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New Delhi Off the Beaten Path

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The culture, history, and rich heritage of the New Delhi will take days to explore. With so many heritage sites in the ancient city, many travelers forget to visit the relics of Delhi’s past — the monuments, the old tombs, the famous gardens — all reigning from the days of various sultans and emperors. Delhi offers its visitors multitude of options to discover and explore. These lesser-visited treasures are well worth seeking out.

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  • History Buff
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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10 Places

Red Fort (Lal Quila)

Castles, Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest

Purana Qila

Historic sites

Hauz Khas Village

Neighbourhoods

Humayun's Tomb

Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Gardens, Landmarks & points of interest

Feroz Shah Kotla Fort

Ancient ruins

Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Historic sites

Qila Rai Pithora

Monuments & statues

Nehru Museum & Planetarium (Teen Murti Bhavan)

Historic sites, Speciality museums

Agrasen ki Baoli

Monuments & statues

National School of Drama

Landmarks & points of interest

Puneet A's City Tips

  • Take a "Hop On, Hop Off," or "HOHO," bus, which connects many sites and colorful shopping market. You can choose between a one-day or two-day pass.
  • Black- and yellow-roofed city taxis are available, but make sure they agree to run by meter. Radio taxis are also available, but they are expensive.
  • Be very mindful of your belongings. Avoid getting distracted buying items peddled on the street, and be aware of the route a taxi driver is taking.
  • Avoid tight clothes — wear something loose and comfortable. It not only reduces stares but also makes you feel comfortable and respectful.
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    Red Fort (Lal Quila)
    Castles, Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Puneet A Says:

    Old Delhi, founded by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, is also known as 'Shahjahanabad.' At its center is the Red Fort complex, a mixture of Indo-Islamic and Mughan architecture. Check out the Diwan I Aam (Hall of Public Audience) and Shahi Burj (Emperor’s Personal Library). The nearby Jama Masjid is the largest congregational Mosque in Asia.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • There is a light show held each evening (7:30-8:30pm), which tells the story of the fort complex.
    • Food vendors in Chandni Chowk serve up a delicious assortment of Delhi street food. Do not miss tasting the famous chaat.
    • The fort is closed on Mondays, and the market is closed on Sundays.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 221 attractions in New Delhi
    • Great place, unfortunately it was under renovation 03/03/2015
    • A historical trip 02/03/2015
    • Red Fort (Lal Quila)
    Address:
    Red Fort
    Near Diwan-i-Khas
    New Delhi
    India
    Other:
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    Purana Qila
    Historic sites
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    Puneet A Says:

    The Purana Qila fort, also known as 'Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid' offers a lot of history with a dash of serenity. Built in the Lodi style with Hindu, Afghan, and Mughal architectural influences, the fort is the site of three cities of Delhi: Dinpanah, Sher Garh, and Indraprastha.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • There is no place to buy food in the fort. It is advisable to carry food and water.
    • Don't miss the Sound and Light Show: Jets of water create a captivating display in the nine pools in front of the steps.
    • You can walk to the nearby Nila Gumbad, Delhi Zoo, India Gate, and Nizamuddin’s Shrine.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 221 attractions in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This fabulous fort has so much to offer in terms of history and architecture. A must visit while in Delhi. 27/02/2015
    • Archeological site - away from tour bus route! 23/02/2015
    • Purana Qila
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    Hauz Khas Village
    Neighbourhoods
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    Puneet A Says:

    If you are looking for designer stores and the coolest cafes and locales to dine out, then you should definitely visit the ultimate Hauz Khas Village (HKV), a shopping mecca and hangout that also happens to host incredible street parties.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Try out Flipside Cafe and Kumzum for fresh coffee or tea, along with free WiFi.
    • Try the fresh cake baked in Elma’s bakery, or eat at Grey Garden, Naivedyam, or Gunpowder.
    • Enjoy the HKV on one of their celebration nights, when the narrow alleys are lit and there is music everywhere, setting up an atmosphere of a mini Diwali.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 221 attractions in New Delhi
    • Made my Night Out... 01/03/2015
    • History meets contemporary 27/02/2015
    • Hauz Khas Village
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    Humayun's Tomb
    Architectural buildings, Historic sites, Gardens, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Puneet A Says:

    Humayun's Tomb is one of the architectural wonders built by the Mughals, and is considered to be the blueprint for the Taj Mahal. This garden tomb, built in the Mughal Char Bagh style, with Persian architectural influences, was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Humayun’s Tomb is also home to a number of roadside eateries, including the Sweet Corner and Nathu's in Sunder Nagar Market, both offering traditional Indian sweets.
    • Check out Karims at Nizamuddin's for delicious kebabs.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 221 attractions in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A photographer's delight 03/03/2015
    • Beautiful architecture 02/03/2015
    • Humayun's Tomb
    Address:
    East Nizamudhin
    5 km (3 mi) southeast of Connaught Pl.
    New Delhi
    India
    Phone:
    9971767692
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    Feroz Shah Kotla Fort
    Ancient ruins
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    Puneet A Says:

