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The staff at the Delhi tourist office is very helpful, and the office has a lot of free information:
- The Government of India Tourist Office, 88 Janpath, Connaught Place, ☎ +91 11 2332 0005, +91 11 2332 0008, +91 11 2332 0109, +91 11 2332 0266. The Government of India Tourist Office offers daily tours, covering all of the major Delhi sites. If you should choose to go with the government-sanctioned day tour, be aware that due to the heavy agenda, you will need to have a quick foot, only 20-40 min are given for each sight, which is next to no time. Consider this day tour as a sampler. If there is a sight of particular interest, bookmark it and return at a later date.
- Red Fort (Lal Qila). is one of Delhi's top tourist sights. A brilliant red sandstone fort built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan (who also built Agra's Taj Mahal) as his ruling palace. Completed in 1648, the years since have not treated the buildings kindly: the rooms have long since been stripped of all objects, the marble inlays are long gone and quite a few buildings are off limits. Still, the scale remains imposing and the gardens are kept lush and green even in midwinter.
The Red Fort buildings within include:
- Chatta Chowk, (Covered Bazaar). True to the name, this is a covered bazaar between the gate and the fort itself, now filled with souvenir hawkers.
- Diwan-i-Am, (Hall of Public Audience). This building separates the outer court from the inner court, and has a marble platform for the emperor's throne.
- Hayat Baksh Bagh, (Life-Bestowing Gardens). Once a grand garden of full of fountains and streams, now sadly all dry — only dry channels and acres of green grass remain.
- Diwan-i-Khas, (Hall of Private Audience). Built completely of marble, this is where the emperor received special visitors.
- Khas Mahal, (Private Palace), The Emperor's main residence. The octagonal Mussaman Burj tower looks out toward the Yamuna River, and is where the Emperor used to appear before the public for each morning.
- Rang Mahal, (Colour Palace). The residence of the Sultan's main wife.
- Mumtaz Mahal, (Jewel Palace). Contained six apartments for the Sultan's harem. Now used as a museum of court textiles, carpets, weapons, etc. (free).
- Daawat Khana, A minor palace at the northmost end of the Fort, this was originally the residence of a prince, but it was converted into a tea house by the British, a function it continues today. Basic meals go for around ₹ 60, drinks ₹ 10-20, and it also has the cleanest toilets around.
- Swatantra Sangrama Sangrahalaya, (Museum of the Independence Movement). To the left after the Chatta Chowk, this is a reasonably well-presented museum on the history of independence activism in India, starting from the Mutiny of 1857 all the way to Gandhi.
The only open entrance is Lahore Gate, on the west side. Security in and around the Fort is very heavy, as it was the scene of a terrorist attack in 2000 that killed three people. Bags are allowed, but they'll be X-rayed and you'll be patted down. Tickets cost ₹ 10/250 for Indians/foreigners, photography free, video cameras ₹ 25 extra. Open sunrise to sunset daily except Monday. Allow for 3-4 hr in your schedule in case of long weekends and national holidays as lot of tourists flock around then. The most scenic way of reaching the fort is to take the Metro to Chawri Bazaar and then a cycle-rickshaw through the incredibly packed bazaar to the Fort (price negotiable, aim for ₹ 20).
The fort has a light and sound show (₹ 50) in the evenings from 7:30PM-9PM, depending on the season.
Be careful buying tickets at the booth, as the ticket sellers will attempt to shortchange you. Try to have a small bill. Due to enhanced security the parking can be a bit tricky as the walk from the now distanced away parking at nearby alternative slots is quite a bit. The congested traffic makes crossing the road even trickier.
- Humayun's Tomb (in south Delhi, near Hazrat Nizamuddin station). daily from sunrise to sunset. is one of Delhi's three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. - The tomb is in large, immaculately maintained gardens in the Persian Char Bagh (four corners) style that were thoroughly renovated in 2003 with the Aga Khan's help and are consequently probably the best in Delhi. As you enter the complex, the first major structure on your right is the bulbous, octagonal tomb of Iza Khan, a court noble who built it in his own lifetime, some 20 years before Humayun's tomb. As you pass through the first gate, you will glimpse the dome of the tomb and enter a floral path leading to the second (West) gate, which now acts as the entrance to the giant central garden. - The centerpiece is the eponymous tomb of Humayun, the second Mughal emperor. Built starting in 1562, it was the first major Mughal structure in the city and has been described as a predecessor or prototype of Agra's Taj Mahal. The structures are, indeed, stylistically similar, although Humayun's Tomb is built from red sandstone, not white marble, and was built by a wife grieving for her husband, not the other way around. You can climb up to the second level (the stairs on the west side are very steep, those on the south side less so), and on the south side you will find the entrance into the main crypt where Humayun is buried. - Before you leave, be sure to visit the South Gate, the original royal entrance, from where you can get picture-postcard views without too many tourists in the way. In the southeast corner is the Barber's Tomb, also built in the same style. Historians do not know who is buried in this picturesque tomb made of red and grey sandstone. ₹ 10/250, Indians/foreigners.
- Qutub Minar (in Mehrauli, Qutub Minar station on the Metro Yellow Line, bus to DTC Lado Sarai Terminal). daily from sunrise to sunset. This complex , houses structures dating from the Slave Dynasty (1206-1290) and is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The gardens are kept in excellent shape, making this a popular relaxation and picnic spot. Light-and-sound show held most nights after sunset. - The most famous structure on grounds, this 72.5 m minaret was the tallest "skyscraper" in the world when built (1193-1368) - it was constructed on the orders of Qutb-ud-din Aybak. Delicately carved, it has been astonishingly well-preserved and is still an awe-inspiring sight today. It's often visible from air when flying into IGI airport! (Sticklers for archaeological truth will, however, note that the top of the tower has twice been rebuilt after an earthquake, and the base has been restored more recently.) While entry into the tower itself is no longer permitted, for ₹ 10 per 5 min you can view the scenery via a little webcam on top. - ₹ 20/250 Indians/foreigners.
- Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Delhi's first and grandest mosque, now mostly in ruins, but many parts of the complex are still standing and the sandstone decorations are still impressive. Check out the extraordinarily ornate carvings near the tomb of Iltutmish on the west side of the complex.
- Iron Pillar, iIn the centre of the mosque. True to its name, this is a 7 m iron pillar erected in 400 AD by Chandragupta II Vikramaditya, also known as "he, by the breezes of whose prowess the southern ocean is even still perfumed" according to the inscription carved on the base. Alas, Chandragupta II's perfume has long since faded, but to the amazement of metallurgists everywhere, his pillar is still going strong, after 1,600 years.
- Ala-i-Minar, Ala-ud-din-Khilji set out to build a tower twice as high as the Qutub Minar, but died after a mere 24.5 m was complete. The first story stands to this day.
- Ala-i-Darwaza, This square, domed building once acted as the entrance to the mosque, but is now tucked away behind the minar. Inlaid marble decorations and latticed stone screens.
- Tomb of Imam Zamin, Outside the main complex, next to the Ala-i-Darzawa, this octagonal tomb commemorates a Turkestani iman who was based in the mosque during the reign of Sikandar Lodi.
- Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, 145 DLF South Court (Mall, Saket, bus to Khirki Village stop), ☎ +91 11 4916 0000. Tues-Sun', 10:30AM-6:30PM. Established at the initiative of avid art collector Kiran Nadar, KNMA opened in January 2010, as the first private museum of Art, exhibiting Modern and Contemporary works from India and the subcontinent. The core corpus of KNMA highlights the most extraordinary works from F.N. Souza, M.F. Hussain, S.H. Raza, V.S. Gaitonde, Tyeb Mehta, Akbar Padamsee, Ram Kumar, A. Ramachandran, Rameshwar Broota and several others. Located in the popular tourist destination of Saket. The nearest Metro Station is Malviya Nagar. free.
- Gandhi Smriti, ☎ +91 11 2301 2843. 10AM-5PM (closed Monday). This estate is the site of Mahatma Gandhi's martyrdom. Includes a museum celebrating his life and the room he lived in during his final days.
- Ghalib Museum.
- India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Rd (Bus 47, 440 or 522 to Lodhi Road Crossing), ☎ +91 11 2468 2001. This center though not a museum in the strictest sense of the word, is most noted for its ever-changing art exhibits, plays and films, as well as an international selection of food items in its food court.Only members can avail of the dining facilities at its following two restaurants-Dilli-O-Dilli & the Oriental octopus whereas he eatopia and the American Diner are accessible to all.
- Indian Air Force Museum, Palam.
- International Doll's Museum, 4, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Nehru House, New Delh (bus 26, 53 to Lala Ram Charan Agrawal Chowk ITO stop), ☎ +91 11 2331 6970. T-S 10AM-6PM. A museum of dolls from all over the country. You get to see the costumes and art from all over India, as well as some nice crafts. ₹ 10.
