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    Delhi – a brief overview

    The Indian capital is not one city but a succession of cities. The carved stones of ancient Hindu kingdoms lie beneath the ruins of forgotten sultanates and the lavish forts and palaces of Mughal rulers. The British were the last set of conquerors to arrive, and they laid out New Delhi as an orderly grid of leafy boulevards. With its grand monuments, captivating temples and bustling bazaars, the modern city offers a

    fascinating window through time, where you can step through centuries just by crossing the street. All around the historic centre, new neighbourhoods of modern apartments, office towers and modern malls are springing up at an unprecedented rate as India settles into its role as Asia’s second superpower.

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    Mughal Emperor Humayun’s garten tomb is considered to be the precursor of the more famous Taj Mahal in Agra

    Humayan’s Tomb

    Mathura Road, Nizamuddin
    110013 New Delhi
    India
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    Opening times:
    Daily sunrise to sunset

    The rough draft for the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of the Mughal emperor Humayan is topped by a soaring Islamic dome and wrapped in bands of red sandstone and white marble. This is the most lavish of the city’s myriad Mughal monuments, and the peaceful grounds are dotted with tombs for dignitaries of the royal court.

    Qutb Minar

    Mehrauli
    110030 New Delhi
    India
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    Opening times:
    Daily sunrise to sunset

    The ruins of the first sultanate of Delhi are a tour-de-force of Islamic architecture, with many buildings constructed using stones torn from the temples of vanquished local rulers. The complex is dominated by the Qutb Minar, a 73m-high minaret covered in carved quotations from the Koran.

    Red Fort

    Netaji Subhash Marg
    Chandni Chowk
    110006 New Delhi
    India
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0930-1630

    Ringed by an impregnable sandstone wall, Delhi’s most famous sight is perhaps more dramatic outside than in. Many of the Mughal palaces inside were destroyed by the British, but it is still fascinating to explore the remaining palaces and pavilions, for a window onto the elegant lifestyle of Bahadur Shah Zafar, the last Mughal ruler of India.

    Jama Masjid

    Off Netaji Subhash Marg
    Chandni Chowk
    110006 Delhi
    India
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1200 and 1330-1830

    The vast mosque constructed by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan is still one of the most remarkable buildings in the subcontinent. Decorated in bands of red sandstone and gleaming white marble, the main dome is flanked by two towering minarets; climb the southern tower for spectacular views over the tangled alleyways of Old Delhi.

    India Gate and Parliament

    India Gate, Rajpath
    110001 New Delhi
    India
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    Delhi’s signature monument was constructed in 1931 to commemorate the tens of thousands of Indian soldiers who died in WWI and the Afghan Wars. From the memorial arch, Rajpath runs west to the grand precincts of the Indian parliament, a glorious blend of British and Indian architectural styles.

    Lodi Gardens

    Lodi Road, Lodi Colony
    110003 New Delhi
    India
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    Opening times:
    Daily sunrise to sunset

    Delhi’s answer to Central Park, the Lodi Gardens are the city’s favourite green space. The lush grounds are dotted with the ruined tombs of former emperors from the Sayyid and Lodi dynasties, who were defeated and conquered by the Mughals.

    Akshardham Temple

    National Highway 24, Near Noida Mor
    110092 New Delhi
    India
    Tel: +91-11/22 01 66 88
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0930-1830

    The extravagant temple of the Swaminarayan organisation is an astonishing medley of architectural styles. More than 20,000 carvings of animals, people and Hindu deities adorn the main temple, and audiovisual displays in the surrounding pavilions bring Hindu legends to vivid life.

    Lotus Temple

    Bahá'í House of Worship, Bahapur, Kalkaji
    110019 New Delhi
    India
    Tel: (011) 2647 0526
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1730 (winter)
    Tue-Sun 0900-1900 (summer)

    The graceful lotus-shaped Bahá’í temple in south Delhi is a remarkably spiritual place for a major tourist attraction. Visitors are guided into the calm, cool interior by temple attendants, who invite everyone to honour the divine in their own way.

    Hauz Khas

    Hauz Khas Village, Hauz Khas
    110016 New Delhi
    India
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    The ruins of the madrassa (Islamic college) and funeral compound at Hauz Khas is one of Delhi’s favourite escapes. Scattered with derelict pavilions and tombs, this shady park is a popular hangout for students and artists, and the surrounding village is dotted with cool cafés, hip bars and quirky fashion stores.

