Delhi as known dilwalo ki Delhi is often criticized for security, but to be honest it is not dangerous as it is hyped. A bit of awareness and strong will make your journey memorable. If you are on a low budget and want to do a backpack trip to Delhi then you have landed at the right place. Assuming you are going to land in the capital and you do not have booked any accommodation.

Let’s begin this backpack trip to Delhi

Accommodation for backpack trip to Delhi

There are lot of hostels, hotels but i would prefer airbnb. I stayed in Old Delhi near GTB Metro Station and i would say the place i stayed is a bit towards the old delhi kind of place where you would find undeveloped areas and a garbage here and there. If you are looking for much cleaner and are ready to stay in the heart of delhi with an expense of $20 extra then I would recommend connaught place.

Day 1 – Old Delhi & Central Delhi

Assuming that you have landed in the morning and after some rest head to any metro station and take a card which will help you to explore delhi in the cheapest way possible. Complete delhi is connected via Metro and also the Airport as well. Once you take the metro card make sure you load the card with Rs.1000 /- that is $30 i think that is more than enough to suffice for 4 days. Backpack trip to Delhi cannot be completed without exploring Old Delhi.

Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib ji

Historical Gurdwara a.k.a temple of Sikhs. Built in 1783 to commemorate martyrdom of 9th Sikh Guru named Guru Teg Bahadur. You can experience spiritual vibes and also serve in the temple if you want. Decent attire needs to be followed.

Entry Fee:
Free
Photography Not allowed inside the gurdwara, you can click photos in the lawn.
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk
Timing : 7 AM – 6 PM

Jama Masjid:

Jama Masjid known as Masjid-i Jahān-Numā is one of the oldest & largest Mosques built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 and is open. To avoid crowd make sure you are going early and being a religious place you need to have a decent attire to be followed.

Entry Free:
Free
Photography: Rs.200 (Use of tripod not allowed)
Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazar or Chandni Chowk (Yellow Line)
Timing : 7 AM – 6 PM

Sri Bangla Sahib Gurudwara

Another famous gurudwara and beautiful as well. It is associated with eight Sikh Guru (Guru Har Krishan). It is somewhat similar to Golden Temple of Amritsar which has a lake inside the temple. This temple also has a lake a.k.a known as Sarovar.

Entry Fee:
Free
Photography Not allowed inside the gurdwara, you can click photos in the lawn.
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Timing : 7 AM – 6 PM

India Gate

India Gate is a war memorial built near Rajpath which was formerly known as Kingsway. It is built in the memory of soldiers who lay their lives serving the country during the british rule. It was originally called War Memorial of India. It also has Amar Jawan Jyoti (Flame of the Immortal Soldier) which is burning since 1971.

Entry Fee:
Free
Photography allowed
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Timing : Open 24 Hours.

Teddy Boy Lounge

It is multi cuisine resto bar. A nice place to have some beers and good food. No reservations required.

Entry Fee:
Free
Average Cost for a Couple ($30)
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Day 2 – Connaught Place, Old Delhi, New Delhi

Chandni Chowk

One of the oldest market of delhi located in the heart of old delhi where you can shop for clothing, dry fruits, vivid saris etc. Also, known for serving roadside Indian sweets which are delicious to have.

Entry Fee:
Free
Average Cost for a Couple : Depends on your bargaining skills. 🙂
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk
Gali Paranthe Wali A.K.A The Byland of Flatbread

It is a very famous lane where you can have varitey of paranthe a.k.a flatbread. Ideally the shop were owned by one joint family of several branches. Renowned people such as Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi use to come here for meals. The food is a bit spicy but to negate that you can have a cold Lassi (Semi-Solid Yogurt Drink)

Entry Fee:
Free
Average Cost for a Couple : $5-6 for a complete meal
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk

Red Fort

After having a heavy meal it is time to burn some calories and what better to visit red fort which is just 1 KM away from the lane. Make sure you book your tickets beforehand as there are long queues. The red fort also has 4 museums and one which is inaugurated recently depicting Netaji Subash Chandara Bose Life. Although, for foreign tourist they have a separate counter and also for the indian locals who are willing to pay through debit or credit card. You can book tickets online on bookmyshow.com

Here is the direct link to book: https://in.bookmyshow.com/activities/red-fort/ET00091037

Entry Fee:
Adult Foreign: Rs.550
Photography Allowed with no extra charges.
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk
Timing : 7 AM – 6 PM

Janpath Market

Tibetan Market

Another famous market in the heart of Connaught Place (CP). Visit here to shop tibetan items on Shop No. 22 and Shop No. 17

Gujarati Market

On the left of the tibetan market you will see gujarati market where you can buy bed sheets, shirts, kurtis & lot more.

Main Market

The products are a bit costlier and of good quality. The market falls between the Gujarati & Flea Market.

