Eight Cities in One
Delhi is a city built upon cities. There are at least eight historical Delhis, each constructed on, or near, the ruins of its predecessor, leaving a modern-day citadel that's dotted with ancient monuments, many said to be haunted by djinns (spirits). Love history and you'll be left salivating as you trace your way through the eras, clambering across the ruined forts of Tughlaqabad, Siri, Purana Qila and Shajahanabad; exploring the magnificent tombs of eminent historical figures; and visiting the still-vibrant temples, mosques and shrines that throng with devotees today, as they have done for hundreds of years.
BEST TIME TO VISIT DELHI
Delhi offers much to see and do all through the year. Here's a seasonal break-up so you can plan your trip accordingly: October to March: The start of autumn, which gradually leads to a crisp and pleasant winter, this is the best time to visit Delhi. Winters in the capital can get really cold, with the minimum temperature dropping down to 2 degrees Celsius in the month of January, but afternoons are mostly sunny and pleasant. Enjoy sightseeing, shopping or just ambling through the sun bathed streets of Delhi. Don’t forget to carry your woolens along, as mornings and evenings can get particularly cold. October is also the time for one of Delhi's biggest festivities - Diwali. Visit Delhi during Diwali or Dussehra, and you will be welcomed by a beautifully decorated city bustling with activity. This is also the time when Delhi hosts a number of film, drama, music and literature festivals.
April to June: This is the beginning of summer and when tourists generally tend to retreat. It's the perfect time to have Delhi all to yourself and take advantage of off season hotel prices. During summers the temperatures can go up to 45 degrees Celsius. End May and June are the hottest months. Make sure you carry light cotton clothes, sunscreen and sunglasses to beat the heat and enjoy the sights of the city.
July to September: July marks the beginning of monsoon and this is when you can enjoy Delhi in its rain washed splendour. Monsoons in Delhi are when the city is at its most beautiful. This is also a great time to enjoy Delhi’s lush green parks and gardens. Don’t forget to carry an umbrella or a raincoat.
GETTING TO DELHI
By Air - Delhi is well connected with domestic and international flights, to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport at New Delhi. Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India.
By Train - The railway network connects Delhi to the all major and, nearly, all the minor destinations in India. The three important railway stations of Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
By Road - Delhi is well connected, by a network of roads and national highways, with all the major cities in India. The three major bus stands in Delhi are Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus. Both the government and private transport providers provide frequent bus services. One can also get government as well as private taxis here.
GETTING AROUND DELHI
Delhi Metro - which started operating in 2002, has been a boon to the capital. Travelling from one part of the city to another has become much easier, as well as quicker and cheaper. For instance if you drive from New Delhi Railway Station to Indira Gandhi International Airport, it will easily take you over 45 minutes. If you take the Airport Express Line, it takes just seven minutes (according to Delhi Metro’s Journey Planner). There are currently six metro lines; the Blue Line has the most stations (51), including Rajiv Chowk, from where you can access Connaught Place. The Delhi Metro is one of the safest modes of transport in the city, and the first coach of every train is also reserved for women. For those concerned about the environment, the Delhi Metro has been recognised by the United Nations for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The only drawback is that the trains can get extremely crowded during rush hour.
Uber and Ola - In terms of convenience, car-sharing services like Uber and Ola, rank right on top. They’re far cheaper than regular taxis, and maybe even safer. Drivers are mostly punctual, and good with navigation. If you want to save more, make use of Uber’s Pool or Ola’s Share services, where you carpool with other passengers. For distances up to eight kilometres, the carpool fare can be as little as Rs. 59 (£0.70). These taxi services also have regular promotions for discounts on rides. It’s a good idea to check your driver’s ratings before getting in.
Cycle rickshaw - Travelling on a cycle rickshaw is probably more about experience than convenience. These are modified tricycles designed to carry passengers. They’re not found in every part of the city (especially not in South Delhi), but there are plenty in Old Delhi, where they’re actually more efficient on the narrow and crowded roads. There are even sightseeing tours you can take, like the Old Delhi Ricksaw Ride. While cycle rickshaws can be fun in winter, they are less so in the scorching heat of summer.
