Flights to Delhi (DEL)

Once your flight to Delhi touches down, the city 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 it hosted the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi has been the subject of in-depth regeneration and development. The metro system has been the target of heavy investment, and older sites such as Connaught Place have been renovated. The colonnaded financial and commercial center 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.

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

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 Diwan-i-Am Hall of Public Audience, with its arcades and marble throne.

Red Fort
Netaji Subhash Marg
Chandni Chowk

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; and Gandhi Smriti, with its Eternal Gandhi Multimedia Museum, is where Gandhi spent his final days.

National Gandhi Museum
Raj Ghat
Vikram Nagar
+91 11 2331 0168

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 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
+91 11 4101 2909

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
+ 91 981 075 0217

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 out as snacks.

P-13/90, Connaught Circus
Block P
Connaught Place
+91 11 2334 7755

Khan Chacha (Grill)

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

Flat 50
Middle Lane
Khan Market
+91 11 2463 3242

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 soak up its energetic atmosphere.

House 16
Jama Masjid
Gali Kababian
+91 99 5335 6972

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
+91 11 6656 6162

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 flavors; try the soft-shell crab with flame-roasted coconut and tomato pickle cream.

77 Friends Colony West
The Manor Hotel
+91 11 4323 5151

Bukhara (Northern Indian)

For Northwest 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 Maury Hotel
Diplomatic Enclave
Sardar Patel Murg
+91 11 2611 2233

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
Africa Avenue Road
+91 11 3933 1234

Amarya Villa

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

A2/20 Safdarjung Enclave
+91 11 4103 6184

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 the Claridges does so perfectly.

12 Aurangzeb Road
+91 11 3955 5000

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 distinction of being the hotel where Mountbatten, Nehru, Jinnah, and Gandhi met to discuss the partition of India.

Janpath Lane
Connaught Place
+91 11 2334 1234

The Manor

Originally a country hotel developed in the 1950s, this two-story 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)
+91 11 4323 5151

The Visaya

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

N82 Panchshila Park
110 017
+91 11 4319 0000

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