Delhi is a sprawling metropolis and the capital of India. Culture, architecture, history, natural beauty, luxury, shopping, power, government or parties – Delhi has it all. The capital of the world’s largest democracy, Delhi is incomplete without its rapid transit system – The Delhi Metro. Looking at the Delhi Metro map, you can see that it covers 350+ km and 250 metro stations, and is among the most extensive metro systems in the world and offers world-class experience.
It provides a convenient form of transport to 55 lakh passengers every day, which translates to over two billion people per annum! The Delhi Metro network has nine color-coded lines catering to designated routes. Tourists can use the lines to travel along the route and use local transport for sightseeing. The view from the metro itself is a pleasure to look at.
Now, let’s study the Delhi Metro map to figure out the best sightseeing possibilities on a budget.
Delhi Metro map – It’s Smart to Get a Metro Pass
Taking a metro pass (smart card) will make your journey easier as well as pocket-friendly. There’s no need to stand in the token queues at every single stop. One-day pass costs Rs. 150 (Rs. 50 refundable security) and you can use it for unlimited travel. Similarly, a three-day pass costs Rs. 300 (Rs. 50 refundable security). These passes are contact-less cards, and you can quickly swipe it at the entry and exit gates.
Get yourself a handy Delhi Metro map and following one metro line in a day would be convenient since you wouldn’t have to switch stations.
Delhi Metro map – Yellow Line
Along the yellow line are some of Delhi’s most frequented places.
- India Gate is at walking distance from the Central Secretariat metro station on the yellow line. It is India’s most prominent war memorial. Apart from the monument itself, there are great street food vendors around the area to tantalize your taste buds.
- Rashtrapati Bhavan is directly opposite India Gate, and Rajpath connects the two. While you may not be able to traverse the Rajpath, walk or take an autorickshaw to the President’s house. Visit before sunset to see the Bhawan lit with beautiful coloured lights. Rajpath is the area where the Republic Day parade is held every year.
- Delhi Haat is a crafts market and open-air food plaza run by the Delhi Government. It is undoubtedly the best food place to visit for shopping traditional content and please your taste buds with the tasty street food. You can buy state-specific crafts here.
- The Qutub Minar has a metro station dedicated to its name and those who appreciate history may want to visit the monument.
Delhi Metro map – Blue Line
Looking at the Delhi Metro map, we can see that this line has about 50 stations and stretches from Dwarka to Noida.
- Connaught Place is one of the most admired places in Delhi. Also known as CP, this area is brimming with youth and foreigners. There are restaurants, brand shops, pubs, and businesses. Connaught Place is circular and at the centre lies Palika Bazaar, one of India’s best bazaar. This is a must-visit if you like bargaining. CP can be reached through Rajiv Chowk or Barakhamba Metro Station. The ideal time to visit CP is in the evenings, where the entire area is bustling with activities. After 11 PM, you can enjoy the nightlife.
- Karol Bagh is an ancient market and is known for garments, food, and a big grey-market. Street food lovers may want to visit this market to try out some funky snacks. Popular for wedding shopping and jewelry showrooms, this place would delight the fairer gender. Bank Street is the place you should be looking for if interested in jewellery. The grey-market, also known as Ghaffar market, has imported material – shoes, clothes, electronics, stationary and cosmetics. We warn you though, it is very congested.
- Akshardham Temple is a must-visit in Delhi. Built on a vast area, this extensive temple is magnificent. Full of finely worked white marble, this is a place where you can seek not only Gods’ blessings but also enjoy a laser and fountain show in the evening. The temple is 43 meters high and is entirely constructed from Pink Sandstone and Carrara marble.
Delhi Metro map – Violet Line
- Get off at the Kalkaji Mandir metro station to visit this temple. The biggest attraction near this station is the Lotus Temple. Having the flower’s shape and surrounded by beautiful lakes and small pools of water, this is one of the most beautiful monuments in Delhi. You will be amazed by the cleanliness inside the area. Hire an autorickshaw or an Uber to roam around.
- Nehru Place metro station is another exciting area. With a charming food court built inside the station itself, you can relax right after getting off the metro. Once you step out, just across the road is Nehru Place which is a business hub and also one of the largest computer markets in Asia. Everything related to computer hardware can be found here.
Delhi Metro map – Pink Line
- South Extension is hot and hit place to visit. This is one of Delhi’s posh areas, and you’ll find luxury showrooms and shops around here. If you want to splurge on branded clothes, this is the area for you. There are luxury malls around; you may hire an Uber to roam around the place. This place is suitable for youngsters. This place is full of groups of people walking and exploring the area.
- Lajpat Nagar is a popular destination and a cloth market. If you’re looking forward to going on a cloth-shopping spree, Lajpat Nagar is the area for you. You may walk and explore the place. If, however, you need to traverse a significant distance, you may want to hire an autorickshaw.
There are junction states from where you can swap lines. Download the Delhi metro app and use the Delhi Metro map to get to the station you want.
During weekdays, trains may be overloaded with office and college-goers. It is okay to skip a train or two to find a relatively empty train.
There are many other places that Delhi can offer you. Here are some of the other sites you can visit
National Rail Museum: This is one of the coolest places to visit. Kids will enjoy this place. There are over a hundred exhibits of trains, locomotives, engines and signaling equipment. It is also educative for kids.
Rajghat: This is the cremation place of Mahatma Gandhi. Many people visit to pay homage to the Father of the nation.
Garden of Five Senses: This is located on the Mehrauli Badarpur Road and can be reached from the Badarpur metro station. It offers a combination of colours and fragrance. The park spreads over 20 acres and is developed by the Delhi Government as a place of leisure for the locals.
Hauz Khas Village: This, too, has a metro station dedicated to its name and you may visit this place late evening for the pubs and the nightlife. This is a mix of 14th century tombs and monuments combined with the modern pub culture and fashion boutiques.
Local transport in Delhi
While the metro network is wide enough to get you to most exciting areas in the national capital, for smaller distances, you can hire an autorickshaw or a manual rickshaw puller. Uber and Ola are readily available, and you can find your ride within fifteen minutes.
Apart from these places, the metro stations themselves have art and cultural artefacts that you can explore.