3 days in Delhi

Delhi

It is that time of the year where everyone travels. It is a holiday season and it is Christmas. I travel too in December every year. Last year it was South America, a year before it was Dubai, and this year I decided to travel to Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. Delhi because my family wanted to see the Golden Temple and the Taj Mahal and Delhi happens to be the city that connects both.

After a lot of research and watching many travel videos, I found out that Delhi has plenty of things to see and do. It is a city of tombs and it has many historical structures. The city is surely a mecca for historical lovers like me. Also, Delhi is known for its food. I would never miss trying different food including street food while traveling in India.

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Since I have only 3 days in Delhi and keeping my family’s priority, which is shopping in mind, I have planned an itinerary that caters to all of us. I would want my family to see the important landmarks and also get sufficient time to shop.

Delhi is extremely cheap to buy things. And ensure to haggle. I have always been advised to start the haggling at 50% of the quoted amount. And then increase it a bit by bit.

About Delhi…

Delhi is India’s capital city. It is the largest metropolitan city in the northern part of India. The city is officially known as the National Capital Territory of Delhi (NCT). The old Delhi dates back to the 1600s. The city is situated along the River Yamuna and is bordered by the states of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh.

3 days in Delhi
Humayun’s Tomb

How to get there?

There are frequent flights between Delhi and any other city in India. This is the quickest and expensive way to get to Delhi. Makemytrip is the best place to look for cheaper flight options.

Ensure to call the airlines and confirm your flight tickets even if you have booked from Makemytrip.

3 days in Delhi
Qutub Minar

There are also buses and trains that run between the cities. These are the cheaper options but they take a very long time and sometimes is not convenient. The train tickets can be purchased on the IRCTC website and the buses can be purchased from the Redbus website.

Itinerary

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Day 1

This is the day we land in Delhi, so half of the day is lost in traveling and settling in our Hotel.

Afternoon: My folks love shopping (I know I have said that before).

Our first stop for the day is to go to Chandni Chowk for trying the best paranthas and shop.

Evening:

Our second stop is India Gate.

For third stop, I am thinking of Akshardham. This is a repeat for me, I loved it and I am sure my family will love this as well.

Day 2

Morning: After breakfast, I am thinking of heading straight to Red Fort. The Red Fort (or Lal Qila) was constructed by Shah Jahan.

Afternoon: We would head to Sarojninagar markets.

Evening: I have not planned anything as we have a bus to Amritsar that night.

Day 3

Afternoon: We have definitely not covered the most important structure – Qutub Minar.

3 days in Delhi
Qutub Minar

Evening: I definitely want to watch the sunset at Lotus Temple.

3 days in Delhi
The Lotus Temple during Sunset

Things to see

I have listed a few of the must see monuments in Delhi. However, each of these require a lot of time exploring. I may not be able to cover and see all of them but will definitely try for some of them.

Note: Ensure to carry your identification document to buy tickets and the tickets are purchased at the entrance. Some of these monuments require you to pay extra charges for cameras and photography.

  • Qutub Minar – Qutub Minar is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a 72.5 metres high victory tower, making it the tallest minaret in the World built by bricks.
    • Entrance fee: INR 35 for Indians and INR 550 for foreign nationals.
  • Akshardham Akshardham is a Hindu temple displaying the Indian culture, spirituality and architecture.
    • Entrance fee: FREE but one needs to pay to enter the Exhibition, and water show.
    • Dress appropriately if visiting this place.
  • India Gate – India Gate is the war memorial, built in commemoration of more than 80,000 Indian soldiers who were martyred in the World War I.
    • Entrance fee: FREE.
  • Red Fort – The Red Fort is a historic fort that served as a residence for the Mughal Emperors. It is also known as the Laal Qila. The fort was built by Shah Jahan in the mid 17th century.
    • Entrance fee: INR 35 for Indians and INR 550 for foreign nationals.
  • Lotus Temple – The Lotus temple, as the name suggests is in the shape of a lotus. It is a Bahai House of Worship and is open to all the people from various religions.
    • Entrance fee: FREE.
    • Dress appropriately if visiting this place.
  • Jama Masjid – Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. It was built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
    • Entrance fee: FREE
    • Dress appropriately if visiting this place.
  • Rashtrapathi Bhawan – Rashtrapathi Bhawan is the official residence of the President of India. It is open for the public on four days of the week.
  • Humayun’s Tomb – The Humayun’s tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun.
    • Entrance fee: INR 40 for Indians and INR 600 for foreign nationals.

For a detailed list of places to see in Delhi, refer Places to visit in Delhi and Delhi tourism page.

Do not miss the food in Delhi. The food is absolutely amazing and mouth-watering for sure.

Is it safe for solo female travelers?

Delhi is a very tricky city to travel alone. I would say No. I would avoid traveling in this city alone, especially if you are traveling at night. This is rated as one of the most unsafe cities in India and hence I would take all the precautions as possible. However, there are still female travelers who take the risk and travel alone. But I wouldn’t do that.

Also, there are a lot of scams that happen in Delhi. I have been cheated a couple of times for money while I was in transit in Delhi. So definitely be careful. Read Avoid Scams in Delhi to avoid the scams that can happen during the travels.

Conclusion

Even though Delhi is unsafe to solo female travelers to a certain extent, it still has a lot to offer. The tombs and the forts are breathtakingly beautiful and I would suggest that travelers do experience this busy city life at least once in their lives.

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9 Comments

  1. There are lots of place and fun things to do in Delhi with friends. And you covered almost these places.There are many hidden gems in Delhi which are yet to be explored. Be its a popular historical monument the old-time damages of the past age.

  2. I am a Delhiite. There are many things you need to know about Delhi. For one, if you are coming to Delhi, you really need to explore the food culture fully. Even a lifetime is less trust me to understand how much Delhi has to offer.

  3. Hey Raksha there are so many other places to visit in Delhi. Hidden gems like Ugrasen ki Baoli are a must visit. Delhi is not a city, it’s an experience to be savoured. Agree with the safety part but won’t you be scared to explore Roma/Napoli solo at night? Every big city has its scares.

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