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Three Perfect Days: Delhi

To the delight of locals and visitors alike, India's capital has emerged as a true 21st-century metropolis — all without neglecting the sparkling palaces, ancient ruins and culinary traditions that have long made it one of the world's most enthralling cities

Author Jay Cheshes Photography Sameer Parekh

Jama Masjid, built by the same Mughal emperor responsible for the Taj Mahal

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YE OLDE BALL GAME
A British import remains a fan favorite

Cricket has been a national obsession in India for well over a century. Though a match can last for days, you can pop in for a while to soak up the flavor (if not a full understanding) of the sport at the Feroz Shah Kotla cricket stadium. The Delhi Daredevils, the city’s Indian Premier League team, play home games on the pitch here. Keep an eye out for the cheerleaders on the lawn and the Bollywood stars up in the rafters.

STREET CRED
Delhi’s classic car motors on

The Ambassador, grandfather of India’s booming automotive industry, is the country’s most iconic car, largely unchanged since 1948. It’s ubiquitous in Delhi, where it remains the official vehicle of government bigwigs. If you’re staying at the Imperial, they’ll send out a classic white “Amby,” as it’s affectionately known, to pick you up at the airport; you can also hail a taxi version, recognizable by its distinctive black body and yellow roof.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE
The inside scoop from those in the know

Raghu Karnad
EDITOR, TIME OUT DELHI
“Now entirely forgotten inside a residential area in south Delhi, Begumpuri Masjid was once the largest mosque in north India. Kids fly kites or train pigeons nearby, but otherwise it’s perfectly silent, and you can climb to the top of the gateway for a view across the city.”

Robyn Bickford
GENERAL MANAGER, AMAN NEW DELHI
“I like to sneak into the back room at Bharany’s Jewellers in Sunder Nagar, which is like an Aladdin’s cave of treasures — the most mind-boggling antique and modern jewelry, fantastic textiles — overseen by the wonderful Bharany brothers, Ramji and Mahesh.”

Manoj Goel
CHEF, VARQ AT THE TAJ MAHAL HOTEL
“Karim’s in Old Delhi is my off-duty hangout, a favorite foodie spot known for its lamb and chicken delicacies. It’s right in Chandni Chowk, which has the best street food in town, and the best shopping, too.”

 


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