New Delhi, the central part of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, is the British-built capital of India. Characterised by its wide boulevards, many roundabouts (traffic circles), colonial mansions, and government buildings dotted with monuments from various parts of India's history, this is the heart of the capital. Connaught Place (officially Rajiv Chowk) and Khan Market are popular shopping centres and the nearby Paharganj area has many inexpensive hotels. New Delhi Railway Station and Nizamuddin Railway Stations for trains to the south and east are in New Delhi. Delhi Metro lines radiate out from the city centre so the area is well connected.
This article covers the government district of New Delhi. In addition to most of the historic Lutyens' Delhi, this district also includes a large area to the southwest, as far as the airport. However, the southeast edge of Lutyens' Delhi is included in a different district, South East Delhi.
New Delhi is a 20- to 30-minute ride by road from the airport.
The trip from the airport station to New Delhi station via the Orange Linecosts ₹60.00 and takes 23 minutes with trains running every 15 minutes.
The staff at the Delhi tourist office is very helpful, and the office has a lot of free information:
- 1 Safdarjung's Tomb, Lodi Road, Delhi (Located on Lodi Road, near Lodi Gardens. About 500 m north of Jor Bagh metro station (Yellow Line)). 5:30AM - 7PM. It is a tomb with onion shaped dome. It houses the tomb of Safdarjung, the Prime Minister during Mughal ruler Ahmad Shah Bahadur's rule. ₹5 for Indians, ₹100 for foreigners.
Lodi Garden Area
- 2 Lodi Gardens. A huge urban open space with an interesting mix of nature and history. The park contains several historic monuments like Muhammad Shah's Tomb, Bada Gumbad, Sesha Gumbad, Sikandar Lodi's Tomb and Athpula.
- 3 Muhammad Shah's Tomb, South eastern corner of Lodi Gardens. The huge tomb crowned with a massive dome has an octagonal plan with a octagonal chamber. Each of the eight sides have triple arched entrance and the eight corners are occupied by slopping buttresses. The chamber has doors on seven sides, the lone exception is the western side. The interior of the western wall contains a mihrab, so the tomb can also function as a Mosque. The massive dome stands on a sixteen sided drum and is crowned with a sprawling lotus. The dome is flanked by eight chatris, each of which occupy the mid point of the eight sides. The interior contains seven graves, the central one is believed to be of Muhammad Shah. The interior of the dome has a colourful fresco. The mihrab contains decorative stucco work so does the other seven arched gates. Short tapering minarates on the two back corners and jhakoraha (oriel) windows on the north and south ends are some special architectural features of the Bada Gumbad Mosque. Opposite the mosque is an elongated hall, which served as a sarai or guest house. Ir is devoid of any ornamentation and is a striking contrast with the mosque.
- 4 Lodi Period Mosque (East of Muhammad Shah's Tomb and south west of Bada Gumbad). Lodi Period Mosque is a small red mosque with a triple arched entrance. Although small in size it has an elegant appearance. It was once housed within a walled complex but majority of the boundary wall have long disappeared. The mosque is crowned with a vaulted roof, with stucco ornamentation.
- 5 Bada Gumbad (Bara Gumbad or Large Dome) (Central part of Lodi Garden). Bada Gumbad or large dome is probably the most imposing structure of Lodi Gardens. The structure stands on a square base topped with a huge dome. Although the structure looks two storied from the outside it is actually a single storied structure. It is built of grey sandstone with traces of black and red stones. On the north west corner is a mosque and on the north east corner is a sarai (guest house). Some historians believe that the Bada Gumbad served as a gate way to the mosque, while other believe it was a tomb. Sadly the occupant of this magnificent tomb can no longer be traced, but he was quiet likely to be an high official of Sikandar Lodi's court. The three domed mosque is approached from the east by five arched gateway. The central arch is the largest and the arches diminish in size as one moves away from the centre. The mosque is built in 1494 and is richly ornamented with stuccoes and frescoes. The stuccoes consists of elaborate geometrical designs and inscriptions from the Koran.
