ONE DAY: MORNING → AFTERNOON → EVENING
Visit: It will be a great idea to start your day by exploring the landmark sites of the Rajpath. Start with the citadel of Lutyens’ Delhi, the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Spread over 330 acres, the structure was designed by renowned architect Lutyens as the official residence of the Viceroy of India during the British rule. It is now the official residence of the First Citizen of India – the President. You may also stop at the Cathedral Church of the Redemption, located in the quiet Church Lane near Rashtrapati Bhavan.You may reach Central Secretariat by metro line no 2 and then walk down to Rashtrapati Bhavan Your next destination can be the Parliament House , home to the highest law-making body in India.which is at a walking distance.
But remember visitors can move inside the building only if they have special permission. Admiring the beauty of the arterial roads like the Rajpath, you may now visit the National Museum – the largest museum in India by walking or using an auto.
The distnce is about 2kms. The next stop on this art-filled journey is the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) at Jaipur House. You may again walk down throgh Rajpath via India Gate or by auto. The distance is about 2kms. The gallery showcases the changing Indian art forms through the passage of more than 150 years. Standing in front of NGMA, you can see India Gate, the 42-metre-high monument erected as a memorial in honour of the Indian and British soldiers martyred at the North-West Frontier during World War I and Afghan Wars in 1919.
About 4Kms from India Gate is Teen Murti, the official residence of Late Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, the first prime minister of India.You can take local bus or auto. From there you can then head to the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum that houses her personal effects and other belongings.
Rest a while, before moving on to Connaught Place for a wholesome lunch. Use local bus, auto/taxi.
Eat: Connaught Place is a hub for specialty and multi-cuisine restaurants and fast-food joints. You will find good places for any budget and preference.
Shop: While at Connaught Place, go shopping. You can either buy branded stuff or collect souvenirs from the Central Cottage Industries Emporium or the Emporia Complex on Baba Kharak Singh Marg. Those looking for cheaper thrills can shop at Janpath.
Visit: Relish your evening with a slice of history in the bylanes of Old Delhi. Take a metro from Rajiv Chowk to Chandni Chowk which is about 5kms. The best way to explore this area is on a cycle-rickshaw or on foot. Start with Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India. From there, go to the Digambar Jain Temple and the bird hospital in it. Next visit the Gauri Shankar Temple, Bhagirath Palace, Central Baptist Church, Gurudwara Sisganj, Sunehri Masjid, Fatehpuri Mosque, Khari Baoli, Ghalib’s Haveli and Chunnamal ki Haveli.
Red Fort The majesty of the Republic End the day with a trip to Red Fort, the most spectacular piece of Mughal architecture in Delhi. To explore the Fort completely it will take at least two hours. So plan accordingly.
Thereafter you must attend the “Sound and Light Show” held in the evenings here, which will take you through the key phases of history.
Eat: After the tour, you can head to Chandni Chowk for snacks and/or an early dinner. Famous for mouth-watering street food – Chaat, Chholey Bhature, Parantha – it even has an alley called Paranthewali Gali, popular for deep-fried, delicious Paranthas. You will also find the city’s best lassi here. And do we forget to mention the sweets? Go for the Jalebis, Sohan Halwa and Pinni. And, if street food is not your type, there are the usual restaurants and some fast-food outlets.
Shop: Chandni Chowk is the Old City’s famous shopping street, the main wholesale market in Delhi. There are many things that you can pick up from this market.
While at CP, if you have the time and energy, take a short walk from the Patel Chowk metro station to Jantar Mantar, one of the world’s oldest astronomical observatories. A short walk from Jantar Mantar, off Hailey Road, in a lane just before the Consulate General of Malta, is Agrasen ki Baoli, a 14thcentury step-well. From there drive on to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart near Gole Dak Khana, Connaught Place.
Behind it is the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, a Sikh pilgrimage site. Further on, near Gole Market is the Birla Mandir, also known as Laxmi Narain Temple