Delhi may be daunting to some, but it's unquestionably delightful. Built on no fewer than seven ancient cities, the present-day metropolis takes in all of them and a lot more. The city is vast and the mantra for expats looking for ways to spend a weekend in Delhi is to try to plan one major outing every day.
Expats should take advantage of outdoor pursuits from October to April, as May and June tend to be very hot while July and August make up the monsoon season.
Here are some of the best things to see and do while in India's capital city.
Recommended attractions in Delhi
Baha'i Lotus Temple
This Baha'i House of Worship is a distinctive figure in Delhi, known for its stunning flower-like shape. It's unique architecture and background make it a huge attraction, and is particularly popular with history- and culture buffs.
A fine example of Mughal architecture, Humayun’s Tomb is reminiscent of the Taj Mahal and houses the remains of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. The grounds are also worth a visit as they include additional monuments such as the Tomb of Isa Khan Niyazi.
India Gate is a spectacular archway built as a memorial to the more than 70,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died serving the country in various wars from 1914 to 1921, including World War I.
Expats living in Delhi can visit one of India's largest mosques, the Jama Masjid, or Masjid-i Jehan Numa. This impressive building was constructed between 1650 and 1656, and stands as a symbol of cultural and religious heritage as well as a tourist attraction.
National Gallery of Modern Art
Perfect for art lovers, this museum features artworks from the 1850s onwards. It is home to an impressive permanent collection of artworks from paintings and drawings to sculptures and photographs, as well as a number of temporary exhibits on show.
National Gandhi Museum
This fascinating museum features a rich collection of original relics, books, journals, art pieces and memorabilia closely connected with Mahatma Gandhi. Included are personal items ranging from Gandhi's walking stick to his urn and the bullet that killed him.
Qutub Minar is a monument highly recommended for sightseeing. It is a victory tower standing 72.5 metres tall with a spiral staircase of 379 steps. The Qutub Minar is a striking monument and great for a family excursion.
One of Delhi’s most famous attractions is the Red Fort, or Lāl Qila as it is locally known. This distinctive red stone structure is a reminder of the wealth and rule of the Mughal Empire that presided over the area during the 17th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site cannot be missed while staying in Delhi.