- National Gallery of Modern Art.
- National Gandhi Museum.
- National Handicrafts and Handlooms Museum, Pragati Maidan, Gate #5, Bhairon Road, New Delhi-110001 (M Blue: Pragati Maidan), ☎ +91 11 2337 1887-2337 1641, fax: +91 11 2337 1515, e-mail: email@example.com. 10AM-5PM. Also sells handicrafts. Foreign Visitors: ₹ 150, Indian Visitors: ₹ 10.
- National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi.
- National Museum (bus 410 to National Museum stop). Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. Janpath. The layout here is a labyrinthine and the presentation won't win any awards, but the collection is unparalleled and contains some true masterpieces. The section on the Indus Valley Culture and the one on Buddhist Heritage is most informative. The museum also showcases the arts and handicrafts from different regions of India. Keep an eye out for the 4,600 year old Harappan temple dancer, the Gandhara-era standing Buddha with Greek hair and a Roman toga, the stunning miniature painting gallery, and the giant temple chariot parked outside. An informative place for all interested in knowing more about Indian culture and history. ₹ 300 for foreigners (includes useful audioguide), ₹ 10 Indians (optional audioguide ₹ 150 extra), ₹ 1 for Indian Students, plus ₹ 300 if you want to use a camera. Decent restaurant on the second floor (lunch buffet ₹ 200). A cloak room is free for customers.
- National Philatelic Museum, New Delhi.
- National Railway Museum, ☎ +91 11 2688 1816. Chanakyapuri. houses a collection of Indian trains from the past to the present - a worthwhile look into India's proud railway heritage. The collection includes carriages belonging to Indian potentates and British viceroys. Children can ride the small train that circumnavigates the museum. There is a small cafe on the premises. Open 9:30AM-7:30PM (Apr-Sept) and 9:30AM-5:30PM (Oct-Mar). Closed Mondays and national holidays.
- National Science Centre, Gate No. 1, Pragati Maidan. Although the name is too grand, the museum is definitely a must see for science enthusiasts, especially those who are young. A good place to refresh your basics, particularly in Physics. Has a recently built section on DNA Science and also a section on Dinosaurs. A section on ancient Indian Science and Technology, including Vedic Mathematics & Ayurveda. The "Energy Ball" display near the entrance is interesting and perhaps the most captivating of all.
- Nehru Memorial Museum (Teen Murti Bhavan), ☎ +91 11 2301 7587. 9AM-5PM (Closed Monday). Former residence of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, now a museum of his life. Was used by the Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army before Indian Independence. Includes a Planetarium.Its entry fee is ₹ 50 For adults an 25 for childrens.Here they show a small movie on Astro and Universe. Free.
- Parliament Museum.
- Sanskriti Museums.
- Tibet House, 1 Institutional Area, Lodhi Rd, ☎ +91 11 2461 1515, fax: +91 11 2462 5536, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10AM-5:30PM. Established by HH Dalai Lama with the aim of preserving the cultural heritage of Tibet. There is a museum, exhibition space and library. ₹ 10.
- Rajpath. This is a main parade route that leads from Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President's residence) to India Gate, with many grassy lawns along the way. Especially nice in the evenings and at night when the buildings are lit and the vendors come out to supply the many picnicking families.
- India Gate. This monument has been built as a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in World War I. There is also a fire ("eternal flame") burning for all fallen Indian soldiers.
- Jantar Mantar (Rajiv Chowk Metro Station). 9AM-6PM. One of five astronomical observatories commissioned by Sawai Jai Singh II of Jaipur during the 18th century. The odd structures inside are actually enormous scientific instruments for measuring the movement of celestial bodies
- Raj Ghat (bus 53, 92 to Shanti Van stop). 9:30AM-5:30PM. Memorial to Mahatma Gandhi at the site of his cremation. Check for closure dates/security checks around national holidays/gandhiji's death anniversary
- Purana Qila (Old Fort, मथुरा रोड) (next to the Delhi Zoo), ☎ +91 11 2435 5387. 10AM-5PM. Ruins of the 16th century city of Shergarh, this complex sits on top of what is believed to be the site of Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata epic.
- Tughlaqabad Fort, Tughlakabad (Bus 411 to Guru Ravi Das Mandir), ☎ +91 2604 5671. Massive fortress built by Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq in the 14th century and was the third city of Delhi. The monstrous ruins of this complex are now overrun by hordes of Langur monkeys.
- Azaad Hind Gram (Tikri Kalam on NH-10, bus 926 to Ajad Hind Gram Tikari Pyaoo stop, or Mundka Metro Station 3km east), ☎ +91 11 2835 3102. 10AM-6PM. A tourist complex dedicated to Netaji (respected leader) Subhash Chandra Bose, a leader in the Indian independence movement.
- Sacred Heart Cathedral, 1 Ashok Place (Off Baba Kharak singh Marg and Bhai Veer Singh Marg near Connaught Place near to Gurdwara Bangla Sahib, M orange Shivaji Stadium). - It is the biggest church in terms of structure and also the headquarters of the Delhi Catholic Archdiocese. A must visit to enjoy the beautiful architecture and pristine beauty.
- Cathedral Church of Redemption, Church Lane (Near Rashtrapati Bhawan, Central Secretariat Metro Station). - It is the headquarters of the Church of North India, Delhi Diocese. Built by Henry Medd between 1927-1935 it is a fine example of Colonial architecture.
- St. James' Church (Skinner's Church) (Near to Tikona Park). Worship at 8:30 a.m (Ap-Sep): Worship at 9:00 a.m (winter). It is an Anglican church, built in 1836 by Colonel James Skinner. It is one of the oldest churches in the city.
- St. Peter's Cathedral, Bhai Veer Singh Marg (- Near St Columbas' school, bus 89 to Gol Market). It is the headquarters of the Jacobite Syrian Orthodox church in Delhi. It is known as the Antioch of the East and is a fine example of Oriental architecture blended with modernity.
- St. Stephen's Church, Church Mission Road (Old Delhi Junction station). Built in 1862, by Anglican missionaries and Department of Public Works Engineers in the style of Italian Gothic architecture, highly influenced by the Romanesque style. Apart from its ornate walls and ceilings the Church has a unique feature which is the stained glass rose window which is exclusive in Delhi. The baroque styled church has arched windows which allow the sunlight to brighten the interiors. the interiors are well maintained with motifs, pictures, carvings and beautiful furniture. A series of fine plasters form arcade on either side lined with beautiful carvings columns made of sandstone.
- Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Ashoka Rd (just off Baba Kharak Singh Marg near Connaught Place, M orange: Shivaji Stadium). - This is the main gurudwara for the many Sikhs of Delhi. You will need to cover your head (scarves provided for free) and stash your shoes in the shoe storage run by volunteers Free.
- Gurdwara Dam Dama Sahib, Bharat Scouts and Guides Marg, (Outer Ring Road cnr) (near Humayun's Tomb). Sikh place of worship. Built by Sardar Bhagel Singh in 1783. Later a deorhi (Sikh architectural structure) was constructed, including buildings for priests and pilgrims. In 1984, a new building was constructed. Every year thousands of devotees assemble here to celebrate the festival called Hola Mohalla.
- Gurdwara Mata Sundri, Mata Sundri road (Behind JP Nayak Hospital. M: Barakhambha Road Metro Station, 15 min walk). The temple is a tribute to Mata Sundri, the wife of the 10th Guru – Guru Gobind Singh (1666–1708). The Guru was a Warrior, Poet and Philosopher. The Gurdwara built in brick and lime mortar, on the farther end of the hall is a marble-paved gallery. The carved weed beam of the gallery bears an inscription in Gurmukhi script in bold letters. There is a marble slab in the center which surrounded by the inscribed sacred emblem of the Sikhs. It has a standard square-domed sanctums, arched copings and a traditional styled entrance.
- Gurdwara Nank Piao, Rana Pratap Road (also known as Grand Trunk Road or GT Road) (north Delhi, bus 19, 19A, 62, 102 to Nanak Piao Gurudwara stop, or from M yellow: Model Town 1km South). It's built at the site, in the garden where Guru Nanak Dev camped when he visited Delhi in 1505 during the reign of Sultan Sikandar Lodi.
- Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, Pandit Pant Marg, Presidents Estate (near Parliament House, Central Secretariat Metro Station), ☎ +91 11 2371 2581. Built in 1783. The temple built near old Raisina village near Raisina Hill, at present Pandit Pant Marg, took 12 years to build.
- Gurudwara Sis Ganj, Chandni Chowk (Old Delhi) (M Yellow: Chandni Chowk). An important Sikh place of worship. Built on the spot where their ninth guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, was beheaded on the orders of the mughal emperor Aurangzeb, it is an oasis of calm in the chaos of Old Delhi's Chandni Chowk. You will need to cover your head (scarves provided for free) and stash your shoes in the shoe storage run by volunteers (also free).
