Formerly home to the British Viceroy, the President’s House has 340 rooms, with 2.5km of corridors, and it's fascinating to take a peek inside. Your guided visit takes in the domed Durbar Hall, the intimate presidential library and the gilded Ashoka Hall. Tours must be pre-booked and paid for online. Bring booking confirmation and passport with you to Gate 38 on Church Rd.
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Mehrauli Archaeological Park
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Hazrat Nizam-ud-din Dargah
Visiting the marble shrine of Muslim Sufi saint Nizam-ud-din Auliya is Delhi's most mystical, magical experience. The dargah is hidden away in a tangle of…
Qutb Minar Complex
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Nearby New Delhi attractions
1. Mughal Gardens
The extravagance of these glorious gardens is such that Louis Mountbatten, India’s last British viceroy, was said to have employed 418 gardeners. There…
2. North Secretariat
Built in 1910 by the British, this monumental building still contains administrative government offices and is not open to the public.
3. South Secretariat
South Secretariat was designed by Herbert Baker and built in 1912; it houses government offices and is not open to the public.
4. Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum
Occupying the presidential garages, this swish museum has a mix of fairly modern displays, including 3D images of presidential speeches, plus former…
5. Sansad Bhavan
This circular, colonnaded building, designed by Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, was where the 1947 handover of power from Britain to the newly…
6. Vijay Chowk
Vijay Chowk marks the crossroads between Sansad Marg and Rajpath, close to the President's Palace.
7. Nehru Planetarium
One of the five Nehru planetariums across India established to educate about the solar system; there are shows in English and Hindi.
8. Nehru Memorial Museum
Built for the British commander-in-chief and previously called 'Flagstaff House', the stately Teen Murti Bhavan was later the official residence of…