Epic Delhi In A Day Tour

Delhi in a day
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Have you always wanted to visit Delhi in India? I have for so long. It has always intrigued me, and I finally got to see and experience this historic, colourful, bustling city for myself first hand. It was so much better than I had imagined. Here is my epic  ‘Delhi in a day’ tour, full of culture, amazing architecture, life and soul.

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Even though it was the monsoon season and rain was almost a daily feature in July, I didn’t let that dampen my enthusiasm. So I hired a hotel driver for a few hours who was happy to take me wherever I wanted to go around Delhi for the day.

This is my list of 5 places to see in one day, that I think you will be interested in seeing too. They are all easily accessible in a self-guided tour. I’ll give you a bit of background and some spicy details of each site as we go, to whet your travel taste buds.

A Bit About Delhi

Officially, Delhi is the National Capital Territory of India. It is also a city unofficially divided in two – the old and the new. Delhi has existed since 1st century BC/BCE (before common era) when a king by the name of Raja Dhilu ruled the area. Delhi has been ruled by many different empires and kingdoms over its history, as is evidenced by the numerous relics you can see around the city.

Old Delhi

Old Delhi, also known as Central Delhi, is the historic centre, and was originally a walled city dating from the 1600’s. Most of the historical monuments and sites are located in Old Delhi. It is not easy to drive in this historic part of town. The roads are very narrow it is chaotic. Often referred to as the soul of India.

Delhi streets

Delhi streets

New Delhi

New Delhi is an urban district and territory of Delhi, and is the capital of India since its independence from British rule in 1947. Here is the location of the Government of India, with both the Prime Minister and the President using these palatial Secretarial Buildings.

New Delhi has modern architecture, wider roads, and was established by the British. You can see a huge difference between Old and New Delhi.

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Delhi Roads

Experiencing Delhi’s roads when touring around this city is part of the adventure. It’s the first thing you will be confronted with when you leave the airport. Be prepared for the worst and double that!

The road system, and I use the term loosely, is like no where else I’ve experienced in the 4 continents I’ve visited. I thought other countries like Italy and Malaysia were pretty bad, but nothing compares to the ‘orderly chaos’ of Delhi roads. I say ‘orderly chaos’ because the local drivers seem to be calm and in control of the madness.


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31 thoughts on “Epic Delhi In A Day Tour

  1. Jasmine says:

    Wow, it’s crazy to see the difference between Old and New Delhi. India intrigues me too, but I don’t think I’ll be going there any time soon, the amount of people there would overwhelm me too much haha. Looked like you had a great trip!

  2. Rhonda Albom says:

    I have not been to Delhi yet but it is on my list. You managed to do a lot in one day, especially with the traffic. Humayun’s Tomb looks very interesting.

  3. Ophelie says:

    I visited Delhi in 2011 but the lotus temple was not built yet, too bad it looks beautiful! I remembered being surprised by the traffic and the electric cables everywhere too! So crazy! Thanks for sharing those places!

  4. Kay says:

    Wow! I had no idea you could do so much in a day! That’s awesome! I think I would head straight for the Lotus Temple – its gorgeous!

  5. Dhanvi Tours says:

    Amazing information for the one wishing to travel in India especially for the first time. Enjoy reading thanks. I like hiking and trekking on the adventures treks. Thank you so much for giving mind-blowing information about travel.

  6. Nicole Hunter says:

    Your tour looks like a similar one that I took a coupe of years ago, except we didn’t see the Lotus. That is a very beautiful building. I also love what it represents. It looks like from the photos that you got to see a lot of these without tons of crowds. Lucky you!

  7. Sara says:

    This is a part of the world I know very little about when it comes to travel. I’ve always been interested in visiting Delhi and exploring India. Looks like a good itinerary and interesting info!

  8. CARMEN | Wellington World Travels says:

    I have to agree with you on traffic though!!! I have been there so many times, and people are really so calm and accepting of the road situation! I am not that patient lol. When I went there for a day, I only had time to see Qutub Minar and Lotus Temple.

  9. Charis says:

    India is such an exciting country. I have heard and read so much about it. We even cook Indian sometimes.
    Unfortunately I have never managed to travel to India. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Alison says:

    The driving looks just as I have read about… absolutely nuts! Sri Lanka is probably the closest I have seen to Delhi. It is one of my dreams to go to India and I think I would follow your one day tour exactly. Every single stop is so impressive and interesting. Saved for later!

  11. trimmtravels says:

    You had the same observations about the traffic in Delhi as I did in Lima, Peru. Nothing is minded, everyone does what they want, are emotionally attached to their horns yet no one gets upset and no one has a wreck. They’re too used to anything and everything. Our guide even said the only other place you would find traffic like in Lima was in India! Okay, but back on track…great highlights to hit if you only have one day. The architecture is so beautiful there and I would have to hit Lotus Temple and Humayun’s Tomb Complex first because they were my favorites on your list!

  12. Patti Reddi says:

    Thanks for the great itinerary. I passed through Delhi years ago on my way to Agra but I did not get a chance to explore the city. I definitely want to see the beautiful Humayun’s Tomb Complex next time I am there.

  13. travelanddream says:

    Great tips for Delhi, thanks for sharing! Wow, that picture of the traffic jams. I’ve never seen that many cars on one road. Like you said, how do they get anywhere on time?!

  14. Candy says:

    Oh my, when I read the part about the traffic it brought back memories of my time in the Philippines bout 20 years ago. It was the exact same experience! So many cars and no rules but people seem to be just fine. I however thought I was going to die at any minute, lol. I would love to visit Delhi some day. The architecture of the Lotus Temple is gorgeous! I have not heard of this temple and didn’t’ realize it was a new addition to the area.

  15. Suman Doogar says:

    I like how to say that Delhi traffic is an ‘orderly chaos ‘. I always say the same thing as I belong to Delhi. Humayun tomb complex is one of my favourite places in the city.

  16. Paula says:

    Wow the Lotus building is like the Opera House isn’t it. I had seen it several times online but didn’t realise it was in Delhi. I have not made it to India yet. The heat and crowds both scare me a little lol. I will get there one day and this looks like a great mix of old and new.

  17. The Holidaymaker says:

    This is part of the world that I know little about. Hate to admit that, but your photos have intrigued me. It have heard that the culture of driving is not for the faint of heart. I am not sure if any other countries have a different entrance fee for locals and tourists. Interesting. It appears you have highlighted the key attractions and this would be a good guide to those who are planning a trip there.

  18. Sage Scott says:

    Note to self: do not even THINK about trying to drive in Delhi. Come to think of it, just being a passenger in the car with an expert local may stress me the heck out!

  19. travelingness says:

    Great post on Delhi! I’ve been to India a few times and absolutely love it! Some of the best Indian food I had was in New Delhi, oh how I wish I could be back there!

  20. Danik says:

    To be honest I haven’t done much research on Delhi and couldn’t tell you what is there (as I look at other places in India I want to do), but after reading this, this has given me a good idea. Would love to check out the Red Fort as I am well into my history.

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