New Delhi, India’s capital, is a city that takes pride in its history, diversity & culture. This attracts many visitors every year and makes it a recommended tourist destination for Indian & foreign travellers.

Delhi has played an essential role in defining the history of the Mughal, British and well as the Modern Era in India. Delhi is famous for its monuments, temples and places of interest, which one must see & experience in their One Day Delhi Local Sightseeing Trip. Delhi is not just a city; it’s way beyond it.

Reboot yourself with an endlessly fascinating day trip to Delhi & visit the glorious monuments to entice the history buff in you and explore spirituality amidst the various temples across the city.

Explore Delhi’s street shopping experiences and indulge in delectable street food without which neither the city nor your trip would be complete. If you are a family of four or more, it is advisable to hire a cab in Delhi to ensure affordability, flexibility, and comfort. 

What to expect

We will cover 8 places of interest, each one different from another so you can experience the best in a short span of time. We will begin our Delhi sightseeing trip by picking you up from your place of accommodation around 9 am, and our first stop for the day will be Akshardham Temple.

Once we have taken the blessings of Bhagwan Swaminarayan and the other gods & goddesses, we will head to the rather noisy lanes of Old Delhi, where we will visit the Red Fort.

Since our historical & political interests will spike here, we will soon move to Central Delhi and see the India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Parliament House, all of which are near one another.

Post this, we will re-energise ourselves with a scrumptious lunch at one of the closely located and well-known restaurants. We will then head to Lotus Temple, which is internationally acclaimed for its lotus-like structure.

Next in our Delhi itinerary would be to explore, one of the most beautiful monuments from the Mughal era, Humayun’s Tomb, and last but not the least, around sunset, we will watch the Qutub Minar in the backdrop of orange hues, and then we will drop you back to your hotel.

Places to Visit on this One Day Delhi Local Sightseeing Trip by Car

Even though a day is not enough owing to Delhi’s vast history, here is an itinerary made with a few of the recommended sightseeing places one must add to their list when in Delhi:

1. Akshardham Temple

Literally meaning, the ‘abode of God’, Akshardham Temple was constructed in late 2005 in the honour of Bhagwan Swaminarayan.

The external facade the temple is constructed using detailed carvings on sandstone while the flooring is done using white marbles. It has vast areas of gardens, fountains, a step-well styled courtyard, a museum and a mini theatre where the teachings of Swaminarayan gets projected via audiovisuals. The temple has over 20,000 statues of various Hindu sages, devas and acharyas.

It is interesting to note that over 3,00,000,000 volunteer hours were put to use in the making of this temple, and approximately 8000 volunteers from across the globe took part in its making.

Cell phones and cameras are not allowed within the premises, meaning you spend more time in the calm and peaceful environment with friends & family and detach yourself from the digital world.

  • Must see: Watch the exhibitions that are displayed across three halls. Unlike regular exhibitions, Akshardham uses a unique storytelling technique with the support of sculptures and modern media and technology. 
  • Timings: Tuesday – Sunday (First Entry: 9:30 am & Last Entry: 6:30 pm | Arti: 10:00am and 6:00pm)
  • Holidays/Closed On: Mondays
  • Recommended Duration: 2 Hours
  • Entry Fee: The entry to the complex and the temple is free. However, there are tickets for the following: Exhibition: Rs.120-Rs.220 and Water Show: Rs.50-80

2. Red Fort, Delhi

In the chaotic lanes of Old Delhi is the Red Fort which is immensely popular for being of great historical importance, both during the Mughal Era and the British Era. In 2007, it was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The fort is spread across 256 acres, and if one has an aerial view of the fort, one can see that it’s octagonal in shape. As the name suggests, it is made using red sandstones under the reign of Mughal Emperor Shahjahan.

The Red Fort once used to house precious jewels like Koh-i-Noor diamond, jade wine cup of Shah Jahan and the crown of Bahadur Shah II, which were later looted by the Britishers. The property was damaged and even partly destroyed, the ruins of which can still be witnessed.

Various parts of the fort including mosques and public baths are restricted for tourists to visit, however, one can view them by peeping through the marble fretwork or via the small glass windows.

  • Must see: See the museum that hosts various paintings of the Indian Independence Movement. There is a working restaurant inside the red fort by the name of ‘The Tea House’ where one can indulge in tea and snacks.
  • Timings: 9.30am-4.30 pm
  • Holidays/Closes On: Monday 
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: Indian & SAARC Visitors: Rs.35, Others: Rs.500

3. India Gate, Delhi

Standing tall in the central part of Delhi is the India Gate which acts a memorial for the thousands of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for Mother India during the different wars. Owing to its massive structure, emotional history and central location, India Gate is visited by all kinds of tourists.

The pillar has the names of over 13000 soldiers inscribed in it. It is surrounded by vast lawns where families often come and spend time with their kids. There is also a war memorial and a children’s park on the same grounds.

  • Things To Do: Sit in the lawns, sun bask, and possibly enjoy a cup of tea or a popsicle. You will also find various street vendors, selling street food that you eat along with.
  • Timings: India Gate is open on all days of the week and has no opening & closing hours. However, it is recommended that one should visit India Gate before sunset to be able to go near the Gate and see the inscription. If in case one misses this time slot, they can even go there post-sunset and enjoy the monument getting lit up. 
  • Recommended Duration: 30 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: Free

4. Rashtrapati Bhavan

As the name suggests, Rashtrapati Bhavan is the home of the President of India and is the artwork of exemplary imagination and architecture. Indians find pride in visiting it because it is a standing example of India being a Democratic, Secular, Socialist and Sovereign nation.

