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  • 1 Taj Mahal Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Agra 282001

    This magical palace, the tomb of the wife of Sultan Shah Jahan who died in childbirth, is an extraordinary testament to the power of love. Completed in 1644, the monument took twelve years to build, with its fine marble walls, four slender minarets a..

  • 2 Red Fort (Lal Qila) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Delhi 110001

    Built in 1638 by the Emperor Shah Jahan, the "forbidden city" of Old Delhi, encircled by red sandstone walls, housed the emperor's government and palaces. The fort is accessed by the Lahore monumental gate. The two most emblematic buildings..

  • 3 Jama Masjid Mosque Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Delhi 110001

    Started in 1644 and finished in 1658, the "Friday Mosque" (the main day of prayer for Muslims), stands on a hill facing the Red Fort. The mosque's main entrance, the eastern gate, is reached by crossing the open-air market of Meena Bazaar a..

  • 4 New Delhi Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Delhi 110001

    Following the wishes of King George V, the tenth city of Delhi was designed from 1918 according to plans drawn up by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Providing a strong contrast with Old Delhi and its crowded narrow streets, this new district, which was to symboli..

  • 5 Delhi National Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    IND - Delhi 110001

    Statues and jewellery bring you into closer contact with the distant civilisations of Harappa and Mohenjo-Daro (2500-1500 BC), while terracotta introduces you to the Maurya and Shunga periods (3C and 2C BC), as well as the Gupta dynasty (4C-6C AD). T..

  • 6 Purana Qila Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Mathura Rd IND - Delhi 110003

    Perched on a hill in the park, Purana Qila (the "Old Fort"), is popular on Sundays with locals who come here for family picnics or to hire a pedalo on the lake at the foot of the walls. This hill is said to be the site of the legendary Indr..

  • 7 Delhi Crafts Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    IND - Delhi 110001

    The tastefully arranged Craft Museum offers an interesting insight into Indian crafts and rural arts and traditions. The museum is laid out to resemble a village with a succession of houses built around courtyards. The museum's exhibits include magni..

  • 8 Along Lodi Road Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Delhi 110001

    The promenade along Lodi Road runs through a succession of well-maintained parks (the flowerbeds are a delight to behold in February and March) which mark the southern section of the residential district built by Lutyens. As you stroll along the prom..

  • 9 Safdar Jang Tomb Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Delhi 110003

    Often described as the last masterpiece of Mughal art, this monument is the tomb of the prime minister (wazir) of the emperors who had the rank of Safdar Jang. Dating from 1754, the tomb has all the characteristics of Indo-Muslim mausoleums built aft..

  • 10 Dargah de Hazrat Nizam ud-Din Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Delhi 110013

    To get to the tomb of Hazrat Nizam ud-Din Auliya, a master of Indian Sufism (1238-1325), you'll have to make your way along a narrow, busy narrow street in the heart of the picturesque Muslim district, which is lined with restaurants and flower-petal..

  • 11 Southern Districts of Delhi Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Delhi 110001

    Residential middle class and wealthy areas alternate with fashionable districts and old villages in this part of the city, which seems to have developed without any regard for town planning. However, a few pleasant districts have survived in the area..

  • 12 Itimad ud-Daula's Tomb Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Agra 282001

    With its four 13m-high look-out towers, this tomb (1628), built by Empress Nur Jahan for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg, is reminiscent of the Tomb of Jahangir in Lahore (Pakistan). The exterior is entirely clad in white marble and encrusted with semi-p..

  • 13 Akbar's Tomb Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    IND - Sikandra 811315

    One of the most important figures in Indian history, Emperor Akbar, lies on the site of the capital founded by Sikandar Lodi, buried in a monument made especially for the emperor and which he himself designed. The tomb was started in 1602 and finishe..

  • 14 Palace of Jodha Bai Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri 283110

    The palace of Jodha Bai was named after a Hindu wife of Akbar, the daughter of a maharaja of Jodhpur. Entrance to the building from the east is via a porch flanked with niches where armed eunuchs once stood, which is overlooked by jharokha (covered b..

  • 15 Panch Mahal Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri 283110

    The Panch Mahal (a five-storey palace), easily recognisable from a distance thanks to its tall triangular silhouette, separates the women's area from the men's. Its five hypostyle storeys decrease in size, each placed on top of the other like a pack ..

  • 16 Hall of Private Audience (Diwan-I-Khas) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri 283110

    The Diwan-I Khas, or Hall of Private Audiences, is famous for its magnificent central column. At the top of the column is a plinth on which the emperor sat to receive his subjects or scholars to discuss philosophical topics. Footbridges with carved b..

  • 17 Palace of the Turkish Sultana Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    IND - Fatehpur Sikri 283110

    The delightful palace of the Turkish Sultana occupies an L-shaped pavilion in the style of a wooden cabin, surrounded by an exquisitely carved veranda. Inside the palace, panels of bas-reliefs depict lions and birds frolicking amid luxuriant vegetati..

  • 18 Jaipur's Bazaars Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Bari Chaupar IND - Jaipur 302006

    Jaipur is renowned throughout the world for its crafts, particularly its block-printed cotton fabrics and jewellery made from gold and precious stones. Each muhalla (district) in the city has its own speciality. Start your visit on Bari Chaupar and t..

  • 19 Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal) Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Badi Chaupad IND - Jaipur 302006

    Built at the very end of the 18C, the Palace of the Winds boasts an impressive five-storey façade with numerous windows and balconies fitted with screens. The palace was built for the women of the harem, who could look out at the streets without bein..

  • 20 Jantar Mantar Observatory Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    IND - Jaipur 302006

    Passionate about science and astronomy and an expert on the theories of Ptolemy, Copernicus and Galileo, the Maharaja of Jaipur, Jai Sing II, had this impressive open-air conservatory built between 1728 and 1733. It houses 17 instruments, whose forms..

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