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Best of New Delhi

What to see and do in India’s storied capital city.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Multiple days

Overview :  The capital of India has become the capital of its collective ambition—in fashion, business, government, and more.

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Points of Interest

1. Anokhi

One of India’s most celebrated brands offers Rajasthani block-printed linens and clothing in tasteful florals and paisleys at ridiculously low prices.

Address:
Khan Market, Shop 32
New Delhi
India

Phone:
91-11-2460-3423

2. Central Ridge

The 2,134-acre reserve in the center of Delhi is populated with jackals and wild boar.

Address:
Shankar Rd.
New Delhi
India

Entirely worth the 30- to 40-minute drive down from Connaught Place and central Delhi, this hotel restaurant has improbably become a haunt of in-the-know locals, who make up 90 percent of the lunch and dinner crowd. Forgive the bland corporate interior—the Sheraton itself might as well be in Duluth—and focus on some of the best South Indian food... More

4. Good Earth

Stop in for chic, often whimsical furniture, kitchenware, and china, as well as delicious-smelling bath products.

Address:
9 ABC, Khan Market
New Delhi
India

Phone:
91-11-2464-7175

One of the world’s greatest urban parks, the treetops are aflutter with birds: black drongos, Indian tree pies, mynahs, red-vented bulbuls. The park is also a functional playground: joggers in track-suits rest on crumbling mausoleum stairs; yogis do sun salutations beside the pond; vendors proffer glasses of cool jal jeera—salty limeade with cumin... More

6. Manish Arora Fish Fry

Wildly inventive designer Manish Arora samples global imagery for his embroidered and patchwork clothing in his Fish Fry collection. Snap up a pair of paisley running shoes or psychedelic sunglasses to accessorize this season’s metallic “space gladiator” leather jackets and skirts.

Address:
Lodhi Rd., 3 Lodhi Colony Main Market
New Delhi
India

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7. Noor Jehan

Come in for brightly colored shawls made of kashgar, a fine sheer cashmere gauze.

Address:
Race Course Rd., Santushti Shopping Complex, Shop 23
New Delhi
India

Phone:
91-11-2611-2971

8. Ogaan

The stall stocks opulently embroidered dresses from Gaurav Gupta, silk chiffon tops from Gauri & Nainika, and Pashma-brand cashmere stoles.

Address:
77 Khan Market, Middle Lane
New Delhi
India

Phone:
91-11-4175-7220

This enormously popular nightspot originally set up in South Delhi but has since relocated to the white-gravel-strewn grounds of the Hotel Diplomat, an otherwise unremarkable fixture of Delhi’s (you guessed it) Diplomatic Enclave. Score one for the hotel’s lucky owners: they’ve now got one of the prettiest boîtes in town. Whitewashed stucco ... More

10. Park Hotel

If the Imperial encapsulates Delhi’s past, the Park offers a vivid glance into Delhi’s future—and the future looks uncannily like Miami Beach crossed with Islington. Part of a national chainlet of similarly forward-looking, uber-fabulous hotels, this pulsing, 220-room hive of hypermod design (by Terence Conran & Partners, among others) has the... More

11. Ranna Gill

The store stocks Western-friendly Indian-style women’s fashion.

Address:
Khan Market, Shop 53A
New Delhi
India

Phone:
91-11-4175-7770

12. Santushti Shopping Complex

The most elegant “mall” in town, Santushti’s dozen-odd boutiques set in terracotta-roofed bungalows surround a verdant magnolia-and-palm-shaded courtyard where peacocks strut. The sapphire-blue birds are outshone only by the resplendently colored saris of the wealthy and famous women who shop here (a notice reads no photography.). Follow the human... More

13. Silverline

Started in the 1970’s, this family-run wholesale jewelry firm offers outstanding quality and value. Silver is the focus, along with precious and semi-precious stones like amethyst, tourmaline, and rose quartz.

Address:
Khan Market, Shop 7A
New Delhi
India

Phone:
91-11-2464-3017

14. Smoke House Grill

A gimmick that works: almost every dish on this bar-restaurant’s Indo-Euro fusion menu is cold-smoked, using a variety of woods from cider to hickory, and to often brilliant effect. Don’t miss the smoked tomato-and-lemongrass soup.

Address:
2 VIPPS Centre, Masjid Moth
New Delhi
India

Phone:
91-11-4143-5530

15. Tabula Rasa

Part of a new generation of Delhi’s restaurants, Tabula Rasa serves dishes from every continent: African chicken stew, Australian lamb, Brazilian pork chops, Spanish ham, Chinese pot stickers.

Address:
C2 Saket, Square One Mall
New Delhi
India

Phone:
91-11-2956-2666

Because of its proximity to the diplomatic and political center of the capital, this stately hotel is firmly rooted in showcasing Indian luxury, evident in everything from the marbled fountain that sits in the lobby to acres of royal carpeting that cover most surfaces. A cyber butler, doctor, and astrologer are all on call here, assuring the... More

17. The Imperial New Delhi

A tasteful colonial theme park, this Art Deco icon—built in 1936, at the arrogant height of the Raj—is soaked with the ambiance of what writer Ranjana Sengupta calls “the whole tea-on-the-club-lawns and bugles-at-sunset world of Delhi in the 1930s.” An apt description for a pleasantly coddling yet vaguely unnerving time warp. It starts with the... More

Delhi’s top business hotel is also an Indian society favorite, and the nightly arrivals in the lobby attests as much; several excellent restaurants—including the ever-popular threesixty—make this a place to be seen as much as to stay. The revamped and expanded spa, unveiled in late 2007, features Delhi’s only heated indoor lap pool. Guest rooms... More

19. Threesixty

Purportedly India’s highest-grossing restaurant and certainly one of the smartest, this upstart at the Oberoi has beguiling interiors (striking fuchsia walls, intricate sandalwood sculptures on the ceiling) and warm lighting that together make the vast, bustling space seem almost intimate. The offerings are so wide-ranging you expect quality to... More