Where do you recommend to sightsee in New Delhi / Delhi, I only have one day to do this...
Places you could visit -
The Qutab Minar complex, which is built on the original site of Lal Kot. The Qutab is the largest freestanding red stone structure in the world and the site of North India’s first mosque. You’ll be fascinated by the stories and legends in this complex.
You could drive through New Delhi, to see the buildings that the Raj built. These buildings now symbolise democratic modern India – the President’s House, the Parliament House, and India Gate. You could also drive past the the ruins of the cities of Purana Quila and Firozshah Kotla.
Another interesting place to see is Shajahanabad (which the locals call Old Delhi), to experience the bustle of life in the Chandni Chowk area. You could visit the Jama Masjid, Delhi’s famous Friday mosque, and take a cycle-rickshaw ride through the adjoining streets to experience first hand, the heartbeat of a traditional bazaar. If you haven’t been to a Sikh temple, then go inside the Gurudwara Sees Ganj Sahib.
Since you're going to Agra, I think you should avoid
For a look at a Hindu temple, try the Birla Mandir.
There are lots more places that I could list: Raj ghat, Humayun's tomb, the National Museum - but in one day, not sure what more you can do.
I hv read many replies on Delhi but haven't seen a single recommending Lotus Temple of Delhi, as for me it beats Sydney Harbour Opera House. It seems the list isn't being updated to let the visitors know of wat all new things are on offer.
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The Lotus Temple is a good place if you want to meditate. Or if you want to admire architecture. Or learn about the Bahai faith. Delhi has so many places rich in history and culture that it is hard for me to include the Lotus Temple among the list of must-see things (JLusk has only one day)
My only concern is the impressions like these being carried back home by tourists...have a look at this reply -
Agra can be done quite easily as a day trip from Delhi. You can take the fast train (Shatabdi Express) at 06:15 in the morning and take the same train back at 20:15 in the evening, getting you back to Delhi at about 22:320. There are plenty of tour companies offering hotel pick up and delivery at train station with a meet and greet service at Agra with the use of a car,driver and guide for the day. This enables you to visit Fatapur Sikri as well as the Taj Mahal and the Fort. I recently took this trip with acompany called Informative Travel for a price of $68 per person.
Regarding shopping in Delhi, you should be aware that Delhi taxi and rickshaw drivers are generally a bunch of lying cheating conniving wasters who will do everything they can to divert you to a handicrafts emporium where they get commission. If you want to go somewhere like Connaught place, Khan market or even Karol Bagh they will tell you that "it is cvosed today" or "there is a big demonstration there today"
Actually while I am in this thread Delhi is actually a pretty nasty place generally. Firstly it is really cold at this time of year. The cold night weather leads to morning temperature inversions resulting in terrible air quality (even though it is claimed to be much better than 10 years ago due to the use of natural gas by busses and taxis). The cold weather and the pollution leads to morning fog which disrupts air traffic throughout India. Half the inhabitants (and a lot of visitors) seem to suffer from colds and chest infections.
Add to this the fact that the so called "sights" in Delhi are pretty modest. The two main attractions are the Jama Masjid mosque and the Fort. The mosque is pretty dull if you have seen any of the fantastic mosques anywhere in the Middle East and is overrun by pigeons with the usual problems. In my opinion if you have seen one red sandstone fort in northern India you have seen them all.
Delhi is also not a very pleasant place to walk. Old Delhi is a maze of narrow lanes selling everyday wares aimed mostly at Indians. New Delhi sounds nice with its wide tree lined boulevards but the distances between sights is too far to walk and the horrendous traffic at each of the (many) roundabouts involves regular life threatening incidents.Add to this the constant hassle from the aforementioned rickshaw drivers and you might want to limit your time in Delhi to the bare minimum.
Delhi's only saving grace in my opinion is that it has a clean and relatively efficient subway sysytem.
in the thread -
I think suggeting ppl to go and see Moghul-era-delhi
is causing this to happen.
For me, the Luyens-Delhi(area around connought place) is wat ppl shud stick to and if there is someone with specific interest in Moghul era, then they can visit old delhi.
My ideal list wud include Ashardham Temple & Lotus temple as well. and the old delhi part better be skipped.
The best place to visit for a tourist.
Actually, on my tours, the thing that people enjoy the most is Old Delhi. We do a walking exploration that starts at the Jain Mandir opposite Red fort, and it goes inside Dariba (silver market), Parathewali Gally (lane of parathas), kinari bazaar (wedding market), the Jain naughara (nine houses), and so on... we visit the Sees Ganj Gurudwara to understand sikhism, check out the stores, take a look at Jama Masjid, get a rickshaw ride, check out the amazing food...to me these things are what make Delhi interesting. I'm sorry if you feel ashamed of these.
I feel ashamed but the reason is not wat u think..the reason is a blatant copy-paste by ppl, misguiding ppl into all the wrong places.Have a look at this line in reply above-
"Since you're going to Agra, I think you should avoid "
Jlusk hasn't even talked about agra and the line has abruptly ended.
and let me add here that on ur tours, if u accompany them(i assume u do) then its a different experince altogether..but sent to such places on their own, is always going to be traumatic.
every city has its own blemishes be it delhi, mumbai, new york or london...atleast im being honest to ppl....
Enough said.End of discussion.
The Qutub Minar complex, Humayuns Tomb and Red Fort are the best three sights that I enjoyed, and still enjoy visiting, even though Ive been there umpteen times. The sound and light show at the Red Fort is a must if you have the time. Since you just have one day you may be better off with a sightseeing tour by private car or coach - check this site:
http://delhitourism.nic.in/ - is run by the govt., may be safer and hassle free, if you are on your own.
If you also have time for shopping, visit Delhi Haat opp. INA market for handicrafts and local flavour; Cottage Industries off Janpath - also for traditional and contemporary stuff from all over India - Janpath itself is full of stalls selling all sorts of clothing and bric a brac to tourists. Bargaining is a must.
I think India on your own can be quite a hassle...there are so many people trying to sell you things, or getting you to pay more without commensurate value.
When I set up my tour companies, the first thing I realised is that the profile of the tour guides needs to change drastically. What we need are knowledgeable cultured guides with a love for history, art and architecture, who are passionate about their city or country and who have the flair and conversation skill to showcase it. Instead, we have two-bit story tellers with no regard for authenticity, out to take tourists to the nearest store that will offer commissions.
Tourists have no idea what is in store for them, when they buy a typical car + driver tour. They get taken to places where every stone can tell a tale, but with no one to give them any insight into the essence of the land, the culture, the cuisine, the people, the attitudes. They come away "palaced out" and "forted out", with every cliche reinforced. Worse, they get insensitive renderings of our evolving cultural landscape.
The tourism industry needs a lot of shaking up, I tell you!
OK, rant over, back to my tours!