Bhavan Canteen

Restaurants

National Museum

Specialty Museums

National Gallery of Modern Art

Art Museums

Lodi Gardens

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Parks, Gardens, Historic Walking Areas

Rashtrapati Bhavan

Architectural Buildings

Day 3

Khan Market

Specialty & Gift Shops

Rajdhani Thali

Restaurants

Red Fort (Lal Quila)

Historic Sites, Castles, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Raj Ghat

Historic Sites

Chandni Chowk

Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Swaminarayan Akshardham

Monuments & Statues, Religious Sites, Gardens

Puneet A's City Tips

  • Navigate Delhi using efficient metro service. Single tickets and all-day passes are available.
  • Use tuk-tuks, auto rickshaws, and cycle rickshaws in areas where the metro is not available.
  • Tipping 10% in restaurants, where service charge is not automatically included, is generally accepted.
  • Delhi is quite traditional when it comes to dress. Keep your knees and shoulders covered when visiting most tourist sights.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as there can be plenty of walking.
  • Delhi-belly is practically unavoidable. Reduce your chances of feeling unwell by drinking only bottled water and eating freshly cooked food.
    Day 1
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    Qutab Minar
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers
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    Puneet A Says:

    The Qutub Complex houses some of the most sophisticated architectural masterpieces and historic structures in India, including the Qutub Minar, the Iron Pillar, the ruins of ancient Jain Temples, Ala-ud-din’s sprawling Madrasa, and Altamish’s Tomb, situated in a magnificent sandstone and marble mausoleum.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Guided and audio tours are available.
    • To reach the complex, take the metro to Qutab Minar station.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • qutub minar 08/30/2015
    • Impressive monument, try avoid rash days 08/29/2015
    • Qutab Minar
    Phone:
    9311807071
    Other:
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    Humayun's Tomb
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Gardens
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    Puneet A Says:

    Humayun's Tomb is the final resting place of the great Mughal Emperor, Humayun. Built in the mid-16th century, the tomb beautifully melds elements of Persian and Mughal architecture in a magnificent red sandstone structure. It later became the inspiration for the design of the Taj Mahal — and some even believe it is the more impressive of the two!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The site is open 6am-6pm.
    • To reach Humayun’s Tomb, take the metro to JLN stadium station, and then an auto rickshaw 2km to the site.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit 08/30/2015
    • Architectural marvel 08/30/2015
    • Humayun's Tomb
    Address:
    East Nizamudhin
    Opp Nizamuddin Mosque
    New Delhi 110 013
    India
    Phone:
    +91 11 2335 6080
    Other:
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    Dilli Haat
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Puneet A Says:

    The Dilli Haat provides all the ambiance of a traditional Rural Haat (village market), without compromising the modern needs of today's visitors. Here you'll be transported to a magical world of Indian art and heritage, through the fascinating panorama of craft, cuisine and cultural activities on offer. It's a delight for the senses!

    Good for
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Each state has its own food stall here, allowing you to taste cuisine from every part of India, without ever leaving Delhi.
    • INA Metro station has its own art gallery called 'Crafts of India', which displays handicrafts, murals, paintings and hand-looms from different parts of the country.
    • To reach the complex, take the metro to INA station. Dilli Haat is situated right next to the station.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • DILLI HAAAAAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! 08/26/2015
    • Great place to have an amazing evening 08/21/2015
    • Dilli Haat
    Address:
    Sri Aurobindo Marg
    opp INA Market
    New Delhi 110 023
    India
    Phone:
    011-26119055-011-24678817
    Other:
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    Select Citywalk
    Shopping Malls
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    Puneet A Says:

    Select Citywalk is a chic shopping center situated in South Delhi — the local go-to place for shopping, dining and catching up with friends. Spoil yourself with a broad selection of well-known brands, plus plenty of restaurants and entertainment choices like a multiplex cinema, fitness club, international beauty salon, and much, much more.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveler
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • On Wednesdays, a grand and colorful flea market takes place here.
    • Hard Rock Cafe is just behind this mall.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #32 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Huge Mall! 08/27/2015
    • Great shopping place 08/26/2015
    • Select Citywalk
    Address:
    A-3 District Centre Saket
    New Delhi 110017
    India
    Phone:
    +91 11 4211 4211
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 am - 11:00 pm
    Other:
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    Bahai Lotus Temple
    Religious Sites
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    Puneet A Says:

