18 Monuments & Historical Places in Delhi for Tourist

Are you excited to explore Delhi?

Here is a perfect guide, which contains information about all the points that you cannot miss from your trip.

Here are the 18 place that you must visit are:

1. the Red Fort - Pride Of Mughal Dynasty

Delhi Red fort

Also Known As Lal Quila/Kila

The Red Fort Complex was built as the residential palace-fort of Shahjahanabad – the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan.

Named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone, it was built in 1648.

The private apartments of the royals consist of a row of rooms connected by a continuous water channel, known as the Nahr-i-Behisht (Stream of Paradise). The Red Fort is considered to represent the zenith of Mughal creativity which, under Shah Jahan, was brought to a new level of refinement.

The architectural elements are typical of the Mughal style, reflecting a fusion of Persian, Timurid and Hindu traditions to Red Fort’s innovative planning and architectural style, including the garden design. This strongly influenced later buildings and gardens in Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and further afield.

On each subsequent Indian Independence Day, the prime minister of India hoists the national flag and gives a speech that is broadcast nationally.

Timings

  • 09:30 AM-04:30 PM.
  • Closed On: Mondays.

Average Visit Duration : 2.5 Hours.

Entry Fee

Indians – INR 10/- per person.

Foreigners – INR 250/- per person.

Best Time To Visit : October to March.

2. India Gate – India’s Largest War Memorial

delhi india gate

Also Known As Delhi War Memorial, All India War Memorial

The imposing structure of India Gate is an awe-inspiring sight and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arch of Constantine in Rome.

It is the national monument of India and this 42-meter tall historical structure was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Dedicated to 82,000 Indian and British soldiers who died during the First World War and the Third Anglo-Afghan War, this monument has the names of 13,300 servicemen inscribed on its surface. It was completed in 1931. The India Gate also houses the Amar Jawan Jyoti, which symbolizes the eternal, immortal soldiers of India.

Timings & Tickets

  • 7:00 AM-Midnight.
  • Entry Fee : Free

Average Visit Duration : 1.5 Hours

Distance & Location

Nearest Metro Station : Khan Market

Distance from Delhi airport : 14 Km

Address : Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Best Time To Visit : Evenings, 07:00 PM-09:30 PM; throughout the year.

Must visit : National Gallery of Modern Art

3. Qutub Minar – Majestic Stone Structure

india delhi qutub minar

Also Known As Qutub/Qutab Minar

Delhi’s Qutub Minar is a five-story structure constructed over four centuries under multiple rulers. It was originally commissioned by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, who was the founder of the Delhi Sultanate, around 1192 to portray his victory.

The minaret is named after him; although he wasn’t able to build it beyond the first story. 

His successor, Iltutmish added three more floors to the structure in 1220

In 1369, its top story suffered damages due to lightning, which was then reconstructed by Firoz Shah Tughlaq. He added the fifth and final story to the tower while the entrance to Qutub Minar was built by Sher Shah Suri.

In 1803, the tower suffered severe damages due to an earthquake. A pillared cupola on the top was installed by Major Robert Smith of the British Indian Army, in 1828. Hence, came a sixth story. 

This cupola was removed later and reinstated next to the minaret.

The Qutb Minar is 73 meters tall, with a base diameter of 14.3 meters narrowing down to 2.7 meters at the top. 

The structure also includes a spiral staircase of 379 steps in the interior. 

Timings

Time : 7:00 AM-05:00 PM

 Visit Duration : 2.5 Hours.

 Closed : Mondays

Best Time To Visit : October to March.

Entry Fee

Indians – INR 30/- per person.

Foreigners – INR 500/- per person.

Free for children below 15 years.

Distance

Nearest Metro Station : Qutab Minar

Distance from Delhi airport : 13.8 km

Address : Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

More to see in the Qutb Complex 

  • Iron Pillar of Chandragupta II, which never rusts
  • Tomb of Iltutmish, who was the second ruler of the Delhi Sultanate
  • Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, a magnificent monument
  • Alauddin Khilji’s tomb
  • Alai Minar, the unfinished victory tower of Khilji
  • Ala’i Darwaza, a domed gateway to the mosque from the south side
  • Smith’s Folly, the cupola that was once installed on top of the tower
  • Sanderson’s Sundial, a sundial designed in white marble
  • Tomb of Imam Zamin, who was a Turkestani cleric.

