Open-waste burning (OWB) practices are one of the important sources of urban aerosols in several developing countries. To better understand the influence of OWB emissions on urban aerosols, total suspended particles (TSP) and size segregated samples were collected at an open-waste burning site (Okhla landfill) and two urban sites in New Delhi. TSP samples were analysed for selected metals (As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ni, Pb, Sb, Se, Sn, Sr, V and Zn) using ICP-MS. In general, among metals Fe and Zn mostly dominate, whereas As, Cd and Se are found in trace concentrations in most of the samples. On the other hand, Pb concentrations are ~5–8 folds higher in urban wintertime samples as compared to other samples. Tin, a tracer for waste burning aerosols ranged between 0.055 and 0.675 µg m–3 in OWB aerosols. Interestingly, Sn is found significantly high in urban wintertime aerosols, i.e., 0.082–0.284 µg m–3. Tin also shows high enrichment factor in urban wintertime aerosols suggesting its anthropogenic origin, possibly because of enhanced OWB practices in the winter season. Waste burning is also found to be one of the important sources of Cr. Chromium ranged 0.102–0.606 µg m–3 in OWB and 0.114–0.574 µg m–3 in urban aerosols. Since Cr(VI) is of more interest related to its impact on health, soluble Cr(VI) concentration was determined and found to be 6.12–10.2 ng m–3 (~1– 6% of total Cr in OWB aerosols compared to 0.33–0.65 ng m–3 (< 1% of total Cr) in urban aerosols. Lead isotopic signatures of OWB aerosol, i.e., 208Pb/206Pb and 206Pb/207Pb ratios were determined to be 2.1309 ± 0.0029 and 1.1316 ± 0.0035 and that of urban aerosols 2.1369 ± 0.0026 and 1.1243 ± 0.0024, respectively. However, the range of these values among the aerosol types was not very distinct and showed discreet overlaps. This Pb isotopic study along with metal fingerprints suggests increased influence of OWB emissions in winter season on the New Delhi aerosols.