Delhi City Guide | Itinerary

Delhi has been much written about as a city that has held many empires, seen many kingdoms come down and many civilisations rise. William Dalrymple City of djinns, Khushwant Singh's Delhi and Malvika Singh's New Delhi put light on these. As a citizen of this exotic city, I never realised I am part of its rich culture and heritage and every road I travelled on or every food I ate was a contribution made my one of these empires. The earliest city built was near the today's Qutub Minar area and Jamali Kamali. Siri Fort, Tughlaqabad, Jahanpanah, Firozabad, Purana Qila, Shahjahanabad and finally Lutyens New Delhi make today's Capital City, Through this itinerary, I want to give a taste to a modern-day traveller of all that the city has to offer for in terms of architecture, contemporary cafes and shops in these historic neighbourhoods. 

DAY ONE: 
8: 00: Walk around the Qutub Minar Area and Jamali Kamali Baoli to express wonders of architecture. Eat Breakfast at Cafe Dori, a European style bistro offering a wide range of egg dishes and pasta and excellent coffee. 
10: 00: Appreciate the patterns and craftsmanship of Humayun's Tomb. I recommend the Safdurjung Tomb For those who are looking for more colour and texture inspiration. 
11: 00: Visit the Crafts Museum opposite Purana Qila to dive deep into Textiles, Metalwork and Terracotta crafts of India. Snack with coffee at Cafe Lota that offers fusion Indian Food. 
12: 30: Hit Khan Market to shop for the best of Modern Indian designers and homegrown brands like Good Earth, Ogaan, Anokhi, Amrapali, Kama Ayurveda and FabIndia. For Book lovers, Bahrisons is a one-stop shop. Lunch at Cafe Latitude that offers Italian and fusion Indian main courses with a wide range of salads and desserts. 

3: 00: Visit Hauz Khas Village for the Delhi Art Gallery. You can visit Blossom Kochar's massage and spa if you want to treat yourself after all that walking! Hungry again? Snack on appams at Coast Cafe at Ogaan. Get the views of Hauz Khas lake and tomb. 

5: 00: Talk a walk/picnic at Lodhi Gardens between bougainvillaea trees and tombs of Lodhi. 

7: 00: For dinner visit Chor Bazaar at Bikaner House for authentic Indian from the Mughal period, or if you fancy a European meal, Lodhi restaurant next to the Lodhi Gardens is a charming place. 

Cafes

Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters for Coffee | Triveni Cafe for snacks| Cafe lota for Indian Fusion | Latitude Cafe by Diva for Lunch | Coast Cafe for coastal food  | Ek bar for Drinks  | Caara At Ogaan for High Tea | Fab Cafe for Organic Indian | Perch For wine and Italian |Cafe Dori for Brunch

Fine Dining 

Indian accent | 1911 at the Imperial | Lodhi, the garden restaurant | Haveli Dharampura | Delhi Club House

Regional and Street food

Kathputli | Rustom's Parsi Bhonu | Prince Paan for Chaat

Hauz Khas village 

Ogaan: multi-designer boutique | Blossom Kochar salon | Translate clothing | Nappa Dori | Delhi Art Gallery

Khan Market

Good earth | Ahujasons | Anokhi | Amrapali | Bahrisons| Manan | Dastakar | Neemrana shop | Kama Ayurveda

Mehar Chand 

Bhane | CMYK  | Shades of India | The shop | The Kirana shop

One-off shops

Ekaya  | Mittal tea house | Vayu Bikaner House

Cultural Centres 

British Council | Indian habitat centre | Alliance Francaise | Khoj | Zorba the Buddha | Odd bird theatre | Japan Foundation | Sanskriti Museum

Boutique Stays

Scarlette | lazy patio

Luxury Hotel

Imperial Hotel

SOUVENIRS

No three clive road tea | A Raw Mango sari

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