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Delhi In One Day

Are you planning to take a quick tour of Delhi in one day! If you are in Delhi for a day or if you plan to take your family or friends around Delhi one day tour, there are loads that it can offer and leave you gasping for more! Delhi one day tour or Delhi half day tour can include a trip to some historical monuments or a quick round of important museums! Even if it is Delhi in one day or even Delhi half a day tour how can shopping and eating be left behind!

First things first!

How to get around in Delhi?

Delhi Metro travelYou have only 18 hours in hand to cover the historical city, and the capital of India, Delhi! Though travelling by bus could be a cheap option, yet it is not advisable especially if you wish to tour Delhi in one day! Hiring a cab would probably be a better option to move around the city. You can travel at your own convenience and get dropped at the railway station or airport for your next stop! If you want to get a feel of Delhi’s pride, Delhi’s Metro, you can still do that as most of the important shopping centers of Delhi and important museums and monuments are all connected by the Metro Route.

Approximate Cab Charges:

Half Day City Tour of Delhi (4 to 5 hours)

By A/C car: Rs 1.300 Rs
Types of cars:
Tata Indigo, Ambassdor
Full Day City Tour of Delhi (8 to 9 hours)

By A/C car: Rs 2.000 Rs
Types of cars:
Tata Indigo, Ambassdor
Extra charge for Airport pick and drop

Bus Fares:
HoHo Buses (Hop On Hop Off Buses)
Hop On Hop Off Red Route:
Covers more than 13 sites
Duration: 2 hours

Hop On Hop Off Green Route
Covers more than 10 sites
Duration 2 hours

We provide you with some options for a one day visit in Delhi. The purpose is to make the utmost of your trip in Delhi even if it is for one day.

Delhi Itinerary – Option #1 (Delhi Sightseeing on a hired cab)

With just one day in hand, the best and the quickest way to see around Delhi is to hire a taxi that is available in plenty. But, keep one thing in mind while hiring a taxi is that to go by the meter or fix the price in advance.

Delhi is too vast in history. The edifices are a testimony to its historic and multi cultural background. You might need to rush through the sights because there’s a lot to see, yet very less time in your hands and of course do not underestimate the peak-hour Delhi traffic.


If you are starting from the airport, head off straight to the Qutab Minar, in Mehrauli, which is 9.6 kms from the airport and will take about 20 minutes time to reach.

After Qutub Minar, it is now time to proceed towards the Garden of Five senses, which is 1.5 kms away from the Qutub Minar and is about 15 mins drive from Qutub Minar. The Garden is a must see for a truly rejuvenating experience.

Following the experience in the Garden of Five senses, visit the famous Lotus Temple also known as the Bahai Temple located at Nehru Place, which is 6.4 kms away and just over 15 mins from the Garden.  Take a look around, enjoy and relax the peace and quiet inside the temple.

Next on the agenda could be the Red Fort in old Delhi or Purani Dilli which is 11.6 kms away and is around 35 mins drive from the Lotus temple. Just bypass the local shopkeepers you will find in front of the Red Fort and don’t get carried away by their wares. Remember, you seriously have no time to haggle with prices.

Close to Red Fort is the memorial of the Father of our Nation - Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat. It is just at a distance of 1.5 kms from the Red Fort. The memorial is placed in the midst of beautiful green lawns. It is a black square platform with the last words of Bapuji inscribed on it.

Late Afternoon/Evening

By this time it should be a little late in the afternoon so now it’s time to get in the cab and head off directly to Connaught Place which is 4.2 kms away. It is the right place to be in to grab a bite with plenty of restaurants all around CP. But, booking in advance would be advisable as these places can get very crowded, especially on weekends and Sundays.

If you would like to roam around for a tits and bits of shopping, CP has plenty of attractions. Janpath, Palika are some of the places to do good bargain shopping for all kinds of products.

The final visiting places would be the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, the official residence of the First citizen of India, The President of India and is about 2.8 kms away from Connaught Place and then the famous India Gate, a memorial for the soldiers who fought in the WW1, which is another 2.9 kms away.

These two spots should be reserved towards the evening or night as the Rashtrapathi Bhavan presents a splendid view when lit up, while India Gate appears captivating with the eternal flame under the arch - the Amar Jawan Jyothi, burning steadily.

Cab Charges:
A/C car Rs. 2500 – Rs. 3000 (Approx.)
Non A/C car Rs. 1000 – Rs. 1500 (Approx.)

