Delhi, the capital city of the world’s largest democracy and the centric hub of the country’s administrative power, is a sprawling metropolis that intertwines imperial past with a hi-tech future. Tucked up in the northern part of India, Delhi with its unique culture, cuisine and architectural wonders reminds you of the old world charm at one hand and startles you at the same time with its boisterous shopping malls, constant din of honking horns, overpriced guides and throngs of poor people. But then, that’s the charm of this fascinating city. However, if you wish to explore real Delhi, you cannot confine your expedition to the ancient temples and monumental sites alone. No visit to Delhi is complete without exploring the famous ‘Golden Triangle’ that includes Agra, Jaipur and Delhi. So roll up your sleeves, catch a bus and get exploring the places in and around Delhi to taste the real flavor of the city. There are many options as far as tourist places around Delhi are concerned. Read the following section to know some of the famous places to visit in Delhi.
Places To Visit Around Delhi
Dusty and swarming Vrindavan, with its legendary historical status, is one of the most sought after tourist attractions in the country. Situated at just 142 kilometers away from Delhi, a trip to Vrindavan is surely to leave you high on spirituality. This sacred place of pilgrimage rings with childhood reminiscences of Lord Krishna. Though very little now remains of the famous forests and pastures pilgrims still throng here to experience the divine charm of this land. There are regular buses and trains that shuttle between Delhi and Mathura. Best time to visit this place is from January to May and from October to December.
Agra is located 203 kilometers away from Delhi and is the home to the world’s most monumental mausoleum, the ‘Taj Mahal’. Built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is indeed the biggest show stealer of Agra. However, the charm of Agra is not just confined to Taj Mahal alone but extends its architectural repertoire to the Agra Fort, Itmad-Ud-Daulah's tomb, the Jama Masjid, the old city bazaars, and Akbar's tomb at Sikandra. Since it is too hot during the summers, a trip to Agra during winter or spring should be the best time to explore its magnificence.
Mathura, perched on the banks of Yamuna, is just 147 kilometers away from southeast of Delhi. Mathura is one of the most legendary places of pilgrimage in India, popularly revered as the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Main attractions of Mathura includes Krishna Janmabhoomi, the place where Krishna was born (jail), Lord Keshava’s temple and more. There is a regular bus transport facility from Delhi to Mathura, which takes you to Mathura in approximately 3 hours. Best time to visit Mathura is from January to May and from October to December.
Dehradun is located in the state of Uttaranchal and is just 245 kilometers away from Delhi. Dehradun offers an idyllic feel for the traveler and gives a break from the scorching sunlight, din and bustle of Delhi. Main attractions of Dehradun include the Tapkeshwar Temple, Tapovan, Rajaji National Park, Forest Research Institute and more. There are regular buses and trains from Delhi to Dehradun. Best time to visit Dehradun is during the spring from January to April and during October to December.
Rajaji National Park
Rajaji National Park, which stretches its terrain to Dehradun, Haridwar and Pauri Garhwal, is one of the greatest tourist attractions here. It is five-hour drive from Delhi. This vast belt of forest area is inhabited by varieties of animal species and exotic flora, which makes this place even more enthralling. Since this is located in Dehradun, it is ideal to take bus or train from Delhi to Dehradun and arrange for a local vehicle to visit Rajaji National park. Best time to visit this place is during spring.
Close to Dehradun lies Mussoorie, nestled on the foothills of Himalayas. Mussoorie is one of the famous hill stations that attract numerous tourists every year. Mussorie is almost 6000 feet above the ground level and has been one of the most favorite hill destinations of all times. There are many shopping streets to give you a best shopping experience. Mussoorie has one of best group of hotels to stay in with a great ambience and repose. You can go to Mussoorie at any time of the year. However, the best time to visit this place is between November and March.
Situated 204 kilometers away from Delhi, this one time capital of Mughal Empire was constructed in the 16th Century during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar. Beautified with Indian and Islamic architecture, Fatehpur Sikri stands as one of the unique monumental structures of India. Main attractions of Fatehpur Sikri are the Buland Gate, Jama Masjid, Darga Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and Diwan-i-Khas. It is open on all weekdays from sunrise to sunset. Best time to visit this place is from November to February.
Corbett National Park
Corbett National Park is located 260 kilometers away from Delhi on the foothills of Himalayas near Ramnagar of Uttaranchal. It was established in the year 1936 and was initially named as Hailey National Park but was later renamed as Corbett National Park after late Jim Corbett. This wild life park was declared as tiger reserve in 1973. Corbett National park is the home to more than 50 tigers and other animals like leopards, porcupines, wild dogs, civets, jackals, boars, bears, elephants and large numbers of diversified birds, reptiles and marine life. There are safaris available for the convenience of tourists. Best time to visit Corbett National Park is between October and June.
Surajkund is popular tourist spot, which lies on the backdrop of the Aravalli range and is 8 kilometers away from south Delhi. You can catch up with exotic scenic beauties of hills, rocks, shallows and valleys around as you approach Surajkund. This place was once home to the famous sun temple built during 10th century under the supervision of Suraj Pal, the chief of Tomar. This place still holds the magnificent ruins of the temple and pool and offers a true rejuvenation and a treat for your mind, body and soul. Tourist attractions of Surajkund are Peacock Lake, Basalt Rocks and Terra-Cotta Park etc.
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is one of the most famous tourist places near Delhi, which is about 46 kilometers away from the capital of India, in Haryana. It was established in 1971 and was later declared as a national park in 1991. With an area of 143 sq kilometers, Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is a hub of many migratory birds from all over the world. There are watchtowers and hideouts, which offers you the perfect chance to observe these birds in the midst of nature. Other facilities offered by the park are libraries and museum. This park is not only the home to varieties of birds and greens but also houses amazing animals. Best time to visit Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is between October and June.