In its more than thousand-year history, the capital of India has gone through numerous eras and many have left their mark. Even today, Delhi is a melting pot of different religions and cultures, which make up the charm of this fascinating metropolis. Narrow alleys through which beguiling scents of spices waft, colorful Hindu temples or relics of Islamic-medieval architecture – all this awaits you in the megacity, which is nicknamed the city of seven cities.
As part of the Golden Triangle, Delhi has a subtropical climate, best visited between October and March. In these months you can look forward to little rain and pleasantly warm temperatures
Which attractions to explore in Delhi?
- INDIA GATE
One of the city’s landmarks rises imposingly on the royal promenade Rajpath – the national monument India Gate commemorates the Indian soldiers who died in the First World War. The mighty monument rises 42 meters and is surrounded by lush green lawns that invite you to a picnic. If you visit the structure on January 26th during your Delhi trip, you can witness the celebrations of Republic Day there with military parades and cannon fires.
- QUTB MINAR
The majestic minaret made of red sandstone and marble catches the eye from afar. Its construction began in 1200 to represent the beginning of Muslim rule. Filigree inscriptions with verses from the Koran adorn the exterior of the tower. Be sure to visit the ruins of the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque at the foot of Qutub Minar, it is the oldest Islamic religious building in India.
- HUMAYUN MAUSOLEUM
The tomb is hailed as one of the finest examples of Indian Mughal architecture and is under UNESCO protection. A double dome crowns the 16th-century building, which is surrounded by magnificent gardens. The bright red sandstone looks particularly impressive with the slabs of white marble. You can learn more about the importance of the mausoleum and the numerous burial sites within the complex on one of the regular English-language tours.
- GURUDWARA BANGLA SAHIB
The centrally located Sikh temple impresses from the outside with its golden domes. Inside, you’ll get a glimpse of the monotheistic religion that has over 19 million followers in India. Make sure you allow enough time to visit the holy shrine – the atmosphere in the halls is unique and the prayers of the believers are said to have a meditative effect on visitors. A real highlight on your Delhi trip!
- JAMI MASJID
It is considered the largest mosque in India: the Jami Masjid can accommodate 25,000 believers in its inner courtyard. The Islamic house of worship was built in the 17th century. Above all, the domes made of white and black marble are an interesting eye-catcher. Be sure to climb one of the minarets, because from here the old town with sights such as the Red Fort lies at your feet.
- RAJ GHAT
The memorial of India’s spiritual father is located near the Yamuna River in a quiet park area. A black marble slab with colorful floral decorations forms the tomb of Mahatma Gandhi, whose remains were cremated here. A real spectacle with tens of thousands of visitors awaits you as you pay your respects to the Raj Ghat site on the anniversary of Gandhi’s birth or death.