The historic capital of India is a juxtaposition of old and new, filled with decorative monuments and religious structures that point to the country’s many powerful empires and dynasties, as well as the hustle and bustle of a modern, metropolitan city.
Divided into Old Delhi and New Delhi, this city offers a vibrant and culturally rich travelling experience. However, with so many incredible places to visit on your tour of India, chances are you’ll only be able to spend a short amount of time here.
As such, here are the things you must see when spending 48 hours in Delhi.
For Early Risers: Take a Walk in Lodhi Gardens
If you’re one of those people who likes to get up early and make the most of the day, then you’re going to want to head to Lodhi Gardens. Also referred to as the Lodi Gardens, this area is home to a range of monuments including 15th and 16th century tombs of Indian rulers from the Lodi era. Stretching for 90 acres, this beautifully landscaped garden is the perfect place to take a walk in the cooler morning temperatures.
For Local Shopping: Visit Dilli Haat
A bazaar that showcases local crafts, food and textiles, Dilli Haat is a sensory experience, offering a riot of colour, heady aromas and the sounds of busy market traders. Here you’ll find sellers from every part of the country, in a plaza that covers more than 6 acres. The vendors here rotate every couple of weeks, meaning it’s a great place to find unusual and authentic items.
For History Lovers: The Red Fort
This fort is an absolute must for history lovers. Dating back to the 17th century, while it may not be India’s oldest monument, it’s an impressive and eye-catching structure. Constructed during the era of the Mughal dynasty, it was built from sandstone and marble. As you can probably guess from its name, the fort has a red hue, making its arches and columns even more dramatic (and Instagram worthy).
For Incredible Architecture: Humayun’s Tomb
Ask someone to name a famous landmark in India and they’ll probably say the Taj Mahal. But did you know that Delhi has a similar – although smaller – structure? Built in the 16th century, Humayun’s Tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring domed ceilings and geometric design, it’s believed to have inspired the Taj Mahal.
With so many amazing things to do and see in Delhi, it can be hard to narrow down your itinerary. From the breath-taking Lotus Temple, to the unusual Sulabh Museum of Toilets, there’s something for everyone. Just make sure you also add these four to your list.