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Best Time to Go

It’s best to avoid May through September in India, when the heat is sweltering. The downpours are also fairly intense in July, August, and September, during what’s known as monsoon season. From a weather perspective, November to March are the best time to visit New Delhi, when it’s coolest and driest—with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

As for special events, Diwali happens in December, which lights up the city. In March, the city celebrates spring with vibrantly colored Holi celebrations, which is exciting to experience as a visitor. If visiting for the festival of light (Diwali) or color (Holi) isn’t possible, New Delhi also celebrates Republic Day on January 26 with an impressive parade.

Things to Know

Hindi is the national language in India. “Namaste” is the word for “hello.” When greeting people, say namaste while bringing your hands together at your heart and bowing just slightly. It’s also common to say “namaskaar” as a greeting.

It is not safe to drink tap water in India. Only drink bottled water—many tourists even choose to brush their teeth with bottled water. When you’re sold a bottle of water, check the seal to make sure it’s a brand-new bottle, rather than one that’s been refilled.

Some of the most important holidays in India are Diwali (October or November), Holi (March), and Navrati (September or October). Dates vary for each of the holidays.

You need to apply for a visa to visit India. It can be easily obtained from the Indian government.

Calling Code: +91

Currency: Indian Rupee (Check the current exchange rate)

Things to Do

Red Fort

The tricolor flag at the Red Fort (lal quila), New Delhi India.

Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk
New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Phone: +91 11 2327 7705

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Delhi’s famous Red Fort is a celebration of Mughali architecture. The fort was completed in the mid-1600s when a Mughali emperor moved the capital from Agra to Delhi. Visit the Red Fort from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. any day except Monday.

Humayun’s Tomb

View of Humayun’s Tomb at Sunrise. Humayun’s Tomb is fine example of Great Mughal architecture, UNESCO World Heritage, Delhi, India.

Address: Mathura Road Opposite, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Mathura Rd, Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
Phone: +91 11 2435 5275

Also a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Humayun’s Tomb is a stunning, clay-colored mausoleum erected in 1570. The must-see point of interest is open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple, New Delhi, India.

Address: Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji,
New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
Phone: +91 11 2644 4029

The Baháʼí are known for curating picturesque gardens and erecting beautiful places of worship. On 26 acres of land, the Lotus Temple welcomes visitors of any and all religions. The temple design fascinates whether you’re photographing the lotus structure from the outside or experiencing the concrete, ribbed-dome interiors.

Lodhi Gardens

Seesh Gumbad & Bara Gumbad, Lodi Gardens, New Delhi

Address: Lodhi Rd, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate
New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
Phone: +91 11 2464 0079

Covering 90 acres, the Lodhi Gardens are akin to New York’s Central Park and London’s Hyde Park. You’ll find two mausoleums and more than 100 species of trees within these gardens.

National Museum

Address: Janpath Rd, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat
New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India
Phone: +91 11 2379 2775

The National Museum of New Delhi is home to more than 2 million ancient artifacts. From archaeological discovery to never-before-seen photography from past decades, the National Museum is a perfect way to experience Indian culture over the last century. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday.

Rashtrapati Bhavan

India’s Presidential Palace (Rashtrapati Bhavan) at Sunset

Address: Rashtrapati Bhawan, President’s Estate
New Delhi, Delhi 110004, India
Phone: +91 11 2301 5321

Called the President’s Palace, Rashtrapati Bhavan is indeed the official residence of the Indian president. Originally completed in 1929, you can tour the main building, the on-site museum, and the scenic gardens on the 330-acre estate.

Best Shopping

Chandni Chowk

Address: 2573, Nai Sarak, Raghu Ganj, Roshanpura, Old Delhi New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India

A staple of Old Delhi, Chandni Chowk (which means Moonlight Square) is right by the Old Delhi Railway Station and not far from the Red Fort. It’s one of the oldest bazaars in Delhi, and you’ll find a little bit of everything here—from antiques to copper to jewelry to handmade clothing.

