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Top tourist attractions & best restaurants in New Delhi, India

Top tourist attractions & best restaurants in New Delhi, India

by Anne Shirley a month ago
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  • 1. Qutb Minar
  • Qla
  • 2. Lodhi Gardens
  • Anglow
  • 3. Swaminarayan Akshardham
  • Kiara Soul Kitchen
  • 4. Dilli Haat
  • MKT
  • 5. Hauz Khas Village
  • Naivedyam
  • P. S.
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Many people who have never been to India imagine the country as an enlightenment destination, where one can find answers to all questions, meet a wise old pandit to learn life lessons from, and meditate from dusk till dawn. Others, frightened by the infamous YouTube videos of loaded trains and the Slumdog Millionaire story, are not that keen on exploring Bharat. We are not fans of looking at the cities through the rose-tinted spectacles, and India, indeed, offers a very different tourist experience from other hotspots. But you simply have to be a little more precocious. Plus, the major metropolises, including New Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and Hyderabad are totally safe, and locals are always happy to help. In this piece, we decided to revisit the capital of the country and highlight its beautiful landmarks built during the prosperous years of the Mughal imperial structure. For those of you who are not that much into ancient history, Delhi has several entertaining venues like Mystery Rooms, Mojoland Adventure Park, and even ice skating. Additionally, our selection of superb restaurants will come down on all the nasty superstitions regarding Indian food like a ton of bricks.

1. Qutb Minar

Qutub Minar. Photo by Ahmad Attari on UnsplashQutub Minar. Photo by Ahmad Attari on Unsplash

Qutb Minar is a 12th-century victory tower created by the founder of the Delhi Sultanate, Qutb ud-Din-Aibak, after he defeated the last Hindu ruler of the modern capital. It is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site but also India's tallest minaret standing at an impressive 72.5 meters (238 feet) high. While climbing the beautiful ornate Goliath, visitors will be awestruck by the intricate carvings illustrating the history of the monument along with inscriptions from the Quran.

The unique aspect of this landmark is that it was constructed of different materials and by three rulers. The three bottom stories are made of red stone, while the top two are built of marble. The whole complex features several interesting structures like Quwwat-ul-Islam Masjid – the first mosque in the country, a 2000-year-old Iron Pillar (Alai Minar), and the tombs of Iltutmish, Imam Zamin, Alauddin Khalji. During the early winter months, the area is filled with joyful sounds of an annual music festival, organized by Delhi Tourism, that celebrates the legacy with vibrant dancing and singing events.

Qla
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Qla European Restaurant
#127 of 32635 restaurants in New Delhi, India
4-A Seven Style Mile, Kalka Das Marg, next to Qutab Minar, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Closes soon: 12AM
Lamb
Lamb

The lamb meat is tenderer and more nutritional if compared to any other meat and has a particular gamey taste. It is not as firm as beef but chewier than chicken.

Nestled in the lovely streets of Mehrauli near the Qutub Minar, Qla is a contemporary European fine-dining establishment with an Indian flair. It is a place where people can enjoy haute cuisine paired with wines in an intimate indoor-outdoor setting. Step inside the premises to find yourself welcomed by an opulent and chic atmosphere, created using bright lights, hanging chandeliers, velvety soft blue sofa seats, a massive semi-open kitchen, and wood-paneled flooring. They also feature a romantic Mediterranean-style al fresco terrace consisting of picnic benches, lantern lights, and warm heating lamps.

The professional Qla team, managed by Chef Sriharsha Narra, crafts a menu of exquisite Spanish and Italian staples using local ingredients. Patrons of the restaurant can sample items like prawn ceviche, smoked salmon with pickled fennel, grilled John dory in herb sabayon, crispy chicken with brown pepper sauce, and lamb loin with green mint purée in coffee jus. Savor sweet reinvented classics, such as lavender panna cotta with fermented strawberry purée and chocolate marques filled with raspberry gel.

Average bill – $30

2. Lodhi Gardens

2. Lodhi Gardens. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/delhitourism/photos_by2. Lodhi Gardens. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/delhitourism/photos_by

Named after an ancient dynasty, Lodhi Gardens is a 90-acre green oasis near the Khan Market of Delhi. It is a luscious park full of walking paths shaded by broad-crowned branches, four tombs, and many picnic benches. In addition to the gorgeous exotic plants, the complex houses numerous relics and ruins from the Lodhi period, which was the last ruling family of the Delhi Sultanate of India.

Some of the architectural highlights include a 15th-century mausoleum with a triple-dome, Athpula – an eight-pier bridge from the 16th century with curved arches (not many people know about it, so you can discover the treasure devoid of the annoying crowd), and the Glazed Dome with its dazzling clear blue tiles. The place, famous for its flora and fauna, boasts more than 120 types of native trees, bountiful birdlife, a national bonsai park, and over 55 species of butterflies. At any given time, you will spot joggers, cyclists, and yoga enthusiasts enjoying the benefits of this lush serene haven – a rare gem for such a metropolis like Delhi.

