DO: India Art Fair, 30 January – 2 February

Now in its sixth edition, this leading international art fair presents a wealth of modern and contemporary art from India and around the globe. This year's edition looks set to be even more exciting, with 91 international booths, a lively speakers' forum featuring cultural commentators such as Tate Modern Director Chris Dercon, a dynamic series of art projects including Listen Up! (India's first ever sound-art project), and a city-wide events programme. Come for the sun, stay for the art.

STAY: Taj Mahal Hotel, Delhi

Just to be clear, despite the name the Taj Mahal hotel is not one of the seven wonders of the world, but its old-school glamour and charm means it's pretty close. Smack bang in the centre of Delhi, this Leading Hotel of the World property is a haven away from the sensory overload of the Indian capital. Hang out in your colonial-style suite, escape to the spa, or just peer out of the window at bustling Delhi life below.

SHOP: Chandni Chowk

If you're in any doubt as to how busy India's first city is, head to Chandni Chowk in the centre of town. Meaning 'moonlit market', it's as old as it is rammed, and is filled with everything from traditional Indian sweets to books and battered electronic goods. Nosh on the jalebis, a local delicacy fried in ghee, as you weave between the market's shops – some of them have been here for more than 100 years. Tip: don't stand still, as the sheer volume of people means you'll immediately be carried along with the swell.