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Best of India: 14 Must-Visit Places for the Wanderluster

Updated: May 15, 2020

The ultimate bucket list for India! I’ve boiled down almost two decades of living, working and traveling in India into my 14 favourite places to visit and experience.

Chandni Chowk, Delhi

Why: As a part-time Dilli-wale, I’m unashamedly putting this at the top of the list! Chandni Chowk - Old Delhi - is the heart and soul of this city. It’s almost unimaginable that such a place continues to exist in this mega city - lost in its warren of alleys and paths, you will certainly feel transported back in time.

Old, crumbling havelis; a jumble of one-room workshops and stores doing everything from packing sweets to book binding to selling wedding saris and fragrant oils; a constant flow of labourers and cycle rickshaws moving boxes; and everywhere - food! Head to Chandni Chowk by the ultra modern metro, and emerge into an otherworldly and ancient India. Go with no plans except to get lost and spend your day wandering and eating.

There are several beautiful and interesting religious sites to visit while there: Jumma Masjid (main mosque) is one of the most beautiful sites in Delhi; Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib ji (Sikh temple) and Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir (Jain temple and bird hospital) are also worth visiting.

Tip: Book one of the fabulous Heritage Walks available for an easing-in and to learn a little of the rich history of the area.

When: Make life easy for yourself and go in the cooler months. Be sure to stop for frequent adrak chai (ginger tea) from the street vendors - a wonderful winter warmer!