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.

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.

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.

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

Conveniently located just five minutes from the famed Qutab Minar, the Crescent functions as Delhi’s Rodeo Drive or Madison Avenue: all the top Indian designers have shops here, including Rohit Bal and Ritu Kumar.

The stall stocks opulently embroidered dresses from Gaurav Gupta, silk chiffon tops from Gauri & Nainika, and Pashma-brand cashmere stoles.