See and Do in Delhi
Delhi is daunting but delightful – built on seven ancient cities, the present day metropolis takes in all of them and a lot more. The city is vast and the mantra for expats looking for ways to spend a weekend in Delhi is to try to plan one major outing every day.
Take advantage of outdoor pursuits from October to April; May and June tend to be very hot and July and August make up the monsoon season.
Recommended sightseeing in Delhi
One of Delhi’s most famous attractions is the Red Fort, or Lāl Qila as it is locally known. This distinctive red stone structure is a reminder of the wealth and rule of the Mughal Empire that presided over the area during the 17th century.
A fine example of Mughal architecture, Humayun’s Tomb is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal and houses the remains of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. The grounds are also worth a visit as they include additional monuments such as the Tomb of Isa Khan Niyazi.
India Gate is a spectacular archway built as a memorial to the more than 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died serving the country in various wars from 1914 to 1931, including World War I.
This Baha'i House of Worship is a distinctive figure in Delhi, known for its stunning flowerlike shape. One of the most visited buildings in the world, this is a must-see.
National Gandhi Museum
This fascinating museum features a rich collection of original relics, books, journals, art pieces and memorabilia closely connected with Mahatma Gandhi. Included are personal items ranging from Ghandi's walking stick to his urn and the bullet that killed him.
National Gallery of Modern Art
Perfect for art lovers, this museum that features artworks from the 1850s onwards. It is home to an impressive permanent collection of 14,000 works as well as a number of temporary exhibits on show.