10 Places to Visit in Old Delhi 2021, Tourist Places & Attractions

Tourist Places to Visit in Old Delhi

Red Fort, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Humayun’s Tomb, Chandni Chowk, Shri Digamber Jain Lal Mandir, Raj Ghat, St James Church, Khari Baoli, and Fatehpuri Masjid

The Capital city of India has a horde of places to visit in Old Delhi. Otherwise called ‘Purani Dilli’, this fence around Delhi infolds a number of historical and heritage places that fascinates tourists from around the sphere. Apart from these, you will find busy looking people, religious personalities and many clusters of friends scattered around Old Delhi.

The land that was once called Shahjanabad after Shah Jahan is a mumbo-jumbo of flamboyant temples, opulent culture, street food, shopping avenues and jammed areas hosting countless many people! You can find amazing tourist attractions in Delhi which has never failed to impress any visitor or world-class tourists with its cherished past.


The saga of these times gone by is articulated by the dint of the art and archaeology in all these
tourist places in Old Delhi. If that is just what you are looking for, then here’s a check-list of the 10 best places to visit in Old Delhi.

Here are some of the best places to visit in Old Delhi:

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  • Unnecessary travelling and vehicle movement has been restricted in the national capital, there are exceptions as well.
  • Essential activities, including the sale and supply of food items, groceries, medicines, etc., are allowed in the lockdown.
  • There are no restrictions on the movement of health care workers, frontline workers, government staff, judicial officials, journalists, and those seeking medical attention.
  • As for public transport, Delhi Metro and public buses are functional but with only 50% occupancy.
  • Autos and electric autorickshaws are allowed to run with only two passengers.
  • Taxis, app cabs too are allowed to move with two passengers.
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01

Red Fort

This momentous fort sited in the heart of Delhi was once the abode of the Mughal rulers and today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Preserved for its bygone significance, the once called Qila-e-Mubarak is famed for its merger design of Indo-Islamic architecture and Mughal architecture. It is a charisma of complex carvings, floral designs, twin domes and a grandiose wall and to explore this place is one of the best things to do in old Delhi.

That is why it is no surprise that it took the builders 8 years, 10 months and 25 days to wrap-up work on this imperial home for the Mughals. Who knew that the red sandstone that was used to build this fort will one day be accredited with the name Red Fort? The light and sound show is a ‘must-watch’ sight.

Timings: 9.30 AM to 4.30 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Entry Fee: Rs.35 for Indians; Rs.500 for Foreign Tourists

Distance from Airport: 18.7km

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk Metro Station

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02

Qutub Minar

A zenith beauty amongst several monuments, the Qutub Minar is one of the famous historical sites in Delhi which has marked the dawn of the Mughal rule in India; thus it can be referred to as their conquest fort. This five storey tower was built across the 12th century to the 14th century with a failed attempt to build the sixth floor. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Qutub Minar confines India’s first mosque, Quwwat-ul-Islam.

A major attraction of this monument is the wishful iron pillar; it is postulated that people who can hug the pillar can hope for fulfilled wishes.  Every balcony on each floor is rich with elite creations of the time. Therefore, this lookalike of Minaret of Jam in Western Afghanistan makes Qutub Minar amongst the best
places to visit in Old Delhi.

Timings: 7.00 AM to 5.00 PM (All days of the week)

Entry Fee: Rs.30 for Indians and Rs.500 for Foreign Tourists

Distance from Airport: 15km

Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar Metro Station

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03

Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid holds the record of being the largest mosque in India which is the last of the prodigal monuments built by Shah Jahan. Why then would it not be listed amongst the places to see in Old Delhi? It is so large that it can accommodate about 25,000 visitors/devotees at once and it is one of the best things to do in old Delhi.

It is built with a fusion of white marble and red sandstone and was of great importance to Shah Jahan himself so much, that he wanted the height of the pulpit and mosque to beat the height of his throne. He thus named it “Masjid e Jahan Numa” which means “a mosque that commands a view of the world”. The west gate of the mosque faces Mecca, the direction for praying.

Timings: 7 AM to noon and 1.30 to 6.30 PM

Entry Fee: Free; Rs.50 for Indians and Rs.300 for climbing one of the Minaret Towers

Distance from Airport: 21.7km

Nearest Metro Station: Jama Masjid Metro Station

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04

Humayun’s Tomb

Yet another UNESCO World Heritage sites, Humayun’s Tomb enshrouds the mortal remnants of the Mughal ruler, Humayun. It is amongst the prominent tourist places in Old Delhi because it is the first garden tomb in Asia. The tomb that was instigated by Humayun’s first wife Empress Bega Begum holds a lot of architectural value as it walls in a lot of other monuments and structures within the premise. 

You can find engravings of the Quran on the walls of the tomb. The emperor’s head is kept fronting Mecca while the rest of the body is laid underground, an area where visitors are not permitted. The complex closes in many other tombs apart from Humayun’s tomb. The premise also encloses the Isa Khan’s mosque and a podium with more than 100 gravestones.

