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Divya's Guidebook

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Divya's Guidebook

Culture & Local Scene
For Sufi music lovers, this is an absolute gem. Walking distance from the apartment or a 5-7 minute Uber or auto rickshaw ride away. The main draw is to listen to devotional Sufi music and "Qawwalis" on Thursday evenings from 5-9:30pm but also often on other evenings. For more details, visit: www.nizamuddinaulia.org +91-9811778607 Please ask your Airbnb host for more details, especially female guests for tips on how best to experience this cultural offering in an enjoyable and safe way.
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Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah
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For Sufi music lovers, this is an absolute gem. Walking distance from the apartment or a 5-7 minute Uber or auto rickshaw ride away. The main draw is to listen to devotional Sufi music and "Qawwalis" on Thursday evenings from 5-9:30pm but also often on other evenings. For more details, visit: www.nizamuddinaulia.org +91-9811778607 Please ask your Airbnb host for more details, especially female guests for tips on how best to experience this cultural offering in an enjoyable and safe way.
It is "The" cultural center in Delhi and just a 10 minute Uber or auto rickshaw ride away. Theatre, international films, music concerts, talks, photo and art exhibitions...you name it. Every day offers multiple cultural experiences, mostly free of charge. You can check their website for events of go to Timeout Delhi or Facebook events. www.indiahabitat.org +91-11-24682001; +91-11-43662054
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India Habitat Centre
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It is "The" cultural center in Delhi and just a 10 minute Uber or auto rickshaw ride away. Theatre, international films, music concerts, talks, photo and art exhibitions...you name it. Every day offers multiple cultural experiences, mostly free of charge. You can check their website for events of go to Timeout Delhi or Facebook events. www.indiahabitat.org +91-11-24682001; +91-11-43662054
Right next to Delhi's famous Lodhi Park, the India International Center is another cultural and intellectual hub of the city - with regular dance, music and theatre performances, book launches and readings, concerts, film festivals and so on... You can go visit their website directly and/or go to Timeout Delhi or Facebook events. www.iicdelhi.nic.in
India International Centre
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Right next to Delhi's famous Lodhi Park, the India International Center is another cultural and intellectual hub of the city - with regular dance, music and theatre performances, book launches and readings, concerts, film festivals and so on... You can go visit their website directly and/or go to Timeout Delhi or Facebook events. www.iicdelhi.nic.in
An edgy, New York-style space for new age theatre and cultural events. It's across town but almost always worth the trek!
OddBird Theatre & Foundation
An edgy, New York-style space for new age theatre and cultural events. It's across town but almost always worth the trek!
An iconic venue for theatre and cultural events. Just 15-20 minutes uber ride away or metro. All the plays I saw growing up in Delhi were here!
Kamani Auditorium
An iconic venue for theatre and cultural events. Just 15-20 minutes uber ride away or metro. All the plays I saw growing up in Delhi were here!
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Hauz Khas Village
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Siri Fort Auditorium
Sightseeing
This architecture inspired the Taj Mahal! It was also built in the Mughal era and is a stone's throw away from the apartment. At sunrise, you can almost have this world class monument to yourself with the exception of some enthusiastic early morning risers, chirping birds and some senior citizens who are part of a "laughing" club :-). For yoga enthusiasts, you can practice early morning yoga at sunrise on the lawns of the Humayun's Tomb with a group that has been practicing for many years. Timings are from 6am till 6pm for entry exit but ask the host for some inside tips and you may be able to avoid the "foreigner" entry fee. :-)
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Humayun’s Tomb
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This architecture inspired the Taj Mahal! It was also built in the Mughal era and is a stone's throw away from the apartment. At sunrise, you can almost have this world class monument to yourself with the exception of some enthusiastic early morning risers, chirping birds and some senior citizens who are part of a "laughing" club :-). For yoga enthusiasts, you can practice early morning yoga at sunrise on the lawns of the Humayun's Tomb with a group that has been practicing for many years. Timings are from 6am till 6pm for entry exit but ask the host for some inside tips and you may be able to avoid the "foreigner" entry fee. :-)
Now open to the public, this beautiful nursery-cum-heritage park comprises acres of greenery, a burst of colourful flowers blooming according to different seasons, a weekend organic market with delicious and very affordable breakfast and lunch options and an open-air amphitheatre where various musical and cultural events are on offer regularly. Ask the host for more details...
Sunder Nursery
Now open to the public, this beautiful nursery-cum-heritage park comprises acres of greenery, a burst of colourful flowers blooming according to different seasons, a weekend organic market with delicious and very affordable breakfast and lunch options and an open-air amphitheatre where various musical and cultural events are on offer regularly. Ask the host for more details...
Lodhi Garden is to Delhi what Central Park is to New York! It's where the city's creme-de-la creme do brisk walking early morning, where you find medieval ruins, fountains, ducks in a pond, the gentle sound of a flute player if you are lucky, cute dogs running around, a Rose garden and many other dimensions...I love it in the Spring at sunrise or sunset!
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Lodhi Garden
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Lodhi Garden is to Delhi what Central Park is to New York! It's where the city's creme-de-la creme do brisk walking early morning, where you find medieval ruins, fountains, ducks in a pond, the gentle sound of a flute player if you are lucky, cute dogs running around, a Rose garden and many other dimensions...I love it in the Spring at sunrise or sunset!
