India is an absolutely awe inspiring country, a test of your backpacking adrenalin and one of the most beautiful destinations to visit when travelling the world. And an added bonus is that today more than 150 citizens from around the world can apply for their tourist visas online instead of visiting an Indian embassy (like the one I went to in Bishkek). I based myself in the Hostel Smyle Inn and then backpacked the key sights.
New Delhi is one of those historical places you simply have to visit when in India. While planning your trip to India don’t forget to get your India Visa Online with iVisa and remember to include this beautiful city in your itinerary. Make time to see these four beautiful spots.
Arguably one of the most famous places to visit in the area, the Red Fort is a testament to the medieval Indian engineers’ design capabilities.
The name comes from the red sandstone that the enclosing walls are constructed from, and has been and is still is today the site of important events in the Indian history.
If you have some time while visiting, make sure to check the 1-hour sound and light show that recounts some of the fort’s colorful history.
To really get the feel of what old India would have been like, then put some time aside to visit the historic Chandi Chowk market located in the heart of old Delhi. The Chandi Chowk is till today one of the busiest open air markets in New Delhi and is close to a lot of beautiful temples and monuments, making it a great place to start your journey through New Delhi. If you’re feeling really adventurous then you should try some of the well-known local delicacies for sale.
A lot of people say that the Humayan’s tomb looks very familiar when they see it and that is because the Humayun’s Tomb was the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. More than that, the tomb was built in 1570 and marked the first successful execution of this type of architecture that using red sandstone as its primary component. The tomb is part of a much larger complex and is a wonderful place to spend a day.
This 74-meter high tower is the second tallest minar in India. It’s truly an awe-inspiring sight to see. Constructed in 1220, it had been rebuilt numerous times throughout the years including by the emperor of Delhi in the 14th century and the British in the 19th century.
Simply apply for your Indian Visa online and you will be ready to travel to New Delhi for a quick few days´ getaway!
12 thoughts on “Backpacking in India: Top Four Places to Visit in New Delhi”
I see your photo in Paharganj was taken outside the Yatri hotel and it brings back sweet memories! Multi time backpacker in India and I always stay there. Standards I would definitely put up with at home(close to a hovel!) but you cannot do better at 250r a night in that area. Always very interesting characters in residence. I hope it is still open when I return once more later this year!
Only came across your blog when reading about you in yesterday’s Irish Times. I am a grey old fart of a backpacker (age 74) and have only visited 67 countries at the last count. Dwarfed by your count! Central America was interesting as you said but I am really a very big fan of India
Keep up the good work!
Just happened on your blog when I read Irish Times article last weekend. Am a grey old fart backpacker now aged 74 and still at it 20 yrs after my first RTW trip.
Country count 67 to date so a little behind you! Have been in India 8 times and have the usual love/ hate viewpoint but it always lures me back. I see your photo in Paharganj was taken outside Hotel Yatri where I have stayed on many occasions. Not really up to your usual standard of accommodation, more a hovel but I reckon the cheapest bed in the area. 250r a night when I last stayed in 2015 but I started off at 100r many years ago! Guests (mostly returning) are certainly a varied and interesting bunch! You should try it!
Really enjoy your blog and can relate to so much in it
Keep it up
Hi John, Thanks so much for checking out my Irish Times article and blog. This was my dream and my life for 10 years. I travelled a lot and I wrote a lot and then from July 2016, I have had severe depression sadly and had to end the blog. India was good but was merely 5 weeks of a longer journey. I spent more time in places like China, Australia, Brazil and Poland. But that sounds interesting that you did something similar long before me. Apologies this is short, I am recovering from depression and not always online. Safe travels. Jonny
Hi John, I don’t check this much anymore since I had depression and stopped blogging but I have replied to your other comment by now. Safe travels. Jonny
Thanks for replying. I do wish you all the best and hope that recovery is not too far away. You will be back travelling, I bet. Once bitten, the desire to see more is always with you
Hi John, thanks for the comment and kind words. It has been a very tough time for me mentally. Safe travels. Jonny
First of all thank you very much for sharing this great post about India and the places you share through this post is really worth visit places and your have explained it wonderfuly thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. keep posting
Hi Naina, thanks for the comment. Safe travels. Jonny
Thanks coming here and glad you have posted your experience of india in blog i hope you saw good things here.
Hi Shub, thanks for the comment. I am glad my website was helpful to you. Safe travels. Jonny
On behalf of every Indian i want to thank you, hope that you had a great time here. Glad to read this nice post on Delhi. Have you visited Agra? this city is near to Delhi and has many monuments which are worth explore.
Hi Golden, thanks for the comment – yes I backpacked Agra too – it was my 800th settlement and safe travels. Jonny