If you want to get to know Delhi, its history, its people and its yummy street food, here’s ten excellent ways to explore the city.
Delhi is busy, bustling and packed with people, so make sure you get away from the concrete to take in some of the city’s great green spaces. Here’s five great green spaces we reckon you should check out.
Mehar Chand Market, Lodi Colony (unimaginatively called 5th Avenue on the street signage) is home to some of the coolest shops and the hottest eateries in the capital. It’s another South Delhi market where you should shop, eat and be seen.
If it seems like there’s a never ending supply or festivals and celebrations in India, that’s because there is. If you want to know what’s happening, where, when and why, this article offers the answers.
There’s a never ending supply of festivals and celebrations in Delhi, so stripping this list down to just a dozen wasn’t easy. Here goes, these are the best of the best.
IIs it a bird? Is it a plane? Wait a minute. It’s Tuesday, April 11th, that means it’s Hanuman’s birthday! Revered by hundreds of millions, temples, shrines and massive statutes of Hanuman are dotted all around Delhi. Unsure about who he is? Check out his CV.
With 25 million people living across the Delhi NCR, securing a quiet green space all to yourself isn’t easy. But we’ve found some. Fourth in the series is the simply stupendous Najaf Khan Tomb’s.
This long strip of a street running east to west from Aurobindo Marg towards Haus Khas Village Road, has a good selection of shops and a few extra special places that are worthy worth mention.
With 25 million people living across the Delhi NCR, securing a quiet green space all to yourself isn’t easy. But we’ve found some. Third in the series is a place that will take you to the top of the world.
An Urban Village in the heart Delhi, Shahpur Jat is located near to the walls of the ancient city of Siri Fort. Home to fashion boutiques, upcoming eateries and other trendy shops, it’s a cool quarter for Delhi’s upwardly mobile.
With 25 million people living across the Delhi NCR, securing a quiet green space all to yourself isn’t easy. But we’ve found some: don’t tell everyone where they are. Second in the series is a little place near the Children’s Replica Museum, Siri Fort
When it comes to Ladakh there’s three things to talk about: breathtaking scenery, Buddhist monasteries and the brilliance of BRO who make this beautiful dry desert amusingly accessible.
Fab India has opened a five storey experience centre in the capital, there’s an Old Delhi Food Festival at the India Islamic Centre, the World Press Photo Awards come to the capital and there’s a whole host of other stuff on as we say farewell to spring. Get stuck in.
With 25 million people living across the Delhi NCR, securing a quiet green space all to yourself isn’t easy. But we’ve found some: don’t tell everyone where they are. First up, it’s Safdarjung’s Tomb
Old Delhi’s jammed pack with history and stories and some super sweethouses. Here’s five that should be on your hit list in the walled city
Shahjahanabad, the Old City, is famed for its food and in the merry month of March there’s a food festival coming to the India Islamic Centre that’s focusing in on the wonderful cuisine of the walled city.
If you want to explore contemporary molecular gastronomy, dine out on delicacies served at Royal Courts or fancy trying out the tastes of award winning international restaurants, then Delhi is the perfect dinner table.
Here’s run-down of a dozen or so events happening in and around Delhi over the next week or so. There’s a French Mela, a poetry festival, a film festival and the chance to eat some super food at Grub Fest. Find out more about what’s going on inside.
Finding out what’s happening when and where isn’t always easy, but every State has a tourism department that has information about what’s wonderful in its state and why tourist should plan a trip. Here’s the complete list.
Bukhara is probably the most talked about restaurant in the capital. This multi award winning restaurant has been serving politicians, celebrities and Dilliwalahs food the North Western Frontier for around 40 years.
The new kid on the block, Dharampura, is going straight into every guide book. Why? The food is good, but the building that it’s served in what everyone is talking about.
Holi is here and that means Indian’s have another excuse to celebrate the victory of good or evil with a great sweet. The gujjia is only available for a short time, so make sure when playing colours you get stuck into this special Holi Sweet.
Wondering what to do in the merry month of March? Then these fifteen ideas might give you some inspiration.
On international women’s day we recognise a few of the amazing women from the India’s past and present that have dared to challenge and create new norms. Over to them.
You must have noticed that India’s most beautiful tree is back in bloom? It’s time to learn about Delhi’s Trees with a book written by the tree man of Delhi, Pradip Krishen.