4. Jantar Mantar – World’s Largest Sundial

new delhi jantar mantar

Also Known As Sundial

It is an equinoctial sundial, located in the Parliament Street, south Connaught Circle of New Delhi. 

It was built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the year 1724 and forms a part of a collection of five such observatories located in Jaipur, Ujjain, Varanasi, and Mathura.

The prime motive of the observatory was to gauge and collate the astronomical charts, and to estimate the time by tracking the movements of the planets, moon and the sun. 

The functionality is impressive even in this era.

There are 4 main instruments in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar namely;

(1) Misra Yantra

(2) Samrat Yantra

(3) Jaiprakash Yantra

(4) Rama Yantra

TIMINGS

Time : 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Visit Duration: 2 Hours.

Best Time To Visit : October to March.

tickets

Indians – INR 15/- per person.

Foreigners – INR 200/- per person.

location

Nearest Metro Station : Patel Chowk

Distance from Delhi airport : 13.6 km

Address : Sansad Marg, CP, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

5. Akshardham Temple – Experience A Holy Visit

akshardham monument

Also Known As Swaminarayan Akshardham.

Completed in 2006 under Pramukh Swami Maharaj, it is an epitome of Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. 

Akshardham Temple is a famous Hindu temple and a spiritual-cultural complex.

Also known as Swaminarayan Akshardham, it is dedicated to Lord Swaminarayan. 

Akshardham has made its way to the Guinness Book of World Records as the World’s Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple.

This complex does not hold a temple alone. It has a water show, a theme garden, hall of values, IMAX film of Swaminarayan’s life, cultural boat ride and much more.

TIMINGS

Time : 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM.

Average Visit Duration: 1-2 Hours.

 Closed : Mondays

TICKETS

Entry Fee : Nil. 

The separate fee to view exhibitions.

LOCATION

Nearest Metro Station: Akshardham Stn.

Distance from Delhi airport : 22.2 km

Address : Noida Mor, New Delhi, Delhi 110092

Best Time To Visit : Throughout the year; 5 PM-8 PM as Akshardham is well lit up and the water show is held only during that time.

CAMERAS, MOBILE PHONES, KNIVES, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, SMART WATCHES, CHEWING GUMS, ETC. ARE NOT ALLOWED INSIDE PREMISES. IT IS BEST TO LEAVE THEM BACK AT HOME TO AVOID WASTE OF TIME DEPOSITING THEM IN LONG QUEUES, AT THE RESPECTIVE COUNTERS.

IT IS IDEAL TO BE DRESSED IN FULL CLOTHES, ALTHOUGH THE TEMPLE OFFERS A LONG CLOTH TO COVER EXPOSED PARTS OF THE BODY. 

Carrying money is allowed inside.

The complex also comprises of eateries and food court which offer sumptuous food at affordable prices!

6. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara – Offer Prayers

india delhi gurudwara bangla sahib

Also Known As Bangla Sahib, formerly Jaisinghpura palace.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is a prominent house of worship for the Sikh community and a popular tourist spot in Delhi.

This 17th-century shrine is dedicated to the memory of Guru Har Krishan, who was the eighth Sikh Guru.

The Gurudwara draws attention due to its magnificent structure, architectural beauty, and the large water body aka ‘Sarovar’ located within the complex, which has beautiful fishes inside!

The Langar (free food for the community) and the Kadha Prasad (a devotional offering made to a god, typically consisting of food that is later shared among devotees) are delicious!

TIMINGS

  • Open 24 Hours.
  • Langar Hours : 9 AM – 3 PM & 7 PM – 10 PM.
  • Visit Duration: 1-2 Hours.
  • Best Time To Visit : Throughout the year.

ENTRY FEE

Entry Fee : Free 

location

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk, Rajiv Chowk.

Distance from Delhi airport: 13.0 km

Address: Ashoka Road, Hanuman Road Area, C.P, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

7. Lotus Temple – Experience The God

lotus temple delhi india

Also Known As Bahai House of Worship.

Lotus Temple is a notable monument famous for its intriguing lotus-like structure.

