Delhi is a living, breathing organism with its varied moods, its different characteristics and idiosyncracies that make it special. While it’s next to impossible to experience all of its manic frenzy in one lifetime, leave alone one trip, it’s a good idea to try the major flavours that go into this melting pot called Delhi. In other words, here’s a list of all the best things to do, activities to try and eperiences to enjoy that make Delhi what it is:
Wandering in Old Delhi
Old Delhi is a treasure chest thrown open and its contents scattered into oblivion. From narrow lanes leading onto bright markets, to shops with unremarkable exteriors serving absolutely binge-worthy cuisine, to old ruins hiding here and there, the possibilities here are endless. Visit the Jama Masjid, India’s biggest mosque and then try the many food joints that thrive around it, primary amongst which is Karim’s. Then head to Chandni Chowk and sample the old-as-old-gets sweet shops and stores selling genuine ethnic wear; maybe go to the paranthe wali gali which, unsurprisngly, serves heavenly paranthas. Visit the Red Fort, a truly Indian witness to history, and enjoy the museums and markets there. You may also try Daryaganj, fairly normal on the outside but a true gem for fans of literature and old books.
Bar-hopping in Hauz Khas Village
Anybody who ever said that Delhi doesn’t have a nightlife didn’t know where to look. Previously considered a heritage site for the old monuments in its vicinity, is now a full-fledged world-class party hotspot. From cheap watering holes to plush bars and clubs that host celebrities, the sheer quantity and quality of places here is dizzying. Visit a bar here, or dozen, and see where all the hippest Delhi crowd is.
Exploring ‘mini-India’ at Dilli Haat
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Dilli Haat is a kind of daily exhibition of Indian crafts, food and culture. A busy market that houses many stalls and shops selling ethnic Indian clothes, fabrics and cuisine from all over the country, Dilli Haat (literally ‘Delhi Market’ in Hindi) attracts everyone from college students on a budget, jhola-toting intellectual kinds to lovebirds looking for a different sort of getaway.
Visiting all the interesting museums
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Delhi has a mind-numbing number of museums that display India’s prosperity in everything from dolls to fighter jets. A good day’s plan to explore the history and culture of Delhi and India from a unique view-point would be to visit these unique and, frankly, very interesting museums. We recommend trying the National Museum, the National Rail Museum, Shankar’s Doll Museum, the National Gallery of Modern Art and the National Handicrafts & Handlooms Museums. Take your pick, this would be a perfect day outing, or a date, if your partner is that type.
Experience celestial magic at Nehur Planetarium
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Not a quintessentially Delhi kind of experience, but that’s only because visiting a planetarium is an experience that should be universally enjoyed. The Nehru Planetarium is an especially good place to enjoy a sojourn into the celestial unkown. Located at a particularly scenic location, the planetarium has been commended for the facilities in general and of the exhibition area where the main screening is held. Do keep it on your itinerary if the universe in its mystic glory interests you.