7 Reasons You Need to Visit New Delhi, India

There’s no doubt about it: New Delhi is unlike any other city in the world. For many travelers this means that their first visit is one marked by sensory overload—by chaos and color, pollution and poverty, enticing smells and exotic history. While it is certainly not an easy place to travel, when you visit New Delhi, India the uniqueness and the vibrancy of the culture are exactly what make it such a fascinating place to explore.

Want to learn more about what awaits in India’s messy but magical capital city?

Don’t miss these 7 reasons why you absolutely must visit New Delhi, India with Blue Osa Journeys:

1. The Red Fort

The Red Fort of the Mughal Emperors
sourced from waywuwei via Flickr

This iconic symbol of India is named for its massive red sandstone walls that once enclosed the ancient Mughal Empire. The magnificent structure dates back to 1648 when it was first built as a fortified palace to serve as the capital of the Mughal Emperor, which it remained as for two centuries. Today the historic site serves as a museum, a monument and a place of solitude in the center of the bustling city. It’s a must-see not only for its historical importance but also the stunning architectural detail.

2. Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar South Side View
sourced from Swaminathan via Flickr

Built nearly 1,000 years ago, the Qutub Minar is a 72.5 meter minaret—the second tallest in all of India. The tower was built to symbolize victory over Delhi’s last Hindu kingdom. At the base of the minaret you’ll find India’s first Islamic mosque, as well as a few ruins and gardens that decorate the grounds. For a particularly striking experience, time your visit to the attraction at sunset.

3. Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun's Tomb, Delhi
sourced from GigaPixPhotography via Flickr

Sometimes referred to as ‘the Red Taj Majal’, Humayun’s Tomb was built in the 1500s as a tomb for the second Mughal Emperor of India. The tomb is notable for its intricate Persian details, for being the first garden-tomb of its kind in India, and for inspiring new architectural innovations that would eventually lead to the construction of the breathtakingly beautiful Taj Majal.

4. Lotus Temple

Lotus Temple
sourced from Amit Rawat via Flickr

The Lotus Temple, or the Baha’i House of Worship, lays in stark contrast to the number of ancient complexes that dot New Delhi. The temple was designed to resemble a lotus flower and consists of 27 remarkable marble petals. The architectural feat is always a site to behold, but the Lotus Temple is exceptionally striking when glowing against the dark night sky.

5. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
sourced from Juha Uitto via Flickr

This Sikh house of worship is perhaps the most serene spot in all of New Delhi. The temple is easily distinguishable for its glittering golden domes and the large pool inside the complex (the water of which is considered holy by Sikhs). Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is the perfect place to mingle with warm and friendly locals over a meal at the restaurant inside or simply meditate alongside the crystal-clear pool.

6. The Bazaars of Old Delhi

Old Delhi
sourced from Easten Law via Flicr

One of the best ways to discover the irresistible vivacity of New Delhi is by getting lost in its bazaars. For a particularly intimate encounter with the sights, smells and sounds of India, don’t miss an Old Delhi Bazaar Walk. These guided tours take visitors through the captivating bazaars of Old Delhi while ensuring guests receive a refreshingly local and hassle-free experience.

7. The Food

top 10 indian dishes samosas

We’ve saved the best for last. Perhaps the single most fantastic reason to visit New Delhi, India is for the opportunity to savor the flavorful local cuisine—regularly considered to be some of the best in all of India. Don’t miss street favorites like jaleeb, chaat papdi, golgappas, samosas and chai. To minimize your risk of a stomach bug, be sure to pick vendors that are both popular with the locals and where the food is prepared fresh in front of you.

[et_bloom_inline optin_id=”optin_30″]

[x_button shape=”square” size=”x-large” float=”none” circle=”true” href=”https://www.blueosa.com/category/blue-osa-journeys/” title=”Yoga Teacher Training” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover”]Read more about Blue Osa past Journeys Here![/x_button]

A Cruising Couple

About the author:

Casey Siemasko is a content marketing consultant, travel blogger and wandering yogi. An entrepreneur at heart, she is the co-founder of the award-winning travel blog A Cruising Couple. Besides yoga and travel, she enjoys wine tastings, being outdoors and taking on new hobbies.

BOOK/INQUIRE NOW

Got pain? This will help you!

YOU DESERVE TO LIVE PAIN-FREE…

Receive 7 short, simple, and effective practices to alleviate knee, hip, low back, neck, shoulder pain, and more!

All you need is 5 minutes per lesson and it’s FREE!

This revolutionary approach to yoga is new, and no one else is teaching this! Since I created Applied Yoga Anatomy + Muscle Activation™ and started teaching it consistently, I’ve witnessed students heal long-standing injuries, access yoga postures they never thought possible, and tell me over and over again how their body just feels better.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey!

~Yogi Aaron

Sign Up Here, it’s FREE!

Is Yoga Teacher Training Right For Me?

We Created This FREE 5 Part Series So You Can Get All The Information To Make The Right Choice.

In this series, you will learn:

  • Am I a candidate for yoga teacher training??
  • What will I learn in a YTT?
  • Do I need to have a perfect downward dog to attend YTT?

14-Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

If you are looking for a 14-day 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica Immersion, you have landed in the right place. Join the next one!

28-Day 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

• Are you struggling to uncover your purpose?

• Seeking insight and understanding?

• Do you need time and space to find your truths and replenish your spirit?

The Blue Osa 28-Day Immersion Life Transformation Yoga Teacher Training is for you! Join the next one!

300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training

Do You Feel Called To Something Greater?

This 300-Hour Yoga Teacher Training immersion training at Blue Osa will immerse you in yoga for one month.

You will have the specific transformational skills and yogic practices you need in order to connect with your higher purpose.

And more! You will be able to offer these transformative skills to others!

Join the next one!

Join a Group Retreat