Delhi for Vanavasis
For Vanavasis staying in Delhi for a while, we have carefully listed down a few places for dining, sightseeing, shopping, places of worship, etc. for their service, authenticity and overall experience.
DINING AND HANG-OUTS
Indian Accent showcases Indian food for the 21st century with a path-breaking contemporary menu with a unique marriage of global ingredients and techniques with the flavours and traditions of India that is sure to excite the adventurous yet satisfy traditional palates.
Address: The Manor Hotel, 77 Friends Colony West
Phone: 011 43235151
Interesting and authentic, they have ‘soul’ food from throughout the country, not something you would usually find in Delhi. The Café fills up with what appear to be silver-haired doyennes of Indian arts and letters and ambitious design school graduates.
Address: National Crafts Museum, Bhairon Marg, Pragati Maidan
Phone: +91 78389 60787
Simple yet elegant, this Mexican restaurant is ideal to spend a relaxed afternoon in Khan Market with its beatiful terrace sitting area, contemporary interiors, comfortable minimalist furniture and an open kitchen with a full view of shelves stacked with colourful in-season vegetables. The restaurant is popular for its authentic Mexican cuisine prepared with the freshest of local seasonal produce under the guidance of a Mexican Chef.
Address: 1st Floor, 29B, Middle Lane, Khan Market
Phone: 011 43105777
Café Diva, a little bubble of Italian life in South Delhi. Offering a spread of authentic Italian food that goes beyond the ordinary and a menu that features a variety of differing transnational tastes and an eclectic mix of old favourites.
Address: N8, N-Block Market, Greater Kailash 1
Phone: 011 41011948
Café Turtle, a lively space where people can meet over aromatic coffees and fresh juices accompanied with delicious cakes. This café offers a friendly and aesthetic environment for everyone to enjoy nature’s bounty.
Address: Greater Kailash, N-Block Market
Phone: 011 29245641 / 29245642
Middle Lane, Khan Market
Phone: 011 24655641 / 011 24655642
PCO: Inspired by the speakeasy-style bars in NYC
At PCO, they focus on the quality and preparation of cocktails - which range from classic cocktails to a completely bespoke Mood Cocktail™. PCO food menu is a simple and wholesome, with a particular focus on robust and lively flavours. PCO have catered to those who know those who need something new, and most importantly those who care.
Address: D4, D Block, Vasant Vihar
Phone: 011 46062444
Olive Qutub is a rustic hideaway where good food, laughter, culture and conversation come together in a delightful melting pot. Fashion, art, music and style fuse here to create an unforgettable Mediterranean mosaic. Visit it for the best martinis in town, delicious food and eclectic music in a beautiful setting.
Address: One Style Mile, Haveli No. 6, Kalka Das Marg, Mehrauli
Phone: 011 29574444
Wasabi by Morimoto
Stunning in every way, this elegant restaurant offers the best of Japanese gastronomic delights. Legendary Chef Masaharu Morimoto creates magic at Wasabi by Morimoto, his world-class contemporary Japanese restaurant.
Address: 1 Mansingh Road, Taj Mahal Hotel
Phone: 011 66566162 / 011 23026162
For well over ten years now, Shalom has been Delhi’s premier lounge bar, the discerning patron’s destination of choice. Whether it’s the hand-plastered interiors, the enchanting aroma, the burnt-wood furnishings, exquisite pottery, eclectic music or the inspired beverages and cuisine
Address: N-18, N Block, Greater Kailash II
Phone: 011 33105422
The decor and setup of this is quaint café in Hauz Khas Village will add to your dining experience almost as much as the food. What takes Coast Cafe from a stereotypical cafe to a pleasant spot for a long meal is the space design. It stands apart with its coastal-colonial vibe, intriguing art that was commissioned especially for the space. With its exposed white brick walls lined with green plants and large arched bay windows that let the light in, this place is ideal for a leisurely afternoon or an early evening.
Address: H2, 2nd floor, Hauz Khas Village
Phone: 011 41601717
Social café and lounge
Social is a space that blends the best of the office and the café. Combining work and play, it’s an urban hangout designed to take you offline while still keeping you connected. Social is a collaborative workspace, a hub for artists and innovators.
Address: 9A and 12, Hauz Khas Village
Phone: +91 78386 52814
28A, Defence Colony Market
Phone: 011 33106143
Spice Route, The Imperial
The renowned South East Asian cuisine restaurant mesmerizes all your senses enrapturing you with its sensuous exotica. It has been designed to reflect the journey of spices from the Malabar Coast in Kerala through Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Indonesia to Thailand and Vietnam, put together in the world famous menu crafted by the President’s Awardee Thai national Chef Veena Arora.
