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One day in Delhi

By: Dave Gunner

February 6, 2019

When it comes to exploring Delhi, there’s so much choice it’s hard to know where to start. Especially if you’ve only got a short amount of time. Luckily our teams of cabin crew, pilots and ground staff know the ins and outs of this captivating city and have the lowdown on all the best things to do. Here’s a selection of their finest picks.

 

 

Take an early morning bicycle tour of Old Delhi, which includes breakfast at a popular local eatery. Burn some calories and see a lot of history and heritage – Sameer Duggal, Commercial Manager, India Sales.

Enjoy a morning walk around Lodhi Garden with its monuments and tombs. Or head to my favourite historic site in Delhi, Humayan’s Tomb (above). The Taj Mahal was partially based on it, and it’s just beautiful and so peaceful once inside – Dave Hodges, India Country Manager

Read more about Lodhi gardens, Humayan’s Tomb and sunrise cycling in Delhi.

Ghaffar Market in Karol Bagh is fab; great atmosphere, great food and lots of bargains. It’s on the metro and very easy to get to. It’s open from late morning until late. – Pauline Hornibrook, Cabin Crew

A few of us did an amazing cooking experience at a local house in Delhi. Surbhi welcomed us into her house where we made traditional food all together. The next day she took us on a street food and spice market tour. – Mitch Bracher, Cabin Crew

With its close proximity to Indira Ghandi International Airport, DLF Cyber City is a one-stop destination for foodies – think restaurants, cafes, chai shops, coffee shops, pizzerias, bakeries, cocktail bars and great nightlife. – Sangita Dubb, Cabin Crew.

Head to Raipath at dusk and look down to India Gate from the President’s House – it’s a pretty cool view. If you’re a politics nerd like me you could get there earlier and take a tour of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, official home of the president, or make your way to Nehru’s residence, Teen Murti House, for a museum on the first Prime Minister’s life – Dave Hodges, India Country Manager

Runway 1 Restaurant offers multi-cuisine dining inside a roadside, fully reconfigured Airbus A320, easily accessible via the Ambala-Kurukshetra Highway. You can even dine al fresco on the wing – Harish Chhetri, India Sales

Kingdom of Dreams is a performing arts centre and entertainment complex around 15 km south of the airport. It’s home to a grand, 864-seat auditorium in the style of a lavish palace, as well as another theatre and an arts, crafts and dining area known as Culture Gully – Harish Chhetri, India Sales

Try Karim’s in Old Delhi for amazing cheap kebabs and curries, or for a more moderate price the Farzi Cafe in Connaught Place (the market and shopping centre of Delhi) offers really good modern Indian food. If you want to spend big, then the tasting menu at Indian Accent and the Lodhi Hotel is superb and ranked in TIME’s Top 100 Greatest Places in the world for 2018. – Dave Hodges, India Country Manager

Read more about Karim’s and the Delhi kebab trail

Don’t miss a chance to see Akshardham Temple, an elaborate Hindu temple built entirely from Rajasthani pink sandstone and Italian Carrara marble. Accessible by metro, its decorative highlights include 148 life-sized elephants, plus a themed garden, a musical fountain and an educational boat ride elsewhere in the complex. Harish Chhetri, India Sales

Train enthusiasts are in luck: Delhi’s National Rail Museum is one of the best attractions in the city. The 11-acre site features six indoor display galleries in an octagonal building, as well as an outdoor area with steam locomotives and carriages from across the country, including the Maharaja of Mysore’s saloon and a rare John Morris fire engine. – Harish Chhetri, India Sales

For something truly atmospheric, head to eerie Agrasen ki Baoli near Connaught Place. This 14th-century step well (a well or pond that’s reached by descending a set of stairs) is surrounded by high rises and is supposedly one of the most haunted places in Delhi. Harish Chhetri, India Sales

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Dave Gunner

Dave is the co-editor of Ruby, the Virgin Atlantic Blog. He has worked at Virgin Atlantic for over two decades. In that time he has amassed some truly epic memories but never lost his fascination with the airline world. Dave's on a mission to bring you some great insights into our people, planes and planet.

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