An Insider’s take on Travelling Delhi- Top 25 Experiences

The Capital of India is an intense affair on all the 5 senses and for good! If you’re up for exploring the best places and experiences of Delhi, we’re all game here. Read this blog on a lazy weekend for inspiration if you’re a Delhiite. And if you’re just visiting, you’ll know the place pretty well by the end of it.

Here's everything that this travel blog of Delhi covers. Click on a category to directly land on that info, or else you can always read through everything for the best travel research :P

The must-visit Monuments of Delhi: The Obvious & not-so-obvious
- Street Shopping Recommendations
- The Culture Bazaars of Dilli
- Chaat places that you have to try
- Breakfast, Delhi Style
- Best places in Delhi for a fine lunch
- Non-veg lovers, assemble here
- The Arts of the city
- Events which are So-Delhi!
- The best nightlife hubs
- Book markets for the reader in you


The Monuments- Make all those history lessons come alive

1. Qutub Minar

Try going at 7 am, right when it opens, for the most serene views of the world’s tallest minaret. When you’re done marvelling at the beauty of the red and pink sandstone structure, there are some dhabas right around the corner for you to have a filling breakfast.

Where- Near the Qutub Minar metro station, Yellow Line

Open between 7am & 5pm

2. Safdarjang Tomb

This monument almost never makes the cut when people recommend places to visit in Delhi, and we’re just sitting here wondering why. A sandstone and marble mausoleum with beautiful Mughal style architecture, visit here to curve away from the tourist crowd.


Where- Nearest Jor Bagh Metro Station, Yellow Line

Open between 7 am and 5 pm

3. Ahinsa Sthal

A Jain Temple with the most peaceful vibes, visit this place for a refreshing getaway from the general chaos of Dilli.


Where- Mehrauli, near Qutub Minar Metro Station, Yellow Line

Open between 8am & 8pm

Other recommendations would be the Humayun's Tomb & the Jama Masjid.

Street Shopping- It can’t get any better or cheaper

4. Sarojini Nagar

You saw it here first! If one place could contain all the fashion stores of YOUR choice, it would be Sarojini Nagar. It is hands down your paradise if you like to change your wardrobe too often!

You can also pick up a ‘Ret Wala Bhutta’, a steaming plate of momos, and a Banta Soda on the streets to keep you going in your quest to find the perfect clothes.

Where- Near INA metro station

Closed on Mondays, open between 10 am and 9 pm

5. Janpath

Situated in the heart of the city, Janpath is a 1.5km street market with styles and designs to fit all your fashion AND budget needs. From junk jewellery to dresses and hand towels to shoes, Janpath has it all!

Connected to Janpath are two more street markets that you must not miss on your visit – The Tibetan market and the Gujarati Handloom Street. Oh, and a final pro tip – bargain as you like.

Where- Near Janpath Metro Station

Closed on Sundays, open between 11 am & 9 pm

The Hat-ke Cultural Bazaars

6. Dilli Haat

The best thing about Dilli Haat is that it has food from all over the country, with stalls dedicated to cuisines of different states of India. The must tries are the Kashmiri and Manipuri stalls for authentic food. Along with a mix of cultural dishes, the haat is also big on traditional clothes, home-décor, and other shopping elements exclusive to different parts of India. Even if you don’t have the budget for high-end shopping, the bazaar is worth a visit.


Where- Delhi Haat INA Metro Station, Yellow Line

7. Nature Bazaar aka Dastkar Mela

A unique market of 100 stalls, the items they sell here keep on changing with festivals and events.

Where- Kisan Haat, Near Qutub Minar Metro Station, Yellow Line

When you think of Delhi, you’re bound to think of its Chaats

8. Shri Ram Chaat Corner

While chaats are available at every market of Delhi, we want you to try the best of it. The chatpate gol gappe, papdi chaat, and aloo tikki here are the absolute must-haves!

Where- Malviya Nagar Main Market, Near Malviya Nagar Metro Station

9. Natraj ke bhalle

Be it the unbearable Delhi heat or the chilling winters, you will always find people gathered around the corner shop of Natraj, hogging on their Dahi Bhalle and Aloo Tikki. Natraj also has a café at the same premises with more options for drool-worthy street food, just in case a single plate of chaat isn’t enough for your cravings.


Where- Chandni Chowk, Near Chandni Chowk Metro Station

Breakfasts, Delhi style

10. Laxman fast food

This food joint near IIFT serves finger-licking keema parantha. We also highly recommend the dal makhani and Tawa roti here.