Address: The Imperial, Janpath Lane, Connaught Place
Phone: 011 23341234 / 011 41501234
Jamavar at The Leela Hotel
Experience the authentic tastes of India in an evocative setting. Jamavar takes its name from fine art of embroidery of Kashmir shawls. Their decorative patterns lend a traditional touch to the modern decor.
Address: Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri
Phone: 011 39331234
Library Bar at The Leela hotel
The Library has First edition books, Chesterfield chairs, Cigars, A whiskey collection, Martinis, Smoking and non-smoking areas. This is a library for the connoisseur. Taste the best of food with best of drinks here.
Address: Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri
Phone: 011 39331234
Abraham & Thakore
One of the only designers in India that understand contemporary designs and simplicity, they focus Indian fabrics and cultural roots.
Address: Moon river Building, 2nd Floor, D 16 Defence Colony
Phone: +91 9871774436
A slick online concept that has some easily combinable and comfortable parts.
A specialist gallery for the finest woven treasures, Carpet Celler was conceived by India’s most respected curator of carpets Mr Sheel Chandra. The Carpet Cellar is considered a Mecca for certified antique carpets, perfectly executed recreations, modern designs, as well as kilims, durries, shawls and textiles. The Carpet Cellar houses a range of hand woven and hand knotted masterpieces, carefully selected by Mr Chandra for their uniqueness and brilliance over the past four decades.
Address: 1 Anandlok, August Kranti Marg, Opposite Kamala Nehru College
Phone: 011 41641777
Good earth has set new standards in stylish luxury retail across India with its beautiful hand crafted products including fine bone china designer dinnerware etc.
Address: Shop No.9, Khan Market
Phone: 011 24647175
Fab India is India's largest platform for products that are made from traditional techniques, skills and hand-based processes, it links over 55,000 craft based rural producers to modern urban markets, thereby creating a base for skilled, sustainable rural employment, and preserving India's traditional handicrafts in the process. Fabindia's products are natural, craft based, contemporary, and affordable.
Address: 14, N-Block Market, Greater Kailash I
Phone: 011 46693725
Anokhi is distinguished by its prints and sense of designs, range of colours and product quality. For over 40 years, Anokhi’s ideals have been those of conservation and development, through the input of design, marketing and project funding. The Company is well known as an alternative role model for good business practices, and the on-going revival of traditional textile skills.
Address: M-Block Market, Greater Kailash II
Phone: 011 29231500
Vadhera’s (Drapers & Tailors)
This nondescript shop next to Regal Cinema has a history that goes back to 1946. For the last six decades, the Vadehras have been one of the most sought-after tailors in the city. Famous for customised suit-making, or besopke tailoring, Vadhera tailors are located near the Regal building in Connaught place.
Address: 21 Regal Building, Connaught Place
Phone: 011 23360468
Conceived in 1952 by a band of dedicated art lovers, Cottage Emporium has since become the abode of Indian handloom & handicraft. With its flagship store in Delhi, this expansive multi-level establishment holds a large variety of jewellery, pottery, papier mâché, teas, brassware, textiles, sculptures, paintings, metal ware, woodcraft, stoneware & marble craft, carpets, furniture, furnishings, home linen, sarees and much more from all over the country. It a good one-stop shop to buy gifts for back home and one can easily spend 1-3 hours in it. Although not everything is worth the money and attention, you may be able to find a hidden treasure or two during your visit!
Address: Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath
Phone: 011 23320439
Hauz Khas Village
Hauz Khas houses historical buildings built around an urbanized village with medieval history that can be traced back to the 13th century of Delhi Sultanate reign. It is a tourist cum commercial area with numerous art galleries, upscale boutiques and restaurants. Swans and ducks are among the attractions at Hauz Khas Lake - which is part of the attraction to visitors.
Address: Hauz Khas Village
Phone: 011 33105045
Greater Kailash I and II
The markets in M (Greater Kailash I) and N (Greater Kailash II) Block are some of the most popular markets in Delhi, home to a wide range of retail stores, such as Giovanni, Next and Lacoste, and several restaurants and coffee houses. Greater Kailash 1 (GK-II). M-Block, GK II is a popular market, with many restaurants and coffee shops and sanitary shops. It is one of the largest hubs for sanitary ware in Northern India. Recently the market has experienced heavy foot fall due to several posh restaurants and Banks.
