New Delhi (Hindi: नई दिल्ली Naī Dillī), 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 and Nizamuddin railway stations for trains to the south and east are in this district. Delhi Metro lines radiate out from the city centre so the district is well connected.
This article covers the government district of New Delhi. In addition to the historical Lutyens' Delhi, this district also includes a large area to the southwest, as far as the airport.
The staff at the Delhi tourist office is very helpful and the office has a lot of free information.
- 1 Delhi Ridge. A northern extension of the ancient Aravalli Range, some 1.5 billion years old (by comparison, the Himalayas are only 50 million years old). The Ridge acts as the "green lungs" for the city, and protects Delhi from the hot winds of the deserts of Rajasthan to the west.
- 2 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU; जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय Javāharlāl Nehrū Viśvavidyālay), JNU Ring Rd (bus # 615 from Connaught Pl), ☏ . 24 hours daily. 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 open aired restaurant.
- 3 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.
- 4 The Government of India Tourist Office, 88 Janpath, Connaught Pl, ☏ , , , . The Government of India Tourist Office offers daily tours covering all of the major sites of Delhi. 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, as 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 it later.
- 5 Hyderabad House. The house was built as a residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad, and is now used by the government for banquets and meetings for visiting foreign dignitaries. Designed by Lutyens, the house is in the shape of a butterfly, in Indo-Saracenic architecture.
- 6 Old Parliament House (पुराना संसद भवन Purānā Sansad Bhavan) (metro: ). It was the seat of the Parliament of India till May 2023, when it was shifted to the nearby New Parliament House. The shape of the building is circular, which is based on the Ashoka Chakra. The building is surrounded by large gardens and fenced off by sandstone railings modelled after the Great Stupa of Sanchi.
- 7 Rashtrapati Bhavan (राष्ट्रपति भवन Rāṣṭrapati Bhavan), Kartavya Path, Raisina Hill (metro: ). Feb–Mar 30 days. The official residence of the President of India, designed in Edwardian Baroque architecture. Amrit Udyan (अमृत उद्यान Amr̥t Udyān), literally "Nectar Garden", is a popular garden at the back of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Previously known as the Mughal Gardens, Amrit Udyan combines Mughal and English gardening styles and features a variety of flowers and trees.
- 8 Secretariat Building (सचिवालय भवन Sacivālay Bhavan), Kartavya Path, Raisina Hill (metro: ). The building was designed by the prominent British architect Herbert Baker in Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture. Housing the important ministries of India, the Secretariat Building consists of two blocks of symmetrical buildings (North Block and South Block) on opposite sides of the great axis of Kartavya Path.
The Lodi Gardens is 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.
- 9 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.
- 10 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.
- 11 Bada Gumbad (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.
- 12 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.
- 13 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.
- 14 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.
- 15 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.
- 16 Athpula (east of Sikandar Loddi's Tomb, near north east gate of Lodi Gardens). The Athpula, 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.
Monuments and memorials
- 17 11 Murti (Gandhi Salt March Monument) (on Mother Teresa Crescent). A monument representing the Salt March led by Mahatma 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 Jr. The "11 sculptures" in the monument are designed to look like people of different religions and castes, all marching together.
- 18 Agrasen ki Baoli (अग्रसेन की बावली Agrasen kī Bāvlī), Vakil Ln, Hailey Rd, Connaught Pl (near Jantar Mantar, 200 m (660 ft) SE of British Council; bus: Max Muller Bhavan, ), ☏ . 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.
- 19 India Gate, Kartavya Path (1.6 km (0.99 mi) E from ). 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.
- 20 Jantar Mantar (जंतर मंतर), Sansad Marg, Connaught Pl (metro: ). 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.
- 21 Lal Bangla, Delhi Golf Club, Dr, Zakir Husain Marg (metro: , then 10-minute walk E). 5AM-10:30PM. This contains two mausoleums which have the tombs of Lal Kunwar and her daughter Begum Jaan. Lal Kunwar was the wife of Mughal ruler Jahander Shah and the mother of another Mughal ruler Shah Alam II. Lal Kunwar is similar to Nur Jahan, who monopolised power and gave important posts to members of his family.