Where- Qutub Institutional Area, near IIT Metro Station, Magenta Line

11. Nagpal ke Chhole Bhature

Up for trying Delhi’s favourite dish? Grab a plate of scrumptious chhole bhature in the Amar Colony & you’ll keep coming back for more.


Where- Lajpat Nagar, near Moolchand Metro Station

Fancy lunches to make the most of posh Delhi

12. The Big Chill

Best Pasta in Delhi? The Big Chill is the answer. Load on their out-of-the-world pasta (more than 20 dishes to choose from!!) and end it with the amazing Irish cream tiramisu for dessert to have a fine-dining experience.


Where- Multiple outlets across Delhi

13. Café Delhi Heights

Their Amritsari fried sole fish is a MUST TRY. There are other very-Delhi things on the menu too, so you’ll have a ball here.

Where- Multiple outlets across Delhi

14. Pa Pa Ya/ Yum Yum Cha

If you’d like to experiment a little with the cuisine, head to either of these for some great Sushi with drinks if you like ‘em.

Where- Multiple outlets across Delhi

For all your non-veg cravings

15. Karim’s

If you know Delhi even a bit, you know this name for sure. Have the chicken changezi, khameeri roti, and ‘istoo’ aka Mutton Stew at this most famous food place in Delhi!


Where- Chandni Chowk Gali, near gate no.1 of Jama Masjid, Jama Masjid Metro Station

16. Rajender da Dhaba

When you land up near the area, you will find a lot of restaurants named Rajinder Express, RDX etc. But don’t worry because all of them are pretty much the same. Don’t miss the Mutton Galouti Kebab with roomali roti when you’re at any of those.

Where- Safdarjung, near AIIMS Metro Station

17. Al-Kauser

Head here for the best Mutton Biryani you’ll find in Delhi. Period.

Where- Near RK Puram-Sector 7 Metro Station

For the love of Art

18. Lodhi Art District

Don’t forget your cameras as you set to stroll across this artsy gully of Delhi. Try the first half of the day (before 11) for good light and great pictures.

Where- Lodi Colony, near Jor Bagh Metro Station, Yellow Line

19. NGMA

The National Gallery of Modern Art is a mesmerizing affair for anyone who is even remotely interested in arts like sculpture-making, painting, and sketching. The place also conducts weekend art classes at a nominal fee of INR 20 if you’d like to learn basic sketching or painting. Heads up- bags are not allowed at the workshop, so carry only the things that can fit in your pockets.


Where- Shershah Road, near Central Secretariat Metro Station, Yellow Line

Must-see Events of Delhi

20. Nizamuddin Dargah Qawwali

One of the most sacred shrines visited by pilgrims from all over the country, this Dargah holds qawwali every Thursday. The experience is soothing and very cultural, so we recommend you go there.


Timings: 6pm, 7.30pm & 9pm on Thursdays

Where- Nizamuddin Dargah, near Jangpura Metro Station, Violet Line

21. Ghalib in Delhi

A beautiful rendition of Ghalib’s imaginary life in modern Delhi, this play is a great summary of the city in present times. It happens regularly in different auditoriums, so the bests you can do is look out for it.

The Big-City Nightlife

22. Connaught Place

From chic cafes to fancy dine-ins, food-chains, bakeries, famous shopping brands, and pubs thudding with the trendiest songs, CP, as the area is popularly known, has it all. Circle around all the blocks and pick one place that suits your mood and you’re set for a great time!


Where- Rajiv Chowk Metro Station, Yellow Line

23. Aurobindo Marg

With cafes, pubs, and restaurants, this street has some upmarket places to enjoy a late-night meal or dance your heart out. Summerhouse, one such pub here, is a really popular name in Delhi, just saying.

Where- Near Green Park Metro Station, Yellow Line

Book markets- Because just one shelf of books is never enough

24. Daryaganj Book Market

As the market is open only on Sundays, try reaching there at 9 in the morning as it’ll be easier to find the books you want. From the most popular reads like Gone Girl and The Book Thief to the hidden gems of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ayn Rand, the market has it all. So, the real question here is, do you have the eye to find exactly what you’re looking for?


Where- Near Chowri Bazar Metro Station, Yellow Line

25. Nai Sarak

A hub of academic publishers, this is where you go to buy all your course books. Be it state board, central, international, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for here. You can also shop for wholesale stationery items for cheap on this street.

Where- Near Chowri Bazar Metro Station, Yellow Line

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Writer, Apoorva Sikka & Pranavi.