Address: 14, N-Block Market, Greater Kailash I
Phone: 011 46693725
Janpath, earlier known as the Queen’s way got its name in the early 1990’s. Considered one of the more popular flea markets of Delhi, you will find a decent collection of ethnic wear, precious and semi-precious stones and jewellery, leather footwear like juttis, mojris, kohlapuris, etc., embellished linen, cotton garments, Indian artifacts and carpets and much more. It also has the Tibetan market popular for home decor and handicrafts made by the Tibetan people, and Connaught Place at comfortable walking distance. One needs to be observant at traffic lights and not pay attention to people pressuring to buy stuff, or to those asking for money.
Location: Janpath Road, Connaught Place
Connaught Place market
Connaught Place is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centres in New Delhi, India. It is often abbreviated to CP and houses the headquarters of several noted Indian firms. The former location of the headquarters of the British Raj, the area's environs occupy a place of pride in the city and are counted among the top heritage structures in New Delhi. It was developed as a showpiece of Lutyens' Delhi with a prominent Central Business District.
Location: Connaught Place (also known as Rajiv Chowk)
This market was once known for grocery shopping and its tailors, and is now home to an eclectic set of entrepreneurs. Specialty organic grocery shops now flank decades old local Kirana stores ; branded textile and designer label shops stand adjacent to tailoring establishments of old ,and brand new Dutch and Mediterranean dessert shops stand side by side with shops selling momos and tea.
Location: Lodhi Colony
Khan Market , established in 1951 and named in honour of Khan Abdul Jabbar Khanhas been ranked as the costliest retail location in India. In 2010, it was rated as the world's 21st most expensive retail high street by real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield and is consistently ranked as one of the costliest high-end streets
Location: Humayun Road, Near India Gate
DLF Emporio:For designers
DLF Emporio is a shopping mall situated in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. It is one of the first truly zoned luxury malls to open in India. The mall, which is said to be amongst the most luxurious in Asia, is also known as the Rodeo Drive of the east. The mall features over 170 brands including 75 International Brands.
Address: 4 Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj
Phone: 011 46116666
Cathedral Church of the Redemption
The church is also known as the Viceroy Church and is counted among the most beautiful churches in India. The Cathedral Church was used by then British Viceroy during the pre – independence era. The church was designed by Henry Medd and Lord Irwin has gifted an organ and a silver Cross to the Church.
Address: 1, Church Road, North Avenue
Phone: 011 23094229
Dargah Of Nizamuddin Auliya
Nizamuddin Dargah enshrines Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya or Nizam-ud-Din, a revered Sufi saint. Hazrat Nizam-ud-Din Auliya Dargah of Delhi also entombs Amir Khusrau, a poet and the saint's favorite disciple; other tombs enshrined in the Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya Dargah are those of Jahan Ara Begum, Shah Jahan's daughter and Mirza Ghalib, a distinguished poet.
Address: Nizamuddin, New Delhi
ISKCON is a massive structure built for the praise and worship of Lord Krishna. The holy shrine has incredible architecture, which has been designed by famous architect Achyut Kanvinde. There is a massive hall that has been embossed with scenes depicted from the Mahabharata. The angelic chant of the Hare Rama, Hare Krishna and the melodious beating of the Mridangam makes the ambiance of the temple extremely pious. ISKCON also has a museum, where one can find copies of the Bhagvad Gita in any language.
Address: Kunj Hare Krishna Hill, Sant Nagar, Main Road, East of Kailash
Phone: 011 26235133
The Red Fort was the residence of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years. It is located in the centre of Delhi and houses a number of museums. Constructed in 1648 A.D. by the fifth Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as the palace of his fortified capital Shahjahanabad, the Red Fort is named for its massive enclosing walls of red sandstone.
Address: Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk
Phone: 011 23277705
The walled city of Delhi, India, was founded as Shahjahanabad by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639 A.D. It remained the capital of the Mughals until the end of the Mughal dynasty. It was once filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court, along with elegant mosques and gardens. Today, despite having become extremely crowded and dilapidated, it still serves as the symbolic heart of metropolitan Delhi.
Rajpath (meaning "King's Way") is the ceremonial boulevard in New Delhi, India, that runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill through Vijay Chowk and India Gate to National Stadium, Delhi. The avenue is lined on both sides by huge lawns, canals and rows of trees. Considered to be one of the most important roads in India, it is where the annual Republic Day parade takes place on 26th January.
Jama Masjid: largest mosque in India
This great mosque of Old Delhi is the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Built in 1644 A.D., it is the final architectural extravagance of Shah Jahan, the Mughal emperor who built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. Travellers can hire robes at the northern gate. This may be the only time you get to dress like a local without feeling like an outsider so make the most of it.