Flea Market a.k.a Sarojini Market

Here you find trendier clothes and you would think if is it from a brand like Vero Moda. But to be honest it is not and you can get it for dirt cheap prices. A good looking t-shirt with a decent quality for less than $5

Entry Fee:
Free
Photography Allowed with no extra charges.
Nearest Metro Station: Janpath

Humayun’s Tomb

It is the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun and the tomb was ordered to build by his first wife Bega Begum. The construction completed in 1570. It resembles persian and islamic architecture. The tomb has pretty good attractions such as Char Bagh a.k.a known as four gardens, Tomb of Isa Khan, Bu Halima’s Tomb, Afsarwala Tomb, Arab Sarai (rest house), Nila Gumbad (Blue Tomb), Chillah Nizamuddin Aulia, Barber’s Tomb

Booking link: https://in.bookmyshow.com/activities/humayuns-tomb/ET00091039

Entry Fee:
Adult Foreigner : Rs.500
Photography Allowed with no extra charges. Video Filming: Rs. 25/-
Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on Yellow Line or JLN Stadium on Purple Line
Timing : 7 AM – 6 PM

Jantar Mantar

It has 13 architectural astronomy instruments. It was used to observe astronomical tables. It has 4 distinct instruments which are Samrat Yantra, Jayaprakash Yantra, Rama Yantra, Misra Yantra

Entry Fee:
Adult Foreigner : Rs.200
Photography Allowed with no extra charges. 
Nearest Metro Station: 9.30 – AM 4.30 PM

Art House Cafe

One of the nicest ambience in the heart of Connaught Place (CP) North Block. I would recommend to have the tomotolicious pasta and Swiss Latte. Its a modern cafe and you can have beers and good food as well. Without food you cannot complete a backpack trip to Delhi

Entry Fee:
Free
Average Cost for a Couple : $10 for a complete meal
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk

Day 3 – Old Delhi, New Delhi, South Delhi

Qutub Minar

It is named after Qutab-ud-din Aibak and is a minaret in the Qutub Complex. It is also the tallest brick minaret in the world with a height of 72.5 m. The entry into the minaret is restricted. The other attractions are Iron Pillar of Delhi. It also has the tomb of Alauddin Khalji. The monument is in South Delhi and you can take share auto to reach the monument in Rs.10.

Booking link: https://in.bookmyshow.com/activities/qutub-minar/ET00090978

Entry Fee:
Adult Foreigner : Rs.500
Photography Allowed with no extra charges.
Nearest Metro Station: Qutub Minar on Yellow line
Timing : 7 AM – 6 PM

Dilli Haat

It is a food and craft bazar and is open 7 days a week. You can go there to shop and have a food blast. You can buy shawls, handicrafts, jewelry, home decor, Paper mache and more.

Entry Fee:
Adult Foreigner : Rs.100
Photography Allowed with no extra charges.
Nearest Metro Station: INA Delhi
Timing : 10.30 AM – 10 PM

The Garden of Five Senses

One of the most beautiful places in the capital. Located in south delhi it is spread in 20 acre area and various species of flowers. It was inaugurated in the year 2003 and was designed to have some relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Entry Fee:
Adult Foreigner : Rs.35 and Rs. 56 for Photography with zoom lens.
Photography Allowed with no extra charges.
Nearest Metro Station: Saket
Timing :9 AM – 6 PM

Lotus Temple

It is one of the Bahá’í House of Worship and was established in December 1986. It is open to all regardless of religion and also has a museum which shows the work of Bahá’í House. The name Lotus temple is given due to its architecture built in the shape of lotus.

Entry Fee:
Adult Foreigner : Free.
Photography Allowed with no extra charges but not in the museum.
Nearest Metro Station: Kalkaji Mandir
Timing :9 AM – 5 PM

Day 4 – New Delhi

Rashtrapati Bhavan: The Presidential Estate

If you are visiting Delhi and if you don’t visit the Rashtrapati Bhavan then you are a fool. The presidential estate is open for everyone 4 days a week i.e. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You have 2 entrances Circuit 1 and Circuit 2 and you need to prebook which is a mandate.

Circuit 1 covers Main Building, Forecourt, Reception, Navachara, Banquet Hall, Upper Loggia, Lutyens Grand Stairs, Guest Wing, Ashok Hall, North Drawing Room, Long Drawing Room, Library, Durbar Hall, Lord Buddha Statue

Circuit 2 covers Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum Complex

Booking Link for Circuit one: https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/rbvisit.aspx
Booking Link for Circuit two: https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/rbvisit_museum.aspx
Booking Link for witnessing change of guard ceremony: https://rb.nic.in/rbvisit/rbvisit_cog.aspx

Entry Fee:
Adult Foreigner : Rs.50 for each circuit
Photography Allowed from mobile phone only with no extra charges but not in the museum.
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Timing :9 AM – 4 PM
Note: You need to carry original Photo ID for entrance.

National War Memorial

It was inaugurated on 25 Feb 2019 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is built in the memory of the soldiers who were killed in various wars such as Indo-China War in 1962, the Indo-Pak Wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971, the Kargil Conflict in 1999, and the Indian Peace Keeping Force Operations in Sri Lanka and it is spread in 40 acres.

Adult Foreigner : Free
Photography Allowed.
Nearest Metro Station: Rajiv Chowk
Timing :9.30 AM – 12.30 PM, 3PM – 7 PM

Rajghat

It is a memorial dedicated to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. It has a black marble platform which is the place where M.K. Gandhi was cremated. It is located near the banks of Yamuna River.

Entry Fee:
Adult Foreigner : Free
Photography Allowed
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk
Timing :6.30 AM – 6 PM

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