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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

Delhi featuring markets and shopping as well as a small group of people

Connaught Place

4/5Very Good!(35 area reviews)

Spend some time visiting places like Gurudwara Bangla Sahib while getting to know Connaught Place, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Shivaji Stadium Station or Patel Chowk Station to see more of the area.

Connaught Place

Top hotels in Delhi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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
The price is NZ$79 per night

This family-friendly New Delhi hotel is located near the airport, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Worldmark, and within 6 mi (10 km) of DLF Emporio Vasant Kunj and DLF ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,031 reviews)

"very good place to stay, very friendly staff, can feel their smiling face even through then mask and face shield."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jul. 2020

Holiday Inn New Delhi International Airport
Hyatt Regency Delhi
Hyatt Regency Delhi
5 out of 5
Bhikaiji Cama Place Ring Road, New Delhi, Delhi N.C.R
The price is NZ$145 per night

This family-friendly New Delhi hotel is located in the business district, within 3 mi (5 km) of Hauz Khas Complex, Embassy of Japan and South Extension 2 Market. ...

4.1/5Very Good! (601 reviews)

"Great service, friendly staff, very clean, the in-house WhatsApp service is spot on and bespoked - was helpful to get a taxi booked and waiting for you as you arrive from your room to the lobby."…"

Reviewed on 19 Feb. 2020

Hyatt Regency Delhi
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
The price is NZ$112 per night

Located near the airport, this family-friendly hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Qutub Minar, Sarojini Nagar Market and Lodhi Garden. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (994 reviews)

"Great place to stay near the Airport, Front Desk & Restaurant staff make you feel welcome."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2020

Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport

Popular places to visit in Delhi

Chandni Chowk
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Chandni Chowk

4/5(19 reviews)

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

India Gate
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India Gate

4.5/5(26 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(25 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(12 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.

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.

Top activities in Delhi

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

NZ$363
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
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$315
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Taj Mahal & Agra Private Day Tour from Delhi- All Inclusive
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Taj Mahal & Agra Private Day Tour from Delhi- All Inclusive

NZ$311
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi
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Taj Mahal & Agra Fort: Private Sunrise Tour from Delhi

NZ$175
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Private Same Day Agra Tour with Lunch from Delhi
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Private Same Day Agra Tour with Lunch from Delhi

NZ$402
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Kedarnath Yatra Tour Package
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Kedarnath Yatra Tour Package

NZ$713
Per adult

Reviews of Delhi

3.7

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
25
5 - Excellent 19.53125%
4 - Good
60
4 - Good 46.875%
3 - Okay
29
3 - Okay 22.65625%
2 - Disappointing
9
2 - Disappointing 7.03125%
1 - Terrible
5
1 - Terrible 3.90625%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

15 Apr. 2020

Dirty, smelly, lacking in infrastructure. You get fed up with all the scams and people trying to take advantage of you, its a horribleexperience. Go elsewhere

4/5 - Good

Rav

22 Feb. 2020

It’s a city of contrasts. Go with an open mind and you’ll love it.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

28 Jan. 2020

Always be on your toes in the built up areas of New Delhi, there are many people looking to scam the unsuspecting foreigner. If you keep your wits about you, all will be fine.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 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 traveller

8 Jan. 2020

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Jan. 2020

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

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