The temple has won several awards and recognitions for its style of building, the concept of religion and beauty. It is one of the most visited monuments in the world. 

As you enter the complex of the temple, you encounter an entrance gate, beautiful floral gardens, and scintillating pools, which take you into a whole new experience of serenity.

No lectures, spiritual meetings or casual entries are allowed inside the temple. Musical prayers are conducted by instruments from time to time.

timings

  • 09:00 AM–05:00 PM.
  • Closed on Mondays.
  •  Visit Duration : 45 Mins – 1 Hour.
  • Best Time To Visit : Throughout the year.

tickets

Entry Fee : Free

location

Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir Stn.

Distance from Delhi airport: 16.4 km

Address: Lotus Temple Road, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Bahapur, New Delhi, Delhi 110019

8. Humayun’s Tomb – The Garden Of Tombs

humayun's tomb delhi entry fee timings

Also Known As: Humayun ka Maqabra, Maqbara-i-Humayun.

It is the first garden-tomb in Asia and this splendid piece of architecture was commissioned for construction by Humayun’s chief consort Empress Bega Begum in the year 1569-70.

The monument is built with red sandstone, rubble masonry, and marble. It is decorated with lattice screens. 

Though the Emperor died in 1556, it wasn’t until 1565 that the construction of the monument began. After seven years of construction, the tomb and the surrounding Charbagh Garden were completed in 1572. 

The design of Humayun’s tomb has a typical Mughal architecture with Persian influences and was conceptualized by Persian architect Mirak Mirza Ghiyath.

This mausoleum is also home to the remains of many other Mughals, including his wives, son, and descendants of the later Emperor Shah Jahan, as well as numerous other subsequent Mughals.

Interestingly, Humayun’s favourite barber was also given a place (Nai-ka-Gumbad), the royal barber’s tomb in the graveyard upon his death! 

timimgs

Time: 10:00 AM-06:00 PM.

Visit Duration: 1.5 Hours

Best Time To Visit: 3-5 PM; all through the year.

tickets

Entry Fee:

Indians – INR 10. 

Foreigners – INR 250.

location

Nearest Metro Station: Race Course or Jorbagh Stn.

Distance from Delhi airport: 17 km.

Address: Mathura Road, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

9. Jama Masjid – India’s Largest Mosques

india delhi jama masjid

Also Known As Masjid-e-Jahan-Numa

Shah Jahan commissioned the Jama Masjid in the walled city of Shahjahanabad (or Old Delhi as it is known today), which was the capital of the Mughal Empire during his reign.

The construction of the mosque began in 1644 and went on for twelve long years before it was completed in 1656.

More than 5000 workers were engaged in the construction work, supervised by Saadullah Khan, the prime minister of the Emperor.

timings

  • 7:00 AM–12:00 PM.
  • 1:30 PM –6:30 PM.

Average Visit Duration: 1 Hour.

tickets

Entry Fee : Free.

Rs. 300 for photography.

location

Nearest Metro Station: Jama Masjid Stn.

Distance from Delhi airport: 18 km.

Address: Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi

Best Time To Visit: All through the year;

Before noon and between 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

The most important prayer is held right before sunset between 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM and you may want to visit at this time if you are planning to take part in the Namaz offerings.

Non-Muslims not allowed inside during Namaz offerings.

10. Purana Quila – Old Fort

old fort delhi

Also Known As Purana Qila

Purana Qila, the famous historical monument in Delhi was raised by Humayun in the year of 1533.

The capital city of the Humayun Empire was found to be situated within this fort.

Qila-i-kuhna Mosque still stays alive among the remains of the fort and stands as a symbol for portraying the thirst of the Muslim rulers in the Lodi architectural styles. The walls which guard the fort, project for about one and a half kilometre outwards till the Pragati Maidan.

It is also believed that the king Humayun met his end by tumbling down the steps of his library within the fort. 

timings

Time: 10:00 AM–05:00 PM.

Average Visit Duration: 2-3 Hours.

Best Time To Visit: October to March.

tickets

Indians: Rs. 10

Foreigners: Rs. 250

Rs. 20 for Photography.

location

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan Stn.

Distance from Delhi airport: 13 km.

