The Taj Mahal on a private tour

A Private Tour of the Taj Mahal From Delhi

I hesitate to use the phrase “bucket list,” which has received some backlash in recent years. If I were to admit to having a bucket list, though, then certainly a visit to the Taj Mahal neared the top. In fact, we built our entire Indian travel itinerary around our visit to the Taj Mahal — all other destinations and experiences took a backseat.

Our driver picked us up from our Delhi hotel for a private Taj Mahal and Agra Fort tour. We settled in for the three-hour trip from Delhi to Agra. I was thrilled to have a private driver as we wound our way through the bustling Delhi traffic and onto the highway heading to Agra.

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November 16, 2015 by
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A home-cooked Indian meal

A Traditional Indian Cooking Class in Delhi

When traveling, I crave unique experiences. I am not one to be satisfied by seeing a city through museums and historic sights. I want to see how the local population lives. Any chance of being received into the home of a friendly stranger is welcome; when that opportunity also involves learning to cook a local meal, my two favorite experiences join masterfully.

We met our guide, Komal, a recent university graduate, in a hotel lobby in central Delhi. She quickly whisked us away in a taxi to her family’s suburban home for our Delhi Cultural Experience: Cook And Eat With a Local Family.

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October 13, 2015 by
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Green Delhi: Parks and Gardens

Although Bangalore is India’s de facto “Garden City,” New Delhi has plenty of green spaces of its own. Here are a few of Delhi’s best parks and gardens.

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September 7, 2015 by
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Delhi’s Best Markets

Puppets at Dilli Haat

Delhi is known for its great, oftentimes inexpensive, shopping options. Here you can find goods from across India (and the world), often at heavily discounted prices. And even if you don’t plan on taking a lot home with you (good luck with that!), the experience of shopping in India — particularly in Delhi — is often worth more than anything you could pack in your bags. Whether you’re in the market for something special or just want to browse, here are a few of Delhi’s best markets and shopping spots worth checking out.

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June 1, 2015 by
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Old and New Delhi in a Day on a Private Tour

Jama Masjid

A trip around Delhi is a journey through history and culture. Our guide revealed pieces of history throughout the day to show us why the metropolis is the way it is today. By day’s end, we began to understand the complex puzzle that is India’s national capital territory. Our tour of Old and New Delhi in a day started from our hotel. Our first stop was across town at the Jama Masjid, or Friday Mosque. Built in 1656, the mosque takes its name from the Friday prayers that bring thousands of Muslims from around the city to worship. Its impressive exterior is made of red sandstone, and it’s topped with ornate onion-shaped domes. The 40-meter-tall minarets give an imposing feel to the mosque. From the gates of the mosque, you can see Delhi and the beautiful Red Fort in the distance.

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April 28, 2015 by
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Tips for getting around Delhi

Traffic in New Delhi. Photo courtesy of Yodod via Flickr.

Delhi is the world’s fourth-largest city (in terms of both size and population) and navigating the metropolitan area can be daunting, particularly for first-time visitors. Fortunately, India’s capital has numerous transportation options, all of which are affordable and relatively efficient. Here’s a look at the top transportation options in Delhi, along with tips on how […]

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February 27, 2015 by
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Three Surprising Reasons You Should Visit New Delhi’s Toilet Museum

toilet museum

Delhi’s Sulabh International Museum of Toilets is often joked about on lists of the world’s weirdest museums. However, what sounds like a gimmick is actually a free educational museum run by one of India’s most respected nonprofit organizations. Here are three surprising reasons why you should add a visit to the museum to your next Delhi itinerary.

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January 8, 2015 by
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Delhi’s Best Bookstores

Handbound books and journals

With a sizeable English-speaking population, it’s no wonder that India is a great place for book lovers. The country has one of the world’s largest English-language publishing industries, and most major publishing houses have large presences in India, where they release affordable editions of international favorites as well as a large number of titles by South Asian authors that aren’t always easy to find outside of the subcontinent.

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December 11, 2014 by
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Exploring the Temples of Chhatarpur

Chhatarpur Temple

In between Delhi and the neighboring satellite city of Gurgaon sits Chhatarpur Mandir Road, home to the National Capital Region’s most impressive collections of Hindu temples. This long stretch, sometimes referred to as Gadaipur Mandi Road, is flanked with magnificent stone and marble temples and ashrams on both sides.

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November 13, 2014 by
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Qawwali Performances at Nizamuddin

Qawwali Performance

Delhi has a wealth of live musical performances, ranging from classical sitar and tabla recitals to Indo-electronic club nights. Among the most moving musical experiences found in the capital are the weekly Qawwali (Sufi devotional music) performances at Central Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah. The dargah, or shrine, is that of Nizamuddin Auliya, a revered saint of the Chisti order of Sufis who lived in the 13th and 14h centuries. The structure was built in 1563 and receives a steady stream of Muslim and non-Muslims alike, who come to pay reverence to the beloved saint.

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October 16, 2014 by
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