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Mercy Jacob Feb 24 2014

What to do on a 1 day trip tour to New Delhi?

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Here is the list of some not to miss places when you are on a 1 day tour trip to Delhi, which is now a metropolis of over 16 million people and home to a number of globally famous attractions. So, its time to plan your day well in advance to get the real essence and flavour of this hustling and bustling city. Come and take a look:

Old Delhi:

Chandni Chowk

The fascinating array of goods from wholesale bangles to biryani, pearls to paper, golgappas to gold, motor parts to mithai... make Old Delhi a great window shopping and photo-taking zone. Try Dariba Kalan, the jewellery market that Nadir Shah plundered in 1739. It remains a much sought-out bazaar for silver jewellery. Gulab Singh Johri Mal near Katra Mohan is the oldest ittar shop in Chandni Chowk. Kinari Bazaar, off Dariba, is tinsel town for wedding finery. Katra Neel is a souk-like saris hub. Then there is the famous Parathe Wali Gali where you can get a variety of stuffed parathas and believe us when we say that you will simply love the experience as well as taste. However, if you are thinking of heading to this place, make sure you start early as it gets very crowded as the day passes by.


Photo of a shop in Chandni Chowk (by Bahnfrend)

Red Fort & Jama Masjid

The Mughal city’s best preserved portions are the buildings in the Red Fort (Lal Qila), named after the red sandstone from which it is built, and the Jama Masjid, one of the popular historic monuments in Delhi. Even now, the Red Fort buildings can make your senses reel under the cumulative impact of marble, pietra dura, gilded pillars, delicate carvings, and the realisation that much of this was once inlaid with gems. The building that literally rises above the splendour of the Lal Qila is Shah Jahan’s Jama Masjid (1656), once the largest mosque in Asia, set on an elevated mound reached by an ascent of some 35 steps, and said to be the finest example of the three-domed Mughal mosque. It is recommended that a visit to both these monuments can be clubbed when you plan to explore the Old Delhi area as they are located there only.



Photo of Red Fort (by Alex Furr)

Address: Netaji Subhas Road, Chandni Chowk, Delhi (You can get down either at Chandni Chowk or Chawri Bazar metro station to reach here).


Central Delhi:

Connaught Place & Janpath

New Delhi’s famous colonial-era circular market (officially Rajiv Chowk, but more popularly called CP) is the city’s ultimate open-air mall. You’ll find designer labels — in clothes, shoes, accessories, jewellery — galore here. Janpath, a famous shopping place, is located in close proximity to Connaught Place. It is the haunt of tourists for ethnic chic. Most shops have an assortment of kurtas, T-shirts, skirts and scarves. There’s footwear, woodcraft, faux jewellery and curio shops. It is recommended that if you are planning to spend some time exploring CP, you must head to Janpath for an ultimate shopping experience. And to add, you can also visit the memorial, India Gate, one of the famous attractions in Delhi, which is located nearby.


Photo of Connaught Place (by Carlton Browne)


Address: Connaught Place, Delhi (The nearest metro station is Rajiv Chowk)


South Delhi:

Qutub Complex

Housing a number of attractions, the highlight of Qutub Complex is Qutub Minar, which started by Aibak but finished by Iltutmish, his son-in-law. Then there is Iltutmish’s tomb and madrasa and Iron Pillar of Mehrauli which are located inside the premises itself. It is recommended that when you are here, don't forget to take a look at the above mentioned places in addition to the famous Qutub Minar.


Photo of Qutub Minar (by Cool sneh13)

Address: Qutub Complex, Mehrauli, Delhi (The nearest metro station is Qutub Minar and you can take an auto to reach here.)
Entry Fee: INR 10 (Indian) & INR 250 for foriegners and no entry fee for kids below 15
Timings: Sunrise to sunset

Dilli Haat

Under the open sky, little kiosks of faux jewellery, paintings, fabrics, saris, pottery, furniture, souvenirs... sit cheekby-jowl with others, showcasing bidri work from Karnataka or pashmina from Kashmir. At the far end, the food bazaar buzzes with activity. Sometimes, dancers sway to the rustic rhythm of a garba dhol. Welcome to Dilli Haat, Delhi’s permanent handicrafts bazaar and one of the famous shopping destinations in city. Opened in March 1994, the village-style look of the haat creates just the right setting for the many shopping-and-dining festivals held here, with at least one event per month.


Photo of Dilli Haat (by reverses)

Address: Sri Aurobindo Marg, West Kidwai Nagar, Delhi (The nearest metro station is INA)
Entry Fee: INR 15
Timings: 10:30 am to 8:00 pm

Hauz Khas Village

An ethnic-designer shopping centre in the midst of an urban village, these narrow streets have art galleries, faux antique shops, genuine designer clothes and authentic cow pats! You find antique furniture and artefacts; old books, maps and lithographs and Western clothing in traditional Indian motifs and fabrics. Hauz Khas Village also houses the remains of Tomb, Madrasa and a tomb among other attractions.


Photo of Feroz Shah Tomb at (by Nvvchar)

Address: Aurbindo Marg, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi, India
Entry Fee: No entry Fee
Timings: 6:00 am to 11:00 pm (all days of the week)

All the above mentioned attractions fall on Metro lines so you won't have that much trouble in getting to these places. South Delhi also has some happening nightclubs as well which are worth visiting, especially when you are a party person.

With so much to explore in just 1 day trip tour to New Delhi, please don't forget to check out some fabulous restaurants in the city for a delightful culinary experience altogether.

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