10 Amazing Historical Places in Delhi to Explore This Year




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History of Delhi can be traced back to the times of Mahabharata. The city was then known as 'Indraprastha' where Pandavas used to live. Since then, Delhi has been witnessing political turmoil for more than 5 centuries. In due course, several rulers from Khiljis, to Tughlaqs and to Mughals, all have been contributing to the city. They have dotted the city with numerous jaw-dropping attractions to dig into. From the carvings of Mughal emperors to breathtaking Islamic architecture, from the oldest Purana Quila to the latest Raj Ghat, Delhi never gives up a chance to leave an impression on its travelers.

Top 10 Historical Places in Delhi-NCR



1. Rashtrapati Bhawan


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Rating: 4.7 (based on 2969 google reviews)

Rashtrapati Bhawan, the royal residence of the President of India; this should be enough to give you a clue about the beauty of this place. Although it does not stand amongst the typical places to visit in Delhi, a visit to this grandeur will not let you down. It will make you admire the perfect amalgamation of Indian and British architecture. Four floors with 340 rooms, spreading across an area of 200,000 square feet, huge Mughal Gardens, large open spaces, guarded by bodyguards and security staff will blow your mind for sure.

The entry to this monument is restricted. However, you may get inside this place by pre-booking your visit on the official site of Rashtrapati Bhawan. Also, if you are visiting this royal place do not forget to carry your valid photo ID cards (passports for foreigners) but, avoid carrying eatables, cigarette, backpack, pan, gutka, video camera and mobile phone. However, if carrying you may submit them in the cloakrooms.

A tour to Rashtrapati Bhawan is divided into three parts:

  • Circuit 1 comprises of the Main Building and the Central Lawn. It is open on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

  • Circuit 2 comprises of The Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex(RBMC) that is open on all days of a week except Mondays. The complex comprises of the Clock Tower, the Stables and the Garages.

  • Circuit 3 comprises of The Mughal Garden and other Gardens of Rashtrapati. These gardens are made open to the public from December to February on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Entry ticket: Rs 50 per person per circuit
Location: Rashtrapati Bhawan, President's Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110004, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 4 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-04:00 PM


A tip from HelloTrippeR: If you're visiting this place do not miss watching 'The Change of Guard Ceremony'. It is a 30 minutes ceremony held on every Saturday and Sunday. For more details about the ceremony visit https://presidentofindia.nic.in



2. India Gate


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Rating: 4.6 (based on 189679 google reviews)

Your trip to Delhi or India for that matter is incomplete without a visit to 'All - India War Memorial', popularly known as India Gate. Officially titled as 'Delhi Memorial' is a monumental sandstone arch in New Delhi that was built in 1931 in honour of the martyrs of World War I and war in Afghanistan.

An evening walk on Rajpath, along the garden lining with this magnificent structure, will surely skip your heartbeat. This is one of the best tourist places to visit in Delhi in night. Not just at night, the architectural masterpiece looks equally beautiful in daytime too. If you happen to be in Delhi on Republic Day, do not miss the prestigious and ceremonious India Gate Parade.

After enjoying India Gate, please your taste buds with delicious North Indian food at Pandara Road..

Nearest Metro Station: Central Secretariat
Entry ticket: Free entry
Location: Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open


A tip from HelloTrippeR: If you're at Indian Gate and the weather is right, a Boat Ride here will make your day. And, if weather is not in your favour, don't worry as you can still make your day perfect with 'Lovely Chuski', probably the best flavoured ice ball you would ever taste in your lifetime.



3. Qutub Minar


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Rating: 4.5 (based on 93313 google reviews)

Delhi is not just about Mughal architecture, justifies the 'Qutub Minar'. 73-metre tall minaret, named after Qutub-ud-din-Aibak, beautiful Qutub Minar is the epitome of Iranian architecture. This masterpiece has its first 3 storeys constructed with red stone while the fourth and fifth storeys are built with marble and sandstone respectively. The highlights of this minaret includes the first mosque in India - a mosque named 'Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid' at the foot of the tower. The minaret also has a spiral staircase with 379 steps. However, the spiral staircase is not open to the general public.

Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar
Entry ticket: Rs 40 (for Indians) and Rs 600 (for Foreigners)
Location: Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 07:00 AM-05:00 PM


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Visiting Qutub Minar involves a lot of walking in an open ground. So, to beat the heat, wear a cap and carry your water bottles.



4. Humayun's Tomb


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Rating: 4.5 (based on 27830 google reviews)

Unarguably one of the finest pieces of Mughal architecture, Humayun's Tomb stands amongst the best tourist places to visit in Delhi. Built in 1570, the red sandstone and white marbles together are still capable of taking your breath away. No wonder why UNESCO reserves it as a world heritage site. The highlights of this place include graves of Humayun, Bega Begum, Hamida Begum, Dara Shikoh and other significant members of the Mughal.

