Places of Worship Self-guided Tour in Delhi, Delhi

Delhi has plenty of magnificent religious sights done in various architectural styles. The beautiful architecture reveals the intensity of religious experience of centuries gone by. The erected temples and mosques are engraved with inscriptions, on marble and stone, that bear testimony to their holy character. Visit the most famous mosques and temples in Delhi in the next self-guided tour.
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Places of Worship Self-guided Tour in Delhi Map

Guide Name: Places of Worship Self-guided Tour in Delhi
Guide Location: India » Delhi (See other walking tours in Delhi)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 4 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 10.4 km
Author: victoria
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Mata Ki Mandir Temple

1) Mata Ki Mandir Temple

Mata Ki Mandir is a small, but beautiful Hindu Temple in Delhi. If you decide to visit Mata Ki Mandir, you should know that you can not enter the temple if you are under the influence of alcohol.
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Yusuf Sarai Gurudwara

2) Yusuf Sarai Gurudwara

Yusuf Sarai is a traditional Gurudwara in the Green Park community, Delhi. There you can admire beautiful architecture and small but amazing sculptures. It also offers a small library.
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Nili Masjid

3) Nili Masjid

Built in the early 16th century, Nili Masjid is one of the most important mosques in Delhi. This masjid was constructed by a nurse named Kasaumbhil. It is located inside the Hauz Khas enclave on the road that connects Aurobindo Marg and Khel Gaon Marg. The mosque was built under the supervision of Sikhander Lodi

Nili Masjid is decorated with blue tiles. Nili means blue and hence the name. You will find verses from the Quran inscribed on the walls of the Masjid. Though only the remains of the Masjid can be seen now, it is a worthy place to visit. You will find the ruins of Idgah, a place for public prayers. The Idgah is surrounded by rubble built walls. You will also find a series of mihrabs on the western side of the Masjid. To the south east of Idgah, you can see rubble built tapering tower. The tower was constructed during the Khilji period to function as a watchtower.

Muslims come to this mosque to offer their prayers every day. There are many other tourist spots close to the Masjid such as the Lotus Temple, Chirag Dehlvi’s Dargah and Nizamuddin’s. Enjoy delicious Indian food at the eateries and shop to your heart’s content at the shopping venues around Nili Masjid.
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Jagannath Temple

4) Jagannath Temple (must see)

Located in Green Park on Aurobindo Marg, New Delhi, the Jagannath Temple was constructed by the Oriya people whose favorite God is Jagannath. The temple features huge idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan that were brought from Puri, Orissa – home to a world-famous Jagannath temple.

This temple is famous for its Rathyathra festival held every year in the month of July, which the Oriya people and others celebrate in a grand manner, with the belief that Lord Jagannath comes to visit his home during this time. The temple also offers authentic food ("Prasad") every day to devotees in a serene and calm ambiance. A visit to the Jagannath temple in Delhi is said to be a spiritually rejuvenating experience.

Tip:
The "prasad", served for lunch & dinner at a very reasonable price, is a very good idea for a wholesome meal if you have a taste for Odia cuisine. The stay facilities are another big plus!

Opening Hours:
Daily: 5:30am-10pm
Free admission
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Begumpuri Masjid Jahanpanah

5) Begumpuri Masjid Jahanpanah

Located near Aurobindo Ashram on Sri Aurobindo road in Begampur near Delhi, Begampuri Masjid is one of the largest mosques in the city. It was built by Khan-i-Jahan, the son of Firuz shah’s Prime minister Muqbal Khan in the 12th century. The mosque today stands to remind us of the famous Begampur. It once served as an administrative center, a place of worship and a madrasa. Now only a handful of people know about this mosque.

Begumpuri Masjid was built with grey quartzite and mortar, which were then covered with lime plaster. The courtyard is surrounded by arched pergolas, which are topped by a series of domes. Walk around these arcades to soak in the very essence of this mosque. The corridors are cut with gates on all directions except west. You will find Tughlaq style architecture in the domes and the prayer hall.

The walls of the Masjid are very huge. Some of them have rooms, which were used to store weapons and other war equipment. You can see tapering minarets on either side of the mosque. The core of the courtyard resembles Jaunpur mosques and is the only example of this type in Delhi. The mosque was so big that it accommodated the entire Begampuri village during the chaotic years of British rule in India.
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Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

6) Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque

Built by Qutb-ud-din Aybak in 1180s, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque stands tall, majestically reflecting the Ghurids style of architecture. Many rulers including Iltumish and Alauddin Khalji contributed towards the expansion of this mosque. The mosque was built with the stones from demolished Jain temples. Mud and brick were also used in the construction.

As you enter the mosque, you will be fascinated by the intricately carved ceilings. The beautiful courtyard lined by stunning pillars on either side is another major attraction. You will find Hindu motifs such as bells, leaves, cows, tendrils and tasseled ropes all over the mosque. The graceful arches with curves and twisting inscription of texts from the Quran are the first indication of the Islamic character of the mosque.

The prayer hall has eight arches. There is an interesting difference between the arches. The mosque was expanded by Iltumish after the death of Qutb. He added three arches, which are more Islamic than those constructed during the period of Qutb. Iltumish also built a tomb that has characteristics of the Hindu design. Ala-ud-din Khalji later added a courtyard to the entrance.

The mosque is in ruins now but continues to attract visitors who flock here to view the geometrical patterns, floral motifs and corbelled arches.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Yogmaya Temple

7) Yogmaya Temple

Yogmaya or Jogmaya temple is located near Qutb complex in New Delhi. Yogmaya is the sister of Lord Krishna and she is the main deity of this temple. It is believed that the temple was built by the Pandavas after they won the Krukshethra war. It was renovated for the first time by Lala Sethmal during the period of Akbar II.

Yogmaya temple is located within the walls of Lal Kot, which is the first fortress castle of Delhi. The temple houses the idol of Yogmaya made of black stone. A well made of marble wall encircles the idol. The sanctum has a flat roof over which the shikara is found. Within the temple zone, twenty two towers can be seen. They were built by Sood mal, a builder. The floor was originally made of red stone, but it was later restored to marble.

Phool Walon Ki Sair is the most important festival held in Delhi. Yogmaya temple plays a significant role in this festival. Flower sellers offer a floral punkah to Yogmaya during the celebrations. It is believed that Yogmaya saved Mirza Jahangir, son of Akbar II. The queen promised the goddess that flower pankhas will be offered to her to express their gratitude.

Walking Tours in Delhi, India

Create Your Own Walk in Delhi

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A Unique Shopping Experience in Delhi

A Unique Shopping Experience in Delhi

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km
Museums Tour in Delhi, Part II

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.1 km
Chandni Chowk Walking Tour, Delhi

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km
Museums Tour in Delhi, Part I

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.1 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.4 km

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Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Delhi, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.