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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.

Submitted by Kumar Vasnani

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.

Submitted by Rahul Bhasin

Go to a museum  

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

Eat street food  

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  

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. Aakash Chopra

Have tea at the Cha Bar at Oxford Bookstore  

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. Aakash Chopra

Go to Chandni Chowk  

People make their way through the streets of Chandni Chowk market, Delhi, October 2, 2010 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. Aakash Chopra

Shop at Dilli Haat  

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. Aakash Chopra

Visit the Akshardham temple  

The Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple is reflected in a pool of water during its inauguration ceremony, Delhi, November 6, 2005 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. 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.

Submitted by Nikhil Tatke

Shop till you drop

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

Submitted by Nikhil Tatke

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.

Submitted by Manu Pandey

The Taj Mahal  

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  

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  

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  

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

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.

Submitted by Ravichandran

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.

Submitted by Kumar Vasnani

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

Submitted by Ashutosh Maitri

Don't miss Karim's

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

Submitted by Vimal

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Have tea at the Cha Bar at Oxford Bookstore  

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. Aakash Chopra

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