9 Worth Seeing Religious Sites in Delhi-NCR

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For most of us, Delhi evokes a picture of an overcrowded metropolitan city where the peace is lost amongst the hustle and bustle of the town. But, thanks to its cultural diversity; Delhi still wakes up to bells of temples, calls of namaz and gurbanis of gurudwaras. As visitors, many of you would be surprised to experience the stillness that hovers over the religious spots in the city. Medieval mosques, sufi shrines, angelic churches, Sikh gurdwaras, holy temples pervade the city.

To get an insight into the most popular religious spots in the city, we have pulled down the list of some must-see religious sites in Delhi-NCR. Check it out!

Top 9 Religious Places in Delhi-NCR

1. Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

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Rating: 4.8 (based on 48206 google reviews)

Formerly noted as the bungalow-sized residence of Raja Jai Singh, the famous Gurudwara Bangla Sahib was used to be locally known as 'Jaisinghpura Palace'. Later on, in the 18th century, the palace was converted to a gurdwara as a tribute to Guru Harikishan Sahib. Now the beautiful gurudwara stands out as a significant pilgrimage site for all Sikh devotees. The golden domed main building beside gurgling sarovar and comfortable Yatri Niwas records thousands of visits of devotees from various religions. Interestingly, the religious place also boasts a hospital, school, museum, and an art gallery.

Nearest Metro Station: Patel Chowk
Location: Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: Always open

2. Akshardham Temple

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Rating: 4.7 (based on 26132 google reviews)

Standing amongst the largest Hindu Temples in India or the world for that matter, Swaminarayan Akshardham tops the list of famous tourist places in Delhi. Stunning architectural work composed of pink stone and white marble, on the banks of Yamuna river, will captivate all your senses. Sahaj Anand water show and boat ride at Abhishekh Mandap, Sahajanand Darshan, Sanskruti Darshan and Neelkanth Darshan are few highlights of this place. In addition, with its beautiful light and water show at this temple is a perfect tourist place to visit in Delhi at night.

Nearest Metro Station: Akshardham
Location: Noida Mor, New Delhi, Delhi, 110092, India
Closed on: Monday
Average time spent: 6 hours
Timing: Tuesday-Sunday: 09:30 AM-06:30 PM

A tip from HelloTrippeR: The temple follows a strict dress code. People wearing dresses or shorts above the knee-length or dresses revealing shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms are not permitted in the premises. Also, avoid carrying phones, cameras and leather belts. However, if carrying, you may submit at the counters in the temple.

3. Sacred Heart Cathedral Church

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Rating: 4.7 (based on 4530 google reviews)

The Sacred Heart Cathedral Church is one of the significant places to worship in Delhi and the headquarters of the Catholic Archdiocese in Delhi. The beautiful Italian inspired architecture of the building was designed by Henry Medd. The facade of the cathedral features white pillars carrying up a canopy and circular turrets rising up from the roof. The interior of the church has wide arches and has a high domed ceiling .

Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Location: 1, Ashok Place, Sector 4, Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 06:00 AM-09:00 PM

4. Chhatarpur Temple

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Rating: 4.7 (based on 12745 google reviews)

Set amidst the high-class surroundings of South Delhi, the divine Chattarpur Temple offers an amazing architecture that is a perfect blend of North India and South India. Beautiful Ram-Darbar and the statues of Shiva-Parvati, Radha-Krishna, Maa Katyayani, Goddess Laxmi, Lord Ganesha and Lord Hanuman make it a perfect picture place for your visit.

If you wish to witness the religious fervour, Dussehra, Mahashivratri and Janmashtami are the ocassions for it. Also, the for darshan of Goddess Adya Shakti Katyayani you must visit this temple on the holy days of Navrati festival or on full moon days.

Nearest Metro Station: Chhatarpur metro station
Location: Main Chhatarpur Road, Block A1, Dr Ambedkar Colony, Chhatarpur, New Delhi, Delhi 110074
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 06:00 AM-10:00 PM

5. Jama Masjid

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Rating: 4.6 (based on 23918 google reviews)

Shah Jahan's first architectural marvel, and the capital's largest mosque, Jama Masjid is a beautiful pocket of calm at the heart of Old Delhi's mayhem. The fascinating marble and red-stone architecture is built on an elevation of 10 meters and can accommodate 25,000 devotees at a time. The mosque has a set of two minarets that are as high as 40 metres; the minarets can be climbed for amazing views.