- Fatehpuri Masjid (rickshaw from the Chandni Chowk Metro or 10 minutes walk).
- Jama Masjid (Opposite the Red fort, next to Chandni Chowk, Metro Yellow: Chawri Bazaar). 7AM-sunset, tourists are not allowed in from 12:15PM-1:45PM or in the half-hour before sunset.. – The largest mosque in India and a must-see while in Delhi. Entry is , although you'll be charged with you . If you don't have a camera with you, be prepared to politely insist that you don't have to pay (you may be asked to show your pockets), as they will assume that all tourists have one. Beware of the tenacious guides who will try and convince you that a tour guide is mandatory and is included in the ₹ 200 camera fee; they will give you an extremely hurried 'tour' of the mosque and then demand a further payment of ₹ 200-300 for the tour. You can climb to the top of the minaret for ₹ 100 (locals maybe ₹ 20). The climb is steep, dark and somewhat claustrophobic, but you'll get great views over the complex and the city. You'll need to cover up your shoulders and legs (scarves and lungis available for rental - about ₹ 10), and take off your shoes (expect to tip the shoe minder, ₹ 5 is plenty, or carry your shoes with you in your own bag). - Pictures should not be taken during prayer hours. If you're going to sit down don't look too comfortable. Certainly don't eat or become too engrossed in any reading material you may be carrying, the rule is that non-Muslims must make their visits brief and guards will usher along visitors who linger. Free, ₹ 300 if you have a camera, (this is include the ₹ 100 minar climb).
- Chattarpur Mandir, Dr Ambedkar Colony (M Yellow: Chhattarpur). Huge & beautiful temple complex with a big surrounding campus - located near Mehrauli area of South Delhi.
- Kali Mandir (Chittaranjan Park, bus 427). It is a fourty year old temple complex and Bengali community cultural center. The compound has three temple - that of Lord Shiva and Radha Krishna and the Main temple in the middle. Built on a small hill, it started as a Shiv temple, which still stands within the complex, the larger shrines dedicated to goddess Kali, Shiva, and Radhakrishna were added in 1984.
- Hanuman Temple, Connaught Place (M Orange: Shivaji Stadium). The ancient Hindu temple has a self manifest idol of Hanuman (who was an ardent devotee of Rama according to the Hindu legends), has an unusual feature fixed in the spire (Viman) in the form of a crescent moon (an Islamic symbol) instead of the Hindu symbol of Aum or Sun that is commonly seen in most Hindu temples.
- ISKCON (Hare Krishna), 1, Hare Krishna Hill, Sant Nagar, East of Kailash. Temple, – Centre for Krishna Consciousness, it has robotic shows and multimedia presentations, apart from the traditional temple complex. Lively atmosphere and excellent tasting sweets - and the delicious Govinda's restaurant is on site.
- Jagannath Temple, Green Park (in Hauz Khas, Green Park Metro Station), ☎ +91 11 2696 6978 . A modern temple built by the Oriya community of Delhi dedicated to the Hindu God Jagannath. The temple famous for its annual Rathyatra festival attended by thousands of devotees
- Kalka Mandir (कालकाजी मंदिर, दिल्ली भारत, also known as Kalkaji Temple), Mahant Niwas, Shiv Mandir Parisar, Kalkaji (M Violet: Kalkaji Mandir), e-mail: email@example.com. Rituals an Aarti daily 6 AM and 7:30 PM.
- Kalka Mandir (कालकाजी मंदिर, दिल्ली भारत, also known as Kalkaji Temple), Mahant Niwas, Shiv Mandir Parisar, Kalkaji (M Violet: Kalkaji Mandir), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rituals an Aarti daily 6 AM and 7:30 PM.
- Jhandewalan Mandir, Jhandewalan. One of the most popular temples of Devi Durga is Jhandewala Temple.
- Hanuman Murti, Jhandewalan. Important Shrine Of Hanuman Ji
- New Delhi Kali Bari, Mandir Marg, President's Estate (close to Laxminarayan Temple, M: R.K.Ashram Marg, 2 km away). Founded in 1930s
- Nili Chhatri Temple, Yamuna Bazar, Kashmere Gate (On the banks of the Yamuna river). A Hindu temple is the tomb of Naubat Khan. Naubat Khan was a mansabdar (state official) during the time of Akbar. He built it during his lifetime in 1565. The tomb stands almost midway between Purana Qila and the tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya. It is built in an enclosure of several acres. Though the walls of the tomb are not extant in its entirety, some portions of it can still be seen in the surrounding area. But the gateway is relatively in good shape. At the entrance of the tomb is written the inscription, the letters of the inscription are of black marble inlaid on sandstone.
- Shani Dham Temple, Shree Shani Tirth Kshetra, Asola (Bus to Shani Dham Mandir Raj Vidya Kendra stop). Contains the world's tallest natural rock statue of Shani. Idol of Lord Shani is a chief hindu deity. Shani is one of the nine Navagraha or primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology, embodied in the planet Saturn. Shani is the Lord of Saturday. The word Shani also denotes the seventh day or Saturday in most Indian languages.
- Uttara Swami Malai Temple (Tamil: உத்தர சுவாமி மலை கோவில், Malai Mandir ( Hill Temple)), Sector 7, RK Puram (Bus 66 to Malai Mandir). The main temple within the complex, formally called Sree Swaminatha Swami Temple, houses the sanctum sanctorum of Lord Swaminatha. The temple is built entirely of granite, and is reminiscent of the Chola style of South Indian Temple Architecture.
- Yogmaya Temple (Jogmaya temple), Mehrauli, (15km South from centre, bus 717 from M Orange: Delhi Aero City). This ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Goddess Yogmaya, the sister of Krishna. Built in early 19th century and is a descendant of a much older Devi shrine. Adjacent to the temple lies, a water body, known as 'Anangtal', after King Anangpal, and covered by trees from all sides
- Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, off National Highway 24 (Metro Akshardham, East Delhi). Tu-Su 9AM-7PM. - Completed in 2005 by the socio-spiritual organization BAPS, no expense has been spared in decorating this large and elaborate temple carved of red sandstone. The central monument, built without any steel, houses an 11-ft golden statue of the founder of the Swaminarayan faith, Bhagwan Swaminarayan. The Premvati food court on the grounds serve up fast, cheap, huge but mediocre portions of vegetarian food, ₹ 75 for a thali. There is a strict ban on all electronic items, cameras, tobacco and pretty much everything except the clothes on your back. You can leave your worldly belongings in the cloakroom outside. Allow at least three-four hours to explore it all. Free entry, guide booklet is ₹ 5, access to multimedia exhibitions ₹ 125.
Other religious buildings
- Bahá'í Lotus Temple, Lotus Temple Road, Nehru Place, Kalkaji, South Delhi (M Violet: Kalkaji Mandir). Tu-Su, 1 Apr to 30 Sep 9AM–7:PM, 1 Oct-31 Mar 9:30AM–5:30PM. - This place shaped like a lotus bud with 27 petals, this stunning temple suspended above milky-blue ponds is surely one of the most magnificent monuments ever made from concrete, however there is very little to see inside. The lush park around is well landscaped but mostly off-limits. Free.
- Sai Baba Temple, 17,Institutional Area, Lodhi Rd (M Violet: JLN Stadium). Temple Opens at 5AM. Kakad Aarti 5.15AM. Mangal SNAN 6AM. Noon Aarti at 12 noon. Doop Aarti evening prayer 6.30PM. Shej Aarti at 9.30PM. Although there are many Shirdi Sai Baba Temples in and around Delhi, the one located at Lodhi Road is the oldest.
- Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus (जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय), JNU Ring Rd (bus # 615 from Connaught Place. The famous Qutab Minar is very close to the JNU campus), ☎ +91 11 2670 4090. 24/7. Not usually considered a "place of interest" for tourists, this one of a kind campus of the premier National University of India remains a hidden gem of the city. The campus is hilly and rocky and some areas look more like a jungle with peacocks. The hostels represent the geographical vastness of India as they are named after Indian Rivers. For instance Godavari and Ganga. Specific areas of the campus are named after a particular geographical region in India. For instance Uttarakhand and Dakshinapuram. Some of the non-scholarly attractions of India's best University include 24x7, an eating joint which is open, as its name suggests
- Majnu ka Tilla Tibetan Colony, Outer Ring road (Bus 53, 169). This is one of the more accessible Tibetan resettlement areas in India, and certainly a nice piece of variety for Delhi. To get there head north along Ring Road just past Majnu ka Tilla Gurudwara, or take the Metro to Vidhan Sabha station, and a cycle-rickshaw is ₹ 15 from there.
