New and Old Delhi
Things to do in New and Old Delhi
From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in New and Old Delhi area. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite New and Old Delhi area attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.
Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in New and Old Delhi area to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in New and Old Delhi area.
Rural India meets valet parking at this 15th-century settlement, which has since been transformed into a shopping center with a faux-rustic theme.
The stall stocks opulently embroidered dresses from Gaurav Gupta, silk chiffon tops from Gauri & Nainika, and Pashma-brand cashmere stoles.
Up a narrow flight of stairs in Khan Market, this mid-priced home fashion emporium specializes in hand-blocked prints on pillows, throws, and table linens, as well as a bright selection of “kurta” tops and balloon-leg pants for adults and children.
Though it’s a bit out of the way (20 to 30 minutes from Connaught Place by taxi), this tiny shop has one of the city’s truly epic selections of pashminas and wool shawls.
Celiano Godin began selling pianos in Quetta (now part of Pakistan) in 1900 and opened his first Delhi showroom in 1940 near Kashmiri Gate. The shop eventually relocated to Connaught Place, where it’s now a beloved local landmark.
The 2,134-acre reserve in the center of Delhi is populated with jackals and wild boar.
New York–based stylist Gurmeet Pia Fleming caters to women of a certain stature; her store is the perfect place to find a handsomely tailored suit or cocktail dress for a VIP visit to one of the embassies or a ladies’ afternoon tea.
This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it nook hidden off the parking lot of the Imperial hotel has a small but worthy selection of jewelry— as well as attentive but not-at-all-pushy service (the shopkeepers outnumber the pieces).
The Museum: Who knew that toilet artifacts date back to 2500 B.C.?This museum displays those primitive relics and details the evolution of toilets across the globe. But the museum’s not just for laughs: founder Dr.
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.