Autorickshaws - These yellow and green three-wheelers are the best way to get around the city for short distances. They’re quick, cheap and can navigate around busy traffic easier than cars. The minimum starting fare for the autos is Rs. 25 (£0.30) for the first two kilometres, and after that it’s Rs. 8 (£0.10) per kilometre. Night fares are an additional 25% of the fare, and if you have a big luggage you might be charged a little extra. However, most drivers refuse to travel by the metre. If they know you’re a tourist, there’s every chance they’ll quote a much higher price. If that happens, check the distance to your destination and calculate the approximate fare and then negotiate with the driver. You can also calculate the fare on this website. If you have any complaints while travelling via an auto rickshaw you can make a complaint to the Delhi Traffic Police via SMS on 56767, or contact the Delhi Traffic Police’s 24×7 Helpline on 1095.
Radio taxis - There are a number of radio taxis available in Delhi, such as Meru Cab, Mega Cab and Easy Cab. You will need a local mobile number to book any of these online. At the airport, find radio taxi booths as soon as you exit, from where you can book your ride. They’re reliable and efficient for travelling around the city.
Car rental - Delhi roads are much wider than those in India’s other cities, but lanes are non-existent and you’ll often find that drivers don’t care much for traffic rules. But, if you like driving and think you can handle the Delhi roads, then renting a car could be an option. You can also rent a car if you’re planning a road trip from Delhi to destinations like Agra, Shimla or Jaipur.
WHERE TO STAY IN DELHI
Attractively set in the centre of New Delhi, bloomrooms @ Janpath features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, free private parking and room service. Each accommodation at the 3-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a restaurant and to a shared lounge. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and organising tours for guests. At the hotel, rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guests at bloomrooms @ Janpath can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Jantar Mantar is 1.4 km from the accommodation, while Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is 1.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Delhi International, 18 km from bloomrooms @ Janpath, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
- The Lodhi – A member of The Leading Hotels Of The World
Situated just 1 km from the tomb of the famous Mughal Emperor Humayun, The Lodhi is a luxurious property which features an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi throughout the property and a 24-hour front desk. The Lodhi boasts of a salon, fitness centre, spa and massage centre, steam and sauna room, a library, a cigar lounge and a business centre on premises. Guests can avail of a tour desk, concierge services, currency exchange facilities and laundry/dry-cleaning facilities. Each indulgent air-conditioned room features a private balcony as well as a seating area. It is equipped with a work desk, wardrobe, CD player, minibar and flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite four fixture bathroom contains complimentary toiletries. The property is 3 km from India Gate and Pragati Maidan. Indira Gandhi International Airport is 20 km away and New Delhi Railway Station is 2.5 km away. Elan Restaurant & Bar serves pan-Indian, Mediterranean and South East Asian cuisines. Room service options are available 24-hours a day.
Located 1 km from New Delhi's City Centre and Business District, Hotel Imperial offers an outdoor pool and health club. Guests can enjoy spa services and 7 dining options. The hotel was awarded 2012 Trip advisor certificate of excellence. Hotel Imperial is a 10-minute drive from New Delhi Railway Station. Nizamuddin Railway Station is 8 km away. The Indira Gandhi International Airport is a 25-minute drive away. The historic Chandni Chowk is a 10-minute drive away as well. India Gate, Presidential Palace, Jantar Mantar are a few of the sight seeing options which are less than 8 km from the hotel. Modern and spacious, rooms are fitted with high ceilings, a flat-screen cable TV, minibar and tea/coffee-making facilities. Bathrobes, toiletries and a hairdryer are provided. This hotel offers concierge assistance for tour and theatre information, as well as mobile phone rentals. Babysitting services and free overnight shoe shine services are provided. Yoga classes and a book shop are available. English afternoon tea is offered at The Atrium while Italian specialities can be enjoyed at San Gimignano. Daniell’s Tavern and 1911 Restaurant and Bar are available for live entertainment and drinks.