- Lodhi Estate, Lodhi Colony, Lodhi Road (South Central part of New Delhi). It is a Central Government Officers and Staff Residential Colony, built in the 1940s. Here are some 'tourist' places like the Sai Baba Temple of Lodhi Road, Khan Market, Jor Bagh, the 16th century Tomb of Sikander Lodhi, situated in Lodhi Gardens and the India Habitat Centre. There are several municipal parks including Charbagh which features the Lodhi Gardens. - The three main shopping markets in this area are Khanna Market, Khan Market one of the poshest & expensive market and Meherchand Market. Chocolate Wheel Confectionary in the Jor Bagh area is a very popular bakery.
- Parliament House (Sansad Bhawan) (M: Central Secretariat Station). The shape is circular, which is based on the Ashoka Chakra. There are separate halls for the sessions of the Chamber of Princes, the State Council, and the Central Legislative Assembly. The building is surrounded by large gardens and fenced off by sandstone railings modeled after the Great Stupa of Sanchi.
About New Delhi
With evidence of continuous settlement dating back to the 6th Century BC, Delhi is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. The legendary city of Indraprastha from the epic Mahabharata is said to have been situated where Delhi now lies. Thought to have been built and destroyed 11 times, evidence of at least eight distinct settlements can still be seen in Delhi.
- Qila Rai Pithora – This dates back to the 10th century A.D. as per available historical records. Also known as Rai Pithora, this city was the capital during the reign of Prithviraj Chauhan, the local hero famous for his first defeating, before finally losing to, the marauding invaders from central Asia (Muhammad Ghori in particular). Chauhan's ancestors are said to have captured the city from the Tomar Rajputs who were credited with founding Delhi. Anangpal, a Tomar ruler possibly created the first known regular fort here called 'Lal Kot', which was taken over by Prithviraj and the city extended. Some of the ruins of the fort ramparts are still visible around Qutab Minar and Mehrauli.
- Mehrauli – Muhammad Ghori managed to defeat Prithviraj Chauhan in battle in 1192. Ghori left his slave Qutub-ud-din Aibak as his viceroy, who in turn captured Delhi the subsequent year. After Ghori's death in 1206, Aibak proclaimed himself the ruler of Delhi and founded the slave dynasty. Qutb-ud-din contributed significantly in terms of architecture by getting Mehrauli built. His most prominent contribution is the starting of Qutab Minar. This 72.5 m tall tower was built across three generations and finally completed in 1220AD. A visitor to the Qutab Minar could also see the mausoleum of Kaki, Shamsi Talao and some other mosques. The Slave dynasty ruled until 1290, among them was Razia Sultan who ruled for just three years, but became a historic figure for being the first empress in India.
- Vasant Kunj – Tomb of Sultan Ghari: The octagonal tomb of Nasir ud din Mahmud, son of Mamluk dynasty ruler, Iltutmish is also situated in the area near Rangpuri. The tomb built by Iltutmish in 1231, after his son's death in 1229. The fortified structure, which surrounds the tomb and the inner chamber (crypt) of the tomb itself, are one of finest examples of Mamluk dynasty architecture, which also include the Qutub Minar in Mehrauli.
- Siri - Qutuddin Aibaq's 'Slave Dynasty' was followed by the line of Khilji (or Khalji) rulers. The most prominent among the six rulers was Allauddin who extended the kingdom to the south of Narmada and also established the city of 'Siri'. Among some of the remaining ruins, is part of the Siri Fort in the greater Hauz Khas area. The madrasa at Hauz Khas was constructed during Allauddin's reign and bears the stamp of West Asian architecture. Hauz Khas is more often visited today for the chic botiques and restaurants.
- Tughlakabad - Exactly as it happens during the fall of a lineage of kings, after the Khilji's there was administrative chaos for sometime as the last Khilji ruler was slain by Nasruddin Mohammed. Ghiyasuddin Tughlaq (a Turk governor) invaded Delhi in the 1320s, started the Tughlaq dynasty, and founded the city of Tughlakabad, the ruins of which still remain. His descendant Muhammad Bin Tughlaq raised the fort walls, created another city called Jahapanah (which enclosed the area between Siri and Qila Rai Pithora). Tughlakabad continued, however, to be the main capital city. Muhammad Bin Tughlaq is also known as the mad king for wanting to move the capital from Delhi to Daulatabad (now near Aurangabad in Maharashtra) and making the entire population travel, only to return in a few years because of water shortage in the new town.
- Firozabad - Muhammad Bin Tughlaq's son, Firoze created the next city which was called Firozabad or Firoze Shah Kotla. There still are some ruins which are visible around the cricket stadium by the same name. The city was an enclosed a large area, and contained many palaces, mosques, pillared halls, and multi-floored water tank. Firoze Shah also planted a 1500 year old Ashokan Pillar on top of the palace. This pillar was originally planted in Meerut by Samrat Ashok.Feroze Shah, also repaired many of the older construction in Delhi including Ghori's tomb, Qutub Minar,Suraj Kund and Hauz Khas. He, himself, was buried inside a lofty tomb in Hauz Khas. Quite like earlier, after Feroze Shah's death, the sultnate became unstable and weak, and was invaded by Taimur the Lame (from Samarkhand) who created havoc in the city by looting, killing, raping and plundering. The Sayyids and Lodhis who ruled Delhi after the Tughlaq's paid more attention to re-establishing miltiary and political stability to the kingdom. The only relevant architecture visible from this period are the tombs at Lodhi Gardens. The last of the Lodhi's was defeated by Babur in the first battle of Panipat. Babur then proceeded to establish the Mughal dynasty.
- Shergarh - Babur's son Humayun ruled the kingdom for a few years only to be defeated by Sher Shah Suri (1540), who established the new city Shergarh (on the ruins of Dinpanah, built by Humayun) towards the north and near the river. Shergarh is what you see at Purana Qila today, near the Delhi zoo. After Humayun came back to power, he completed the construction and proceeded to rule from Shergarh.
- Shahjahanabad - the next of the Mughal emperors chose to move away from Delhi and established Agra as the capital of their kingdom. Shahjahan (Humayun's great-grandson) returned to Delhi and established Shahjahanabad. This included the Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and all that in enclosed within the walls of Old Delhi. This wall is still around in many parts and three of the six gates (Delhi gate, Lahori Gate, Turkman Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Kashmiri Gate, Mori Gate)to Delhi still exist. Kashmiri Gate was reconstructed and widened by the British after the 1857 revolt.
- Lutyen's New Delhi - The final city as you see today expanded from what Sir Edwin Lutyens. The population of Delhi is a heterogeneous mix of people originally belonging to different parts of North India and beyond. Among the prominent North Indian communities are the Punjabis. Delhi also has a prominent South Indian Community, primarily in areas like Karol Bagh, RK Puram, Mayur Vihar and Munirka. A Bengali Settlement, the Chittaranjan Park in south Delhi is the Mini Calcutta of Delhi. Quality education also draws students from different states, making up one of the most diverse student populations in the country.
To be noted is the fact that the descendants of the builders of Delhi's many Muslim monuments no longer stay in Delhi. Most of them migrated to Pakistan during the Partition, with only a small, ever-diminishing community in Old Delhi keeping old courtly traditions alive.
The climate in Delhi goes through five distinct seasons. Winter, from mid-December to late January, is cold (the temperature drops to near freezing at night though the days are warm) and is notorious for the thick fog that hangs over the city resulting in cancelled flights and delayed trains. Spring in Delhi, in the months of February and March is pleasant with warm days and cool evenings. The hot season, April through June, is uncomfortably hot with soaring temperatures (going as high as 45°C/110°F). Temperatures moderate during the monsoon (rainy) season (July through September) but it is humid. October brings Fall and warm days with relatively cool nights.
- Food Tour in Delhi, ☎ +919810645418, e-mail: email@example.com. Take a tour of authentic Indian food in Delhi and other cities of India. Enjoy local Indian food as it's prepared and enjoyed by locals. The food tours include facilities such as unlimited food & drinks, transport in air conditioned vehicles, guides with good communication skills and more. Each tour covers food, city walk, sightseeing and urban exploration in one package. Learn how to cook Indian food, take a full day adventure tour, explore hidden and less known corners of the city in a tour. It's the top ranked culinary tour in Tripadvisor's list of things to do in New Delhi.
- DLF Emporio is a shopping mall situated in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi owned by one of the largest Indian industrialists Ishaan Chhabra. It is one of the first truly zoned luxury malls to open in India. It is also one of the most expensive malls in the country with rental rates of Rs.900-Rs.1,000 per sq. ft. per month. The mall, which has been said to be amongst the most luxurious in Asia, is near the exclusive residential area of Vasant Vihar.The mall has been designed by architect Mohit Gujral and Chandu Chadha in Italian marble, burnished wood, and gleaming brass detailing. DLF Emporio has four floors including Ground Floor and comprises an area of 320,000-square-foot (30,000 m2). The mall features over 170 brands including 75 International Brands. It was developed by DLF Universal and opened in August 2008. Recently the promoters also opened a 180 seater high end restaurant called setz with a bar, lounge and section style seating serving 7 International cuisines.
