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I happened upon this moment at a night market in Jaipur, India, which has some of the best shopping for beaded crafts, jewelry, ceramics, carpets and textiles. This jewelry stand in Johari Bazaar was crowded with women interested in the necklaces,...
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Kishanpole, Jawahar Nagar, Khanjipeer, Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
I travel to immerse myself in other cultures and, as I work in food, that often happens at the table. While in India, I was eating everything from street food to refined white tablecloth dining, but my favorite experience was the home-cooked food...
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Babaji Ka Modh, Goner Rd, Jagdish Colony, Prem Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302031, India
Situated on 32 acres of land on the outskirts of Jaipur—but still a quick drive from the city’s historic forts and palaces—this massive hotel mixes traditional Rajasthani style with modern amenities. Although there are a number...
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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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City Palace, Gangori Bazaar, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302007
Spread out over several acres in the heart of Jaipur’s old town, the rose-hued City Palace complex reflects the influence of several rulers, starting with the 18th-century Maharajah Jai Singh II, who planned and built the outer walls, and...
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Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
After taking an exhilarating elephant ride up to the fort, we were lucky enough to have gotten there before a lot of other tourists. As we explored farther and farther into the fort, it seemed like it belonged to us alone. The colorful sandstone...
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Devisinghpura, Amer, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302001, India
Rising from a rocky hillside 11 kilometers (almost 7 miles) northeast of Jaipur, Amber's formidable fortress was financed with war booty when it was built by Maharaja Man Singh in 1592. More palace than fort, the magnificent edifice testifies to...
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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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Southern Asia
An ornate facade conceals a minimalist hideaway where sleek guest rooms feature marble tubs and shimmering walls inlaid with semiprecious stones. Survey your kingdom on a camel safari or indulge in a spa treatment at India’s only L’Occitane...
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Hawa Mahal Rd, Badi Choupad, J.D.A. Market, Kanwar Nagar, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302002, India
One can only imagine the royal gossip exchanged behind the pink sandstone screen of Jaipur's Hawa Mahal when women of the royal household gathered on the upper floors of the five-story palace to watch street festivals below while they remained...
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Jacob Rd, Civil Lines, Jaipur, Rajasthan 302006, India
It was 6:30in the morning, a new friend invited us to walk to the see the palace. It was a cloudy day but for a few minutes the sun came through the clouds and I managed to capture the sun coming up over the palace. Jaipur is a must for anyone...
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Udaipur, Rajasthan 313001, India
The City Palace in Udaipur is stunning --- inside and out. The palace was built over several centuries by multiple rulers. Looking at the enormous white, domed and towered exterior is overwhelming in itself, but it is not until you wander the...
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Mandir Marg, Near Gole market, Gole Market, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
The Laxminarayan Temple (also called the Birla Mandir) is an elaborate Hindu temple of red and white columns, artificial mountains, and waterfalls. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi with the condition that the site would be open to all...
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Noida Mor, Pandav Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110092, India
Explore 10,000 years of India's history, culture, architecture, and spirituality on over sixty acres of manicured grounds. Akshardham is an elaborate Swaminarayan temple complex that features an IMAX theater, musical fountains, sunken gardens, and...
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Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
India, a land of religions and traditions, is one of the most populated places I have visited. With so many people, the belief in karma, and overwhelming poverty, it was an amazing experience to attend a service at the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara Sikh...
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Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
Delhi is brimming with temples, but the unique architecture of the Baha'i House of Worship blossoms above the rest. The temple resembles a lotus flower with 27 marble petals that shelter a central hall that can accommodate 2,500 worshipers. Many...
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Raj Ghat, New Delhi, Delhi 110002, India
Few sites evoke as much emotion as Raj Ghat. Perhaps it is owed to the influence and inspiration of Mahatma Gandhi and his worldwide movement of nonviolence. Raj Ghat is a memorial to Gandhi, commonly considered the Father of the Nation. A black...
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Mathura Road Opposite Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
Want a sneak peek of the Taj Mahal? Completed in 1572, Humayun's tomb was the first garden-tomb in India and inspired many architectural wonders, including the iconic Taj Mahal. The best view is from directly outside the main entrance, where the...
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Rajpath, India Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Although the India Gate is grand in any light, the site transforms at dusk when locals gather for picnics and social gatherings. Often you will be asked to join an impromptu cricket match or to enjoy a slice of birthday cake, all with the iconic...
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Lodhi Gardens, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
New Delhi is a bit of a concrete jungle, and the chance to start each morning in the green space that is Lodhi Garden was a welcome way to find balance amid the hustle and bustle. The gardens were built around the tombs of Sayid and Lodhi rulers,...
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Baba Kharak Singh Rd, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Hanuman is a Hindu deity and a central character in the Indian epic Ramayana. He is a Vanara (half-monkey, half-human) who has supernatural powers and can morph into alternate shapes. The Hanuman Mandir near Connaught Place is not only a sacred...
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Minto Bridge Colony, Barakhamba, New Delhi, Delhi 110002, India
Walking, rather than riding, through Old Delhi is the best way to experience this exotic place. Wend your way through narrow passages and see old residential areas impossible to reach by rickshaw. Just hire one of the rickshaw guides by Jama...
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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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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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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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Shop No:A/16 Near Inner Circle Road, Rajiv Chowk, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Established in 1926, Wenger's is an icon in Connaught Place. It is one of the oldest bakeries in Delhi offering breads, patties, cakes, pastries, cookies, and chocolates. I usually order a slice of almond cake or chocolate lasagna, though the...