The end of spring and the start of summer sees another excuse to celebrate with your taste buds as the good people at Grub Fest bring Dilliwalahs another food festival. Yum.
If you want to know what a post is really like, then check out what’s been written independently by expats posted to different parts of the world.
With Rajput era palaces, 19th century havelis, safari and seaside resorts, hill stations, tea plantations and more, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing properties and planning amazing adventures in Incredible India.
From railways with UNESCO World Heritage Status and multi award world beating luxurious trains through to pilgrimage routes and tourist trains running up, down and round the continent. On top of all that, there’s the normal service of 14,300 trains that the 1.3 million Indian Railway’s workers keep running. Here’s our guide to them all and how to get your hands on that all important ticket..
Get outside and explore the city with a wonderful walk, tour or talk, take in a food festival, watch some films, explore 22 world cities in one place, jazz things up with some music or sit back and sip some whisky. Here’s some stuff that happening in the city over the next seven days or…
Now that the warm weather is on the way its ice cream time! First up to take the taste test is Ping in Lodi Colony who serve up a homemade coconut jaggery ice cream that will blow your socks off. Ping. What a place to start this season’s ice cream adventure! I feel like I’ve…
After putting my size 11 shoes on a puppy, nearly putting my foot on a pig while taking a photo of a cow and then seeing a man pulled out of a manhole cover, it’s easily to appreciate why keeping your eyes open and wits about you is important when walking around Delhi’s streets.
This month is not all about holi. Sure, a lot of colours are about to be thrown around, but there’s also a yoga festival in Rishikesh, a water festival in Rajasthan and a Buddhist ritual in enjoy in Sikkim. Find out more inside.
Had a bad day? Then why not pay to smash stuff up to calm yourself down? India’s first Break Room has opened up in Gurugram and promises you a smashing time.
Namaste New Delhi blogs about events and activities on a weekly basis, but make sure you check out these other sites to find out what’s happening in the city.
Wondering what Maha Shivratri on Friday 24th February is all about and who Lord Shiva is? Here’s a 101 introduction to Lord Shiva, the Lord of Dance, the husband of Parvati, the father of Ganesha and the God that saved the world but turned blue in the process.
India’s largest travel trade show is coming to town in a few days. If you’re wondering what to see and do in and around India, get yourself down to Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium for some ideas and inspiration.
There’s a tango festival, a book launch about the lives of women taxi drivers in Delhi, a celebration of the capital with Words in the Garden and a whole lot more happening over the next seven days or so. Come inside and take a look.
With the cooler weather and better air now the best time to get in the groove and get active. These sports, fitness and adventure shops will kit you out for fitness in Delhi an trips further afield.
Cricket is India first love, Kabbaddi comes a close second, but Delhi also boosts a football and hockey league that attract players from around the world. The game of kings, Polo, is also played in the capital.
Facebook can a good friend for expats looking to hear about the experiences and insights of other expats. Here’s some groups offering hints and tips on a range of topics, from flats and furnishing to food and fun stuff.
From massive Kumbh Melas held at sacred waters all the way through to huge gatherings in the Himalayan range, India is a place where epic pilgrimages see millions of people on the move. Gaynor O’Flynn, an artist from the UK, presents Pilgrimage, an exhibition of her extensive personal pilgrimages in the Himalayan range.
Since the middle of the 19th century Kanwar ji has been keeping Chandni Chowk sweet, and doing a particularly fine line in gulab jamun.
From Bollywood blockbusters through to the best of international cinema, Dilliwalahs are spoilt for choice when it comes to movie halls, expansive film festivals and eclectic film clubs.
Founded at the turn of the 20th century, Shyam sweethouse is a much loved Old Delhi institution that’s made into onto many of the walled city’s famous food walks.
There’s not a minute to spare when there’s so much going in the city at spring time. Dive inside this week’s edition of Delhi Diary and decide where you going to go to have some fun in the sun. No need for an intro this week, let’s get straight into it…… Mughal Gardens are open…
Lady Driver brings together the complex and unique stories, struggles and setbacks of 12 women drivers trained by the Azad Foundation to be taxi drivers in Delhi.
India can be a culture shock when you first arrive. If you looking to connect with other expatriates for advice, friendship and some fun, these groups and networks could be just what you want.
Over 100 Indian and international vintage cars and motorcycles are coming to Delhi for a massive vintage car rally this February
Giani Di Hatti has a reputation for serving the best Rabri Faludu in the city during the summer months and the best gajar halwa at winter time. It’s a reputation that’s well deserved.
