South East Delhi is a district of Delhi which, like South Delhi, is high-income and with easy motorway access to the airport. The current district borders of South East Delhi include a number of important sites near the city center, such as Humayun's Tomb, Purana Qila, and the southeast part of planned city of New Delhi.
The region of South East Delhi can be further broken down into several sub regions like Naizamuddin, Humayun's Tomb area, East Kailash, Kalkaji and Tughlakabad.
Humayun's Tomb Complex
- 1 Humayun's Tomb (Urdu: ہمایوں کا مقبرہ Humayun ka Maqbara) (in south Delhi, near Hazrat Nizamuddin station). daily from sunrise to sunset. is one of Delhi's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. - The tomb is in large, immaculately maintained gardens in the Persian Char Bagh (four corners) style that were thoroughly renovated in 2003 with the Aga Khan's help and are consequently probably the best in Delhi. As you pass through the first gate, you will glimpse the dome of the tomb and enter a floral path leading to the second (West) gate, which now acts as the entrance to the giant central garden. - The centrepiece is the eponymous tomb of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. Built starting in 1562, it was the first major Mughal structure in the city and has been described as a predecessor or prototype of Agra's Taj Mahal. The structures are, indeed, stylistically similar, although Humayun's Tomb is built from red sandstone, not white marble, and was built by a wife grieving for her husband, not the other way around. You can climb up to the second level (the stairs on the west side are very steep, those on the south side less so), and on the south side you will find the entrance into the main crypt where Humayun is buried. Before you leave, be sure to visit the South Gate, the original royal entrance, from where you can get picture-postcard views without too many tourists in the way. The Humayun's Tomb Complex alsohouses several other tombs and structures, including Isa Khan's Tomb and Mosque, Barber's Tomb, Arab Sarai, Afsarwala Mosque and Tomb and Ba Halim's Garden and Tomb ₹ 10/250, Indians/foreigners.
- 2 Isa Khan's Tomb, Within Humayun's Tomb Complex. As you enter the Humayun's Tomb Complex, the first major structure on your right is the bulbous, octagonal tomb of Iza Khan, a court noble who built it in his own lifetime, some 20 years before Humayun's Tomb
- 3 Barber's Tomb, Within Humayun's Tomb Complex. In the southeast corner is the Barber's Tomb, also built in the same style. Historians do not know who is buried in this picturesque tomb made of red and grey sandstone.
Around Humayun's Tomb
- 4 Khan-I-Khana's Tomb, Nizamuddin East (10 minutes from Jangpura metro station. Right north of Barapulllah Elevated Rd. Take bus #40, 101, 181, 274, 402, 403, 405, 405A, 408, 409, 410, 411, 429, 436, 438 stop Hazrat Nizamuddin). This is a tomb built by Khan-I-Khana in 1598 after his wife's death. He was later buried here in 1627. Khan-I-Khana was a great composer during Akbar's time and also belonged to his Navaratna or his nine jems. The motif is similar to that of the Humayun's tomb.
- 5 Kos Minar, Inside National Zoological Park. "Kos Minar," or distance markers are pillars built by Sher Shah Suri in order to measure distance. The distance between two Kos Minar is roughly 8 km. They are massive pillars, 9 m high, built on a high platform.
- 6 Nila Gumbad, Located on the south - eastern corner of Humayun Tomb Complex (Approched from outside the Humayun Tomb past the Sundar Bagh Nursery and Gurudwara Dam Dama Sahib). The octagonal tomb is crowned with a huge dome, covered with dark blue tiles.
- 7 Sundarwala Mahal (Sundar Mahal) (North of Humayun's Tomb Complex. Located inside Sundar Bagh Nursery). A rectangular rubble built tomb, with five arches on each side. The chamber below houses a grave but nothing is known about its occupant
- 8 Sunderwala Burj (Sunder Nurserym) (North of Humayun's Tomb Complex. Located inside Sundar Bagh Nursery). Located within the Sundar Bagh Nursery the tomb stands on a square base and has sloped walls. It is crowned with a dome. It is belived to be an pre Mughal tomb but nothinh is known about its occupant. Free.
- 9 Bara Batasha (Bara Batashewala Mahal), Bharat Scouts and Guides Marg, Nizamuddin (Located in the road leading to Nizamuddin station. - North 200 m from Humayun's Tomb). This structure houses the tomb of Mirza Muzaffar who was the son of Babur and Gulrukh Begum. The speciality of this structure is that it has 5 arches on each side.