Delhi Itinerary – Option #1 (Delhi on DTC sightseeing tour)

 Delhi ItineraryThe Delhi Transport Corporation operates sight Seeing Tours from Scindia House daily.  The Journey starts at sharp 09:15 am from DTC Office, Scindia House and then pick-up Tourists from Information Kiosk of Delhi Tourism Baba Kharak Singh Marg and thereafter from ITDC Office, Janpath for onward journey to the tourist places as per the following program.

The visiting places include-
  • Red Fort – Halting Time: 45 mins
  • Raj Ghat - Halting Time: 20 minutes
  • Birla Mandir - Halting Time: 30 minutes
  • Qutub Minar - Halting Time: 45 minutes
  • Lotus Temple - Halting Time: 45 minutes.
  • Humanyun's Tomb - Halting Time: 45 minutes
  • Akshardham Temple (Swami Narayan Temple) - Dropping only.
The journey finally comes to an end at 17.45 hrs.

The Route followed by these DTC buses while sightseeing is-

The Delhi Gate, then Shanti Van, crossing Tilak Mark, then Akbar Road, Sansad Marg, Shanti Path, Siri Aurbindo Marg, Press Enclave Road, Out Ring Road (Nehru Place), Modi Floor Mill, Ring Road, Mathura Road, Lodhi Road, Pragati Maidan, Nizamuddin Yamuna Bridge, Laxmi Nagarl, DDU Marg & Connaught Place.

Charges for AC bus
Adult: Rs.200/-
Children: Rs.100/- (between the age of 5 –12 years).
The children will however not be entitle for a seat in the bus.
For Enquiry and Reservation
Phone: 23752772,  Extn. 244
Address: Delhi Darshan Counter
Scindia House, Connaught Place

Delhi Itinerary – Option #3 (Delhi Sightseeing on a HOHO bus) How to Plan one day Itinerary in Delhi

Delhi Tourism departments has provided special sightseeing buses for its tourists in the form of Hop-On/Hop-Off, popularly known as HOHO buses. These buses are suitable for the tourists willing to explore the perimeters of Delhi, but have a tight and active schedule. These Hop-On/Hop-Off buses are specially designed buses for the tourists which move continuously through a route, allowing its tourists to board or alight at any stipulated pick up/ drop off points. The route of HOHO buses covers the all the important garden, monuments, museums, art galleries, markets and shopping malls.

Sightseeing by Hoho buses cover the following places-

Itinerary in Delhi for a DayDelhi Itinerary – Option #4 (Delhi Sightseeing on a Metro)

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) came into existence in 1995 as a joint venture of Indian and Delhi Govt. It is the world's 13th largest metro system in terms of length, and is quite convenient for its travelers to travel to the length and breadth of the capital city. You can start your journey from Rajeev Chowk in central Delhi (Connaught Place) and can cover both Old Delhi and New Delhi. Before you board the train from Rajeev Chowk, you can take a look around the shops and markets in and around Connaught Place. You can also visit India Gate, Rajpath, Parliament House and Secretariat.

The best way to visit Old Delhi, is the metro. Not only is the ride cheap, but it is fast and hassle free. Get down at Chandni Chowk and explore the real Delhi. Plan your travel in such a way that you reach Old Delhi during lunch time. If you are a vegetarian, you must try Old Delhi Chaat or savour the taste of Parathas in Parathewale Gali. And if you are a non-vegetarian, you simply cannot miss the kebabas and biryani of Karim's! A visit to Gurudwara Seesh Ganj Sahib built by Guru Teg Bahadur is a must in Old Delhi.

Tour and travel operators in Delhi/NCR:

  • Hi tours India pvt ltd
    33-34,Regal Building, Near Regal Cinema Hall
    Upto Quality Resataurant, Connaught Place
    Delhi - 110001
    Call: (011) 66359825

  • Apj Tours And Travel
    sM 92 First Floor,Capital Court, Near Capital court
    Munirka, Delhi - 110067
    Call: (011) 66584061

  • Mars Travel Port
    Shop No -4, Huda Market, Opposite Kingdom Of Dreams
    Gurgaon Sector-29, Gurgaon - 122002
    Call: (011) 66437183

  • Dook Holidays
    Office No-609/610, Pearls BEST Heights Tower 2
    Opposite Max Hospital, Netaji Subhash Place Complex-Pitampura
    Delhi - 110034
    Call: (011) 66723038

  • Capricornn Holidays
    B-6/304, Laxmi Complex, Near Main Vikas Marg
    Subhash Chowk, Laxmi Nagar, Delhi - 110092
    Call: (011) 66582521

  • Aros Travels Pvt Ltd
    Rtg-85, Royal Tower Market, Shipra Sun City
    Indirapuram, Ghaziabad - 201014
    Call: (011) 66361509

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