- 6 Sheesh Gumbad (Glazed Dome) (Central part of Lodi Gardens, Opposite Bada Gumbad). Sheesh Gumbad, was a similar structure to Bada Gumbad and is located just south of it. It literally meaning glazed dome, and the structure was once covered with glazed tiles, but majority of it has gone missing. The interior of the Sheesh Gumbad houses several graves but the occupants can lo longer be traced. The western wall of Sheesh Gumbad has a mihrab, so the tombed doubled up as a mosque.
- 7 Lodi Period Turret, South East of Bada Gumbad and next to eastern wall of Lodi Gardens. The 8.5-m Lodi Period Turret probably served as a corner tower of a walled enclosure, but the walls have long vanished. The two leveled tower is crowned with a ribbed dome. The lower level contains the doorway and stairs lead to the second level containing a decorated Jharokha (Oriel) styled balcony.
- 8 Mughal Period Mosque and Gateway (North east of Sheesha Gumbad). The small mosque and a small gateway stands on the north east of Sheesha Gumbad. Both the structure date back to the Mughaal Period. The gateway probably served as an entrance to walled garden, sadly the walls no longer exist. The double storied arched gateway is topped with a Bengal type sloped roof. Next to the gateway is a small mosque with arched entrance and crowned with three domes. The mosque is devoid of ornamentation, and has a platform on its eastern side.
- 9 Sikandar Lodi's Tomb (northern part of Lodi Garden). The Tomb of Sikandar Lodi is similar in structure to the Muhammad Shah's Tomb, but is housed in side a walled complex. The tomb is octagonal with triple arched entrance on all sides and sloping buttress at the corners, however there are no chatris round the giant dome.
- 10 Athpula (East of Sikandar Loddi's Tomb, near north east gate of Lodi Gardens). The Athpul, literally meaning eight bridge, consists of seven arches supported by eight pillars. The bridge spans over a water body and is still in use. Visitors entering the Lodi Gardens from the north east gate uses the bridge.
- 11 The Government of India Tourist Office, 88 Janpath, Connaught Place, ☏ , , , . The Government of India Tourist Office offers daily tours, coverings 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.
- 12 Purana Qila (Old Fort, मथुरा रोड), Purana Qila, Mathura Road (Near Delhi Zoo), ☏ . 09:00 - 17:00. Purana Qila is the walled citadel of Mughal Emperor Humayun. It later turned into an urban village before becoming a monument. 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. ₹5 for Indians, ₹100 for foreigners.
- 13 Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid, Purana Qila. 09:00-17:00. A mosque in the Purana Qila built by Sher Shah Suri
- 14 Sher Mandal, Purana Qila. 09:00 - 17:00. The two storeyed library inside Purana Qila. It is in this library that Humayun fell from stairs and died
- 15 Humayun Darwaza, Purana Qila. A gate built by Humayun located in Purana Qila. It is the southeast gate of the fort.
- 16 Talaqi Darwaza, Purana Qila. The northern gate of Purana Qila. It has a marble carving of warring lions with a man in front.
- 17 Purana Qila Baoli (Stepwell), Located within the Purna Qila Complex. A small elongagted step well (baoli) located near the Qila-i-Kuhna Masjid and Sher Mandal
- 18 Hammam (Bath House) (Located within the Purna Qila Complex). Located next to the Sher Mandal the ruined hammam (bath house) have remains of terracotta pipes and ribber water chutes.
- 19 Agrasen ki Baoli (Ugrasen ki Baoli), Vakil lane. Hailey Road, Connaught Place (Near Jantar Mantar. SE 200m of British Council. Take bus to Max Muller Bhavan. Barakhamba Road (Blue line) is the nearest metro station.), ☏ . 9AM-5PM. A historical steep well believed to be built during to time of Maharaja Agrasen of the Mahabharata era and reconstructed in the 14th century. Also here is the Baoli Mosque. Free Entry.
- 20 India Gate, Kartavya Path (1.6 km east from Metro 'Central Secretariat' station (Yellow line)). This monument has been built as a memorial for the Indian soldiers who died in World War I. There is also an eternal flame for all fallen Indian soldiers, and a 28 ft (8.5 m) tall statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, an Indian freedom activist.
- 21 Jantar Mantar, Sansad Marg, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place (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 enormous scientific instruments for measuring the movement of celestial bodies.
