DELHI for the Weekend (3 คืน 4 วัน)
ออกจากโรงแรมแต่เช้า เยี่ยมชม Lodhi Gardens This sprawling 90 acre city park is home to a number of monuments, including tombs of 15th and 16th century rulers. The gardens were built around them by the British in 1936. (Entry fee: Free for all).
8:30 a.m.: Tuck into a hearty breakfast at The All American Diner inside the India Habitat Center (opposite Lodhi Gardens on Lodhi Road). You'll feel like you've been transported back in time to the 1960s! Waffles, milkshakes, pancakes, cereal, oatmeal, pastries, eggs, bacon and sausages are all on the menu.
9:30 a.m.: Wander through the Lodhi Art District (669 to 673 Second Avenue, Block 6, between Khanna Market and Meharchand Market, Lodhi Colony), India’s first public open-air art gallery. International and local artists have painted more than 20 wall murals, facilitated by St+art India. This non-profit organization aims to make art accessible to a wider audience in public spaces.
11 a.m.: Visit Gandhi Smitri (5 Tees January Marg, New Delhi. Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays), where Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948. The room that he slept in has been kept exactly how he left it. There are also plenty of photos, sculptures, paintings, and inscriptions on display. (Entry fee: Free for all).
12:30 p.m.: Have lunch at swanky Khan Market (Rabindra Nagar, New Delhi), nearby. There are plenty of diverse options including Parsi cuisine and Mumbai street food at SodaBottleOpenerWala (73 Khan Market), Big Chill (35 Khan Market) for Continental cuisine, Mamagoto (Upstairs, 53 Khan Market) for Asian cuisine, Civil House (26 Khan Market) for pizza and burgers, and Parallel (12 Khan Market) for modern Indian
2 p.m.: Browse through the upmarket shops and boutiques in Khan Market. Popular items include books, clothing, home furnishings, cosmetics and Ayurvedic skin care products.
2:45 p.m.: Head to Humayun's Tomb (Mathura Road, Nizamuddin East), 10 minutes away. It was built in 1570 and houses the body of Mughal emperor Humayun. The first Mughal architecture of its kind in India, its design inspired the more prominent Taj Mahal and you'll definitely notice the resemblance. (Entry fee: 600 rupees for foreigners and 40 rupees for Indians. Free for children under 15 years old). About 5 minutes away, you'll find Anokhi's discount store (Shop 13, Nizamuddin East Market, enter from Gate #9. Closed Sundays). Anokhi sells women's clothes made out of gorgeous block-printed cotton fabrics. The discount store stocks factory seconds and end-of-line pieces at 35-50% less than market price
8 a.m.: Start the day at Qutab Minar (Mehrauli, South Delhi. Open daily from sunrise to sunset). This UNESCO World Heritage site was built in 1206 and is the tallest brick minaret in the world. It's an incredible example of early Indo–Islamic architecture, with a mysterious history. (Entry fee: 600 rupees for foreigners and 40 rupees for Indians. Free for children under 15 years old).
9 a.m.: Next to Qutab Minar, lesser-known Mehrauli Archaeological Park is spread over 200 acres. It contains more than 100 historically significant monuments and each has a unique story to tell. Two highlights are the 16th century Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, with its alluring architecture, and the ancient step well Rajon Ki Baoli. (Entry fee: Free for all).
11 a.m.: If you like Indian handicrafts, drop into Dastkar Nature Bazaar (Kisan Haat, Anuvrat Marg, Andheria Modh, Chattarpur, South Delhi. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily except Wednesday). For 12 consecutive days every month, it has a different theme featuring artisans and craftsmen. There are also permanent handicraft and handloom stalls.
12:30 p.m.: Have lunch at Dilli Haat (opposite INA Metro Station, South Delhi. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.), set up by the government to give the feel of a village market (called a haat). It's a popular place to eat and shop for souvenirs from the artisans who come to sell their wares. The food court offers cuisine from the various states in India, including some delicious momos from northeast India. (Entry fee: 100 rupees for foreigners and 30 rupees for Indians. 20 rupees for children). If you want to buy clothes, nearby Sarojini Nagar market (closed Mondays) has export-surplus brand names at throwaway prices. These tips for bargaining will help you get the best deals.
3:30 p.m.: Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at Hauz Khas Village, about 20 minutes away, where hip meets medieval heritage. If you're starting to feel tired, make Kunzum Travel Cafe your first stop. Revive yourself with coffee and cookies, and only pay what you like.
4:30 p.m.: Explore some of the historical sites around Hauz Khas, which are just meters away from Kunzum Travel Cafe. Hauz Khas (meaning "royal tank") gets its name from the 13th century reservoir there, which now has a paved walking track around it. Of note are the remains of a fort, a 14th century madrasa (an institution for Islamic learning), mosque, and tomb of Firuz Shah (who ruled over the Sultanate of Delhi from 1351 to 1388). The setting is particularly picturesque at dusk.
6 p.m.: Return to Hauz Khas Village and stroll through its atmospheric narrow lanes, boutiques and art galleries.