- The Leela Palace New Delhi
Located in New Delhi's Diplomatic Enclave, The Leela Palace New Delhi is a blend of Lutyen's architecture and the royal Indian culture. A pampering spa, 4 dining options and free parking are available. It is 10 km from popular landmarks such as Red Fort, Lotus Temple and shopping hubs such as Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place and 2.5 km from Embassy of the United States of America. Elegantly decorated, air-conditioned rooms feature a high-definition flat-screen TV with a DVD player, floor-to-ceiling windows and wooden furnishings. A 2nd flat-screen TV in the bathroom is a mirror when turned off. The Leela Palace New Delhi is less than 10 minutes' drive from the India Gate. Indira Gandhi International Airport is 15 km while the Domestic airport is 13 km. The exclusive spa by ESPA offers an Ayurveda inspired day spa menu created for both women and men while rooftop temperature-controlled swimming pool offers the panoramic views of the city's skyline. Guests can also approach the 24-hour front desk to rent a computer or a car. Housed in a modern glass structure, The Qube offers an international and Indian buffet with open kitchens. Other dining options include Le Cirque and MEGU from New York, the award winning restaurants. Indian food is served at Jamavar . Drinks can be enjoyed at the hotel's 2 bars.
Spread over six acres of lush gardens, offering an outdoor swimming pool and panoramic city views, Taj Palace New Delhi is located in New Delhi. WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning and a minibar. There is also an electric kettle. Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a bath and a hairdryer. At Taj Palace New Delhi you will find a fitness centre. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, a ticket service and a tour desk. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including golfing and mini golf. The property offers free parking. The property has four award-winning restaurants featuring an array of cuisines from across the world, a stylish bar, nine-hole putting greens, a temperature-controlled swimming pool and an expansive Jiva Spa make Taj Palace, New Delhi, a true urban oasis. The property has a highly specialised electronic air filtration system that helps maintain the air quality in the hotel. Guests can enjoy butler service, exclusive access to the Taj Club Lounge and other special privileges when staying at Taj Club Rooms and Suites. The hotel is 3.5 km from Rashtrapati Bhavan, 5.7 km from Jantar Mantar and 6.1 km from India Gate. Delhi International Airport is a 15-minute drive.
Set in New Delhi, 11 km from Qutub Minar, Grand Hotel Airport offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. The property is around 12 km from Gandhi Smriti, 13 km from Rashtrapati Bhavan and 15 km from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. At the hotel, every room includes a desk and a flat-screen TV. The units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Guests at Grand Hotel Airport can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. Lodhi Gardens is 15 km from the accommodation, while India Gate is 16 km away. The nearest airport is Delhi International Airport, 5 km from Grand Hotel Airport.
Built in 1903, Maidens Hotel showcases 19th century colonial charm and architecture. It has an outdoor pool, fitness centre and features a coffee shop which extends into a charming, open courtyard. Modern rooms include a flat-screen satellite TV. Free WiFi is available in the rooms of the property. Air-conditioned rooms feature a minibar and free bottled water. Private bathroom includes a shower and free toiletries. Just 200 m from Civil Line Metro station, Maidens Hotel New Delhi is 2.5 km from The Red Fort monuments and Chandni Chowk (market). New Delhi Airport is about a 1-hour drive from the hotel. Luggage storage facilities are provided at the 24-hour reception. Guests who drive enjoy free private parking. Modern conveniences available include a currency exchange, tour desk and ticketing service. Laundry services are provided at an extra cost. A selection of Indian cuisine is served at The Curzon Room and The Garden Terrace. Cocktails and beverages can be ordered from The Cavalry Bar.
Overlooking Delhi's Golf Club and situated in Central Delhi, newly renovated The Oberoi, New Delhi is 16 km from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. The property features a heated indoor and outdoor pool and spa & wellness centre. The hotel is also equipped with a state of the art clean air technology which promises air quality on par with global standards. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning and offer views of the Delhi Golf course on one side and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Humayun's Tomb on the other side. Restaurants at The Oberoi, New Delhi include the completely redesigned main restaurant threesixty°, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Omya is the authentic specialty Indian restaurant, Baoshuan is the rooftop Chinese restaurant. There is also a new open-air rooftop bar, Cirrus9. Enoteca, the temperature controlled wine cellar at the lobby level offers a specially curated selection of fine wines and champagnes. The Club Bar serves a wide range of premium international alcoholic beverages and a new Cigar Lounge offers the finest selection of cigars. Guests can exercise in the 24-hour fitness centre. The Oberoi Spa has five private treatment rooms and a couple's spa suite. Each has a private relaxation area and an en suite aromatic steam shower. Complimentary yoga classes are available in the morning. India Gate is 3 km while Rashtrapati Bhavan is 5 km from the property. Pragati Maidan is 4 km away.
