Things to do in New Delhi

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Things to See

The Crafts Museum, Lodi Gardens, Khan Market, National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art and Taj Mahal in nearby Mumbai are all tourist favorites. Venture outside of the tourists spots to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the local shopping markets and Chandni Chowk Bazaar for the street food.  There is no shortage of things to see in New Delhi. The challenge will be to try and fit it all in, so decide on what’s most important to see and map it out before you arrive to maximize your time. 

Take It or Leave It:

Take a HoHo bus ride to hit all of the sights if pressed for time and see as much as possible.

Hot Tips:

New Delhi's Metro lines are a great alternative to the heavily trafficked roads.

Where to Stay

Hotels in New Delhi widely range in price from budget-friendly to luxury. The Karol Bagh area, located in the heart of New Delhi, features one of the oldest shopping areas of the city. Its central location to major places and monuments make it a popular place to stay. The Lodi Garden area, also in the center, provides easy access to the Lodi Gardens and is walking distance to Khan Market, National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art (in nearby Mumbai) and the Zoo.

Take It or Leave It:

Some visitors also opt to stay outside city center and hire a driver for the day for sightseeing.

Hot Tips:

Consider booking a private home or property converted to a boutique hotel as an inexpensive lodging option.

What to Eat

Street food in New Delhi offers some of the most authentic Indian dishes, but keep in mind that some dishes might be prepared spicier than your liking. Other times, the best places are tucked away, like Karim’s, which is a favorite of Delhi-ites and visitors for its meat and variety of savory and sweet gravies. Rampur Kitchen, tucked away in a corner in the Khan Market, serves its meals on copper plates and is known for its mutton kabobs and rice pudding. 


Dishes are usually prepared spicy, so if you're palate can't handle the heat, be sure to let the chef or cook know in advance.

Hot Tips:

Many smaller places don't accept credit cards.

Be Sure to Sample:

Vindaloo chicken or lamb.

Places to Party

While New Delhi does have nightclubs, more play standard music and close early. Its nightlife scene and partygoers head to Noida or Gurgaon on weekends. Check out the Time Out New Delhi for a list of local events and entertainment. To enjoy traditional Indian dance, check out Dances of India, one-hour performances of regional dances such as Bharata Natyam (Tamil dance), Kathakali, Bhangra and Manipuri.


Stand-alone bars and clubs are required by law to close at midnight.

Where to Shop

The best shopping can be had on the smallest streets and alleyways such as Old Delhi’s Chandni Chowk Bazaar. Although overwhelming for all of the senses, it’s an experience visitors won’t want to miss. Bring your camera. Hauz Khas Village, called “the Village” among locals, features chic restaurants, designer apparel and fine folk crafts. Khan Market is another local favorite and among the electronics and clothing, visitors will find excellent bookshops and newsstands. If near Connaught Place or the Lodi Gardens, hit up Janpath Market for great deals on bohemian clothes, handcrafted jewelry and home goods such as carpets.

Hot Tips:

Carry cash to the markets since credit card acceptance varies by vendor.

Best Local Souvenir:

Indian bangles, gold jewelry or Punjabi jutti.

New Delhi Neighborhoods