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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What activities can one do when in Delhi?

Vineet Sharma DEC 10 2012
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Delhi opens its heart to you and takes you into its fold, quite literally. Stay here long enough and you’ll be a pakka Dilliwaala On your Delhi trip, there’s a whole host of things you could do in this city which blends the best of both worlds - an urban modernity and a rich cultural history. Shop, eat, be a party animal, do some crazy adventure sports, catch a play or pay your respects at a religious site - whatever you do, you’ll wish that your trip was much longer!

Here are some of the top activities you can do in Delhi:




  • Chandni Chowk: Explore the local favourite Paranthe Waali Gali here and get amazed by the sheer variety of stuffed parantha’s that you’ll find. Try the special Chaats, Tikkis and sweets like Imarti at various large and small restaurants and sweet shops in this area. Non-vegetarians can feast on some mutton and chicken preparations here, especially the Nahari, which is slow-cooked in spices overnight.

    Nearest metro station: Chawri Bazaar and Chandni Chowk


  • Pandara Road: Experience how families in Delhi go out for a meal in this unique complex of restaurants. Choose from an amazing array of Mughlai and North Indian restaurants like Gulati and Pindi and Chinese ones like Ichiban. If you’re travelling with children, or are a perpetual child at heart, play some arcade games while you slurp on some Kulfi Faluda and Gulab Jamun outside the restaurants. Better still, go for a typical ice-cream expedition to India Gate.

    Nearest metro station: Khan Market
    Timings: 12 to 4.30pm, 7pm to 1am




  • Dilli Haat: This complex near INA market, and a newer version at Pitampura, will give you the feel of an old world bazaar, with handicrafts items sold here from all over India. Stroll around, shop and stop for a hearty meal at any one of the dedicated state food stalls and experience the vast culture of India in its cuisine and crafts.

    Nearest metro station: INA (for INA Market), Netaji Subhash Place (for Pitampura)
    Timings: 10.30am to 10pm
    Entry Fee: INR 20 for adults, INR 10 for children
    Telephone: +91-11-26119055 (INA)
                      +91-11-27317663 / 27310192 (Pitampura)


  • Janpath Market: Trinkets, clothes, shoes, knick-knacks, bags, brass items, locally made perfumes, artificial and silver jewellery - you name it and Janpath, in Connaught Place, has it all. Stroll around while you bargain your way through the market and stop for a bite at the numerous street food options, or a little more relaxed meal at restaurants like Sarvanna Bhavan and Pizza Hut.

    Nearest metro station: Rajiv Chowk
    Timings: Shops usually open around 11am and stay bustling till 8pm (Closed on Sunday)




  • Kitty Su, The LaLiT: Lose yourself in absolute luxury and some brilliant music. Dance away all night in this club with vibrant interiors, some classy drinks and some fellow party animals.

    Nearest metro station: Barakhamba Road
    Timings: 10pm to 5am (Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays)
    Entry Charges: INR 2000 per couple (fully redeemable on drinks and food)
    Address: The LaLiT
    Barakhamba Avenue
    Connaught Place
    New Delhi
    110 001
    Telephone: +91-11-44447666


  • blueFROG: Sip a drink, sway to some awesome music, sometimes even your favourite band performing live or catch a comedy gig - all in a night’s fun at blueFrog.

    Nearest metro station: Qutub Minar or Saket
    Timings: 8pm to 1.30am Tuesday to Sunday (Mondays closed)
    Entry Charges: Free till 9pm, except for ticketed events
    Address: The Kila, Seven Style Mile
    Opposite the Qutub Minar
    Mehrauli, New Delhi
    Telephone: +91-11-30800300




  • Akshardham Temple: Get mesmerised by the sheer architectural wonder, spread over a whopping 30 acres, that is this temple. Plan at least a half day trip here to explore it to the extent it deserves. You could even do a small picnic in the lawns there. Capture this place in your mind, for photography is prohibited here.

    Nearest metro station: Akshardham
    Timings: 11am to 8pm (Monday closed)
    Entry Fee: Free for the complex
    For the museum: INR 125 for adults and children, INR 75 for senior citizen
    Address: On NH 24, Mayur Vihar
    New Delhi
    Telephone: +91-11-22016688 / 22026688


  • Birla Mandir: Experience a spiritual calm at this beautiful temple in Central Delhi, dedicated to Shri Lakshmi Narayan. The site where Mahatma Gandhi was shot, this place provides a fine blend of a little bit of history, divinity and a lot of peace. You could try visiting the temple during the morning or evening arti to experience the cult of devotion here. Also keep in mind that photography is not allowed in the prayer hall and shrine area.

    Nearest metro station: R.K. Ashram Marg
    Timings: 6am to 10pm
    Entry: Free
    Address: Mandir Marg
    Near Gole Market
    New Delhi


Other than these two, you could visit the famous Sacred Heart Cathedral in Connaught Place for an insight into Christianity in India. Jama Masjid, in Old Delhi resonates the sheer history and culture of India. For surreal calm and peace, pay a visit to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Connaught Place, and come out feeling transformed.



  • Worlds of Wonder: Get the child in you out and go crazy at some amazing rides, water games and even paintballing. Whatever you do, you’re sure to be going home with an awesome adrenaline-rush. A great place to have fun, any time of the year.

    Nearest metro station: Sector-18 Noida
    Timings: 12pm to 9pm
    Charges: INR 750 for unlimited rides (excluding paintball)
    Address: The Great India Place Mall
    A-2, Sector-38-A




  • Plays: Catch some brilliant theatre performances by amateur and professional dramatists alike. If you’re lucky, you might also find some live dance or music recital happening in one of these theaters in Delhi. Stroll around in the one-of-its-kind Mandi House area and hop from one theatre to another.  Stop for a yummy meal at Bengali Market, just a 5 minute walk from here. Popular theatres include Shri Ram Centre, LTG Auditorium, National School of Drama, Triveni Kala Sangam and Kamani Auditorium.

    Nearest metro station: Mandi House
    Timings: Plays usually start around 6pm


  • Performances: In for some soothing classical music or international fusion dance? Then you’re at the right place. There’s always something or the other going on at the various cultural hubs in Delhi. You can try going to India Habitat Centre and India International Centre for some amazing live performances. The Deer Park in Hauz Khas Village hosts drum performances every Sunday evening. Every major national daily newspaper carries updated information regarding these events.


As you can guess by now, there’s simply way too much to do in Delhi, whatever may be your areas of interest. Just the experience of Delhi, is something that is difficult to explain in mere words. So as you can guess, consider this list more of an entry point into Delhi’s activities and in no way completely exhaustive. For all you know, you might come up with a totally new list for us!

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