- 10 Sabz Gumbad, Nizamuddin, Sabz Burj? (Located near Humayun's Tomb. - JNL Stadium metro station about one km). Now entry is prohibited inside.. Though it literally means "green dome", its dome is nowhere green in colour. The dome is blue coloured and the tower is believed to be built between 1530 and 1535. The tower is an influence of Central Asian architecture. There are blue and yellow tiles on the drum. Moreover it was used as a police station during British rule.
- 11 Purana Qila (Old Fort, मथुरा रोड), Purana Qila, Mathura Road (Near Delhi Zoo), ☎ . 09:00 - 17:00. Purana Qila is the walled citadel of Mughal Emperor Humayun. It later turned into an urban village before becoming a monument. Ruins of the 16th century city of Shergarh, this complex sits on top of what is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic. ₹5 for Indians, ₹100 for foreigners.
- 12 Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid, Purana Qila. 09:00-17:00. A mosque in the Purana Qila built by Sher Shah Suri
- 13 Sher Mandal, Purana Qila. 09:00 - 17:00. The two storeyed library inside Purana Qila. It is in this library that Humayun fell from stairs and died
- 14 Humayun Darwaza, Purana Qila. A gate built by Humayun located in Purana Qila. It is the southeast gate of the fort.
- 15 Talaqi Darwaza, Purana Qila. The northern gate of Purana Qila. It has a marble carving of warring lions with a man in front.
- 16 Purana Qila Baoli (Stepwell), Located within the Purna Qila Complex. A small elongagted step well (baoli) located near the Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid and Sher Mandal
- 17 Hammam (Bath House) (Located within the Purna Qila Complex). Located next to the Sher Mandal the ruined hammam (bath house) have remains of terracotta pipes and ribber water chutes.
- 18 Tughlaqabad Fort, Mehrauli Badarpur Road, Tughlakabad (Bus 411 to Guru Ravi Das Mandir. or from Metro Violet Line 'Govind Puri' South 2.5km), ☎ . Massive fortress built by Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq in the 14th century and was the third city of Delhi. The monstrous ruins of this complex are now overrun by hordes of Langur monkeys.
- 19 Mausoleum of Ghiyasuddin Tughluq (Oppossite Tughlaqabad Fort).
- 20 Adilabad Fort.
- 21 Nai ka Kot.
- 22 Atagh Khan's tomb, Nizamuddin Complex (One and half km east of JLN Stadium (Violet line) metro station). The tomb of Atagh Khan who was a general in Mughal emperor Humayun's army. Here is also the Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid Free.
- 23 Barakhamba Tomb, Lodi Estate (Nearest Metro Station is Jor Bag, 7th hole of Delhi Golf Course Club). The name is derived from the structure's 12 pillars and 3 domes, it houses tombs of the Lodi time. A 14th century tomb during Lodi time of an unknown nobleman Free.
- 24 Mirza Ghalib Tomb, Dildar Nagar, Nizamuddin West (Right to Atagh Khan's tomb). Tomb of poet Mirza Ghalib (1797–1869) located on the Chausath Khamba margins. Also in nearby is the Makazi Masjid
- 25 Mubarak Shah's Tomb (Tomb of Muizud Din Mubarak Sha), Kotala Mubarakpur (Nearest metro station is Lajpat Nagar (2 km east), from which an auto can be taken. Or 700 m south of Sewa Nagar train stop). This tomb was once a massive and popular structure. Built during the Sayyid rule, it was famous during the times of the Mughals and Lodis and highly vandalized during the Revolt of 1857. Only the west and south gate survive and other gates as well as Quranic inscriptions have disappeared. Located in Kotla Mubarakpur Complex (Hindi: कोटला मुबारकपुर काम्प्लेक्ष्), a medieval village. There are several other tombs of Lodi Dynasty period such as the Darya Khan's tomb, Kale Khan ka Gumbad, Bare Khan ka Gumbad, Chote Khan Ka Gumbad and Bhure Khan ka Gumbad, and also a Baoli (step well).
