See and Do in Delhi
Delhi is daunting but delightful – built on seven ancient cities, the present day metropolis takes in all of them and a lot more. The city is vast and the mantra for expats looking for ways to spend a weekend in Delhi, which works well both for those on a short-term stay and for those settling, is to try to plan one major outing every day.
Take advantage of outdoor pursuits from October to April; May and June tend to be very hot and July and August make up the monsoon season.
Recommended sightseeing in Delhi
This gigantic tower soars 238 feet (72m) into Delhi’s skyline and was built between 1193 and 1369 as a symbol of Islamic rule in Delhi. The tower is inscribed with calligraphy verses from the Koran and vantage points where breath-taking views can be enjoyed.
One of Delhi’s most famous attractions is the Red Fort, or Lal Quila as it is locally known. The red stone structure is a reminder of the wealth and rule of the Mogul Empire who presided over the area during the 17th century.
A fine example of Mughal architecture, Humayun’s Tomb is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal and houses the remains of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. The grounds are also worth a visit as they include monuments such as the Tomb of Isa Khan.
A city park located in New Delhi and spread over 90 acres, Lodi Gardens is home to Mohammed Shah's tomb, as well as those of Sikander Lodi, Shisha Gumbad, Bara Gumbad and many architectural works dating back to the 15th century.
India Gate is the war memorial located alongside the Rajpath on the eastern edge of New Delhi's 'ceremonial axis'. This is a spectacular memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the undivided Indian Army who died in the period during the First World War.
This Baha'i House of Worship which was completed in 1986 is notable for its stunning flowerlike shape. This is the movement's main temple on the Indian subcontinent and has become a prominent attraction in the city.
The National Gandhi Museum
This modern, interactive museum features a rich collection of original relics, books, journals, art pieces and memorabilia closely connected with Mahatma Gandhi and the Indian Freedom Struggle.
National Gallery of Modern Art
For art lovers, a museum that features works from the 1850s and onwards. An impressive permanent collection, as well as a number of temporary exhibitions on show.
Kiran Nadar Museum
Established as an initiative of the avid art collector Kiran Nadar, this museum showcases a range of modern and contemporary art for India and the surrounding sub-continent.