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Top 22 Free Things To Do in Delhi

“Yeh dilli hai mere yaar”, just this one line brings in so many images of Delhi sightseeing and famous tourist attractions of the city.
Being the capital of a diverse country such as India, Delhi tourism is truly one of a kind. The energy and array of activities that it offers satiate every age group and type of traveler.

And what better way to witness places in Delhi and tick every option listed under things to do near me without spending a penny.

Yes! You read that right – FREE OF COST

 Here is a list of top 22 free things when visiting the dynamic city of Delhi – 

  1. Witness the architectural marvel of the Lotus temple
  2. Enjoy a blessed meal at Bangla sahib
  3. Listen to soul...

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1. Witness the architectural marvel of the Lotus temple

Also known as the Bahai temple, it is styled like a giant blooming lotus flower. The design also portrays the unity of different cultures living in Delhi. Spread across 26 across acres of land this tourist attraction is known for its pin-drop silence, manicured gardens and pools.

Where - Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi, India 
Nearby visiting places – Delhi Haat, Hauz Khas Village
Timings - Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM  

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2. Enjoy a blessed meal at Bangla sahib

Named after the 8th Sikh guru, the Bangla sahib guru is one of the most Sikh pilgrimage sites in the Delhi sightseeing map. The gurudwara serves langar free meal every day to around 15000 devotees from 9 am to 4 pm and 7 pm to 11 pm and is a true representation of Indian hospitality.

Where – Ashoka Road, Connaught Place, Next to Grand Post Office, New Delhi, Delhi, India.
Nearby visiting places – Hanuman Mandir, Madame Tussauds 
Timings – 5 am to midnight 

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3. Listen to soulful qawwalis at Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah

If you want to experience the power of music, visit one of the top 10 places to visit in Delhi, the Nizamuddin Dargah on a Thursday evening and listen to soulful qawwalis under the stars. Even if you don’t understand the language, just the hymns, and the warm ambiance will take you to a higher dimension.  

Where – Boali Gate Rd, Opp The Lodhi, Nizamuddin, Nizammudin West Slum, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi, Delhi, India.
Nearby visiting places – Humayun’s tomb, Pragati Maidan
Timings – Thursday 6.30 pm onwards

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4. Sit in serene Lodhi garden

Spread across 90 acres, the Lodhi Gardens are one of the best places to visit in Delhi if you want to spend a quiet, peaceful evening. A typical view of this Delhi attraction will include couples, gardens, cycles, pond and views of various tombs.

Where – Amrita Shergill Marg, Lodhi Garden, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi, India.
Nearby places to visit –National Bonsai park, Khan Market 
Timings – 6 AM to 8 PM

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5. Pay homage to soldiers at India gate

A war memorial designed by Edward Lutyens, India Gate is a place of interest for one and all. The monument is inscribed with names of all the soldiers who laid their life their motherland. Visit his sightseeing spot during the night to witness the spectacular lit Rashtrapati Bhawan. 

Where – Rajpath Marg, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nearby places to visit – Jantar Mantar, Children’s Park
Timings – 7.00 AM to 10.00 PM

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6. Visit various Art Museums and Galleries

A day out roaming about in preservers of Delhi art scene like - India Habitat Centre, National Gallery of Modern Art and Espace Delhi Art Gallery will unveil some of the best artists in the country to you.

Where – India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, Near Airforce Bal Bharati School, Institutional Area, Lodi Colony, New Delhi, Delhi, India.
               National Gallery of Modern Art, Shershah Road Near India Gate Jaipur House, New Delhi, Delhi 110003
Nearby places to visit – Tibet House, Sai baba Mandir
Timings – 10 AM to 8 PM

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7. Enjoy free movie screenings

If you are a world cinema connoisseur then the perfect thing to do in Delhi for you is to visit places like - Instituto Cervantes, American Centre and Alliance Francaise where they conduct free shows of various documentaries, blockbuster movies and Oscar-nominated movies.

Where – Instituto Cervantes, 48, Hanuman Road, Connaught Place, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi, India.
              American Center, 24 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Near Barakhamba Metro Station, Barakhamba, New Delhi, Delhi, India.
              Alliance Francaise, 72, KK Birla Ln, Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi, India.
Nearby places to visit – Sacred Heart Cathedral, Janpath Market
Timings - Check their websites for exact details

8. Watch guard changing ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhawan

A definite place to go if you would like to witness a display of discipline, courage, and valor is Rashtrapati Bhawan. Every Saturday there is a change of guard ceremony which is open to the public. All you need is an original Photo Id.

Where – Rashtrapati Bhawan, President's Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110004
Tourist attractions near me – Mughal Gardens, Jaipur Column
Timings - 15th March to 14th August – 8:00 am to 8:40 am
                15th August to 14th November – 9:00 am to 9:40 am
                 15th November to 14th March – 10:00 am to 10:40 am

9. Sweat it out at open-air gyms in Nehru park

If you want to get fit without shelling any money for swanky gym memberships, then visit the recently installed open gym in Nehru Park.  A fun place in Delhi for youngsters, the park offers machines like – roman chairs, adjustable Abdominal Bench, Cable jungle and cross overs.