Set in New Delhi, 7 km from Qutub Minar, Vinod Palace provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. 10 km from Gandhi Smriti, the property is also 10 km away from Rashtrapati Bhavan. The property is located 10 km from Lodhi Gardens. Staff at the reception can provide advice on what to do in the area. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is 12 km from the hotel, while Jantar Mantar is 12 km from the property. The nearest airport is Delhi International Airport, 2 km from Vinod Palace.
- Hotel Wow Inn By OPO Rooms
Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Aerocity district of New Delhi, Hotel Harsh Plaza at Delhi Aerocity is 11 km from Qutub Minar. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The hotel features family rooms. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is 15 km from the hotel, while Lodhi Gardens is 15 km away. The nearest airport is Delhi International Airport, 4.3 km from Hotel Harsh Plaza at Delhi Aerocity.
PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN DEHLI WITH FAMILY
The capital city of India has a rich history which has been thoughtfully preserved and, in some cases, restored. If you’re interested in understanding the city’s roots and culture, we’ve got the only list you’ll need on your trip to Delhi. Since the 12th century, the city of Delhi has been home to several kingdoms. Each ruling dynasty left behind its own unique legacy, though the Mughals and the British, in particular, were a huge influence on the city’s art, architecture, religion, customs and cuisine. The result is a capital city brimming with different cultures, and there are monuments, museums, eateries and attractions dedicated to them all.
With a capacity of 25,000 people, Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. It is also the last edifice built by Emperor Shah Jahan before his ultimate downfall. When the Mughal ruler first set out to build the Jama Masjid, he had a monumental ambition. Elevated 30 steps above street level, he called it the Masjid-i-Jahan-Numa, which translates as ‘mosque commanding view of the world’.
This Hindu temple’s complex is so vast and the construction so intricate that a good half day is required to properly tour the entire place. Akshardham Temple retells over 10,000 years of Indian history and culture. The main features of the temple are the 11ft(3.4m)-high statue of 18th-century Yogi Swaminarayan, and the 20,000 gods and goddesses that are carved into the temple.
More than 800 years old, Qutub Minar is a legacy bestowed on the city of Delhi by Qutb Ud-Din-Aibak, who was the founding father of the Delhi Sultanate era. The 240ft (73m) tower has five storeys that taper towards the top. As one of the structures that originally signalled the coming of Muslim dynasties in Delhi, it occupies a seminal place in Indian history.
For astronomy enthusiasts, the Jantar Mantar is an absolute must-visit. The first of the five Jantar Mantars to be built by Maharajah Sawaii Jai Singh II (the 18th-century Rajput ruler), the Delhi structure is an architectural marvel erected to study the movements of heavenly bodies.
Following his assassination in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was cremated at Raj Ghat, located on the banks of the Yamuna river. Next to a simple black marble platform built over the cremation spot is an eternal flame that burns night and day. The simplicity and peacefulness of the park inspires a certain serenity in visitors.
One of the most recognisable structures in India, the Lotus Temple is built out of Grecian marble shaped like unfolding lotus petals. Its design isn’t the only thing that makes it special – as a Bahá’í House of Worship, it is a space where all religions and humans are equal. This belief, along with its stunning architecture, makes the Lotus Temple the perfect place for meditative introspection.
One of the city’s lesser known attractions, Agrasen Ki Baoli is a unique construction close to the busy commercial hub of Connaught Place. The builder of this ancient stepwell has never been revealed, and stories about the structure being haunted have existed for centuries. Plunging into the ground, it has 103 steps and being surrounded by its unique architecture gives you the unsettling illusion of descending into a subterranean city.
A trip to Delhi isn’t considered complete without a tour of India’s oldest market, Chandni Chowk. When it was initially built by Shah Jahan in the 17th century, a long canal ran through the middle of the bazaar in order to reflect the moonlight. The market offers delicious street food, fabric stores, beautiful silver jewellery, exotic spices, traditional perfumes and much more.
