How to spend 24 hours in New Delhi

If you want to know what to do in Delhi if you only have 24 hours, you’re in the right place.

India’s capital city with its millions and millions of inhabitants can be overwhelming. So to make it easier, here you will find the best things to do in Delhi.

What to see and do in new Delhi in a day

Agrasen Ki Baoli

Start your day in Delhi visiting Agrasen Ki Baoli. Go right after sunrise, otherwise the light won’t be nice and there will be too many people.

What is a Baoli? It’s a kind of well surrounded by stairs. Today, Agrasen Ki Baoli is another tourist attraction and is also very popular between locals.

Agrasen Ki Baoli New Delhi

Gandhi Mural

This huge mural of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, is located at the Police HQ.

If you want to visit, ask your driver to stop for a second on the way to India Gate.

What to see in Delhi: Mural Gandhi

India Gate

There is no more emblematic monument in this chaotic city.

The Indian gate, a 42-metre-high triumphal arch, was built to pay homage to the soldiers who died in the First World War. India Gate is surrounded by a garden area that is very popular among locals for their celebrations, picnics or simply, spend their spare hours.

What to see in Delhi: India Gate

Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar is considered the first symbol of the city of Delhi. Here you can enjoy strolling around the ruins of the temples in the purest Angkor Wat style and of course, the red sandstone minaret.


Humayun’s Tomb

The most special fact about Humayun’s Tomb is that its architecture inspired Taj Mahal’s design.

Sunrise must be magical as the sun rises from behind the building. However we visited it right before sunset and we were mesmerized by its architecture, gardens and the colors in the sky.


Janpath Market

Right after sunset head to Janpath market, a market frequented by both tourists and locals. It’s perfect for being souvenirs, incense, saris and accessories. Here I also found a small library!

If you visit this market, take the opportunity to dine in an authentic restaurant: Garam Dharma. A recommendation from my friend Karylin to enjoy the real Indian cuisine.

What to see in Delhi: Janpath market

If you have more than a day in new Delhi…

Add this places to your list:

  • Jama Masid
  • Chandi Chowk
  • Red Fort
  • Spices Market in Old Delhi

These are places I will visit in my next visit to the capital of India: I know I’ll be back!

How to get around in new Delhi

Uber is a fantastic and safe option, but do not forget to use at least once the tuk tuk: it’s a bucket list experience!

If you’re a solo female traveler try to avoid wandering the streets late at night. As soon as the sun sets, ask your hotel or restaurant to call you in a taxi.

Where to stay in New Delhi

During our stay in new Delhi before and after the Palace on Wheels, we stayed at The Ashok Hotel, a huge property where you would expect a basket of fruit and biscuits in your immense room.

Check here availability and rates.

Where to sleep in Delhi: The Ashok



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