    Built from pure white marble, the Bahai Temple reflects the simplicity, freshness and clarity of the Bahai revelation. Its lotus-shaped structure — a symbol common to Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam — represents the universality of the Bahai faith. No matter what your faith, though, this huge, peaceful, and unusually impressive temple inspires quiet contemplation.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The Information Center has regular screenings of an interesting 30-minute film about the Bahai faith.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lotus Temple 08/30/2015
    • beautiful 08/29/2015
    • Bahai Lotus Temple
    Address:
    Bahapur
    Kalkaji (9 km/5 mi southeast of Connaught Pl.
    New Delhi 110019
    India
    Phone:
    +91 99117 88187
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:30 am - 5:30 pm
    Other:
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    Hauz Khas Village
    Neighborhoods
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    Puneet A Says:

    The Hauz Khas complex contains the ancient ruins of Alauddin Khilji’s historic city, Siri, which dates back to the 13th century. The complex includes a water tank, an Islamic seminary, a mosque, a tomb, and pavilions. Surrounded by one of the most happening marketplaces and some of the most famous restaurants in the city, it is a great place where you can while away half a day or more, mixing sightseeing, shopping and dining.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Try Elma's Bakery for great homemade treats and traditional English tea.
    • The complex is surrounded by a number of good restaurants, from budget to luxury, which serve various cuisines. It's a good spot for lunch.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • An upmarket 08/30/2015
    • Hauz Kaus village 08/26/2015
    • Hauz Khas Village
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    Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
    Art Museums
    Puneet A Says:

    Kiran Nadar Museum of Art is the first private art gallery to exhibit modern and contemporary work solely from India and the subcontinent. From paintings to sculptures to installations, it hosts the best of the nation's artists in a tasteful space.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • The museum is 5-minute walk from Saket Select City Walk Mall.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #144 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    • A place to visit even if you are not an avid art afficianado 08/11/2015
    • Neat little exhibition. Free, but hard to get to. 07/04/2015
    • Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
    Address:
    145, DLF South Court Mall
    Saket
    New Delhi 110017
    India
    Phone:
    +91 11 4916 0000
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:30 am - 6:30 pm
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Connaught Place
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Puneet A Says:

    While some think CP, as the locals know it, has gone a little downhill in recent years, the white-columned, circular market is an interesting example of the city's colonial history. Inside, it's lined with swanky retail showrooms, numerous small to up-market eateries and multiplexes. A decent shopping spot to browse and pick up a variety of souvenirs to take back home, CP also happens to be one of the most expensive office locations in the world!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Be wary of people approaching you to "practice their English." Their ultimate goal is likely to be taking you to a specific shop, where they'll receive a commission.
    • Ganga Ram & Sons in the Regal Building offers an exclusive range of wool and Cashmere suits.
    • Shop for regional handicrafts and artifacts from states across India at State Emporia Complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg Road.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    • Connaught place 08/30/2015
    • Awesome 08/29/2015
    • Connaught Place
    Other:
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    India Gate
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Puneet A Says:

    An imposing structure, India Gate was built in memory of the 90,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I. Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame, also burns here 24 hours a day, to pay homage to the soldiers who were killed during the Indo-Pakistani war of 1971.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You can boat on the adjacent lagoon, stroll around the surrounding greenery, and even pause for a street-food picnic here.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Always looks majestic, can never get bored of it 08/30/2015
    • disapointing 08/29/2015
    • India Gate
    Phone:
    9123367786
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Andhra Pradesh Bhavan Canteen
    Restaurants (Indian)
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    Puneet A Says:

    If you want to try good-quality and inexpensive South Indian delicacies, there's no better spot than Andhra Bhavan canteen. Located in the heart of New Delhi, it's known throughout the city for its economical and queue-worthy Andhra food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveler
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you go with kids or seniors, you might be allowed to skip the queue. Just ask.
    • This place is famous for its Andhra Biryani. Try it!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 2,722 restaurants in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Budgetary Sumptuous Experience 08/28/2015
    • Just fine 08/26/2015
    • Andhra Pradesh Bhavan Canteen
    Address:
    1 Ashoka Road
    Near India Gate at No.1
    New Delhi 110001
    India
    Phone:
    23382031
    Other:
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    National Museum
    Specialty Museums
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    Puneet A Says:

