In this capital destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout its history, ancient monuments are a testament to Mughal majesty, and Victorian government buildings speak of another empire. Hardly a living museum, though, this modern and cosmopolitan city, is also a hub of arts, culture, and intellectual life.
Pre-dating the Taj Mahal by nearly a century, this towering mausoleum was the first garden-tomb in India, and is nearly as impressive as its more famous cousin. Commissioned by Mughal emperor Humayun’s son, the tomb was designed by a Persian architect, who drew heavily on his homeland’s architecture, inspiring a number of architectural styles and innovations that can be found in the Taj.Learn More
One of Delhi’s most popular high-end shopping areas, Khan Market is centrally located in one of the greenest pockets of the city, near the Lodi Gardens. From diplomats to robed Tibetan lamas, a diverse clientele shops at Khan Market for everything from clothing to books. The area is also known for its authentic street food, as well as its trendy coffee shops and international restaurants.
Carefully manicured greenery and towering medieval mausoleums lend a timeless romantic charm to these gardens, established in the 15th and 16th centuries by the Sayyid and Lodi rulers. Join Delhi society in escaping from the city’s bustle and strolling between the trees, around the crumbling tombs with their ashlar stone minarets, arched entryways, colored tiles, and Quranic inscriptions. The National Bonsai Park is also located within the Lodi Gardens.
With its thousands of years of history, Delhi has plenty of historic monuments, ruins, and ancient sites to visit. As the site of some of Delhi’s oldest remaining buildings, including the fort from the second city, the 200-acre Mehrauli Archaeological Park is home to an impressive collection of historic sites. Take a walking tour to learn about the history of the buildings, but be sure to keep an eye out for the Jamali Kamali mosque and the 16th-century Rajon ki Baoli step-well.Learn More
For a taste of contemporary Indian high fashion, make your way to designer Sabyasachi’s Delhi flagship, located inside a restored historic building near the Qutb Minar. In addition to the brand’s signature gowns and saris, which blend traditional fabrics and styles with modern aesthetics, this store also showcases menswear, jewelry, shoes, and a more casual streetwear line.Learn More
As a city with a strong and storied literary tradition, it’s no surprise that Delhi is home to Asia’s largest book fair, attracting authors, editors, publishers, and distributors from around the globe.Learn More
Perhaps India’s most popular festival, the spring celebration of Holi turns the city into a rainbow of colors and parties, from the classic paint-strewn streets to local neighborhood feasts.Learn More
This four-day arts festival celebrates an international lineup of dance, contemporary circus, and music where artists and audiences mingle after each performance.Learn More
One of Islam’s biggest festivals, Eid al-Fitr celebrates the end of the holy month of Ramadan with feasts, parties, and merriment throughout the city.
One of India’s biggest national holidays is celebrated in the capital with awe-inspiring parades and live performances, centered around the iconic Red Fort.Learn More
Fireworks illuminate the capital in celebration of India’s popular festival of lights, while locals celebrate with cultural and religious events, festive treats, and more.Learn More
Designed to encourage locals and visitors alike to explore Delhi on foot, this 16-day festival features themed walks around different neighborhoods led by local academics and historians.Learn More
Indian culture loves cinema, and Delhi’s relatively young film festival is a celebration of that, screening an impressive slate of Bollywood films alongside independent works from around the world.Learn More
Delve into the world of Indian dance at this respected festival that showcases the subcontinent’s premier dancers through performances, talks, films, and more.Learn More
Sample dishes from hundreds of vendors representing nearly every national taste, style, and cuisine at this popular street food festival.Learn More
While the hotel's architecture is a nod to traditional Buddhist architecture, inside, its walls are lined with an extensive contemporary Indian art collection by some of India's top artists.Learn More
Discover one of Himalayan India's cuisines at the acclaimed Dum Pukht restaurant, which carries on 200-year-old culinary traditions from the kitchens of the Nawabs of Awadh.Learn More
Regularly praised as Delhi's best Indian fine dining, the renowned Bukhara restaurant serves decadent dishes from the North-West Frontier and has held a pop-up in London.Learn More