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Top 10 things to do in Delhi: readers tips

The view from Jama Masjid mosque
The view from the minaret at Delhi’s Jama Masjid mosque. Photograph: Alamy

Winning tip: Streetlife walking tour

Try a walking tour of Delhi organised by the Salaam Baalak Trust, a charity caring for the poor and homeless. Former street children give guided tours showing the life of the city’s kids and orphans. They lead you around the old walled city of Delhi, take you on a rickshaw ride, then down hidden alleys and up on to the city’s rooftops. An inspiring experience.
+91 11 2358 4164, salaambaalaktrust.com
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The view from Jama Masjid mosque

You have to catch the amazing view of Old Delhi from the top of the minaret at Jama Masjid. After you climb the long and claustrophobic stairs, the old city is revealed in front of you. For less than £1 it’s undoubtedly the best way to soak up the city.
Off Netaji Subhash Marg, Chandni Chowk, +91 11 2336 5358, delhitourism.gov.in
Rahul Sehgal

Feroz Shah Kotla cricket ground

Members of the crowd cheer as Sachin Tendulkar approaches the boundary rope during Ferozshah Kotla cricket stadium
The crowd cheers as Sachin Tendulkar approaches the boundary at the Feroz Shah Kotla cricket ground.
Photograph: Hindustan Times

An historic cricket ground that will give you a flavour of the real India. Tickets start at £3, and you’ll find yourself next to a range of locals if you sit in different places – you’ll be invited to share their food, and their lives!
Feroz Shah Kotla, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, +91 11 2331 9323
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The Delhi Dance Academy

The Delhi Dance Academy

This dance school offers a two-hour workshop aimed at visitors, with the emphasis on fun. You’ll learn Bollywood, Bhangra, belly dance and Garba with Dandiya (a folk dance). The instructors are excellent and you get a video of your class as a souvenir.
Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar 4,+91 11 4101 2909, delhidanceacademy.in
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Kingdom of Dreams

Kingdom of Dreams

An entertainment complex with various shows, exhibitions and technical wizardry, celebrating Indian art and culture. I loved the live show filled with great Bollywood songs, performed by a fabulous troupe of dancers and singers. I recommend the English-language headphones if you want to understand all the Hindi jokes.
Auditorium Complex, Sector 29, Gurgaon, +91 12 4452 8000, kingdomofdreams.in
Brett Knobel

Nizamuddin Dargah

Praying at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah Muslim Shrine in Old Delhi India

Photograph: Alamy

On Thursday evenings at the Nizam-ud-din dargah you can see and hear mystic sufi singing, one of Delhi’s finest cultural experiences. A mausoleum of a famous Sufi saint, Auliya, who lived in the 13th century, this is the living, breathing embodiment of a centuries-old Delhi, whose spirit endures in this area, notwithstanding the modern trappings that now surround it. Muslims still visit to offer prayer.
Nizamuddin, New Delhi, DL 110013, India, +91 98 1037 8670
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People Tree bookshop

People Tree, Delhi

It started life as a studio space for alternative artists; now, People Tree is primarily a bookshop crammed with progressive reads, handmade jewellery and independently designed clothing. The children’s section includes socially aware titles such as Babu the Waiter, which can help explain India’s rich/poor divide. Browse alongside Delhi’s intellectuals, hippies and hipsters.
8 Regal Building, Parliament St, +91 11 2374 4877, peopletreeonline.com/home.html
Pamela Gupta

Saravana Bhavan vegetarian food

Saravanaa Bhavan
Saravanaa Bhavan
Photograph: https://www.facebook.com/sravanabhavan.co.uk/photos_stream

A well-known local branch of a popular, Chennai-based chain of vegetarian eateries, Saravana Bhavan is amazing – and worth queuing for. It serves wonderful fresh juices, thalis, dosas, uttapams and idlis.
46 Janpath, +91 11 2331 7755, saravanabhavan.com
Piers Gee

Lodi gardens

Mosque of Sheesh Gumbad, Lodhi
Mosque of Sheesh Gumbad, Lodhi gardens.
Photograph: Alamy

A great place to while away an afternoon, enjoying the tranquillity of the gardens, which make a stark contrast to the usual hustle and bustle of Delhi. There are birds galore and some reasonable places to eat in the surrounding area.
Near Khan Market, Lodi Estate, Lodhi Rd, gardenvisit.com/gardens
David Gilbert

National Museum

A showcase of Indian history from the earliest civilisations onward. The highlight for me was coming across the relics of the Buddha presented in a wonderful gallery: a sacred, spiritual and profound space within a great cultural institution.
Minto Bridge Colony, Barakhamba, +91 98 8273 7392, nationalmuseumindia.gov.in
Simon Jennings

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