    National Museum

    Janpath
    110011 New Delhi
    India
    Tel: +91-11/23 79 27 75
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    Opening times:
    Daily 1000-1800

    Celebrating 5,000 years of history, the calm halls of the National Museum are stacked high with miniature paintings, arms and armour, temple carvings, lavish jewellery, ancient manuscripts, musical instruments and other treasures that tell the story of the great kingdoms of ancient India.

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    Country overview

    India is a beautiful and bamboozling place, where holy cows amble along the streets, bask on heavenly beaches

    next to modern hotels and where ancient temples sit perfectly at home besides shiny new offices.

    Geography

    India shares borders to the northwest with Pakistan, to the north with China, Nepal and Bhutan, and to the east with Bangladesh and Myanmar. To the west lies the Arabian Sea, to the east the Bay of Bengal and to the south the Indian Ocean. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are Indian territory but lie off the coast of Thailand in the Bay of Bengal. Sri Lanka lies off the southeast coast, and the Maldives off the southwest coast.

    The far northeastern states and territories are all but separated from the rest of India by

    Bangladesh as it extends northwards from the Bay of Bengal towards Bhutan.

    India is separated from the rest of Asia by mountain ranges, forest, and desert -the Himalayan mountain range in the north, the Thar Desert in the west and the Chin Hills and Patkai ranges in the east. The Indus River runs through the northern disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir. The most sacred of rivers, the Ganges, is in the east.

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    Key facts

    Population: 1,34 billion (estimate 2017)

    Population Density (per sq km): 371

    Capital: New Delhi.

    Language

    Hindi is the official language of India. English is also enshrined in the constitution for a wide range of official purposes. In addition, 21 regional languages are recognised by the constitution.

    Currency

    Rupee (INR; symbol Rs) = 100 paise. Notes are in denominations of Rs 2,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10. Coins are in denominations of Rs5, 2 and 1, and 50, 25, 20, 10 and 5 paise.

    Notes: In November 2016, 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes were withdrawn from the financial system. New 500 and 2,000 rupee denomination notes are issued to replace those removed from circulation. The import and export of local currency is prohibited.

    Electricity

    230-240 volts AC, 50Hz. Some areas have a DC supply. Plugs are of the round two- and three-pin type.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2017 – December 2018 period.

    Note

    Only the secular holidays of Republic Day, Independence Day and Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday are universally observed.

    (a) Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    (b) Hindu festivals are declared according to local astronomical observations and it is not possible to forecast the date of their occurrence exactly.

    2017

    Republic Day: 26 January 2017
    Holi: 13 March 2017
    Mahavir Jayanti: 9 April 2017
    Good Friday: 14 April 2017
    Ram Navami: 15 April 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16 April 2017
    Buddha Purnima (Buddha’s Birthday): 10 May 2017
    Idu’l Fitr: 24 June 2017
    Janmashtami: 14 August 2017
    Independence Day: 15 August 2017
    Id-ul-Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice): 2 September 2017
    Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami): 30 September 2017
    Muharram: 1 October 2017
    Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday: 2 October 2017
    Diwali (Festival of Lights): 19 October 2017
    Guru Nanak Jayanti: 4 November 2017
    Milad un Nabi: 1 December 2017
    Christmas: 25 December 2017

    2018

    Republic Day: 26 January 2018
    Holi: 13 March 2018
    Ram Navami: 25 March 2018
    Mahavir Jayanti: 29 March 2018
    Good Friday: 30 March 2018
    Easter Monday: 2 April 2018
    Buddha Purnima (Buddha’s Birthday): 29 April 2018
    Idu’l Fitr: 14 June 2018
    Independence Day: 15 August 2018
    Id-ul-Zuha (Feast of Sacrifice): 22 – 25 August 2018
    Janmashtami: 3 September 2018
    Muharram: 21 September 2018
    Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday: 2 October 2018
    Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami): 19 October 2018
    Diwali (Festival of Lights): 7 – 11 November 2018
    Milad un Nabi: 21 November 2018
    Guru Nanak Jayanti: 23 November 2018
    Christmas: 25 December 2018

    All information subject to change.