    The Feroz Shah Kotla Fort complex is now a protected monument controlled by Archaeological Survey of India. It includes the mosque Jami Masjid, Hawa Mahal palace where the Ashokan Pillar is mounted, and a Baoli (water temple), among other crumbling remains of the fort. On Thursdays, it becomes a ceremonial spot: People bring incense and make wishes in hopes that they will be granted by the 'djinns' (mythological creatures) believed to live here.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Many places to eat here! Try the nearby Karim Hotel, Ghantewala sweet shop, food stalls near Jama Masjid, Paranthewali Gali, and many roadside food stalls in Meena Bazaar.
    • Visit the nearby Khuni Darwaza, Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Salimgarh Fort, St James Church, and Rajghat.
    • Do not forget to shop in the nearby Chatta Chowk (traditional and contemporary jewelry and handicrafts) and Chandni Chowk (curios, souvenirs, silver, and glass bead jewelry).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #70 of 221 attractions in New Delhi
    • Fort where special place was given to Ashokan Pillar, about 2500 years old. 18/12/2014
    • Visiting Djinns! 20/09/2014
    • Feroz Shah Kotla Fort
    Address:
    Ferozabad
    New Delhi
    India
    Other:
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    Mehrauli Archaeological Park
    Historic sites
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    Puneet A Says:

    This park is home to some of the most atmospheric relics of Delhi, including over 70 monuments and ruins built between the Sultanate period to the Mughals, and even Balban’s tomb. It is an early fusion of Indo-Islamic architecture, remarkable for the first use of the 'true dome.'

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Visit the nearby UNESCO heritage site, Qutab Minar.
    • The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH) offers heritage walks of Old Delhi and Mehrauli Archaeological Park on weekends.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 221 attractions in New Delhi
    • Beautiful quiet park 25/02/2015
    • Beautiful Architecture!! 25/02/2015
    • Mehrauli Archaeological Park
    Address:
    Mehrauli on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
    New Delhi
    India
    Other:
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    Qila Rai Pithora
    Monuments & statues
    Puneet A Says:

    The citadel of Lal Kot, the first red fort of Delhi, was founded by Tomar Rajput and then expanded as Quila Rai Pithora by Prithvi Raj Chauhan. It is now in ruins, but you can see several intricately designed gates and magnificent towers. The most important towers are Ghazni, Sohan, and Ranjit.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The ruins can be seen along the Badarpur-Qutab, Delhi-Qutab, and Mehrauli-Qutab roads.
    • Try the food joints in Vasant Kunj Market and a number of roadside food stalls near the Qutab complex.
    • Visit the nearby UNESCO heritage site Qutab Minar, and others like Alai-Darwaza, Quwwatul-Islam Mosque, Iron Pillar, Alai Minar, Tomb of Iltutmish, and Imam Zamin's Tomb.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #168 of 221 attractions in New Delhi
    • A Hidden place of history 26/12/2014
    • A whiff of history... 10/12/2014
    • Qila Rai Pithora
    Address:
    Press Enclave Marg
    Near Lado Sarai
    New Delhi
    India
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    Nehru Museum & Planetarium (Teen Murti Bhavan)
    Historic sites, Speciality museums
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    Puneet A Says:

    Nehru Planetarium or Nehru Tara mandal is built in the memory of Jawarharlal Nehru, and situated at his earlier official residence.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • A number of shows are held here, each running for a duration of 30 to 40 mins. The show timings of Nehru Tara Mandal are 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:00pm and 4:00pm.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #67 of 221 attractions in New Delhi
    • OK for a short trip 24/02/2015
    • good 12/12/2014
    • Nehru Museum & Planetarium (Teen Murti Bhavan)
    Address:
    Teen Murti Marg
    New Delhi
    India
    Phone:
    11 301 3765
    Other:
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    Agrasen ki Baoli
    Monuments & statues
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    Puneet A Says:

    Agrasen's Baoli (Agrasen ki Baoli), or water tower, consists of 103 red stone steps. The Baoli was originally built in the Mahabharat period by Maharaja Agrasen, and rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • The Agrasen Ki Baoli in Delhi is considered haunted — it's number 10 on the list of 10 most haunted places in India.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #39 of 223 attractions in National Capital Territory of Delhi
    • Another treasure buried in dilapidation 28/02/2015
    • Best baoli or stepwell in Delhi. It is next to Connaught Place. 24/02/2015
    • Agrasen ki Baoli
    Address:
    Hailey Road, K.G. Marg
    India
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    9:00 - 23:00
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    National School of Drama
    Landmarks & points of interest
    Puneet A Says:

    The National School of Drama is an internationally renowned theater school. You can catch a play here in the evenings.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go at least two hours in advance to grab tickets before they sell out.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • National School of Drama
    Address:
    Bahawalpur House, Plot No. 1, Bhagwandas Road
    New Delhi
    India
    Phone:
    011-23382821
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