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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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382, Kucha Seth Rd, Gachi Ram, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk, Delhi, 110006, India
In 1950, two halwais—or confectioners—from the Rajasthani city of Bikaner ventured to big city of Delhi to ply their traditional snacks together. Setting up a stall in the Old Delhi Chadni Chowk market, they crafted sweet and savory...
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Dr Zakir Hussain Marg, Delhi Golf Club, Golf Links, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
New Delhi’s first modern business and luxury hotel, built in 1965, is a white modernist box amid a sea of greenery on the southeast side of the city. After a $100 million makeover the Oberoi has now has 220 large rooms, spacious bathtubs,...
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2816, Ajmal Khan Rd, 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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Lajpat Nagar 1, C- Block, Lajpat Nagar I, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, India
Chocoholics unite at Choko La! The prestigious shop in Khan Market offers premium pralines, truffles, bars, mendiants and rochers. The multi-tier cakes are also visually stunning and pure goodness. Choco La's mission is to be the best quality...
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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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Meena Bazaar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006, India
Jama Masjid, India's largest mosque, was commissioned by Shah Jahan, the same emperor who built the iconic Taj Mahal for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Completed in 1656, the courtyard of Jama Masjid can accommodate 25,000...
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Lotus Temple Rd, Bahapur, Shambhu Dayal Bagh, Kalkaji, New Delhi, Delhi 110019, India
...but DON’T shake it all about. Hold very, very still while a henna street artist works her magic. It's fun, beautiful—and the designs last for days. We stopped at a dhaba (roadside stand) for a local lunch of dosas and ice cream. The dhaba was...
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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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12, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Rd, Tees January Road Area, Motilal Nehru Marg Area, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India
There are some bars that get lost in the crush, while others make a lasting impression. Headed straight into the latter, Aura, a luxury bar in the 5-star Claridges Hotel, specializes in a wide array of vodkas, with more than 60 different rare...
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Sansad Marg, Connaught Place, Janpath, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Jantar Mantar Road offers a nice glimpse of Delhi. It’s a place that allows you to walk around casually and feel good about being in the capital. If you get down at Central Secretariat metro station and walk a little distance, there are quite a...
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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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Mehrauli, Seth Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030, India
Delhi's Qutub Minar, at 72.5 meters or 238 feet tall, is the tallest tower in India. Built as an Islamic monument in the early 13th century of red sandstone and marble, the minar is not without controversy. Some believe the tower...
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Near Humayun's Tomb, Nizamuddin, Nizammudin West Slum, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi, Delhi 110013, India
Operating for over 100 years in Old Delhi, Karim's is known for the best meat dishes around. With crowds of people lining up outside multiple little rooms with tables and chairs, the place is incredibly popular. I have no idea how to navigate to...
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23 No, 1st Floor, Khan Market, Khan Market, Rabindra Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
Cafe Turtle is a cafe-cum-bookstore in Delhi. It has an exotic menu to entice your taste buds and a relaxed ambience that hints at spending a lazy hour or two. All you need is a good book and coffee, and you can simply immerse into your own world,...
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Auditorium Complex, Sector 29, Near IFFCO Metro Station, Sector 29, Gurugram, Haryana 122001, India
Imagine an experience that epitomizes (and combines) Disney World, Bollywood Theater, Las Vegas, Broadway, and Indian culture... Welcome to Kingdom of Dreams, so aptly named because the grand venue was created to evoke the dreams of children of...
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Shershah Road Near India Gate Jaipur House, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India
The National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) showcases modern and contemporary pieces from the 1850s to the present. Because it is a less frequented spot on the tourist circuit, it almost feels like a private gallery. NGMA was formally inaugurated in...
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D-35, Veer Savarkar Marg, Nirmal Puri, Nirmal Colony, Block 7, Lajpat Nagar II, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi, Delhi 110024, India
My friend's cousin was showing us around Delhi and promised us a fine-dining experience that night at the Luxury Collection ITC Hotel's Bukhara. Known as a restaurant favorited by Bill Clinton, I was of course eagerly anticipating this meal but...
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Rashtrapati Bhawan, President's Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110004, India
As befits the presidential residence of the largest democracy in the world, the Rashtrapati Bhavan complex houses an inspiring collection of spaces, from the private residence and public ceremonial and performance halls to acres of gardens laid...
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Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Cycle through the winding streets of Mehrauli, considered one of the seven ancient cities of Delhi. Not only a tour, this journey is an inspirational story. Your hosts are three former homeless children who became licensed guides to show travelers...
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Tughlaqabad Fort, Tughlakabad, New Delhi, Delhi 110044, India
Building began on this fort in the year 1321 AD. It is a citadel with towers, fortifications, and bastions. The fort is a beautiful half-day experience perfectly suited to that point in your travel itinerary when your head is spinning from the...
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Janpath Rd, Rajpath Area, Central Secretariat, New Delhi, Delhi 110011, India
What began as an exhibit of Indian art in London in 1947 grew to become this New Delhi museum, now one of the largest in India. The pieces in the permanent collection (which stretches to some 200,000 items) span the globe—don’t miss...
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Metro Station, Westend Marg, Freedom Fighter Colony, Near, Saket, 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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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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Dharmapuri, Forest Colony, Tajganj, Agra, Uttar Pradesh 282001, India
The Taj Mahal is referred to as "the jewel of Muslim art in India,” by UNESCO in its listing on the World Heritage Site registry. The Mughal ruler Shah Jahan  had the truly magnificent white marble...