Location: Chandni Chowk
Humayun’s Tomb: the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent
The last refuge of Mughal Emperor Humayun reminds rather of a luxurious palace, than a tomb.Located in the eastern part of Dehli, Humayun’s tomb is one of the best preserved Mughal monuments. This spellbinding mausoleum is the first example of Mughal architecture in India. After a century from its construction Humayun’s tomb inspired the construction of the more famous Taj Mahal.
Location: Mathura Road, Nizamuddin
Qutab Minar is a soaring, 73 m-high tower of victory, built in 1193 A.D. by Qutab-ud-din Aibak immediately after the defeat of Delhi's last Hindu kingdom. The tower has five distinct storeys, each marked by a projecting balcony and tapers from a 15 m diameter at the base to just 2.5 m at the top. At the foot of the tower is the Quwwat-ul-Islam, the first mosque to be built in India.
Lodhi Gardens Spread over 90 acres it contains architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhis, an Afghan dynasty, that ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber province of modern day Pakistan.
Address: Lodhi Road, near India Habitat Center
Gurudwara Rakab Ganj
The Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib is a historic gurdwara built in 1783 A.D., after Sikh military leader Baghel Singh captured Delhi, This religious shrine marks the site of cremation of the ninth Sikh guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur.
Address: Guru Gobind Singh Bhawan, Pandit Pant Marg
Phone: 011 23712581
India Habitat Center, Stein auditorium
The India Habitat centre was conceived to provide a physical environment which would serve as a catalyst for a synergetic relationship between individuals and institutions working in diverse habit related areas and therefore, maximise their total effectiveness.
Address: Lodhi Road, Near Air force Bal Bharati School
Phone: 011 24682002
Indira Gandhi National Center for the Arts
The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts is visualised as a centre encompassing the study and experience of all the arts -- each form with its own integrity, yet within a dimension of mutual interdependence, interrelated with nature, social structure and cosmology.
Address: 11 Man Singh Road
Phone: 011 2338 3895
The Asian Heritage Foundation
Founded by the most incredible Rajeev Sethi, the Asian Heritage Foundation’s mysterious home in Delhi’s South Extension is a labyrinth of Rajeev ji’s workspaces, studio, unparalled collections and showcase. While this is a private space, a walk around and meeting Mr Rajeev Sethi is perhaps the most fantastic glimpse into India’s infinite creative forms and traditions. On special requests, Vana can try and arrange an appointment for returning Vanavasis to visit the foundation and have brief encounter with Mr Rajeev Sethi, a dear friend of Vana.
Address: C-52, South Extension - II
Phone: 011 26263984
The National Museum in New Delhi, also known as the National Museum of India, is one of the largest museums in India. Established in 1949, it holds variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art.
Address: Rajpath Crossing, Janpath
Phone: 011 23019272
National Gallery of Modern Art
It is the premier art gallery under Ministry of Culture, was established on March 29, 1954. Its collection of more than 14,000 works includes works by artists such as Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindranath Tagore, Gaganendranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Amrita Sher-Gil as well as foreign artists, apart from sculptures by various artists. Some of the oldest works preserved here date back to 1857.
Address: Jaipur House, Sher Shah Road, India Gate
Phone: 011 2338 2835
A luxury hotel with an iconic and awe-inspiring heritage interwoven in colonial elegance, it dwells in its modern delivery of old-style class, magnificence and luxuries aplenty. Built in 1931 by Blomfield, one of Sir Edwin Lutyen’s associates and inaugurated by Lord Willingdon in 1936.
Address: Janpath Lane, Connaught Place
Phone: 011 41501234
Luxury and convenience converge at the JW Marriott Hotel New Delhi Aerocity. Located adjacent to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, in New Delhi, India, the hotel offers accessibility without sacrificing style.
Address: Asset Area 4 Hospitality , Delhi, Aerocity
Phone: 011 45212121
One of the best luxury hotels in New Delhi, which offers luxurious accommodations with best services. It has by far the best club in town. A 50 m pool made of genuine Indian stone, a large wellness center with spa, wet areas, tennis courts and a library - perfect for a workout, to work or just to relax.
Address: Lodhi Road, Lodhi Colony
Phone: 011 43633333
The Manor is a luxury boutique hotel, located in the lush area of Friends Colony in New Delhi. With the aim of taking stress out of travel in an unfamiliar territory, it was developed as a small country hotel in the 1950s and has turned into an oasis in the centre of the sprawling bustling capital. Being one of the best hotels in New Delhi, India, The Manor lays emphasis on quality and understated elegance.
Address: 77 Friends Colony West
Phone: 011 43235100