Address: Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

11. Raj Ghat – Take A Stroll

gandhi smriti delhi

Also Known As Mahatma Gandhi Memorial.

Raj Ghat is a memorial that is dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. 

It is a place where the Father of the (Indian) Nation was cremated followed by his assassination in the year 1948.

Gandhiji’s philosophy is projected through pictorial and sculptural means, at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial museum. 

This place was not solely the cremation spot for Mahatma Gandhi, but also for other noted personalities such as Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, KR Narayan, and Lal Bahadur Shastri.

A prayer is held every Friday, the day Mahatma Gandhi took his last breath at Rajghat. 

timings

 Time: 06:30 AM–06:00 PM.

Average Visit Duration: 45 Mins – 1 Hour.

Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

tickets

Entry Fee: Free

location

Nearest Metro Station: Delhi Gate Stn.

Distance from Delhi airport: 18.6 km

Address: 5 Tees January Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110011

12. Hauz Khas Fort – Take Scenic Shots

delhi hauz khas complex

Also Known As HKV

The Hauz Khas Village (popularly known as HKV) in South Delhi is an urban hangout hotspot as well as a heritage site that traces its roots to the Delhi Sultanate. 

The site features a reservoir circumferenced with beautiful buildings, a mosque and a well-maintained garden around.

The view of the site is picturesque at dusk and dawn!

There are remnants of Islamic architecture roughly blended with splotches of urban culture. 

Hauz Khas Village is also known for its electric nightlife with countless cafes, bars, and pubs, featuring several restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques alongside.

The cafes around have impressive food to offer and the place adds bass and beats to its vibe during the night.

timings

  • 10:30 AM–07:00 PM.
  • Restaurants open till 11:00 PM.
  • Pubs open till 1 AM.
  • Average Visit Duration: 2-6 Hours.
  • Best Time To Visit: Throughout the year.

tickets

Entry Fee: Free

location

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas Stn.

Distance from Delhi airport: 11.6 km

Address: Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi

13. Lodhi Gardens – Heritage Amidst Nature

lodi tomb dellhi

Also Known As Tomb of Sikandar Lodi

It is the tomb of the second ruler of the Lodi Dynasty, Sikandar Lodi.

It situated in New Delhi, India. The tomb is situated in Lodhi Gardens in Delhi and was built in 1517–1518 CE by his son Ibrahim Lodi.

Enclosed within a raised fortified complex, with two dome-shaped Chhatris (umbrella-shaped domes) at the main entrance, the octagonal mausoleum sits in the middle of a large garden.

The housing space is ringed by a wide veranda with lightly carved pillars placed at measured intervals.

The compound outside has an open-air mosque built into the western wall with a paved platform for holy men to offer prayers for the soul of the sultan.

timings

 Time: 6:00 AM–08:00 PM.

Average Visit Duration:1 Hour.

Best Time To Visit: October to March.

tickets

Entry Fee: Free.

location

Nearest Metro Station: Jorbagh or JLN Stn.

Distance from Delhi airport: 14.3 km

Address: Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003

14. Agrasen Ki Baoli – Take In The Beauty

agrasen ki baoli new delhi

Also Known As Ugarsen Baoli

It is located on Hailey Road, Connaught Place in Delhi, India, in the vicinity of Jantar Mantar. 

This ancient step-well is among a few of its kind in Delhi, consisting of 103 steps made of red stone.

The Baoli was originally built by Maharaja Agrasen, in the Mahabharat era, and later rebuilt by the Agrawal community in the 14th century, most probably during the Tughlaq period.

The occurrence of supernatural activities is a controversial topic.

Also, many people have tried to commit suicide here.

The loud and shrill cry of the bats definitely adds up to the evil reputation of the Baoli and may play a role in increasing eeriness inside the monument.

timings

  • Khirki Mosque: 09:00 AM–05:30 PM.
  • Average Visit Duration: 1 Hour.

tickets

Entry Fee: Free.

location

Nearest Metro Station: Barakhamba Road Stn.

 Address: Hailey Road, KG Marg, near Diwanchand Imaging Centre, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

15. Tomb Of Safdarjung – Experience History

Safdarjungs Tomb

Also Known As Safdarjung Ka Maqbara.

