Must Dos

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  • The Air Force Museum

    It's near Palampur, close to the airport. It has the honours, medals and the portraits of air force personnel who fought for the country. It also has displays the different arms,ammunition and fighter planes used by India during its wars. Entry is free. Check for more information on their website.

  • Pig out on kebabs

    I know you have already mentioned Khan Market in your mid-range eating option, but I think Khan Chacha (which is also in Khan Market) deserves a special mention, and that should be placed in the budget category. Absolutely delicious kebabs and rolls. Shouldn't be missed by anyone. Another amazing place to have rolls and kebabs if you're around the area - I travel 45 minutes or so at times, especially for these, but that's another story - is Nizam's in Connaught Place. I haven't tried their outlet in Defence Colony, but I assume it's just as good.

  • Go to a museum Espncricinfo pick

    The National Museum, if history is of interest, the National Gallery of Modern Art if it's art.

  • Eat street food Espncricinfo pick

    Brave the bylanes of Parathewalli Galli for varied and often surprising interpretations of the humble Indian flat bread, stuffed with seasonal vegetables and served with yogurt. If eating there doesn't seem appealing, head to Karim's, behind Jama Masjid, for superlative grills, breads and curries.

  • Shop at Khan Market player pick

    If I'm in the mood to shop and eat before heading home, this is my preferred destination. It's an old market that has kept up with the times. You can find almost every cuisine here at affordable prices. If you're not averse to meat, I recommend a visit to Khan Chacha for kebabs. For Italian, Big Chill is the best (though you may have to wait for a table on weekends). In between, you could browse at the many shops for clothes and accessories.

    Submitted by Aakash Chopra
  • Have tea at the Cha Bar at Oxford Bookstore player pick

    When I'm not playing or watching cricket, I'm reading. I often head to my favourite bookshop in the city, Oxford, at Connaught Place, a stone's throw away from the Kotla. The best thing about this place is that you can grab a book, order your favourite tea from their wide selection and sit down for as long as you wish. The staff is courteous and friendly, and won't charge for the book unless you spill something on it. So you can sit down and read a few pages before making your choice. The food, provided by the Oberoi chain of hotels, is not too expensive either.

    Submitted by Aakash Chopra
  • Go to Chandni Chowk player pick

    This is one place you might be reluctant to visit, but trust me, it's a must. If you really want to know a city, you must see it its unadulterated version - and that's what you get at Chandni Chowk. One of the country's most prominent markets, Chandni Chowk is more than 300 years old. The place boasts seven major Hindu temples, two churches, two gurudwaras and three mosques. The market is a shopper's delight with hundreds of shops selling quality goods at wholesale prices. You will have to brave crowded streets and traffic jams and the ideal way to get there is to take the Metro and then either walk or use a cycle-rickshaw. Don't miss Paranthe Wali Gali (paratha street), Ghantewala Halwai, Natraj's Dahi Bhalle, and Chaatwala for local delicacies.

    Submitted by Aakash Chopra
  • Shop at Dilli Haat player pick

    If you're in the mood to try different Indian cuisines and experience the cultures of the different states of the country, Dilli Haat is the place to go. Near one of the city's busiest locations (near AIIMS hospital), it provides a sampling of food, crafts and more, from all over India. You can park nearby, buy a ticket (Rs 20 when I last went) and go in. Put your bargaining skills to good use and shop for clothes or artefacts before heading towards the food.

    Submitted by Aakash Chopra
  • Visit the Akshardham temple player pick

    I frequent temples way too often and it's only apt that one of India's best is on the top of my must-dos list. Built on the banks of the Yamuna, the Akshardham temple epitomises Hindu culture in all its grandeur and beauty. There's a brilliant light-and-sound presentation, a fascinating boat ride, a musical fountain that plays Vedic prayers, and sprawling lush-green gardens. Even if you aren't half as religious as I am, I'd strongly recommend a visit.

    Submitted by Aakash Chopra
  • See the sights

    Visit the Red Fort and Qutub Minar to view the excellence of Mughal architecture.If you are looking for spiritual peace, visit the Lotus temple, which is also famous for its marvellous architecture and heavenly beauty.

  • Shop till you drop

    Visit the vibrant shopping complexes of Connaught Place, and Dilli Haat for handicraft goods and delicious food.

  • Eat in Old Delhi

    Purani Delhi is a must-visit place for people travelling to Delhi. If you like "non veg" food, then this is the mecca of it. You must visit Nizam's and eat your heart out.

  • The Taj Mahal Espncricinfo pick

    Go to Agra to see the Taj Mahal. It's 200km, or four hours, away, but the roads are good. And everything you've heard about the Taj will not prepare you for the sight of it.

  • Shop in Janpath Espncricinfo pick

    Export rejects, mirrorworked bags, kitschy clothes and great bargains - you'll find them all here. Or go to Dilli Haat, for a sampling of crafts and cuisine from all over the country.