One of the newest attractions in the city, Champa Gali is a hideaway street full of cafés with leafy courtyards, restaurants, stores and design studios. Take a break from sightseeing to spend a few hours buried in a book at one of the cosy cafés here. The tiny street is tricky to find but you’ll discover that it’s well worth the effort – the peaceful spot feels more like a quaint village lane than busy central Delhi.
Rightly described as an ‘urban village’, Shahpur Jat has become a favourite among locals in the last few years. It’s a haven for Indian Wedding Shopping, where shopfront upon shopfront glitters with heavily embellished, jewel-hued saris. Make a pitstop at one of the award-winning restaurants and cafés in the area; The Potbelly Rooftop Cafe serves excellent home-style Bihari food.
This heritage park was built by the Mughals back in the 16th century, and it’s back on the map after extensive renovations in 2017 transformed the space. Spread over a massive 90 acres (36 hectares) and containing more than 15 Mughal monuments, it’s an ideal place to visit on a sunny winter afternoon. On Sundays, pop-up organic market The Earth Collective sets up stalls piled with fresh produce, homemade pickles, artisanal cheese and traditional Indian home remedies.
A majestic garden-tomb built in 1570, Humayun’s Tomb was the first mausoleum to be built in the splendid Mughal style which would become synonymous with the period, setting a precedent for subsequent Mughal architectural innovations, including the Taj Mahal. While it is renowned as the burial place of Emperor Humayun, the second Mughal ruler in India, more than 150 members of the Mughal family have also been laid to rest at this UNESCO World Heritage site.
In 1639, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan commissioned the Persian architect Ustad Ahmad Lahori, who also designed the Taj Mahal, to construct the Red Fort. An immense complex of canals, geometric gardens, entertainment halls, living quarters and a mosque, the beauty of the fort represents the summit of Mughal-era architecture. Among its most impressive rooms is the Hall of Public Audience where 60 red sandstone pillars support the roof.
- National Gallery of Modern Art
The National Gallery of Modern Art is a treasure trove of the country’s finest modern and contemporary pieces. The permanent collection houses works by eminent artists including Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore, Amrita Sher-Gil, Nandalal Bose and Jamini Roy; it’s a must-visit for any art enthusiast.
- National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum
Locally known as the Crafts Museum, this is one of the most culturally enriching experiences in Delhi. Apart from displaying the abundant textiles of India and other handicrafts, every month the museum allows 50 craftsmen from across the country to come and share their artistry and sell their products. The in-house Cafe Lota is a great place to people watch.
This large museum houses artefacts dating back as far as the Harappan Civilisation during the Bronze Age. Among the 5,000-year-old relics is the famous figurine of the Dancing Girl and Terracotta statuette of Mother Goddess from Mohenjo-Daro. Other fascinating displays include fragments of Buddhist stupas built in the 4th century BC during the Mauryan empire. The museum is fairly simple – you won’t find interactive exhibitions or fancy digitised displays, but it’s a great way to get to grips with India’s cultural history.
If you want to celebrate a birthday party, teach your team to learn the value of cooperation and teamwork, or if you are seeking to just have fun, the Paintball Co. is the place to head. Awarded the ‘Best Adventure Sports Co. in Delhi-NCR’, the Paintball Co. is the first of its kind to launch paintballing in India and is entirely dedicated to making India stand out in the world map for paintball mania. Not only does it have paintball activity, but other adventure sports are available too. One of New Delhi’s most playful places to spend quality time in.
Bollywood, Bollywood and Bollywood is what you will find in the Kingdom of Dreams. The Kingdom of Dreams has two theatres – Nautanki Mahal and the Showshaa theatre – both of which stage live performances and grand shows to thrill audiences with surprises, bountiful talents and numerous stories. Not only is it perfect for theatre and cinema enthusiasts, but it also has a whole area dedicated to making your taste buds go on a roller coaster – a restaurant area called The Culture Gully. It is India’s first live entertainment and leisure destination, and is a must visit.
