48 hours in Delhi – Your Ultimate Travel Guide

Whether you are time pressed or have all the time in the world, our 48 hour series will show you the must see sights, and the top things to do that can be fit into 48 hours or stretched out on a longer trip.

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The capital of India, Delhi is an overwhelming experience of all your senses… Some people find 48 hours too little in this massive city, and some… well they are ready to get on out of there within the first few hours… (first country I have ever experience culture shock in). Divided into Old Delhi and New Delhi, you will experience a mix of culture, history, and stunning photo opportunities in a city like no other. There is a lot to see, and many ways to get around and see it all, but for 48 hours, I highly suggest hiring a private taxi.

Qutab Minar Complex

The Qutb Complex is an UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of Delhi. The iconic Qutab Minar itself, is a spectacle at 73 metres high, towering over the rest of the complex. Walking around the complex you will witness some of the finest carvings and architecture, the beautiful old red sandstone makes this a must see.

Lotus Temple

Built out of pure white marble, the Lotus Temple is a symbolic structure which is free to visit. Shaped like a lotus flower and surrounded by lush gardens and pools of blue water, this beautiful temple is exquisite to witness.

Dilla Haat Markets

With 3 options, the original Dilla Haat Markets are the main attraction to see (INA Dilli Haat). A traditional market offering an array of handicraft stalls, food courts, and regular events and performances, these markets are like no other and a must see for any visit!


Lodhi Gardens

The most beautiful way to start your day, get up early and join the locals for a lovely morning stroll around Lodhi Gardens. There are three notable tombs to walk and see, as well as the lush gardens surrounding them. Highly recommend this first thing in the morning as you get a feel for the calmer side of Delhi city

Humayun’s Tomb

Humayun’s Tomb, built in 1570, is a must see for its cultural significance and architectural beauty. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and it inspired several major architectural innovations, including the construction of the Taj Mahal. There is a lot to see and learn about at Humayun’s Tomb, and if you plan on visiting Agra, and the Taj, this will help you appreciate and understand the cultural sentiment.

Red Fort

A bit of a drive out of Delhi city centre you will find the historical Red Fort, also called Lal Qal’ah, which was built in the 17th century in ‘Old’ Delhi. Its massive red sandstone walls stand 23 metres high, and the complex is filled with an array of beautiful structures including palaces, halls, baths, and exquisite gardens. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, this spectacular site is not to be missed.

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14 thoughts on “48 hours in Delhi – Your Ultimate Travel Guide

  1. Raksha Nagaraj says:

    I have visited Delhi many a times, but I have not been to all the places. I was supposed to visit Delhi again with my family but unfortunately that did not happen. I love the Qutab Minar and Lotus temple.

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  2. Suvarna Arora says:

    Delhi is home and I love Delhi. You have covered the main tourist sites. Next time come back with more days and see Chandni Chowk for authentic old Delhi charm, Connaught place for nightlife, Akshardham temple, etc.

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  3. mohanaandaninda says:

    Our plans to visit Delhi always bite the dust but maybe we’ll go after the pandemic is over and eat in the many gallis of Delhi and see its brilliant buildings and monuments. If you loved Delhi’s food, check out Pamela Timms Korma, Kheer, and Kismet. It’s an excellent book!

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