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    Going out in Delhi is all about making a night of it, and most bars offers meals to start and cocktails to follow. The best bars are set in the big hotels and the emphasis is more on

    conversation than dancing. Prices for cocktails are influenced by the choice of spirits; choose Indian brands to keep prices down.

    Lodi – The Garden Restaurant

    Lodi Road, Lodi Colony
    110003 New Delhi
    India
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    With curtained gazebos dotted around a tropical garden, the sleek restaurant at the Lodi Gardens is the perfect place for sunset cocktails.

    Q’Ba

    42/43, 1st Floor, Block E, Inner Circle, Connaught Place
    110001 New Delhi
    India
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    The main bar here is coolness incarnate, but it’s even cooler out on the terrace, where you can sip a long drink high above the bustle of Connaught Place.

    Smokeys BBQ & Grill

    51, 1st Floor, Subramaniam Bharti Marg
    Khan Market
    110048 New Delhi
    India
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    A bar and restaurant where the drinks menu definitely doesn’t come second, Smokehouse is the place to be seen, ideally cocktail in hand.

    Ira The Waterside Bar

    Diplomatic Enclave
    Sardar Patel Marg
    New Delhi 110021
    India
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    A stylish spot to cool off in the evenings, with colourful lounge chairs tucked under secluded awnings on a candlelit poolside patio.

    Olive Bar & Kitchen

    One Style Mile, Haveli No 6, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli
    110030 New Delhi
    India
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    This classy Mediterranean bar and kitchen near the Qutb Minar is the first choice for fashionistas, movie stars and the city’s power players.

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    Restaurants in Delhi

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    Delhi-ites love to eat and you can’t go more than a few metres in the centre without passing another eatery packed with hungry locals. Delhi’s restaurants serve everything from spicy North Indian kebabs and fragrant curries from the south to

    crowd-pleasing European staples like pasta and pizzas. Many say the city’s finest food is served on the street in the myriad food stalls and hole-in-the-wall canteens of Old Delhi.

    Bukhara

    ITC Maurya Hotel, Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg
    110021 New Delhi
    India
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    Price: Expensive

    Celebrated as one of India’s finest restaurants, Bukhara serves the richly spiced cuisine of the Northwest Frontier, with an emphasis on grilled meats from the tandoor (clay oven).

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    The Manor Hotel
    77 Friends Colony West
    10065 New Delhi
    India
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    Price: Expensive

    Regularly tipped as the city’s best restaurant, this elegant eatery at The Manor hotel updates traditional Indian delicacies with global fusion flavours.

    Veda

    H-27, Tropical Building, Connaught Circus
    110001 New Delhi
    India
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    Price: Moderate

    A top choice for a candlelit dinner, full of lanterns and mirrors, serving flavoursome curries prepared with market-fresh herbs and spices.

    Hotel Saravana Bhavan

    P-15, Connaught Circus
    110001 New Delhi
    India
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    Price: Budget

    The best place in town to sample the rich flavours of southern India, this wholesome vegetarian canteen sees queues around the block at lunchtime.

    Karim’s

    Jama Masjid
    110006 New Delhi
    India
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    Price: Budget

    A cult canteen near the Jama Masjid mosque, serving some of the city’s finest kebabs to crowds of enthusiastic diners.

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    Calendar of events

    Republic Day

    26 January 2017

    Venue: Throughout the city

    Military displays and cultural performances mark the annual event which marks the birth of the country’s constitution.

    Holi

    2 March 2018
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    Venue: Throughout the city

    Hindu festival of harvest and fertility when the streets of Delhi are overrun with people bombarding each other (and stray tourists) with brightly coloured powder and water. The event begins the previous night, when bonfires (holikas) are lit all over the city to symbolise the victory of good over evil – and on these effigies of the demon Holika are burned. The day itself is marked with general feasting and celebration.

    Rama Navami

    25 March 2018

    Venue: Throughout the city

    This hindu festival celebrates the birth of Lord Rama with processions, music, readings, and re-enactments of scenes from the Ramayana. Less exuberant than Holi, it’s nevertheless a significant event in the Hindu year, and there is plenty for the observer to see, including the parades with effigies of Rama, who is supposedly the seventh incarnation of Visnhu.