    The National Museum is India's largest museum, and here you can walk all the way from the prehistoric era into the modern times of Indian culture. History enthusiasts and art lovers alike will find ancient archaeology, sculptures, arms, decorative arts, jewelry, ancient manuscripts, textiles, painting, antiquities and many other collections from different eras throughout Indian history.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • "Path Pradarshak" is a volunteer-led guided tour of the museum's highlights, lasting 90 minutes. Check timings online before going.
    • Films based on different areas of Indian history are shown here daily.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Large & Quite 08/14/2015
    • Envision India's heritage 08/13/2015
    • National Museum
    Address:
    Janpath
    New Delhi 110 011
    India
    Phone:
    91-011-3018415
    Other:
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    National Gallery of Modern Art
    Art Museums
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    Puneet A Says:

    Housed in the former Jaipur Maharajah's Palace near India Gate, the well-maintained NGMA is Delhi's premier art gallery, displaying more than 14,000 works by celebrated artists including Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Jamini Roy, Amrita Shergill and many more.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Avoid the NGMA's canteen and head to Depaul's nearby to try their infamous "Cold Coffee."
    • The NGMA has clean and modern facilities, including wheelchair access.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Expansive and fascinating 08/06/2015
    • Unique 07/31/2015
    Address:
    Jaipur House, India Gate
    Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India
    New Delhi 110003
    India
    Phone:
    011 - 23384640
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Other:
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    Lodi Gardens
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Parks, Gardens, Historic Walking Areas
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    Puneet A Says:

    Tucked away in a peaceful neighborhood, this 90-acre garden in Lutyens' Delhi contains a variety of interesting historic monuments, dotted across its manicured lawns. These include Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Sikander Lodi's Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad, and Bara Gumbad, to name but a few. Situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung's Tomb on Lodhi Road, Lodi Gardens is a hotspot for morning walkers and joggers, so don't forget your sneakers if you want to join the local Delhiites!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • A specially designed jogging/walking track goes around the perimeter of the gardens, making it a good spot for stretching your legs after a long journey.
    • The park is easily reached from Khan Market or Race Course Road metro station.
    • Bring a pashmina and sit in the tranquil gardens, soaking up the rich cultural heritage of the city.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • wonderful 08/29/2015
    • An excellent place for a walk 08/29/2015
    • Lodi Gardens
    Address:
    Lodi Road
    New Delhi
    India
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    Rashtrapati Bhavan
    Architectural Buildings
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    Puneet A Says:

    Rashtrapati Bhawan (or the President’s Residence) is the official residence of the president of India, and one of the most majestic buildings in the country. Designed by British architect Edwin Lutyen and built 1912-1929, it was originally the residence of the Viceroy of India, before becoming home to the President after the end of Imperial rule in 1947. Don't miss your chance to peek inside!

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Advance booking and confirmation is required to enter the residence. You can request entry via the official "President of India" website.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • he power centre of our country. long live the president. 08/29/2015
    • Rashtrapati Bhavan 08/29/2015
    • Rashtrapati Bhavan
    Address:
    Rajpath
    New Delhi 110004
    India
    Phone:
    2
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Other:
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    Khan Market
    Specialty & Gift Shops
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    Puneet A Says:

    Khan Market is a popular shopping street among middle-class Indians and expats in central New Delhi. You'll find a variety of good-quality retail outlets here, ranging from high-end fashion to book stores, art galleries to up-market cafes, sportswear to pet shops.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • For great salads and other fresh eats, try Latitude 28 cafe, upstairs in the Good Earth housewares store.
    • Try the desserts and shakes at Big Chill café.
    • Pop into Anokhi or Fab India for the latest Indian fashions.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 140 Shopping in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Khan Market 08/27/2015
    • khan market 08/21/2015
    • Khan Market
    Address:
    Subramanium bharti marg
    New Delhi
    India
    Phone:
    +91-9810011979
    Other:
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    Rajdhani Thali
    Restaurants (Indian, Vegetarian)
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    Puneet A Says:

