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In and Around Delhi

A stopover en route to the Indian bush has it all: history, culture, food, and style.
By Sarah Khan


The Lodhi

An ultra-modern hideaway in the heart of the city, the 111-room hotel has one serious advantage over every other city property: Most rooms come with heated plunge pools (above) and balconies, a welcome treat after a hectic day. Bentleys and Ferraris mill about the parking lot, but ask to have the hotel autorickshaw take you out for a spin. From $270;

The Imperial

At this colonial-era grande dame, which originally opened back in 1936, spend an afternoon strolling the corridors. Like a museum, thousands of vintage pictures from across India decorate the hotel. In the Spice Route restaurant, an entire 16th-century temple from Kerala is embedded throughout the elaborately designed dining room, which depicts the nine stages of life and reincarnation. From $145;

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Indian Accent

India’s best restaurant may have outposts in New York and London, but nothing compares to chef Manish Mehrotra’s original (below), located at The Lodhi. The seemingly never-ending tasting menu showcases resolutely Indian flavors in a compellingly modern way.

Sly Granny

Khan Market is the city’s shopping and dining mecca. That’s where you’ll find this buzzy new restaurant with an eclectic, witty fusion menu and a can’t-miss cocktail list. Try the South Indian–style pulled-chicken tacos, ratatouille calzone, Moroccan chicken flatbread, and sangria in the homey, comfortably cluttered dining room.

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Nappa Dori 

 Home to one of India’s chicest accessories labels, the Nappa Dori flagship (above) in the Dhan Mill Compound is a sprawling, warehouse-like space filled with the brand’s leather bags, wallets, and accessories. When you’re done shopping, refuel at their airy Café Dori.

Santushti Complex 

 This outdoor shopping center feels less like a mall and more like a leafy village, with a handful of shops spread out across lovely gardens. Browse block-print dresses and linens at Anokhi, an assortment of teas at Sancha Tea Boutique, and colorful scarves and tunics at Tulsi.

Good Earth and Nicobar 

These sister brands are go-tos for Indian interiors, fashion, and accessories—Good Earth has more traditional, high-end finds, while Nicobar channels a more contemporary, tropical aesthetic.;

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Micato Safaris

Modern New Delhi is the latest in a line of eight distinct cities that have thrived here under various rulers for a thousand years. With a Micato guide, visit historic sites like the 1193-built Qutub Minar tower and the 16th-century tomb of Mughal emperor Humayun; see how thousands of meals are prepared by volunteers each day at the 18th-century Gurudwara Bangla Sahib; and cruise past the grand boulevards conceived by British architect Edwin Lutyens. Then dive into the lively labyrinthine alleys of Old Delhi, take a cycle rickshaw past the 17th-century Jama Masjid, go shopping in Chandni Chowk, and sample piping hot parathas and samosas in Paranthe Wali Gali, a narrow lane that’s home to some of the city’s best food.

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