Timings:
6 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: Rs.10 for Indians and Rs.250 for Foreign Tourists

Distance from Airport: 19km

Nearest Metro Station: Race Course or Jorbagh Metro Station

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05

Chandni Chowk

Chandni Chowk is best known for covering a massive crowd of shoppers offering a diversity of things like spices, dry fruits, silver jewellery and saris. It is situated right opposite the Red Fort and provides a regal view of the Fatehpuri Mosque and shopping here is one of the best  things to do in old Delhi. The market is owned by street hawkers and porters who are a part of this primitive shopping experience. It is one of the best places to visit in Delhi with friends to hangout.

It was named so because of the reflection of the moon on the tree-lined canal that was built by Shah Jahan. Existing since the 17th century, Chandni Chowk has been titled as “shopper’s paradise” offering a bounteous of things to buy for your or for your home on a wholesale rate. It is most popular for the lip-smacking street food sold on the sides of these constricted streets.  

Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM (Closed on Mondays)

Entry Fee: Free

Distance from Airport: 20.2km

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk Metro Station

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06

Shri Digamber Jain Lal Mandir

Established in the year 1656, Shri Digamber Jain Lal Temple is the oldest and the most visited Jain temple in India dedicated to the deity of Parshvanatha, the 23rd Jain Tirthankara. The temple lies in the Chandni Chowk area and is in close proximity to the Red Fort. The temple is also fondly known as the “Lal Mandir” or the “Red Temple” since it made entirely out of red sandstone.

The main devotional area of the temple is situated on the first floor of the temple while other deities of Rishabhdev, Lord Mahavir, etc are installed on the ground floor. It is surely amongst the
best places in Old Delhi for its dedication towards birds with the Jain Birds Temple with ICU’s and wards for winged patients.  

Timings: 5.30 AM-11.30AM and 6.00 PM-9.30 PM (summers); 6.00 AM-12.00 PM and 5.30 pm to 9.00 PM (winters)

Entry Fee: Free

Distance from Airport: 24km

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk Metro Station

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07

Raj Ghat

Raj Ghat is a site of profuse prominence amongst the many other places to visit in Old Delhi since it is observed as the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation. There lies a marble stone exactly where Gandhiji was cremated thereby adding meaning to the spot. The Ghat is built on the banks of river Yamuna and it is one of the best places to visit in Delhi during summers. It is also the memorial of several other noteworthy people like K R Narayan, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Chandra Shekhar, I K Gujral and many others.

The north side of the Ghat is committed to Jawaharlal Nehru and is called “The Forest of Peace”.  The gardens and fountains around the area maintain the sanctity of the place. The trees around have been planted by famous dignitaries like Queen Elizabeth II. A remembrance ceremony is conducted every Friday.

Timings: 6.30 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: Free

Distance from Airport: 27kms

Nearest Metro Station: Pragati Maidan Metro Station

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08

St James Church

A replica of the St Paul’s Cathedral Church in London, St James Church is an exquisiteness that belongs to the year 1836 and is the first and oldest church in Delhi. The church was built by Colonel James Skinner as a tribute of his faith in God after he bolted death in a war. His grave lies right in front of the altar in the premise. The church has an attractive Greek cross design and praying at this church is one of the best  things to do in old Delhi.

Numerous other graves of the Britishers who lost their lives in the war of 1857 can also be found in the church along with the grave of Commissioner Sir William Fraser. The church is designed with three porticoes porches and a dominant octagonal roof. St James Church is also known as Skinner’s Church.

Timings: Morning to evening on all days

Entry Fee: Free

Distance from Airport: 18.9kms

Nearest Metro Station: Kashmiri Gate Metro Station
09

Khari Baoli

How can Asia’s biggest wholesale spice market not be on the list of the places to visit in Old Delhi? The market of Khari Baoli lies where there once stood a stepwell of the 17th century. Every shop in this market is a paragon of history that is now taken over by the 9th and 10th generation of the family run business. These small shops apparently participate in a trade that is worth billions.

The market is a store of fresh smells of spices, some of which you wouldn’t have seen or heard of before; nonetheless, they chief spice of the market is red chilli. Look for the Khari Baoli terrace and ascent up to find the best spectacle of Fatehpur Masjid and its environs, a much-admired background amongst social media enthusiasts!

Timings: 11.30 AM to 6.00 PM (Closed on Sundays)

Entry Fee: Free

Distance from Airport: 14kms

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk or Chawri Bazaar Metro Station
10

Fatehpuri Masjid

Another radiance of the Mughal Empire, Fatehpuri Masjid was built by Shah Jahan’s wife Fatehpuri Begum. Located on the western end of Chandni Chowk, the mosque has been a witness of all events that took place since the rule of the Mughals till today. The mutiny of 1857 led to a lot of damage to the masjid. 

