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  • 24 October 2016

Here’s a 19th century haveli in the heart of Old Delhi that has been completely refurnished and restored. The minute you step into Haveli Dharampura, you will be transported back to the Mughal era. The architecture is reflective of the style from that period. A verandah on each floor, decked with archways, jharokhas and jaali railings overlooks a central courtyard. Much of the design has been retained and kept as close as possible to the original, including some furniture, doors and windows, and latticework dividers. Get there on the weekend between 7 and 10 pm to catch their classical dance show.

Your Instagram followers will believe you’re in Greece. Blanco, the new bar, eatery and hangout in Mumbai’s Lokhandwala, has interiors inspired by local cafes in Santorini and Mykonos. Blue and white is the dominant colour-combination, and hints of black add an element of abstract to the décor. Traditional graffiti, handmade cane lamps, and canopies laced with flowers offer multiple captures that reflect a Mediterranean getaway. Don’t forget to dress the part.

India’s first open-air public art district, Lodhi Colony has transformed from a sleepy neighbourhood to one that features on every traveller’s list. Earlier this year, 25 street artists were brought together by the St+Art foundation to give the walls of the area a new look, and transform it into the Lodhi Art District. If you’re an art buff, we know that you’re already thinking of the angles.

No trip to Mumbai is complete without a tour of the city’s oldest museum, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum. The exquisitely restored Palladian building in Byculla exhibits an extensive permanent collection of clay models, dioramas, maps, lithographs, photographs, and rare books, documenting the history of the city from the 18th to the 20th century. This one space is enough to give you your history fix.

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