As India’s capital, Delhi is brimming with history, culture, and modern quirks. We cover as much as we can on our tour but there’s plenty more to discover in the city. Here’s a 24 hour plan for what to do in Delhi if you arrive early!
We’d recommend starting the day here for a relaxed brunch and a chai tea. It’s one of Delhi’s many hipster districts so it’s got plenty of interesting and affordable cafes. After a relaxing start, explore the district, browse its kooky shops, and appreciate the beauty of its old backstreets.
Delhi’s home to A LOT of temples. By all means, have a Google to find your perfect one. We visit a fair few on our first tour-day in Delhi but one we sadly miss off is The Lotus Temple. It’s underrated and can sometimes be missed by travellers.
The temple is a stunning piece of modern Indian architecture, shaped like a petal. It was built as a place of worship open to all (irrespective of faith) and there is a calm and welcoming atmosphere inside. In a city that can be hot and busy, the modern feel and spacious design of the temple offers a welcome contrast to the rest of Delhi.
We would recommend visiting here if you’re looking to cool off a little. Take a walk around the inside of the temple, sit down, and appreciate the tranquillity. There is also a garden surrounding the temple if you’d rather relax in the sun!
Grab some street food for lunch
Delhi’s got some of the best street good in India. We’d recommend stopping off to grab some for your lunch. There are plenty of markets and stalls dotted around the city.
If you don’t mind somewhere busy then visiting Chandni Chowk market is definitely worth it. Located just outside New Delhi (the central part of the city) it offers both street food and plenty more. That means spices, clothes and other knick-knacks. If you’re looking for a market inside New Delhi, Sarojini Nagar is also a brilliant spot to visit.
Getting street food in Delhi definitely doesn’t mean you have to go to a market. Street food stalls are everywhere and it’s easy to pick up some food on the go. What to do in Delhi is just as much about what to eat, so definitely try some of these and, if you’re a vegan or a veggie, check out this guide!
Hauz Khas Village
The Hauz Khas Village is a blend of history, arty culture, relaxed restaurants, and a buzzing nightlife. This mixing pot is the perfect place to let your afternoon smoothly transition into night!
Spend late afternoon afternoon taking a stroll around the village’s 13th century ruins and the park they lie within. There’s plenty of history to explore – Hauz Khas Village is as much defined by being a historical site as it is for the surrounding buzzing atmosphere.
Finally, embrace Delhi’s nightlife. If you want to keep things easy then stay in the Village. There’s plenty of bars and clubs (our recommendation would be Hauz Khas Social). If you’re looking to continue moving around, try heading over to Connaught Place to see some different clubs and bars.