After spending five years in the maintenance shed the world record breaking Fairy Queen is back on the tracks and picking up passengers in Delhi. If you want a ticket move quick: there’s only a few available.
During the winter months Daulat ki Chaat walas appear in the Old city much to its residents’ delight. But the days of the Daulat ki Chaat wala are numbered, get to the old city quick smart to try this dessert while you still have the chance.
Founded in 1884 by Nem Chand Jain, the Old Famous Jalebi Wala continues to be run by the Jain Family who hold their Jalebi secrets close to their chest.
Nagaur Cattle Fair is famed for bulls and cows, but the camels that come to the fair also cause a stir. The artwork that’s crafted onto their hairy bodies puts what’s on show at the famous Pushkar Camel fair in the shade.
After some holiday ideas and travel inspiration? South Asia’s leading travel show is coming to town later this month.
With wonderful weather on the way there’s loads of outdoor activities coming up in the capital. There’s food, drink, film and religious festivals galore, carnivals and fairs taking place across India, shopping melas, walks, discussion, debates and much more to do over the next seven days or so. Take a look inside and decide on what you are going to do.
A new sweet house in Old Delhi is showing established traders a thing or two when it comes to making the seriously good sweets. If you love jalebi and gulab jamun, get yourself down to Sultan ji’s where they’re given a magical MP mawa makeover.
Impressive isn’t the word when it comes to the gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President’s House) on Rajpath. It’s not open to the public all the time, but when the President issues his invite Dilliwalahs come in there droves.
Amazing festivals, fairs and carnivals taking place across India this February. Pack a bag, start travelling and get ready to experience incredible India.
In the run up to International Women’s Day on the 8th March 2017, there’s a wide range of events taking place exploring women’s empowerment. Here’s a rundown of what we’ve found.
With the crisp winter weather coming to a close it’s time to get out and explore the wonders of Delhi’s countryside in spring. The Conservation Education Centre, located in the Asola Wildlife Sanctuary, offers up ten excellent ways to enjoy Delhi’s natural environment this February.
There’s a massive mela at Surajkund, India’s first gaming show, the 15th Inshara International Puppet Festival, the India Art Fair, Delhi Cocktail week, walks in the countryside and a whole host of other stuff happening over the next 7 days or so. See what else is on inside this week’s edition of About Town
There’s at least one festival or celebration happening every day in February, but we’ve focused in on the big ones and unbundled what happens to give you an idea of what’s going on, where and why. Want to know more? Read on.
Air pollution is a big issue, but the big question is what can be done to change the situation and how can we all help? That’s the topic on the table at a round table discussion at the India International Centre this week. Why not go along and add your voice to the debate?
The mela of all melas is coming to Surajkund for a fortnight in early February. With around 1,000 stalls, daily cultural performances and cuisines from across the sub-continent, the specially designed mela ground is ready to welcome shoppers for the 31st edition of this extraordinary fair.
The unfurling of a record breaking Indian flag, a cycle ride celebrating Delhi’s diversity, a fascinating discussion about demonetisation and the talents of Kautilya, India’s master strategist interested us this week. Delhi Cocktail Week, coming up next month, interests us too.
Karim’s in Shahjahanabad is in all the guide books, but there’s so much more to Mughlai food in Delhi than this one kitchen. Wondering where to go to get the best kebabs, korma and roomali roti? Read our guide to the best Mughlai kitchens in the city.
Delhi is a foodies dream. A melting pot of cuisines from India’s 29 States and 7 Union Territories, there’s never going to be a shortage of new street food to try out or fine dining restaurants to sample. If you’re in Delhi, your tummy is very lucky.
If you live in Delhi, love food and enjoy alfresco dining you are very lucky. The cooler months see some outstanding food festivals come to town to tempt Dilliwalahs with their yummy menus.
There are so many markets in the city it’s difficult to know where to start. Namaste New Delhi’s Market Guides give you a run down of what’s what at Delhi’s neighbourhood markets and shopping malls.
“There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture……
There’s too many books been written on India for this list to be anywhere near definitive – so we haven’t event attempted to do that. But these five books helped me to find me feet and figure out more about my surrounding when I first arrived in India
Who know’s how many festivals and celebrations take place in India each year, but if you want to know what happens, where, when and why, look here.
