- Old DelhiDelhi, Indiarecommended Old DelhiOld Delhi is everything squalid, crowded, and overwhelming about the Indian capitol. It's narrow lanes choked with screaming rickshaws, grand mosques, and hidden bazaars, and is one of the most ... read morefascinating places in the city. Get dropped off at the Ajmer gate and simply get lost for a couple hours -- it's an education in everything Delhi.Matthew Crompton
You can easily spend a day exploring Old Delhi.
recommended kake da hotelNot, as the name would suggest, a hotel, but instead a hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the outer rim of Connaught Circus (Connaught Place) that serves the best chicken curry in Delhi. It's grubby, and ... read morethere's usually a wait, but it's cheap and so delicious that you may find yourself forgoing other places to dine here again and again. Highly recommended. Bring extra napkins.Matthew Crompton
Definitely eat at this cheap, delicious, no-frills restaurant just off Connaught Place. Have a look at my passport for more ideas. Good luck! =)
- Connaught PlaceDelhi, Indiarecommended Connaught PlaceIt's the commercial center of Delhi (though Delhi is, of course, rather denucleated), and the place to go to peek in on the modern life of the city. Good restaurants, excellent bookshops, and more ... read morethan a few grubby dudes offering to clean your ears with filthy metal implements. The underground mall here is also a hotbed of black-market activity: amidst the porno and dodgy electronics, rumor has it Pakistani visas are going for 10,000Rp cash.Matthew Crompton
And Connaught Place is great for a wander.
- Humayun's TombBharat Scouts and Guides Marg, Off Mathura Road, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi, Indiarecommended Humayun's TombIf you're visiting Agra to see the Taj, stop off first at this tomb in south-central Delhi whose style presaged it. With a gorgeous symmetrical style set in pretty, rambling gardens (and with some ... read moreolder and delightfully decaying tombs on the periphery) it's a great place to spend a morning exploring. For classical Mughali architecture, this building is second only to the Taj Mahal itself.Matthew Crompton
Elsewhere, Humayun's Tomb is wonderful.
- Chandni ChowkChandni Chowk, Delhi, Indiarecommended Chandni ChowkThe bazaar of bazaars, the central street of Old Delhi, have a wander and shop for bangles, saris, electronics, or junk, but be aware that the horns get overwhelming really quick, and that rickshaws ... read moreare not all that worried about avoiding pedestrians.Matthew Crompton
Afterwards, walk west, exploring the bazaars of Chandni Chowk.
- Red Fort ComplexChandni Chowk, Delhi, Indiarecommended Red Fort ComplexDelhi is one of my very favorite places in India for its profound sense of living history, the way the ancient and medieval and the modern so cozily coexist within its confines. One of the finest ... read moreexamples of this is the Red Fort in Old Delhi, east of the Jama Masjid and the bazaars, its battlements rising from the squalor. The Mughali fort of emperor Shan Jahan (he who built the Taj Mahal), it was the capital center of India for more than 200 years until the British supplanted indigenous rule; and today it's one of the greatest historical artifacts from that period. It's a majestic place to wander through, and the contrast with the sprawl of modern Delhi is absolutely delicious.Matthew Crompton
Then explore the Red Fort.
- Jama MasjidDaryaganj, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Indiarecommended Jama MasjidAt the heart of the chaotic streets of Old Delhi, this mosque is enormous, beautiful, and eminently photogenic. The views out over the old city from the minaret are fantastic, though bear in mind that ... read morethe whole thing closes to non-Muslims at mid-day for prayers.Matthew Crompton
Start at the Jama Masjid mosque.
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- Gunpowder22, Hauz Khaz Village, 3rd Floor, New Delhi, DL 110016, Indiarecommended GunpowderA very cool spot, in the fabled Hauz Khaz Village. Great Indian fusion food. You are probably going to have to ask a few people for directions even after you get to the village, and then you are going ... read moreto have to climb up about five flights of unmarked stairs until you get to this trendy, tasty little spot. Highly recommended, and great service!