Should you stop or not in Dehli during your trip to Rajasthan, that is the question! So yes, it is noisy, it smells bad and some districts are ugly, but it will really blow you away, and the rest of the trip will appear to you much more bearable! There are some great things to visit in Dehli, and we have selected for you the main ones:
Gigantic minaret built in 1199 by the Muslims in sign of victory. Very nice work of sculpture on the red sandstone, we advise you to visit it rather late afternoon when it takes superb colors.
This garden is a haven of peace, where the lovers of Dehli meet for a romantic pose away from the incessant horns of the city. If your lover has refused to visit India with you (ours will recognize each other!), it is still a pretty 20-minute stroll among the many birds, squirrels and also mausoleums scattered here and there.
The mausoleum of Humayun
Built in 1565 by the widow of the Mughal emperor. A beautiful garden that makes a little forget the tumult of Dehli.
Ugrasen ki Baoli
This one is our little secret, the one you will not find in the guides! Throughout your trip to Rajasthan you will see many reservoirs, some 250 years old, open pit. This one remains interesting because of its situation in the heart of the city and its shape in length which allows to draw the water to about 35 meters of depth. This one deserves a little detour in tuk-tuk! Located a short distance from Connaught Place between Barakhamba Road and Janpath metro stations (see map here).
The largest mosque in India, followed by a rickshaw tour of the Old Dehli, and there we are for the biggest cultural gap ever!
Fort Rouge: we chose not to visit it, because we had planned to visit Agra (better preserved and more beautiful) the next day
Lunch at Khan Market, the most chic of Dehli; for shopping Fabindia (first floor) and Anokhi for clothes, Good Earth for the decoration, a delicious Asian lunch at Mr. Choy (tables on the last floor quieter) and a small coffee at L’Opéra (good coffee is rare in India)!
The mausoleum of Itimad-ud-Daulah, also called Baby Taj, built in 1622 by Emperor Jahangir’s wife for his father. The building elegantly mixes red sandstone and white marble, in a harmonious whole. The details are refined and the view of the river is very nice. Little frequented, it is recommended! On the same bank, the Mughal Park offers a spectacular view of the Taj Mahal at sunset, provided you arrive on time … We advise you to come at least ½ hour before sunset, knowing that the traffic is crazy, because there is only one bridge across Agra to cross the river!
You will read it everywhere; it is advisable to visit it at dawn to avoid tourists. So we were at 6am outside the doors, tickets purchased, and opening 15 minutes later. There, a systematic check of all the bags, one male line, one for the women. After the small inconveniences, we were able to check the Taj Mahal box, which is certainly very impressive but will not remain for me the most extraordinary moment of the stay (especially since the ponds were under maintenance as well as one of the minarets, my pictures are ugly!).
So yes, there are a lot of tourists, but essentially Indian, which does not ruin your photos, and instead make a nice local color!!! For the record, when we came out at 8am, there was no more queue…
The Red Fort
Firm favourite for this Fort, not to be missed under any circumstances for its amazing entry, for its palaces, its gardens and its sight on the Taj Mahal!