    This clean, no-frills restaurant, is known for its generous servings and exquisite Rajasthani and Gujurati Thalis (platters). If you want to fill up on good-quality, authentic food, without the pomp and circumstance, then Rajdhani Thali is the place for you.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Great for vegetarians.
    • The servers use a unique sign language to communicate between themselves. See if you can pick up any of the local lingo!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #193 of 2,722 restaurants in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Food Review 08/24/2015
    • address 08/23/2015
    • Rajdhani Thali
    Address:
    P-90 Daulatram House, Connaught Place, opposite PVR Rivoli on Baba Kharag Singh Marg
    New Delhi
    India
    Phone:
    011-2334 6300 / 2334 6400
    Price range:
    $5 - $10
    Other:
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    Red Fort (Lal Quila)
    Historic Sites, Castles, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Puneet A Says:

    A jewel from the Mughal era, the stunning Red Fort is a must-see for every traveler. Visit at night to relive 300 years of India’s history — illuminated with special light effects and accompanying music, the Fort comes to life under the moonlit New Delhi sky.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Tickets can be purchased at the Red Fort one hour before the light show, or you can buy in advance online.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    • A wonderful monument which tells about our forefathers rememberence which became a landmark in our hearts. 08/29/2015
    • Amazing and impressive fort. 08/29/2015
    • Red Fort (Lal Quila)
    Address:
    Red Fort
    Near Diwan-i-Khas
    New Delhi
    India
    Phone:
    9949159139
    Other:
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    Raj Ghat
    Historic Sites
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    Puneet A Says:

    Raj Ghat is a sombre memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, situated in the place where he was cremated after his assassination in 1948. Built in black marble and surrounded by lawns where an eternal flame burns, it is a popular pilgrimage spot for locals, foreigners and VIPs alike, who flock here to pay homage to the Father of the Nation.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As a sign of respect, visitors are required to take off their shoes before approaching the memorial.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    • Place of Tribute. 08/29/2015
    • Silent & well decorate 08/29/2015
    • Raj Ghat
    Address:
    Mahatma Gandhi Road
    New Delhi
    India
    Other:
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    Chandni Chowk
    Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Puneet A Says:

    Chandini Chowk (meaning moonlit market) was built in the 17th century by Emperor Shah Jehan. Over the years, it has evolved into the largest wholesale market in India. It's a great spot for all travelers interested in Indian food, clothing, spices, souvenir-shopping — as well as those who simply want to experience the maddening and boisterous charm of the old city.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Thrifty Traveler
    Tips
    • Dariba Kalan is known for its pearl, gold and silver jewelry.
    • Gulab Singh Johri Mal, established in 1819, is a well-known manufacturer and exporter of attar (natural perfumes).
    • Kinari Bazaar is the best place to buy zari and zardozi trimmings and tinsel.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Old building and new people 08/29/2015
    • Chandani Chowk Old Delhi 08/29/2015
    • Chandni Chowk
    Address:
    Chandni Chowk
    New Delhi 110001
    India
    Phone:
    9311807071
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    Swaminarayan Akshardham
    Monuments & Statues, Religious Sites, Gardens
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    Puneet A Says:

    A serene temple complex outside of New Delhi, Swaminarayan Akshardham is a true architectural marvel and one of the most peaceful and beautiful man-made structures the city has to offer.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A must-do here is the boat tour in a Venice-style gondola.
    • Allow at least 3-4 hours to complete your visit.
    • Go in the evening to enjoy the musical fountains.
    • The complex is free to enter.
    • There are some great vegetarian eating options at the small "food court" within the complex.
    • The shop here is a good spot to pick up religious souvenirs and good-quality incense.
    • Be prepared for a rigorous security check at the entrance.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 353 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • it can be in the top 5 places to visit in delhi 08/30/2015
    • Simply amazing! 08/30/2015
    • Swaminarayan Akshardham
    Address:
    N. H. 24
    Near Noida Mor
    New Delhi
    India
    Phone:
    +91 99117 88187
    Price range:
    $250 - $250
    Other:
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