Travel Postcard: 48 hours in New Delhi

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Travel Postcard: 48 hours in New Delhi

By Tony Tharakan

NEW DELHI (Reuters Life!) - Got 48 hours to explore New Delhi? Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a short stay in the Indian capital.

The best weather is between October and March -- the rest of the year can be very hot and humid.


5 p.m. - Drop off your bags at the hotel and go for a drive around Lutyens' Delhi, a part of the capital named after its architect. Do stop for a refreshing cup of tea at Cha Bar in Connaught Place. Gaze out at the busy Barakhamba Road intersection as you choose between Darjeeling, Nilgiri, Sikkim or any other brew that catches your fancy. Feel free to browse at the well-stocked bookstore housing the Cha Bar.

6 p.m.- Head on south to India Gate, just minutes away by car. Situated in the heart of the city, this imposing 42-meter arch is a memorial to Indian soldiers killed in World War I and looks out on to manicured gardens frequented both by locals and sightseers. This is a popular picnic spot and you may bump into either a street food vendor or an ice cream cart as you take a stroll down the boulevard toward the presidential palace.

8 p.m. - All that walking is bound to make you hungry so wend your way to Khan Market. There are plenty of good eating joints here but The Big Chill is a popular hang-out known for its pasta and pizza. Those with a sweet tooth, don't miss the blueberry cheese cake. More desi fare is available at Khan Chacha and Saleem's -- their chicken tikka rolls and kebabs are must-haves.

If you are in the mood for something south Indian, head to Swagath in Defense Colony market, which specializes in sea food. The decor is forgettable, but the memory -- and pungent aftertaste -- of its fish and prawn and peppery Chettinad fare will linger for some time.   Continued...

<p>A traffic police woman directs traffic as she is silhouetted against the backdrop of monsoon clouds during the evening in New Delhi September 9, 2010. REUTERS/B Mathur</p>