The "lone minaret" or "victory tower" is Delhi's tallest monument (73 metres) and a world UNESCO heritage site. If you visit, you will know why. Thankfully, Delhi now has plenty of heritage guided walks through its main monuments, including by night, which can be quite a lovely experience.
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Kutub Minár
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The "lone minaret" or "victory tower" is Delhi's tallest monument (73 metres) and a world UNESCO heritage site. If you visit, you will know why. Thankfully, Delhi now has plenty of heritage guided walks through its main monuments, including by night, which can be quite a lovely experience.
It served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors. It's where the Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag on Republic Day each year and gives a speech. I highly recommend seeing it early morning, especially if you are a photographer.
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Red Fort
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It served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors. It's where the Prime Minister hoists the Indian flag on Republic Day each year and gives a speech. I highly recommend seeing it early morning, especially if you are a photographer.
One of Delhi's largest mosques, Jama Masjid was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal.
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Jama Masjid
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One of Delhi's largest mosques, Jama Masjid was built by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal.
A Baha'i House of Worship, it's a prominent attraction and open to people of all faiths. It's "expressionist architecture" making it different from any other monument in Delhi.
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Lotus Temple
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A Baha'i House of Worship, it's a prominent attraction and open to people of all faiths. It's "expressionist architecture" making it different from any other monument in Delhi.
If you want to experience India's famed regal splendour, this fort palace is a 2.5 hour drive away and easily a beautiful day or weekend getaway.
Neemrana Fort-Palace
If you want to experience India's famed regal splendour, this fort palace is a 2.5 hour drive away and easily a beautiful day or weekend getaway.
Shopping & Markets
Anokhi
Fabindia
Dilli Haat INA
Central Cottage Industries Emporium
Meharchand Market
Khan Market
Food Scene, Brunch & Organics
Organics is a sunrise industry in India and Delhi. Thankfully there are are now many options to get the full range of Indian and many international organic items as well. Altitude Store is one of them and will also do home delivery. Groceries, grains, spices, snacks, meat, etc. You can call them and find out more at: +91 98117 55222 (Minakshi) - also Whatsapp
The Altitude Store
Organics is a sunrise industry in India and Delhi. Thankfully there are are now many options to get the full range of Indian and many international organic items as well. Altitude Store is one of them and will also do home delivery. Groceries, grains, spices, snacks, meat, etc. You can call them and find out more at: +91 98117 55222 (Minakshi) - also Whatsapp
If you love them cakes and breads, head to L'Opera bakery in Khan Market. The Almond Croissant is particularly sinful but it has quite a range of pastries, quiches, breads, tarts, cakes and pies!
L'Opera Khan Market
If you love them cakes and breads, head to L'Opera bakery in Khan Market. The Almond Croissant is particularly sinful but it has quite a range of pastries, quiches, breads, tarts, cakes and pies!
A earthy and stylish cafe, it's got delicious Indian fusion cuisine and very affordable. About 15 minutes away from the apartment, it's also got a lovely gift shop with all manner of Indian crafts and goodies!
Cafe Lota
A earthy and stylish cafe, it's got delicious Indian fusion cuisine and very affordable. About 15 minutes away from the apartment, it's also got a lovely gift shop with all manner of Indian crafts and goodies!
Fusion world cuisine and fine wines -lovely ambience, too...and their chocolate molten cake is divine! It's 15 minutes away and normally all booked up so call and reserve in advance...
Tres
Fusion world cuisine and fine wines -lovely ambience, too...and their chocolate molten cake is divine! It's 15 minutes away and normally all booked up so call and reserve in advance...
Latitude 28
Town Hall
Haveli Dharampura
An iconic Indian restaurant known for its rich Mughlai food!
Bukhara Restaurant
An iconic Indian restaurant known for its rich Mughlai food!
Great for Sunday brunch, high tea and Italian! This colonial styled hotel is worth a visit on its own, too!
The Imperial
Great for Sunday brunch, high tea and Italian! This colonial styled hotel is worth a visit on its own, too!
Gulati Restaurant
6 Pandara Rd
If you want delicious kebabs, this is as good as it gets. Closeby, too, in Khan Market, just 10 minutes from the apartment!
Khan Chacha
If you want delicious kebabs, this is as good as it gets. Closeby, too, in Khan Market, just 10 minutes from the apartment!
Guppy
Excellent Sunday brunch and middle-eastern cuisine! Beautiful decor and ambience, too! Has live music, too!
Olive Bar and Kitchen Restaurant
Excellent Sunday brunch and middle-eastern cuisine! Beautiful decor and ambience, too! Has live music, too!
Pa Pa Ya
Biryani Blues
YETI, The Himalayan Kitchen
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Naivedyam
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Music & Concerts
If you love jazz and are looking for a live music scene in Delhi, you are assured a good night and day of the week at this charming jazz club called Piano Man. And good food to go along...Often there are international jazz artists collaborating with Indian musicians and it especially likes to promote new talent. It can get full often so I recommend calling them in advance to check in...
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The Piano Man Jazz Club
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If you love jazz and are looking for a live music scene in Delhi, you are assured a good night and day of the week at this charming jazz club called Piano Man. And good food to go along...Often there are international jazz artists collaborating with Indian musicians and it especially likes to promote new talent. It can get full often so I recommend calling them in advance to check in...
Home to free classical and jazz music concerts in the winter!
Nehru Park, Delhi
Home to free classical and jazz music concerts in the winter!
Sevilla
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Summer House Cafe
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The Lodhi
Kaffeine
50 Hauz Khas Tank
Hard Rock Cafe