- 26 Najaf Khan's Tomb, Main Aurobindo Marg, Safdarjung, Delhi - 110003 (Opposite to Safdarjung airport. Jor Bagh Metro Station further 0.5 km south). This is the tomb of Najaf Khan. Najaf Khan was a Persian traveller who came to Delhi during the rule of Mughal ruler Muhammad Shah around 1740. He was later awarded deputy minister of Awadh. His tomb is accompanied by the tomb of his daughter. This tomb is laid in the traditional Mughal Char Bagh or Four Gardens style.
- 27 Sher Shah Suri Gate, Mathura Road (Opposite Purana Qila). A gate opposite to Purana Qila built by Sher Shah Suri. Some historians believe that this marked the boundary of Sher Shah's empire, though others doubt that his empire extended till Shergarh. Nevertheless it must have marked some boundary.
- 28 [dead link] Ghalib Museum (गालिब संग्रहालय), Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin West (From Metro Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium 0.8km East or take a bus 374, 404, 404EXT, 419, 423, 425, 430, 435, 449, 490, 727 to stop 'Lodhi Hotel' walk 200m East), ☎ . M-Sa 10:00-18:00. This is a museum on the life and times of the 18th century Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib. On the third floor of the Ghalib Academy building. Also here an art gallery where paintings made by famous & eminent artists are on display.
- 29 India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Rd (Bus 47, 440 or 522 to Lodhi Road Crossing), ☎ . This center though not a museum in the strictest sense of the word, is most noted for its ever-changing art exhibits, plays and films, as well as an international selection of food items in its food court. Only members can use the Dilli-O-Dilli & the Oriental Octopus restaurant, but the American Diner and Eatopia food court are accessible to all.
- 30 National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum (राष्ट्रीय हस्तशिल्प एवं हथकरघा संग्रहालय), Pragati Maidan, Gate #5, Bhairon Road, New Delhi-110001 (M Blue: Pragati Maidan), ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:00-17:00. Also sells handicrafts. Foreigners: ₹150, Indians: ₹10.
- 31 National Science Centre, Near Gate No.1, Bhairon Road, Pragati Maidan, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Although the name is sounds very grand, the museum is definitely a must see for science enthusiasts, especially those who are young. Has a recently built section on DNA Science and also a section on Dinosaurs. A section on ancient Indian Science and Technology, including Vedic Mathematics & Ayurveda. The "Energy Ball" display near the entrance is interesting and perhaps the most captivating of all.
- 32 Tibet House, 1 Institutional Area, Lodhi Rd (From 'JLN Stadium' West 0.5km), ☎ , fax: , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:00-17:30. Established by HH Dalai Lama with the aim of preserving the cultural heritage of Tibet. There is a museum, exhibition space and library. ₹ 10.
- 33 Gurdwara Dam Dama Sahib, Bharat Scouts and Guides Marg, (Outer Ring Road cnr) (near Humayun's Tomb). Sikh place of worship. Built by Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783. Later a deorhi (Sikh architectural structure) was constructed, including buildings for priests and pilgrims. In 1984, a new building was constructed. Every year thousands of devotees assemble here to celebrate the festival called Hola Mohalla.
- 34 ISKCON (Hare Krishna), 1, Hare Krishna Hill, Sant Nagar, East of Kailash. Temple, Centre for Krishna Consciousness, it has robotic shows and multimedia presentations, apart from the traditional temple complex. Lively atmosphere and excellent tasting sweets - and the delicious Govinda's restaurant is on site.
- 35 Kali Mandir (Chittaranjan Park, bus 427). It is a forty year old temple complex and Bengali community cultural center. The compound has three temple - that of Lord Shiva and Radha Krishna and the Main temple in the middle. Built on a small hill, it started as a Shiv temple, which still stands within the complex, the larger shrines dedicated to goddess Kali, Shiva, and Radhakrishna were added in 1984.
- 36 Kalka Mandir (कालकाजी मंदिर, दिल्ली भारत, also known as Kalkaji Temple), Mahant Niwas, Shiv Mandir Parisar, Kalkaji (M Violet: Kalkaji Mandir), e-mail: email@example.com. Rituals an Aarti daily 05:00 and 19:30. Constructed of brick masonry, finished with marbles and is surrounded by a pyramidal tower. The Central Chamber which is 12-sided in plan with a doorway in each side is paved with marble and is surrounded by a verandah 4m wide and containing 36 arched openings.
