From Fiona Caulfield, author of the Love India travel guide series:
Take a private INTACH heritage walk through the 100-acre Mehrauli Archaeological Park, which has the highest concentration of historic monuments in the city. Then explore the Qutb Minar, the 12th century victory tower. Finish with a visit to Sanskriti for lunch and a tour of the three beautiful collections: Everyday Art, Terracotta, and Textiles.
Made in India
Take a private tour of the Crafts Museum and, suitably inspired, head to Rajiv Ganhi Handicrafts Bhawan near Connaught Place to visit Kamala, Industree and Tribes. Next stop is INTACH near Lodi Gardens, Khan market is one the way and ideal for a coffee break. While there pop into the Neemrana shop. Finish the day at Dilli Haat.
Very Old India
The National Museum has a vast collection. Make sure to see the collection of Indian Miniature Paintings on the first floor. Then head straight to Sunder Nagar to meet Rohit Kaicker to buy originals. Lunch at nearby Baci or perhaps enjoy a picnic lunch in the gardens of my favorite monument and world heritage site, the magnificent Humayans Tomb.
An Artist’s Date
First, explore the collection at the National Gallery of Modern Art located in the impressive building that once belonged to the Maharaja of Jaipur. Then head to see India’s booming art market at modern Delhi Galleries. Finish at the Imperial Hotel, with a private art tour or simply a drink and enjoy India’s finest Colonial art collection.
Basti & Biryani
Take a twilight walk around the 12th century Nizamuddin village with the Hope Trust. The history of the community (basti) is fascinating as is their current way of life. Enjoy the Qawallis singers at the Darogh (Saint’s tomb) and then settle in for some of the best Biryani in town.
Join rich and famous Delhi-ites for a drink, ideally at their club or at Ricks Bar. Then off to Bukhara for a robust dinner, where you’ll rub shoulders with visiting VIPS. Finish up with a cognac at the nearby Taj Palace Hotel, in the bar adjoining the Orient Express restaurant.”
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