New Delhi is home to some of India’s most impressive architectural landmarks. Sikh and Hindu temples stand alongside Islamic mosques and Baha’i houses of worship, together with grandiose public buildings dating back to the British colonial years.
Things to do in New Delhi
Built by the Mughal Emperor who constructed the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort is one of Delhi’s most impressive sights. It was constructed from red sandstone in the 17th century and includes covered bazaars and grand halls, as well as beautiful gardens.
Opposite the Red Fort stands the largest mosque in India, Jama Masjid, with the capacity to accommodate more than 25,000 worshippers in its courtyard. The floor was created from white and black ornamented marble to appear like a Muslim prayer mat, with the best views on offer from the top of its minaret.
Among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Delhi is Humayun’s Tomb, which appears like a prototype for the Taj Mahal. It was built to house the remains of the second Mughal emperor, with an additional tomb dedicated to Isa Khan Niyazi, an Afghan noble of the Suri dynasty.
Want an authentic Indian shopping experience? Visit Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi, one of the city’s oldest and busiest markets. It’s divided into smaller markets, such as Fatehpuri for textiles and clothing and Dariba Kalan for silver and gold jewellery.
Getting around New Delhi
Indira Gandhi International Airport is 25 minutes’ south-west of New Delhi, while buses and trains connect the city with destinations across India. The Delhi Metro is the most efficient and comfortable means of getting around New Delhi, and rickshaws are available on most street corners.