Major tourist destination for years with visitors pouring from all the four corners of the globe, yet India is all but easy to travel, and its capital makes no exception. This is why a small guide about the places to visit in Delhi in 48 hours peppered with some tips and tricks on how to make it easy is definitely something you want to carry with you the whole time during your short trip to the Indian capital.
If you are staying in Delhi for a longer period, say a month, your best bet is to rent an apartment instead of staying at a hotel for a long time. You can find good deals in areas such as Lajpat Nagar, Bhogal and Defence Colony with fully furnished flats, two (sometimes three) bedrooms and bathrooms, living room, kitchen and air condition for about 700/800 USD per month including gas and water, while electricity is usually on you (electricity is charged counting KiloWatts, make sure at the end of your stay the landlord or real estate agent count it properly!). If you rent for more than a month, it’s cheaper.
To get around the tourist places in Delhi, I recommend using the public transportation for three good reasons: no need to bargain (haggling can become exhausting!), it’s way less expensive and much faster. A metro card will cost you 150 rupees, 50 of which are the deposit that will be refunded to you when you leave and give the card back, and 100 are for the traffic. Google map can come in very handy also for bus routes.
With a huge choice of places to visit in Delhi, sightseeing for only two days can be overwhelming.
This is why I picked the sites I have enjoyed or that I consider worth visiting, such as beautiful Humayun’s Tomb, or restaurants worth trying, such as Sagar Ratna in Defence Colony. As the tourist places in Delhi are many, obviously not all of them made it to our 48-hour guide.
For example, I left out Dilli Haat, even though shopping lovers can’t miss it. If you are in the lookout for some handicraft from the subcontinent, this is definitely one of the places you should include in your sightseeing in Delhi. Here you will find textiles, bags, paintings, decorations of all types and also many small restaurants. It’s a closed area and entrance fee is 60 rupees.
There are also tourist places in Delhi that I haven’t managed to visit but that might be worth a stop. One of these is Akshardham, or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex, entirely devoted to Hindu spirituality and Indian culture. It attracts thousands of visitors every day, some foreigners but especially locals. Inside this temple you can’t take anything, no phones, no cameras, so you will have to leave all your belongings in their lock room. I haven’t visited but it sounds pretty amazing as the complex features also a water show, documentaries, a thematic garden and three exhibitions.
Among the places to visit in Delhi, one that I didn’t manage but would have loved to see was the Garden of Five Senses. Park with interactive activities, different garden styles, rock sculptures, hundreds of varieties of plants and different paths and nature walks to follow, this is a soothing green and silent break from the hectic Delhi city life.
Like the rest of India, also the capital boasts a long past. If you manage, try to visit at least some of the historical places in Delhi, such as Qutub Minar, also spelled Qutb Minar or Qutab Minar, and British-era Lodi Gardens, a park that hosts ancient tombs, gardens and a lake.
Alongside tourist and historical places in Delhi, our guide features restaurants we liked during our stay, places where we wandered and also chilled out, nice shopping streets and ways to enjoy the best that Delhi has to offer.
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