Anglow
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Anglow
#173 of 32635 restaurants in New Delhi, India
57, New Delhi, Delhi, India, 57
Closes soon: 12AM
Shish kebab
Shish kebab

Shish kebab is a dish of meat cooked over a fire (on a charcoal or on a grill) with the use of a skewer, a brazier, or a spit.

After a meditational stroll around the Lodhi Gardens, we suggest visiting Anglow in Khan Market for a delicious meal. The brainchild of restaurateur Dilpreet Singh, it is a cocktail bar and dining venue that serves Anglo-Indian cuisine. The interiors are well-spaced and designed like a lavish palatial home, complete with comfortable furniture, wing chairs, beautiful mosaic wallpaper, polished wood tables, standing lampshades, and an open counter with high stools.

The menu is an amalgamation of cultures, and it combines Lebanese, Indian, and British culinary traditions to present a unique offering of specialty dishes. Some of the scrumptious items you can try here are Konkani fried chicken, pan-fried chili fish, lamb shish kebab with mint chutney, prawn Chettinad curry with garlic paratha (flat bread), grilled paneer (cottage cheese) in a garlic aioli with leafy salad, and lamb curry with lentils. Elevate your flavorful dining experience by pairing the meal with their extensive drinks selections ranging from craft beers to fruity cocktails.

Average bill – $27 (without drinks)

3. Swaminarayan Akshardham

Swaminarayan Akshardham. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/delhitourism/photos_bySwaminarayan Akshardham. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/delhitourism/photos_by

One of the city’s newest and biggest attractions is the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple complex. Built in the year 2005, it is the epitome of Indian culture and architecture, made using 6000 metric tons of pink sandstone. The spiritual landmark has been recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the World's Largest Comprehensive Hindu Temple, renowned for its stunning design.

The gargantuan wonder consists of eight intricately executed mandaps (places of worship), devotional scriptures on the walls, and filigreed writing carved on the columns. The centerpiece is a massive idol of Lord Swaminarayan that showcases the essence of timeless traditions. The huge area is not just a religious spot, but, surprisingly, also an entertainment facility. It houses an animatronics experience, an IMAX theater that screens a film about the temple's history, and a theme park–style boat ride. On top of that, Swaminarayan Akshardham includes a food court serving vegetarian fare, and a gift shop selling books, religious paraphernalia, and various Vedic-themed souvenirs.

Kiara Soul Kitchen
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Kiara Soul Kitchen
#2 of 2649 vegetarian restaurants in New Delhi, India
M 30, First Floor, M Block Market, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Closed until tomorrow
Dim sum
Dim sum

It is a steamed, fried or baked small-portioned dish served in steamer baskets. It consists of various buns, dumplings and rice noodle rolls filled with a range of ingredients. Usually it is eaten for breakfast or lunch.

As per Hindu culture, any premises near a temple area tend to serve a non-meat-based menu. So there is no shortage of good vegetarian places near Swaminarayan Akshardham, but nothing can compare to the amazing food of Kiara Soul Kitchen. It is one of the few upscale fine-dining restaurants that gives people a lot of variety in their offerings. The venue was started by two brothers, Manav and Madhav Windlass, who aim to pamper their customers with an excellent gourmet experience of Pan-Asian delights.

The kitchen follows a farm-to-fork ideology and creates an innovative meal of modern recipes that suit the Indian palate. Indulge your taste buds on a gastronomic journey of mouthwatering delectables: red quinoa with pickled vegetables, pineapple rasam (South Indian soup) infused with lentils, crispy lotus root with peanut sauce, grilled sweet potato kebab tart, steamed bok choy dim sum with soy-onion dip, and charred mushroom with broccoli in a yogurt marinade. In desserts, do order their signature rose kheer (rice pudding), saffron cheesecake, or go for almond praline with blueberry compôte.

Average bill – $23

4. Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat. Photo by Barun Ghosh on UnsplashDilli Haat. Photo by Barun Ghosh on Unsplash

If you experience an urge to shop then this next spot might become a pleasant discovery. Delhi Haat is a sprawling 6-acre area designed to invoke the ambiance of a traditional village fair. Located in the commercial center of South Delhi, it is a government-sponsored open-air project for promoting the rural art and folk culture of India and a calmer option to the hectic markets of the city as there is an entry fee which keeps some of the people at bay.

