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Delhi is a mixture of cultures and sentiments. It's a modern city, the capital of India. At the same time, it has a tremendous amount of history hidden in the contemporary lanes. The city left me memerized with it's monuments, swanky cafes, hearty street food and the oh-so-amazing metro. I have a soft corner for well-organised systems so it comes as no surprise that the Delhi metro swept me off my feet. You can find all my Delhi and Agra photos on my instagram (@thespicyjourney). In the meantime, here is a list of the most instagrammable places in Delhi. Read on!
1. Humayun's Tomb
Humayun was a mughal emperor and the son of Babur, the first Mughal emperor of India. Emperor Humayun is known to have expanded his empire in a short span of time. His tomb is now one of the top spots to visit in Delhi. It's packed with visitors at all times of the day. As a result of this, you'll find lots of pictures of this monument all over Instagram. The tomb is surrounded by lawns on all four sides. These lawns have shaded areas and benches to sit back and enjoy watching the beauty of Humayun's tomb. The tomb, as viewed from the lawns, in particular, is one of the most instagrammable places in Delhi.
2. Lodhi Garden
Lodhi garden is a popular spot among the locals. You'll find throngs of people bustling with activity early in the morning. Not only are people running and exercising, but also doing yoga in groups as well. As you walk around in this garden, you'll come across abandoned structures such as the one shown in the picture above. These little structures make up some of the best instagram worthy spots in Delhi. Take a long rejuvenating walk in the gardens to find these beauties!
3. Safdarjung's Tomb
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The Safdarjung Tomb is one of my personal favourite places to visit in Delhi, when in fact, it is one of the most under-rated spots in the city. If you come here early in the morning at sunrise, it will feel nothing short of an Arabian dream. Like most monuments under the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India), the Safdarjunj tomb is open from sunrise to sunset. However, even if you arrive a little earlier, the guard might let you in. All you need to do is smile and politely let him know that you're looking for a good shot without people. Chances are that he'll let you in even before the monument officially opens!
4. Agrasen ki Baori
A Delhi photo guide would be incomplete without mentioning Agrasen ki Baori. Even though it's the tiniest place among all others mentioned, it's got plenty of photographic potential. Baori is translated to "step well". This structure was a step well which was used to store water in ancient times. However, in present day, it's a hangout spot for couples and youngsters. Not to mention, it's also a popular location for wedding photo-shoots.
5. Qutub Minar
The Qutub Minar is located in the posh area of South Delhi. Just like most monuments in Delhi, the Qutub Minar timings are from sunrise to sunset. The construction of this structure was commissioned by the Turkish ruler Qutb ud-Din Aibak. The construction was finished by his son-in-law Iltutmish. The Qutub Minar faced multiple natural disasters and hurdles, each of which was tackled by a different ruler. This is the reason why, if you notice carefully, you'll find different styles of architecture from the bottom to the top of the structure. Nonetheless, it's a beautiful structure. Not just that, the entire complex is filled with interesting structures, offering tons of photo-taking opportunities.
6. Lodhi Art District
If you're ever looking for one of the trendiest instagrammable spots in Delhi, Lodhi Art District is the place for you. Just a stone's throw away from the Lodhi Garden, this area is India's first public open-air art district. The project was undertaken by St+Art, a Non-Governmental Organisation that does artwork in open spaces. They have done quite a bit of work in Goa and other Indian cities as well. The Lodhi Art District in Delhi has lanes and lanes covered with interesting art work. Thus, you can easily spend a good 1-2 hours walking around this area.
7. The All-American Diner
The All American Diner is hands down one of the top instagrammable cafes in Delhi. The restaurant has done a fantastic job of creating an American diner vibe. From the seating to the tiles, posters, lighting and music - everything screams American. Additionally, the staff here is wonderfully polite and the food is delicious, as expected. This one is a must-visit breakfast spot in Delhi, not just one of the top instagrammable places in Delhi.
8. Isa Khan's Tomb
The Isa Khan tomb is an underrated spot near Humayun's tomb. The tomb is octagonal in shape and has four blue domes. Quite a few people enter the complex of Humayun's tomb but fail to pay attention to this hidden gem. To find this tomb, turn right after a few steps after entering the complex from the ticket counter. An unsuspecting brick gate will lead you to this tomb. It's unique shape combined with the lawn around it makes it one of the top instagram-worthy spots in Delhi.