Insiders' Guide: Exploring Delhi in one day
In Delhi, there is always something for everyone. Whether you're interested in fashion, art, sports, food, or architecture, you can find unique and fascinating experiences. We suggest visiting during Octover, February or March, not only for the best weather but also to witness the entire city celebrate some of the best festivals such as Diwali.
1- Start your morning at Lodhi Gardens
There is alot to see in Delhi and with just 24 hours, there's no time to waste. Start your morning with a nice walk at Lodhi Gardens and indulge in all the greenery, serenity and 500 years old architecture. Around the garden are some unique shopping stools selling clothing, homewares and foods. After your walk, you can have a nice breakfast/brunch at the Lodi The Garden restaurant to start your day fresh and strong.
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2- Go to the Kahn Market
Few minutes walk from the gardens lies the Kahn Market, a central shopping area with international and local boutiques. Kahn Market is known for its designer bridal and weadingwear boutiques, but also traditional and unique ready-to-wear and accessories. When in the market, visit Ogaan for a variety of indian designs all in one store, Ranna Gill for comtemporay chic, Anupamaa colorful patchwork designs and Delhi Cloth House for the finest handmade natural fabrics. And finally, for jewlery lovers, the ultimate store in the market is Amrapali where you can find the best traditional accessories.
For a shopping guide in Delhi, click here.
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3- Visit the Red Fort
Visiting the Red Fort should be on your list for its magnificent architecture and inspiring history. Rich in heritage, the Red Fort is a designated UNESCO destination since 2007. The monument is built with massive walls of red sandstone in the form of a parellologram and encloses various buildings, gardens, and museums. The architecture is a mixture of Persian, European, and Indian styles which makes it more fascinating. To know about the long history of the place, there are plenty of tours you can choose from when you're there.
At night, there is usually a Light and Sound show on the Fort. If you prefer to watch that, then you can always come back at night or simply visit the Red Fort then.
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4- Lunch at Karim's
Voted as the best restaurant in all of Asia, go to Karim's and try their Mutton Korma, Mutton Stew and Badam Pasanda with their famous Roti. The restaurant is located near the biggest mosque in all of India, Jama Masjid, if interested you can visit it after lunch.
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5- Decide on the next destination
Next, you can decide between going to the Indian Habitat Center and discover local art and traditional art pieces; or you can experience Old Delhi's unique pigeon racing sport. The latest is called Kabootarbazi, it's a race between two flocks of pigeon where they have to travel the maximum distance and return within a certain time to their owners.
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6- Dinner at The Spice Route or Bukhara
The Spice Route is rated as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world. It's located in a five star hotel, in a beautiful courtyard filled with tradionational unique art pieces. The food and the experience is exceptional.
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Bukhara is also one of the best authentic Indian food experience. Eating in Bukhara feels as if you're dining in a sultan's tent. Their specialties are the hot naans, Sikandari Raan, the Murgh Malai Kebab and more.
Don't forget to make a reservation for both restaurants!
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