Best Time to Visit
Early winter (October) and early spring (February) are Delhi’s fairest months, with the May to July monsoons best avoided. The spectacular Diwali festival towards the end of October can be a highlight or a travel nightmare, so is worth preparing for.
What to Pack
Sturdy footwear is a must, Delhi does not boast many pristine pavements, but it more than makes up for it in color, tastes and smells, so bring an open mind to explore and stomach-ache tablets to adjust quickly to the stunning local cuisine.
With 175 designated monuments and 1200 national heritage buildings, the artistic heritage of Delhi is not hard to find. UNESCO lists the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Humayun’s Tomb in its collection.
Delhi is also the center in India of Zardozi – metal embroidery that was popular with royalty, especially in the 17th century, and Meenakari – the intricate decoration of metal surfaces by coloring and ornamentation via the craft if enameling, often using gold.
Major events not to miss include the India Art Fair held at the end of January, the New Delhi World Book Fair held in mid-February, and the sufi music Qutub Festival held in November and December.