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Visit Delhi

Not one city, but eight, are found layered around this legendary capital of India – home to ancient tombs, bombastic forts and inspirational temples.

New Delhi is a metropolis with layers. Eight of them to be precise, each representing one of the cities, ancient to modern, established over the long millennia of its existence. The amazing thing is that, despite all that looking back to the past, New Delhi continues to create itself anew, with temples and business parks, chowks and mono-rails. History, it seems, won't stand still in this increasingly prosperous city of 22 million.

That's especially the case with the city's spiritual attractions. Three immense temple complexes have sprouted in Delhi's fertile soil of late. The elegant grace of the Lotus Temple – a Bahai temple – is one of most beautiful. The nearby Hare Krishna complex, the Iskcon Temple, competes with it, for bold and busy splendour. Its three tall red-and-white towers stand over a vast courtyard with a museum, performing arts centre and a renowned vegetarian restaurant.

And if biggest is best, the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple trumps them all. It has a mammoth cinema, extravagantly lit water-show, and an educational peacock-boat ride. The Qutub Minar is the tallest bricked-minaret in the world, and next to the first mosque built in India.

New Delhi itself is the last of the eight layers of Delhi; a city reshaped by the British in the early 20th-century.

Visit the grand Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan), originally built for the British rulers of India, but which became a beacon for India's democracy in 1949, on independence. This behemoth of a building is the largest residence for a head of state in the world. A more elegant, and perhaps inspirational, dome, though, is to be found in the eastern end of town.

Here, close to the Yamuna River, is Humayun's Tomb, built for the early Mughal emperors. It is 450-years old, and was India's first garden tomb. Many think it provided the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. Tombs are found scattered all around Delhi. Lodhi Garden has a particularly fine set, with its quiet gardens home to those of the 15th century Sayyid and Lodhi dynasties. They are the only buildings left from that era.

The Mughals, by contrast, left plenty of bold monuments around Delhi, a city they ruled for three centuries – none more iconic than the Red Fort. Its massive curtain walls manage to be both brooding and elegant, hiding an unsurpassed collection of Mughal palaces and mosques. Their jewelled treasures may have been lost in history's often tumultuous swirl. But Delhi itself hasn't. It's a city that has been stirred, shaken, but never vanquished by history. And a city where faith – of whatever flavour – remains its founding stone.

Where to stay in Delhi

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Connaught Place

4/5Very Good!(32 area reviews)

Feel the beating heart of New Delhi as you shop in boutiques, snack at street food stalls or simply watch the urban rush in this business and commercial hub. 

Connaught Place

Top hotels in Delhi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport
Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport
5 out of 5
Near Mahipalpur Extension NH 8, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
NZ$151
per night
Jan 25 - Jan 26

This family-friendly New Delhi hotel is located in South West, within 1 mi (2 km) of Worldmark and Aerocity. Nelson Mandela Road and Jawaharlal Nehru University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,212 reviews)

"Quiet room! And easy transfers to the airport—which I used both ways. Very comfortable, attractive room. Surprisingly good food from room service."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport
Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport
Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport
5 out of 5
Asset Area 12, Hospitality District, Aero City, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
NZ$161
per night
Jan 24 - Jan 25

This family-friendly New Delhi hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Worldmark and Central Mall. DLF Emporio Vasant Kunj is 4 mi (6.4 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,459 reviews)

"Superior service - airport free pickup with rep outside of baggage claim, quick drive to hotel, fast and good check-in, great luggage handlers, all staff friendly. Immaculate and comfortable room, quiet, plush beds. About seven minute drive to terminal three."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jan. 2020

Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport
Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi
Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi
5 out of 5
19, Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
NZ$271
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

This family-friendly New Delhi hotel is located in the historical district, within 2 mi (3 km) of India Gate and Rashtrapati Bhavan. Jama Masjid and Lodhi Garden ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,006 reviews)

"Excellent location, we were made to feel welcome and received an upgrade which was a lovely surprise!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2020

Shangri-La's - Eros Hotel, New Delhi

Popular things to do in Delhi

Chandni Chowk
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Chandni Chowk

4/5(17 reviews)

Feel the tempo of Indian bazaars, then relax in one of several peaceful houses of worship in this central Old City marketplace. 

