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Delhi

Delhi is a destination for all of the senses. Colours, commotion and fragrant cuisine permeate the air while the history and culture of India's capital inspire wonder. Discover a land of bustling bazaars, vibrant festivals, unique nightlife and hidden temples around almost every corner.

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Places to stay

Delhi is made up of two districts, Old Delhi and New Delhi, and depending on your travelling style, you’re going to find a plethora of options in each – from high end hotels to cultural homestays and Airbnbs.

New Delhi in the south is the most popular location for tourists, thanks to its proximity to major attractions and more modern and comfortable accommodation options. For a luxury stay, you can’t go past The Lodhi, a 5 star Art Deco marvel and member of the leading hotels of the world complete with full service spa, tennis court, pool and sauna and all in walking distance to Delhi Golf Club in Central Delhi.

For a comfortable and convenient place to base yourself that’s suitable for the family, Aerocity is located 3 km from the international airport and is considered the safest area of Delhi. Here you’ll find several international hotels, malls, great public transport and dining options without the traffic and hustle of the city centres. Hotels including JW Marriott New Delhi Aerocity and Holiday Inn New Delhi Airport offer luggage storage and a 24 hour desk.

If you’d prefer the full authentic experience or are on a budget, many more budget-friendly options are to be found in Old Delhi in the north, where you’ll be delighted by more colours, sounds and pre-colonial attractions – and a lot more bustle!

   

Things to do

You'll find plenty to fill your holiday itinerary in this fascinating region. Spend some time in Old Delhi, where the history – and some of the sites - date back to the seventeenth century. Old Delhi is a mostly Islamic melting pot of sounds, scents and traffic where you will truly feel like you’re far from home. Take a tour or explore magnificent Mughal structures like the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque.

Continue the history lesson in New Delhi, where you can visit the garden tombs of Humayan and Sufdarjung, or stroll the leafy boulevards and lap up modern Indian life in one of the many cafes and restaurants, nightclubs or shopping districts. Follow the Rajpath from India Gate to the Presidential Palace and explore museums, markets and galleries.

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Food and drink

No trip to India is complete without a sampling tour of the famous street delicacies, and Delhi is no exception. Chandni Chowk Markets are a great place to start for authentic street foods, and where you’ll find the famous potato chaat and every variety of stuffed and fried Panathas flatbreads imaginable. Finish your meal with a serving of traditional sweets Jalebi, a friend batter in swet syrup, or Kulfi, Delhi’s version of ice cream.

If you’d like a more refined experience, Connaught Place is considered the heart of the city with several eateries, bars and bistros to choose from – or try your hand at traditional recipes yourself with a cooking class.

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Shopping

Delhi is famous for street markets, so if shopping is your holiday pastime of choice you'll find everything from silver and saris to pashminas and perfume in its many markets and bazaars.

Stock up on Tibetan goods and leather in Janpath Market, stroll among Colonial architecture in Connaught Place or go underground for imported goods and electronics in Palika Bazaar.

If you’re looking for bookshops, suit tailors and ayervedic herbs then the Khan Market and its surrounding cafes might be your pick, or visit Dilli Haat Market where thatched building rooves create a traditional village atmosphere.

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Getting around

From the airport: The high-speed Delhi Metro Rail links Delhi Airport to the city centre in approximately 25 minutes on the Airport Express line. Private transfers and yellow taxis are a convenient way to travel from the airport and can be easily arranged at Delhi airport or pre-booked, but please note that the drive can take anywhere between 16 minutes and an hour, depending on traffic.

In and around the city: Delhi has an expansive metro system linking many of the most popular areas and attractions. Taxis or private cars are a good way to explore the city as well as the neighbouring landscapes and countryside, or take a ride on a rickshaw for an authentic mode of transport.

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