The 8 Best Delhi, India Tours That Cover the City's Top Attractions

Old Delhi
••• Old and New Delhi alike are wonderful travel destinations. Mani Babbar / www.ridingfreebird.com / Getty Images

Delhi is India's capital territory and a large metropolitan area north of the country. Explorers will want to visit main attractions like The Red Fort, an iconic 1600s imperial residence and museum, Qutb Minar, a 5-story victory tower, and Jama Masjid, a 17th-century Mughal-style mosque.

If you want to go sightseeing in Delhi, the easiest way is to take a Delhi tour. Of course, tours aren't for everyone, but they do have many advantages. For example, you won't have to worry about being hassled, getting lost, or how to manage transportation. In addition, you'll get to enjoy insider knowledge and some unique experiences that focus on Delhi's top attractions.

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    This popular walking tour in Delhi offers personal and rare insights into everyday life in Old Delhi. The owner of one of the few remaining old havelis (private mansions) will take you on a morning walk through the neighborhood, back to his home for an interactive cooking session and lunch, and leave you with a spectacular 360-degree view of Old Delhi from the rooftop terrace.

    It's possible to continue the tour in the afternoon, though the morning tour through the bazaars of Old Delhi is food-oriented, while the afternoon tour provides the opportunity to explore other famous market areas around Chandni Chowk.

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    Parliament house at delhi, India
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    In contrast to disorderly Old Delhi, Lutyens' Delhi encompasses the newer buildings of New Delhi that were designed by British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker when the British shifted their capital there in 1911.

    This tour takes about four hours and includes popular destinations such as Rashtrapati Bhawan (where the President of India lives), Parliament House, India Gate, Rajpath (King’s Way), Janpath (Queen’s Way), and government official bungalows.

    This half-day Lutyens' Delhi tour also includes Connaught Place, Gurudwara Bangla Saheb (Sikh temple), Laxmi Narayan Birla Mandir (Hindu temple), and the National Museum. Tours can be custom made for a walking tour, car tour, or metro tour. Alternatively, you can explore Lutyens' Delhi on this fun Delhi City Segway Tour.

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    Jama Masjid, Delhi.
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    If you've only got one day to see Delhi, then this comprehensive eight-hour tour is for you.

    The morning is devoted to Old Delhi and the afternoon is dedicated to New Delhi. You'll see most of Delhi's top attractions including Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana (the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister), Jama Masjid, the Red Fort, Chandi Chowk, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb, and India Gate.

    The tour also drives by many important government buildings in Lutyens' Delhi and ends at Connaught Place.

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    Sheesh Gumbad in foreground and Bada Gumbad in background, in Lodi Gardens, Delhi
    ••• Sheesh Gumbad in foreground and Bada Gumbad in background, in Lodi Gardens, Delhi. Danny Lehman/Getty Images

    Although it's out of the way, the rich heritage of south Delhi shouldn't be overlooked, as many important historical monuments are located there, often amid sprawling parks and gardens. The area is perfect for a peaceful walking tour.

    This half-day tour lasts about four hours and covers UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub Minar with its early-Afghan architecture (the most popular monument in Delhi), Lodi Gardens, and Humayun’s Tomb. Tours can be taken in the morning and afternoon.

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    People in a Delhi slum.
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    This tour might be off the beaten path, but it provides an opportunity to have a look at how the community inside one of Delhi's slums lives and thrives, despite obvious challenges. You'll see small scale industry, places of worship, and residential quarters. There will also be the option to have lunch with a family in their home.

    With this tour, 80% of profits are invested in helping the community. Travelers with extra space in their suitcase can also provide supplies for the Sanjay Colony as needed.

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    Shop in Delhi.
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    Delhi is renowned for its markets and is an outstanding place to shop. On this tour, travelers can shop with a local who knows exactly where to go. Ketaki has been helping people get the best from their shopping experience for the last 10 years. She'll take you off the beaten track, help you skip over overpriced emporiums, and bring you to stores that stock exactly what you're looking for, all while ensuring you get the best deals.

    There's no pressure to buy anything with this shopping tour. Ketaki will also add cultural context to the shopping tour by providing commentary about the areas visited, such as the history of Chandni Chowk.

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    The Bahá'i House of Worship known as the 'Lotus Temple'
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    Delhi has numerous temples and places of worship with magnificent architecture from all faiths. This fascinating and full-day tour will enable you to learn about some of the various religions that make India such a diverse country.

    Over eight hours, travelers will have a chance to see Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (Delhi’s most popular Sikh shrine), the tomb of the Sufi saint Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the Lotus Temple of the all-inclusive Bahai Faith, and Akshardham (the largest Hindu temple complex in the world).

    You'll also get to drive through various residential neighborhoods of Delhi and visit a local market. It is suggested to dress conservatively, covering legs and shoulders. If possible, bring a scarf to cover your head when required.

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    India, Delhi, Raj Ghat
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    If you're interested in history, you'll enjoy learning about Mahatma Gandhi, renowned for his message of non-violence and truth.

    Gandhi is affectionately referred to as the "Father of a Nation" for his role in securing India's independence. On this tour, you'll get to visit all the sites associated with his life and untimely death, and you'll hear stories of his courage.

    Attractions include Gandhi Smriti, where Gandhi's life ended, the Gandhi Memorial Museum, and Raj Ghat, where he was cremated. This tour takes about four hours and includes private transportation and a local English speaking guide.