Flights to Delhi (DEL)

Once flights to Delhi touch down, it doesn’t take long for the city’s vibrant spirit to charm its guests.
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Delhi, India

What to do in Delhi

Discover Mughal India

The Emperor Shah Jahan completed the Red Fort (Lal Qila) in Delhi in 1648, and it remains a fascinating insight into life in Mughal India. Within its red sandstone walls you’ll find the Chatta Chowk bazaar, Mumtaz Mahal archaeological museum and the Diwan-i-Am Hall of Public Audience, with its arcades and marble throne.

Red Fort
Netaji Subhash Marg
Chandni Chowk
110006
+91 11 2327 7705
asi.nic.in/asi_monu_tktd_delhi_redfort

Visit Delhi’s museums

Delhi has some of India’s best museums, from the National Museum of Natural History to the Crafts Museum and the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum. A quirky alternative is the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets, run by a charity that has brought sanitation to Delhi’s poorest.

National Museum of Natural History
Tansen Marg
Todermal Road Area
Mandi House
110 001
+91 11 2331 4849

Join the Food Enthusiasts of Delhi

To know a city is to know its food, and what better way to discover it than under the guidance of a local food fan? The Food Enthusiasts of Delhi runs tours of the city, from the Kebab Trail to the Veggie Delight tour.

Sita Ram Bazar
Chittli Qabar Road
Chandni Chowk
110006

Dance the Bollywood way

If you’ve ever wondered how to move like a Bollywood star, this tourist-friendly fun-filled dance class will show you the steps. The two-hour Namaste India Dance Workshop will also teach you bhangra and belly dancing, as well as the traditional folk dance forms garbha and dandiya.

Delhi Dance Academy
238/239 Lower Ground Floor
Amar Colony
Lajpat Nagar 4
110024
+91 11 4101 2909
delhidanceacademy.in

The National Gandhi Museum

Mohandas Gandhi was assassinated in Delhi in 1948. Today there are many important sites dedicated to the leader who led India to independence. The National Gandhi Museum displays photographs and personal belongings; the Raj Ghat nearby is a memorial at the site of Gandhi’s cremation; Gandhi Smriti, with its Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, is where Gandhi spent his final days.

National Gandhi Museum
Raj Ghat
Vikram Nagar
110002
+91 11 2331 0168
gandhimuseum.org/site

Tour with locals

The best way to see Delhi is to walk its streets. But where to begin? The Old Delhi Bazaar Walk and Haveli Visit tour is an opportunity to see the city through a local’s eyes. As well as exploring the markets around Chandni Chowk, you’ll get the chance to ride in a cycle rickshaw and eat in a haveli, an old mansion house. The meeting point is Chawri Bazar Metro Station.

Chawri Bazar Metro Station
Hauz Qazi Chowk
Kaccha Pandit Main Bazar
Lal Kuan Bazar
110006
+ 91 981 075 0217
masterjikeehaveli.com

Where to eat in Delhi

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Bukhara (Northern Indian)

For North-West Frontier Province cuisine at its very finest, look no further than Bukhara. Since 1978, it has welcomed such dignitaries as David Cameron and Vladimir Putin with its expertly marinated meats, fluffy Indian breads and signature dal Bukhara.

ITC Maurya Hotel
Diplomatic Enclave
Sardar Patel Marg
110021
+91 11 2611 2233
itchotels.in/Hotels/itcmaurya/bukhara-restaurant

Indian Accent (Modern Indian)

Chef Manish Mehrotra’s modern Indian restaurant is a firm fixture on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list, thanks to its artistically presented and ambitious food. Traditional recipes are given a contemporary twist with a host of international flavours – try the soft-shell crab with flame-roasted coconut and tomato pickle cream.