Built in 1754, during the reign of Mughal Emperor Ahmad Shah Bahadur, the tomb is dedicated to the Shah’s Prime Minister- Safdarjung.

The mausoleum built by Safdarjung’s son Shuja – ud – Daula, is one of the very last specimens of Mughal architecture and signifies the downfall of the dynasty as a whole. 

The garden tomb is built in a fashion similar to that of ‘Humayun’s Tomb’, and also houses several pavilions, a madrasa and a library at the entrance. 

timings

Time: 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM.

Average Visit Duration: 1-2 Hours

tickets

Indians: 15 INR 

Foreigners: 200 INR

location

Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh Metro Stn.

Address:  Airforce Golf Course, Delhi Race Club, New Delhi, Delhi 110021

16. Nizamuddin Dargah – Pray

Delhi Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin

Also Known As  Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah.

It was built in the memory of the very famous Sufi Saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.

People from all over the country, regardless of caste and creed, visit this place to experience the tranquillity and serenity in the environment and pay respects to the saint at the dargah.

Sufi music and qawwalis are presented and people spend hours savouring the atmosphere.

Sundays and Thursdays are most crowded in the evenings for music.

timings

Time: 5:00 AM–10:30 PM.

Qawwali timing: 6:00 PM to 7.30 PM and 9:00 PM to 10.30 PM on Thursdays.

Average Visit Duration: 1 Hour.

tickets

Entry Fee: Free.

location

Nearest Metro Station: Indraprastha Stn 

Address: Boali Gate Rd, Nizamuddin, Nizammudin West Slum, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi, Delhi 110013

You could be asked for donating money in favour of the dargah (it is up to you).

Again to pay for the mandatory offerings (rose petals, scarves, etc.) to the dargah, at the shops inside.

17. Tughluqabad fort

Tughlaqabad fort

Also Known As Tughlaqabad

In southern Delhi, on the Badarpur–Mehrauli Road, stand the ruins of the Tughlaqabad fort. The site still affords a glimpse of a pre-gunpowder era medieval fort and the city it enclosed, since it is still modestly well preserved.

There is a saying that Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq advised his Sultan, Mubarak Khalji to build a fortified city on this spot. 

Building a fortified city was a costly proposition and Khalji avoided doing so.

He is said to have jokingly replied to Tughlaq to build a fort when Tughlaq was to become the ruler.

Tughlaq did become the sultan towards the end of 1320 CE and he did build a fortified city at the spot known as Tughlaqabad.

timings

Time: 7:00 AM–05:00 PM.

Average Visit Duration: 2-3 Hours.

tickets

Indians: 5 INR

Foreigners: 100 INR 

Entry free for children below 15 years.

location

Nearest Metro Station: Tughlakabad Stn.

Address:  Tughlaqabad Fort, Tughlakabad, New Delhi, Delhi 110044

18. Khirki Village, Delhi

khirki masjid

Also Known As Khidki Gaon

Once a gem in the Tughlaq city of Jahanpanah (14th century), today Khirki Village is a mammoth monumental mess, a conglomeration of dense buildings along with some strong artistic experimental art practices painted over its walls, amidst the paths of community festivals and strong artistry, led by the organization- Khoj.

Starting at Saket, just across from some of India’s biggest malls the labyrinthine alleys go all the way up to Malviya Nagar. 

Khirki is also flanked on all sides by other equally interesting urban villages like Hauz Rani and Chirag Dilli.

This walk will take you through the quaint old-world wonder of Khirki including Satpula (A dam built by Sultan Muhammad Bin Tughlaq), now turning in ruins, the Khirki Mosque when he formed the 4th city of Delhi i.e “JAHANPANAH” and finally the Sufi tomb of Shaikh Yusuf Qattal, famous Sufi saint tomb hidden in the residence of Malviya Nagar Khirki Extension!

It is also home to Arab, African refugees and their cuisines.

timings

  • Khirki Mosque: 7:00 AM–7:00 PM.
  • Average Visit Duration: 1 Hour.

tickets

Indians: 5 INR

Foreigners: 100 INR 

Entry free for children below 15 years.

location

Nearest Metro Station: Tughlakabad Stn.

Address: Khirki Extension, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110017, India

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