Delhi Travel Guide

Explore Delhi

India’s capital, New Delhi, is a mishmash of regal Mughal forts, intricately carved Hindu temples, chaotic traditional bazaars and modern malls. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the mayhem of modern Delhi when navigating its traffic, crushing crowds and heat.

But dig beneath the surface and you’ll find a historical city that tells stories from yesteryears in a poetic melange of imperial gardens, havelis (mansions) and mausoleums.


Top Things to do

Red Fort

Go back in time through the imperial palaces and buildings of this 1648 fort. This was the political centre of Mughal government for nearly 200 years, but now it’s a collection of museums that has been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

Jama Masjid

One of the largest mosques in India, this complex was built by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, between 1644 and 1656. The stunning mosque has three arched gates, four towers and two 40 m high minarets constructed of red sandstone and white marble.

Qutub Minar

Explore this impressive collection of Mughal monuments and tombs (of ancient kings), including the 72m-high tall minaret that dates back to 1192, the Ala-ud-din’s madrasa and Atamkish’s marble mausoleum.

Akshardham

This relatively new Hindu temple has an impressive interior that brings you on a journey through Hindu mythology, through 20,000 odd figures of deities and spirits.

India Gate

A war memorial dedicated to the 82,000 soldiers who died in the World War, the India Gate is an iconic landmark of Delhi and a must-visit for history buffs.

Lodi Gardens

A hotspot for locals especially in the morning, this massive city park offers a rare patch of greenery in the metropolis and is home to the burial grounds of several important 15th century rulers.

Lotus Temple

Known more for its architecture than religious purpose, this Bahá’í House of Worship is designed in the form of a lotus and draws in 8,000 visitors a day.

Where to Eat and Drink

From grand diners that dish up traditional imperial cuisine to simple cheap streetside bites, the culinary offerings in New Delhi are limitless. Halal restaurants too are also aplenty, especially in the southern corner of New Delhi. Just remember to bring an empty stomach – and a sense of adventure!


Recommended places to eat

Chandni Chowk

One of the oldest and busiest markets in New Delhi, this vibrant bazaar is best known for its food carts, sweets shops and spice stalls. Some of the most famous confections include the Ghantewala Halwai and Natraj’s Dahi Bhalle. Don’t miss the local delicacy, jalebi (deep fried flour sweet)!

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Bukhara

This landmark dining destination has won countless awards from around the globe with its tandoor-cooked menu. Expect warm, robust flavours and authentic North West Indian flair.

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Spice Route

Lauded as one of the top ten restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveler, this unique establishment located in The Imperial Hotel offers a dining experience that transports you to different corners of South East Asia.

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Karim’s Mughal Palace

As part of a famous Halal restaurant chain, this branch dishes up cheap and wholesome Mughal food in the form of tandoori chicken, roti and kebabs. It’s hugely popular, so expect to wait in line

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Sodabottleopenerwala

A modern concept restaurant and bar found in the bustling Khan market, this eatery serves up typical Parsi cuisine, Irani specialties and Bombay street food, in a fun, quirky and contemporary atmosphere.

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Bikanervala

This affordable dining chain is a one stop shop for traditional Indian fare and sweets in a simple and modern setting. Here you’ll find everything from masala dosa to pakora and pizzas.

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Recommended Places to Stay

The Taj Mahal Hotel

One of the city’s most eminent five-star hotels, this iconic hotel offers exquisite views of the capital and is adorned with the treasured works of India’s finest artists.

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The Visaya

A unique boutique hotel run by a mother-daughter team, the Visaya is packed with artistic touches and is tastefully designed to exude a soothing atmosphere

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Broadway

The best budget hotel option in town is quirky and comfortable and less than a 1-minute walk from the Delhi Gate bus station

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Hotel Palace Heights

Those looking for something affordable and simple will love this budget hotel located near Connaught Place offering good value for money.

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Best Time to Go

The best time to visit Delhi is in winter, from November to February, when temperatures are moderate and the weather is relatively dry. Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s while night time temperatures can go as low as 8°C.

It’s best to avoid the hottest months of May and June, when temperatures reach as high as 40°C. Hot and dry winds are common during this time of the year and dust storms may result. The monsoon season is from July to September, with heavy rains and extremely high humidity hitting Delhi.

One of the best times to visit Delhi is during the Holi festival, celebrated by throwing coloured powder at people to celebrate the full moon. This usually happens in the middle of March.


Getting There

Many airlines fly from Saudi Arabia to New Delhi, including Air Arabia, Air India, Cathay Pacific and Emirates. Direct flights are available from Riyadh and Dammam to New Delhi and the journey takes approximately 4 hours.

Getting from Airport to City
  • By Metro

    A high-speed airport express strain runs from the Indira Gandhi International Airport to the New Delhi Railway Station. The journey takes around 25 minutes and a single fare on the Airport Express Line costs 80 INR.

  • By public bus

    Public buses from DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) leave every 30 minutes from Terminal 3 and stop at many central parts of Delhi. A single fare costs around 100 INR and the journey takes about 1 hour depending on traffic.

  • By taxi

    Taxis are available at the Arrival Halls of Terminals 1 and 3. A ride to the city takes between 30 to 60 minutes and costs around 220 INR



Extra tips
  • India uses a three-pin round plug; most travellers will need to use a plug adapter.

  • The voltage in India is supplied between 220 and 240 volts. If you’re using an appliance not built for 220 to 240 volts, you will need to use a converter.

  • Delhi, and the rest of India, uses the Indian rupee (INR) as local currency. The current exchange rate is approximately 1SAR to 17.91INR.

  • Hindi is the official language of Delhi — though Urdu, Punjabi, and English are frequently spoken as well.