Two Day Itinerary for Delhi

Day 1

Qutub Minar
World Heritage Monument
Lotus Temple
Bahai Temple
Greater Kailash-1 N Block Market
Shopping
Hauz Khas Village
Lunch
Lodhi Gardens
Tombs and gardens
India Gate
War Memorial
Rashtrapati Bhawan
Presidential Palace
Akshardham Temple
Water Show post sunset

Day 2

Humayun's Tomb
Blue print to the Taj Mahal
Red Fort
Mughal Capital
Jama Masjid
Mosque
Khari Baoli
Spice Market
Connaught Place
Shopping and Lunch
Bangla Sahib
Sikh Temple
Dilli Haat
Shopping Craft
Old Fort
Sound and Light Show post sunset
Overview of Delhi
Itinerary for Two days in Delhi

Itinerary for Delhi - Day 1

Spend Day 1 in Delhi in South Delhi and New Delhi. They are easier to navigate and not that crowded.

Start Day 1 in Delhi at the Qutub Minar, which is one of three world heritage sights in Delhi. Start early. The monument opens at sunrise. You can get there via the Yellow Line. You can also drive and park at the ticket counter. The Entry fee is Rs 500 for Foreigners and Rs.30 for Indian Nationals. They might charge you extra for a camera. The monument was built almost 1000 years ago in 1193 and one of the tallest brick minarets in the world. Many hindu temples were destroyed and their pillars reused to build the mosque at the Qutub Minar. 

Enter and you will see the most magnificent minaret which is the tallest brick Minaret in the world. You can walk around the complex covering the Quwwat-ul-Islam (Light of Islam) Mosque in the Qutab Complex and the Alai Minar followed by the Tomb of Iltutmish.

Exit from the other gate near Simon’s Folly

Next commute by Uber or Ola Cabs to Lotus Temple. It should take between 30-45 Minutes

It is possible to get there by metro too. Get out at the Kalkaji Mandir station on the Violet Line.

Note:

  • You have to remove shoes to go inside the Temple.
  • Entry is free at the Lotus Temple but it is closed on Mondays 

  • No bags or phones or cameras are allowed inside the complex but there is a provision to safely store them

The Lotus temple is built in the shape of a lotus flower and is one of the seven Bahai's temples built around the world. People of all faiths are welcome there.

Next, go to the  Greater Kailash-1 N Block Market. It should take25-30 Minutes

You can also get there by metro: Violet Line-Station Kailash Colony Metro Station. Most shops are open throughout the week between 11am-7pm. This is fairly a new modern market which has more upscale retail shops. These shops have fixed price and have a great range of clothing and Home furnishing. My favourite are shops like Anokhi, Kilol and FabIndia. There are many more for fragrances (Kama Ayurveda) and leather (Hidesign). You can spend couple of hours exploring this market.

Next, commute to the Hauz Khas Village. It should take you between 25-35 Minutes to get there. You can also get there by Metro: Yellow Line-Station Hauz Khas Metro Station

Most shops open all days of the week between 11am-7pm

Hauz Khas is named after an ancient water reservoir built as a part of the second city of Delhi. The complex has a mosque and a tomb built from the Tughlaq era. It existed as an urban village at the edge of larger Hauz Khas area and now has most exquisite fashion boutiques. You can find a wide range of fashion clothing to jewelry and other modern items making this market the fashion hub of Delhi. The market also has wide range of restaurants and pubs overlooking the reservoir.

This is where I recommend having Lunch. There are many restaurants in this complex to choose from. Spend time having lunch at leisure.

Next, commute to the India Gate. It should take 30-35 minutes

You can also get there by Metro: Yellow Line to the Central Secratariat Metro Station

Closed: Never

India Gate is a war memorial to thousands of soldiers of the Indian Army who died during the First World War. Located on the far east end of the Rajpath, India gate was designed by Edwind Lutyens and evokes the architectural style of triumphal arch like the Arch of Constantine in Rome, and is often compared to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, and the Gateway of India in Mumbai.

Next, head over to the Rashtrapati Bhawan (Presidential Palace)

Closed: Never

No Parking here but you can briefly stop at Rashtrapati Bhawan for a picture.

Rashtrapati Bhawan is the residence of the President of Indiaand is located on the far west end of the Rajpath. In terms of area, it is one of the largest residences of a head of state in the world. Its covers an area of 200,000 sq ft and took 17 years to build. Edwin Lutyens designed the magnificent structures in classical design taking inspiration from existing Indian architecture. The Mughal Gardens opens for general public viewing in February each year and incorporate both Mughal and English landscaping styles to feature a great variety of flora in Delhi during spring time.

Drive through Lutyen’s Delhi- India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhawan can take anything between 30 Minutes to an hour depending on places you wish to stop to take pictures.

Next, head over to the Akshardham Temple. It should take 15-20 minutes.

You can only get there by Metro: Blue Line- Akshardham Metro Station

Closed: Monday

Timing: Tuesday to Sunday 9:30am to Last Entry: 6:30pm

Dress Code: Upper Wear- Must cover the shoulders, chest, navel, and upper arms. Lower Wear-must be at least below knee-length

Akshardham is a Temple, a Hindu house of worship, and a spiritual and cultural campus dedicated to devotion, learning and harmony. Timeless Hindu spiritual messages, vibrant devotional traditions and ancient architecture all are echoed in its art and architecture. Opened 6th November 2005. Mandir is built from intricately carved and stone and marble.There are open gardens, water bodies and step-well styled courtyard. You can enjoy the evening to watch the water show.

Head back to your hotel or to the Connaught place for dinner

Day 2 in New Delhi

Start your day at Humayun's Tomb, which is a Blue print to the Taj Mahal in Agra. It is the second of three world heritage sights that you will see in Delhi. Spend about an hour here.
 
Head out to the third world heritage sight in the heart of Old Delhi from here. Go to the Red Fort. The revolt of 1857 was a siege of the red fort. It was built by Shahjahan, the same emperor of India that built the Taj Mahal in Agra. This was the seat of the throne of Mughals in India.
 
Next head over to Jama Masjid Mosque. This is the largest mosque in India. If you are fit, climb the tower to get great views of Old Delhi.
 
Take a rickshaw to the Khari Baoli Spice Market. It should take about 10 minutes. Carry a scarf to cover your nose. You will smell the spices and that might trigger your allergies and induce coughing. This market is the largest spice market in Asia and you will see spices you've never seen.
 
Take a rickshaw out of Chandni Chowk to the red fort and then an uber to get to Connaught Place. This very English construction was built by the british and is a reminder of the Imperial rule over India. It was modeled on the Royal Crescent in Bath. The markets here are great for Shopping and Lunch. Eat at the Farzi Cafe or the Odeon Social.
 
Next head over to Bangla Sahib Sikh Temple. It is very close to Connaught place and it will give you a good sense of sikh religion.
 
Late afternoon, early evening hours should be spent at the Dilli Haat Craft Bazaar shopping for gifts, fabrics and toys. Bargain hard.
 
Get to the Old Fort to see the Sound and Light Show post sunset
 

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