10 Most Instagrammable & Photogenic Spots in Delhi, India
Both traditional and Instagram photographers find New Delhi to be an intriguing subject. The city has tree-lined avenues lined with colonial mansions and expansive gardens dotted with monuments and ancient tombs in the south. In Old Delhi, there are narrow, claustrophobic streets overflowing with people and traffic, making it an ideal location for street photographers.
Picture colorful spice markets, orange marigolds strung together to create fragrant necklaces, bangle shops sparkling and shining in every color imaginable, and street food vendors selling delicious dishes. Amidst the tangle of telephone lines and drying laundry on the sidewalks of the disheveled 20th-century apartment blocks are the ruins of extravagant architecture. With a little effort, you can explore the central courtyards of gorgeous Havelis or stumble upon centuries-old temples hidden away on narrow backstreets. The city has stunning sights around every corner. Here are some of my favorite spots.
Lodhi Art District
In 2015, the St+art India Foundation partnered with the Indian government to allow street artists to use the buildings in this inner-city neighborhood as huge canvases. Consequently, what was once a rather dull stretch of government housing blocks is now home to over 50 vibrant murals by local and foreign artists, covering everything from Indian culture to celebrities.
Hauz Khas Village
Hauz Khas Village offers a wide range of aesthetic experiences, from posh clubs and restaurants to lakes and ancient forts in ruins. You'd enjoy it for the regal ruins of the fort besides the lake and contrasted with the hustle and bustle of the city life
From the magnificent Red Fort in the east to Jama Masjid in the west, Chandni Chowk cuts through Old Delhi. It is one of the busiest streets in the area. The air is thick with pollution. There are people everywhere. The narrow streets are crowded with workers, stray animals, and stray children. Mopeds weave through the chaos, while rickshaws push through the crowd, their passengers slumping back in resignation. Tourists whiz by, their faces filled with wide-eyed delight or frightful dismay. Even the most intrepid and persistent travelers will make it to Dariba Kalan, Old Delhi's ancient silver jewelry alley, or Paranthewali Gali, where hawkers have been selling paratha, an Indian flatbread, since the 1870s.
The crumbling colonial mansions stand behind the disheveled 20th-century apartment blocks covered with reams of tangled telephone wires and drying laundry. If you look a little harder, you will discover the beautiful courtyards of Havelis or centuries-old temples hidden in cramped backstreets. The real joy of visiting Chandi Chowk is discovering just how exciting street photography can be in its chaos, despite its hidden lanes and buildings.
Chandni Chowk runs through Old Delhi from the Red Fort in the east to Jama Masjid in the west. Rajpath, on the other hand, makes for a stunning display of Delhi's modern architecture and political power.
One of the most impressive buildings in Delhi is the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. A landmark structure in India, it is believed to have inspired the Taj Mahal around 60 years before the Taj Mahal; however, the marble is reserved for the dome and the inlays of the red sandstone arches, which all follow the strict rules of Islamic geometry. The complex and its perfectly manicured gardens contain several monuments and tombs, but none is quite as impressive or Instagram-worthy as the tomb of Humayun.
Agrasen Ki Boli
Even though Connaught Place is among New Delhi's busiest shopping and dining areas, take a quick detour down a side street to find a subterranean wonder of the city. Thought to have originally been built by the legendary king Agrasen, and rebuilt in the 14th century by the Agrawal community, the stepwell was a center point for the community, used as a water source, bathing pool, and for washing clothes. The geometric staircases combine ingenious Indian engineering and architectural beauty, making them a perfect backdrop for your Instagram pics.
The mausoleum was built by the Nawab of Avadh for his late father, Safdarjang, in the 18th century. In the south of the city, it is surrounded by palm-lined gardens and long, decorative pools. The area is one of the most underrated attractions in the city, so it doesn't get as many crowds and you can take photos without people milling around in the background. To catch it in all its sun-kissed, golden glory, arrive around sunrise or sunset.
The Rooftop Of Khari Baoli
With a view of Asia's largest spice market, this place is a photographer's paradise! The air here at Khari Baoli is full of spices and sepia dust. Add that extra fire to your Instagram feed! Step into this legendary shot wearing your favorite OOTD.
Majnu Ka Tilla
The quaint little Tibetan colony is a world just waiting to be explored. Majnu Ka Tilla, one of the hidden gems in the capital, invites you to explore its rich culture.
Restaurants and cafes serving tasty food, a Buddhist temple monastery, which is a sight to behold, and several shops selling quirky clothes and accessories offer ample photographic opportunities.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Temple
The Gurdwara Bangla Sahib Temple is an oasis of tranquility in the middle of one of the world's most crowded and hectic cities. Gurudwaras are open to everyone and anyone, so anyone can enjoy the serene spirituality of these places.
Delhi's most prominent Sikh temple. The gurdwara was built in 1783 to honor the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan, on the site where he was said to have performed a miracle. Guru Hari Krishan distributed sanctified water to the sick, believing it had a miraculous healing effect on their mind, body, and soul. People still worship the water in Gurudwara Bangla Sahib's pools today.
It's not just the pools that make this temple so photogenic, but also the glistening white marble and the shimmering golden dome. Just be wary not to take photographs of worshippers bathing in the water.
You probably weren't aware of these immaculate landmarks. From ancient streets, towering buildings, colonial architecture,
These immaculate landmarks probably weren't known to you. Delhi is full of picturesque places tucked into its corners with ancient streets, towering buildings, colonial architecture, and edifices displaying rich Indian heritage. For every shutterbug, we've compiled a list of the best spots for a photoshoot in the city. Check out our Instagram page for inspiration!