Jama Masjid
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Jama Masjid

4.5/5(15 reviews)

Visit this eye-catching red-stone structure to experience New Delhi's rich Muslim culture and savor an architectural landscape that is as grand as it is detailed.

India Gate
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India Gate

4.5/5(24 reviews)

India’s national monument features an eternal flame, a popular park and excellent views of the stately Rajpath.

Red Fort
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Red Fort

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Here is where the Mughals ruled Delhi for three centuries, home to fabled treasures and a pearl mosque – all enclosed in its long red walls.

Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple
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Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Big in scale, impressive in detail, and overloaded with attractions, this temple has everything you might expect from an epic Hindu temple – and some you might not.

Qutub Minar
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Qutub Minar

4.5/5(11 reviews)

The first Muslim kings built a towering minaret, here on the site of an ancient temple where Hindu and Islamic ruins are now irrevocably mixed and merged.

Top activities in Delhi

Plaza Premium Lounge at Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Indira Gandhi International Airport

NZ$32

Plaza Premium Lounge is a calming space for travellers to relax before their take-off. In addition to comfortable seating, delicious spread of food and beverage, complimentary Wi-Fi and charging stations, travellers are welcomed to enjoy and refreshing shower to enhance your travel experience.

Small-Group Delhi Food Walking Tour
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Small-Group Delhi Food Walking Tour

NZ$104

This delicious Delhi food tour begins with a bit of local culture. Hop on a cycle rickshaw, one of the most colourful methods of transportation in Delhi, and pass through the city’s picturesque colleges and universities, stopping at an ancient Hanuman temple.

Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi
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Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi

NZ$45

03:00 AM - Pick up from your hotel in Delhi / Gurgaon / Noida and also from Airport. Drive to Agra enjoy 3 hours of peaceful ride in your own Private Air Conditioned Car. 06:00 AM - You will arrive Agra, you will meet your Tour Guide and then you will proceed to visit Taj Mahal.

Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour by Express Train from Delhi
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Private Taj Mahal & Agra Tour by Express Train from Delhi

NZ$156

Ride the train to Agra round-trip from Delhi to experience the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah (Baby Taj) in one day. Your local guide shares two UNESCO World Heritage sites and other highlights while traveling in an air-conditioned vehicle with your private driver.

Jaipur Full Day Private Tour from Delhi - All Inclusive
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Jaipur Full Day Private Tour from Delhi - All Inclusive

NZ$81

Embark on a private full-day tour from Delhi to Jaipur by comfortable air conditioned Car.Jaipur, a city famous for its monuments, grand forts and colorful streets. Visit the massive Amber Fort, the Palace of the Breeze ,the Water Palace,Jantar Mantar and City Palace, the royal residence of the King.

Golden Tingle Tour (delhi agra jaipur) by car
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Golden Tingle Tour (delhi agra jaipur) by car

NZ$332

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Golden Triangle India Tour Jaipur Agra, NVG-3 Nehru Place Tonk Road Lal Khoti Jaipur, Near Polish Head Quater, Lalkothi, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302015, India See some of India's most iconic cities on this comprehensive 4-day Golden Triangle tour.

Reviews of Delhi

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Well Delhi looked much greener than previous years . Maybe the rain has settled the dust or the Govt. has done somethings good . But it was a surprise to me. The tree cover has increased around the roads.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Better than we expected and very good transport options. good shopping both Indian and brand name shopping.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 8, 2020

Travel was very easy by taxi and metro ignoring the usual traffic at times.

2/5 - Disappointing

Kawal

Jan 3, 2020

Polluted!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 12, 2019

Ok

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Dec 4, 2019

The extreme pollution made the overall experience unpleasant and stressful. The roads are chaotic and dangerous and you can’t go anywhere without being hassled and harassed. There is disturbing and highly visible poverty almost everywhere.

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