- 22 Safdarjung's Tomb, Lodi Road (near Lodi Gardens, about 500 m (1,600 ft) N of ). 5:30AM - 7PM. It is a tomb with an 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.
- 23 Sultan Ghari's Tomb (Hindi: सुल्तान ग़ारी, Urdu: سلطان غاری), Garhi's Tomb Rd, Ruchi Vihar, Vasant Kunj (take bus 66 to stop IMIC Hospital; metro: , 2 km NW). This is the first tomb built in Delhi. It was built by Sultan Iltutmish in 1231 CE for his son Prince Ghiyasuddin Muhammad. 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 includes 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 between Ramadan and Eid festivals, the “Urs of Nasiruddin Shah” (death anniversary) fest is held.
- 24 Wall of Truth (Sacca dī Kandha, Sikh Genocide Memorial). A memorial dedicated to the Sikhs killed during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. These include the Sikh soldiers killed during the riots and the three people from the Hindu and Muslim community who had been killed for shielding Sikhs during the riots.
- 25 Gandhi Smriti (previously Birla House), ☏ . 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. It had been the house of the Birla family, Indian business tycoons. Outside the house stands a pillar that contains a swastika symbol, which is used as a visual example of the way the ethical meaning of the swastika symbol has changed in the Western world in the 20th century.
- 26 Indian Air Force Museum (वायु सेना संग्रहालय Vāyu Sena Saṅgrahālay), Palam, Subroto Park (from metro 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.
- 27 National Museum (राष्ट्रीय संग्रहालय Rāṣṭrīya Saṅgrahālay), Janpath (bus 410 to National Museum). 10AM–5PM (closed M). 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 cloakroom is free for customers.
- 28 National Gallery of Modern Art (राष्ट्रीय आधुनिक कला संग्रहालय Rāṣṭrīya Ādhunik Kalā Saṅgrahālay), Justice SB Marg (Delhi High Court, C - Hexagon), ☏ .
- 29 National Philatelic Museum (राष्ट्रीय डाक टिकट संग्रहालय Rāṣṭrīya Ḍak Ṭikaṭ Saṅgrahālay), Sansad Marg Rd (metro: ), ☏ .
- 30 National Police Memorial. A memorial dedicated to the police personnel who died in the fight against terrorism, militancy and insurgency since 1947. There's an underground museum as part of the memorial. There are sections dedicated to various central and state police forces in India. Police forces from all 28 states and 8 Union territories are presented, including a special mention for women squads, police bands and animal squads (camel, dog and pigeon post).
- 31 National Rail Museum (राष्ट्रीय रेल संग्रहालय Raṣṭrīya Rel Saṅgrahālay), Chanakyapuri (local: ), ☏ . Apr–Sep 9:30AM–7:30PM, Oct–Mar 9:30AM–5:30PM, closed M and national holidays. 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 café on the premises.
- 32 Nehru Memorial Museum & Library (Teen Murti Bhavan), Chanakyapuri, Teen Murti Marg, ☏ . 9AM-5PM (closed Monday). Former residence of the first Prime Minister of independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru. Was used by the Commander-in-chief of the Indian Army before India's independence in 1947. 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. Since 2022, the museum also contains the Pradhanmantri Sangrahalaya (प्रधानमंत्री संग्रहालय Pradhānmantrī Saṅgrahālay), which is a tribute to all the prime ministers of India since independence. Free.
- 33 Parliament Museum, Gokul Nagar (metro: ). Tu–Sa 11AM–5PM. An interactive museum describes the story of freedom struggle of India. It also has rare collection of gifts from foreign delegates to the Speaker of Lok Sabha.
- 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 (off Baba Kharak Singh Marg, near Connaught Place; metro: ). 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 (near Parliament House; metro: ), ☏ . Built in 1783. The temple built near Raisina Hill, which now called Pandit Pant Marg, took 12 years to build.