- Take a walk at Connaught Place (CP), the heart of New Delhi. The British-designed colonial equivalent of a shopping mall, it's laid out in two concentric rings divided into blocks, all bursting with shops and lots of pampered pigeons waddling about. Long neglected, the area received a major shot in the arm after the opening of the major Metro junction of Rajiv Chowk under it, and it's going more upmarket by the day. At the centre is a small but pleasant park, while on one edge is the notorious Palika Bazaar, an underground den of cheap wares, many pirated or smuggled from overseas. The area is surrounded by tall office buildings on nearly all sides. Train fans will want to check out the Metro Museum inside the (Patel Chowk) station, open 10AM-4PM, Tue-Sun (free with valid Metro ticket). Quite simply the best place to hang out!
Parks and gardens
- Mughal Garden, Rashtrapati Bhawan, Raisina Hills (Central Secretariat Metro Station). 30 days in a year (Feb-Mar). The Mughal Garden, that reside in President House is very popular
- Garden of Five Senses, Mehrauli-Badarpur Road (Saket Metro Station).
- Kalindi Kunj.
- Lodhi Garden. Is a peaceful park in the heart of New Delhi. Lodhi garden is ideal for morning walks in the hot season and for afternoon strolls and picnics during the cooler months.
- National Zoological Park (NZP), Mathura Road, ☎ +91 11 2435 8500. 9:30AM-4PM (Closed Friday). The Delhi Zoo is a very large and sprawling park dedicated to preserving the rich biodiversity of the country. This park may be the only chance of seeing a tiger or elephant for some travellers. Be prepared to do a lot of walking . Foreigner: ₹ 100, Indian: ₹ 20.
- Nehru Park, Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri (Race Course Metro Station 1.5km east). Is a large park in the new Delhi neighborhood of Chankayapuri, lying in the southwest.
- Deer Park (in Hauz Khas Village, Green park metro station 1.5km east). is a fantastic park for a relaxing time in Delhi. There are great eateries near this park and has Tomb of Firoz Shah Tughlaq at one of its corners. It even has a pool inside that can be used for boating.
- Select Citywalk is a premier shopping mall located in the Saket District Centre, in Saket, New Delhi.Select Citywalk is located in the Saket District Centre, in one of the upcoming middle-class neighborhood of Saket in south Delhi. It is the first large-scale shopping mall to open in south Delhi and is the first of four major malls that are planned for the Saket District Centre. The other neighboring malls include the MGF Metropolitan Mall and the DLF Courtyard.The mall is divided into three broad zones: Staple Traditional (family), Celebration (centre-stage) and High Voltage (youth). There are eight anchor tenants including Goodearth Verandah, Pantaloons, Crossword Bookstore, Mothercare, Arcelia, and Home Stop. The mall also has 125 stores representing over 500 major Indian and international brands of clothes and apparels including Aldo, Nine West, Charles & Keith, Calvin Klein, Esprit, French Connection, Gant, Guess, Kipling, La Senza, Levi's, Mango, Next, Pepe Jeans, Replay, Tommy Hilfiger, and United Colors of Benetton. In addition, there are stores by Clinique, Lancôme, L'Occitane, MAC and The Body Shop. The mall houses Esprit's 12,000 sq ft (1,100 m2). flagship store for Delhi, along with a 3,000 sq ft (280 m2). Tommy Hilfiger flagship store, and Calvin Klein's first stand-alone store in India, featuring CK Jeans and CK Underwear. The mall has a 10,000 sq ft (930 m2). multi-cuisine food court, Food Talk, on the second floor, along with several restaurants including The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Pizza Hut, Chicago Pizza and KFC. The mall also houses a PVR Cinemas multiplex, which comprises six screens including 2 gold classes and has a total seating capacity of 1,235. There is also a 100,000 sq ft (9,300 m2) outdoor open plaza, Sanskriti, for art festivals, fairs, exhibitions, performances, and al fresco dining. The plaza is landscaped extensively in timber, water, stone and steel and has an open–air amphitheater, along with trees and water features. The traffic is maddening on weekends and parking places are really limited
Delhiites complain about many things in their city, but the food will satisfy even the most demanding gourmet. Not only can you find some of the best Indian food on the subcontinent, there is also an increasing number of excellent (if often pricey) international restaurants offering cuisine from around the world. When ordering, do remember that Delhi is about 1,000 km from the nearest ocean, so vegetarian, chicken and mutton dishes are the way to go.
Do visit Paranthe Wali Gali in Chandni Chowk. This street has shops that make and sell solely parathas (stuffed Indian bread). These are available in all the possible flavours and stuffing you may imagine, with hundreds of varieties from bitter-gourd to ice cream.
Delhi has arguably the best street food in India. However, do not eat unhygenic or open food. There are plenty of restaurants offering street food in a potentially more hygenic environment.
You can join local groups of foodies who go out regularly to sample and savor what new and old dishes the city has to offer. If you want a fully customized food tour tailored specifically for you, then Food Tour In Delhi  is a good choice. The guests can explore street food of Delhi in a fun and safe manner. Their tours cover food joints which are in business for 50 to 120 years and serve some of the best street food in world. The tours cover winding streets of Old Delhi as well as swanky upscale markets located all over the city. The food tours are lead by chefs and culinary experts with extensive experience and offer facilities such as pickup and drop, unlimited food which covers all major varieties of food available in city. Another one of the most active groups is Food Enthusiasts of Delhi . They organize regular food walks, better known as Raids to various parts and joints in the city. Its a non-commercial group, brought together by passion and love for food. If you are looking for professionally run setups, Delhi Food Adventure  runs commercial food walks exclusively for tourists. If walking around looking for good food is not your thing, have a look at some of the Delhi-centric food and eating out blogs, such as Dilli Daawat .
The best place to go for chaat is the Bengali Market (near Mandi House Metro Stn) near Connaught Place in the center of town. The restaurants are high quality and the food is great. There are ATMs as well. One of the best known restaurants there is Nathu's. But for the really good chaat you have to make your way to Old Delhi, and particularly to Ashok's near Chawri Bazaar. While connoisseurs insist that the best chaat is prepared on the street, most travellers try to find a comfortable middle ground between hygiene and authenticity.
- Andhra Pradesh Bhavan Canteen, Ashok Road (near Man Singh Road). Open for lunch and dinner this is a favorite of local Delhi foodies who are looking for an authentic Andhra meal. They serve all you can eat veg/non-veg thalis for ₹ 80-150. For carnivores, you have a variety of non-veg options (chicken/fish/mutton) but the mutton fry is recommended. The service is quick and efficient (slipshod and aggressive), and the joint crowded and noisy. Another favorite is the Karnataka Bhavan canteen beside Ansal Plaza near Mool Chand offering all possible South India food.
- Haldiram's, 1454/2 Chandni Chowk (just west of the fountain) and other outlets around town, . This is a famous manufacturer of Indian snacks and sweets that has now gone global. This always-packed, two-story outlet in the heart of Chandni Chowk was its first in Delhi and dates back to 1924. The ground floor houses a vast array of sweet and sticky Indian confections, while the first floor has a popular vegetarian restaurant. This is a great place to try authentic and hygienic Delhi chaat and other Indian snack foods. Try the Raj Kachori, a mixture of different types of stuffing with sweetened yogurt and chutneys in an oversized hollow dough shell. All chaat is under ₹ 50, or you can get a full daily thali for ₹ 90. Choley Bhature, and the various Dosas are great options to try as well from their Southern Indian selection. Be sure to save room for dessert, as Haldiram's offers some of the best rasmalai, rasgullah, gulab jamun, and other tasty delights in India.
- Tadka, 4986, Ram Dwara Rd, Nehru Bazar, Paharganj, (side road off of Main Bazaar). A notably clean restaurant by Paharganj standards. Serves only vegetarian food, a full thali for ₹ 60. Their tea is really good and their most popular dish is paneer masala.
- Nangarg, Rajgur Marg Road (side road off of Main Bazaar), Paharganj. A really good hole-in-the-wall restaurant that serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian food for about ₹ 60. The workers there are genuinely good people, which can be hard to find in this area. You'll have more luck finding a sign that says "Veg-Nonveg" than their actual restaurant sign.
- Bitto Tikki Wala, (also known as BTW), Netaji Subhash Place, Pitampura. The best aloo tikki (potato and vegetable burger) available in town. It has a branch in Sarita Vihar, Near Apollo Hospital and Badarpur border. It has branches all over the city now, in shopping areas.
