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Best free things to do in Delhi?

I'm going to be in Delhi next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!

8 Answers

answered by
Prasad from India

As capital of India, Delhihas a lot of history and many monuments,markets, temples worth visiting. Though entry fee to most places is nominal I am giving here places that are absolutely free to visit.

1. Go for a self guided Food Walk In Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi

2. Visit India Gate in the evening on a weekend and see the lights and crowds around this first world war memorial.

3. Visit an old Gurudwara like Bangla Sahib or Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib.. Gurudwaras are Sikh temples and people of all faith are welcome. Same way some of the temples, places of worship are also worth visiting e.g. Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple, Birla Temple, Jama Masjid

4. Old Churches: Both old Delhi new Delhi are home to some of the most magnificent Churches in India, you can visit them near GPO on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, North Avenue, Arihant Nagar and Kashmere Gate.

5. Art exhibitions and some plays are also free you can check them on net or any local newspaper listing when you are here. 

6. A few monuments like Ugrsen Ki Baoli in Connaught Place have no entrance fee.

7. Some of the magnificent ancient gardens with monuments inside like Lodhi Gardens are also worth visiting.

But like I said earlier most monuments and places to visit in Delhi have a very small price to enter ( even for foreign nationals who are charged a higher rate than Indians.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Delhi (attraction)
  2. Old Delhi (attraction)
  3. India Gate (attraction)
  4. Akshardham Temple (attraction)
  5. Lotus Temple (attraction)
  6. Birla Temple (attraction)
  7. Jama Masjid (attraction)
  8. Baba Kharak Singh Marg (attraction)
  9. North Avenue, Arihant Nagar (attraction)
  10. Kashmere Gate (attraction)
  11. Ugrsen Ki Baoli (attraction)
  12. Lodhi Gardens (attraction)
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answered by
Pawan from Delhi

well, I am not sure if you have any idea about the entrance fees for the monuments and museums. Just to tell you that they are not much.  Around USD 4-5 per person, not more than this. However there are couple of Interesting places fro which you need not to pay. Some of them are:

India Gate: You can see  India Gate (a war memorial), President house and connaught place market.

Delhi Haat Cottage Industries is another interesting place which showcase handicrafts i.e Woodcarvings, fabrics, gems, brassware, metalcrafts etc. There is nominal fee of less than half a dollor.

You can also explore the local markets in Old Delhi and can walk through the narrow alleys and lanes of Old Delhi which are the center of trade, business, food, spices, and overall life. Its very interesting but  will suggest you to not to go alone. It remains very crowded and all the lanes looks alike. So better to have some help.

Lotus Temple: A beautiful temple designed in the shape of Lotus and dedicated to Bahai faith. The pin drop silence in the main sanctum is some thing you will not find anywhere in the bustling Delhi.

Akshardham Temple: A magnanimous hindu Temple known for its incredible fine architecture.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. India Gate (attraction)
  2. Delhi Haat Cottage Industries (attraction)
  3. Old Delhi (attraction)
  4. Lotus Temple (attraction)
  5. Akshardham Temple (attraction)
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answered by
Montse from Delhi

Hi Valerie, 

I can't see when you posted your question but I'll give you my inputs.I hope it's not too late!

For a nice deep introduction to Delhi, this is my route: 

1) Go to Red Fort. You have to pay for it at least 100 or 150INR. Do note that if you go on weekends there will be a long line. Being a foreigner and having to pay that much for the entrance (nationals only pay 10INR), you can skip the line and go forward to the security check. 

2) After the Red Ford, I'd walk the avenue across the main entrance towards the Sis Ganj Guru Dwara(free)

3) After taking your time there, keep walking the avenue to the Fatehpuri Masjid(free), a smaller mosque close to the spice market

4) Take left from the Mosque and you'll find yourself at the Khari Baoli(free) the spice market

5) Take a cycle rickshaw and go to Jama Masjidplease note that is NOTfree for foreigners unless you are not carrying a camara/phone with camara. It is very difficult to convince the guards that you won't take any pic, plus, you will like to take plenty of pics since it's an amazing place! Note, though, that they will ask you to leave when a praying is about to start. You can wait outside and enter. It doesn't take long. 

6) By this time, it might have passed more than 4h since you started the walk, you might be hungry. Stop at Karim's for a nice meal! 

Should you need other walks, let me know. This is one of the best! 

Chech this for cultural events such as walks:

I hope you enjoy it!

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Red Fort (attraction)
  2. Sis Ganj Guru Dwara (attraction)
  3. Fatehpuri Masjid (attraction)
  4. Khari Baoli (attraction)
  5. Jama Masjid (attraction)
  6. Karim's (restaurant)

answered by
Vimal from Delhi

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Archaeological Museum (attraction)
  2. Crafts Museum (attraction)
  3. National Gandhi Museum (attraction)
  4. Gandhi Smriti (attraction)
  5. Ghalib Academy (attraction)
  6. Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum (attraction)
  7. National Agricultural Science Museum (attraction)
  8. National Gallery of Modern Art (attraction)

answered by
Aayush from Moradabad

You should definitely visit Red Fort, Qutab Minar, Lotus Temple, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and Akshardham Temple

Also if you happen to be a foodie, you should try out the street food at Chandni Chowk, explore food hubs such as Hauz Khas Village, Shahpur Jat and Pandara Rd

Also if you are planning to come here in May-June, be prepared to face the heat, since during these months, temperature may vary from 40-50 degree celsius. 

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Red Fort (attraction)
  2. Qutab Minar (attraction)
  3. Lotus Temple (attraction)
  4. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (attraction)
  5. Akshardham Temple (attraction)
  6. Chandni Chowk (attraction)
  7. Hauz Khas Village (attraction)
  8. Shahpur Jat (attraction)
  9. Pandara Rd (attraction)

answered by
Siddharth from India

It is very hot here. There are not much arts and exhibitions held during these months. Still, You can check here

There are arts and exhibitions at India Habitat Centre which is free most of the times. There is a nice Ethiopian restaurant inside the center where you can enjoy different cuisines also.

Rest you can find on the above mentioned webpage as per your schedule.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. India Habitat Centre (attraction)

answered by
Brianna from Brooklyn

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Raj Ghat (attraction)
  2. India Gate (attraction)
  3. Lodi Gardens (attraction)
  4. Lotus Temple (attraction)
  5. Khan Market (attraction)
  6. Jama Masjid (attraction)
  7. Connaught Place (attraction)

answered first by
Amit from Delhi

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museum (attraction)
  2. Jama Masjid (attraction)
  3. Lodi Gardens (attraction)
  4. Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (attraction)
  5. Raj Ghat (attraction)
  6. National Gandhi Museum (attraction)
  7. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (attraction)

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