- Shankar's International Doll Museum
Mr. K. Shankar Pillai was a famous cartoonist travelling the world. One day, when he was heading back to India, he was gifted a beautiful doll by a Hungarian diplomat. The doll ignited something inside of him and from that moment on, he preserved every doll he was gifted or brought from different parts of the world; he was mesmerized by the various materials used, costumes and the expressions that varied so vividly from one another. So captivated was he by their loveliness that he soon started exhibiting his collection for children; today the Shankar's International Doll Museum holds a staggering 6500 dolls, from Pillai’s original collection and contributions from all over the world.
If the concept of wormholes, the idea of a parallel universe existing or the mystery behind the blackholes excite you, then Nehru Planetarium is the a dream come true. The planetarium was established in memory of the first Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who worked hard at promoting astronomy education in India. With interactive devices designed to educate the visitors about planet Earth and the world beyond, Nehru Planetarium is a fun learning experience. The show stopper of Nehru Planetarium is the Sky Theatre, a dome shaped theatre giving you a 3D experience of taking a ride through the constellations and galaxies.
The National Rail Museum is the rail heritage museum of India, which was first opened to the public on the 1st of February, 1977. The museum exhibits the oldest working steam locomotive in the world, the Fairy Queen, as well as numerous other stream engines, many of which have travelled throughout India. With a toy train that gives you a ride throughout the Rail Museum, you could gaze comfortably at the trains, coaches and locomotives that are on display outside and learn the 150 year-old history of the rails of India.
Dilli Haat is the hub of Indian crafts in New Delhi. Ranging from shoes, shawls, accessories, carpets, clothes and articrafts from all around the country, Dilli Haat is a little India within India. It is an open-air food plaza where exhibitions are held regularly to promote handlooms and handicrafts. The main aim of the establishment of Dilli Haat is to create awareness of the tradition of India and its expertise in traditional crafts and textiles. Situated in the heart of Delhi, Dilli Haat is a popular destination for both tourists and locals.
The Garden of Five Senses is a little piece of heaven in Delhi. The greenery all around is enough to calm a noisy mind, but a garden like this gives more than just calmness. It awakens all the senses with beautiful sights, noises and scents – hence its name. Developed by the Delhi Tourism Transportation Development Corporation, it is the most beautiful garden in New Delhi. With skillful art works done on the plants, a great view of the garden from a hilly terrain, and small plots of land featuring water lily pools and a solar park with restaurants and water stands, joggers, sightseers and nature-lovers will all be satisfied.
- National Zoological Park in Delhi
The National Zoological Park, earlier known as the Delhi zoo is essentially a fortified area which is home to around 1350 animals across 130 species of animals and birds from around the world. The zoo was inaugurated on 1st November 1956 and hoped to be a model for other zoos in India. The environment provided by the National Zoological Park to the animals is very close to their natural habitat and is a perfect place for breeding endangered species. The zoo is home to animals like the Gir lion, chimpanzees, hyenas, hippopotamus, African Wild Buffalo and zebras among others. Other than that the zoo also has an underground reptile house which houses reptiles like the Gharial, Marsh Crocodile, Indian Cobra, Indian Star Tortoise and the Indian Sand Boa among others. The zoo also has numerous species of birds such as the Sarus Crane, Emu, Silver Pheasant, Peafowl, Grey Hornbill and the Barn Owl among others. The National Zoological Park also runs conservation initiatives for animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Swamp Deer, Asiatic Lion and the Red Jungle Fowl among other endangered species of birds and animals.
For Kids - This is a great place for children to learn about various kinds of animals and birds.
- Adventure Island in Delhi
Adventure Island is an amusement park and is a great place for a day out for families. The park is spread over an area of 62 acres and contains 26 rides along with other attractions. Rides which can be found in Adventure Island are Side Winder, Sky Rides, Z-Force and Flip Out among others. Apart from rides dventure Island also has a MAD shows which essentially a magic, acrobatics and dance show. Other than there is also a stunt show which includes a live Bollywood style stunt show, complete with sound, light, fireworks and even an artificially controlled bomb blast. The park also has water rides such as the splash down, sea horse, Splash Dunk and the Rain Dance. Though the most popular water ride in the park remains the water roller coaster.
