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Delhi Itinerary – How To Spend 1 Day In Delhi

Building a one day in Delhi itinerary is tough, as there’s so much to see and do. So we’ve narrowed down all the best parts, into how to do Delhi in a day.

How To Get Around Delhi

Delhi is a large city and you have a few different options to get around it.

On Foot

With a population of over 32 million people, Delhi is a city full of pedestrians.

And with the population density bursting at the seams, this means traffic, congestion, and crowds.

So there are many times you will get to places faster on foot, than by vehicle. Especially if you haven’t got far to go.

Taxi/Tuk Tuk

Jumping in a rickshaw (tuk tuk) is a great option if your legs are feeling tired.

Quick trips are usually cheap and shouldn’t cost more than 50 rupees, but be sure to negotiate a price before getting in the vehicle.

Regular taxi’s are available and should operate on a metre.

App-based taxi services like Uber and Ola also operate in Delhi.

Metro

The Delhi Metro is a fast and reliable mode of transport that connects all areas of the city. Making it a popular choice with locals and tourists.

It provides a great way to explore the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Red Fort and India Gate, which are all easily accessible via the metro.

One Day Metro Card : 150 Rupees.

Driver

A perfect example of this is the Private Tour: Old And New Delhi City Sightseeing Tour.

With this option you get an air conditioned vehicle and a driver for the day, and get to see the best of Delhi in a private, customisable 8-hour tour.

Simply tell your driver which sites you’d like to visit, and enjoy complete flexibility as you visit museums, bazaars, and anything else that interests you.

Tour

Some of the best days out we’ve had have been on private tours.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

From food tours, to river rides and walking tours, there’s plenty to keep you busy in this bustling city!

Best Time To Visit Delhi

Delhi lies between the Himalayas and the Thar Desert which means it experiences some quite extreme weather.

The most popular time to visit is during the winter, which starts around mid November through until the end of February.

This is when temperatures are generally at what some people would call a pleasant 24°C during the day and it’s cool at night for sleeping.

Remember, this is just a guide, so you may want to mix it up and add/subtract different attractions.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Delhi Itinerary Day 1

The Red Fort

The first stop on your one day in Delhi itinerary, has to be The Red Fort.

One of the most historic forts in India, The Red Fort served as the main residence of the Mughal Emperors for nearly 200 years and now remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.

Built from 1639 – 1648, (it took a total of 8 years, 10 months and 25 days) this private house was constructed by Shah Jahan for private residence of his daughter.

Now The Red Fort can be visited by tourists and locals from Tuesday to Sunday between 9.30am – 4.30pm. The Fort is closed on Mondays.

Tickets for the Red Fort can be combined with a 3-Hour Old Delhi Heritage Walking Tour With Rickshaw Ride.

Also, every year on the Independence day of India (15 August), the Prime Minister hoists the Indian “tricolour flag” at the main gate of the fort and delivers a nationally broadcast speech from its ramparts.

Walk around, take photos, and dive into the culture of one of the top things to see in Old Delhi in a day.

Depending on your time restraints, a lot of people choose to visit Taj Mahal from Delhi too, but that is a full day trip.

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Lauren looking out over the rooftops on our one day in Delhi itinerary

Chandni Chowk

From The Red Fort it’s just a 5 minute walk to explore the streets of Chandni Chowk!

Chandni Chowk is a busy market area full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewellery and vivid saris. And while the narrow side streets are crowded, they make for one hell of an experience!

From the spice markets to the rooftops this is the rawest places you’ll see on your one day in Delhi itinerary.

A great way to experience both The Red Fort and Chandni Chowk is to combine them with the: 3-Hour Old Delhi Heritage Walking Tour With Rickshaw Ride.

This tour allows you to walk through the streets and bazaars of Old Delhi in a day, and experience traditional Indian lifestyles. Then visit the Jama Masjid mosque, Red Fort and the Chandni Chowk market. Before enjoying a short ride by rickshaw back to the spice market.