    Vesakh / Buddha Jayanti Festival

    30 April 2018

    Venue: Buddha Jayanti Park

    Buddha Jayanti celebrates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautam Buddha in different years. Buddhist sites in Delhi, most notably the Buddha Jayanti Park, celebrate with prayer meetings and colourful events. Gautam Buddha, also known as the enlightened one, is believed to be the creator and first practitioner of Buddhism. Buddha Jayanti or Buddha Purnima is a major festival for the Buddhist community across South East Asia. On this day, mortal remains of Buddha are also brought out for public viewing by the National Museum in Delhi.

    Mango Festival

    9 – 10 July 2017

    Venue: Dilli Haat Market

    Two-day festival celebrating the ubiquitous Indian mango fruit with quizzes, competitions, mango tasting and over 400 varieties of the fruit on display. India is one of the world’s biggest producers of mangoes, and during this event in Delhi, the Dilli Haat, which is constructed in the form of a traditional market place with a host of people selling arts, crafts and speciality foodstuffs, is turned over almost exclusively to the humble fruit, in its many shapes and forms.

    Raksha Bandhan

    7 August 2017
    Website

    Venue: Throughout the city

    Festival dedicated to brothers and sisters. Sisters tie bracelets, known as rakhi (holy threads), around their brothers’ wrists and brothers reciprocate with gifts of sweets. The event is mostly associated with northern India, and involves considerable movement of people throughout Delhi – extra public transport is laid on to cope with the rush. It coincides with the full moon of the Hindu month of Shravan.

    Diwali (Deepavali)

    19 – 24 October 2017

    Venue: Throughout the city

    Major Hindu festival; festival of lights punctuated with firecrackers from dawn and fireworks at night, new clothes and gifts of sweets, small candles lit at dusk outside homes.

    Karthikai Deepam

    2 December 2017

    Venue: Throughout the city

    Festival of lights with lamps and firecrackers celebrated on full moon. On this occasion, people clean their houses and light lamps, which are moved to different places in the house and are arranged near the doors, windows and balconies.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Delhi

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    Delhi has hotels to match every budget and taste, from basic backpacker hotels to lavish 5-star chains and a handful of palatial hotels from the city’s colonial past.

    Inexpensive transit hotels dominate in Old Delhi; the best top-end hotels are dotted around the leafy streets of New Delhi and the southern suburbs.

    Imperial Hotel

    Janpath
    110001 New Delhi
    India
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    Category: Expensive

    Designed by the great colonial architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, the effortlessly elegant Imperial is Delhi’s most prestigious address.

    The Manor

    77, Friends Colony West
    New Delhi
    India
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    Category: Luxurios

    Delhi’s best-kept secret offers lush gardens, lavish rooms, an opulent spa, visionary interior design and one of the city’s finest restaurants.

    The Maidens Hotel

    7 Sham Nath Marg
    110054 Delhi
    India
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    Category: Moderate

    A nostalgic colonial mansion on the north side of Old Delhi, offering vast, airy rooms with a hint of Raj-era grandeur.

    Thikana Delhi

    A-7 Gulmohar Park
    110049 Delhi
    India
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    Category: Moderate

    This bed & breakfast hotel in Shahpur Jat boasts rooms offering the ultimate in comfort as well as an excellent location – Shahpur Jat is Delhi’s new entertainment and artist district. The hotel also has a garden and a roof terrace.

    Grand Godwin

    8502/41 Arakashan Road, Ram Nagar, Paharganj
    110055 New Delhi
    India
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    Category: Budget

    Spacious rooms (some with a balcony overlooking the city hubbub) mark out this attractive hotel close to New Delhi Railway station and Connaught Place.

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    Best of Shahpur Jat

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    New Delhi is a city where contrasts abound, a hot, sultry, overcrowded megacity, but also an exciting and colorful metropolis that mirrors its rapidly changing society. Millions of young, well-educated people today form a new Indian middle class. They flock to the nightlife districts and trendy new neighborhoods constantly springing up here.

    Right now, Shahpur Jat, once a tangle of residential streets, is where designers, artisans and creative entrepreneurs are putting down roots, and where fashion boutiques, designer shops, cafés and restaurants have opened for a spend-happy public eager to enjoy the good things in life.

