India’s capital blends the past and present into a magical, chaotic escape
Time Out Dubai staff
Stay... Boutique Hotel Tara Palace: Located in the heart of New Delhi in a district known as Chandni Chowk, the hotel has 33 neat and fairly basic guest rooms. They throw in free airport pickups and a delicious breakfast with every room. Plus, the hotel is just a short walk away from key heritage sites. www.tarapalacedelhi.com
Luxury Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel: With its central location by the city’s historic district, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel boasts luxurious rooms and a fantastic spa. But it also has a great private art gallery and offers guests the chance to tour the city in a Rolls Royce Phantom. If you want a cultural high-end stay, look no further. www.shangri-la.com
Eat... Budget Natraj Dahi Bhalle Wala: Don’t be put off by the name. From the lengthy queues all day long, you know this place is good. It serves up the best dahi bhalla (lentil balls in yoghurt) in the city and other delicious Indian ‘fast food’. 1396 Main Road, Near Central Bank, Chandni Chowk. Expensive Spice Route: Each section in this fabulous restaurant is themed around life factors (wealth, relationships, etc.) and decorated intricately with hand-painted murals. The menu touches on cuisines from lands that were part of the ancient spice route across the world. A unique foodie experience you’ll love. The Imperial, Connaught Place.
Must see... The Akshardham temple complex, displaying a millennia of Indian culture, spirituality and architecture, is one of the most popular attractions in Delhi. Designed entirely from sandstone and marble, the carved pillars and domes will take your breath away. www.akshardham.com
Must do... Take a trip to Khan Market in Central Delhi for boutique shopping. It’s popular with expats and the city’s elite, so it’s not exactly cheap, but the quality is good. Have a suit made here if you have the time.
Time Out recommends Take a walk in Lodi Gardens. This historical area is a short distance away from another heritage site, Humayun’s Tomb, while the garden itself houses other tombs. It’s beautiful, serene and unlike anything you’ll see in the capital.