The best way to see 5 top tourist attractions in Delhi in one day!!

Delhi, the capital of India is one of the super transforming cities with respect to modernization whose crux still lies in its strong historical background. The city is vibrant and fast. It exhibits varied cultural arrays relating to several Hindu, Mughal as well as British emperors who ruled over the city for many years.

There are two reasons why I thought of writing about this metropolitan city. The first is current affairs with respect to state elections which took a very dramatic turn and congratulations to Mr. Arvind Kejriwal for his grand success. The other reason is, its February – the valentine day is just the corner and Delhi is one of the most romantic places of India especially in winters to celebrate and I could not think of any other place other than “Dilwalon Ki Dilli”.

This city is packed with numerous attractions to be covered simply in one day. However it is “Mission Possible” to see top 5 tourist attraction in Delhi in just 24 hours.  All you need to do is read the post below- to know the plan which will guide you to achieve this expedition.  The only condition here is, you have to start your day early with lot of enthusiasm and maintain the pace with the time throughout. If you do so, you will experience the very essence of Delhi without overstretching yourself.

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1) Qutub Minar:

Importance:  UNESCO world Heritage site, 2nd tallest Minar in India, represents the finest example of Indo-Islamic Architecture.

Location:  Mehrauli, New Delhi (10.8 km from Indira Gandhi International Airport which comes to one hour away by cab considering traffic on the road. You can opt for metro which drops at Qutub Minar station almost in the same time)

Timings:  From Sunrise to Sunset

Visit Duration: 2 to 3 hrs.

Entry ticket:  for Indians (INR-10), for foreigners (INR-250)

Reason: The great way to start your day with the historic monument covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Qu’ran. The green lawns and the morning fog add up to the beauty of this place. And I am sure you will also fall in love with this romantic place! It’s simply superb.


2) Lotus Temple:

Importance: This temple follows the Bahai principles which allow people from all religion to come together under one roof and read the scriptures of their own religion.

Location:  Lotus temple road (9.4 km from Qutub Minar)

Timings:  From 9.00 am to 7.00 pm (Closed on Monday)

Visit Duration: 1 to 2 hrs.

Entry ticket:  for free

Reason: Visit this place to witness one of the superb architecture in India. It has won many national as well as international awards for its brilliant lotus shaped architecture resembling that of Opera house in Sydney. I found this place very peaceful!!

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3) India Gate:

Importance:  All India War Memorial, dedicated to 82,000 Soldiers of British Indian Army who died in the First World War.

Location: Rajpath, New Delhi (9.5 km away from Lotus temple)

Timings:  open for all 24 hours a day

Visit Duration:  1 to 2 hrs.

Entry ticket:  free entry

Reason:  Must visit to experience the proud feeling towards our Nation and the Soldiers who sacrificed their lives for freedom. Just adjacent to India Gate is Rajpath also known as King’s way.  It has huge walkway covered with beautiful lawns on either site; you can rest for a while here and admire the view of India gate. This place is also a favorite picnic spot amongst locals and the night view of India Gate from this point is fabulous.  By the way this is the road that is used for Republic Day Parade on 26th January of each year.


4) Red Fort:

Importance: This red sandstone fort was built by Shah Jahan- the Mughal Emperor for his residence where he ruled over 200 years.

Location: Netaji Subhash Marg, 6 km away from India Gate

Timings:  From sunrise to Sunset. (Closed on Monday)

Visit Duration: 2 to 3 hrs.

Entry ticket:  for Indians (INR-10), for foreigners (INR-250)

Reason: It houses many museums revealing the history of Mughal era and also gives you an inside on royal lifestyle. On 15th Aug of each year the national flag is hoisted by Prime Minister of India.  The Modi Masjid (mosque) is very famous monument from this fort.


5) Connaught place:

Importance: One of the lavish areas of Delhi and you surely do not want to miss on this place if you stand among shopaholics. This place is one of my favorite places to hang out in Delhi.

Location: 5 km away from Red Fort

Timings:  From 10.00 am to 10.00 pm (Closed on Sunday)

Visit Duration: as much as you wish to wander

Entry ticket:  Not applicable

Reason:  It is a popular shopping place which has everything for everyone right from designer brands, accessories, jewelry to roadside vendors. It has many famous food outlets and also the small thelas for Chat items and Parathas.  Not to forget the Palika Bazaar is another shopping destination nearby where you can find the trendy items in reasonable rate.

In the end just a Note of Advice:  Be sure to have good breakfast before you start for Qutub Minar as there are no food joints around.  I have listed out the best places to visit in Delhi considering the travel time to reach different places and the time spend at food joints and at the ticket queue.  You can mix and matches these places as per your convenience with no strict rule. The India Gate and Rajpath can be covered at late evening in case you are more interested in knowing the history of Red fort or wish to shop more for your loved ones.

Watch over your cell phone battery and save it for emergency. Remember to “Breath and Relax” in the moment rather than only rushing. I am sure you will relish the Delhi excursion in one day and wish you all the best for your joyride in this extravagant city.

Use your time wisely and don’t forget to share your experiences with me. 🙂


  1. Hats off to u pritammmmmm

  2. Pritam Jee thanks for posting Delhi scenes. It wl help my three day trip to Delhi in March. Good Job. Wating for more postings like this.

    • Pritam

      February 13, 2015 at 11:09 am

      Thanks Krishna!! there are my friends who also insisted to add Chandani chowk and Akshardham temple to the list.. as you have three days in your hand you can cover these too…

  3. Nicely written article and I love the photos you take of these amazing places…
    Very helpful to know the distance between each tourist spots and short history behind it.
    Thank you for sharing this information with us.

    • Pritam

      February 13, 2015 at 11:10 am

      thank you Prafulla.. its the best way you can travel thru Delhi and spend lovely relaxed evening at the end of the day…

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