Nearest Metro Station: JLN Stadium
Entry ticket: Rs 40 (for Indians) and Rs 600 (for Foreigners)
Location: Mathura Road Opposite, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 06:00 AM-06:00 PM

5. Red Fort


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Rating: 4.4 (based on 100278 google reviews)

The epitome of Mughal Architecture, the pride of Mughal Dynasty; words fall short when it comes to describe the astounding beauty and architectural perfection of Red Fort or Lal Quila. Once known as the 'most beautiful building in India', Red Fort got its name from its massive red-colored sandstone walls which were originally white in colour. Spreading over an area of 254 acres, the octagonal-shaped fort is a perfect example of the culmination of Mughal, Persian, Hindu and Timurid traditions. For those who are keen on history, the fort has a lot to offer such as peacock throne, imperial bath, step well, Hira Mahal and Moti Masjid.

Apart from the architectural beauty, the fort has something more to offer you. Every evening, a Sound and Light Show is organized here. The show lasts for 1 hour and it showcases the history of Delhi and Red fort. So, if you're not running out of time, do try this show. It will fill you with amazement.

A visit to Red Fort is often combined with neighboring Jama Masjid - the landmark royal mosque . Feeling hungry? Savour some Delhi's street food in Chandni Chowk; some of the must try food places here include Old Famous Jalebiwal and Paranthe Wali Gali.

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk
Entry ticket: Rs 90 (for Indians) and Rs 950 (for Foreigners)
Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Closed on: Monday
Average time spent: 3 hours
Timing: Tuesday-Sunday: 09:30 AM-04:30 PM


A tip from HelloTrippeR: If you're visiting this place in summers, do carry caps, umbrellas and water bottles to beat the scorching heat.



6. Hauz Khas Fort


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Rating: 4.4 (based on 587 google reviews)

On the scale of 1 to 10, there's no reason to rate this with any number below 10. Late night parties, picnic amidst the lush green shadows, bird watching in scenic views, historic tour, think of any activity and it is offered here at Hauz Khas Fort Complex. Resting beside the splendid beauty of a lake, the Hauz Khas Fort Complex is one of the best tourist attractions in Delhi. It was built in the 13th century when Firoz Shah Tughlaq re-excavated the silted tank and cleared the channels to build the fort.

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas
Entry ticket: Rs 25 (for Indians) and Rs 200 (for Foreigners)
Location: Hauz Khas, South Delhi, Delhi, 110016, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 4 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 10:30 AM-07:00 PM

7. Raj Ghat


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Rating: 4.4 (based on 19840 google reviews)

A memorial to the Father of Nation, Raj Ghat showcases the exact location where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 31, 1948. The complex includes the room where he slept, the prayer room, and the painting and sculptures. If you wish to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the place is for you.

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmere Gate
Entry ticket: Free entry
Location: Gandhi Smriti, Raj Ghat, New Delhi, Delhi, 110006, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 06:30 AM-06:00 PM

8. Purana Quila


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Rating: 4.2 (based on 21150 google reviews)

An epitome of history, heritage and old-world charm, Purana Quila is one of the most ancient architectural pieces of Delhi that was built in the 16th century. The fort, spreading over a length of 2 kilometers, tells a lot about the glorious past of India. Whether you are a history enthusiast or not, this fort will fascinate for sure.

A major highlight at this place is 'Ishq-e-Dilli' which is probably the best sound and light in India that showcases the history of Delhi through the 11th-century reign to the present day. If you not running out of time, do watch this show; it will brim you with joy and amazement.

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan
Entry ticket: Rs 30 (for Indians) and Rs 300 (for Foreigners)
Location: Mathura Rd, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, Delhi, 110003, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 07:00 AM-05:00 PM

9. Agrasen Ki Baoli


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Rating: 4.2 (based on 29226 google reviews)

Agrasen ki Baloi is one of the oldest surviving stepwell in Delhi. The place has gained its popularity after Amir Khan's PK movie.The deeper you step, the farther you are from the outside world; the step wall has 108 steps and is 60 meters long and 15 meter wide. With haunting beauty and rustic charm, it is one of the coolest places to visit in Delhi.

Nearest Metro Station: Barakhamba
Entry ticket: Free entry
Location: Hailey Road, KG Marg, near Diwanchand Imaging Centre, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-05:30 PM

10. Jantar Mantar


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Rating: 4.1 (based on 20345 google reviews)

Built in 1724, by Maharaja Jai Singh II of Jaipur, Jantar Mantar is an astronomical marvel situated right in the heart of Delhi. It's a phenomenal architectural piece in the form of a gigantic sundial. The monument was originally constructed to reassess the astronomical calendars and charts using 4 principal instruments of the observatory - the Samrat Yantra, the Ram Yantra, Jai Prakash, and the Misra Yantra. Though the accuracy of this place is affected due to tall buildings around it, you cannot afford to miss your visit to this grand sundial.

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk
Entry ticket: Rs 25 (for Indians) and Rs 300 (for Foreigners)
Location: Connaught Place, Sansad Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 06:00 AM-06:00 PM


A tip from HelloTrippeR: Since it's difficult to understand the working of instruments here on your own, paying for a local guide is highly recommendable. Also, make sure that you visit this place on a sunny day as working of most of the instruments here depend on sunlight.



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