Destination Guide: Delhi
Bustling bazaars, Moghul-era majesty and modern tree-lined boulevards
Get ready for a sensory overload in India’s capital. Plunge into the teeming labyrinth of
Delhi’s old city, then enjoy the contrast of the elegant, Lutyens-designed order of
colonial-era New Delhi.
Food and Drink
Quality Indian food from international restaurants to relaxed eateries. For a little
colonial luxury, treat yourself to afternoon tea on the lawns of the art-deco
Imperial Hotel on Janpath. Connaught Place (CP to locals) is full of
inexpensive places to eat good Indian food. Track down Karim’s near the Jama Masjid
for mouth-watering tandoori and Mughlai dishes or snack on huge masala dosas in old Delhi.
Sightseeing and relaxation
Discover centuries of Empire from Moghul to the British Raj. See Moghul power at its
height in Delhi’s highlight - Emperor Shah Jahan’s 17th-century Red Fort, before
losing yourself in the frenetic bazaars off Chandni Chowk. Take a taxi tour (or
auto-rickshaw for the brave!) of colonial New Delhi’s elegant boulevards to see
India Gate and Parliament House.
Barter for rugs and Hindu deities. Browse Delhi’s markets of Janpath to
Connaught Place for cotton clothing, leather, carpets and buddha statues. For every
imaginable Indian handicraft from pashmina shawls to paper mâché from Kashmir, try the
Central Cottage Industries Emporium on Janpath.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Cocktails and live music in chic hotels. Delhi’s glitzy hotels have it all - drink
and dine in cocktail bars and top-class restaurants, and take in live music, traditional
dance shows and folklore. Sip a gin and tonic surrounded by the colonial elegance of the
Imperial Hotel’s bar on Janpath. The Taj Ambassador, Claridges, and the urban chic
bar in the Park Hotel all attract local hipsters.