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How to Spend 3 Days in New Delhi

How to Spend 3 Days in New Delhi

Three days in New Delhi will give you a good introduction to the city’s plethora of remarkable sights, from temples and tombs to mosques and markets. You’ll also have time to day trip to Agra, home to more glorious historic monuments, most notably the Taj Mahal. Here’s how to make the most of your 3-day trip to Delhi.

Day 1: Go Back in Time

The city now known as Delhi is actually an amalgamation of numerous older cities and villages, the oldest of which date back to the 12th century, with the Muslim conquest of the area. As a result, the capital has many old sites of equal importance, from the ancient, UNESCO World Heritage–listed ruins of the Qutub Minar and the adjacent Mehrauli Archaeological Park to the broad British-designed avenues and stately buildings in the central area known as New Delhi. You can easily devote a full day to exploring just these areas, though because Delhi is so spread out, it’s advisable to either sign up for a full-day sightseeing tour or get a ticket for a hop-on hop-off tour bus. Along with the Qutub Minar, don’t miss the city’s other two UNESCO-recognized sites: Humayun’s Tomb and Old Delhi’s Lal Qila (Red Fort).

Day 2: Behold the Taj Mahal

Now that you have some context from spending your first day learning about Northern Indian history in Delhi, it’s time for a day trip to Agra, a short drive or train ride from the capital. The city is best known as the home of India’s star attraction, the spectacular white-marble Taj Mahal—an absolute must-visit. While in town, don’t miss the UNESCO-listed Agra Fort, where the Taj Mahal’s creator, Shah Jahan, was held captive by his own son. Other top sights include Mehtab Bagh, gardens that face the Taj and offer stunning views, and the Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah, a smaller (and older) white-marble tomb frequently referred to as Baby Taj. Some day tours to Agra include stops at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Fatehpur Sikri, a short-lived Mughal capital that was abandoned due to lack of water, and the Hindu holy town of Mathura, the alleged birthplace of Lord Krishna.

Day 3: Experience Delhi Life Today

After two days of history, today experience the city as its millions of inhabitants do every day. If you’re interested in food, there are plenty of spots to sample traditional North Indian cuisine and Delhi’s famous street snacks, or chaat —but joining a food tour can help facilitate finding the best (and safest) eats. If shopping is more up your alley, check out local markets, from the always-busy Lajpat Nagar Central Market to the tourist-friendly Dilli Haat, both popular stops on Delhi shopping tours. And if you’re interested in learning about the spiritual side of the city, there are plenty of temples, mosques, and churches across the capital, from East Delhi’s gargantuan Swaminarayan Akshardham complex to the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, or Sikh temple. The latter is located right by Central Delhi’s Connaught Place, a busy commercial hub with a good variety of restaurants and a popular place to grab dinner.

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Delhi Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour by HOHO Bus

Delhi Super Saver: Sightseeing Tour by HOHO Bus

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Experience the sights, sounds, and scents of one of India’s most diverse cities on this super saver bus tour. Travel the city at your own pace and for a 1-day pass that grants access to several key sites throughout Delhi. Listen to onboard commentary through the bus' speakers, then use the downloadable app when you hop off to explore points of interest. Shop for handmade items at the Central Cottage Industry Emporium or tour the National Gallery of Modern Art. Explore Embassy Lane, the Red Fort, or Humayun’s Tomb on this easy-to-customize tour that’s suitable for any type of traveler.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$9.10
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Private Day-Trip: Taj Mahal, Mathura, and Vrindavan, from Delhi

Private Day-Trip: Taj Mahal, Mathura, and Vrindavan, from Delhi

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Explore the sacred cities of Vrindavan and Mathura, then go to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal on a private 16-hour tour from Delhi. The twin cities of Vrindavan and Mathura attract thousands of pilgrims to see the birthplace of the Hindu god Krishna, Shri Bankey Bihari temple, and Shri Krishna Balram Mandir. Then go to Agra to visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Taj Mahal. Includes lunch, entrance fees, private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 14 to 16 hours
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$108.00
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$108.00

Same Day Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi

Same Day Taj Mahal Tour from Delhi

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No matter how much time you have in India, no visit to the country is complete without ticking off the Taj Mahal. Skip the stress of advance planning on a day trip to the Taj Mahal from New Delhi, the ideal choice for first-time visitors short on time. Travel in the air-conditioned comfort of a private car means that you can take convenience breaks whenever you see fit while letting someone else drive gives you more time to focus on the scenery.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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$80.00
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Private Taj Mahal Sunrise and Agra Fort Tour From Delhi - All Inclusive

Private Taj Mahal Sunrise and Agra Fort Tour From Delhi - All Inclusive

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Skip the hassle of driving a car on India’s notoriously chaotic roads on a sunrise tour of the Taj Mahal from Delhi. Perfect for visitors on a time budget, this private tour combines hassle-free, air-conditioned transportation with the local knowledge of a guide to ensure you get the best experience of the Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World. Plus, hassle-free hotel pickup means you don’t have to worry about finding a meeting point in the early morning.
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  • 11 hours
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$86.00
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Private Taj Mahal and Agra Tour by Gatimaan Express

Private Taj Mahal and Agra Tour by Gatimaan Express

Hop aboard the Gatimaan Express Train and travel to Agra on this all-day tour. The train ride is about two hours from New Delhi to Agra where you’ll meet your guide and visit the Taj Mahal and the impressive Agra Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s made of red sandstone. Plus, there will be time to shop for local handicrafts.
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  • 1 to 12 hours
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Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Delhi by Train

Day Trip to The Taj Mahal and Agra from Delhi by Train

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Visit the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri (optional) on a private full-day tour by train from Delhi. These UNESCO World Heritages are superb examples of the elegant architecture of the Mughal Empire. Learn about the history of each site from your guides as you see some of India's most famous monuments on a tour that includes high-speed train tickets, private car and local guide, buffet lunch, and entrance fees.
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  • 15 hours
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$124.00
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Discover Delhi's Cultural Heritage in a Day with Food Tasting

Discover Delhi's Cultural Heritage in a Day with Food Tasting

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Visit a number of top attractions in New and Old Delhi on a private full-day tour that ends with an evening walking tour in Old Delhi. See UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutab Minar, then explore Old Delhi by rickshaw in the evening accompanied by your guide. Taste foods made by family-run shops, browse the spice market and street vendors, and get a feel for local life in Delhi. Includes snacks during the tour, private transportation and guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Full Day City Tour- Sunrise to Sunset

Full Day City Tour- Sunrise to Sunset

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Experience a full day in the life of Agra, from sunrise to sunset, on this private tour. In the company of a dedicated guide, visit the Taj Mahal at sunrise, the best time to take photographs of the white marble in the morning light. A private tour guarantees personalized attention, a flexible itinerary, and the ability to travel at your own pace.
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  • 1 day
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$30.00
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$30.00
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