Delhi, the city that connects multiple locations and cities is like a Hub when you travel towards the North. For many locations like Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Mussoorie, Nainital, etc you usually will take a trip up to Delhi and then hail a Bus towards these locations.
On many such occasions, Delhi becomes the point where you end up spending at least a day. If you’re planning to explore this smart city for a Day, then I have listed a few places that you can visit. I have handpicked these places after traveling to the city at least 5 times and some of them are my personal favorites. Listing the places to visit when you’re for one day in Delhi
Humayun’s Tomb is my favorite. This tomb is supposedly the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent. Also called a Makbara, it has many stories and characters hidden. Yes, the tomb is a place where 100 graves house the remains of the king, his relatives and staff up to the barbar. This Mughal architecture is a marvel in itself. There is a garden area where lions and elephants would fight and this would act as a mode of entertainment for the Emperors in the 1500s.
The entire place can be explored within 2 hours.
Entry: 35 INR per person
While returning from the Tomb, you can take a tour towards India Gate. The India Gate is a war memorial that’s located astride the Rajpath. It’s just one of those places that you have to tick off your bucket list if you ever say that you have explored Delhi. The entry to the point shuts somewhere between 7.30-9.00 pm or whenever the security staff feels like the location has enough audience.
I have been to this place once at 11 in the night and just recently was refused entry at 8 PM too stating that “Bohat log hai, toh entry bandh kar di hai, Kal aana.” So, it’s better to explore this place during the day or post-sunset. On the opposite side of the road, there is a stretch consisting of hawkers with a lot of street food and shopping options to explore while you visit here.
Time to Explore: 1-hour max
Jama Masjid, Mosque:
Jama Masjid is one of the best architectural marvels that Delhi has to offer and hence it is a must-visit. A mosque is a worship place for the Muslims that have opened its doors for people from all faiths to even enter inside the worship area. This was previously restricted and they just changed the rules quite recently. To enter inside, you will need to remove your shoes outside and be dressed appropriately. This means you will have to wear full clothes (no shorts allowed). Entry in short clothes or clothes that inappropriately show skin is strictly prohibited and entry might not be given.
They have recently started an entry to the highest tomb from where you can see the entire city. The view is spectacular and there will be a crowd waiting to get a glimpse of the city from up top. Make sure that you visit the place before 5 PM, as the entry to climb the tomb shuts at 5 PM. Although for those who just want to visit the Mosque, you’ll be happy to know that it remains open 24*7.
They also have a request for people to not use “Tiktok” and it is strictly prohibited to record Tiktok videos within the premises.
Entry Fee: Free
Time to Explore: 1 hour
The Red fort also famously known as “Laal Quila” was supposedly known as the residence of Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years. If you don’t know the historical importance this fort holds, then be surprised to know that our Prime Minister hoists the Indian “Tricolor flag” at the main gate of the fort every year on 15th August. The entry gate is on the left while people will ask you to walkway towards your right to buy the ticket. It’s a good 15-minute walk till the ticket counter but if you intend to buy the ticket online then walk towards the entry only as there are QR codes where you can scan and buy the ticket. It’s quite a better option rather than you spending 30 minutes just walking to and fro to get the ticket plus the queue.
Once you enter inside, there are many stores where you can do some shopping, followed by an area where you can walk inside and enjoy the scenery. There is also a light and sound show at 9-10 PM and you can attend it if you’re interested.
Time to Explore: 1-2 hour
I would also like to tell all of you that you can easily travel to all trending places in Delhi via the metro as its much more convenient, cost-effective and fast. However few areas might need you to hail an Uber/Ola or Haath Gaadi while in Old Delhi.
For one day in Delhi, you can explore the places in the same order, and easily cover them all in one day. If you have visited these places already, do let me know what your favorite place is.