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How to Spend 1 Day in New Delhi

How to Spend 1 Day in New Delhi

With its crumbling old forts, stately Mughal-era tombs, and vibrant markets, India’s sprawling capital city offers nearly an unlimited amount of experiences, exploration, and enjoyment. You could spend months here, but if you only one day in the city, here’s how to make the most of your time.

Morning: Experience Old Delhi

Start your day off with a visit to Old Delhi, known for its traditional markets and beautiful historical sites. Don’t miss the imposing Jama Masjid—one of India’s largest mosques—and the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Red Fort (Lal Qila), a gargantuan red sandstone complex that once served as the seat of the Mughal Empire. Don’t leave the area before hitting up Chandni Chowk, a charmingly hectic old market with everything from traditional wedding garb to fragrant spices on display. The area is best explored on foot or from the comfort of a traditional bicycle-pulled rickshaw.

Afternoon: Discover the Best of New Delhi

After exploring Old Delhi, head south to the area known as New Delhi, home to a mixture of wide, tree-lined avenues, vibrant markets, and myriad temples, plus a couple of top-notch UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Start with a trip to Humayun’s Tomb, one of the earliest examples of Mughal architecture, before making your way down to the Lotus Temple, aka the Baha’i House of Worship. From here, head to the nearby ISKCON (Hare Krishna) Temple, stopping for a buffet lunch at the on-site Govinda’s restaurant. Then head over to the UNESCO-listed Qutub Minar, with its 12th-century tower and gorgeously preserved ruins, or to Dilli Haat, an open-air handicrafts market featuring souvenirs from across India.

Night: Explore Central Delhi or See a Sound and Light Show

Spend your evening exploring Connaught Place, the de facto “downtown” of Delhi and its surrounding area. Don’t miss a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the city’s biggest Sikh house of worship, which is beautifully illuminated in the evenings, or shop for handicrafts in the Janpath market. Stop for dinner or drinks at one of the numerous restaurants and bars in Connaught Place. Alternatively, head back to the Red Fort in Old Delhi or to the expansive ruins of the nearby Old Fort (Purana Qila), both of which offer regular sound-and-light shows in Hindi and English.

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Delhi Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour by HOHO Bus

Delhi Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour by HOHO Bus

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Experience the sights, sounds, and scents of one of India’s most diverse cities on this super saver bus tour. Travel the city at your own pace and for a 1-day pass that grants access to several key sites throughout Delhi. Listen to onboard commentary through the bus' speakers, then use the downloadable app when you hop off to explore points of interest. Shop for handmade items at the Central Cottage Industry Emporium or tour the National Gallery of Modern Art. Explore Embassy Lane, the Red Fort, or Humayun’s Tomb on this easy-to-customize tour that’s suitable for any type of traveler.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$9.10
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Private Full-Day Tour visit Old and New Delhi with Rickshaw Ride

Private Full-Day Tour visit Old and New Delhi with Rickshaw Ride

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See the highlights of Old and New Delhi on a private full-day tour. See landmarks including Jama Masjid, India Gate, and UNESCO World Heritage-listed Qutub Minar Tower, and go shopping at a bazaar before your tour ends with hotel drop-off.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$56.00
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$56.00
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 Private City Tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi

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Private City Tour of New Delhi and Old Delhi

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Get a comprehensive tour of Old and New Delhi for you and your private party on this full-day excursion. With a private guide in the lead and all transportation provided, it will be easy to cover all of the city's highlights, which may include historical sites from British rule, ancient Indian heritage, and Mughal influence. Along the way, enjoy undivided attention from your guide and the ability to ask questions.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$36.26
$40.00
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Private Delhi Tour: Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar and Dilli Haat

Private Delhi Tour: Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar and Dilli Haat

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Explore some of the city’s most noteworthy attractions on this private New Delhi sightseeing tour. Your expert guide highlights aspects of the diverse culture and rich history on this half-day experience. Make stops at Bahai Temple (known as the Lotus Temple by locals) and the UNESCO-listed Qutub Minar—two of Delhi’s most famous architectural wonders. Then wander through Dilli Haat, an eclectic bazaar that showcases Delhi’s savory cuisine and handicrafts.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$50.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Custom Tour of Delhi's Markets

Private Custom Tour of Delhi's Markets

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New Delhi’s markets are a vibrant maze of color and culture, but exploring them alone can often feel overwhelming. See the best of three major shopping markets on a private tour that allows you to customize your itinerary according to your interests. Choose from 12 different markets, stay cool during air-conditioned transfers between, and relish the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off on this stress-free excursion.
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  • 6 hours
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Plan your own Sightseeing Tour in Delhi with Guide & Transport

Plan your own Sightseeing Tour in Delhi with Guide & Transport

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Create your own itinerary for a private full-day tour of Delhi led by your own local guide and driver. Travel in a private air-conditioned vehicleto take in the dynamic city, which is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Jama Masjid and the Red Fort, along with crowded bazaars such as Chandni Chowk, and much more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$41.18
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Discover Old Delhi: 4-Hour Evening Walking Tour includes Guide & Dinner

Discover Old Delhi: 4-Hour Evening Walking Tour includes Guide & Dinner

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Discover the majesty of Delhi under the ambient cloak of darkness on a 4-hour evening walking tour of Old Delhi. With a professional guide, meander through the bustling Chandi Chowk market, sprawled over an atmospheric, moonlit square, and gaze at the resplendent dome atop the Jama Masjid mosque. Browse stalls selling glittering silver and spicy street food while gaining fascinating insight into the history and culture of Delhi from your expert guide. Conclude your enriching experience with a traditional Indian meal at a local restaurant.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: 'Purana Qila’ Sound and Light show with Dinner and Transfers

Private Tour: 'Purana Qila’ Sound and Light show with Dinner and Transfers

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Enjoy a Sound and Light show at Delhi’s Old Fort (Purana Qila) on this 4-hour experience. Take your seat for the 1-hour extravaganza, and learn Delhi’s story through the lights, music, and commentary. Watch the ever-changing lasers and projections, and see the fort’s towers and walls standing bright against the night sky. Your experience includes a 5-course pre- or post-show Indian or Chinese dinner, private air-conditioned transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$59.74
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$59.74
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