Where – Ashoka Hotel in the Chanakyapuri diplomatic area, New Delhi, Delhi 110023

Tourist attractions near me – Chankyapuri, Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum
Timings - 5:30 am to 7:30 pm

10. Start your mornings with the power-packed Raahgiri

Some of the most traffic-free places to visit in Delhi are CP, Gurgaon, and Dwarka on a Sunday morning. The streets are filled with people of all ages, dance, music, cycling, fun exercises and so much more. 

Where – A-16, Rajiv Chowk, Block A, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Tourist attractions near me – Agrasen ki Baoli, Jama Masjid
Timing - 6 am to 9 am

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11. Spend some time away from pollution in Sanjay Van

If you want to go for a greener Delhi sightseeing, then visit Sanjay van in Vasant Kunj. Spread across 780 acres, the tourist attraction is home to exotic wildlife. It also has some easy hiking trails and gives a picturesque view of the city. 

Where – Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110016, India
Tourist attractions near me – Qutub Minar, Adham Khan’s Tomb
Timings – Early morning till sunset

12. Try some adventure activities in Hauz Khas Park

A green attraction, the Hauz Khas deer park is known for its lush green surroundings, lake, and tomb. The park also conducts adventure activities like slack rope walking and tightrope which makes it a fun place in Delhi for youngsters. 

Where - Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016
Tourist attractions near me – Tomb of Feroze Shah, Deer Park Lake
Timings – check their website for the schedule

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14. Enjoy poetry recitations

In the last few years, Delhi has become a hub to artists from all over the world. From spoken word artists to Instagram poets there is a stage for all. Organizations like Delhi poetry slam and National patriotic poetry conduct various events around the city. More info about the events can be gathered from their website/Facebook page. 

15. Visit the home of the folk artists – Katputli Colony

A place you will not find on a typical Delhi sightseeing map is the Katputli Colony. Home to over 2800 folk artists including acrobats, snake charmers, and magicians, the humble lanes are a testament to their history and passion. A visit to this colony will surely make for an exciting, offbeat day out.

Where – Shadipur Depot
Tourist attractions near me – Red fort, Karol Bagh

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16. Spend an afternoon reading books at well-stocked libraries

A city is known by how well it preserves its art. What better way to experience Delhi tourism than visiting libraries. Some of the places of interest for enthusiastic book lovers are – The Delhi Public Library, Shastri Bhavan and the Archaeological Survey of India 

Where – Delhi Public Library, Shyama Prasad Mukherji Marg, Kaccha Bagh Area, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi

18. Visit the hub of politics and culture – The JNU campus

Spread across 1000 acres, in the famous campus of JNU is home to the country’s most intelligent minds and has been the backdrop of several movies. From lush green surroundings to cheap yummy food to stimulating conversations, JNU is a place of interest for those who crave intellect. It also has a 24x7 food court which makes it a fun place in Delhi for youngsters. 

Where – Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Mehrauli Road, JNU Ring Rd, Delhi 110067 
Nearby places to visit – Yogmaya Temple, The Garden of Five Senses

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19. Bird watching at Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Home to over 450 species of birds, the Okhla bird sanctuary is a place of interest for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The best time to visit this popular tourist attraction is early mornings since there is no blazing heat and birds are out in the open.

Where – Noida Plaza, N Block, Pocket K, Sector 95, Noida
Nearby places to visit – Worlds of Wonder, The Great India Place
Timings – 7.00 AM to 5.30 PM

20. Flea markets of Sarojini Nagar and Janpath

Some of the fun places in Delhi for youngsters and shopaholics are the flea markets of Sarojini Nagar and Janpath. From books to clothes to jewelry to yummy food, you will find it all here and that too at dirt-cheap prices. Roam around the markets to see mall free face of Delhi.

Where – Janpath Market,  Janpath Rd, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
               Sarojini market, Sarojini Nagar
Timings – 11 AM to 9 PM

21. Enjoy walking trails in Jahanpanah Forest

Spread across 800 acres, the Delhi version of Mumbai’s jogger park is the Jahanpanah forest.it a place of interest for fitness enthusiasts, runners and nature lovers. Just be careful while exploring this Delhi tourist spot as it is quite easy to get lost.

Where – Jahapanah city forest, Greater Kailash
Tourist attractions near me – Lotus Temple, India Gate 
Timings – 6.00 AM to 7.30 PM, every day

22. Explore the famous Agarsen ki baoli

An offbeat place in Delhi, the Agarsen ki baoli is a place of interest for architecture and history lovers. The heritage structure is known for its old-world charm and was built during the time of Mahabharata.

Where – Hailey Road, KG Marg, near Diwanchand Imaging Centre, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Tourist attractions near me – Jantar Mantar, Janpath Market
Timings – 9 AM to 5.30 PM, every day

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