- Classic Golf Resort in Delhi
Located in Manesar, the Classic Golf Resort is a great place to spend a relaxing weekend, especially for golf lovers. The first Signature Championship Golf Course in South Asia, the Classic Golf Resort was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is spread over an area of 300 acres. The resort sits at the foothills of the Aravalli mountain range and is a known for its scenic splendor. The golf course is complete with a par 72, 18 hole and 7114-yard Signature Championship Course. Apart from that the resort also has a par 36, 9-hole course of 3115 yards. Other than that the Classic Golf Resort also has a health club, sauna, spa, swimming poll, billiards, snooker and table tennis and a special area for children’s activities.
WHERE TO EAT IN DELHI
Surprisingly, many of the most highly regarded restaurants in New Delhi do not, in fact, serve Indian food, with awards lists dominated by French, Asian and Italian restaurants. Check out the best restaurants in New Delhi’s foodie scene.
One of New Delhi’s oldest surviving restaurants and staple of the city’s restaurant scene, Moti Mahal was founded in 1920 in Pakistan and moved shortly after Indian independence in 1947 to Delhi. Now a global chain, with sister restaurants in almost every city in India, Moti Mahal claims to be the first restaurant to introduce tandoori cuisine and several now classic Indian dishes to the world, including such culinary staples as tandoori chicken, butter chicken, burra kebabs and brain masala. A winner of several culinary awards including the award of the Best Restaurant in Delhi by Mail Today, the restaurant offers a hearty and delicious North Indian cuisine in a relaxed and laid back atmosphere.
Situated in the legendary Imperial Hotel, the luxurious and sophisticated restaurant Spice Route takes its guests on a eastward-looking culinary journey of the spice route from Malabar Coast in Kerala, through Sri Lanka, Burma and Thailand to Vietnam. The restaurant features an interesting mix of contemporary and traditional Asian cuisine, with several stand-out dishes such Kerala-style prawns, stir-fried with coconut, curry leaves and black tamarind or stir-fried pok-choy with black mushrooms, flavoured with soya bean paste. The ornate interior decor with mural paintings and antique objects, designed by Rajeev Sethi, reflects the cultural and artistic heritage of the Orient and immediately puts the restaurant’s guests at ease to enjoy a truly luxurious dining experience.
Headed by arguably one of the best and well-known chefs in India, the celebrated Manish Mehrotra, the innovative and stylish restaurant Indian Accent is housed on the ground floor of small boutique restaurant in New Friends Colony. A winner of several prestigious culinary awards in India, including Vir Sanghvi Best Chef Award in 2010 and 2012, the chef aims to combine fresh local produce and traditional Indian tastes with international ingredients, resulting in extraordinary dishes such as galawat lamb kebab, filled with foie gras and served with strawberry and green chilli chutney, soft-shell crab with roasted coconut and tomato pickle or even blue cheese naan.
Located in the up-and-coming hip district of Delhi, lovely and vibrant Meher Chand Market, the restaurant and cafe Chez Nini is a perfect choice for a lazy brunch with friends or a romantic dinner. Situated on two floors, the restaurant features modern European cuisine, offering a wide range of light and tasty dishes, from warm duck salad to French onion soup, and even the French culinary classic of ratatouille gratin. The original interior decor, with copper tree statue and lighting object, has quickly made the restaurant a hot spot amongst city’s expats and trendy locals. On Sundays the restaurant offers brunch, serving continental and French breakfast options. Booking in advance is strongly advised.
Popular and well-loved by locals and tourists alike, the North Indian restaurant Punjabi by Nature has several outlets around the city of Delhi. True to its name, the restaurant specialises in Punjabi cuisine, with particular favourites including raan-e-Punjab – mouth watering and delicious lamb’s leg slow-roasted in a tandoor – and black lentils with butter and cream. Founded in 1998, with sister-branches in Bangalore, the restaurant also has a more take-away and fast food version in some of the Delhi shopping malls, where everyone can try the restaurant’s take on traditional street snacks such as golgappas, made with puri, chutney, chickpeas, potatoes and onions.
