#1 – Jama Masjid
One of the most religious places to see in Delhi
- Major place of Islamic worship
- One of the biggest mosques in India
- Striking architecture
- One of the finest mosques from the Mughal era
Why it’s awesome: Built in the mid-1600s, Jama Mosque was commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan, the same emperor responsible for the Taj Mahal in Agra and the Red Fort in Delhi. Among the biggest mosques in India, gorgeous red-brick and marble buildings surround a huge central courtyard with a pool where people wash before prayers. The mosque can hold up to 25,000 worshippers at any one time. It was once used to house British soldiers after they captured the city. Intricate carvings cover the walls, with text from the Quran written in elegant calligraphy and lots of geometric designs. The muezzin issues the hypnotic call to prayer five times each day from one of the two soaring minarets.
What to do there: Enter through one of the large gates and stand in awe in the gigantic courtyard. Appreciate the grand details of the mosque and watch as the faithful complete their ablutions at the pool before performing their prayers. You can climb the narrow and twisting staircase to the top of one of the minarets for incredible city views. Visitors must dress modestly with legs and shoulders covered—robes are available to rent.
#2 – Kiran Nadar Museum of Art
A perfect place to visit in Delhi if you are on a budget!
- Lots of interesting art
- Free to enter
- First private museum in India dedicated to modern art
- Contains works by local and international artists of all ages
Why it’s awesome: Inspired by world-famous modern art museums, like MoMA and the Guggenheim, Delhi’s Kiran Nadar Museum of Art was the country’s first private art museum with a focus on contemporary arts. The art museum contains around 4,500 interesting pieces and there are two locations, one in the heart of Delhi and one in Noida. Works cover from the end of the 19th century up to the present day, with pieces by both well-known artists and up-and-coming names. The museum often hosts various workshops too. There is no admission fee to enjoy the thought-provoking and eye-catching art.
What to do there: Seeing the diverse contemporary artworks is the main thing to do at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. You can appreciate pieces by famous established Indian artists such as M. F. Husain and Raja Ravi Varma as well as works by artists still trying to make a name, like Ram Kumar, Jamini Roy, Tyeb Mehta, and Arpita Singh. Families are bound to enjoy the golden triangle tour package, where creative young minds can learn a range of skills including kite and mask making, sculpting, glass painting, and making collages from fabrics.
#3 – Coronation Park
A nice quiet place to see in Delhi
- Lesser-visited spot
- Enjoy nature and being outdoors
- Peaceful ambience
- Colonial history and interesting monuments
Why it’s awesome: The historically significant Coronation Park sees relatively few visitors and, as such, is a pleasant place to escape the crowds and enjoy a few moments of peace in frenetic Delhi. Often said to be the birthplace of New Delhi, was an important place in India’s colonial years. It is where King George V was officially crowned as the Emperor of India in a large ceremony full of pomp and splendour. Queen Victoria was also named as the nation’s empress here. Delhi was declared as India’s capital city in Coronation Park too. There are colonial statues and monuments throughout the park, as well as large grassy areas.
What to do there: Step away from the beaten track and walk around Coronation Park, one of Delhi’s forgotten sights. You’ll find a huge statue of King George V as well as various other statues of prominent figures from India’s colonial past. The gigantic sandstone obelisk is impressive, commemorating the foundation stone being laid for India’s new capital in Delhi. Empty plinths and an overall air of neglect create a rather haunting atmosphere, the silence and decay a huge contrast to the grand pageants held here in times gone by.
#4 – National Zoological Park
Awesome place to visit in Delhi with kids!
- Home to around 130 animals species
- Ancient architecture throughout the grounds
- Projects related to conservation and education
- Save your legs and explore by battery-operated cart
Why it’s awesome: The National Zoological Park opened in the late 1950s and it’s home to a large selection of animals from all around the world. Many creatures live in enclosures that have been specially created to closely resemble their natural habitat. As well as being a place where people can watch various animals it’s also an important centre for education and conservation. Within the zoo’s grounds, you’ll also find the remains of several minor structures from times gone by as well as the remains of a 16th-century citadel. A pleasant place to spend a day, particularly for people travelling with kids, visitors have the option of walking around the large zoo or hopping in a battery-operated vehicle to cover ground more quickly.
What to do there: Observe a variety of animals from all four corners of the globe. Creatures that call the zoo home include leopards, bears, tigers (including the magnificent white tigers), crocodiles, elephants, lions, deer, macaques, gibbons, various bird and reptile species, and more. Find out the feeding times for different animals and watch as they gobble down their meals. There are also numerous species of plants around the zoo. Get around the zoo in an electric car if you don’t feel like walking; this is especially great for stopping little ones from tiring too easily. There are plenty of benches around the zoo where you can take a breather if exploring by foot, and you’ll find places to grab food, drinks, and snacks.