India Travel Guide

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.

Walk the narrow lanes of Marwar's bazaar, ending at Manak Chowk, a central square lined with shopkeepers peddling Rajasthani wares such as water_____color miniatures and embroidered pashmina shawls.

Set on a high plateau 25 bumpy miles from Ahilya Fort is the abandoned sixth-century city of Mandu, built by the Muslim Ruler Hoshang Shah and famed for the fine state of preservation of its many structures (said, as so many things are, to have provided inspiration for Shah Jahan in the building

Embark on a 10-day culinary tour of India, offered by Our Personal Guest, that centers around agni, or fire. Created by Indian food expert Camellia Panjabi, this tour introduces guests to fire-roasted and spice-enhanced dishes as well as spice plantations and markets.

Original Debut: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer—the studio behind The Wizard of Oz, Ben-Hur, and the lion that roars before every feature—built the Metro Cinema in 1938.

The plugged-in, South Africa–based luxury outfitter (formerly known as CC Africa) owns 46 lodges and camps across Africa and in India. T+L Trip Pick: Bush Skills Academy at Phinda Private Game Reserve. Learn how to be a big-game ranger.

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.

Best for: Tigers, swamp deer, mongoose, leopards, wild boar, golden jackals, 300 bird species


Rural India meets valet parking at this 15th-century settlement, which has since been transformed into a shopping center with a faux-rustic theme.

Prized additions to an Indian bride's trousseau for centuries, the intricately woven gossamer saris of Maheshwar were saved from disappearing when Richard Holkar and then-wife Shalini Devi (Sally) first came to rural Maheshwar in the late 1960's and set about reviving the local craft and improvin