The Yum Yum Tree is tucked away beside the Indian Accent restaurant in a charming and lush New Delhi suburb, New Friends Colony. This high-end restaurant offers an exciting blend of contemporary pan-Asian cuisine. From crystal skin dumplings and vegetarian sushi to prawn dim sum and spring rolls, the restaurant gives its guests an interesting take on Asian street food. This airy and spacious restaurant has two seating areas, one featuring the only sushi conveyor belt seating in New Delhi. As the Yum Yum Tree gets particularly busy on the weekends, booking in advance is advised.
One of the best French restaurants in town, the intimate and elegant Tres Restaurant is a must-do if you’re tired of Indian and Asian cuisine and looking for a delicious European meal. Headed by two chefs with work experience in the kitchens of the best restaurants in Delhi, this high-end restaurant features many of France’s classic dishes. Conveniently situated in the Lodi main market, Tres is renowned for its perfectly prepared main meat and fish dishes, including duck, pork belly, chicken and lamb, as well as delicious and light salads and starters, including such staples such as roasted goat’s cheese and beetroot salad, and chicken liver pate with prunes and onion confit. Booking in advance is a must.
Situated on the second floor in front of the ancient tombs in the trendy and artsy district of Delhi, Hauz Khas Village, the small and cosy Himalayan restaurant Yeti has developed a dedicated clientele, consisting both of locals and expats, throughout the years. The restaurant specialises in traditional cuisine of the Himalayan region, including Nepalese, Bhutanese and Ladakh classic dishes such as steamed vegetarian and meat momos, crispy spinach with tingmo, chili beef dish or vegetarian thukpa, Himalayan noodle soup. The laid-back wooden interior of the restaurant together with Tibetan and Nepali art work echos the simple eateries of Kathmandu and ensures cosy and inviting ambience.
Located next to one of the most impressive Delhi monuments, the legendary Qutub Minar, Olive Bar and Kitchen features delicious and nourishing Mediterranean dishes, including a variety of traditional staples such as classic Caesar salad, delicious seafood or wild mushroom risottos and a large selection of pasta dishes, ranging from children-friendly spaghetti meatballs, hearty lasagne or simple, yet tasty penne arrabiata. The welcoming and laid back interior design of the restaurant, with white pebbled courtyard under Banyan trees and tree-top terrace bar with fascinating views over Qutub instantly puts guests at their ease, meaning they can enoy a lazy Sunday brunch or romantic dinner at their leisure.
Considered to be the oldest restaurant in New Delhi, Karim's is situated near the historic Red Fort and Jamma Masjid mosque in Old Delhi. Since 1913, the restaurant has been serving the cuisine of the imperial kitchens of the Mughal Empire, with particular emphasis on local meat dishes such as renowned mutton burra kebabs and legendary tandoori chicken, accompanied with lentil dish or simply naan and roti. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of hearty chicken and vegetable soups and sweet desserts, including kulfi, the Indian version of ice cream. A favourite with locals and tourists, the restaurant is a simple, unpretentious and authentic dining experience, now available also in other parts of Delhi, including Noida, Gurgaon and Nizamuddin West.
WHERE TO SHOP IN DELHI
From luxury shopping malls to streetside boutiques and flea markets, Delhi is a true shopper’s paradise. You will find everything from high-end brands to handcrafted artisanal products from the most remote parts of India in the capital. If you’re visiting Delhi and want some suggestions for shopping places, here’s a handy guide to help you out.
If you want to shop for handlooms and handicraft items from different states of India, then Dilli Haat is the place to do so. Find Kashmiri pashmina shawls, chikankari embroidered tunics from Lucknow, block-printed saris, silk and wool fabrics, leather bags, juttis (Punjabi footwear) and more all under one roof. You can also buy home décor products crafted out of bamboo, as well as traditional Pattachitra Paintings from Odisha. The bazaar also has regional food stalls, and the popular food market INA is just across the road.
Janpath is one of the best places to buy souvenirs for friends and family back home. The market is essentially a straight road with rows of small boutique stores selling everything from jewellery to fabrics and vintage home décor products. Janpath is an affordable market, but shopkeepers are likely to quote higher prices to tourists. So, make sure you bargain and never pay the initially quoted amount.