- 22 Kartavya Path (previously Kingsway and later Rajpath) (M 'Central Secretariat Metro Station' or M Yellow 'Udyog Bhawan'). 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. Every year, on Republic Day (January 26), there is a massive parade here which showcases India's culture and military - highly recommended.
- 23 Sultan Ghari's Tomb (Hindi: सुल्तान ग़ारी, Urdu: سلطان غاری), Garhi's Tomb Rd, Ruchi Vihar, Vasant Kunj (in South West Delhi district; take bus 66 to stop IMIC Hospital. Delhi Aero City Metro station (Orange Line) 2 km northwest). This is the first tomb built in Delhi. It was built by Iltutmish in 1231AD for his son Prince Ghiyasuddin Mohammad. This was later renovated by Feroz Shah Tughlaq. It is in the form of a fortress with a courtyard like layout, not common among tombs. The octagonal grave–chamber with the crypt has an underground opening. The western prayer wall has a mihrab, decorated with marble in exquisite Turkish and Afghan design and inclde some inscriptions from the Quran. The front, marble facade, dated to Feroze Shah's rule (1351–88). The prayer chamber depicts a base slab of a Linga. - Events: # Thursday is a special (tolerance) day for worship when devotees both Hindus and Muslims. # Every year, on the 17th day of the Islamic month of between Ramadan and Eid festivals, the “Urs of Nasiruddin Shah” (death anniversary) fest is held.
- 24 Lal Bangla, Delhi Golf Club, Dr, Zakir Husain Marg (Khan Market (Violet Line) is the nearest Metro station further walk toward east about ten min). 5AM-10:30PM. This contains two separate masoleums which have the tombs of Lal Kunwar and her daughter Begum Jaan. Lal Kunwar was the wife of Mughal ruler Jahander Shah and mother of another Mughal ruler Shah Alam II. Lal Kunwar is similar to Nur Jahan, who monopolised power and gave important posts to his member of his family. The adjacent areas have the tombs of unknown tombs of third last Mughal emperor Akbar Shah II.
- 25 National Gallery of Modern Art (राष्ट्रीय आधुनिक कला संग्रहालय), Justice SB Marg (near Delhi High Court, C - Hexagon), ☏ .
- 26 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.
- 27 Indian Air Force Museum (वायु सेना संग्रहालय), Palam, Subroto Park (from M (orange) 'Dhaula Kuan' take Bus 543B, 706, 722, 729, 773, 790, 792 or AG to 'Subroto Park'), ☏ , . W-Su 10AM-5PM. The oldest museum of its kind in the country. It houses aircraft, photos, memorabilia, weapons and uniforms of the Indian Air Force. Free entry.
- 28 National Museum (National Archaeological Museum, राष्ट्रीय पुरातात्विक संग्रहालय) (bus 410 to National Museum stop). Tu-Su 10AM-5PM. Janpath. The layout here is 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.
- 29 National Philatelic Museum, New Delhi (राष्ट्रीय डाक टिकट संग्रहालय), Sansad Marg Road Area (Metro Yellow 'Patel Chowk'), ☏ .
- 30 National Railway Museum (राष्ट्रीय रेल संग्रहालय), ☏ . 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 09:30-19:30 (Apr-Sept) and 09:30-17:30 (Oct-Mar). Closed Mondays and national holidays.
- 31 Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (Teen Murti Bhavan), Chanakyapuri, Teen Murti Marg, ☏ . Tu-Su 9AM-5PM (closed Monday). Former residence of India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Was used by the Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army before Indian Independence. After Nehru's death in 1964, it was converted into a museum of his life, plus a library. It is one the biggest libraries of Delhi with 100,000 photographs, 18,000 microfilm rolls, and over 10,000 manuscripts. Also includes a planetarium (costs ₹50 adults, ₹25 children) where they show a movie on astronomy and the universe. Free.
- 32 Parliament Museum, Gokul Nagar (close to the Sansad Bhavan - Central Secretariat metro station (Yellow Line)). in the Parliament of India Library Building. -.
- 33 11 Murti (Gandhi Salt March Monument) (On Mother Teresa Crescent). A monument representing the Salt March led by Gandhi in 1930 - a classic case of civil disobedience which played a key role in the Indian independence movement, and inspired later protesters such as Martin Luther King. The "11 sculptures" in the monument are designed to look like people of different religions and castes, all marching together.
