Here are my must see places in no particular order.
The Masjid-i Jahān-Numā or Jama Masjid
This beautiful mosque was built between 1644-1656 and constructed of strips of red sandstone and white marble. It has 4 towers and 3 gates and is the largest mosque in India. Visitors should remove their shoes at the top of the stairs.
Humayun’s Tomb complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
It was built in 1570 and inspired by islamic and persian architecture styles. This complex consists of 3 main parts: The Humayun’s Tomb, Isa Khan Niyazi’s tomb and the beautiful and well-designed park. A little tip for you…. If you want to take a nice picture, you will have to go to the side of the building, because there aren’t many people there.
Qutb complex (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
This complex was built in 739 and consists of some iconic buildings including Qutub Minar, Iron pillar, Tomb of Iltutmish and Alauddin Khalji. It was amazing to see how people in the medieval time used their limited technology to build these beautiful complex. Go there in a late afternoon and you will get nice pictures.
The Lotus Temple
It’s a beautiful house of worship, designed by Fariborz Sahba.
Swaminarayan Akshardham (no camera is allowed inside)
Laxminarayan Temple (no camera is allowed inside) is a beautiful Hindu Temple, located in Mandir Marg, near Golmarket. The complex was built and inspired by Nagara style.
The Textile and Spice Market which are located in opposite the Delhi Train Station. These are really eye opening experiences.
A day trip to Agra and Taj Mahal and this is a must see trip once in your life time. The best way to go there is hiring a taxi for a round trip from your hotel. This shouldn’t cost more than 80 Euro for a day.
It isn’t recommended to;
– go by yourself, because you will waste a loooooot of time hassling from the train stations in both Delhi and Agra, plus from Agra to Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal.
– hire a taxi from streets. It is a smarter idea to let your hotel organize for this service due to safety and other related concerns. This way, the hotel knows your driver and your driver’s taxi license.
Other important tips;
1. Visa: If you plan to make less than 3 entries, you will not need to apply for a visa at the Embassy, but you will be able to apply an e-Visa which costs less.
2. If you love to take photos, you will need to check whether you are allowed, otherwise you will have to leave your expensive camera outside in a locker (if available)
3. If you want to visit Agra and Taj Mahal, you will need to check weather conditions beforehand, because the roads to Agra can be very foggy and it can be dangerous to drive.
4. There are often lanes for foreigners to enter museums and tourist attraction places, but you got to pay more. Unless you can spend hours waiting!