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    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.

    General Tips

    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.

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Hotels & Resorts
Island | High-End
Luxurious hotel in the heart of the city.
Boutique | From Rs 7000
Restored heritage hotel in Old Delhi.
Boutique | High-end
Best Luxury Boutique Hotel in India in 2014.
All-inclusive | High-End
Luxury hotel with something for everyone.
Luxury | Mid Range
Luxury hotel known for its poolside restore-bar.
RESTAURANTs
Cafe | High End
Quaint restaurant known for European cuisine.
Cafe | Mid-range
The mother of café culture in Delhi.
Indian | Mid Range
Iconic restaurant known for Kashmiri Wazwan.
Cafe | Mid-Range
Restaurant that transports you to the hills.
Cafe | From Rs 1000
Known for its range of Himalayan delicacies.
SHOPPING
Collectibles | Mid-range
Seemingly plucked out of an Enid Blyton storybook.
Art
Designer leather products with Indian influences.
Collectibles
Quirky everyday items.
Collectibles
Quirky gift and stationery store.
Fashion
Fusion wear with Indian craftsmenship.