Cities are usually known for their big attractions, but the best attractions are often the ones only the locals know about. They let you see the real city and culture, not the version modified to suit tourists. Here are 7 little known Delhi attractions nobody told you about – but that you should still see.
Lala Chunnamal ki Haveli
Lala Chunnamal ki Haveli, also known as Chunnamal Haveli, is a step back in time. The building was once the massive residence of Lala Chunnamal, one of the richest men in Delhi in the 1800s. The massive complex is still maintained by his descendants, and it is filled with antiques and artworks that let you catch a glimpse of the splendor of the era and the original building.
Agrasen Ki Baoli
The Agrasen Ki Baoli in Connaught Place is a sixty meter long, fifteen meter wide step well, one of the few of its kind in Delhi. It isn’t as dramatic as the Harshat Mata Temple step well. However, the Agrasen Ki Baoli is likely older. The Agrasen ki Baoli is originally attributed to King Agrasen. It was rebuilt in the fourteenth century. In the modern day, it is a popular site for shooting scenes for Bollywood films. If you’re coming in from Bangalore, you can book your Bangalore to Delhi flight tickets and get there in less than 3 hours.
Adham Khan’s Tomb
Nearly everyone has heard of the Taj Mahal. Far fewer have heard of Adham Khan’s tomb, a structure built in the same style but not nearly as crowded. This monument was built in 1562 after Adham Khan died. The beautiful and historic building is open to anyone who would like to visit it.
The Jahaz Mahal was probably built as a pleasure palace during the Lodi era, though it may have been an upscale inn, as well. This structure is open to the public. It is close to Qutab Minar and a must-see if you’re going on a day trip to Qila Lal Kot.
Old Delhi is a tourist attraction for those who want to see what the city used to be like. If you want to understand India’s deep history, then you must visit Mehrauli. Mehrauli is a living urban village dotted with the same architecture that you can find in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park and Qutub complex.
Hijron Ka Khanqah
The Indian subcontinent is unique for its large population of eunuchs. While they’re not well treated today, Hijron Ka Khanqah is a reminder of days gone by. There are many well-maintained graves for hijras here. It is also a peaceful escape from the noisy Mehrauli bazaar.
Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal
The Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal resembles the nearby Malcha Mahal, but it isn’t nearly as crowded. The historic structure is located in the Central Ridge Reserve forest. The stories of its haunting and the lack of guards warning people away give it an extra allure to tourists.
Delhi is an ancient city, and it is literally dotted with the remains of buildings from dozens of cultures and dynasties. While the major tourist attractions get the most attention, you can see smaller and more accessible attractions throughout the city.