Things to do in New Delhi
If you asked a local where to head to experience the beauty of New Delhi, they’d point you in the direction of several Mughal-era monuments. Aside from the Red Fort, there are many other monuments worth your time such as Lodhi Gardens, which contains some of New Delhi’s most beautiful dynastic monuments. Located between Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb on Lodhi Road, the gardens are spread over 360,000 square metres and make for a great morning walk.
In the city, Hauz Khas Village is an eclectic suburb filled with indie artist studios, restaurants, stores and bookshops. Nearby Shahpur Jat urban village is where to head for boutique stores, or if you’re after something friendlier on the hip pocket, press on to Jangi House Lane where rows of windows are full of ethnic Indian clothes. Walk a few minutes further south and you’ll hit the small but urbanised village of Khirki. Across the road from here, you’ll find rows of great Indian shopping malls in the Saket area.
Yes, ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ has done a lot for spiritual tourism in India, however if simply want to get your chakras aligned you needn't run away to a Buddhist yoga retreat - there are plenty of yoga, meditation and spiritual cleansing options right in the heart of New Delhi. The Yoga Studio in Hauz Khas is a great spot for a drop-in class.
Street food in New Delhi is a way of life, and at the Chandni Chowk markets the dahi bhalla (spiced yogurt snack) and the crisp paratha bread stuffed with potato are a must. While you’re in the area drop by the 200-year-old sweet shop, Ghantewala, and sample traditional sohan halwa – a Persian sweet passed down from a Mughal emperor who was exiled from Persia to India in the early 1550s. For more of our fave things to see and do in New Delhi, read on.
Another of emperor Shah Jahan's commissioned masterpieces, the Red Fort in New Delhi harks back the days of Mughal imperial splendour with intricate detailing, opulent adornments and some curious exhibits.
Prepare to get your haggle on at one of India's most bustling bazaars - Chandni Chowk in New Delhi. Here, you'll find a marketplace bursting at the seams with all manner of goods for an authentic Indian shopping experience.
Otherwise known as the Baha'i House of Worship, the striking façade of New Delhi's Lotus Temple is an elegant meeting of modern architecture and universal faith and the most visited religious building in the world.
South Ex is New Delhi's upmarket shopping hotspot with markets touting everything from high-end designer gear and the latest in technology to Indian sweets and traditional custom jewellery.
Regarded as one of the architectural wonders of the world, Akshardham is the world's largest comprehensive Hindu temple and the complex houses an array of statues and decorations that makes it one of New Delhi's most popular attractions.