Ancient and modern sit side-by-side in Delhi, a city built upon cities with an energy all its own. There are at least eight historical Delhis, each constructed on, or near, the ruins of its predecessor, leaving a modern-day marvel that's dotted with ancient monuments and lush gardens.
New Delhi lies at the geographical heart of northern India. Its strategic position along the north-south and east-west routes has given it a focal position in Indian history. This is evidenced in the fact that many great empires have been ruled from here.
Today, Delhi is a blend of old and new, a proudly traditional social structure within a modern liberalized economy.
Whether it’s the adventure of discovering iconic landmarks or the thrill of a world-class theme park Shangri-La’s curated experiences of attractions get you out of your comfort zone and into the realm of unforgettable travel memories.
The India Gate was built to commemorate the Indian and British soldiers who died in World War I, and those who fell in the Third Afghan War. An eternal flame, “Amar Jawan Jyoti” burns in memory of those who died in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war. Around India Gate are the stately homes of Indian princes, including Hyderabad House where many official state banquets are held.
Purana Qila (“Old Fort”) stands on an ancient mound. It is the site where Humayun, the second Mughal emperor, began construction of his city, Dinpanah. The site has been continuously occupied since 1000 B.C. and offers a full day’s worth of sightseeing and education about Delhi’s rich history.
Designed as the focal point of New Delhi during British rule, today this palace is the President of India’s official residence. For early risers, the changing of the guard ceremony occurs at 6.30am as weather permits. The nearby Mughal Gardens are also worth exploring.
Humayun's tomb is the tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. The tomb was commissioned by Humayun's first wife Bega Begum (Hajji Begum) in 1569-70, and designed by Mirak Mirza Ghiyath, a Persian architect. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent. The tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993 and it’s a must visit tourist attraction.
Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi. Also, referred to as Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays a millennia of traditional Indian culture, spirituality and architecture. The Temple, which attracts approximately 70 percent of all tourists who visit Delhi, was officially opened in 2005.
The Red Fort
The Red Fort is a 17th Century fort complex constructed by the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in the walled city of old Delhi that served as the residence of the Mughal Emperors.
The Prime Minister hoists the National flag at the Red Fort, followed by a nationally broadcast speech.
From a simple walk in the park to exploring dramatic natural scenery, we’ve got nature-lovers covered. Escape to a private island, ride a horse at golden hour, kayak beneath towering cliffs, or simply soak it all up on one of our sandy beaches. Nature never felt so good.
Established between the 15th and 16th centuries by the powerful dynasties of the Sayyids and Lodis, the beautiful gardens occupy 90 acres of land.
Historically important relics such as the tombs of Muhammed Shah and Sikander Lodi can be found here. The intricately constructed Bara-Gumbad, an early Mughal-era mosque, also stands in the gardens.
Mughal gardens are a type of gardens built by the Mughals. This style was influenced by the Persian gardens particularly the Charbagh structure, which is intended to create a representation of an earthly utopia in which humans co-exist in perfect harmony with all elements of nature. Significant use of rectilinear layouts are made within the walled enclosures. Some of the typical features include pools, fountains and canals inside the gardens.
Sunder Nursery Park
Sunder Nursery is flanked by the World Heritage Site of Humayun’s Tomb (Above) on the South and the historic Purana Qila (Below) on the North and aligned to the historic Grand Trunk Road on the West. It was originally established in the early 20th century when the Imperial Delhi complex was being planned and constructed.
Whether it’s wandering some of the world’s greatest museums, exploring cutting-edge galleries and traditional artisan houses, or watching the latest blockbuster at a film festival, we have our finger on the pulse of all the hottest cultural happenings.
Considered a great Indian masterpiece, the Jantar Mantar is part of a series of five astrological buildings constructed by Maharajah Jai Singh II. Jantar Mantar is the largest of the five structures. The 14 geometric devices of this remarkable structure were extensively used to measure time, predict the behaviour of planets, forecast weather and identify extraterrestrial altitude. These structures not only showcase the impressive architectural skills of the Indian people but also display their scientific prowess.
