Cultural Museums

  • Crafts Museum Largely outdoor museum showcasing traditional crafts from different regions of India.
  • Sanskriti Museums Also largely outdoors; devoted to traditional Indian art.
  • Gandhi Darshan Landscaped gardens with various exhibition rooms, and a pavilion devoted to Gandhi photos.

Quirky Museums

History Museums

Mughal History

  • Red Fort The formidable home of Mughal emperors for nearly 200 years.
  • Humayun's Tomb The most impressive of Delhi's numerous Mughal tombs.
  • Jama Masjid Delhi's largest and most important mosque.
  • Sunder Nursery Nicely landscaped heritage park dotted with Mughal monuments.

Colonial-Era History

  • Rajpath Vast avenue linking India Gate to the offices of the Indian government.
  • India Gate Iconic stone war-memorial arch.
  • Connaught Place Circular, colonnaded, shopping district named after George V’s uncle, the Duke of Connaught.

Independence Relics

  • Gandhi Smriti Former home of, and now poignant memorial to the leader of India's Independence movement.
  • Nehru Memorial Museum Housed inside the former official residence of Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister.
  • Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum Devoted to the life of controversial former prime minister Indira Gandhi and her political-heavyweight family.

Ruins

  • Qutab Minar Complex Astonishing Afghan-style victory tower and minaret, erected in 1193.
  • Mehrauli Archaeological Park Forested park containing more than 400 historical monuments from across the eras.
  • Hauz Khas Funky cafes and clothing boutiques beside the remains of a 14th-century madrasa (Islamic college) overlooking an ancient water tank.
  • Agrasen ki Baoli Atmospheric 14th-century step-well now finding itself in the middle of a city.

Mausoleums

  • Humayun's Tomb An arresting precursor to the Taj Mahal.
  • Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah Marble shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Nizam-ud-din Auliya, hidden in a tangle of bazaars and thronging with devotees.
  • Lodi Garden Lush, tree-shaded, city-centre park dotted with half a dozen striking 15th-century tombs.

Forts

  • Red Fort Delhi's signature tourist attraction.
  • Purana Qila The 'Old Fort' is smaller in scale than the Red Fort, but can be explored more freely.
  • Tughlaqabad This magnificent 14th-century ruined fort was Delhi's third incarnation.

Temples

Mosques & Mausoleums

  • Jama Masjid Delhi's principal mosque overlooks the heart of Old Delhi.
  • Fatehpuri Masjid This 17th-century Old Delhi mosque is a haven of tranquillity after the frantic streets outside.
  • Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah Intensely holy shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Nizam-ud-din Auliya who died in 1325.

Spiritual Hubs

  • Gurdwara Bangla Sahib Delhi's principal gurdwara (Sikh temple) is always busy with devotees, and hugely welcoming towards visitors.
  • Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah This Muslim shrine is always crammed with followers, but Thursday evening qawwali (Islamic devotional singing) is particularly atmospheric.
  • Majnu-ka-Tilla Delhi's traffic-free Tibetan enclave offers a different take on spirituality with red-robed Buddhist monks wandering the alleys, and the scent of yak-butter in the air.