New Delhi

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.

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.

Not so you’d know it to look at the place—like Khan Market, it defines “unassuming”—but this run-down shopping plaza is the insider’s choice for silver, antiques, and jewelry.

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

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

Stop in for chic, often whimsical furniture, kitchenware, and china, as well as delicious-smelling bath products.

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.

Started in the 1970's, this family-run wholesale jewelry firm offers outstanding quality and value. Silver is the focus, along with precious and semi-precious stones like amethyst, tourmaline, and rose quartz.

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).

This enormously popular nightspot originally set up in South Delhi but has since relocated to the white-gravel-strewn grounds of the Hotel Diplomat, an otherwise unremarkable fixture of Delhi’s (you guessed it) Diplomatic Enclave.

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.

The stall stocks ethereal woven scarves by designer Neeru Kumar.

Stop in for beautiful crepe tops, silk dresses, and pearl jewelry.