New Delhi, widely popular as the capital of India, is a prominent metropolitan region in the north of India. Besides its political and commercial significance, it’s also a well-known tourist destination which is visited by numerous tourists throughout the world every year. Ancient monuments, stunning forts, mosques, vibrant markets, amazing parks, etc. attract tourists to learn and experience the unique and rich history, heritage, and culture of India. And, if you are a solo traveler, there is a lot for you to travel and explore and get a mesmerizing experience by touring through this capital city. Scroll down to find 10 amazing things to do alone in New Delhi, India.
Take a three-day private trip to India’s Golden Triangle, which is home to marvels including New Delhi, Jaipur, and the Taj Mahal. A 3-day private tour like this one is an excellent way for first-time tourists to learn about the Golden Triangle because it covers more of India in less time.
The first day begins with transportation from the airport or hotel, followed by a tour of the India Gate, the Parliament Building, and Qutub Minar in Delhi. The next few days will be spent exploring famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, and Fatehpur Sikri. Your solo journey will come to a finish with a full day of sightseeing in Jaipur. For your convenience, daily hotel pickup and drop-off services are included.
Duration: 4 days
Are you a foodie looking to make something new? During this exclusive tour, you will learn about the many spices and cooking techniques in Indian cuisine. Spend a day seeing New Delhi and tasting the greatest cuisine from the city’s most renowned and enduring dining options. Then, enjoy a full day of cooking sessions that includes an amazing experience as well as a wealth of intriguing knowledge about Indian cuisine and its cooking methods.
Then, depart for Agra early in the morning to have a sightseeing tour that includes the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. In around three to four hours, you will arrive in Jaipur where you may check into a hotel for a night’s rest. This day will involve both food sampling and sightseeing in various areas of the city.
Duration: 5 days 10 hours
Are you a history fanatic keen on visiting historic attractions in Delhi all by yourself? Make sure you visit Red Fort, which is known to be the first military defense structure developed in South Delhi. It is also famous as Lal Kot and was the first building of defense of era AD 731. There are seven entrances to get in Red Fort. Currently, it’s in the state of ruins and signifies glory in certain areas. From the top, watch eye-catching views of Qutab Minar. Peep into the past to learn how emperors lived within the walls of this historic fort.
Duration: 3 hours
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4. Wander around Lodhi Gardens
If you are a solo traveler looking for a pleasant place for solace when exploring the bustling city of Delhi, make sure you visit Lodhi Gardens. Amid the hustle and bustle of this capital city, you can find Lodi Gardens as a heaven of tranquility. This sprawling 80-acre (3.23 hectares) fascinating historical park derives its name from four historic monuments dating back to Lodi dynasty i.e. about 500 years ago. This park is home to an outstanding collection of trees, namely Neem, Gulmohar, Peepal, Ashok, Magnolia, Silver oak, etc. Also, the chirping of various birds, such as parakeets, kingfishers, kites, babblers, mynahs, etc. will please you. When traveling alone in Delhi, you can spend a refreshing time jogging, walking, or relaxing in the company of wonderful nature.
Address: Main Lodi Road, Beside India International Centre, New Delhi, Delhi - 110003
Opening hours: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Entry Fees: Free
If you are a shopaholic, traveling all alone to Delhi, opting for a three-hour guided walking tour would help you shop Indian peculiarities and get a taste of mouth-watering delicacies here. Learn about the unique Indian tradition and rich heritage of New Delhi. Strolling through the busy lanes of popular Chandi Chowk bazaar will give you an opportunity to satisfy your appetite with scrumptious Indian street food. A rickshaw ride would be ideal for a lone explorer to have fun while exploring the city. Buy your choice of tantalizing spices from the spice market. Make sure you visit Jama Masjid, the biggest mosque in the country, which is famous as a World Heritage Site.
Duration: 3 hours
Are you are alone and quite concerned about how to beat your hunger pangs? Then, a three-hour Old Delhi street food tour would be ideal for you to enjoy relishing mouth-watering Indian delicacies while engaging in gastronomic discussions with another foodie. Discover some peculiar culinary traditions of this amazing city. Enjoy eating chaat delicacies, such as aloo chaat, dahi bhalla, appetizing chole bhature, etc., to your heart’s content. This tour also includes visiting one of the nine ancient Sikh temples and Jama Masjid.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
You might find touring through the city all alone quite tiring. Learning Indian dance can add spice by way of making a new association and also learning a skill. Dance to the tunes of praiseworthy Indian music. Attending a two-hour traditional dance class in this city would not only acquaint you with distinct Indian dance styles but also help you enjoy dancing on the floor to the moves of Indian traditional and Bollywood music happily. Your dancing performance will be filmed and you will receive it in a private YouTube link to show it to your family and friends back home.
