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Must-visit places in Old Delhi

Delhi, the one-stop destination

Delhi is the capital city of India and surly a well-known destination for visiting. Delhi is a city that accommodates multiple cultures, traditions, and people from all corners of the world. That's what makes Delhi a happening city. A pure culmination of modernism and traditions, well-balanced. Especially, the major charm of Delhi lies in Old Delhi.  Bustling streets with colorful bazaars, spice markets, historical spots, and much more.

  1. Explore the lanes of old Delhi.
  2. Old Delhi represents authentic India.
  3. Visit forts and havelis.
  4. Explore historical structures.

Red Fort, the marvelous fortress

The first and foremost sightseeing destination you must visit when in Delhi. It is indeed an evergreen attraction of Delhi. It will make you travel back in time with so much fascinating history and grand architecture. It especially showcases the Mughal style of architecture mixed with Islamic, Timruid, and Persian. Red Fort is a living testimony of enduring major destructions. Timings for the red fort are 9:30 am to 4:30m and closed on Mondays, entry fees are 35 INR for Indians and 500 INR for foreigners.

Due to its iconic importance, now Red Fort is on the list of UNESCO heritage sites. So much of historical values and architectural importance. There are multiple things to see at Red Fort. Such as Lahori Gate, Delhi Gate, Chatta Chowk, Mumtaz mahal, rang mahal, hira mahal and more. Also, another key point is light and sound shows. There are different times for Hindi shows 7:30 to 8:30 pm and for Engish 9 to 10 pm, each 60 mins show.

  1. Explore the red fort complex.
  2. Witness the intricate artworks.
  3. Indulge in learning historical facts.
  4. Spot for national flag hoisting.

Jama Masjid, the largest mosque

Jama masjid is a very well-known place of worship, in old Delhi. Also, the most magnificent one. It has a huge space that accommodates almost 25,000 devotees at once. The structure and design highlight the royalty of Shah Jahan. The entire architecture is made up of marble and sandstone. The indo- Islamic architecture will blow away your mind. Jama masjid is adorned with two minarets, three arched gates, and three domes. The whole appearance is so extravagant.

Today the mosque is open to visitors as well as worshippers. We highly recommend you visit during the month of Ramadan and Eid. During the evening time, the whole area is jam-packed, filled with devotees and visitors. Jama masjid is illuminated and adorned like a bride. The timings for the visit are 7 am to 12 pm and 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm. During prayer time visitors are not allowed.

  1. Make special viist to minarets.
  2. Make sure to dress modestly.
  3. For photography, there are minimal costs.
  4. Maintain decorum.

Chandni Chowk, the gem of old Delhi

Chandani Chowk is the heart of Delhi. A market filled with vivid colors, dark alleys, filled with shops. Narrow streets filled with wholesale markets for sweets, clothes, electronics, and much more. Also, this market is also called the moonlit market. Exploring Chandni Chowk is the best way to rediscover Delhi. It is generally quite crowded. Also, make sure to try out some renowned street delicacies of Old Delhi.

The timings are 10 am to 7 pm except Mondays. You must visit Nai Sarak for books shopping, Chawri Bazar for wedding shopping, Visit Dairba Kalan for jewelry shopping, especially gold and silver. You must also visit the biggest thrift market. You can find a huge variety of clothes, optics, books, electronics, and spices at a throwaway price. 

  1. Eat at Parathe wale gali.
  2. Take permission before clicking photographs.
  3. Bargaining is the key here.
  4. Also, make sure to remove your shoes whenever enter the shop.

Humayaun’s tomb, the grand Mausaloeum

Humayun’s tomb is one of the most extravagant first garden tombs in the nation. This was constructed in the 16th century. It is also known as Maqbara-e-Humayun. Well, it is one of the best architectural wonders. It reflects the mixture of Mughal architecture and English-style gardens. Also, this tomb served as a refugee camp during the time of partition.

Humayun’s tomb is listed among the UNESCO heritage sites today, due to its cultural and historical significance. You must explore the tomb and its premises. You should visit the mosque and tomb of isa khan, the rest house of the Arab Sarai, the cenotaph, and many more. The timings of Humayun's tomb are 6 am to 6 pm every day. The entry fees are 30 INR for Indians and 500 INR for foreign nationals.

  1. Relax in the Garden complex.
  2. Visit Nila Gumbad.
  3. One of the best places for photography.
  4. Explore 16th-century arts and visuals.

Must things to do in Old Delhi

You must go on a food walk in Chandni Chowk. One of the most iconic locations in Delhi for hot piping parathas. You can try multiple vegetarian authentic food and lassi here. Especially, if you're a non-vegetation-lover, you must explore the lanes of the Jama masjid. All varieties of kebabs, chicken delicacies, Mughal food, and sweets are here.

Next, you must visit the old Delhi temples and mosques. Even there is a very old Jain temple. You must visit Digamber Jain temple which is opposite Red fort. Also, you must not miss Gurudwara sis Ganj sahib. Especially, must try the Langer served at Gurudwara. Lastly, shop at Chandni Chowk.

The spices market in Chandni Chowk is a must visit. Lakhs of Tours come here to experiment and purchase authentic Indian spices. Also, Chandni Chowk is the best place for shopping, especially for weddings. This place also has great options for booking, at the Daryaganj book market. You must get things in bulk. You will be satisfied.


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Frequently Asked Question

Q1. What is the best time to explore Old Delhi?

A1. We highly recommend winter months from October till March.

Q2. What are the things you can do in Old Delhi?

A2. You can go shopping, try out authentic cuisines, and explore the lanes of old Delhi.

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