India is the birthplace of four of the world’s religions and home to many others. This page looks at India’s biggest religions and gives links to the main places of worship for each faith in the capital, New Delhi
There’s a massive event taking place on the 26th as India celebrates Republic Day and there’s so much more happening in the city over the next few weeks. Come and take a look.
What’s the best biscuit to take with your chai or cup of tea? Here’s a run down of the bakers that make the best biscuits in the city. Believe me we’ve taken enough tea and eaten enough biscuits to be the authority in the city.
Food festivals aren’t just for adults. Kids Culinaire is one that’s designed for kids and the great news is it’s taking place in the capital next month.
Buddha Jayanti Park, commissioned to commemorate the 2,500 birth anniversary of the Lord Buddha, is well worth a wander around on a cool winter or spring day.
Republic Day is on the way and Indian’s are getting ready to celebrate one of the biggest days of the year. Here’s why the 26th January is such a special day and a quick fire run down of Republic day facts.
KFC claims to be finger lickin good, but in Old Delhi you’ll find two chicken fryers that put the Colonel back in his box. Ready to meet Delhi’s finest chicken fryers? Let’s eat.
A tradition focusing on personal spiritual development, Buddhists do not worship Gods but seek enlightenment following the truths told by the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who lived in the sixth century BC
Coconut Jaggery that fights pollution, service charges at restaurants that no longer need to be paid, cleaning products made from holy cow urine, the expanding Delhi Metro and the great wall of India are amongst the stories that caught our eye this week.
Founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak in the Punjab district, Sikhism stresses the importance of doing good and not only carrying out rituals.
Into art and design? Then you’ll want to know about these 3 art and design events taking place in the capital.
An ancient religion offering its followers the chance to liberate their souls, the number of Jains is India is small but they exert powerful influence in politics, business and everyday life.
It’s cold out there, but there’s plenty to see and do during Delhi’s winter cold snap. Now is the time to get exploring and see the city in a very different light. Here’s some ways to help you do that over the next week.
Christianity is the world’s biggest religion with around 2 billion followers who follow the teaching of Jesus Christ. India is home to almost 280 million Christians which is about 2.3% of the country’s population
Keep to your exercise regime in January, so you can reward yourself at these four food festivals in February. Yum. Lets eat.
Islam is the second biggest faith in India with 172 millions followers, making India home to more Muslims than any other state in the world apart from Indonesia.
One of, if not, the oldest religion in the world, Hinduism has no single founder, no single book or scripture and has no binding set of teachings. With so many different practices it’s difficult to pull together an catch all definition of what Hinduism actually is.
India is rich in many ways and when it comes to money the subcontinent can lay claim to some the world’s wealthiest. Here’s a who’s who of the wealthy and how they made their money.
Lohri is big. It’s bigger than Holi, the festival of colours, for many north Indians. With the sun at its furthest point from the earth, the Rabi (winter crop) harvested and the cold weather settling in, it’s time to celebrate nature’s bounty with loved ones and keep warm by the bonfire.
It’s time to gather around the Lohri Bonfire, pick up a good book from the Delhi Book Fair, entertain the kids at the World Children Expo and learn about out how to grow seasonal veg at the Edible Farm. After that kick back at the Teapot Festival, drink some tea and have a chat.
Suffering from the new year blues? Then dance them away at one (or all) of these five festivals
Fresh faced expats and tourists offer up excellent opportunities for tricksters and touts to try things out to relieve you of your hard earned cash. There’s seven Delhi scams I’ve come across in my time in the capital
The Kila Raipur Sports Festival, popularly known as the Rural Olympics, is the main event in the Punjab’s sporting calendar. Every year thousands compete to be crowned champions at events including Bullock Cart Racing, Tent Pegging and Loading and Offloading a trolley of paddy. Sounds amazing, no?
Wondering if you should go to Rajasthan over the next few months? You should. Not only is it an awesome place, there’s plenty of festivals coming up over the next few months to make it even better.
With so many places serving up top notch North Indian and Punjabi food it’s been almost impossible limiting this list to just ten places. But we’ve done it and here are the answers.
Located south of Lodi Road on Second Avenue, Khanna Market is one long strip of a street where the shops and stores stock almost everything you need (and a little bit more).
Here’s some great cheese shops in Delhi and some terrble cheese jokes worthy of any Christmas cracker. Are you ready? What kind of cheese do you use to disguise a small horse?