Duration: 2 hours
If you are traveling alone with a lot of free time on hand, opt for an eight-hour tour of Old Delhi. You will be glad to visit Jama Masjid, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was constructed between 1644 and 1656 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan with four towers, three gates, two minarets of white marble and a red sandstone 40 meters tall. Its courtyard could house over 25,000 individuals. Besides, you get to see the incredible Red Fort, Swaminarayan Akshardham temple, and learn about Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat.
Duration: 9 to 10 hours
9. Visit Gandhi's tomb
Pay homage at Gandhi’s tomb when in Delhi. Visit Raj Ghat - a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi, who is popular as the Father of the Nation. Gandhi’s tomb is a must-visit place which no solo traveler to Delhi can afford to miss visiting it. You can find it amid the scenic landscaped gardens on the banks of the famous river Yamuna. At one end of this memorial, you will find an eternal flame burning in special honor of Mahatma Gandhi. Learn about India’s freedom struggle.
Address: Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Ring Road, New Delhi, Delhi - 110006
Opening hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Entry fees: Free
10. Go jogging in Deer Park
Deer Park, a verdant heaven amid the bustling city life of Delhi, is an ideal destination for solo travelers who are looking to spend a relaxing time in the tranquility of nature. It’s named after Aditya Nath Jha, a popular social worker, as Jha Deer Park. Have a wonderful time jogging, walking, and gazing at the animal life at your own pace. Breathe in fresh air in tranquil lush green settings as you jog over here. You can find pleasant areas, such as Duck Park, Rabbit Enclosures picnic spots, etc., here. It’s a scenic animal lover’s heaven, as you get to see various animals at leisure.
Address: Hauz Khas, New Delhi
Opening hours: 5:00 am - 8:00 pm (in summer), 5:30 am - 7:00 pm (in winter)
Entry fee: Free
Tip from Trip101 local expert
Whenever I'm in for an early jog at Deer Park, I make it a point to swing by the Hauz Khas Fort right after. You don't want to miss the sunrise there - it's a spectacle with the lake reflecting the golden hues. Plus, the entry is so affordable, that it's almost free. But here's a tip: save your appetite for later. The nearby Hauz Khas Village, a hub for cozy cafes, doesn't come alive until the afternoon. It's the perfect end to a morning run – a treat for your eyes first, and a feast for your taste buds later!
11. Have a luxurious spa day
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Traveling through Delhi all alone by carrying your heavy bag pack on your shoulders is sure to de-energize and stress you out. Get rid of the fatigue after a long day by pampering yourself with a spa. Rejuvenate yourself with a 60-minute refreshing spa treatment at a well-known spa in Delhi. Later, treat yourself to a scrumptious Mediterranean dinner at a fine restaurant.
Gold Leaf Spa
Address: Udman Hotel and Resort Shiv Murthi Complex, National Highway 8 Near International Airport Adjacent, Mahipalpur, Delhi 110037, India
Website: Gold Leaf Spa
If you are traveling alone and tired of visiting tourist hotspots in Delhi on feet, a hop-on-hop-off bus tour would be a great choice. Get glimpses of great collections at National Gallery of Modern Art, worth-seeing Embassy Lake, and Red Fort through this bus tour. Don’t miss shopping artistic handicrafts at attractive market and fascinating handmade products at Central Cottage Industry Emporium. If you are a history buff, make sure you visit Humayun’s Tomb and Red Fort.
Duration: 8 to 10 hours
Have the best solo travel experience in New Delhi
Now that you know these ten exciting things to do alone in New Delhi, India, make sure you miss none of them during your excursion here. Go solo and get great experiences and wonderful memories to cherish for the lifetime.
Tip from Trip101 local expert
While solo travel in Delhi is undeniably exciting, safety and convenience should always be your top priorities. The capital boasts a well-developed transportation system, so make the most of it by opting for reliable modes such as registered cabs, the Delhi Metro, and ride-sharing services as your go-to choices. Whenever possible, share your ride status and daily itinerary with a trusted person. Lastly, gather valuable tips and information about your destinations from reliable sources to ensure a surprise-free and enjoyable exploration!
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