Delhi

Things to do in Delhi

Also known by “GK,” this neighborhood is divided into GK-I and GK-II. GK-II has us hopping over piles of stuff, as shop-owners strategically spill out on the pavements with their wares.

This market is known for its two distinct sides: its collection of bridal wear on one side of the market,  and the cool, new boutique labels on the other (not to mention the fabulous street art.) What used to be an alternative wedding boutique for up-and-coming designers has also became a h

This market is a straight-up hipster’s paradise—and a treasure trove for any shopper who likes to support up-and-coming designers and niche stores that nicely showcase a strong sense of emerging Indian aesthetic.

The shops and stalls  in this market are overflowing with daily Indian wear, heavier occasion wear, fabric, buttons, borders, studs, slippers and everything in between.

The trio of malls in Vasant Kunj cater to different budgets with an ensemble of independent retail stores, high street labels and luxury shopping. You’ll find major Indian and international labels here—anything from Benetton to Bulgari.

Explore Old Delhi's half-mile-long bazaar. At the street's western end, in the warren of the Khari Baoli spice market, thousands of burlap sacks overflow with gorgeously colored powders.

Set up by the Crafts Council of India, Kamala has an extensive sari collection that highlights representative textile weaving and dyeing traditions such as rare double ikats from Patan and embroidered rumals from Chamba.

Built during the 1560s in honor of India’s second Moghul emperor, this magnificent monument is perhaps Delhi’s most awe-inspiring sight. Its architecture—with red sandstone arches and slender minarets topped by a soaring white marble dome—was, famously, the inspiration for the Taj Mahal.

Wildly inventive designer Manish Arora samples global imagery for his embroidered and patchwork clothing in his Fish Fry collection. Snap up a pair of paisley running shoes or psychedelic sunglasses to accessorize this season’s metallic “space gladiator” leather jackets and skirts.

The city’s highest-priced retail district is initially unassuming: a warren of narrow lanes lined with drab old functional blocks, some of which appear to be on the verge of collapse. Step inside the shops, however, and you’ll find style incarnate.

This design team creates handsome modern home accessories (chocolate silk cushions, ivory velvet with felt appliqué bedspreads) that would suit a Manhattan loft as easily as a chic bungalow in Delhi’s exclusive diplomatic quarter.

Set at the eastern edge of Shahjahanabad, this sprawling 17th-century fort complex gets its name from the massive red sandstone walls (more than a mile and a half long in total) that circumscribe it.

The most elegant “mall” in town, Santushti’s dozen-odd boutiques set in terracotta–roofed bungalows surround a verdant magnolia-and-palm-shaded courtyard where peacocks strut.

The stall stocks ethereal woven scarves by designer Neeru Kumar.

In an industrial-chic gallery, Pratap is the signature line of designer Rajesh Pratap Singh, who favors elegantly restrained silhouettes and updated traditional embroidery techniques for his attractive collection of Western-style silk, linen, and khadi (handwoven cotton) tops and dresses