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iXiGOers Jul 29 2013

What are the best things to do in New Delhi for free?

Reema Bhalla Jul 29 2013
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Here’s a list of the best things to do in Delhi for free, one of the best experiences around Delhi without spending any or much of cash. Whether you are an avid traveller or from the city itself, a party animal or a nature lover, Delhi has abundant ways to surprise everyone with the diversity it offers. No matter from where you are or what you do, these few priceless things are surely worth exploring in Delhi:


Sufi Night at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya


Delhi of course has weekly Sufi Nights at some of its most elite nightclubs, but here we are talking about the real experience which captures the essence of what Sufi music actually stands for and that is music which connects the soul to God.



Photo of a Sufi perfomance



Every Thursday, in the rose scented and incense filled corridors of Dargah at Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, Sufi saints offer their prayers to Allah in the form of qawwalis inducing the devotees in a trance-like state with the depth and magic of their soulful music. It’s surely a must visit place for an enchanting spiritual experience.

Timings: Thursday, 6:00 PM-7:30 PM,9:00 PM-10:30 PM.


Picnic at India Gate


It is the place to visit if you are coming to Delhi for the first time, it is defined not only by the power it exudes but also by the beauty it is bestowed upon by the fog in winters and the brightness of sunshine in summers.


Photo of India Gate


If you think it is intimidating to be at a place around which one of the most important decisions in the country, Delhi puts across another surprise at you as India Gate though in a very high security zone is Delhi’s favourite picnic spot, especially during nights or whenever the weather calls for it, people are seen enjoying a walk, having dinner, playing some sport or simply having good family time at this place.


Ladies Nights in Delhi


Delhi for sure knows how to party! With the most elite and exclusive nightclubs to celebrity DJ’s visiting every now and then, there is never a dull moment in the party circuit here! But not always you have to pay for the luxuries Delhi has on offer, many clubs around the city on a weekly basis(usually between Tuesday-Thursday) have a special Ladies Night wherein the ladies not only get a free entry and drinks on the house but also participate in exciting activities like free spa treatments, tarot card reading, makeovers etc. are also organized. Some of the popular options to check-out could be Kylin Premier, Underdoggs Sports Bar, Urban Pind and Fork You.


Deer Park in Hauz Khas Village

This urban village nestled in the heart of the city has a plethora of options to choose from (designer stores to urban and kitschy home decor ideas) and very vibrant cafes to let you soak in the cultural vibe of this place.


Photo of Hauz Khas Village


But what truly sets this place apart is the rich historical setting it is set amidst and how seamlessly it blends this with the modern lifestyle, giving Hauz Khas Village a unique buzz which really few places in the city can boast about. If you are a Nature lover then the breathtaking view of the lake, the Deer park (no entry charges) and the beautiful remains from the past offers aplenty whether you are looking for a serene setting to relax or an inspiring subject to photograph.

Deer Park Timings: 9:00 AM-6:00 PM,

Open all 7 Days


Majnu ka Tilla


Started as a refugee camp, often labelled as the mini Tibet of Delhi, this place although highly unexplored by most of the travellers, adds a very unique cultural dimension to the city. From small kiosks and shops selling clothes and jewellery to the laid back cafes offering delicious Tibetan cuisine, MT (as it is popularly called) offers interesting options to explore from. Adding calmness to the buzz of this place is a beautiful Buddhist monastery which is like the soul of this place.


Agrasen ki Baoli


Though most of the monuments in the city have a nominal entry charge, there are few of these gems in city that can be explored for absolutely free! One of them is Agrasen ki Baoli, situated on Hailey Road, it is just a ten minutes walk from Connaught Place, this step-well inspite of its free entry or convenient location attracts very few visitors.



Photo of Agrasen ki Baoli


As you step down deeper inside the confines of the step well you’ll find yourself closer to its solitude and far from the chaos of the city. This beautiful relic holding its silence amidst tall skyscrapers has its own unique story waiting to be explored!

Where: Hailey Road, Near KG Marg, Connaught Place

Timings: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM


Experience Dilli-6

It is impossible to visit Chandni Chowk and not be besotted by its charm, popularly called as ‘Delhi 6 or Purani Dilli’, it is one of the busiest business districts in Delhi. The old havelis, bustling markets, amazing street food from the famous paranthe wali gali to dilli ki chaat, dargahs and the narrow lanes brings you at its closest best to the heart of Delhi.


Photo of Chandni Chowk

Every lane which has witnessed the opulence of Mughal era is now always filled with busy movement of people and rickshawalas. Even if you don not intend to shop here, just a visit to experience its vibe and its old world charm is a must!


A Soulful Experience

No matter how much money one might spend in the quest of true bliss, nothing can even come close to the state of sheer spiritual ecstasy Bangla Sahib can take you in. The solace you will find sitting in Bangla Sahib listening to gurbani or walking around its sarovar is beyond words. It is a spiritual journey which is a must to rediscover yourself and get in touch with your inner self.


Photo of Bangla Sahib


The air filled with the sound of gurbani and fragrance of langar served here at regular intervals, Bangla Sahib is an experience where you not only offer prayers to God but can also indulge in ‘seva’ to serve the community. This sheer magic is not just limited to the confines of the splendid Bangla Sahib, places like the Bahai Temple and the Iskon Temple are perfect for a divine escape from the mad rush of the city!

So while the city offers many high end places to visit and shop from, these few things to do in Delhi for free truly capture its spirit and diversity without even spending much!

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