Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple, New Delhi

Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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This architectural wonder looks like an enormous lotus blossom, reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House. Too bad the interior isn't even worth a look.
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Rajiv Jois
Bengaluru, India4 contributions
Nov 2021
Monday to Saturday 8am - 5pm (Sunday Closed)

Lotus Temple is one of the iconic places in Delhi. It is a must visit place for every tourist visiting Delhi. We visited it on Sunday and was disappointed to see that the weekly holiday is changed to Sunday (Many online sources say that it is closed on Monday). We had to come back on another day for the visit

Prayer hall is also closed till further notice due to the covid restrictions.

You can take the Delhi Metro to reach Kalkaji Mandir station. Take the Gate No.2 exit which is around 250 mts walk to the Lotus Temple entry gate

The entry is free to the campus and the main hall is around 300 mts from the entry gate. The lawns and landscaping around, is very beautiful and will walk you till the main hall.

You can roam around the campus, go close to the temple, click pictures and relax for sometime. But you are not allowed to go inside the hall.

Washrooms are near the entrance and there is no washroom near the hall or information centre. Please make sure you ask for the proper information before you enter.

Please make sure you visit in the morning as soon as possible just to make sure the crowd is less and you avoid long queues & waiting time.

There are a few local eateries (not so clean) and vendors selling beverages like coconut water, tea, soda etc etc... But there is no proper restaurants around the temple or the Metro station
Written December 1, 2021
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Sharad_Ind
Ajmer, India117 contributions
Mar 2022
The weather was hot and my visit experience was made worse due to weekend. There was a long queue of people waiting to enter the premises.

The structure looks stunning with lush gardens surrounding it. There is no entry fee but you cannot take eatables inside. Water bottles are allowed.

You are allowed only to take a round of the building from outside as the gates are locked for public entry. May be this was due to the huge crowd gathered.

The only place where you can have some relief from the scorching sun is the little shade outside the closed building gate. There are no benches to sit. You may sit on floor though before making all the way back to outside.

Avoid in summer especially if you are travelling with family. If you are still too keen, just look it from distance and that will be good enough.

There is no decent option outside for a quick meal. The snacks being served outside by the street vendors looks unhygienic and unhealthy in such weather. Paid parking is available.
Written March 21, 2022
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riishabhz
New Delhi, India16 contributions
Apr 2020 • Family
The lotus temple is one of the must go places in Delhi. It is not a temple but place for meditation. There is parking space available and also washrooms. The guide fees could be up to Rs. 300. There is no need to remove shoes and there could be long queues especially on weekends. The structure is magnificent and more beautiful than in photos, which must be experienced with eyes and felt by heart. There are lot of food stalls outside and the place is easily reachable even by metro.
This is one of the best things that we can enjoy. Baha'i religion made this temple for people from every religion so they can come here and have a peaceful moment. It is beautiful and well managed. There is no extra add on or conditional charges, not even entry fee. There is a multiple shops of foods and beverages outside the temple's gate, so you don't have to worry or carry anything. The atmosphere here is clean and fresh, although there will be crowd so deal with it. Pickup your vehicle and go take a visit, keep an open mind and you will be amazed.
Written April 25, 2020
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Vivek
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Family
Place is good but security staff is very rude. Food is not allowed inside. Visitors will come to know that food is not allowed only at temple entrance gate so it's disappointing. Security staff throw food in dustbin . Also the way security staff tells visitors that food is not allowed inside is very disappointing and rude. Seen visitors arguing with staff because of security staff rude behaviour. Women security personnel is very rude. If some visitor is short tempered, then visitor person will definitely argue with security staff because security staff is very rude. Security staff can tell and guide people in more polite manner. 1 star for rudeness of security staff and I will never visit again. If someone wants to lose their self esteem, then they can come as security staff will make you realise that you are just nothing for them.
Written November 27, 2021
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AirborneSpoon
Cary, NC11 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
The Lotus Temple is located on clean and well kept grounds, clean is the key word here because not all places in India are clean and kept. There is also a small but informative museum on the temple grounds alo with souvenir and food stands directly off the grounds. All in all its a quick 1 hour visit with nothing to see but an interesting temple and green grounds.
Written April 28, 2022
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AZCasualTraveler
Mesa, AZ1,831 contributions
Nov 2019
The Lotus Temple is a gem in New Delhi with its ultra-modern design in a country known for its many colorful ancient structures. This temple of worship is supposedly be open to all - regardless of religion or any other qualification. The architecture has been described to resemble a lotus flower which is does very much so.
When visiting the Lotus Temple be prepared to join the many other tourists who had come to see this beautifully designed building. The Lotus Temple has been listed in many publications as being among the most visited buildings in the world.
Written March 13, 2020
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annehA4231CL
Cardiff, UK72 contributions
Feb 2020
My son had been here before and recommended to us. This time he had his two year old daughter. The design is reminiscent of the Sydney opera house and the pools around it are so delightful. A very calming and spiritual place. We arrived early in the morning and access in was easy though it got much busier as we were leaving. It is free to get in. The temple is very striking. It was difficult managing a two year old so would not stay long but a pleasant walk through the grounds.
Written March 23, 2020
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SalimM
London, UK1,741 contributions
Dec 2019
This temple is built in shape of a lotus flower hence the name. There was a huge queue to get in. It is free but the security check ask for cigarettes and lighters not to be taken inside. There is a bin to throw things in. The structure itself is at the far end and a long walk along meticulously tended gardens. You have to take off shoes to get inside. There is facility to put them in bags and leave them outside, you get a token to collect them on your way out.
So you get a small talk before you go in with emphasis on silence and meditation. So some people walk in and straight out as there is nothing but benches to sit and contemplate. Most visitors believe there is something to see inside and are somewhat disappointed when they get there. There is a water pool on both side but during our visit it was empty being repaired.
Personally I did not think it was worth walking all the way to the structure.
Written February 7, 2020
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Mattias
3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Go at a time when Chanti is held. We came just before 3 in the afternoon and got to sit inside this great building and audience a beautiful Chanti, held only four times a day and closed on mondays, with birds coming to participate as usual in the chanting, eccoing through the majestic ceiling, which if lucky you get to hear the stories from one of the volunteers, explaining its architectural backstory of why it is formed as a Lotus flower. Enough talk - go experience guys.
Written January 13, 2020
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,338 contributions
Mar 2020
Visited the Lotus Temple as a part of our Golden Triangle tour. This facility was constructed between 1980 and 1986 to celebrate the one religion, one ruler
philosophy of the Bahia Religion. Have temples in eight countries at this time and will build one more in keeping with their feeling that nine is their sacred number. 11 million ‘visitors last year, surpassing the Taj Mahal with only 9.4 million. Lotus is the national flower of India.
Written April 16, 2020
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