  • Walk in the Lodhi Gardens Espncricinfo pick

    This 90-acre green space in the heart of Delhi, is dotted with medieval ruins, beautiful walks and laughing picnickers and a smattering of bird life.

  • Go on a food walk Espncricinfo pick

    Food critic Rahul Verma conducts some. Or there are a number of Delhi Heritage Walks you could take

  • Dig the street food

    If you're a foodie, Delhi is the place to be. You need to explore the street foods of Delhi. From the Kotla stadium, pay a visit to Paranthe Wali Galli and Gulle ki Chaat in Daryaganj. Also, Al Bek at New Friends Colony is the place for you if you love eating meat.

  • Drive along Rajpath

    Go for a drive near Rajpath and experience India Gate, North and South blocks and the Parliament building, set amid their green lawns. It will be an unforgettable experience.

  • Eat at Eatopia

    Eatopia Restaurant, situated in Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, is a great choice for quality food in a nice ambience. If you have a taste for spicy food and are up for eating by the side of the road, don't forget to visit Guptaji Kachouri Wala at Sheikh Sarai (Near Transport Authority). Remember to follow the timings: 3.30pm to 6.00pm.

  • Check out SET'Z

    This restaurant is in the DLF Emporio Mall in Vasant Kunj. It's on the top floor (third) and serves a buffet with seven cuisines - European, coastal Indian, North Indian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese and Thai. They also do a la carte. If in the Defence Colony market, try Gola for sizzlers. You won't be disappointed.

  • Check out TK's Teppanyaki Grill

    Try this restaurant at the Hyatt Regency if you think you would like teppanyaki with a spicy Indian touch. You won't be disappointed.

  • Check out the scene in New Friends Colony

    New Friends Colony's market caters to all kinds of food lovers. Nathu's, McDonald's, Nirula's, Domino's, Albake, Pizza Hut and various coffee shops like Barista and Cafe Coffee Day for fast food fans. Also, there are Thai and Chinese restaurants like the brand new Yum Yum Tree that are among the best in Delhi. It is also home to Godfrey Philip's popular restaurants Ego Thai, Ego Desi, Ego Obsessions and Ego Cafe. The market has many dhabas serving everything from kebabs to Lebanese shawarmas. There are also a few upscale beauty shops - Affinity, Dessange and others. There's a small but unique shop, Galore Galleria, where you can find nice gifts, toys and gadgets like iPods, PlayStations, Digicams and so on. The area lately has turned into quite a pub district with the likes of Nothing Authentic, Moksha, Mistique Heights, Pebble Street, Ego's, IVY Lounge and Mezz dotting in vicinity. A fairly complete list of restaurants in New Friends Colony can be found at

  • Visit the Tibetan parts

    Visit Majnu ka Tila (North Delhi) and the Tibetan monastery (Near ISBT, Kashmiri Gate). Good shopping deals, good Tibetan food.

  • Take a few day trips

    Set some time aside to go to tourist places nearby - in Agra and the temples in Mathura. They are barely three or four hours' ride from the city. You can soak yourself in the vast medieval architecture and temples of India. Beware of Delhi's climate, it is a bit harsh, so plan accordingly.

  • Walk by India Gate

    A visit to Delhi is incomplete without a walk by this most iconic monument. It stands proudly in Central Delhi (5km from Connaught Place). Get there around sunset. Don't forget to try some ice-cream from the numerous vendors who set up shop near the monument.

  • Eat a Viva O Viva

    Try this restaurant at Goa Niwas in Chanakyapuri if you like your fish and your pork cooked in Portuguese style with Indian spices. A meal for two should not cost more than US$10 and the experience is well worth it.

  • Check out the Air Force Museum

    Visiting the Air Force Museum should be on your list of to-dos. It's near Palampur and not very far from the airport. It has on display the decorations, medals and portraits of the air force men who fought for the country. It also displays the different arms and fighter planes used by India during the different war eras. It's open from 10am to 4pm in the evening and entry is absolutely free.

  • Eat at the Triveni Art Gallery

    Visit the Triveni Art Gallery in Mandi House, near Connaught Place and savour the ambience and food in its canteen. Value for money and a great experience.

  • Visit the satellite towns

    Apart from New and Old Delhi, try and take time out to visit the wonderful cities of the national capital region: Gurgaon, Noida, Faridabad and Ghaziabad. They are beautifully constructed, with plenty of malls to shop in - the best of these are Select Citywalk, Saket; Ambience Mall, Gurgaon; DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj; Sahara Mall, Gurgaon and The Great India Place, Noida. The roads here are a pleasure to drive on and ride on.

  • Go shopping

    If you want to go on a shopping spree, Delhi is the place, with plenty of malls. Some of the best are 1) DLF Emporio in Vasant Kunj, 2) Select Citywalk in Saket 3) Ambience Mall in Gurgaon

  • Don't miss Karim's

    You must visit Karim's in Old Delhi for ethnic food, but be ready to face heavy traffic

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