- 34 Cathedral Church of Redemption (Viceroy Church), 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.
- 35 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.
- 36 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.
- 37 Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Ashoka Rd (just off Baba Kharak Singh Marg near Connaught Place, M orange: Shivaji Stadium). This is the main gurudwara for 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. Compared to other big tourist attractions, is free of scam or rude guards and can be enjoyed without hassle. You can sit inside and listen to the readings and prayers in Punjabi. Men should cover their head with something, although it is not mandatory, it will be seen as a sign of respect. Free.
- 38 Gurudwara Rakab Ganj Sahib, Pandit Pant Marg, Presidents Estate (near Parliament House, Central Secretariat Metro Station), ☏ . Built in 1783. The temple built near old Raisina village near Raisina Hill, which now called Pandit Pant Marg, took 12 years to build.
- 39 Hanuman Temple (Hanuman Murti), Connaught Place (M Orange: Shivaji Stadium). The ancient Hindu temple has a self-manifest idol of Hanuman Ji (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.
- Jhandewalan Mandir, Jhandewalan Devi Mandir Marg, Block E, Jhandewalan Extension, Jhandewala (M from Karol Bagh Terminal 500m NE). One of the most popular temples of Devi Durga is Jhandewala Temple.
- 40 New Delhi Kali Bari, Mandir Marg, President's Estate (close to Laxminarayan Temple, M: R.K.Ashram Marg, 2 km away). Founded in 1930s
- 41 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 of Lord Swaminatha. The temple is built entirely of granite, and is reminiscent of the Chola style of South Indian temple architecture.
- Raghvendra Swamy Mutt - This is a place similar to temple and any devotee can visit there. It is on Moti Bagh Flyover, Rao Tularam Marg, RK Puram, Sector 12, New Delhi 110021. Timings for visit are Tu-Su 9:30AM-6:30PM, closed on Monday. This place is famous for Swamiji devotees visiting New Delhi.
- 42 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 modelled after the Great Stupa of Sanchi.
Parks and gardens
- 1 Lodhi Garden, Lodi Road. It 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.
- 2 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.
- 3 Nehru Park, Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri (Race Course Metro Station 1.5km east). It is a large park in the new Delhi neighbourhood of Chankayapuri, lying in the southwest.
- Central Park (Above Rajiv Chowk metro stop, within the Connaught Place bazaar circles). Well maintained park and a really nice place to walk around and relax. There are plenty of trees that provide shade for sitting down in during a hot day.
- Deer Park, Hauz Khas Village (77.0671078). 5am–8pm.
- 4 Indraprastha Park, Ring Road, Grand Trunk Road, Block A, Ganga Vihar, Sarai Kale Khan. 6am–7:15pm.
One of the best places to buy in New Delhi is the Connaught Place, officially known as Rajiv Chowk. It is a unique cross between a European shopping arcade, an Indian bazaar and an upmarket shopping mall. With all shops laid out in 2 circles, it's easy to get around and explore.
- 1 Ambience Vasant Kunj, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj. It is perhaps India's most luxuriant mall. You'll find 3 floors of international designer brands, as well as a number of Indian designers. 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.
- 2 DLF Emporio, 4, Nelson Mandela Rd, Vasant Kunj (Bus 66, 326, 602-1, 602, 603, 604 to Shopping Centre Nelson), ☏ . 11AM-9PM. It is one luxury malls. 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 3 ha. The mall features over 170 brands including 75 international brands. The promoters also run a 180-seater, high-end restaurant called Setz.
- 3 DLF Promenade, 3, Nelson Mandela Rd, Vasant Kunj (Bus 66, 326, 602-1, 602, 603, 604 to Shopping Centre Nelson), ☏ . 11AM-9PM. Features the only 7-screen multiplex in Delhi.
- 4 Janpath flea market, Connaught Ln, Janpath (Janpath Metro Station 0.3 km N or Bus 500, 505, 522, 522A-1, 522A-2, 522A to 'Indian Oil Bhawan'). 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.