It divides its tour into three parts:

Circuit 1: The tour of this includes the main building, the Forecourt, the Banquet Hall, Ashok Hall, Durbar Hall, Library, North Drawing Room, Long Drawing Room, Navachara and more. This is open to visitors from Thursday to Sundays.

Circuit 2: The second tour is of the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum which compromises of the Clock Tower, the Stables and the Garages. This is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Circuit 3: This circuit allows tourists to take a tour of the opulently famous Mughal Gardens. However, it is only open during the winters when the flowers have blossomed and the gardens give a spectacular view. One can visit them in the months of November – March from Thursdays to Sundays. 

  • Things To Do: Keep an eye for peacocks singing in the lawns of the Bhavan.
  • Timings: Different circuits are open on different days. We suggest visiting them between Thursdays – Sundays, 9 AM-4PM to witness it all.
  • Holidays/Closes On: It is closed on all Gazetted Holidays and Mondays.
  • Recommended Duration: 1 Hour/Circuit
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 50 per person per circuit. No fee for children below 8 years.

5. Parliament House

If you have the slightest interest in politics, you will know about that the Parliament House. Commonly known as the Sansad Bhawan, it accommodates the Lok Sabha & the Rajya Sabha. It has the offices of the various ministers, committees and is home to a large library.

The architecture of the Parliament house draws its inspiration from the Ashoka Chakra of the National flag, and as such is circular in shape.

Do note that only authorised personnel can visit the Parliament from the inside and visitors are only allowed to witness this imperial building from the outside. However, be assured that the structure in itself is a treat to the eyes.

  • Things To Do: If you are lucky, you can spot various ministers and celebrities flocking in and out of the Parliament House. 
  • Timings: You can see it from outside on all days. It is recommended not to visit it late at night to avoid any hassle from security guards. 
  • Holidays/Closes On: It is closed on all Gazetted Holidays.
  • Recommended Duration: 10 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: Free

6. Lotus Temple

Known to be one of the most visited buildings in the world, Lotus temple is a place of worship of the Bahá’í Faith. The faith preaches the value of the different religions and stresses on its unification. As such, the temple is open to all members of the society and makes no biases based on their religion, gender, caste, creed, sex or educational qualification.

The shape of the building is that of a lotus with 9 sides and it is made using 23 shaped marble petals. Each of these 9 sides has a door which leads to the hall that can accommodate approximately 2500 people. Owing to its lotus-like structure, the architecture of the building has received great accolades, nationally and internationally.

  • Things To Do: Do spend some time inside the hall and feel being close to God, of any faith of your choice.
  • Timings: Open from Tuesday-Sundays, 9.30 am – 6 pm.
  • Holidays/Closes On: Monday
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: Free

7. Humayun’s Tomb 

Unsurprisingly, Humayun’s Tomb is the tomb of the Mughal emperor Humayun. It was originally constructed for his Persian wife and hence its architecture drew inspiration from both Mughal and the Persian elements.

It was the first garden-tomb of India and its architecture was taken as an example in the construction of various other Mughal monuments such as the Taj Mahal, Safdarjung Tomb, amongst various others.

  • Things To Do: Look for the chants inscribed on the monuments . Take a walk surrounded by palm trees, sit on the stairs and just reconnect with yourself.
  • Timings: Monday – Sunday, 6 am – 6 pm
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: 30 for Indians. 500 for foreigners

8. Qutub Minar

It is a 43m long Minaret with a 14m diameter at the base and is situated in the South Delhi District. The tower has 5 storeys with intricately crafted spiral-shaped 379 steps. 

What’s interesting to note is that the 5 storeys were not constructed at once. In fact, the constructed was initiated by Qitub-ud-Din Aibak who only created the basement which was taken over by his successor, Iltutmish, who then build the next three storeys.

Its construction was finished by Firoz Shah Tuglak who built the last two storeys. Since the construction happened over the span of various years and under the reign of different rulers, one can spot the architectural differences. 

  • Things To Do: It is a paradise for photographers who wish to take photos from various angles, especially during sunrise or sunset.
  • Timings: Sunrise to sunset
  • Recommended Duration: 45 Minutes
  • Entry Fee: Rs 10 for Indians and Rs 250 for foreigners

What to Shop for in Delhi 

If you are visiting Delhi for a local sightseeing trip, add shopping to your bucket list. Even if you cannot dedicate an entire day for street shopping, you will find various stalls and shops near various tourist spots. Do not go back without shopping for ethnic junk jewellery, dry fruits from Khari Baoli and handicraft items.

What to Eat in Delhi 

Delhi is incomplete without its street food. One must enjoy the fried delights, lemon soda, chickpeas with bread, momos served with red hot chutney and the delightful Rajma (Kidney Beans) with Rice served with sliced onions, green chutney and chillies.


Explore this city which is rich in history, culture and glamour.There is so much for everyone to explore in Delhi that it becomes everyone’s favourite. The selected car rental vendor from the list will will ensure your one-day Delhi local sightseeing tour is satisfying. Explore Delhi for a day, and it will automatically grow on you. And in no time, you would be ready to plan another trip to Delhi soon.

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