Here's a tip for you, after seeking blessings from Allah, treat your taste buds with some lip-smacking food near the mosque. The place is famous for the chicken and mutton dishes. Aslam Chicken, Al Karim, Al Jawahar, Kallan Sweets and Cool Point are a few famous shops here serving aromatic biryanis, piquant chicken changezi, mouth-watering fish tikkas, succulent kebabs and sweet Shahi Tukda

Nearest Metro Station: Jama Masjid
Location: Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi, 110006, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 6 hours
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 07:00 AM-12:00 PM and 01:30 PM-06:30 PM

A tip from HelloTrippeR: Jama Masjid follows a strict dress code for devotees coming in. So, if you're visiting this holy place make you sure you are covered or dressed properly.

6. Lotus Temple

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Rating: 4.5 (based on 37704 google reviews)

When sightseeing in Delhi, a visit to Lotus Temple is necessarily suggested. Lotus Temple in Delhi is one of 8 Houses of Worship, present in every continent except Antarctica. With its mesmerizing architecture, the temple definitely has a capacity to spellbound you. The holy building has 9 doors that can welcome 2500 visitors at the same time. Also, the temple is surrounded by nine ponds as well which are visible after climbing the stairs at the base.

Known as Bahai Temple, this temple belongs to Bahai faith and symbolizes four religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Worshippers of all religions are welcomed here.

A point to note is that while Lotus Temple is a great place for kids to learn about the equality of the religions, kids under the age of 12 years are not allowed inside the prayer hall.

Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir metro station
Location: Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
Closed on: Monday
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Tuesday-Sunday: 09:00 AM-05:00 PM

7. ISKON Temple

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Rating: 4.5 (based on 1158 trip advisor reviews)

Also known as Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, ISKCON temple at Nehru Place is a Hindu temple of the Vaishnava sect that is dedicated to the worship of the deities of Krishna and Radharani. The beautiful visual representations of Bhagavad Gita, with colourful lights, are capable of captivating your senses. Mesmerizing robotics and Mahabharata shows in the evening and Govinda's restaurant are a few highlights of the place.

Visit this temple on the festival of Janmashtmi to experience religious fervour; it will brim you with joy, excitement and devotion.

Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place
Location: Hare Krishna Hill, Sant Nagar, East of Kailash, New Delhi, Delhi - 110065, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 2 hours 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 04:30 AM-01:00 PM and 04:00 PM-09:00 PM

8. Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah

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Rating: 4.5 (based on 67045 google reviews)

Mausoleum of a Sufi Saint, Hazrat Khwaja Syed Nizamuddin Auliya, 'Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah' is a famous tourist destination in the capital city. The complex flaunts several tombs of famous poets including Inayat Khan and Hazrat Amir Khusro. This religious place offers social assistance to needs by providing them with basic necessities. The Qawwali performance that takes place here every evening is a must to catch for visitors in Delhi-NCR.

Though qawwali performances are organized here every night, the ones organized on Thursdays or Jummeraat, are special and attracts a large number of visitors. Usually, two sessions are organized every day - one at sundown and the other at 9 pm. However, in winters, only the dusk session takes place, after the evening prayer or maghrib.

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan
Location: Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin West Slum, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi, Delhi, 110013, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 05:00 AM-10:30 PM

A tip from HelloTrippeR: While visit this sacred place, follow a dress code; wear decent and non-revealing clothes. And, don't forget to put on a scarf to cover your head.

9. Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Mandir)

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Rating: 4.4 (based on 7308 google reviews)

Commonly referred to as 'Birla Mandir', Laxminarayan Temple is one of the most famous religious places in Delhi that ought not to be missed. Prominently dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the architecture of the temple resembles the Nagar style and has a lot of side temples dedicated to various other deities such as Shiva, Budha and Krishna. Spreading over an area of 7.5 acres, the temple is flanked by numerous shrines, fountains and large gardens.

Nearest Metro Station: RK Ashram Marg
Location: Mandir Marg, Near Gole Market, Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi, 110001, India
Closed on: All days open
Average time spent: 1 hour 30 minutes
Timing: Monday-Sunday: 04:30 AM-01:30 PM and 02:30 PM-09:00 PM

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