- 5 Palika Bazaar, Palika Bazaar Rd, Connaught Pl (Metro Station 'Rajiv Chowk'). – This is a large underground market in the centre 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.
- Sarojini Nagar Market, Sarojini Nagar (Bus 53, 56, 89, 512, 536, 544, 544A, 615, 615A ro stop 'Sarojini Nagar Market' or 'Sarojini Nagar' Stn 0.4 km N). This market is great for export surplus garments, and green grocery.
- 6 Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar (Metro Violet 'Khan Market' 0.3 km NE - Bus 26, 47, 56, 173, 181, 326, 336, 344, 375, 408, 430, 440, 445, 450, 522SPL -). This up-scale area of independent shops is where foreign diplomats 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), jewellery/accessories, and books (many bookshops that have a wide selection at reasonable prices). expensive.
- 7 Cottage Emporium, Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath, HC Mathur Ln (near Connaught Pl). 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.
- Crafts Museum. also sells some handicrafts.
- 8 Sarojini Nagar Market, Sarojini Nagar (adjacent to Central Government employees flats - Sarojini Nagar Stn. 0.5 km N). One of the biggest and famous market of New Delhi.
- 9 The State Emporium, Baba Kharak Singh Marg (any bus to 'Dr RML Hospital' - or 0.5 km NE Shivaji Stadium Metro Station). is the state's equivalent of a Cottage. 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.
- 10 Dilli Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, Kidwai Nagar (South Delhi, INA Market stn, Metro Yellow Line 0.4 km E). 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.
- 11 Fabindia, A-1, Hamilton House, Connaught Pl (in Connaught Place, Vasant Kunj and Khan Market), ☏ , [email protected]. Daily 10AM-8:30PM. 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.
- Handloom House, Handloom Marketing Complex, Janpath, (a short walk from Janpath Metro Station, behind the Janpath market), ☏ , [email protected]. A government initiative to showcase hand woven fabrics from around the country.
- Faqir-Chand & Sons, 16-A Khan Market (a short walk from Khan Market Metro), ☏ , [email protected]. A wonderfully chaotic bookshop. Excellent selection of titles. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.
- Full Circle Bookstore, Shop No.23, Khan Market, ☏ . 10AM-8PM. A well known independent book store - wide range of classics and religious books. Full Circle also publishes books by US and UK publishers under license, and is home to the celebrated Turtle Cafe.
- Galgotia and Sons Bookstore & The Bookworm, Connaught Pl. Two more disorganized bookstores, but with an excellent variety of books available at excellent prices.
If you come from a Western country, it may be interesting to eat at a fast food restaurant like McDonald's or Burger King. The menus are different and, unlike in the west, very vegetarian friendly - even KFC has a veg option.
- 1 Khan Chacha, D-3, Radial Rd 5, Block D, Connaught Pl, ☏ . Noon-11PM. A roomali rolls and kababs restaurant serving chicken, mutton, paneer, and rolls. Very popular with locals. Mains: ₹180-320.
- 2 Saravana Bhavan, P-13/90, Connaught Circus, Block P, Connaught Place, ☏ . 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.
- Moti Mahal, 5051/21-22, Netaji Subhash Marg, Dariya Ganj, ☏ . This restaurant proudly claims to be the inventor of butter chicken.
- Tafree Cafe, F-12, 13 Second Floor, Connaught Place (Near Metro Gate No 5, New Delhi), ☏ . Daily 11AM-1AM. ₹100-200.
- 3 Sartoria Italian Cuisine, Basant Lok, Shiv Nagar, ☏ . Noon-midnight. Italian style food, great pizzas, carpaccio, pasta and wines. Mains are about ₹ 500.
- 4 Slice of Italy, Shop No. 90, Lodhi Road, Mehar Chand Market (near Nehru Stadium), ☏ . 10AM-1AM. near Lodhi Road and various other locations in Delhi. Italian style food.
- Fire, Lobby Level, The Park, 15 Parliment Street, Connaught Place, ☏ . 11AM-midnight. A casual style restaurant with middling ambience but good service and great food. They serve authentic Indian cuisine made from ingredients from their own small garden or organically sourced. Seasonal but small menu with Indian curries being the highlight. Mains: ₹350-700.