- Amritsari Kulcha Wala, Paschim Vihar Red Light, (near Jwala Heri Market). If you are into amritsari kulcha, you probably can't miss this. People on dieting beware: the amount of butter that the vendor puts in is huge. However, without it you will not enjoy the Amritsari Kulcha so much. It is kind of a road side dhaba or shack. ₹ 60 for two kulchas is what he charges. It is actually on Outer Ring Road, Adjoining to a park wall. You can ask anybody about the Kulcha wala and they will be able to tell you the direction in Paschim Vihar/Meera Vihar Outer Ring Rd.
- Egg parantha Wala, Lajpat Nagar, (opposite to Surya hotel). This guy owns a shack and has been running the parantha business for ages.
- Kake Di Hatti, Chandni Chowk near Old Delhi Railway Station. The most extensive varieties of naans(Indian bread) you will find in Delhi. They make the biggest and best tasting naans for your money.
You will find McDonalds, KFC, Subway and Pizza Hut scattered at various locations in malls and throughout the city. The Indian menu without beef and with lots of veggie options can be interesting even if you would otherwise steer clear. ₹ 100 for a full serve.
- Club India Cafe, 4797, 2nd floor, 6 Tooti Chowk, Paharganj, (next to vegetable market). Don't be put off by the cramped stairway up. This is a clean and bright little haven of peace with birds-eye views of the chaos below. The menu spans the gamut but the thing to try is the Japanese food, prepared under the watchful eye of the Japanese owner. ₹ 100-200.
- Karim's, ☎ +91 11 2326 9880. Jama Masjid, Gali Kababian. As you'd expect from a restaurant on Kebab Lane, the name of the game here is Mughal-style meat (mutton and chicken), served up since 1913 and still going strong. Get here down a little alley just South of the Jama Masjid southern entrance (past the auto supplies market). Favorites include badam pasanda (boneless mutton cooked with yogurt, almonds and spices) and chicken noor jahan, but if you're really hungry, try Tandoori Bakra; an entire stuffed goat for ₹ 4,500, 24 hr notice and down payment is required. And a style tip, some of the dishes have huge puddles of oil on top, which you're supposed to drain off before eating. Under ₹ 200 at the original; more at the branches.
- Moti Mahal Delux. Many outlets throughout the city. Famous for their tandoori chicken and North Indian food. Their family-sized naan is delicious and the size of a 4 year old child. Home of where the original Dal Makhani, Butter Chicken, and many of the other dishes now highly popular in the UK were first created.
- Nirula's, ☎ +91 11 2332 2419. L-Block, Connaught Place. India's answer to McDonald's, this serves both Indian and Western fare. Has many other branches throughout the country.
- Sagar Ratna Shop No 24, Defence Colony Market, Defence Colony. ☎ +91 11 2433 3815, +91 11 2155 1097 – Considered by many to be the best place for authentic South Indian food, Sagar does justice to the reputation. The menu features dosas, idlis, vadas, uttapams, rasam and thalis. A/C. There's likely to be a queue for seats during peak hours and definitely on Tues nights. The upmarket version at Sagar Ratna, Ashok Hotel, 50-B Chanakyapuri, ☎ +91 11 2611 0101, is quieter, better laid out and more expensive. Both also have many other branches.
- Saravana Bhavan. 46 Janpath, ☎ +91 11 2331 7755, +91 11 2331 6060. A good South Indian joint located in Janpath very close to Connaught Place. They are a Chennai chain operating in Delhi. If you go at lunch time, prepare to wait a while. The various dosas are recommended, as well as the thalis (meals) and the sweet dishes.
- Sri Balaji Restaurant, 17A/41, W.E.A. Gurudwara Road, Karol Bagh, serves North and South Indian food for good prices, but offers only vegetarian food.
- Pindi or Havemore are recommended at Pandara Park if on a tight budgets.
- Khan Chacha, 50 Khan Market. A roomali rolls and kababs restaurant serving chicken, mutton, paneer (cottage cheese) and also rolls. Very popular with local people.
- Bukhara, Maurya Sheraton, Regularly tops the charts as India's best restaurant (and certainly among the priciest), the roast lamb and the Bukhara Dal here are legendary. Always make reservations or be ready to stand in a queue, similar to queues at an airport for about 2 hr. ₹ 2,000+.
- Chor Bizarre. Hotel Broadway, 4/15A Asaf Ali Rd. Now franchised worldwide, the original restaurant serves Kashmiri food in an eclectic surrounding like a chor bazaar (thieves market). The buffet is laid out inside an old car. ₹ 300-400 for each dish. A bit on the pricey side (relatively for India), but worth 1 splurge meal. If going by foot, look out for the Delhi Stock Exchange on same strip 0.5km from here.
- Naivedyam, East Patel Nagar, (opposite Jaypee Siddharth Hotel), Offers quality South Indian meals and service at great prices.
- Punjabi by Nature, Rajouri Garden, MGF City Square Mall (Lifestyle). One of Delhi's best-known Punjabi restaurants. ₹ 800 or so, more if you order seafood.
- Delhi Food Adventure. Old Delhi. 3-4 hr tour of many of the best dishes in Old Delhi, reservations required, one of Delhi's top rated tours. ₹ 1500 per person.
- T.L.R. Cafe & Kitchen, 31 Hauz Khas Village, (near Green Park and Aurobindo Place in South Delhi'). . Popular among tourists, expats and locals. Continental menu featuring a variety of pastas and panini's. Kitchen open 11AM-11PM daily. Also Spanish, Moroccan and American styles, plus desserts and drinks.
- The Big Chill, Khan Market and East of Kailash, is popular with a young crowd for great smoothies, ice creams, cheesecakes and Italian food. Expect a waiting line during lunch at Saturdays.
- Slice of Italy,(near M2k Pitampura (North Delhi) and various other locations in Delhi) Italian style food.
- Flavours of Italy, (near the Moolchand flyover).
- Little Italy, Defence Colony Market.
- Amici Cafe, Middle Lane, Khan Market, Delhi
- The West View, Maurya Sheraton. Italian style food.
- Olive, near the Qutub Minar. Italian style food.
- Diva, Greater Kailash Pt.2. Italian style food.
- San Gimignano, Imperial Hotel, Italian style food.
- La Piazza, Hyatt Regency. Italian style restaurant.
- Satoria, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar, South Delhi. Italian style food, great pizzas, carpaccio, pasta and wines. Mains are about ₹ 500.
- Barbeque Nation. B-1 623, Opp. District Center, Janakpuri. Offers an option where customers can make their food on their personal grills, which are embedded in each table. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian BBQ starters, a main course buffet, soups, salads, desserts and a variety of liquors.
- Pirates of Grills, C-12, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden, ('Rajouri Garden metro'). Same concept as Barbeque Nation, Janakpuri
- Mamagoto, Khan Market, One of Delhi's most popular Japanese restaurants, the fun manga style interiors and great food are a great experience.
- Enoki. The Grand, Nelson Mandela Rd, Vasant Kunj-II. Pseudo-rustic yakitori (Japanese chicken kebab) restaurant offering fairly authentic food, including a limited range of sushi and sake. ₹ 1,000+.
- Sakura. Hotel Metropolitan, Bangla Sahib Marg. Japanese style restaurant, carries the tag of being one of the most expensive restaurants in India.
- Side Wok, Khan Market. Japanese, Chinese and other Asian food. Some choice of sushi. Beautiful decor. No alcohol. Mains about ₹ 400.
- Felafel Man, Main Bazaar, Paharganj. (About a 10 min walk down Main Bazaar from New Delhi train station). Small shop selling falafel rolls and sabeekh. Multilingualcook, the rolls come with hummus, tahini and mineral water washed vegies. Don't forget to wash it down with the seasonal fruit lassi, so thick it takes some effort to suck it up the straws.
Delhiites have eagerly adopted Thai food into their culinary pantheon, although the recipes and ingredients are often rather Indianised.
- EGO Thai, Friends Colony Market.
- Culinaire, Greater Kailash 2
- Chilli Seasons, Lodhi Colony market
- Thai High, ☎ +91 11 26644289. Mehrauli. Should go at night for a view of the lit up Qutab Minar.
- The Kitchen, Khan Market ☎ +91 11 4175 7960, +91 11 4175 7961
- Turquoise Cottage, ☎ +91 11 2685 3896. 81/3 Adhchini, Sri Aurobindo Marg, South Delhi. True to the name, the decor is turquoise and stylishly rustic, but the food is Thai-Chinese and, while somewhat adapted to Indian tastes, quite tasty. Also check out the popular The Other Side bar downstairs. Reservations recommended. ₹ 500.
Tibetan Food, (near Shivaji Stadium-which actually is a bus stand, Connaught Place). Tibetan food, run by Tibetan refugees.
After Indian Cuisine, Chinese is Delhi's second most popular cuisine. For a long time, only Indianised Chinese was available, but high-quality options are available today.
