Once in a Lifetime: Delhi

By: Katie Manning

January 9, 2013

Delhi is one of the oldest constantly inhabited cities on earth, and these once in a lifetime experiences will be sure to have you falling in love with this ancient city in a heartbeat. Whether you see it from above or whizzing past you on a train, Delhi makes the ideal city break and never fails to amaze.

Delhi Sky Waltz

Delhi Sky WaltzDelhi Sky Waltz © Sky Waltz

Take to the skies in a mammoth hot air balloon with friendly and experienced pilots and see India’s sprawling capital from the sky. Sky Waltz is the first and only fully licensed hot balloon safari in India that also offers the chance to fly over India’s festivals and fairs.  It’s a magical experience – and an utterly unique way to see the city in peace and serenity. +91 971 729 5801


Depart from Delhi on the Maharaja’s Express

Maharaja Train Tours | DelhiMaharaja Train Tours © Simon Pielow

Whether you opt for one of their signature journeys, a charter or an arranged tour, seeing India from the glamour of this newest luxury train is an experience. Set forth from Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station on Sunday and discover India’s deserts and cities in style. This extraordinary experience can be made even more unique by indulging in a guest lecturer or even a celebrity chef to accompany your journey. Royale Indian Rail Tours Limited,Ground Floor, STC Building (Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan), 1-Tolstoy Marg, New Delhi, +91 22 6690 4747

Yoga with a Guru 

Yoga with a Guru | Delhi

Yoga with a Guru, Delhi

Salute the sun and practise your yoga postures with one of India’s very best yogis – Mini Thapar Shastri. Mini has published books on children’s yoga, specialises in weight-loss yoga and has a lovely, airy studio for her sessions. As well as feeling thoroughly energised and de-stressed, you can be sure you’ll be prepared for anything on the streets of Delhi as you emerge from a session. Mini Thapar Shastri, Om Yoga Studio, D-Block, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi, +91 98 100 33866.


A Foodie Tour with Pamela Timms

A Foodie Tour with Pamela Timms | DelhiFoodie Tours with Pamela Timms

A Scottish-born, passionate Indian food expert, Pamela Timms can take you on a half-day specialist foodie tour of her adopted home city for Rs. 6,000+. As well as telling you everything you’ll need to know about Indian cuisine, she’s a brilliant cook herself – so be sure to ask about local ingredients and recipes along the way! Book well ahead or see if one of Pamela’s famous high teas is happening. +91 98 719 27320,


Delhi (and beyond) on a classic Enfield Bullet Motorbike

Bulletwalas Tours | Delhi
Motorbiking with Bulletwallas © LaVAnJi

Grease up and head for the hills. BulletWallas, owned and run by New Zealand motorbiking professionals, can create for you a personalised road trip on a classic Indian Royal Enfield motorbike. Trips are usually 15 days long (with cooking, mechanical and medical support along the way) so make sure you set aside a couple of weeks in your trip – you can be sure you won’t forget them. BulletWallas, No.8145/8, Gali No.7, Arakashan Road, Multani Dhanda, Pahar Ganj, New Delhi, +91-11-43520720.


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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