An Altitude Member’s Guide to Delhi
5 can’t-miss spots for your next trip to the Indian capital.
Dr. Rocky Sharma’s insightful lists of travel recommendations on the Altitude Community garnered so many likes from other Altitude members that he was recently named one of the site’s top contributors. As the vice-president of corporate quality assurance and service standards at AISATS, an organization that recommends comprehensive solutions to customer airlines at international airports in India, he divides most of his time between Toronto and various Indian cities – including Delhi.
Stay: Dusit Devarana New Delhi
Airport hotels should always be like this: You don’t hear the airplanes and you get all the luxury accommodation of a tropical resort. There’s a spectacular, 100-metre black-tiled pool, Thai- and Indian-inspired rooms with marble floors and a lush, well-manicured meditation garden. It’s a great place for business travellers, with impeccable personalized service.Devarana, NH-8, Samalkha, New Delhi
This is hands down the best Indian restaurant in Delhi. It’s an institution: Bill Clinton and Barack Obama come here to eat traditional, northwestern-style tandoori dishes when they’re in town. The menu may be limited, but it always hits the mark. My favourite is the chana masala (or pindi chole, as it’s known here), a delicious mixture of chickpeas, onions, tomatoes, garlic and garam masala that smells so good, you can taste it before it even gets to your table.Bukhara, inside the ITC Maurya Hotel, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave, Chankyapuri, New Delhi
Walk: Swaminarayan Akshardham Complex
This massive, 8,000-square-metre temple inaugurated in 2005 is a great place for a stroll. Go in the evening when it’s all lit up and sit outside of the Akshardham Monument, in the middle of the main complex, to take in the stunning pink and white buildings all around you. Leave your cellphone at the hotel (they don’t allow electronic devices), and take the subway: Parking can be complicated.Swaminarayan Akshardham, NH 24, Akshardham Setu, New Delhi
Shop: Craft House
If you’ve experienced the city’s bazaars and are looking for something different, head to this store that supports women entrepreneurs and artisans in rural India. Their two outposts have a serene atmosphere and sell everything from jewellery to crafts and clothes. Check out NeoVeda Spa's line of Ayurveda-inspired products. I always buy a few bottles of cedarwood, basil and rosemary shampoo.Craft House, Metropolitan Hotel & Spa New Delhi, Bangla Sahib Rd., New Delhi; also inside Terminal 3 (international departures) at Indira Gandhi International Airport
Dance: Kitty Su
There weren’t many good dance clubs in Delhi five years ago, but that’s slowly changing. For the ultimate nightlife experience, head to Kitty Su, one of the city’s most exciting spots, located in the Lalit New Delhi Hotel. The Kama Sutra-themed decor (think gold hues and giant chandelier in a champagne lounge) matches the fashionable crowd that flocks here every weekend to hear international DJs like Felix da Housecat and Gareth Emery.Kitty Su, Barakhamba Lane, Connaught Place, New Delhi