Otherwise, if you would like a a more in depth food tour, there’s the: Eat Like a Local: Chandni Chowk Street Food and Walking Tour.

Designed for the foodies, this walking tour is the perfect way to sample the best street food and snacks Delhi has to offer. Allowing you to taste over ten different traditional drinks and dishes, including seasonal specials!

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Delhi roads can be pretty intense

Eat Local Street Food

The first thing you’re going to want to do on your India itinerary is try the cuisine!

So we recommend exploring the streets on your one day in Delhi itinerary, and getting stuck into the local snacks.

But what is Delhi Chaat? – Chaat is a savory snack originated in India, typically served at the road-side from stalls or food carts.

With its origins in Uttar Pradesh, chaat has become immensely popular in the rest of the Indian subcontinent.

From the traditional samosas, to the Asian inspired momos, go out and grab some cheap street food!

One of the top ways to do so is on an Old Delhi Street Food Tasting Tour. You’ll experience the culture of India through the vibrant street food scene of Old Delhi, with this tasting tour of local on-the-go snacks.

Plus you get to travel from location to location by rickshaw and experience the city like a local.

We couldn’t get enough of the Indian spices, and we’re sure you’ll love them too on your Delhi in a day tour!

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The rooftops of Delhi make for a great sunset location

Experience The Nightlife

If you’re one day in Delhi itinerary ends up on a weekend, then we recommend heading out to experience the Delhi nightlife.

We are not party goers at all when we travel, but after speaking to some friends at our accommodation we thought why not give it a go.

It was such a random experience, but we ended up dancing to Punjabi music until the early hours. Don’t ask us where, but it was an evening of laughs and certainly rounded off the madness of exploring Delhi in a day.

Many of Delhi’s best bars are centrally located on the Outer Circle of Connaught Place, so jumping in a rickshaw or taxi is easy enough.

Partying in one of the most populated cities in the world – why not? If you’re in Delhi then this has to be one of the best things to do in India.

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Our first night in Delhi

Where To Stay In Delhi

Luxury

The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa

A 5-minute drive from Connaught Place, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa New Delhi features an outdoor pool and 3 dining options.

Situated in New Delhi’s city centre, it also offers a fitness centre and spa.

The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa is 0.6 miles from New Delhi Railway Station, 550 yards from Airport Express Metro Station (Shivaji Stadium) and 7.5 miles from Delhi International Airport.

Stylish air-conditioned rooms feature Indian motifs. Equipped with an iron and a flat-screen TV with cable channels, they also come with a minibar.

Private bathrooms feature bath and shower facilities, free toiletries from NeoVeda and a hairdryer.

Mid-Budget

The Prime Balaji Deluxe

Located just 100 yards from the New Delhi Railway Station, The Prime Balaji Deluxe @ New Delhi Railway Station operates a 24-hour front desk to assist guests at all hours.

It provides complimentary airport pick-up. Free WiFi access is available.

Each room here will provide you with a TV, air conditioning and a seating area. There is also a refrigerator.

Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with free toiletries. Extras include satellite channels.

Budget

Joey’s Hostel

Joey’s Hostel is located in New Delhi, just 400 yards from the Laxmi Metro Station. Free WiFi access is available.

Each room here will provide you with air conditioning. It comes with shared bathroom.

At Joey’s Hostel you will find a terrace and a shared kitchen.

Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, a ticket service and a tour desk. The property offers free parking.

For more places to stay in Delhi, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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The Perfect One Day In Delhi Itinerary

Rajat Kumar

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

You can't really miss visiting Chandani Chowk. That's a real essence of Delhi.

I hope you had amazing stay in Delhi during your journey.

Charlie Pauly

Thursday 28th of January 2021

Agreed! I had an epic time in Delhi, thank you!

Bharat

Friday 27th of December 2019

Wonderful Image!! Nice list of places to explore near Delhi. Thanks for a marvelous posting I really enjoyed reading it, this post is very interesting and informative.

Charlie Pauly

Friday 27th of December 2019

Thank you!