    Dada Jungi House

    Shahpur Jat
    New Delhi 110049
    India
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 0930-1830

    Welcome to the perfect mall for everyone who loathes shopping malls! Some of New Delhi’s most sought-after your design start-ups have their boutiques, shops and showrooms here, including Olivia Dar, a jewelry design who hails originally from Paris. Dar combines vintage lifestyle with French minimalism and the vibrant colors of India. At her studio, she creates jewelry and accessories, such as gem-studded shirt collars. Right next door, you’ll find the casual, yet elegant designs of British-Indian designer Rikki Kher, the founder of the men’s fashion label Kardo. Kher’s style of work is the absolute opposite of anonymous mass production: Each of his garments is made on site by one cutter, one tailor and one end controller only. The names of the artisans who made it are included on the label of each garment. Dada Jungi House also boasts the Les Parisienne à Delhi concept store that’s a boutique and French café all in one. New Delhi’s hipsters sip chai latte here and snack on quiche lorraine, (still) a rather exotic dish on the subcontinent. The shop sells vintage fashions for men and women and has a charming section for children’s clothes and home accessories.

    White Champa

    39A, DDA Flat
    Shahpur Jat
    110049 New Delhi
    India
    Tel. +91-98/73 82 55 63
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1000-1800

    At her studio and showroom in Shahpur Jat, fashion designer Anjana Das, the Berlin-born daughter of Bengali parents, sells clothes of timeless elegance for women and (soon also) men. Exquisite embroidery is a characteristic feature of her designs, which also celebrate traditional Indian skills.

    Lila

    House Number 8
    Shahpur Jat
    New Delhi 49
    India
    Tel. +91-11/26 49 39 58
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    Opening times:
    daily 1100-1730

    The sparse decor of this extremely popular shop with New Delhi’s young creatives already hints at the minimalist concept of this womenswear label, which has been in business since 2011. All garments are produced on site using exclusively organic materials. Hippy fashion for the style-conscious city woman are what you get here: dresses, scarves, blouses, pants and blazers in fine, light cotton – the ideal apparel for the sizzling heat of India.

    Greenr

    416 Gora Street
    Shahpur Jat
    New Delhi
    India
    Tel.: +91-70/42 57 53 39
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1100-2100
    Sat-Sun from 1130

    Shopping works up an appetite, so it’s a good thing Greenr is close by. Greenr is an inviting café-cum-restaurant and ideal place to relax and recharge those inner batteries. Founders Mohig Yadav and Nitin Dixit serve coffee and chai here along with creative vegetarian dishes, such as cassava root fries with mango sauce, vegan meatball bolognese (consisting of kidney beans and brown rice) with buffalo mozzarella and basil. If you prefer something sweet, there’s always chocolate ganache with wild berry coulis. What could be healthier?

    The Potbelly

    116 C, Top Floor, Shahpur Jat,
    behind UCO Bank
    Siri Fort
    110049 New Delhi
    India
    Tel. +91-11/67 77 35 89
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    Opening times:
    daily 1200-2300

    Not too easy to find, this rooftop garden restaurant is at the top of a steep staircase. Like many of her neighbors in Shahpur Jat, restaurant manager Puja Sahu started out as a fashion designer, but the job bored here, so she opened The Potbelly. Here she serves the hitherto little known cuisine of the east Indian state of Bihar – mostly her mother’s favorite recipes. These include crispy rice parcels, pakora with spicy chutneys, and chicken and fish dishes with smoky, rustic flavors that are unfamiliar to many Indians. This way, the gourmet café she has done out with careful attention to detail and to creating a signature, rustic style, revives an almost forgotten culinary tradition.

    The Piano Man

    7/22, Ground Floor B-6,
    Safdarjung Enclave Market
    110029 New Delhi
    India
    Tel. +91-11/41 31 51 81
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    Opening times:
    1200-1500 and
    1900-0030

    This jazz club is in Hauz Khas, a roughly 15-minute tuk-tuk ride from Shahpur Jat. The pianist Arjun Sagar Gupta opened the club on New Delhi’s popular entertainment mile in 2015. The Piano Man owes its wonderfully distinguished atmosphere to its wood-paneled walls and stages live music every night. The kitchen serves a menu of international favorites spanning peperoni pizza to Jamaican jerk chicken, and the barkeepers mix all the cocktail classics.