It is surrounded by two soaring minarets and has an enormous prayer hall that has seven-arched openings. Festivals like Id-ul-Zaha and Id-ul-Fitr are celebrated luxuriously in the Fatehpuri Masjid. One of the three gates faces the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.

Timings: 5 AM to 9.30 PM

Entry Fee: Free

Distance from Airport: 18kms

Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk Metro Station

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  1. What are the best historical places in Delhi?

    Below is a list of the best historical places to visit in old Delhi, where you can enjoy a day out while admiring the historical beauty:

    1. Red Fort: Visit here with your friends and family and admire the beautiful ancient architecture of the fort.
    2. Jama Masjid: Being one of the biggest mosques in India, Jama masjid becomes the main spiritual center for the Muslims. Visit here and Marvel at the beautiful architecture made with white marble and red sandstone.
    3. India Gate: The most important monument of India, this place is frequented by numerous visitors from all over the world.
    4. Humayun’s Tomb: This place will let you experience the lifestyle of the royals while you roam in its hallowed halls.
    5. Fatehpur Masjid: This place has experienced every war since the time mughals ruled India. The place has a huge prayer hall which hosts prayers 5 times a day.
  2. What are the best things to do in old Delhi?

    Delhi, the capital city of India, has many famous locations where you can spend a day enjoying with your friends and family. Below you will find a list having the spots where you can try the best things to do in old Delhi:

    1. Visit Red Fort: Visit here around august and attend the Independence day parade with your friends and family.
    2. Admire the architecture of Qutub Minar: Visit Mehrauli and enjoy a stroll around the huge tower of Qutub Minar followed by some finger licking street food outside it.
    3. Visit Jama Masjid: Marvel at the beautiful architecture made with white marble and red sandstone in this largest mosque in India.
    4. Shop at Chandni Chowk: Visit chandni chowk and stroll in the lanes while shopping for some cheap stuff followed by binging on some tasty street food.
  3. How can I cover Delhi in one day?

    Delhi has so many places that exploring them all is kind of impossible. However, below we provide you with a list of places which can be covered in Delhi in One day:

    1. Visit its many Museums: From dating back to the prehistoric era to having a chic collection of stamps, museums like National Philatelic Museum and the National Museum will offer you the best collection.
    2. Sarojini Nagar market: Bargain with shopkeepers and get the products at the best price in this market. Shop for everything starting from handicrafts to high level brands. Spend a day here while finding the best items from the giant heaps.
    3. Khari Baoli: Visit here and shop for some amazing bargains of Spices. Here you will find small shops doing business in millions.
    4. Raj Ghat: Spend some peaceful time at the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi followed by taking a stroll around the beautiful place.
    5. Appu Ghar: This popular family attraction is filled with many exciting rides, water slides, pools and many live shows with theatrical performances. A visit here will surely be filled with too much fun
  4. How many historical places are there in Delhi?

    Being the home to many rulers, Delhi has a large number of monuments and historical places dating back to the time when it was ruled by the Arabs and the Britishers. Places like the Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid and Lodhi Gardens still carry the essence of the historical period.

    Delhi is the capital of India and boasts a number of monuments related to current legislation. India gate and Rashtrapati Bhawan being established around the time of Indian independence are still being used as a national monument.

     Since being the capital city of India and mail city for many previous rulers, Delhi is filled with so many historical monuments that we cannot list them all here. But the major attractions here include Red Fort, India Gate,and Rashtrapati Bhawan. Many of these historical monuments are related to India’s struggle of independence and have an essence of Past glory.
  5. Where can I enjoy in Delhi?

    Below is a list of things you can do to enjoy some time in Delhi:

    1. Chandni Chowk: Known as mini Delhi, this place offers the best street food and local shopping places. From high street brands to street side shops, everything can be found here.
    2. Connaught Place: Spend some fun time here with your friends and enjoy this buzzing spot. Housing some best restaurants and clothing brands, CP with friends, Delhi’s CP is frequented by the youngsters from all corners of Delhi.
    3. India Gate: Originally named “All India War Memorial”, this place is a Display of India’s struggle for independence. Standing high in the middle of a road, this place glows up in the night and provides the best place to spend some time chilling.
  6. How many days should I spend in Delhi?

    If you want to visit all major places, then 3 days are enough for you. Delhi is home to so many amazing places that it has now become the Hub for fun among the people. The place boasts so many historic sites that it would take around a year to explore them all.

    Thus you can easily take a 3 day trip and visit all major attractions like the Red fort, Humayun’s Tomb, India Gate, Jantar mantar and Qutub Minar.
  7. What food is Delhi famous for?

    Below is a list of foods that you must try when in Delhi:
    -Jalebi at Dariba Kalan Road,
    -Dahi Bhalla at Natraj cafe,
    -Chhole kulche at any corner of the street,
    -Momos at Dolma Aunty Kakori,
    -Kebab at Alkauser,
    -Aloo Pyaz Parantha at Moolchand Parantha,
    -Mutton Korma at Karim’s and many other things.

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