- Mainland China, Vishal Enclave, Rajouri Garden metro station. Oriental/Chinese cuisine. Other branches at Greater Kailash 2 and Saket
- The Yum Yum Tree, ☎ +91 11 4260 2020. As much as a fantasy-land as an eatery, it's easily one of the largest Chinese restaurants in the city. The influence here is from Singapore, and the Dim Sum Menu is good. The cuisine here is extremely high quality. Sectioned into separate areas. The Grill for a quick lunch, or the more formal dining area for dinner. Includes a funky bar called New Friends Colony.
- Rice Bowl 18/31 East Patel Nagar Market, New Delhi – Chinese/Oriental food.
- Nan King, Chinese food in a nice location with a private lounge. Good for groups or a special occasion.
- Gung The Palace, Ground floor. D-1B, Green Park, South Delhi. A very up-market place with good food. 1st floor features a live karaoke, but the ground floor is the place to be. Book in advance for the ground floor.
- Afghan Restaurant, H-7, Krishna Market, (near Gurdwara, Lajpat Nagar I). Owned &: run by members of the Afghani community settled in the area. Very tasty biryani.
- The Lazeez Hotel And Restaurant, I-87,Afghan Restaurant, (near Centeral Market, Lajpat Nagar II). Owned &: run by members of the Afghani community settled in the area.
- Iraqi Food - E-178, Lajpat Nagar-I.
- Picante Mexican Grill, Building 10C, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon. A great place to enjoy Californian style Mexican food. Amazing Burritos.
Delhi's nightlife scene has undergone a total transformation in the last decade. There are plenty of modern, cosmopolitan joints out to separate you from your rupees. In a desperate attempt to keep the sex ratio vaguely equitable, many lounges and clubs have couples only policies (that is, no single men or men-only groups), enforced with varying degrees of strictness. While everything is theoretically to shut down by 1AM things can keep going much longer.
Coffee / tea
- The coffee culture in Delhi consists mostly of large, heavily standardised chains. The two most common, Barista and Cafe Coffee Day, can be found in multiple locations across the city, most notably around Connaught Place. The partly UK-based Costa Coffee has also made a recent foray into the market.
- Independent coffee shops are harder to find in Delhi, but they do exist, and are well worth seeking out.
- Aap ki Pasand Tea Shop, Sterling House, 15 Netaji Subhash Marg, Daryaganj (opposite the post office, walking distance from Red Fort), ☎ +91 11 2326 0373. . A great place to sample Indian chai and the exotic Darjeeling and Assam teas and purchase the same. Located in an old colonial era building, its teas have been savored by Bill Clinton, Gorbachov, Koizumi and are taken as official state gifts of India.
Indian bar food, hookah and an amazing lounge experience. The crowd that frequents these two places is young, hip and trendy.
- Hookah, ☎ +91 11 4166 3522. Basant Lok (in Priya Cinema complex), Vasant Vihar. 3 level bar-restaurant offering surprisingly good (but pricy) Middle Eastern food. They offer a wide range of drinks and an even wider range of flavored water pipes. There is no outdoor seating, nor do they offer hot drinks.
- Toast by Lazeez Affaire, Rajouri Garden, West Gate Mall (level III). Great collection of flavored tobacco sheesha, and drinks, international food, Greek, French, pan European and Indian cuisines.
- Mocha, Defense Colony.
- Ziya- The Morockin Cafe, ☎ +91 92 1263 1306-1-2. This is a chain of neuvo Middle Eastern cafes that offers a wide range of drinks and food (not to mention the flavored tobacco). Budget prices.
- Xes Cafe, Saket, DLF South Court Mall. Xes Café brings the quintessential Coffee Shop experience out of the 5 Stars! Honest to goodness wholesome food with an eclectic Bar Menu. It is casual but yet elegant. And Rocking Music.
- Aqua, Poolside bar at the Park Hotel (close to Connaught Place), has a lounge atmosphere and an extensive drinks list.
- Toast, Bar & Grill by Lazeez Affaire, Rajouri Garden, West Gate Mall (Level III). Flavored tobacco sheesha, drinks, international food, Greek, French, pan-European and Indian cuisines.
- Aura, (at the Claridges).
- Decibel, Chanakyapuri. One of two clubs in the Samrath Hotel next to the Ashok Hotel. ₹ 500 cover charge.
- IndoChine's Forbidden City, South Delhi (Lado Sarai, adjacent to Qutab Golf Course). Singapore chain that opened in Delhi in 2007. Madame Butterfly restaurant upstairs serves very good Chinese food. The BarSaVanh loungebar is downstairs, very cool ambience outside. Meal for two around ₹ 3,000.
- T.L.R., 31 Hauz Khas Village www.tlrcafe.com. Delhi's cozy, arty refuge for tourists, expats and locals comes alive in the evenings. Live bands, DJ nights and pub quiz.
- Orange, (Ashoka Hotel). Nightclub.
- Elevate. Noida (adjoining South Delhi).
- F Bar & Lounge (by Fashion TV), Chanakyapuri. (in the Hotel Ashok). Trendy bar and night club. Claimed to be the largest bar in Delhi in 2008). Cover charge is redeemable against drinks. Fri, Sat is ₹ 3,000, free on Wed before 10PM.
- The Other Side, ☎ +91 11 2685 396. 81/3 Adhchini (basement of Turquoise Cottage), Sri Aurobindo Marg. Ssmoky brick-walled basement covered with Western memorabilia. Eclectic music with an emphasis on rock, expect anything from Beatles to AC/DC. It is a good crowd, particularly on Wednesday's media nights. ₹ 500 minimum for drinks and food. Couples only.
- Shalom, N-block market, GK-1. Cool Mediterranean-themed lounge bar/restaurant with chill-out music.
- Urban Pind/Bar/Cafe, Greater Kailash I (GK-1), block N, number 4. Bar/lounge on 3 floors. Regular events like Salsa, open bar for ₹ 720, electro night, great expat nights.
- Manre, Bar/lounge, Saket Market, City Mall. Open bar on Thursday for ₹ 800.
Gay and lesbian Delhi
- Amigo, Bar
- Peppers, Bar.
It is, however, worth mentioning that homosexuality is still illegal in India and hence, such places, due to their fluid and underground nature are not possible to be listed.
Delhi is a shopper's heaven, but only if you're not afraid to haggle and bump elbows in bazaars. Western-style malls and shopping emporiums are popping up across the city especially in Gurgaon, Noida and South Delhi, but don't expect a traditional or uniquely Indian shopping experience. Until a few years ago, all shops closed on Sunday. While rules have been relaxed, many districts such as Connaught Place are still mostly shuttered. Saturday is the main shopping day and hence also the most crowded.
Start your shopping tour of Delhi with a visit to Connaught Place, a rather unique cross between a European shopping arcade, an Indian bazaar and an upmarket shopping mall. At the intersection of the Yellow and Blue Lines of the Delhi Metro, it's easy to get to. With all shops laid out in 2 circles, it's easy to get around and explore.
- Aap ki Pasand, ☎ +91 11 23260373. Tea Shop, Sterling House, 15 Netaji Subhash Marg, Daryaganj (Opposite the post office, walking distance from Red Fort), . A great place to sample Indian chai and the exotic Darjeeling and Assam teas and buy tea in handcrafted fabric bags. Located in an old colonial era building, its teas have been savored by Bill Clinton, Gorbachov, Koizumi and are taken as official state gifts of India.
Delhi is rapidly becoming a 'mall crazy' city with a variety of large and luxury shopping malls:
- DLF Emporio - Located in Vasant Kunj, South Delhi, Emporio is perhaps India's most luxuriant mall. You'll find 3 floors of international designer brands such as Armani, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Gucci, Chanel and Salvatore Ferragamo, as well as a number of Indian designers such as Tarun Tahliani, Manish Arora, Rohit Bal and Satya Paul. Emporio also houses one of New Delhi's most popular new restautrants, Set'z (formerly Zest), a chic dining experience with over seven different cuisines to choose from. Adjacent and connected to Emporio are a further two malls; DLF Promenade and Ambience Vasant Kunj.
- Malls of Saket - Saket has recently become a major urban shopping hub with a vast complex comprising of several different malls. The central hub of this complex is the mall Select Citywalk consisting of international and local brands. However other malls in the complex include, MGF Metropolitan and DLF Place.
- Ambience Mall, Gurgaon, it is one of the biggest malls in Delhi with a radius of 1 km of each floor, however it is in Gurgaon, which may be considered as on the border of Delhi, it can be reached by car or by bus. This mall has international as well as Indian brands and is a must go for people who love shopping.
- Connaught Place – The landmark and historical shopping arcade of Delhi. Many Western-style shops are here that have nice products for Indian prices.
- Paharganj market, – Oriented toward backpackers, this strip of shops sells items such as Indian perfumes, shawls, tablas, rugs, jewelry, etc. This is right opposite New Delhi Railway.