Other religious buildings
- 37 Bahá'í Lotus Temple, Lotus Temple Road, Nehru Place, Kalkaji (Metro Violet/Magenta: Kalkaji Mandir). Tue-Sun. Apr-Sep 09:00–19:00, Oct-Mar 09:30–17:30. Shaped like a lotus bud with 27 petals, this stunning temple suspended above milky-blue ponds is surely one of the most magnificent monuments ever made from concrete, however there is very little to see inside. The lush park around is well landscaped but mostly off-limits. Free Entry.
- 38 Sai Baba Temple, 17,Institutional Area, Lodhi Rd (Metro Violet: JLN Stadium). Temple Opens at 05:00. Kakad Aarti 05:15. Mangal SNAN 06:00. Noon Aarti at 12:00. Doop Aarti evening prayer 18:30. Shej Aarti at 21:30. Although there are many Shirdi Sai Baba [dead link] Temples in and around Delhi, the one located at Lodhi Road is the oldest.
Parks and gardens
- 1 Kalindi Kunj, Amrapali Marg (Metro Magenta: Kalindi Kunj). A public garden, named after Kalindi (another name of the river and goddess Yamuna), as it is next to the Yamuna river.
- 2 National Zoological Park (NZP), Mathura Road (Bus 374, 402, 404, 404EXT, 405, 405A, 409, 410, 419, 423, 425, 435, 436, 438, 449 to 'Delhi Public School' or Metro Violet Line 'JLN Stadium'), ☎ . 9:30AM-4PM (Closed Friday). The Delhi Zoo is a very large and sprawling park dedicated to preserving the rich biodiversity of the country. This park may be the only chance of seeing a tiger or elephant for some travellers. Be prepared to do a lot of walking . Foreigner: ₹ 100, Indian: ₹ 20.
- 1 Central Market (Lajpat Nagar), Alankar Cinema Rd (M 'Lajpat Nagar' (violet line), 0.5 km ESE). – Mostly clothes, jewellery and homewares. Middle-class Indians do their shopping here. Good prices for clothes, whether ethnic Indian or otherwise.
- 2 Ansal Plaza (in South Delhi). This mall is a favourite shopping haunt for the local middle/upper class. This is a great place to get bargains on international brand clothing and jeans (as these tend to be 30-50% cheaper than in the West depending on the brand and time of year). Also has many Indian and Western restaurants. International brands such as Guess, Marks & Spencer, United Colors of Benetton, Lacoste and Apple have retail outlets here.
- 3 South Extension (in South Delhi). Shopping mecca but it is not a single mall. It is spread out over a large area and many international brands have stores here. International brands include the likes of Mango, Nautica, United Colors of Benetton, Levis, etc.
- Anokhi. Women's clothing, childen's wear, men's wear, and some home goods. In Khan Market and Santushti Shopping Complex with discount store in Nizamuddin East Market (enter gate #9).
- 4 Nehru Place. An IT hardware market complex and a perfect place for finding gadgets at very cheap rates. It is also a huge marketplace for both pirated and original software. Any computer-related accessory can be found here, but parking is a monumental problem. Beware of congestion and pickpockets. Open Mon-Sat.
- 1 Amici Cafe, 8, Defence Colony Main Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, ☎ . 11:00-23:00.
- 2 The Big Chill, 5, Khailash Colony, New Delhi, Delhi 110048, ☎ . 12:00-23:30. Khan Market and East of Kailash, is popular with a young crowd for great smoothies, ice creams, cheesecakes and Italian food. Expect a waiting line during lunch at Saturdays.
- Flavours of Italy, (near the Moolchand flyover).
- 4 Little Italy, 28 A, Defence Colony Market New Delhi.
- La Piazza, Hyatt Regency. Italian style restaurant.
- San Gimignano, Imperial Hotel, Italian style food.
- The West View, Maurya Sheraton. Italian style food.
Greater Kailash is an affluent residential area in South Delhi. Most of the accommodation here is a bit of a hike to the metro, but the quality of the houses and calmness makes this area an attractive place to stay.
- Bed & Chaï Guesthouse, R-55, 2nd floor, Greater Kailash 1 (Near DT Cinema GK2; 2km from the Kalkaji Mandir and Nehru Place metro stations), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Run by two French women. A cozy and modern accommodation, safe for women. Clean and well decorated. Wifi and breakfast included. Fully-equipped kitchen. Dorm bed: ₹850; Single: ₹2,000-3,300; Double: ₹2,200-3,500.
