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Backbay Reclamation, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
Organized chaos of ritual laundry in Mumbai. The open air Dhobi Ghat at Saat Rasta {seven roads} is a timeless tradition.
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Jamshedji Tata Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020, India
Most of Mumbai’s historic sites are studded around the South Mumbai area. There is much to see and do here: from bazaars to museums, to galleries, to historic landmarks. You can take a tour of the city’s Victorian architecture, from the Gateway of...
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Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
Every morning, the Sassoon docks in the Colaba district of Mumbai fill with locals, young and old, who load baskets, bowls, and crates with all manner of Arabian sea life. I stood mesmerized watching women in beautiful bright saris balance heavy...
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5, Ground Floor, Pheroze Building, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharashi Marg Opp. Danraj Mahal, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400039, India
Refuel with citrus salad, fennel risotto with cherry tomatoes and saffron, and chocolate bread pudding at the new outpost of Indigo Delicatessen. This appeared in the November/December 2012 issue.
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Narlai, Rajasthan 306703, India
At the foot of a great mystical rock where gurus have meditated, in the heart of a colorful Rajasthan village, sits Rawla Narlai, the 17th century villa used as a hunting lodge by the Maharaja of Jodhpur. It's now a charming boutique hotel, with...
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Jacob Rd, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006, India
The Palace on water!
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Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Known as The Blue City for its many homes painted to denote them as Brahmin residences, Jodhpur is a chaotic hodgepodge of blue blocks at the foot of mighty Mehrangarh Fort. Interspersed with the sacred color associated with Lord Shiva, the city...
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Thachangad, Kerala, India
It’s easy to unplug at this 71-room resort set on 26 acres, steps from a river and the secluded Kappil Beach. Hotel villas were built from native materials to mimic kettuvallam, Kerala’s iconic houseboats. Many have private courtyards with plunge...
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Pottachira, Kerala, India
A contemporary microhotel of three suites was created on the site where in 1740 the Dutch East India Company set up shop. It’s minimalist but with Indian exuberance: the odd jolting wall of electric blue, the judiciously chosen ornate antique....
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Sayyaji Rao Rd, Devaraja Mohalla, Shivarampet, Mysuru, Karnataka 570001, India
These are pots of powdered paint displayed in Mysore Market. This market is one of my favorite places in India because of the beautiful fruit and vegetable stalls, friendly vendors, and the air of vibrancy and decay that makes India feel both old...
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Kerala, India
If you manage to make it to the southwestern tip of India, where the backwaters of Kerala lay, you can commission a houseboat and spend a day or two floating peacefully along the vast waterways that weave through fishing villages and paddy fields....
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Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Red Fort, located in New Delhi, is a treasure trove of cultural history. You can spend hours wandering among the various buildings, learning much about the history of India. Tucked away within the walls...
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Shop No : 23, 24, Bengali Market, Tansen Marg, Todermal Road Area, Mandi House, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
There are a few locations to indulge at Nathu's Sweets in Delhi, with the most popular being the Bengali Market near Connaught Place. The shop offers traditional North Indian and Bengali sweets, including Rasgulla and Rasmalai. If you prefer a...
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1862 A, Chandni Chowk, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Ghantewala Halwai is an icon not only in Delhi, but all over India. Established in 1790, it is considered one of the oldest sweet shops in the country. Ghantewala has served Mughal Emperors, dignitaries, and of course the locals and tourists who...
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2816, Ajmal Khan Road, Block 34P, Beadonpura, Karol Bagh, Block 34P, Beadonpura, Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi 110005, India
Kulfi is a popular Indian frozen dessert. Compared to ice cream, it is denser and creamier (more like frozen custard) and often topped with pistachios and cardamom. Roshan di Kulfi isn't big on ambiance but they know how to dish out rich, velvety...
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1454/2, Chandni Chowk Road Near Gurdwara, Sis Ganj, Kucha Mahajani, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Haldiram's offers classic street food, snacks, and treats, prepared hygienically and safe for traveler’s tummies. It started as a small shop in Bikaner, Rajasthan—a town renowned for sweets and namkeen (snacks)—and has since become an enterprise...
