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Ravinder Malik Feb 24 2015

Which are the top 10 things to do in Delhi on a college budget?

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Here are the top 10 things to do in Delhi on a college budget. The capital city has so much to explore and experience even when you don’t want to shell out much. Come, start a journey:

1. Visit the majestic India Gate

Straight down the road from the Rashtrapati Bhavan gate, the road called Rajpath ends in the All-India War Memorial Arch, now called India Gate. The 40 ft tall arch commemorates the martyrs of of World War I.


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Today, the vast green lawns surrounding the arch are a popular space where Delhiites descend to eat ice-cream on summer nights, or enjoy sunny winter picnics.

Entry: No Entry Fee

2. Take a stroll down Janpath and Connaught Place

The erstwhile Queen’s Way is now a long road which sweeps past ministerial residences, the National Museum and several big hotels, culminating in a market stretch near Connaught Place, popularly known as CP.


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Designed with English arches and colonnades, CP offers a pleasant stroll around newly restored blocks as you buy, window shop, scan pavement bookstalls or stop by at the many local eateries.

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3. Know more about the Mughals at Humayun’s Tomb

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun’s Tomb (1565-66) is the first of the famous garden tombs of the Mughals. Its onion-shaped dome is a forerunner of the classic Mughal dome which got more shapely with time.


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The building, its water channels, fountains and gardens have all been beautifully restored. The complex is dotted with monuments, such as the tomb of Isa Khan (1547), the Nai ka Gumbad and Nili Gumbad.


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Entry: INR 10 for Indians

4. Visit Dilli Haat

Dilli Haat is Delhi’s permanent handicrafts bazaar. Opened in March 1994, the village style look of the haat just creates the right setting for the many dining and shopping festivals here. There are 25 food stalls which serve dishes from every part of the country and you can enjoy an awesome meal at prices that won’t hurt your pocket.


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Entry: INR 20

5. Visit the National Museum

The National Museum, one of the famous
places to visit in Delhi, at Janpath, has artefacts from over five millennia, from Harappan sculptures to Mughal miniatures. There are some 2,06,000 masterpieces here.


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Entry Fee: INR 10 for Indians

6. Shopping at Old Delhi

Shopping in Old Delhi is a pure delight for all the shopaholicswho are interested in buying affordable stuff, ranging from wholesale bangles to pearl, paper to biryani, golgappas to gold...Phew! The list is endless. It is surely one of the top 10 things to do in Delhi on a college budget.


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7. Enjoy Street Shopping in Delhi

Delhi is a place which boasts of some great street shopping markets, including Janpath, Sarojini, Kamla Nagar and Lajpat Nagar. These markets are lined with shops which have an assortment of T-shirts, kurtas, skirts, scarves, woodcraft, faux jewellery, curios, footwear and more! All this and more at unbelievable prices! Where can you get a GAP shirt for INR 150 and a Benetton pullover for INR 200?


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8. Eating out

Karim’s near Jama Masjid has been around since 1911, and is non-veg heaven. Since 1839, the dhabas of Paranthe Wali Gali have been deep frying their gems. They can stuff methi, aloo, rabri, cheeni, matar, banana, khoya... all into parathas. For great non-veg street food, turn to the Nizamuddin Dargah-area dhabas. There are thousands of local eateries spread all across Delhi where you can enjoy a hearty meal at pocket-friendly prices.


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9. Visit the Swanky Malls

Saket and Vasant Kunj, in South Delhi, are premier hubs for malls. These swanky malls in Delhi are a great choice even if you don’t want to shell out much on shopping and simply take a stroll around these lavish malls.


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Entry: No Entry Fee for Malls

10. Get mesmerized by Akshardham Mandir

The Akshardham Mandir on the banks of the Yamuna was built by the Swaminarayan sect and is an enormous, elaborately carved temple set in 60 acres of gardens. A trip to Delhi is said to be incomplete without a visit to this beautiful temple.


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Hope the above list of top 10 things to do in Delhi on a college budget will help you in exploring the city to the hilt.

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