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New Delhi travel guide

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You're Going to Love New Delhi

India's capital is immense, bursting with energy and prosperity; it's a contrast between the very ancient and the thrillingly new, a place where the traditions of India are being reshaped and complemented by modernity as the nation rises and rises.

Home to 20 million people, New Delhi is an exciting place to be. You could spend a week soaking up the atmosphere of Old Delhi, or party in Rajouri Garden. Whatever you do, expect a warm welcome.

New Delhi has its frantic moments, but it has its relaxing side too. In a city where the future and the past collide every day, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

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When to Visit New Delhi

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Most locals recommend visiting Delhi between October and March. That way, you can take in the colors of the north Indian spring and enjoy the best of the weather. Temperatures will vary, but shouldn't drop below 65 degrees and rain will be minimal. May and June see the city baking in mid-summer heat, while July usually brings the monsoon, which is attractive, but not everybody's cup of tea.

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Where to Stay in New Delhi

Delhi has a vast choice of high-quality luxury hotels (and plenty of family-run guesthouses too). Some of the best are in the ultra-modern Gurgaon area, including the Hyatt and the Meridien. Excellent options near the Red Fort include the stately Haveli Dharampura and the reliable Hotel Bombay Orient, while the best hotel near Connaught Place is the Imperial.

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Shopping Streets

Delhi is a shopper's paradise, whether you are into ultra-modern fashion boutiques or atmospheric bazaars. To start with, take a walk in the Old Delhi Bazaar, where its narrow lanes contain myriad clothes, spice and jewelry stalls (and smell delicious thanks to the street food vendors). Then head to DLF Emporio for a totally different experience. Here, luxury is everything, and brands like Paul Smith and Hugo Boss compete with Indian designers like Manish Arora. Connaught Place is another great shopping area - like a mixture of the two, with old-style stores and modern businesses alongside each other.

Groceries and Other

If you are self-catering or want to buy picnic ingredients during your stay, supermarkets like Big Bazaar and INA Market stock a range of western and Indian goods. Prices are very reasonable, at around ₹170 for a gallon of milk and ₹62 for 12 eggs.

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Where to Eat in New Delhi

Delhi is massive, so it's hard to pick a few exceptional eateries. Then again, there are some places that just can't be missed, like Cafe Lota near the Crafts Museum, with its bamboo screens and delicately spiced modern Indian cuisine. Bukhara in the Sheraton hotel often tops the list of "best Indian restaurants", while Sagar Ratna serves authentic southern Indian delicacies. Then there's the street food. Head to Connaught Place's Bengali Market for an astonishing array of tastes (and enticing aromas). In general, expect a high-end sit down meal to come to around ₹600 per head, but street food will be much less expensive.