There are few cities in India which take more time to absorb than what it initially seems possible. The language, customs and monuments all these requires a certain amount of time to take in. Delhi is one such place which takes time for a traveller to settle in. A flight to catch, an itinerary squeezed to the last hour, a stopover and many more reasons can push one to explore the city of Delhi in one day. There are more than enough things to do in a day which will make the day well spent.
If architecture, history and monuments are the things which get you going then Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Feroz Shah Kotla Fort, Purana Qila, Humayun's Tomb all can be explored. These are remnants from the Mughal period and make for exciting viewing for the aficionados. As the monuments are spread across the city, which makes it challenging to cover all in one day, one can pick and choose based on the interest. A cab is a good option for commute on a busy day; this would avoid the hassle of figuring out city commute options.
Delhi has botanical gardens and parks like Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Garden of five senses for the nature lovers. These can easily be the places to hang out for more than half a day. Along with a visit to the parks, one can walk around the shopping streets of Delhi. Places like Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place will enthral one to no end. If time permits there, many more shop streets like Sarojini Nagar Market, Palika Bazar, Dilli Haat can also be checked out. If one is interested in Mall experience, then Select City Walk Mall will be the one to check out, it, is the biggest mall in Delhi, and a walk around it is a one-day activity in itself.
A trip to Delhi is not complete without the food feast of Delhi. Chandni Chowk's eat street bustling with shops of Jalebis, Samosa Chaat, Paranthas from Paranthewali Gali, Rabri Falooda, Halwa are too mouth-watering to resist. Connaught Place has excellent restaurants catering cuisine from all over India. Hauz Khas area has some of the best Cafes, Pubs and lounge bars to unwind during the evening.
Any combination of the above activities can be picked to spend a day in Delhi. Do make sure to visit India Gate during late evenings to soak in its majesty. If you are hard-pressed for time and can't plan leisure, then check out our expert-curated list of activities by clicking here.
If you are not particular about which site to explore and want to go on your own with ease of commute, then use the Yellow metro line. The places which are on the Yellow line are Chandni Chowk, Chawri Bazaar, Select City Walk Mall, Green Park/Hauz Khas, Secretariat which is close to India Gate. All these can be explored with a Metro day pass.
The charm of Delhi is such that it will pull you back for more as one day is not going to be enough take in the City of Delhi.