77 Friends Colony West
The Manor Hotel
110065
+91 11 4323 5151
indianaccent.com/newdelhi

Karim’s (Mughal Indian)

With links back to the kitchens of the Mughal Empire, Karim’s celebrated its centenary in 2013 at this Jama Masjid location. The legendary restaurant has spread its roots across the city, but here is the best place to taste its unique mix of spices, and to soak up its energetic atmosphere.

House 16
Jama Masjid
Gali Kababian
110006
+91 11 2326 4981
karimhoteldelhi.com

Wasabi by Morimoto (Japanese)

Known to millions of viewers of the Iron Chef TV show, Masaharu Morimoto brings his Wasabi restaurant concept to the Taj Hotel in Delhi. Expect upmarket contemporary Japanese food, from feather-light tempura to expertly prepared sushi, in a stylish and urbane setting.

Taj Mahal Hotel
No 1 Mansingh Road
South Block
110001
+91 11 6656 6162
tajhotels.com/luxury/wasabi-by-morimoto

Saravana Bhavan (Vegetarian)

One of the world’s largest vegetarian restaurant chains, Saravana Bhavan is hugely popular with families, and this branch near Connaught Place is no exception. The decor is clean and functional, the service is efficient, and the vegetarian thalis are excellent. Order the pani puri, samosa and masala vada to take away as snacks.

P-13/90, Connaught Circus
Block P
Connaught Place
110001
+91 11 2334 7755
saravanabhavan.com

Khan Chacha (Grill)

Among the big-name western brand stores of Khan Market, this first-floor restaurant has a stripped back, fast-food vibe. It’s famous across the city for its grills – from the tender chicken tikka to the juicy mutton kebabs, meat lovers will be well looked after here.

Flat 50
Middle Lane
Khan Market
110003
+91 11 2463 3242
khanchacha.in

Places to stay in Delhi

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The Visaya

With its tastefully muted tones, The Visaya is a classy boutique hotel. As well as plenty of comfortable touches – great beds, luxury linen and robes, Italian marble bathrooms – you’ll find the latest technology at your fingertips, from LCD TVs to high speed Wi-Fi.

N82 Panchsheel Park
110 017
+91 11 4319 0000
thevisaya.com

The Claridges

With its lush green lawns, temperature-controlled swimming pool and serene restaurants, this gorgeous hotel has a beautifully calming effect. The aim is to strike the right balance between old-world luxury and modern convenience, and it does so perfectly.

12 Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road
(formerly known as Aurangzeb Road)
110011
+91 11 3955 5000
claridges.com

The Manor

Originally a country hotel developed in the 1950s, this two-storey building has been transformed into one of India’s best boutique hotels. Set in lush gardens, and with 14 stylish rooms, The Manor is loved for its understated elegance and its brilliant restaurant, Manish Mehrotra’s award-winning Indian Accent.

77 Friends Colony (West)
110065
+91 11 4323 5151
themanordelhi.com

Leela Palace

The moment you see the giant marble elephants at the entrance, you’ll know this is no ordinary hotel. Built in the shape of a butterfly, it has a grand pillared lobby lounge, a rooftop swimming pool, three classy restaurants, a spa and a host of awards to its name.

Diplomatic Enclave
Chanakyapuri
Africa Avenue Road
+91 11 3933 1234
110023
theleela.com/locations/new-delhi

The Imperial

Built in 1931, The Imperial was Delhi’s first grand hotel, and it maintains a reputation for luxury with all the colonial flourishes you might expect. It also has the added historical kudos of being the hotel where Mountbatten, Nehru, Jinnah and Gandhi met to discuss the partition of India.

Janpath Lane
Connaught Place
110001
+91 11 2334 1234
theimperialindia.com

Amarya Villa

This boutique hotel has nine flamboyant rooms, each with a bold colour scheme. Set across two three-storey villas, the hotel’s plush decor combines Indian sensibilities with European panache.

A2/20 Safdarjung Enclave
110029
+91 11 4103 6184
amaryagroup.com/amarya-villa

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