- 5 Master Of Malts, 14 Scindia House, KG Marg, Connaught Place, ☏ . Contemporary Indian with live music. ₹900 on average per person.
- Mamagoto, Khan Market, One of Delhi's most popular Japanese restaurants, the fun manga style interiors and great food are a great experience.
- Sakura, Level 1, 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.
- The Kitchen, Khan Market, ☏ , .
- Tibetan Food, (near Shivaji Stadium-which actually is a bus stand, Connaught Place). Tibetan food, run by Tibetan refugees.
- The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 62, Middle Lane, Khan Market. 10AM - 10PM. A standard chain coffee shop. Friendly and helpful staff.
For places to sleep near Delhi Airport, see Indira Gandhi International Airport#Sleep.
This area, west of Paharganj, is quieter, but not as centrally located. It is served by the Karol Bagh metro station.
- Anand Hotel, 8/41, WEA, Abdul Aziz Rd, Channa Market, Karol Bagh (near Jessa Ram Hospital, Karol Bagh), ☏ , [email protected]. Check-in: Noon, check-out: Noon. Basic hotel. From ₹1,990.
- Gulnar, 7A / 45 W.E.A. Channa Market, Karol Bagh, ☏ . Check-in: Noon, check-out: Noon. Clean and pleasant design/style. Free breakfast when you book directly from the hotel website; otherwise there is a ₹200 charge. Double: ₹2,400; Triple: ₹3,000.
- Royal Palace, 11A/27, W.E.A, Channa Market, ☏ , fax: . Clean and pleasant design/style.
- Hotel Pitrashish Premium, 59/36, New Rohtak Road, Karol Bagh, ☏ , [email protected]. Check-in: Noon, check-out: Noon. Clean and pleasant design/style. ₹2000.
- TJS Grand, 16/16, Arya Samaj Road, Karol Bagh, ☏ . 32 rooms. ₹2,000.
Connaught Place / Rajiv Chowk
The centrally-located business district.
Chanakyapuri is an affluent neighbourhood where many embassies and the Prime Minister's residence are located. Chanakyapuri was developed as official residences for both politicians and civil servants to the Union Government. As such, it has numerous parks and open spaces, and suffers few utility disruptions. It is served by the Chankyapuri railway station (not metro station).
- 1 Maya's Nest, C2 Flat 2038 Vasant Kunj (next to JNU campus), ☏ , , [email protected]. Bed & breakfast located in a safe, green, quite, residential area. Caters to single female travelers. Dorm bed: ₹1,500; Double: ₹3,500.
- 2 International Youth Hostel Delhi, 5 Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri (near Sri Lanka embassy and Norway embassy), ☏ , , , fax: , [email protected]. Check-in: 11AM, check-out: 10AM. It is a member of the Hostelling International federation. Dorm bed: ₹300 (Non air-con) to 600 (air-con). Double: ₹900 to ₹1,600.
- Hotel SPB 87, 17A/2, W.E.A. Karol Bagh, ☏ . 20 min from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and 10 min from New Delhi Railway Station. Satellite TV, wifi, and a private toilet and bath. They also have a conference hall for business meetings and guests. ₹2,590.
- Inn at Delhi, C-34, Anand Niketan, ☏ . Bed and breakfast homestay in Delhi ₹4,900.
- Mehar Castle, 5A, 9, Ajmal Khan Rd, Block 15A, WEA, Karol Bagh, ☏ . Large rooms with air-con, TV, hot shower, room service.
- Narula Inn, 1/90, (P-Block) Daulat Ram House (Connaught Place). Bed and breakfast. Double: ₹4,990.
- Prem Sagar Guest House, P block, 1F, Connaught Pl, Outer Circle (Near Shivaji Stadium, next block to the landmark Regal Cinema and a few doors away from McDonald's Outer Circle), ☏ , [email protected]. Clean quiet rooms, centrally located, terrace garden. All rooms have air-con, cable TV. ₹3,000-5,000.
- Saar Inn (Karol Bagh). Clean and comfortable with breakfast included, a very friendly professional staff. ₹3,200-4,000.
- Sunstar Grand, 7A/17, W.E.A. Channa Market, Karol Bagh, ☏ . Room service and a restaurant available for breakfast and dinner. Lockers available. Double: ₹2,400..
