So you’re on your tourist expedition in Asia, and you realize you just can’t go without visiting India. Or you are on transit, and you would love to hit the streets of Delhi before your departure time comes. What you want most is to go around Delhi and get the best out of your 48 hours. The clock is ticking and you’re probably sweating because you do not know where to start.
But the good things that we’ve prepared you, are the perfect 48 hour Delhi guide. Find the itinerary that will help you cover as many places and fun activities as possible in the little time that you’ve got.
First, get your transit visa for India ready.
Regardless of the duration that you will stay in India, you require a visa. If you want to walk through the streets of Delhi without anyone asking you or being on the wrong side of the law, then you need a transit visa.
Some travelers may just be passing through India for transit to another destination, but as long as they want to leave the airport, they must have a transit visa for India.
The convenience of application depends on your nationality because citizens from some countries have to book their Indian visa in advance from the yard consulate or High Commission.
Fortunately, the majority of people come from countries that will have a chance to get an e-visa. If you’re going to connect flights in India and then you realize you may want to have a few stops in the capital, make sure to apply for a transit visa for India.
The morning of day one
In the morning, have breakfast and confirm your accommodations. The city has excellent hotels that you can book. After you have the key to your room, have some good food, and taste the Delhi cuisine.
The afternoon of day one
Start with the south of Delhi and experience the magnificent architecture and cultural sites in that place. You can start with Qutub Minar in Mehrauli. Although this may be a little far from the central city, it is among the top attraction sites.
In fact, Qutub Minar has already been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in 1206 AD, Qutub Minar is the tallest brick minaret worldwide. It’s an Indo-Islamic fusion architecture whose history remains a mystery.
Then make sure to visit the Mehrauli archaeological site. You will find more than 100 historical monuments with lots of unique stories. Some of them are there Jamali Kamali mosque.
The evening of day 1
After you’re done with South Delhi, go to the Hauz Khas, where you can find the medieval heritage of the people. There are lots of restaurants around that place, including the Kunzum Travel Cafe for you to replenish yourself.
And before the sunset, you should already have visited all the remarkable archaeological sites around the Hauz Khas. This name means the ‘Royal Tank,’ and it has some of the remains of a 14th-century Islamic learning institution. Then go back to the village to experience picturesque dusk.
When the duck sets in, you may decide to get one of the Indian foods. Indian culture has some of the most diverse meals that you can try. If you want a taste of the South Indian cuisine, try the lip-smacking Naivedyam dishes. Modern Indian food is available in many restaurants, including Elma’s Bakery Bar and Kitchen.
If you still have time or you’re not too tired, then you can catch a hot party where you will get lots of drinks to choose from.
The morning of Day 2
Wake me up at 7 a.m. have a Lodhi Gardens walk in Delhi. There are lots of monuments in these Gardens, including tombs that date to the 15th and 16th centuries. Built by ancient rulers, these monuments have a garden around them planted by the British colonialists in 1936.
At 8:30 a.m. you probably need some breakfast already, and it’s a great chance to get to the India habitat center just opposite the Lodhi gardens. Have a taste of the American 1960s and get some pancakes, sausages, waffles, milkshakes, pastries, oatmeal, or eggs, and cereal.
By 9:30, get to the Humayun’s tomb, which is just 5 minutes away. Built-in 1570, the monument is where emperor Humayun of Mughal was buried. Its architecture inspired the Taj Mahal in the 14th century, and they resemble each other.
By 10:30 a.m. BF Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Mausoleum, which is just a few strides away. Visit the India Gate also which is an iconic War Memorial that honors Indian World War 1 soldiers. Edwin Lutyens, a British architect, is credited for the gate’s design. As a precaution, make sure to dress conservatively because the Nizamuddin Dargah and Swaminarayan Akshardham are considered holy places of worship.
The afternoon of Day 2
After having lunch at the Connaught Place and enjoying Indian and Chinese food, it’s time to visit the Hindu temple complex which is on the other side of the Yamuna River. You will marvel at the architecture. Unfortunately, the temple does not allow anyone to carry your food luggage or anything electronic, including cameras and cellphones. Then by 4 p.m., arrive at Gandhi Smitri, where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30th, 1948.
In the evening, visit the artisans market. The Diri Haat is there a place to be if you want to add some souvenirs to your collections. You can also shop for cheap clothes as long as you haggle the price.
Morning of day 3
You have already visited lots of the New Delhi, and it’s time to try the Old Delhi. This place has lots of people, and you might easily get overwhelmed. Consider a tour guide to help you navigate and explore the areas better. You can try riding a bicycle through Delhi if you are active enough.
By the end of 48 hours, you will have had a tour and activity-packed itinerary. Now you can get back to the airport with a smile on your face and your mind loaded with experience About Delhi.
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