Best temples to visit in New Delhi for free

February 22, 2019

by Elena Granados

Talking about India is talking about food, people, rickshaws, cows and for sure about its religion and temples. During my stay for six months in New Delhi, India I have discovered that not only Hindu people cover the country professing their beliefs, there are also a few more religions that people follow in this whole Asian country.

Whatever religion that you profess or not you can not miss to visit and contemplate the architecture, beauty, and the spirit of these holy spaces. You might understand a bit of the practice of the different religions that exist in India.

Here are the main examples of temples relating to Hinduism, Baha’i, Islamic, and Sikhism religion. The best part of this is that you can visit them without paying anything, but I will definitely recommend you to respect the rules and instructions, for example, the majority of these temples does not allow people to come inside with shoes, in other temples, you must wear a handkerchief.

My best recommendation is to wear appropriate clothes, please you must not wear shorts, sleeveless shirts or other inappropriate clothes, be empathetic with people faiths, the more empathetic you are on this the more you will enjoy and to have a great experience. So, here we go!

Chhatarpur temple

      

The Chhatarpur temple was considered as the biggest temple in India and second largest in the world before the Akshardham Temple, which is also an enormous sacred temple located in New Delhi.
The temple has over 20 small and large temples divided into three different complexes.
People and devotees usually go in there for doing their prayers, giving offerings, participate in some religious services and why not? taking selfies too, families usually go there and take a photo to catch the moment.
Even if you are not Hindu but a very curious person, you can be lucky and received great blessings from God.
When I went to this temple, a Hindu priest who usually stands inside the altars tied me a Kalava, which is basically a sacred Hindu thread. This red cotton string is tied by a priest while he is reciting sacred mantras.
People’s belief said that who wear this red thread is ward off the evil and danger.

Location> Main Chhatarpur Rd, Block A1, Dr Ambedkar Colony, Chhatarpur, New Delhi, Delhi 110074, India.
Best way> Get Delhi metro (yellow line), get off at Chhatarpur metro station.
Time> The temple opens from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM all days of the week
Entry fee> Free
Recommendations> Before coming inside you must take your shoes off, there is a room where you can keep your shoes safe, you must go there first before going inside.

Lotus Temple

       

One of my favorites temples is without a dude, it is the Lotus Temple, it is an impressive building, it is a Bahá’í house of worship. Its flowerlike shape makes a prominent attraction for tourists, local people, and devotees. It has 27 free-standing “petals”, and regardless of the religion, the temple is open to all public. As the entrance is free, my best recommendation is to come early as always there is a long queue to make. Please, you must not bring any type of food with you. Before going inside, you have to pass the security area where the staff checks your belongs, and in case you bring some food with you, the staff has to take it because it is not allowed.

Location> Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India.
Best way> Get Delhi metro (violet line), get off at Kalkaji Mandir metro station.
Time> The temple opens during the winter: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, the last entry it’s at 5:00 pm. During the summer: 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, the last entry it’s at 6.30 pm.
Entry fee> Free
Recommendations> Before coming inside you must take your shoes off, the staff will give you a bag where you can keep them, you must not bring any type of food, bottles of water are allowed.

Jama Masjid

       

 

Like every day, Muslims come to Jama Masjid, one of the largest mosques in India located in Chandi Chowk (Old Delhi) to perform their prayers. The mosque is huge, with many stairs and a large area that is used for the multitudinous festivities. Before entering, I had to take off my shoes, there are people looking after the shoes at the entrance, and also I had to wear appropriate clothes. If you want to see how they perform their prayers, please wear proper clothes and you can see from outside of the mosque their performance. There are five times during the day where you can see how they pray, one is in the early morning time, noontime, late afternoon time, another time it is after the sun goes down, and finally before retiring for the night.

Location> Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India.
Best way> Get Delhi metro (violet line), get off at Jama Masjid metro station.
Time> The temple opens 7am to Noon, 1:30 pm to 6:30pm.
Entry fee> Free
Recommendations> Before coming inside you must take your shoes off, at the entrance, there are people looking after them. You must wear proper clothes for coming inside otherwise you will be not allowed to enter or you have to buy a long coat, people sell those type of coats outside of the mosque.

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

      

The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is one of the most prominent Sikh house of worship in New Delhi. It is located near Connaught Place and it is instantly recognizable by its golden dome. Doesn’t matter the time, this temple is open 24 hours, can you believe it? either way during the day or night you can enjoy the beauty of the building, and of course, it is a great place to meditate, it is totally peaceful.

Location> Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India.
Best way> Get Delhi metro (violet line), get off at Jama Masjid metro station.
Time> The temple opens 7am to Noon, 1:30 pm to 6:30pm.
Entry fee> Free
Recommendations> Before coming inside you must take your shoes off, there is a room where you can keep them, also you must wear a handkerchief, in case you do not bring it with you, at the entrance of the temple there are a few of big containers where you can find handkerchiefs for you, pictures are not allowed inside in the temple.

 

Elena Granados

By Elena Granados

My name is Elena Granados, I'm a 31-years-old woman who was born in México, I am a professional journalist with more than seven years of experience in different fields, focused mainly on radio, television and digital journalism. I was currently living in New Delhi (India) working as a correspondent in the prestigious EFE News Agency (Spanish media). For the past 5 years, I have been traveling which it is one of the hobbies I enjoy to do the most, I have been improving my English and other languages, and also focus on working and developing my journalist skills. What has led me to live in Ireland, Germany, Spain, and India, has helped me grow personally and professionally, so I have no problem changing my residence either. I consider myself a versatile, proactive and productive person. Those who know me consider that I am a tireless, creative and enthusiastic person. I desire to work in a more challenging and rewarding environment to enable me to develop my skills and apply my knowledge that I believe will bring the organization's growth.

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