8 p.m.: Choose from the many enticing options for dinner. For gourmet south Indian food try Naivedyam or Coast Cafe. Not in the mood for Indian cuisine? Head to Elma's Bakery Bar & Kitchen for decent Continental food. Alternatively, Yeti The Himalayan Kitchen serves authentic Tibetan and Nepalese cuisine.
10 p.m.: Still have energy? Kick on at a bar! Hauz Khas Village is a hot party destination on weekends. Our picks are Lord of the Drinks (inside the Deer Park, Hauz Khas) for a garden setting. Hauz Khas Social (9A and 12 Hauz Khas Village) for a lively ambiance. Summer House Cafe, Bandstand, or Auro Kitchen & Bar (all located in Aurobindo Place Market just outside Hauz Khas Village) for live music and DJs.
8:30 a.m.: Start the day at Agrasen ki Baoli step well (Hailey Road, off K G Marg.Open daily, sunrise to sunset. Free entry.) flanked by high-rise buildings near Connaught Place. It's thought to have been constructed by King Agrasen during the ancient Mahabharata period, and later rebuilt in the 14th century by the entrepreneurial Agrawal community. Now devoid of water, you can descend the 100-plus stairs into its depths. The step well has been featured in two Bollywood movies — PK, and more recently Sultan.
9:15 a.m.: Stop by Devi Prasad Sadan Dhobi Ghat (behind Agrasen ki Baoli. Turn right as you exit and keep walking.) to see clothes being washed the traditional way, by beating them against concrete slabs. The dhobi ghat is apparently the largest one in Delhi, and one of the last few remaining. More than 60 families of dhobis(washermen) live and work there.
10 a.m.: Walk 15 minutes to the elegant Imperial Hotel (Janpath, Connaught Place) for morning tea or coffee at its splendid, glass-domed Atrium Tea Lounge. The Imperial is one of the top luxury hotels in Delhi, housed in a restored early 1930s Colonial-style building with impeccable old-world atmosphere. Do wander around before you leave.
11 a.m.: Fixed-price Central Cottage Emporium is situated opposite the Imperial Hotel on Janpath. It stocks handicrafts from all over India. Don't expect to find any bargains there, although it's a good idea to see how much items are selling for, so you can haggle at markets later. The very popular Tibetan market, on the other side of Janpath, is an excellent place to do so. It sells everything from clothes to paintings. Not interested in shopping? Jantar Mantar (Sansad Marg, Connaught Place) is just around the corner and consists of a group of intriguing astronomy instruments, believed to have been built in 1724.
12:30 p.m.: Have lunch at Connaught Place. There are many options to choose from, depending on your palate. Parikrama (22 Antriksh Bhavan, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Connaught Place) is a revolving restaurant with city views, serving Indian and Chinese food. The menu at Zaffran (Hotel Palace Heights, D-26/28, Inner Circle, Connaught Place) features Punjabi and Mughlai specialties. Fascinating Junkyard Cafe (91 N Block, Outer Circle, Connaught Place) is adorned with re-purposed and up-cycled trash. Here are some more suggestions as to what to eat in Connaught Place.
1:30 p.m.: Spend some time exploring Connaught Place, where there's something for everyone including art galleries and historic shops. Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan (24 Regal Building, Connaught Place) promotes India's khadi (hand-woven cotton cloth) industry. It's possible to browse for hours at the Oxford Bookstore (N-81 Connaught Place). Ram Chandra and Sons (D-1, Odeon Building, Connaught Place) is India's oldest toy store and opened there in 1935. Dhoomimal Gallery (G-42, Outer Circle, Connaught Place. Closed Sundays) dates back to 1936 and is India's oldest contemporary art gallery. It's part of a mega art complex that also includes a sculpture gallery, art museum, and art library. The newer Dhoomimal Art Center (A-8, Inner Circle, Connaught Place. Closed Sundays) is also a must-visit for art lovers. Indian Arts Palace (E-19, Radial Road 7, Connaught Place) attracts collectors from all over the world. Mahatta & Company (M-59, Connaught Place) is Delhi's first full-service photography store.
3:30 p.m.: Rest and recharge at Indian Coffee House (2nd Floor, Mohan Singh Place, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place), established in 1957. The glory days when politicians, writers, and intellectuals all hung out there have long gone. However, a bit of imagination will bring them back to life.
4 p.m.: Prachin Hanuman Mandir, built by Maharaja Jai Singh in 1724, is a short five minute walk away on Baba Kharak Singh Marg. Although it's small and its architecture isn't outstanding, the temple is noteworthy for being one of the oldest ones dedicated to Lord Hanuman (the monkey god) in India.
5 p.m.: End your day of sightseeing by soaking up the serenity until sunset at Gurudwara Bangla Sahib (corner of Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Ashoka Road). This glorious white Sikh temple complex with gold domes is centered around a huge sarovar (holy tank of water). The eighth Sikh guru, Harkrishan Dev, stayed there before his death in 1664.
7 p.m.: Foodies will relish dinner at Delhi's hottest new fine-dining restaurant, Masala Library (21A, near Le Meridian Hotel, Janpath. Phone: 11 69400005), which specializes in experimental molecular gastronomy. Book well in advance.