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Trip List by Trina_rocks

New Delhi

15 Dec 2006  Features Editor for a magazine
4.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

a list of must-sees in Delhi for the shopaholic and spaholic.

  • Category: Other
  • Traveler type: Shopping, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Amattra spa at Ashok hotel

    The Amattra spa and salon at Ashok hotel is efficient, courteous, and all-around a comfort zone for those who need pampering in an extravagant way for not much money. I had my haircut, waxing, and a full back and face treatment for less than Rs. 2000. A seriously good deal for someone who likes to invest well. The spa is featured in Forbes Traveler magazine as "one of the ten best spas in India" and for good reason. They have a yoga and aerobics room, an Adam and Eve room, juice bar, and every pampering experience you can imagine. The website offers a unique tour of their facilities, so you can explore before you go. Even if one doesn't stay at the Ashok itself, their spa is quite the thing for a woman who likes to be treated well. Well-heeled Delhiites frequent this place as well as guests recovering from serious jetlag. First class!

  • 2. Wigs salon in Karol Bagh

    a hidden gem in Karol Bagh! I know Karol Bagh is a bit out of the way, and it's not as fancy or big as some of the hotel salons, but they make up for it with first-class service! I had a hair wash, blowout, straightening, manicure, pedicure, facial, threading and face bleaching done for less than the average rates in town. The location is off the main road but near the hotel Swaran Palace. they use only Loreal professional products, and the service is amazing. I miss that place! :)

  • 3. Central Cottage Industries Emporium

    a state-run Emporium offering everything from silk suits to handicrafts to exquisite gems. CCIE can be found off of Janpath, and it has a collection of products from every region of India. The wealthy locals can be found shopping here, it's a fixed-price but I liked that it was air-conditioned and has a pleasant atmosphere. the last time I went they had live music in the entrance. It is a good first or last stop and they hv some nice accessories and sandalwood items. Open on Sundays which is a plus.

  • 4. Priya Vasant Lok

    This market has a little of everything for the homesick tourist and local flavors. They have surplus summer clothing sold at front, a hugely popular McDonalds, and a large outlet of Benetton. They also have a TGIF's for those who want a real bar and menu. The TGIF's and McDonalds both have excellent service.

  • 5. Pizza Hut in Karol Bagh

    Karol Bagh is a bit left-of-center, but you can find some amazing places to dine if you're adventurous. Their Pizza Hut was pretty good in terms of service, and had the best pizza ever. They offer varieties that are not offered here in the States, so it's not just like home in that sense.

  • 6. Sylvie's Hair Salon

    Sylvie's is named after its celebrity owner who offers one a highly priced but decent haircut for the money. Located in East of Kailash, Sylvie's has several qualified stylists. I had my haircut by the great Sylvie himself, who was charming, cordial and a good listener, totally respected what I wanted out of my cut. It is off the beaten path but in a tony suburb of Delhi.

  • 7. SN Market

    Sarojini Nagar Market, SN for short, is a local's haunt for everything from silk suits to cotton dresses and tunics at great prices. The dresses are from the Western labels but for far less than what one pays here. Looking thoroughly can yield some great finds. I got a genuine Putumayo dress in silk for like 200 Rs. My mom got some Eileen West-style nightgowns in cotton for 100 Rs. The merchants here are not nearly as pushy as the other places in the city, and that is part of its charm.

  • 8. Fashion.com

    Fashion.com is not a website as the name suggests, it's the name of a shoe chain that offers great deals on some classy women's footwear. The store is always jammed with people milling around trying shoes, snapping up the latest styles and their service is amazing. The local crowd loves to go here, and with the prices being so good, it's not hard to fathom why. They have shoes at different price points, with the dressier styles a bit more.

  • 9. Lord's shoe boutique

    Lord's is a boutique in Greater Kailash that offers lovely service, high quality shoes and great style. The prices are a bit higher, but when you're looking for that special something, this is the place.

  • 10. Zen restaurant

    Zen restaurant in Connaught Place offers the most sublime East Asian food you will ever taste. It is freshly prepared, the rice is soft, and the dishes are superb. As good as what you will find in a hotel. It is always crowded, owing to the great service and lovely food. This is where people in the know go for the best meal in town. Five stars.