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39, Top Floor, Hauz Khas Village, Daryacha Building, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India
The Rose is an elegant and eclectic boutique hotel that fuses art with unconventional open spaces. The 12 rooms and suites all have views of the Hauz Khas Village Rose Garden and large windows to maximize light. The adjoining art gallery features...
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J-44, Block J, Lajpat Nagar II, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, India
Home Saaz is an Indian version of Bed, Bath and Beyond. The modern space offers large showrooms and solutions for interior decor. Although many items are contemporary and westernized, the real gems are the bedspreads, duvet covers, tablecloths,...
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Baba Kharak Singh Marg,, Connaught Place, Hanuman Road Area, Raja Bazar Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
There is nothing fancy or flashy about this popular garment shop in Connaught Place - and that is just how the locals like it. Its unassuming exterior leads to a space filled with woven and fashion textiles. The outlet, established in 1956,...
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Western Marg, Near Saket Metro Station, Said-ul-Ajaib Village, Freedom Fighter Colony, Saiyad ul Ajaib, Sainik Farm, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
Stimulate your senses at a 20-acre space designed to reconnect humanity with nature. The Garden of Five Senses offers modern art sculptures, herb gardens, bamboo courts, pools of water lilies, and a solar energy park. Smell the almost 200...
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Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Shop, dine, or grab a cocktail in the center of Delhi—literally. Connaught Place, or CP, is one of the largest business and financial centers positioned in the epicenter of the city. There is an eclectic mix of local stores, international shops,...
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I have a special place in my heart for Punjabi by Nature. Maybe it is because I ate here during my first trip to India seven years ago. Maybe it is because the food is so incredible that I return each time I visit Delhi. Or perhaps it is because...
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Sardar Patel Marg, Akhaura Block, Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi, Delhi 110021, India
Dum Pukht is not just a meal. It is a royal experience. The restaurant has won numerous awards, including "Delhi's Best Restaurant" and "Asia's Golden Fork Award." Indulge in traditional Indian dishes which are created with a special method...
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Ground, International Trade Tower, American Plaza Block “E”, Lala Lajpat Rai Rd, Nehru Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
Let's be honest. It's so much fun to say the name of this restaurant. Inflections aside, Oh! Calcutta undeniably has the best Bengali food in Delhi. Oh! it's delicious! Their specialty is seafood, but definitely try the Koraishutir Dhokar Dalna...
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No Delhi-belly here. Haldiram's offers classic street food, snacks, and treats, prepared hygienically and safe for traveler’s tummies. It started as a small shop in Bikaner, Rajasthan—a town renowned for namkeen (snacks)—and has since become an...
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C-98, Cement Godown Gali, Swarn Park Udyog Nagar, Mundka, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110041, India
Spice Route is a heavenly experience where deep colors meet exotic spices. Located in the grand Imperial Hotel, I found the restaurant to be one of the most visually stunning places I’ve ever seen. Restaurants in 5-star hotels are generally known...
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Haveli Dharampura, 2293, Gali Gulian, Chandni Chowk, Kucha Alam, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Lakhori only recently entered the food scene and is already considered one of the top restaurants in Delhi. Charm abounds in this elegant eatery located in Haveli Dharampura, a 200-year-old meticulously restored hotel nestled in Chandni Chowk....
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Sujan Sing Park North, Sujan Singh Park, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
Khan Market is consistently ranked one of the most expensive commercial real estate locations in the world. But don't let this deter you from visiting the collection of shops and restaurants. There are several moderately priced stores, like Fab...
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Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Janpath is a bustling marketplace that houses both government-approved shops and open-air stalls. Plan to visit soon after arriving in Delhi to grab a few local and traditional clothing items. Of course, there are hundreds of options: countless...
