New Delhi City Tours

New Delhi, known worldwide for the famous Taj Mahal, offers interesting tours to learn about its history, culture, art and amazing architecture.

Lorena Morales

Lorena Morales

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New Delhi City Tours

Lotus Temple | Apostrophy Studio

In New Delhi, you can take very different tours, such as guided tours to see the most important temples and palaces of the city; or excursions to Sajany Colony, the humble neighborhood where you will see amazing handicrafts. You can also take gastronomic tours to learn about the best dishes of India, or stroll through the city in its typical means of transport: the tuk tuk and rickshaw.

Explore the city of New Delhi

Gateway to India| ©Arian Zwegers
Gateway to India| ©Arian Zwegers

Hiring a private tour of New Delhi you will visit its most iconic buildings:

  • The Red Fort: a red sandstone fortress with massive walls, surrounded by a wall 6.5 km long and 33 m high at its highest point.
  • India Gate: the icon of New Delhi, a 42-meter high monument with an arch similar to the Arc de Triomphe.
  • The Lotus Temple: so called because of its flower shape, it is considered one of the 7 most important temples in the world.
  • The tomb of Emperor Humayun: built by his widow, Bega Begum, it is considered the first tomb to be built with gardens.
  • The Jama Masjid: the largest and most famous mosque in India.
  • Qutb Minar: the tallest building in India, 72.5 m high. It was designed with red and beige stones, some of which have inscriptions in Arabic and Nagari.
  • Many other historical buildings of amazing architecture.

The professional guide will provide you with a lot of information about the history and culture of the sites you visit, and you will also learn about the best times to visit each building.

The tour includes pick up and drop off at the hotel and, if you choose the option, also a lunch consisting of typical Indian dishes as well as the entrance tickets to the most important attractions, so you won't waste time standing in long queues.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 39 € per person.
  • Duration: from 8 hours.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to visit the most important sites of New Delhi and get to know its historical heritage in a comfortable way and accompanied by an expert local guide.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it could be suspended due to bad weather, in which case you will be refunded.

Book a private tour of New Delhi

Get to know the heritage of Old Delhi by rickshaw

Rickshaw| ©Yun Huang Yong
Rickshaw| ©Yun Huang Yong

An interesting and entertaining way to tour Old Delhi and see the oldest monuments of the city, is to take a rickshaw ride. These are small vehicles with capacity for 2 or 3 people that are very comfortable to travel through the crowded streets of New Delhi. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take the metro and learn about the daily life of the locals.

This tour of Old Delhi includes refreshments and local snacks, stops at the traditional markets of the city, where you can taste local delicacies, and even a rickshaw ride, as well as the pick-up and drop-off service at the hotel.

Some of the highlights you will see on these tours are:

  • Dariba Kalan, a 17th century street where you will find antique jewelry shops.
  • The Jama Masjid, the largest and most popular mosque in India.
  • The Jain Shweta Mbar Temple, one of the first Jain temples in Delhi.
  • The Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib, a temple of the Sikh cult built in the 18th century.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 44 € per person.
  • Duration: from 3 hours.
  • Means of transport: rickshaw, rickshaw and metro.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to know the historical heritage of Old Delhi with its most important monuments.
  • Disadvantages of this option: you must wear comfortable and appropriate clothing to enter the temples of worship, with clothes that cover the shoulders and knees. To enter the temples it is necessary to remove your shoes.

Tour Old Delhi in rickshaw

Be amazed by the unique handicrafts of Sanjay Colony.

Sanjay Colony| ©Manfred Sommer
Sanjay Colony| ©Manfred Sommer

One of the most interesting places to visit in New Delhi is Sanjay Colony, a humble and marginal neighborhood with a lot of culture and traditions that remain intact. It is ideal to visit on foot, and explore the markets improvised in the houses, where they offer exclusive products and handicrafts.

Although the neighborhood is home to low-income citizens, it is safe to walk through, as the itinerary is very popular. In addition to the stores, you will be able to see the oldest houses, temples and schools in the neighborhood. Undoubtedly, it is an opportunity to take unique memories while collaborating with the progress of the community.

In this regard, you should know that by booking a tour of Sanjay Colony in Delhi you will be able to visit a local school, partially funded by the proceeds of the tour.

Interesting details

  • Price: from 19 € per person.
  • Duration: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Advantages of this option: you will get to know one of the most marginalized neighborhoods of New Delhi, Sanjay Colony, and how its inhabitants live.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it is not allowed to take pictures in some areas, out of respect for the residents.

Book a tour of Sanjay Colony in Delhi

Tour the city of Delhi with a private tuk tuk tour

Tuk tuk| ©Jeff-Photo
Tuk tuk| ©Jeff-Photo

One of the most fun ways to get to know the city of Delhi is to book a tuk tuk tour, a small vehicle for a few people that allows you to move around the city comfortably. These vehicles, also called autorickshaw, are the preferred way to move safely through every corner of the city.

