In Belle Magazine's most recent feature Sibella invites you to delve into her fantastical winding journey in the melting hot pot that is India. Explore & plan future adventures with insight from Sibella on the best places to sleep, eat, drink & shop...
Delhi has extreme weather and can get very very hot & polluted. I prefer to visit in the Winter months between November & February. The traffic is extremely slow going, to avoid frustration organise just two stops per day and garden walks or swims are very helpful to revive & refresh. Organise drivers through your hotel or travel correspondent & most have wifi
Scarlette - Run by French owners & indophiles, Pauline & Elisabeth. This intimate boutique hotel is comprised of 4 rooms each one different from the next, beautifully decorated with a French eye combined with an Indian touch. Their philosophy is one of family & friends coming together at home rather than hotel with furniture chose with love, laughter, good smells, music & nice light. http://scarlettenewdelhi.com/
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Craft Museum - A journey through India’s craft & textile history - if you are a beginner or an old-hand, the vast array of the intricacies & richness of craft application & skill throughout India is under one roof & breathtaking. I discovered the reference book, ‘the Journey of the kashmir shawl’ here & it is a great addition to any library. Café Lota within the museum grounds is a must (whether you get to the museum or not), sit in the quiet shaded courtyard and nibble of Indian snacks. I order anything from the vegetarian starters & there is no going wrong and then a walk around the courtyard stallholders for locally-made treasures.
Anouki - Set in Santushti Shopping village, a grouping of sweet shops in immaculate gardens of sweet pea hedges with pansy & marigold borders. Visit Anouki for fun wood block prints on children clothes, bedding, cloth bound books and staple boxer shorts & PJ pants. Whilst you are there pop your head into Oadgen for great Indian fashion and check out Kapas for fine neddleworked clothes and branded khaki towels. https://www.anouki.com/
Old Delhi - Get a tour of the wonderful crazy that is Old Delhi with firstname.lastname@example.org. Walk the meandering streets look at forgotten trades, wonderful old havelis, the bird hospital and take in all the sights, sounds & scents. You will find everything & anything from trimmings, hardware, kites, textiles, ceramics, spices amongst everything else, Kinari Bazaar in Old Delhi is THE trimming’s market – a whole street of specialist stores at great prices – it is where all the Delhi designers go. Ask to go to the copper, hardware spice market & chilli building or anything you are interested in then finish up with up with a refreshing & restorative tea at Aap Ki Pasand.