- Kamla Nagar - Located right next to Delhi University's North campus, the affluent market provides possibly all shopping experiences right from high end brands to the street side shops and some rich palatable delights to have the perfect shopping day out.
- Rajouri Garden Market - Excellent place to shop for wedding as well as everyday clothing.
- Central Market, Lajpat Nagar – Middle-class Indians do their shopping here. Great deals for apparel, whether ethnic Indian or otherwise.
- Sarojini Nagar market is great for export surplus garments, and green grocery.
- Khan Market is where the foreign diplomats and Tibetan lama's go for lunch and to shop for dog supplies, groceries (great choice of vegetables), clothes (upper class Indian style, not expensive, Fabindia and Anohki for women's clothing), housewares (Good Earth), jewelry/accessories, and books (many bookshops).
- Janpath is a bargain-hunter's dream and just a two minute walk from Connaught place. Think of it as a vast flea market, where you can get all kinds of knick-knacks and clothes. Janpath is not a place for those unwilling or unable to bargain ruthlessly. Also, as in any flea market, quality will vary greatly. There are also some bookshops.
- Karol Bagh, West Delhi Market known for traditional Indian Wear, sarees and shawls. Huge area and big brand showrooms.
- Palika Bazaar, Connaught Place – This is a large underground market in the center of Connaught Place. The air here is bad and the quality of products low. One can hunt for DVDs, VCDs and Audio CDs of Hindi, English and a few regional and foreign language films and PC-based games.
- Chandni Chowk, Metro Yellow Line. The heart of Old Delhi, this is the place to go for the full-on Indian experience of crowded, twisting alleys and tiny shops. The Fountain serves as a useful orientation point, and there are great Delhi-style snacks to be found in the vicinity too (see Eat).
- Khari Baoli walking away from the Red Fort through Chandni Chowk will lead you here, which is the main spice market in Old Dehli where most restaurants shop from. Great place to buy individual spices (especially cardamom in bulk), masala chai mix, and various masala mixes for vegetables, meat, fish, meat, chicken, and rice. Afghan Store (lot# 6553, ☎ +91 98 73736846, +98 71232629.
- Meena Bazar (Eastward from Jama Masjid). a popular flea market with antiques (and not-so-antiques) — it's also known as Chor Bazar or "Thieves' Market," so hold onto your wallet and don't believe every claim you hear.
- Cycle Market. Deals not just in bicycles, but in cameras as well.
- Cottage Emporium, located near Connaught Place, is the main government-run location for selling handicrafts from all over the country. The prices are a little more than what you'd find if you went bargain hunting, but you can shop in air-conditioned comfort and all of the sales people speak English. The quality of items is quite good. You can pay with credit cards. Nirula Bazar is one such place that is located in Gole Market, a 15min walk West of Connaught Place. Be sure to try a number of the shops in this area as all are selling similar goods. They will try to sell you is a hand-made Kashmiri rug.
- The state emporium is the state's equivalent of a Cottage. They are all located on Baba Kharak Singh Marg, one of the radial streets coming off of Connaught Place, and each state specializes in certain kinds of crafts. Some are better priced than others, and you can bargain a little. Many of them will take credit cards.
- Dilli Haat, South Delhi (INA Market stn, Metro Yellow Line). Crafts fairs happen here every week. It is a wonderful place to get crafts from all over the country. What is distinctive here is that the artists themselves come to sell their goods, so your money goes directly to them, rather than to middlemen. Some bargaining may be necessary if you want the best price. Prices are higher than elsewhere, but the modest entry fee keeps out beggars, ripoff artists, and most touts. Many visitors find the mellow atmosphere worth the extra cost of shopping here. It also has a section called Foods of India. This has a huge number of restaurants, each showcasing the food of a particular state of India. (Most of them give a mix of Chinese and Indian food, but state delicacies are also included). This section is a must-go for the foodie-cum-tourist.
- Handicrafts and Natural Products Emporium or R. Expo House, located in Paharganj near the New Delhi Railway Station, is one of the largest and oldest emporiums of handicrafts and herbal products in Delhi. It was founded in 1932 and provides it's visitors with a large variety of gift items from different parts of India. Textiles, handmade crafts and furniture made by artists and craftsman are sold at affordable prices. Ayurvedic and plant remedies, herbal soap, shampoos, oils and natural fragrances are also manufactured. This complex of 2 four-storeyed buildings is welcoming and a popular place for foreign visitors to Delhi.
- Sarojini Nagar, One of the biggest and famous market in South Delhi adjacent to Central Government employees flats
- The Crafts Museum also sells some handicrafts.
- Fabindia (in Connaught Place, Vasant Kunj and Khan Market). A popular store for high quality traditional clothing that caters to foreigners with a Western style store that is inside, with fixed prices, and no haggling.
- Anokhi. Women's clothing, childen's wear, men's wear, and some home goods. In Khan Market and Santushti Shopping Complex with discount store in Nizamuddin East Market (enter gate #9).
- Ansal Plaza, Mall and a favorite shopping haunt for the local middle/upper class and it is in South Delhi. This is a great place to get bargains on international brand clothing and jeans (as these tend to be 30-50% cheaper than in the West depending on the brand and time of year). The mall also houses many Indian and Western eateries (including McDonald's). International brands like Guess, Marks & Spencer, United Colors of Benetton, Lacoste and Apple have retail outlets here.
- Rajouri Garden, Famous shopping area in New Delhi. Located in the western suburbs on the metro line, Rajouri Garden houses the largest Malls complex in the city of New Delhi. It offers a variety of clothing brands both national and international such as United Colors of Benetton, Levi Strauss, Marks & Spencer, Bossini, etc.
- South Extension, Shopping mecca in South Delhi but it is not a single mall. It is spread out over a large area and many international brands have stores here. International brands include the likes of Mango, Nautica, United Colors of Benetton, Levis, etc.
- Karol Bagh, Reputed to be the largest shopping area in Asia with 20,000 shops and traders. There are many tailors experienced in western styles (suits etc.). There is also a growing number of hotels here.
- Sarojini Nagar Market, Reputed to be the largest outdoor, pedestrianized shopping area in Delhi. Huge bargains on all sorts of western and Indian wear. It is known by expatriate teens as THE shopping area for affordable current hip fashion trends. If you are lucky, you can also get many reputed western brands here (export surplus). It is also a great market for fresh fruits, vegetables and household goods.
- Nehru Place. An IT hardware market complex and a perfect place for finding gadgets at very cheap rates. It is also a huge marketplace for both pirated and original software. Any computer-related accessory can be found here, but parking is a monumental problem. Beware of congestion and pickpockets. Open Mon-Sat.
- Wazirpur Commercial Complex - Located in Wazirpur Industrial Area - The prices are competitive and around that prevailing in Nehru Place.
- District Centre, Janak Puri (Janak Puri West Metro Station), Also known as mini Nehru Place. You will get computer goods quite close to the prices available in Nehru Place. Parking is not big a problem. Generally, open seven days a week.
The Indian book industry is huge, producing annually about 15,000 books in English, and obviously far more in Hindi and other native languages. Delhi is hub of this industry, so small, specialist bookstores abound. Locally produced books can be very inexpensive and many popular Western titles are published and available here for a fraction of their original cost.
- Khan Market, This is a shopping area for local diplomats. There are many book shops here that have a wide selection at reasonable prices.
- Mid Land Bookshop, South Extension and Aurbindo Place. Very similar to bookshops in Khan Market, but at better prices.
- Galgotia and Sons, Cannaught Place. A more disorganized bookstore, but with an excellent variety of books available at excellent prices.
- The Bookworm, Connaught Place. If you are more adventurous and want a 'localized' experience with the best books published in India you can go to:
- Nai Sarak (near Chawari Bazaar), (use Chawari Bazaar or Chandani Chowk metro stations on yellow line). Narrow alleys where most publishers are based. This is very popular with students, particularly college students as course books are available here. They carry books in nearly all major languages spoken in India. Don't expect bargaining to work here as shopkeepers are too busy to argue. The shopkeepers do more business than any proper branded shop, selling at least 5,000 books daily. There are also many whole sellers. Very few books will be on display and you need to ask for a particular type of book as the variety of books sold is huge. Most books are original and the shopkeepers get very irritated if you question the book's genuineness. You can either take a rickshaw or walk. One of Delhi's oldest shopping complexes, you can find any book there after a day of searching. Also good areas for sightseeing.
- Daryaganj and Asaf Ali Road. A little better organised, but otherwise very similar to Nai Sarak. Hindi Book Centre on Asaf Ali Rd is very famous and one can find practically every Hindi book there,they also have a good website.
- Kamla Nagar, Bookshops in F-Block opposite to Birla Mills compound and on the road leading to Roop Nagar roundabout provides a range books and stationaries.
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