DELHI – this name attracts attention from not only India but the whole world, for reasons more than one! It has been a symbol of a luxurious lifestyle encompassing each element from food to apparel. Delhi, with all the attention it gets, is not new to being one of the most attractive locations in India. From Mughals to Britishers, every decade has admired Delhi for its wealth, both cultural and materialistic, probably that is why it has been plundered quite often too! This wealth is explicitly visible in every part of the city. A plan to visit Delhi would be absolutely lukewarm if you do not try out these super fun things in the National Capital!
As quite a few might know, most north Indians, staying anywhere in the country, head to Delhi for their “wedding shopping”. This place hits the right balance of branded and classy mall stuff and the export reject, cheap but stylish apparels and accessories. The list of malls barely comes to an end here, with the best ones being DLF Promenade, DLF Emporio and Select City Walk. In case you like clothes and accessories which are cheap, so that you can get new ones every 2 months without being guilty about it, Delhi has just the right place for you! The Sarojini Nagar Market is the place where you can buy almost everything in the range of Rs.100-200. The stuff lasts more than 6 months if taken proper care as most of it is export reject with very minor defects. The most important tips for shopping at Sarojini are – bargain down to 100 bucks and check the piece you purchase! Most of the wholesale shopping destination is Karol Bagh.
9) Food marathon
How can you go to Delhi and not have a food marathon? Delhi is like the Mecca for chat lovers. From Chhole Kulche, Aloo tikki, Golgappe (yeah, it is not panipuri in Delhi) for the vegetarians, to kebabs and fish from Rajinder, Delhi offers the best food for all. Ice cream from Giani’s and the very famous kulfi are desserts which your sweet tooth would relish! Most tourists also prefer to visit Chandni Chowk and Parathe wali galli to taste the authentic north Indian cuisine. When it comes to food, Delhi NEVER disappoints you, nor lets you count those calories!
8) Heritage walk
The city has immense ancient heritage and most of them are open to tourists. The morning walk at Lodhi gardens, engulfed in fresh air and grand tombs, mostly ends up in a sumptuous breakfast at the Lodhi Restaurant. One can also explore Mehrauli – surely the oldest, continuously inhabited area of Delhi, sitting atop the tip of Aravallis one of the oldest mountain chains in the world! Mehrauli is the site of a plethora of monuments, with historians claiming that nearly 250 buildings of architectural, historical & cultural importance dot this area. In addition, monuments like Purana Quila, Red Fort, Humayun’s tomb and Qutb Minar are other heritage monuments for you to explore!
7) Time to pray
For the religious ones, Delhi offers temples and attractions from all the major religions in the world. Astonishingly enough all these religious destinations have immense importance in their respective sects. Major Hindu temples like – Akshardham Temple, Laxminarayan Temple, ISKCON Temple and Kalka Ji Mandir, churches including Cathedral Church of Redemption, Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. James’ Church, the Jama Masjid – a major mosque, are of special interest to quite a few tourists, with an aim to explore the religious diversity of India. Delhi also attracts Sikh religious tourists for the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib and the tourists of Baha’I faith for the Lotus Temple.
6) Power packed
Needless to say, the political power of the country lies in the national capital. For politics enthusiasts, Delhi offers option to visit the Parliament, the Rashtrapati Bhawan, Raj Ghat, Shanti Van, Supreme Court and the India Gate. Delhi also offers an insight into India’s relations with the world. Chanakyapuri area houses most of the world embassies in India. A late night drive on these roads ensure a very “developed-city” experience with all the greenery and royal roads.
5) Let’s go clubbing!
Delhi is famous for its parties. They might be the lavish weddings or the night life. Both are grand, buzzing and super fun! Going to Delhi and not experiencing the night life there is a sin! Clubs continuously ranked as one of the best in Delhi include – Sutra Castropub, Hybrid, Masaba, Aqua, I- Kandy and Def Col Social among others. DJ MAG lists Kitty Su, a popular pub in Delhi, among the best clubs around the world. The Bold and The Beautiful, The Ancient and The Modern, The Karmic Sinner, The Progressive Lover, The Artistic Youth – this is how you will travel back & forth in time, the minute you enter Kitty Su – a multi-level, state -of-the-art, shrine of aesthetic innovation, opulence & music. They sure know how to party hard!
Partying is probably not what every Delhi visiting tourist is looking for. Delhi disappoints nobody! Delhi has some of the best museums in India, the most prominent National Museum at Janpath which has a remarkable collection of Indian art and sculpture, dating from the prehistoric era to the medieval period. The museum presently holds approximately 200,000 objects of a diverse nature, both Indian as well as foreign, and its holdings cover a time span of more than five thousand years of Indian cultural heritage. The National Gallery of Modern Art, with a collection of more than 14,000 works includes works by artists such as Thomas Daniell, Raja Ravi Verma, Rabindranath Tagore, and foreign artists. The Sulabh International Museum of Toilets in Delhi is a museum run by the Sulabh International, which is dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets. According to Time magazine, the museum is one of the weirdest museums among the “10 museums around the world that are anything but mundane”
3) Segway ride around Janpath
If you thought Janpath was only a culmination of political power, you haven’t explored the real fun there! The experience of exploring the north and south blocks of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, India Gate and Vijay Chowk in the morning breeze surely gives you the royal taste that Delhi is known for. The rides are administered by guides who give you a short training on controlling your ride so as to lead you to an enjoyable experience. Ranging between 1000-1500 INR, this is one great way of exploring the political prowess of Delhi.
2) Kabootar Baazi
If you thought cars, bikes and horse were he only races in India, well you need to surely try this one out. Aptly depicted in the Bollywood movie Delhi 6, pigeon racing is a grand, ancient sport in Delhi. Drawing its roots from the Mughal era, the Kabootar Baazi season extends from December to February. It cannot be called a rare sport as 500 people in Old Delhi train their pigeons to fly the farthest. The race is not just one side! The pigeon which travels farthest against the wind and returns through the same route is the winner. Each pigeon is tagged with a ring around its legs containing details of its name, address of the loft, age and gender along with a unique identification number similar to their own Aadhar card
1) Culture tornado
Dilli Haat is the perfect place to experience true Indian culture and heritage along with savouring ones taste buds with varied Indian delicacies. Dilli Haat transports you to the magical world of Indian art and heritage presented through a fascinating panorama of craft, cuisine and cultural activities. A unique bazaar, in the heart of the city, it displays the richness of Indian culture on a permanent basis. This 6 acre complex salvaged as a part of a reclamation project, now allows you to savour the inimitable flavours of the delightful local foods from the various regions of India be it the momos from Sikkim or the Bamboos hot chicken from Nagaland, Kahwa & Kebabs from Jammu, Pooranpoli from Maharastra or the Gujrati Dhokla. The food stalls offer you variety of foods served in an Eco friendly manner.
Delhi unquestionably epitomizes the true spirit of India in its diverse, ancient and secular culture. This vibrant city offers a little something for everyone that is probably the secret behind the city attracting rulers and thieves alike in the ancient times. A visit to the national capital would definitely leave you refreshed and charged up! Do let us know of other fun things to do in Delhi that you discover.