    Band Stand

    Aurobindo Market, Sri Aurobindo
    Marg, Block C 2, Bhim Nagri
    Hauz Khas
    110016 New Delhi
    India
    Tel. +91-11/41 02 87 67
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    Opening times:
    1200-0030

    New Delhi’s young party crowd comes to this club on Aurobindo Market, just a short tuk-tuk ride from Shahpur Jat, to rock to live music and sip cocktails. On a hot summer’s evening, the terrace here is a great place to enjoy a cool beer and simply watch the nightlife unfold. The club’s boss, Ricky Teja, who also founded the popular Club Summer House Cafe right next door, aims to oust Mumbai from the top spot and establish New Delhi as India’s new party capital.

    The Deer Park

    Hauz Khas
    110029 New Delhi
    India
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    Opening times (summer):
    0500-2000

    Opening times (winter):
    0530-1900

    This is one of New Delhi’s big parks. As the name suggests, it is home to wild deer, which graze here amid the picturesque scenery of crumbling tombs from the days of the Mughal Empire. It’s a wonderful spot if you want to escape the stress of the megacity for a while: Jog here, bring a picnic along or simply take a reviving midday nap in the shadow of a tree.

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    Climate & best time to visit India

    The weather is mainly hot most of the year with significant variations from region to region. The coolest weather lasts from around the end of November to the beginning of March, with fresh mornings and evenings, and mostly sunny days. The really hot weather, when it is dry, dusty and unpleasant, is between March and June. Monsoon rains occur in most regions in summer anywhere between June and early October.

    Western Himalayas: Srinagar is best from March to October; July to August can be cold and damp in winter. Shimla is higher and therefore colder in winter. Places like Gulmarg, Manali and Pahalgam are usually under several feet of snow from December to March and temperatures in Ladakh, which is a high-altitude desert, can be extremely cold. The mountain passes of Ladakh are accessible from July to October.

    Northern Plains: Cities like New Delhi, Varanasi, Lucknow and Patna experience an extreme range of temperatures and are typically warm from April to mid-June, falling to almost freezing at night in winter between November and February. Summers are hot with monsoons between June and September.

    Central India: Madhya Pradesh state escapes the very worst of the hot season, but monsoons are heavy between July and September. Temperatures fall at night in winter.

    Western India: November to February is most comfortable, although evenings can be fairly cold. Summers can be extremely hot with monsoon rainfall between mid June and mid September.

    Eastern India: Weather in states like Orissa (which is flood-prone) are defined by cooler weather from October to February, scorching heat from March to May and unavoidable drenching from the monsoons from June to October.

    Southwest: The most pleasant weather is from November to March. Monsoon rains fall anywhere between late April and July. Summer temperatures are not as high as Northern India although humidity is extreme. The coast benefits from some cooling breezes. Inland, Mysore and Bijapur have pleasant climates with relatively low rainfall.

    Southeast: Tamil Nadu experiences a northeast monsoon between October and December and temperatures and humidity are high all year. The hills can be cold in winter.

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    15 °C

    46 °C

    18 °C

    45 °C

    20 °C

    41 °C

    20 °C

    40 °C

    17 °C

    39 °C

    9 °C

    35 °C

    3 °C

    29 °C

    1 °C

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    17 mm

    20 mm

    15 mm

    16 mm

    24 mm

    69 mm

    225 mm

    254 mm

    124 mm

    17 mm

    6 mm

    11 mm

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    6 h

    7 h

    7 h

    8 h

    8 h

    6 h

    5 h

    5 h

    7 h

    8 h

    8 h

    7 h

    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

    63 %

    55 %

    47 %

    34 %

    33 %

    46 %

    70 %

    73 %

    62 %

    52 %

    55 %

    62 %

    absolute maxabsolute minØ absolute minØ absolute minrelative humidityØ precipitationdays with deposit > 1mmsunshine duration
    Jan29 °C0 °C21 °C7 °C63 %17 mm26.9 h
    Feb33 °C0 °C23 °C10 °C55 %20 mm37.6 h
    Mar40 °C4 °C29 °C15 °C47 %15 mm37.7 h
    Apr45 °C10 °C36 °C21 °C34 %16 mm28.7 h
    May47 °C15 °C39 °C25 °C33 %24 mm38.5 h
    Jun46 °C18 °C38 °C27 °C46 %69 mm66.6 h
    Jul45 °C20 °C34 °C26 °C70 %225 mm135.4 h
    Aug41 °C20 °C33 °C26 °C73 %254 mm125.7 h
    Sep40 °C17 °C34 °C24 °C62 %124 mm67.3 h
    Oct39 °C9 °C33 °C19 °C52 %17 mm28.7 h
    Nov35 °C3 °C28 °C13 °C55 %6 mm< 18.2 h
    Dec29 °C1 °C22 °C8 °C62 %11 mm17.0 h
    year47 °C0 °C31 °C19 °C54 %798 mm557.4 h

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +91

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to major towns but is increasing all the time.