Khan Market

Address: 61A, Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India

In an upscale Delhi neighborhood, Khan Market has extensive shopping and great restaurants. Grab a kebab at Mughali restaurant Khan Chacha or macarons at L’Opera. Find Ayurvedic remedies at Kama Ayurveda and browse jewelry shops where you might find some well-priced gems.

Dilli Haat

Different types of decorative goods shops in Dilli Haat

Address: INA Market, Dilli Haat, Kidwai Nagar West, Kidwai Nagar
Delhi, 110023, India
Phone: +91 11 2611 9055

A confluence of art, fashion, and Indian culture, Dilli Haat is a lively market with beautiful textiles and local crafts. Make sure to take a lunch break while shopping here, at stalls like Bijoli Grill or Rajasthan.

Sarojini Nagar Market

Address: Sarojini Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023, India

Sarojini Nagar Market is a great place for clothes shopping. Indian markets like this sell handwoven fabrics that you can then have made into one-of-a-kind clothing—and Sarojini Nagar Market is a perfect place to try this tradition.

Connaught Place Market

A near empty view of the corridors of Connaught Place market

Address: Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India

Commonly referred to as “CP,” Connaught Place Market is one of the most upscale shopping areas in New Delhi. The structure that houses Connaught Place Market is divided into three circles: the inner circle, middle circle, and outer circle. The inner circle has global luxury brands in addition to well-known Indian shops.

Neighborhoods to Know

Old Delhi: While you’re unlikely to stay in Old Delhi, visiting the neighborhood and the market, or stopping in for dinner, is one of the most crucial experiences you can have—not just in Delhi, but in India. You’ll find dining institutions, and motorcycles weaving through bustling crowds of locals and tourists.

Lodhi Colony: A newer neighborhood in Delhi, close to the Lodi Gardens, Lodhi Colony is the first public arts district in India. The hip enclave is covered in street art and is right off the Delhi metro.

Hauz Khas Village: A vibrantly colored, trendy village in New Delhi, Hauz Khas is known for great shopping, intriguing art galleries, and Instagrammable restaurants. Find a new outfit at OGAAN boutique, then head upstairs to their gourmet Coast Cafe—or go out on the town at Hauz Khas Social.

Nizamuddin: Close to Humayun’s Tomb and India Gate, Nizamuddin is a tangle of busy, narrow streets, where street carts serving some of the most authentic Delhi eats stay open to all hours of the night. While popular among tourists for its proximity to must-see attractions, Nizamuddin is—at its core—a long-standing locals’ neighborhood.Paharganj: A more rundown Delhi neighborhood, Paharganj is busy and tends to attract budget travelers because it’s inexpensive. However, Paharganj is not the safest neighborhood (crime is a very real concern), so if you’re heading to this area, remember to stay with a larger group that makes you feel comfortable


Winter: Winter is perhaps the best time to visit New Delhi (weather-wise). You’ll find highs in the 70s and minimal rain from December to March.

Spring: Spring significantly warms up New Delhi—you’ll find highs in the 80s and 90s in March and April. Nonetheless, it’s still preferable to visit in the spring compared to the summer months, because traveling to New Delhi in April means you’ll be there before monsoon season. By May, the intense heat and rain comes in full force.

Summer: Welcome to monsoon season. In June, July, and August, you’ll find temperatures in the 100s and as much as five inches of rain per month. Summer is not an ideal time to visit India.

Fall: You’ll still find hot temperatures and hefty rainfall in September and October (with highs in the 90s). By November, temperatures dip and the rain dissipates, which makes it a good time to visit New Delhi.

The following are average Fahrenheit lows and highs by month. Average annual precipitation is 22.42 inches.

January: 46°F to 69°F
February: 52°F to77°F
March: 61°F to 88°F
April: 71°F to 99°F
May: 78°F to 104°F
June: 81°F to 103°F
July: 81°F to 97°F
August: 80°F to 95°F
September: 77°F to 94°F
October: 68°F to 92°F
November: 56°F to 83°F
December: 48 °F to 74°F

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