- 3 Oberoi Delhi, Dr. Zakir Hussain Marg, ☏ , [email protected]. Mostly a business hotel. 5 stars. Includes a luxury retail complex. Views of Humayun's Tomb and the New Delhi Golf Course. From ₹9,500 during low season and ₹12,000 during high season.
- 4 The Ashok, 50-B Chanakayapuri, ☏ , [email protected]. Situated on 25 acres in the diplomatic enclave. From ₹10,000. Discounts of 25%+ given for stays of 3+ nights..
- 5 The Claridges New Delhi, 12 Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Rd, ☏ , [email protected]. Built in 1952 and renovated. From ₹13,000.
- Dusit Devarana, Samalkha, NH-8 (Just south of the airport), ☏ , [email protected]. Sprawling resort hotel. From ₹10,000.
- 6 The Grand (Formerly the Grand Hyatt), Vasant kunj - Phase II, Nelson Mandela Rd, South Delhi, ☏ , [email protected]. 390-room business hotel generally not for tourists. Opulent lobby, modern rooms, pool and spa. From ₹9,000.
- 7 Hyatt Regency Delhi, Bhikaiji Cama Place, Ring Rd (2km from several metro stations), ☏ . Huge and slightly aged, but still 5 stars, outdoor pool, small gym and spa, 3 restaurants, and all the usual amenities. Halfway between the airport and Connaught Place. From ₹8,000 during low season and ₹11,500 during high season, discounts given for advance payment.
- 8 The Imperial, Janpath (Connaught Place), ☏ , [email protected]. Built in 1931. Has the only Chanel store in India as well as a priceless art collection, 'British Art on India.' It also has the largest collection of land war gallantry awards from India and neighbouring countries. Very classy, best value for least money in first class range. Good food and excellent service in restaurants. From ₹8,750 during low season and ₹14,000 during high season.
- 9 ITC Maurya, Sardar Patel Marg, ☏ , [email protected]. One of the best hotels in the city. Great restaurants, including the Bukhara. From ₹8,100 during low season and ₹12,000 during high season.
- 10 The Lalit New Delhi (previously known as Intercontinental), Barakhamba Ave, Connaught Place, ☏ , fax: , [email protected]. Known for excellent breakfasts. From ₹7,650.
- 11 Le Méridien New Delhi, Windsor Place (A few blocks from the Central Secretariat metro station), ☏ . Landmark refurbished 5-star hotel. Along with the Shangri-La is one of the best hotels in the city in terms of location. From ₹6,300 during low season and ₹7,600 during high season.
- The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel Delhi, 1, CBD Maharaj Surajmal Road, Near Yamuna Sports Complex, ☏ , [email protected]. The Convention Centre is spread over 70,000 sq. feet and comprises one pillarless hall that can accommodate roughly 3,000 guests in theatre style and offers 13 break-out rooms and several outdoor options. The hotel has 480 guest rooms and suites and 3 separate entrances, allowing multiple conferences and weddings to take place simultaneously.
- The Leela Palace New Delhi, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, ☏ , [email protected]. The hotel building has been awarded an L.E.E.D. Platinum certification.
- Lemon Tree Premier, Delhi Airport, Asset No. 6,Aerocity Hospitality District,IGI Airport, ☏ .
- 12 Hotel Samrat, Kautilya Marg, ☏ . Just touches the 5 star luxury hotel levels, is a twin of The Ashoka Hotel. From ₹5,000.
- 13 Shangri-La Eros Hotel, 19 Ashoka Rd (A 15-minute walk from Connaught Place), ☏ . Part of the Shangri La chain. Seafood buffets, an extensive breakfast buffet, and a good Asian restaurant on 1st floor with a Thai, Chinese and Japanese menu. 5 star service and good security. From ₹6,375 during low season and ₹9,500 during high season.
- 14 Taj Mahal, 1 Mansingh Rd (A few blocks from Khan Market metro station), ☏ . 294 rooms. From ₹13,200.
- 15 Taj Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave (In the Chanakyapuri diplomatic enclave), ☏ . 403 rooms on 6 acres. Discounted rates from ₹19,200.