An insider’s guide – Things to do in New Delhi

Delhi is a rare blend of tradition, religions and cultures and a must – visit destination for global travelers. Delhi, India’s capital is littered with the relics of lost empires. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. In Delhi, you will discover that the city is sprinkled with dazzling gems: ancient monuments, art galleries and museums, architectural wonders, a vivacious performing-arts scene, great eating places and bustling markets. In this city packed full of exciting and colorful places to visit, things to do and events to experience, Luxurylaunches and the Oberoi, New Delhi bring you an agenda showcasing the very best the capital city has to offer.

Top Day Trip – Visit to Old Delhi : Today, Old Delhi is one of the city’s most crowded, chaotic and captivating areas, with an orchestra of sights, smells, and sounds. Witness the lively bazaars and historic shrines around Old Delhi’s main strip, Chandni Chowk. Chandni Chowk is home to silversmiths, repair shops, clothiers, spicy street food vendors and traditional sweetmeat shops. During the tour you will explore not just the bazaar, but also the cultural landscape of this area. You could also book yourself for Asia’s largest spice market tour in Old Delhi.

Must try dish – Chaat at Old Delhi: The real flavours of Delhi lie in its street food lies especially “chaat”. The original chaat is a mixture of potato pieces, crispy fried bread, Dahi Bhalla, gram and tangy-salty spices. The mixture is garnished with sour home-made Indian chilly and saunth (dried ginger and tamarind sauce), fresh green coriander leaves and yoghurt. However, there are several other popular variants, including Aloo Tikki, Papdi Chaat, etc.

Best activity / Excursion – Trip to Mehrauli Archaeological Park with eminent historian Sohail Hashmi as your tour guide.
Mehrauli Archaeological Park is an archaeological area spread over 200 acre in Mehrauli, Delhi, adjacent toQutub Minar World Heritage site and the Qutub complex. It consists of over 100 historically significant monuments. It is the only area in Delhi known for 1,000 years of continuous years of occupation. Explore all this and more as historian Sohail Hashmi takes you on a tour of the park.
Best View – From Taipan at The Oberoi, New Delhi.
The Oberoi, New Delhi’s Chinese rooftop restaurant, Taipan offers an expansive panoramic view of the lush greens of the Delhi Golf Course that you just can’t miss. Natural sunlight flows into the restaurant from windows where guests can enjoy uninterrupted views across the city.

Best One Stop shop –
Good Earth in Khan Market is best known for furnishings, crockery, clothes, scented candles that depict and celebrate Indian traditions. Their goods depict true craftsmanship and are hand crafted with designs that elevate the spirit. Good Earth also has a café called “Latitude” on the rooftop which is a warm comfortable place for a quiet chit-chat with a friend and is popular for its fresh avocado bruschetta’s and fresh juices.

Best Place for local shopping –
Lajpat Nagar is the most popular local shopping destination in Delhi. It is famous for reasonable rates of garments e.g. saris, salwar kameezes, and all categories of formal to casual clothes. But it is not limited to garments market only, if you are looking to buy good qualities of accessories, footwear, bags etc. Lajpat Nagar is must go place for you. You could also visit Sundar Nagar market if you are looking at investing in some Indian handicrafts, ‘antiques’ or furniture.

Best Family activity –
Kingdom of Dreams is a live entertainment, theatre and leisure destination, perfect for a family visit. It is located in Sector 29, Gurgaon in NCR Delhi, near the Leisure Valley Park. It offers you the best of India in the form of Crafts, Musicals, Dramas, Carnivals, Street Dances, Mythological Shows and much more. KOD also consists of a Culture Gully which is the arts, crafts and food boulevard, spread across 100,000 square feet, with theme restaurants and live kitchens from 14 states of India, represented with their representative architecture and decor.
Best cultural secret –
India Habitat Centre, hosts various cultural events daily like exhibitions, Indian dance recitals, theatre performances, film screenings and much more.

Top architecture find –
Humayun’s Tomb- a world heritage site
Located in the eastern part of Dehli, Humayun’s tomb is one of the best preserved Mughal monuments. Located less than a kilometre from The Oberoi, New Delhi, this magnificent garden tomb is the first substantial example of Mughal architecture in India. The tomb is now a World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO in 1993. A two storied gate paves the way inside the garden tomb. The garden is divided into four areas which in turn are networked by water channels and narrow pathways. The creative vision of skilful artisans and engineers designed to give the tomb its enchanting beauty. (This architectural marvel is visible from our hotel rooms).(Timings: Sunrise to Sunset , Entry Fee: INR 10(Indians) & INR 250(Foreigners)
Best cocktail with a view –
Offered at Parikrama – The revolving restaurant
“Parikrama – The Revolving Restaurant” is India’s highest and Delhi’s solitary revolving restaurant at a pinnacle of 240 feet. Parikrama covers the splendid outlook of Delhi in a single revolution that takes approximately 90 minutes. It covers the overview of Central Park in Connaught Place, a silver line of Yamuna River, the striking Jama Masjid, the Red Fort, the Birla Temple, Pragati Maidan, etc. (Open all days from 12:30 pm to 11:30 pm)
Best restaurant for a celebration –
Threesixty° the all-day dining restaurant at The Oberoi, New Delhi. The restaurant offers world cuisine with a world class Sushi station, a Yakitori grill, a Wood Fired Oven for Mediterranean fare and a contemporary Tandoor. In addition, threesixty° offers a wide range of both classical and contemporary wines at Enoteca, the wine cellar. Threesixty° also serves the most popular lavish Sunday Champagne brunch in the city.

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The Oberoi, New Delhi
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