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Things to do in New Delhi

There is an abundance of things to do in New Delhi for any traveler. The best way to get around is via black-and-yellow taxis or auto-rickshaws. Make sure to negotiate a price first. New Delhi is structured around two central promenades called the Rajpath (King’s Way) and the Janpath (Queen’s Way). The Rajpath stretches from the Rashtrapati Bhavan (the Viceroy’s House) in the center of the city to the India Gate, inspired by the Arc de Triomphe. The city is home to plenty of museums, including the Indira Gandhi Memorial Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, National Rail Museum, and the Nehru Planetarium.

Visit Humayun’s Tomb, the splendid 16th-century Moghul monument that inspired much of the design of the Taj Mahal. On certain weekday afternoons, the grounds are blissfully uncrowded. See the entrancing Sufi Qawwali singers who perform every Thursday evening at Nizamuddin’s Shrine. Take a walk down Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi’s historic, half-mile-long bazaar that teeters thrillingly on the brink of chaos at any hour of the day or night. See below for more things to do in New Delhi.

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  • Ahujasons

    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 pas... More
  • Anokhi

    One of India's most celebrated brands offers Rajasthani block-printed linens and clothing in tasteful florals and paisleys at ridiculously low pric... More
  • Bharany’s

    High-grade, high-priced yellow gold and vintage textiles. More
  • Crescent Mall

    Conveniently located just five minutes from the famed Qutab Minar, the Crescent functions as Delhi’s Rodeo Drive or Madison Avenue: all the top Ind... More
  • Ensemble, New Delhi

    Stop in for beautiful crepe tops, silk dresses, and pearl jewelry. More
  • Good Earth

    Stop in for chic, often whimsical furniture, kitchenware, and china, as well as delicious-smelling bath products. More
  • Hauz Khas Village

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

    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 attenti... More
  • Khan Market

    The city’s highest-priced retail district is initially unassuming: a warren of narrow lanes lined with drab old functional blocks, some of which ap... More
  • Ladakh Art Gallery

    South Indian–style gold baubles as well as silver boxes, bowls, chalices, and cups. More
  • Museum of Toilets

    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 ... More
  • Noor Jehan

    Come in for brightly colored shawls made of kashgar, a fine sheer cashmere gauze. More

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