Tuk tuk tuk tours are generally private, so you can take them with your group of friends or family. In addition, the driver is an expert local guide who knows the most emblematic sites of the city, as well as its history and culture, which can tell you in detail.

Some of the most important attractions that are usually included in these tours are:

  • The Lotus Temple.
  • The Jama Masjid Mosque.
  • The Red Fort.
  • Humayun's Tomb.
  • The Gate of India.
  • The Qutb Minar.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 32 € per person.
  • Duration: about 8 hours.
  • Means of transport: tuk tuk.
  • Advantages of this option: you can get to know the city by visiting the most interesting attractions in Delhi.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it can be cancelled due to bad weather, in which case you will be refunded.

Book a tuk tuk tour of Delhi

Be amazed at the Taj Mahal and the Agra fort

Young man admiring the Taj Mahal| ©Joaquín Montaño - Midjourney
Young man admiring the Taj Mahal| ©Joaquín Montaño - Midjourney

Booking a private guided tour is the best way to get to know such important monuments as the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, as only this way you are guaranteed not to miss a single detail of this wonder of the modern world.

In an exclusive way, since this tour is only for you and your group, you will be immersed in the history of these monuments and you could admire live and direct the inlay work so characteristic of this place.

Another advantage of this type of tour is that you can customize it to the maximum, choosing between the most basic option of a guided tour and adding complements such as entrance fees to the monuments, lunch and even transfers from Agra or New Delhi.

Interesting details

  • Price: from 8 € per person.
  • Duration: half day.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: it is a private tour, so exclusivity and personalization are guaranteed.
  • Disadvantages of this option: not suitable for travelers with heart conditions or serious medical problems.

Book a Taj Mahal and Agra Fort tour

Discover the best museums in New Delhi

Crafts Museum| ©Burlingamebarley
Crafts Museum| ©Burlingamebarley

In New Delhi, the capital of India, there are many interesting museums that you can visit, and a good way is to sign up for a minibus tour. If you want to learn about the culture and history of the city, you can dedicate a full day to visit its most outstanding museums, such as:

  • The Crafts Museum: it houses handicrafts from different regions of India, such as pieces from more than 3 centuries, and you can tour outstanding galleries, such as the Tribal and Rural Crafts Gallery, the Folk Culture Gallery and the Courtesan Crafts Gallery.
  • The National Gallery of Modern Art: one of the most renowned in the country, which preserves an extraordinary collection of miniature pieces.
  • The National Museum of India.
  • The Mahatma Gandhi Museum.

These museum tours are usually conducted in medium-sized groups of people, accompanied by an expert guide who knows the most interesting aspects of each museum. Most of these tours also usually include the cost of the entrance fees to the museums, and the pick-up and drop-off service to and from the hotel or place where you stay.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 40 € per person. Generally, children under 5 years old can take the tour free of charge.
  • Duration: about 7 hours.
  • Means of transport: by minibus.
  • Advantages of this option: you can visit in one day the most important museums of New Delhi, accompanied by a local guide who will tell you the most interesting about each of them.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it does not include meals and drinks.

Take a gastronomic tour of New Delhi

Street Food| ©Jnzl's Photos
Street Food| ©Jnzl's Photos

India has one of the most important gastronomies in the world, so it is a good idea to take a gastronomic tour to know its most outstanding restaurants and taste its delicious typical dishes. These tours are usually done on foot through the streets near the Digambar Jain Lal Temple and the JamaMasjid mosque, with not very large groups of people.

Among the typical dishes you can try, the ones that combine sweet and savory flavors are not to be missed:

  • Fruit sandwiches.
  • The samosas, stuffed dumplings that are usually served in the Digambar Jain Lal Temple.
  • You can taste the delicious teas accompanied by fruit, as is traditional in the city.
  • Street food such as sweet grits and fried bread.

The guides in charge of this kind of experiences are experts who will be able to tell you about the origin of each dish, its history and all its ingredients, as well as recommend the best restaurants.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 12 € per person.
  • Duration: about 2 hours.
  • Means of transport: on foot.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to taste the most exquisite Indian dishes and visit the most outstanding restaurants in New Delhi.
  • Disadvantages of this option: you must wear comfortable shoes to walk around the city.

What are the advantages of taking a guided tour vs. visiting New Delhi on my own?

Getting to know New Delhi| ©Takahiro Fujita
Getting to know New Delhi| ©Takahiro Fujita

The city of Delhi is one of the most populated cities in India, where thousands of people arrive every day to visit the Taj Mahal: the mausoleum considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Undoubtedly, hiring a private tour of New Delhi is much more comfortable, since you will not have to worry about transportation or traffic congestion.

In addition, the guides in charge of the tours plan an itinerary with the most important attractions of the city, which is a great advantage if you have not been able to research it before. They also know the best times to visit the different attractions, and they usually offer skip-the-line tickets, so you won't waste time at the ticket office.

These guides can provide you with a lot of information about the attractions, so you can take away a more complete knowledge about each site you visit. In addition, almost all temples and monuments contain writings and engravings in languages you may not understand, which the guides can translate for you.

Book a private tour of New Delhi