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New Delhi is a feast for all the senses; as soon as you step off the plane, you will be amazed by all the sounds, smells, sights, and tastes.

Indian food at its best

Most people love to have a curry, but on a visit to New Delhi, you’ll actually be able to taste some really authentic Indian food. Although there are plenty of great restaurants – some of them Michelin-starred – all around the city, to really get a sense of New Delhi, hit the street food stalls. Some top stree...

New Delhi is a feast for all the senses; as soon as you step off the plane, you will be amazed by all the sounds, smells, sights, and tastes.

Indian food at its best

Most people love to have a curry, but on a visit to New Delhi, you’ll actually be able to taste some really authentic Indian food. Although there are plenty of great restaurants – some of them Michelin-starred – all around the city, to really get a sense of New Delhi, hit the street food stalls. Some top street food to try include: kebabs, grilled chunks of meat, or fish marinated in Indian spices and skewered; momos, the New Delhi take on Tibetan dumplings; paranthas, a delicious fried and stuffed bread; and chaat, a savory snack served with a variety of toppings. If you do head to restaurants when you’re in New Delhi, don’t forget to try biryani and butter chicken, both dishes originating from the Punjab area.

An abundance of shopping opportunities

New Delhi is famous for its markets and, despite India being known as a pretty cheap country, you might find that you spend more than you mean to, with all the wonderful products and wares on offer. Some of the best bazaars to head to are Connaught Place, Khan Market, Central Market, and Chandni Chowk. New Delhi is also well-known for being a publishing hub, and there are plenty of places to purchase books; many English-language books are published here and you can buy them at the fraction of the cost they would be in the west. If you want to shop in a little luxury, head to one of the western-style malls.

Majestic architecture

Over the centuries, New Delhi has seen many kingdoms and empires, and all of them have contributed to the city’s architecture, with many gems to be found. The Red Fort is one of New Delhi’s most famous monuments, an impressive sandstone complex built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan – who also built the Taj Mahal – as his royal palace. Other majestic historical sights include Humayan’s Tomb, India Gate, Jama Masjid, and the Qutub complex. A modern building that is definitely worth a visit is the stunning Lotus Temple, a Bahai house of worship inspired by the lotus flower. Connaught Place also has some great architecture; its design was based on the Royal Crescent of Bath, so here you will find sweeping 18th-century style Georgian architecture.

Great spot for bird watching

Perhaps surprisingly for such a large city, New Delhi is a wonderful spot for bird watching due to the numerous green spaces dotted around the city; in fact, there are over 450 endemic and migratory bird species to look out for. Lodhi Garden and Sanjay Van are two popular parks that offer the opportunity to spot a wide variety of species, including doves and herons. However, the best place to go is Yamuna Ghat, located on the Yamuna River and a gathering point for hundreds of migratory birds.

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