Delhi is the capital of the country tour. In the past, it has been the capital of many major empires and reigns. This city is a living specimen of culture, architectural beauty, power and memories. If it were your first visit to India, Delhi would make the best starting part. The city holds enough entertainment, amenities and attractions to keep your days filled. Moreover, the city has a busy international airport, which connects the city with numerous international airports.
It is also easier to reach any part of the country from Delhi via flight, train or road. Say, you have five days in Delhi. What should you do with your time? Here is a hypothetical itinerary for five days in Delhi. This is not the perfect itinerary of Delhi trip. You can change any element or an entire part of the day as your desire, if you are planning to use this for your next vacation.
Day One – Politics and Shopping
The most important building in the city is the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This is the place where the president of the land stays and works. You can find guides who can help you explore the building and the garden. If you are visiting in winter or early summer, the garden will be at prime beauty. Once you are done with Rashtrapati Bhavan, you will find yourself closer to India Gate. Pay a visit to the First World War memorial structure of the country.
From the monument, take a road trip to Connaught Place. This is an important shopping area in Delhi. Enjoy the architecture, buy souvenirs art works and try to find a decent restaurant to enjoy local cuisine. Top items to buy in Delhi are pickles, spices, Kundan jewelry, salty crackers, scarf, fabric, rugs and others If the sky is clear and bright, visit Jantar Mantar to find unique astronomical instruments in use.
Day Two – Old Delhi
The city of Delhi is divided into Old Delhi and New Delhi. The New Delhi is the capital of India and the olden city is the mirror of culture, history and heritage. In 17th century, Shah Jahan made Red Fort as his capital seat. This led to the development of Chandni Chowk, the market for all types of shoppers. This is one of the busiest markets in the continent, where you can find everything from silver to spice.
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You can find numerous Mughal era buildings, havelis, markets, by lanes and much more in this region. Take an auto rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi. Visit Paranthe Wali Gali to enjoy traditional street food of the land.
Day Three – Iconic monuments of the Land
Delhi, as mentioned before, was an important political seat during British rule, Mughal Empire and times prior to that too. The region that makes Delhi today was once pieces of several small cities ruled by different rules too. Today, those legacies are expressed with monuments.
Top iconic monuments to visit during your trip are Mehrauli Archeological Park, Qutub Minar, Purana Qila, Humayun’s Tomb, Dargah of Nizamuddin and many others. Most of these monuments have guides to give you an informed look at the structure. This is just a handful of monuments. The city has numerous attractions to cover.
Day Four – Outside Delhi
It is a shame to skip Agra during your Delhi visit. It would take around four to five hours to reach Agra from Delhi. However, the travel is worth it. If you start early from Delhi, you can reach Agra before noon. Visit Taj Mahal before settling for lunch.
Then, you can go for a back-to-back monument visits to Agra Fort, Mughal gardens, shopping centers, Akbar’s tomb, Itimad ud Daulah and many others. Start from Agra by evening. If you have enough time, visit Fatehpur Sikri too. It is a little far away from Agra (one-hour drive).There are numerous other weekend getaway spots near Delhi.
If you do not want to add Agra, you can choose any of the other getaway spots closer to Delhi like Dehradun, Shimla, Jaipur, Bharatpur and others. Combining Delhi and Rajasthan is very common when it comes to winter vacation.
Day Five – Museum and Artworks
Keep the day simple, as you would be heading towards your destination by the end of the day. Spend time with the history by visiting museums of Delhi like the National Museum, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, National Gandhi Museum, National Handicrafts and Handloom Museum, Ghalib Museum, Sulabh International Museum of Toilets and much more. You can also find many art centers like Nature Morte, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, National Gallery of Modern Art and many others. From the hotel, you can easily find cabs or other transportation to reach airport.
This is not the only style of enjoy five days in Delhi. After all, Delhi is versatile to create numerous unique styled vacations. Here are a few alternative options to enjoy Delhi.
- Delhi – Agra – Jaipur (Iconic Golden Triangle Trip)
- Delhi – Agra – Rishikesh/Haridwar (for religious trip)
- Delhi – Agra – Ranthambore (with or without Jaipur)
- Delhi- Shimla – Kasauli
- Delhi – Agra – Bharatpur – Jaipur
Exclusive Delhi Itinerary
If you do not want to travel out of Delhi, you can still find numerous attractions and activities to do inside the city.
- Day One – Rashtrapati Bhawan and India Gate with shopping at any nearby market
- Day Two – Hauz Khas Village, Lotus Temple, City Walk, Qutub Minar and Kingdom of Dreams
- Day Three – Jama Masjid, Jantar Mantar, Raj Ghat and Agra Fort
- Day Four – Red Fort, ISKCON temple and other temples
- Day Five – Old Fort, Chandni Chowk, Gurudwara Ganj Sahib, Agrasen ki Baoli and others
Although none of the itineraries included nightlife, you can find pubs, discos and other entertainment centers in the city.
Best time to visit Delhi
Delhi is at prime beauty throughout the year. However, the climate of the city becomes very unpleasing, sweaty and dehydrating during summer. During monsoon, the city receives heavy rainfall, making sightseeing very hard and uncomfortable. Thus, winter is the best time to visit the city. The winter starts in October and ends in March.