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Explore the best of Delhi in 48 hours

An early morning stroll around India Gate is an experience in itself
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India’s capital is a place of incredible contrasts that blends different experiences seamlessly and offers the best of both worlds – old and new. To soak in the best in just a couple of days, follow this itinerary and on the third day head out.

LOCAL TRANSPORT

Delhi Metro: Twelve lines connect different parts of the city. Two kinds of cards available – a one day card for Rs 200 and a 3-day card for Rs 500. Both allow unlimited travel on the metro.

Other transport options include radio taxis, auto rickshaws and city buses.

DAY 1

Morning: Lutyens’ Delhi

India Gate: This 42m-high stone memorial arch pays tribute to around 90,000 Indian soldiers who died fighting for the British cause in World War 1 and the 1919 Anglo-Afghan War.

The Republic Day parade is held at India Gate starting 9 am. Only individuals with tickets are allowed in the premises on 26th January.

Also Read: A heritage tour of Delhi

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The illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan building
The illuminated Rashtrapati Bhawan building
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Rashtrapati Bhawan & Around: If the weather is good a walk from Rajpath to Rashtrapati Bhawan is an experience in itself. Rajpath was the imposing approach to New Delhi and hosts the huge Republic Day parade each year. At the western end of Rajpath is the Rashtrapati Bhavan, built in 1929.
Closest metro station: Central Secretariat

Connaught Place is a colonial era market which is divided into blocks
Connaught Place is a colonial era market which is divided into blocks
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Connaught Place: This is a famous white colonnaded colonial era market which is divided into blocks. Its streets radiate from the central circle leading to outer and inner circle.

Grab a puff at Wenger's in CP
Grab a puff at Wenger's in CP
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Stop for a milkshake at Keventers or grab a pastry or savoury puffs at Wenger’s.

Jantar Mantar: This striking 18-century astronomical observatory, built in 1725, is an architectural marvel.
Closest metro station: Rajiv Chowk

Afternoon: Old Delhi

Take a walk in the hidden bazaar in the Red Fort
Take a walk in the hidden bazaar in the Red Fort
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Red Fort: This massive fort is a sandstone shadow of its former self, but it dates from the peak of Mughal power.

Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India
Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India
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Jama Masjid: India’s largest mosque can hold 25,000 people. Towering over Old Delhi, the ‘Friday Mosque’ was Shah Jahan’s final architectural opus, built between 1644 and 1658.
1.5km from Red Fort

Savour a plate of Chole Bhature at Chandni Chowk
Savour a plate of Chole Bhature at Chandni Chowk
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Chandni Chowk: It’s all about endless shopping. For silver jewellery, head for Dariba Kalan. Kinari Bazaar is famous for zardozi, temple trim and wedding turbans. Nai Sarak is lined with stalls selling saris, shawls and lehengas. Prepare to tuck into some of the subcontinent’s finest food, including the famous Dilli ki chaat, which, rather like the city itself, tosses up several flavours in a bite.

Closest metro stations: Chandni Chowk & Lal Qila

Say yes to beer at the bars in Hauz Khas
Say yes to beer at the bars in Hauz Khas
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Evening

Delhi is full of nightlife options. Head to Hauz Khas Village, which has plenty of watering holes- TLR, Hauz Khas Social, Out of the Box and The Beer Cafe are good options.

DAY 2

Morning: Around Lodhi Garden

Hauz Khas: The artificial lake is a beautiful blue-green expanse, alive with birds, overlooking which are Firoz Shah’s 14th-century domed madrasa and his tomb.

Buy souvenirs from Dilli Haat for your loved ones
Buy souvenirs from Dilli Haat for your loved ones
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Dilli Haat: This colourful open-air food-and-crafts market sells a variety of handicrafts. There are some gorgeous bits and pieces on offer and food from states across the country.

Closest metro stations: Hauz Khas & INA

Sheesh Gumbad tomb inside Lodhi Garden
Sheesh Gumbad tomb inside Lodhi Garden
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Lodhi Garden & Khan Market: The landscaped garden is dotted by tombs of the Sayyid and Lodhi rulers and is popular among all people, from politicians to couples.

Enjoy coffee and macaroons in Khan Market
Enjoy coffee and macaroons in Khan Market
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After this head to Khan Market, 5 minutes away. Favoured by expats and Delhi’s elite, it has a number of boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Grab a coffee and a macaroon, dessert or sandwich before leaving.

Closest metro station: Khan Market metro station

Humayun’s Tomb: Set amid landscaped gardens, this red sandstone and white marble mausoleum is the most graceful monument belonging to the Mughal era in Delhi. What gives it a special touch is the restoration work done for over six years to return this monument to its original glory.
4km from Lodi Garden

Closest metro station: Jor Bagh

Afternoon: Mehrauli & Saket

Lotus Temple: After lunch head to the gorgeous Lotus Temple. The Bahai House of Worship is shaped like the lotus flower with 27 white marble petals.

Closest metro station: Kalkaji

Qutub Minar is one of the tallest brick minarets
Qutub Minar is one of the tallest brick minarets
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Qutub Minar: This soaring 73m tower dominates the skyline of south Delhi. Covered with intricate carvings and verses from the Koran, it is one of the world’s tallest brick minarets.

Closest metro station: Qutub Minar

Do not miss a visit to the glitziest malls in Delhi
Do not miss a visit to the glitziest malls in Delhi
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Saket Malls: At Delhi’s glitziest malls – Select Citywalk, MGF Metropolitan and DLF Place – you’ll find stores, eateries and chic bars. For dinner head to Big Chill, a legendary film-poster-lined café with a telephone directory of continental dishes. But before that have a drink at one of the bars. Take your pick from Hard Rock Cafe, The Beer Café or Harry’s Bar + Café.

Closest metro station: Malviya Nagar