    Internet

    The internet can be reliably accessed from an increasing number of hotels and from internet cafés across the country, many now with Wi-Fi.

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    Shopping in Delhi

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    Key Areas

    Start at Chandni Chowk, where whole streets are dedicated to spices, paper, hardware, pots and pans, kites, jewellery and pretty much everything else under the sun. For souvenirs, explore the backpacker boutiques of Paharganj, the upscale shops of Sunder Nagar market, or the fascinating state emporiums on Baba Kharak Singh Marg. International brands abound around Connaught Place.

    Markets

    Delhi is awash with bazaars. In the bustling lanes of Old Delhi, seek out Gadodia Spice Market, where fragrant spices have been sold for centuries. On Aurobindo Marg, the Dilli Haat offers superior souvenirs for those prepared to haggle.

    Each of the southern suburbs has its own central ‘market’ with upscale stores – the N Block Market in Great Kailash I is definitely worth a detour for upscale Indian fashions.

    Shopping Centres

    Begin your shopping spree at Khan Market, where stores sell everything from ayurvedic shampoo to Indian designer fashions. More arty boutiques are scattered around Hauz Khas village. For the modern shopping mall experience, visit the Select City Walk, DLF Place and MGF Metropolitan shopping centres on Press Enclave Marg in Saket.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    The traditional Hindu greeting is to fold the hands, tilt the head forward and say namaste. Indian women generally prefer not to shake hands. All visitors are asked to remove footwear when entering places of religious worship. Most Indians also remove their footwear when entering their homes; visitors should follow suit.

    Many Hindus are vegetarian and many, especially women, do not drink alcohol. Most Sikhs and Parsis do not smoke. Women are expected to dress modestly and men should also dress respectfully. Women should not wear short skirts and tight or revealing clothing, although there is a more casual approach to clothing in Goa.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Water for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should first be boiled or otherwise sterilised. Milk is often unpasteurised and should be boiled. Avoid dairy products likely to have been made from non-boiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Do not eat salads, vegetables should be cooked and peel your own fruit. Don’t eat street vendor food unless it is piping hot. Tap water is not safe to drink, rely on bottled water which is widely available. However, do check the seal on bottled water.

    Other Risks

    Vaccinations are sometimes advised for hepatitis A and B, Japanese encephalitis, tuberculosis (for infants), polio and typhoid. Dengue and malaria are both caused by mosquito bites and are prevalent in hot and humid conditions. There are occasional, seasonal outbreaks of dengue fever. Travellers should vigilantly protect themselves against mosquito bites.

    Malaria prevention is strongly recommended so use insect repellent and wear protective clothing. Obtain anti-malarial medicine from your doctor before travelling.

    Even seasoned travellers may find themselves at the mercy of travellers’ diarrhoea. Hygiene standards vary. If possible, travel around with soap or antibacterial gel in order to clean your hands. The culprits that cause diarrhoea are often the microorganisms found in local water supplies, so decrease your chances by drinking bottled or boiled water. You can have alcoholic drinks but say no to ice. Drink carbonated beverages or those with only boiled water like coffee and tea.

    Carry rehydration solution packets, Pepto Bismol or Imodium in case you are afflicted. Before your travel, seek medical advice about what to take for self-treatment.

    Wear adequate sunscreen or do like the locals to beat the heat and avoid the sun between 1200 and 1600 when it is at its harshest; don a cotton kameez to keep covered and cool.

    Note: The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance.

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    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Chawla, Daljeet Kimberley
    Dr. Chawla`s Clinic
    37 Prithviraj Road
    New Delhi-110 011
    India
    Tel. +91-11-24611727
    24698554
    24699229

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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