Five millennia of Indian history can be discovered at the National Museum. The collection of more than 150,000 pieces of art, artefacts and Central Asian treasures is acknowledged as among the finest in the world.
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib
The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib is an important Sikh gurdwara (Sikh praying place), in Delhi. It is mostly known for its affiliation with the eighth Sikh Guru, Guru Har Krishan. It was first constructed in 1783 as a miniature devotional temple by the Sikh General, Sardar Bhagel Singh, during the rule of Shah Alam.
The lake in the premises, better known as the “Sarovar” is very important to the religious faith of the Sikh community. Its water is considered to be “Amrit” or the elixir of life.
The Iskcon Temple
The ISKCON temple in Delhi is a religious site of repute in India. ISKON temples are found in several cities in India and the organization strives to reach out to all the religious people. Iskcon stands for International society for Krishna Consciousness. It belongs to the Vaishnavite school of thought so the patrons of this temple are believers of Vishnu.
Emperor Shah Jahan built the Jama Masjid (Place of Prayer) in the Old Delhi. It was the most important mosque of Old Delhi in 1656 and it remains the most cherished and revered one even today. This makes it a very important place for Indian Muslims as well as Muslims from other countries. Jama Masjid is also home to several lyrics from the Mughal period and hence an interesting place to visit.
Dilli Haat is an open-air market, food plaza, and craft bazaar located in Delhi. It is located in the commercial centres of South Delhi, opposite INA market. Over the years, Dilli Haat became a venue of crafts, music, dance and cultural festivals.
If your holiday isn’t complete without a little retail therapy, Shangri-La has you covered. We’ve scoured Delhi to find the best shopping experiences, from high-end boutiques to the high street, hidden gems at one-of-one shoppes, private ateliers and bustling markets.
To experience a truly authentic Indian shopping district, look no further than Chandni Chowk. Amongst its narrow, kaleidoscopic lanes, you can find little shops selling everything from perfumes, shawls, bangles to furniture, brassware and beads. Head to Katra Neel Lame for the exotic satins, silks and muslins. Zardose, on the other hand, is well-known for heavily embroidered gold and silver fabrics.
South Extension is an upmarket retail marketplace filled with popular local and international brands. Here, you can locate electronics, clothing, accessories and beauty products.
The marketplace also provides several dining and entertainment options in the guise of posh restaurants, chic pubs and nightclubs.
Connaught Place is one of the largest financial, commercial and business centers in Delhi. It was developed as a showpiece of Lutyens' Delhi featuring a Central Business District. Palika Bazaar, Mohan Singh Place, Janpath, Tibetan Market and the shops in Inner Circle are some of the most popular shopping areas in Connaught Place.
Khan Market, is a shopping district and one of the most popular retail market in New Delhi, India. In 2019, Cushman & Wakefield rated Khan Market as the world’s 20th most expensive commercial street. Today it has grown to become one of the most expensive commercial real estate locations in the city. It has a wide variety of stores, including modern showrooms of most of well-known brands.
DLF Emporio has been designed as a name synonymous with luxury - offering a unique shopping experience where the accent is on exclusivity, space and aesthetics. There is simply no other place where such a wealth of designer and luxury merchandise, lifestyle products and services are showcased under one elegant roof. The nuances of luxurious serenity are going to be expressed at DLF Emporio in a way found only in the fashion capitals of the world, offering just the right kind of tasteful and sublime ambience to attract high value spenders.
The choice of local transport in New Delhi is immensely varied. It ranges from buses and taxis to Delhi Metro Services and auto-rickshaws. A taxi or hired car is usually comfortable and stress-free to travel throughout the city.
Please be sure to speak with our trained and willing staff should you have any questions about getting around New Delhi.