The most striking thing about the national capital of India is the spirit of the city. Delhi is as much a City of Djinns as it is the City of Party Hoppers. It houses as many havelis and ruins in its heart as it houses the high rises on its outskirts.

Delhi is believed to be Indraprastha, the capital of the Pandavas from the Mahabharata. It has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BC and boasts of architectural relics dating back to the Mauryan Empire (300 BC). Over the centuries, Delhi was conquered by and served as the capital of many dynasties and empires. From the Hindu kings to the Mughal emperors to the British, each has left a mark on the face of the city in the form of monuments, culture, food and festivals.

It is this amalgamation of diversities that makes Delhi what it is – a city of mayhem and mystery, a city of magic, a city like no other.

Day 1

Begin your journey by visiting two of the most magnificent sites in the heart of Delhi – the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the official residence of the President of India, and the Parliament House, home to the highest law-making body of India. Follow this up with a visit to India Gate, another beautiful memorial monument built to honour the memory of the Indian and British soldiers martyred in the First World War.

Next up is a visit to one of the most prominent and holiest shrines of worship for the Sikh community, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, which has been in existence since the Mughal era. It’s a wonderful experience to have a meal at the Langar (community kitchen) served within the premises of the Gurudwara.

For those who want a taste of afternoon pub hopping, a scrumptious meal or just some street shopping while brushing up their bargaining skills, make Connaught Place and Janpath your next stop.

A beautiful way to spend the later part of your day is to taste a slice of the soul of the city with a visit to the Old Delhi area of Chandni Chowk. Experience this Mughal era market by taking a Haveli and food tour, especially curated for you.

Bring a surreal end to your day by attending the enthralling and enchanting Light and Sound show at the Red Fort. It takes you through a captivating history right from the Mahabharata to the Mughal era, the rise and fall of empires and all its drama in a smooth, seamless manner .

Day 2

Begin your day with a curated walk at the Qutub Complex, taking you through the history of Qutub Minar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its surrounding monuments. After a morning well spent, get going to visit the Garden of Five Senses, a park especially designed to stimulate one’s sensory responses to the environment.

Ready to visit one of the most entertaining destinations of Delhi? It’s none other than The Kingdom of Dreams that brings to you the carnival that our country is! Satisfy your taste buds with a variety of dishes from all over India and then experience the magic of Bollywood through the musical theatre show.

Next, visit the Cyber Hub, a uniquely designed plaza that houses some of the most up-market restaurants and eating joints that the city has to offer.

Day 3

Your day shall commence with a visit to one of the most beautiful architectural buildings in Delhi, the Lotus Temple or the Baha’i House of Worship, notable for its flower-like shape.

Follow it up with another enriching curated walk through the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun’s Tomb.

Visit the Nizamuddin Dargah, the mausoleum of the most celebrated Sufi saint in the world, Hazrat Khawaja Syed Nizamuddin Auliya.  If possible, visit it on a Thursday evening and collect some surreal memories of the Qawwalis (devotional Sufi songs) sung at the Dargah.

Make your last stop at the Hauz Khas Village complex. Surrounded by architectural ruins, are some of the most happening and lively bars, restaurants and cafés that Delhi has to offer. You can relax, unwind and catch a glimpse of how Delhi likes to party.

Day 4

Start your day with a visit to Rajghat, memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, Father of the Nation.

Then, visit the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple, a Hindu temple and a spiritual-cultural campus. The complex showcases millennia of Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality and architecture through various exhibits and shows.

Enjoy your evening at Khan Market, a classy and posh area that is a favourite amongst the expats and diplomats. A popular shopping destination, it houses excellent bookshops, up-market boutiques, grocers, lifestyle stores etc. along with a host of restaurants and cafés.

Day 5

Spend your last day in Delhi at leisure. Choose from a wide array of suggested activities and organize them as per your taste and convenience. You may also choose to move ahead to your next destination – Agra, Rajasthan, Rishikesh or Himachal Pradesh.