- 39 Hanuman Temple (Hanuman Murti), Connaught Pl ( ). The ancient Hindu temple has a self-manifest idol of Lord 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.
- 40 Laxminarayan Temple (Birla Temple), Mandir Marg (metro: ). A temple dedicated to Laxminarayan, which usually refers to Lord Vishnu. It was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi and all castes are allowed in the temple. The temple attracts thousands of devotees to the festivals of Janmashtami and Diwali. The main temple houses statues of Lord Vishnu and his wife Lakshmi. There are other small shrines dedicated to Shiva, Ganesha and Hanuman. There is also a shrine dedicated to Lord Buddha.
- 41 New Delhi Kali Bari, Mandir Marg (close to Laxminarayan Temple; metro: , 2 km away). Founded in the 1930s, it is one of the oldest temples dedicated to the goddess Kali in Delhi. The Durga Puja celebrated in the temple is one of the oldest in the city.
- 42 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 a 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 the visit are Tu-Su 9:30AM-6:30PM, closed on Monday. This place is famous for Swamiji devotees visiting New Delhi.
- 1 Central Park (above , within the Connaught Place 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.
- 2 Delhi Golf Club.
- 3 Kartavya Path (previously Kingsway and later Rajpath) (metro: ). Literally the "Path of Duty", this is a main parade route that leads from the Rashtrapati Bhavan to the 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.
- 4 Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. A field hockey stadium named after India's hockey legend.
- 5 Nehru Park, Vinay Marg, Chanakyapuri (local: ). It is a large park in the new Delhi neighbourhood of Chankayapuri, lying in the southwest. The park is one of the most famous landmarks of New Delhi and a beautiful place to hang out during a sunny winter afternoon in New Delhi. An absolute must see for anyone visiting the city.
- 6 Talkatora Stadium (तालकटोरा Tālkaṭorā). An indoor stadium with a swimming pool. The stadium is a unique piece of architecture with an elegant look. There's a Mughal garden next to the stadium, which was the venue for the battle of 1737 where the Mughals were defeated by the Marathas.
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 Place (metro: ). This is a large underground market in the centre of Connaught Place. The air here is bad and the quality of products is 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 Dilli Haat (metro: ). A paid-entrance open-air market, food plaza, and craft bazaar. 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.
- 9 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.
- 10 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.
- 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.
- Decibel, Chanakyapuri. One of two clubs in the Samrath Hotel next to the Ashok Hotel. ₹500 entrance fee.
- F Bar & Lounge (by Fashion TV), Chanakyapuri. (in the Hotel Ashok). Trendy bar and night club.). Cover charge is redeemable against drinks. F Sa is ₹3,000, free on d before 10PM.
- Hookah, Basant Lok, Vasant Vihar (in Priya Cinema complex), ☏ . 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.
For places to sleep near Delhi Airport, see Indira Gandhi International Airport#Sleep.
Chanakyapuri is an affluent neighbourhood where many embassies and the Prime Minister's residences are located. Chanakyapuri was developed as the official residence for both politicians and civil servants of 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 the metro station).
- 1 Maya's Nest, C2 Flat 2038 Vasant Kunj (next to JNU campus), ☏ , , [email protected]. Bed & breakfast located in a safe, green, quiet, residential area. Caters to single female travellers. 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 Pl, Ring Rd, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. 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.
- 12 The Leela Palace New Delhi, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, ☏ , [email protected]. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. 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, ☏ .
- 13 Hotel Samrat, Kautilya Marg, ☏ . Just touches the 5 star luxury hotel levels, is a twin of The Ashoka Hotel. From ₹5,000.
- 14 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.
- 15 Taj Mahal, 1 Mansingh Rd (A few blocks from Khan Market metro station), ☏ . 294 rooms. From ₹13,200.
- 16 Taj Palace, Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakyapuri, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon. 403 rooms on 6 acres. Discounted rates from ₹19,200.