Visitors will find a plethora of handloom products, including ornate fabrics, colorful Indian sarees, brassware, silk and woolen outfits, camel hide footwear, chandeliers, lampshades, copperware, spices, festive jewelry, and sandalwood carvings. Along with the goods, you can also indulge in lip-smacking local delicacies from different regions of the country, like kahwa and kebabs from Jammu and Kashmir, hot chicken cooked in bamboo from Nagaland, momos from Nepal, and sweet puran poli (jaggery flat bread) from Maharashtra. So brush up on your bargaining skills before heading down to Dilli Haat.

MKT
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MKT
#364 of 32635 restaurants in New Delhi, India
Lower Ground Floor, The Chanakya Mall, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Open until 1AM
Belgian waffles
Belgian waffles

This is a biscuit made from a thick or liquid dough cooked in an iron waffle iron and having a characteristic pattern.

You can surely relish a lot of street food at Dilli Haat, but we encourage going to the nearby MKT restaurant in the Chanakya Mall for an unmissable experience. It is an international dining hotspot that offers an expansive array of foods spread across 17 cuisines: guests can opt for various Mexican, Indian, Pan-Asian, Italian, European, and Mediterranean specialties. The interiors are semi-formal and spearheaded by award-winning designer Sawn Sullivan, who features a stylish interactive live kitchen setup surrounded by leather-furnished seating arrangements.

Start your feast with appetizers, such as arugula salad with crispy rice puffs, prawn dim sums with chives, chicken wontons in chili oil, California roll with fresh wasabi mayo, and Baja fish taco with tomato salsa. Move on to flavorsome entrées like pan-fried salmon with a teriyaki glaze, pepper prawn curry with jasmine rice, grilled lamb shanks with roasted vegetables, and chicken leg confit in creamy pan sauce. End your meal on a tenderly sweet note with Belgian waffles with ice cream, classic New York cheesecake, or refreshing strawberry sorbet.

Average bill – $34

5. Hauz Khas Village

 Hauz Khas Village. Photo from  https://www.facebook.com/delhitourism/photos_by Hauz Khas Village. Photo from https://www.facebook.com/delhitourism/photos_by

The perfect blend of old traditions and new tendencies can be found at Hauz Khas Village in South Delhi. It is a popular hip space that appeals to tourists and Delhiites alike. The urban area is brimming with numerous ancient monuments, such as tombs, mosques, a well-maintained park with walkways, and a fort with a reservoir.

Originally, it was a historic spot with remnants of vintage Islamic architecture, but today, the landmark has evolved into a trendy hangout locale where young crowds gather for a fun evening. The complex is dotted by a myriad of restaurants, happening bars, art galleries, fashion boutiques, and pubs with an electric nightlife. It is a great place to shop for designer jewelry, high-end clothes, and Bollywood posters, as well as watch a stand-up comedy show and dance the night away in a club. During the daytime, visitors can also enjoy a fragrant cup of hot beverage in one of the many welcoming cafés and bistros.

Naivedyam
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Naivedyam
#111 of 32635 restaurants in New Delhi, India
F-12, Kalkaji Main Rd, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Closed until tomorrow
Masala dosa
Masala dosa

It's a common breakfast dish from South India, it's a savoury mix of rice and lentils stuffed with potatoes, mustard seeds, chutneys and sambar. Masala dosa is garnished with grated coconut, lemon juice and coriander.

Though there are lots of high-end and funky spots to eat in Hauz Khas Village, nothing can ever beat original South Indian food at Naivedyam. Compared to its neighbors, this restaurant might look like an unassuming hole-in-the-wall joint. But the greatness of a traditional eatery is judged on its minimalism. Naivedyam promises to transfer you from the busy roads of Delhi to the serene streets of Karnataka. Started in 1994, this gem of a place has won many accolades, including The finest restaurant of India by Citibank Diners Club and the Blue Moon Award by the Hotel Association of Northern India.

You will be treated to authentic delicacies: soft steamed idlis (lentil batter cakes) with coconut chutney, deep-fried vadas dipped in sambar (tangy lentil curry), thick semolina porridge cooked with spices, crispy masala dosa (thin savory pancake) with potato filling, and mixed vegetable coconut stew with steamed rice. If you have a sweet tooth, then do not miss out on their dessert items like semolina cake with pineapples and, of course, everyone’s darling, gulab jamun (fried dough balls in sugar syrup).

Average bill – $17

P. S.

Delhi is a vibrant and cosmic place where visitors can experience thrilling history, different cultures, and lots of diverse cuisines. For a traveler who fancies something chaotic, complex, and charismatic, there is no better destination in the world.

Do you enjoy spicy Indian food? If you would like to learn how to recreate some of the legendary staples at home, check out our step-by-step recipes. And don’t forget to share your cooking experience in the comments below. Happy cooking!

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Daisy Warner (Guest) a month ago Request content removal

I absolutely love exploring historical landmarks and trying new foods, so this article is perfect for me! The Qutb Minar sounds absolutely stunning, with its intricate carvings and fascinating history.

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