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Sri Aurobindo Marg, Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110023, India
Dilli Haat is an open-air market with 62 stalls that features both permanent and transitional vendors, allowing original items to be introduced regularly. The space, designed to resemble a traditional village market, was created to showcase...
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Kaccha Bagh Area, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Rickshaw rides are common in Chandni Chowk, the vast and crowded market in the Old Delhi quarter, but book a comprehensive rickshaw tour for an immersive experience that lasts longer than 15 minutes. Witness the architectural marvels,...
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Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Yes, Hauz Khas Village is perhaps most known for its artsy vibe, boutique shops, and trendy restaurants. But before it became a lively commercial district, Hauz Kaus was (and remains) a 13th-century historical complex with a mosque,...
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Paharganj, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Known locally as the "Hippie Market," Paharganj has everything you need and plenty of surprises, too. Check out these stunning printing blocks in every size, style, and material. The proprietor of the shop, Mr. Jimmy, took us to his nearby...
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144, G.F., DLF Place Mall, Press Enclave Marg, Saket District Centre, District Centre, Sector 6, Pushp Vihar, New Delhi, Delhi 110017, India
Forest Essentials bath and body products were developed after years of research with Ayurvedic physicians. They use their own spring water in each item, and its therapeutic properties have been certified as being rich in mineral deposits. The...
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Kamla Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110007, India
Kamla Nagar is one of the more traditional markets in Delhi. I have visited several times and rarely encountered other tourists, especially not group tours. Located in Old Delhi, Kamla Nagar is where the locals shop for everyday goods including...
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A-1, Hamilton House, Next to Starbucks Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
FabIndia offers handwoven printed linens and furnishings. N-Block Market, Greater Kailash-1, New Delhi, 91/(0) 11-4669-3725; plus more locations in India and in five other countries. fabindia.com. Find modern block-printed clothing and homewares...
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Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Meena Bazaar carries an extensive collection of traditional attire, including lehengas, sarees, kurtis, and suits. Shopping here is a sensory experience - the textures, beads, colors and embellishments reflect both customary and contemporary...
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Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj II, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, Delhi 110070, India
This is bar none the best store for colorful Indian clothing and textiles that I've found yet in Delhi, and as a bonus, they are an ethical shop that pairs quality dyes and fabrics with excellent business practices. Often the beautiful Indian...
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Karol Bagh, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Karol Bagh is a residential and commercial neighborhood overflowing with retailers. The primary shopping areas are in Ghaffar Market and along Ajmal Khan Road. Though a popular local market, foreigners rarely venture to Karol Bagh. From jewelry to...
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Lala Lajpat Rai Rd, Block A, Lajpat Nagar II, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, India
Bargaining is expected at most local markets, but Central Market, Lajpat Nagar may take the gold. Just observing the Delhiites flaunt their negotiation skills is worth the visit. Haggling aside, the lanes are packed with jewelry, textiles,...
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Plot No - M 03, Sector 18, Noida, Uttar Pradesh 201301, India
Shopping is just one of the options at DLF Mall of India, the largest mall in the country. Eat, drink, play, connect, interact, and converse on seven floors showcasing 330+ brands. There are five customized shopping zones: Market Place (A World of...
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Sundar Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi, India
While many markets in Delhi offer endless rows of clothes, shoes, handbags, and accessories, Sundar Nagar specializes in handicrafts. Stroll the lanes to find both Indian and Nepali handicrafts, furniture, antiques, and silver jewelry. Check out...
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No.H-2, Hauz Khas Village, Hauz Khas Village, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016, India
Ogaan both exhibits and sells the latest in Indian fashion. It is a showcase and retail space—a unique experience that pairs design and canvas. Some of the biggest names in Indian fashion have launched their collections at Ogaan. The 6,000 sq ft...
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Raipur Road, Near Haripur Railway Station, District Pali, Raipur, Rajasthan 306304, India
Twelve villas ring a private lake on 25 acres located between the popular tourist spots Jodhpur and Udaipur. Explore the nearby Badlands of India on a horse safari, then enjoy an evening dance performance.