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 is a common starting point on India’s famous Golden Triangle tour route (which also takes in Agra and Jaipur), and the city boasts three Unesco World Heritage Sites. As well as the impressive Red Fort, there’s the towering Qutab Minar monument, and Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th century forerunner of the Taj Mahal. Any good sightseeing itinerary should also include the spectacular Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque, built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.

New Delhi is an administrative district of the city, designed by architect Edwin Lutyens in the days of the British Raj. Grand buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan (presidential residence), and the Arc de Triomphe-inspired India Gate war memorial came after Delhi was crowned capital of India by the British in 1911.

Ever since hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi has been the subject of in-depth regeneration and development. The metro system has been heavily invested in, and older sites such as Connaught Place have been renovated. The colonnaded financial and commercial centre is now full of modern stores and boutiques, as well as restaurants and coffee shops.

But when it comes to shopping, it’s hard to beat Chandni Chowk for an authentic Delhi experience. This ancient marketplace is a mishmash of restaurants, stalls and shops selling just about everything. Permanently noisy, and filled with the aroma of local spices, nowhere better encapsulates the vibrant spirit of 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

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

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

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