5 sights to see in Delhi ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Here are 5 sights to see in Delhi, the capital of India and a city that is home to a population of nearly 19 million people.

Delhi offers some amazing sites to see, an amazing public transport network (which I’ll talk about later) and sadly there is a lot of poverty, which breaks my heart to see. There are people living under the flyovers in the middle of 2 lanes of busy traffic without even a tent while others have erected make shift tents and sheets on the edge of the pavement on quieter seat. I wish there was something I could do.

Delhi is full of wild cows (cow is sacred) and it is amazing to watch a cow stroll casually down a busy street. Have that camera ready!

I have seen locals using the streets as a public toilet and this is common all over idea. Wear trainers.

I feel that the best way to see everything in Delhi is to book a tour or hire a guide. Check out my Handy Travel Apps page for different apps including group and private tours, city guides and free walking tours.

Delhi

1. The Red Fort

This red (who would have guessed?!) historic fort can be found in the centre of Old Delhi and is now partly occupied by the India Army.

Construction of the fort started in 1638 and was finished in 1648. It was designed as a palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan when he decided to move the country’s capital from Agra to Delhi.

On 15th August 1947, the day India gained independence from England, the Indian flag was first raised (first to be raised in the country) above Lahori Gate, which is the main entrance to the Red Fort. Now, every year on Independence Day, the Prime Minister will raise the flag from the same gate and deliver a speech from the fort ramparts that is broadcast nationally.

The Red Fort Delhi

2. Chandni Chowk

At 300 years old this is Delhi’s oldest and biggest market and perhaps the busiest! The narrow streets are crammed with rick-shaws, tuk-tuks, vans, motorbikes and cars and in the middle of this bulls are pulling carts down the streets and seem to be very calm, despite all the noise!

There are monkeys looking down at the street from raised ledges, waiting for their chance to grab some food or something that looks interesting so hang on tightly to what you are holding!

This is a spice and fabrics market along with a few souvenirs and knick -knacks and it is amazing just sniffing in that spicy aroma in the air. I visited just before the festival of Diwali and one street only sold fireworks! I was pleased to not that safety steps had been taken and there were fire buckets and extinguishers outside all the shops.

If you are an animal lover, avoid the chicken street. I was very upset to see live chickens stuffed into dirty and cramped cages and being peddled at ยฃ1ยฑ

Top Tip: Go to the top of a building for a bird’s eye view (ask your guide) and then take a rickshaw through the bustling, winding streets to take it all in

Chandni Chowk
Delhi
Delhi

3. Lotus Temple

This is a beautiful temple set within the heart of Delhi, but you wouldn’t notice as it is so quiet and peaceful. A nice change from busy, noisy Delhi!

The temple is made from 22 giant white petals that are made of marble that are built in the shape of an unfolding lotus flower, springing from 9 pools to symbolise the 9 unifying spiritual parts of the Baha ‘I faith.

Top Tip: You must take your shoes off to enter, keep an eye on them!

Delhi

4. India Gate

Set in beautifully kept gardens, India Gate (formally known as the All India War Memorial) is located near the Parliament building.

It is an arch commemorating the 70,000 soldiers who lost their lives in World War 1 during 1914-1918. There is an eternal flame dedicated to the soldiers that burns beneath the arch.

Top tip: Keep an eye out for snake charmers with Kind Cobras who wander through the gardens! If you don’t like snakes, head the other way if you spot someone holding a wicker basket and earring a recorder like instrument.

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5. Connaught Place

This is the business and financial hub of Delhi and features a ring of Georgian-style buildings that house international chain stores, cinemas and restaurants. A good place to sit and watch the world go by.

Close by is Janpath Market where you can find saris and embroidered bags. The underground bazaar is also close by but beware. It is smoky and dirty and like an underground maze. This bazaar sells everything from knock off DVDs, watches and other electronics to sunglasses , material and clothes. Apparently this bazaar is frequently raided by the police for stolen goods.

Top Tip: Don’t forget to haggle!

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Transport

Metro – I found this to be the best way to travel around Delhi. The metro stretches to all 4 corners of the city and each stops costs approximately 1 pence.

Each train will have 1 or 2 women only carriages and as a girl travelling in India I found this to be safe and reassuring. At night, security guards will get on at random stations to check that no men are in the women only carriages.

Each station has security where you have to go through a meta scanner yourself and put your bag through a separate one. All very well organised and well signposted.

Top Tip: Download the Delhi metro app to your smartphone

Car – I would only recommend this if you have booked a tour. I found the driving to be very scary (as a passenger) and these were the rules of the road that I picked up:

Have your hand on the horn at all times. Swerve in and out of traffic and never stick to a lane. Stop in the middle of the road whenever you want as it doesn’t matter if there are vehicles behind you and try to go in the same direction as everyone else. Don’t stop for pedestrians, just do your best to avoid them and if the traffic lights are on red then this usually meant to stop but you can carry on if you want to!

C.King

Brit girl on a bummel. A solo female traveller accompanied by her camera, aiming to see as much of the world as possible and sharing what she's learnt along the way!

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