- [dead link] Elina Bed & Breakfast, A57, Block K Chittranjan Park Rd, Chittaranjan Park (Near DT Cinema GK2; 2km from the Kalkaji Mandir and Nehru Place metro stations), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 12:00, check-out: 12:00. Safe for women, all modern facilities. WiFi & breakfast included. Single: ₹2,200; Double: ₹2,500.
- Moustache Hostel, S-25, Greater Kailash Part 1 (near M-block market, 1.5km from the Greater Kailash metro station), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-out: 12:00. The most recommended hostel in Delhi. Dorms have air-con with showers and lockers (bring your own lock). There is a kitchen, washing machine, common room, water filter, wi-fi, PCs, books and guides. Dorm bed: ₹600.
- Amar Inn, K 102, Lajpat Nagar - II, ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Reasonable rooms, free internet, but bathrooms badly in need of a refurbishment. All rooms include air freshening dispenser. Single: ₹2,295; Double: ₹3,045-₹4,495.
- BnB New Delhi Bed and Breakfast, I - 9 Maharani Bagh, adjoining Friends Colony, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. House with a cosy family atmosphere. Free wifi, tea & coffee making tray in room, DVD plaver with bollywood and hollywood movies, games, children movies. LCD satellite TV, refrigerator. All rooms have private bathroom and western toilet with shower. Breakfast is served in dining room. Library includes books on culture, city guide books and India guide books in lounge area. Single/Double: ₹2,950; Triple: ₹3,250.
- Beaufort Inn, 14 Jangpura Main Mathura Rd (near Nizammudin Railway Stn, in heart of South Delhi), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: noon, check-out: noon. ₹2,500-₹4,000.
- [dead link] Cabana, ☎ , fax: . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 12PM. R23 Greater Kailash 1. Boutique hotel. Neat, clean & hygienic rooms. From ₹2,547, breakfast included.
- Home@F37, F 37 East of Kailash, South Delhi (200m from Kailash Colony metro station), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Renovated rooms. Single: ₹2,700; Double: ₹3,000, breakfast included.
- Hotel GTC, South Delhi, E – 514, Greater Kailash, Part II, New Delhi – 110048 (1 km from Nehru place), e-mail: email@example.com. Hotel GTC is situated in South Delhi and is a perfect destination for business travellers and backpackers. 23 rooms, business meeting halls, banquet halls, restaurant etc. 75£.
- [dead link] India Luxury Homes, S 504 Greater Kailash I, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. B&B in the centre of South Delhi. Jacuzzi, mini bar and all amenities of a 4 star hotel. ₹3,500.
- jüSTa Greater Kailash, R-53 Greater Kailash I,, ☎ . Full service hotel. From ₹3,157, depending on the month.
- Lemontree Hotels, 201, Okhla Industrial Estate, Phase III, ☎ .
- 1 Maulsari Bed & Breakfast, 142 Sunder Nagar, South Delhi (Near Humayun Tomb, India Gate), ☎ , e-mail: email@example.com. Maulsari is a B'n'B in the posh colony of Sunder Nagar. Conveniently located near heritage monuments, Delhi High Court, Supreme Court and major markets. From ₹4,500.
- New Haven Hotel, E - 512, Greater Kailash Part-2, Main Rd, ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Boutique hotel in South Delhi. New deluxe rooms, high speed wifi, nice surroundings. Close to Lotus temple, Opposite JMD shopping mall and Mainland China restaurant From ₹2,800.
- Perfect Accommodation, G.K.1, New Delhi (Close to Kailash Colony Metro Station). Serviced apartments in South Delhi for corporates and business travelers. US$26-114.
- Star Grand Villa, E - 8, East of Kailash (6 km from Nizamuddin Railway Station and 14 km from the airport. The property is also within proximate distance to business, commercial, and entertainment hubs.), ☎ . All rooms with LCD TV with satellite channels, telephone, mini-bar, coffee/tea maker and Wi-Fi Internet connectivity. ₹5,500.
- 2 The Lodhi, Lodhi Road (Across from the New Delhi Golf Course). A boutique hotel opened in 2009. From ₹21,000.