It’s not just a city, it is an emotion.
Yeh Dilli hai mere yaar!
Delhi has something for everyone. People from all geographic, demographic and religious backgrounds find Delhi intriguing and that is the beauty of this city.
This vibrant city has so much to offer. Be it summers or winters, weekdays or weekends, you’ll definitely have something interesting to do. You can go street shopping or shopping for luxury brands, have your tête-à-têtes at cute cafes or a late-night drive to roadside dhabas. This city is heaven on earth for all the food lovers out there. Be it your love for street food, rendezvous with friends at a cafe or a dinner date at a fine dining restaurant—this city has it all. You can take a trip down the historical lane or visit places of worship. This city is a beautiful montage of everything that life has to offer and much more.
Here is a list of 6 things to do before you call yourself a Delhiite:
1. Take a walk through the historical sites
Delhi has been the capital of many dynasties through the centuries and history left its trail with beautiful thought-provoking architectures that have stood the test of time. The city is home to UNESCO world heritage sites of Humayun’s tomb, Qutub Minar and Red Fort along with other magnificent attractions like Jama Masjid, Agrasen Ki Baoli, Purana Quila, Hauz Khas Fort and many more. These places have become huge tourist attractions and more often than not find a place in various movies and TV series.
A good time to visit these places would be from September to March as the weather is pleasant and you can make the most of your day trip to these historical sites.
2. Go on a shopping spree
Shopping in Delhi is super vibrant and fun. You can get all the latest fashion clothes at throwaway prices from Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar, precious handicrafts and artefacts from Dilli Haat or exquisite paintings, imitation jewellery and clothing from Janpath. This is where you can test out your bargaining skills. It’s a weekend mecca for all you shopaholics out there.
But that’s not it, there are markets specialising in ethnic and bridal wear sought out by both, women and men. Chandni Chowk and Karol Bagh are flooded with beautiful Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, and other designer lehenga knock-offs at one-tenth prices. Upscale markets like Shahpur Jat and Khan Market are great places to explore if you are looking to shop from big brands and designer boutiques.
3. Binge on Dilli’s famous street food
Delhi is known for its unbeatable street food. If you are visiting Delhi, you must and should try the paranthas and lassi from the famous paranthe waali gali in Chandni Chowk, momos and thukpa from Majnu Ka Tila, Chhole Bhature from Baba Nagpal Corner in Lajpat Nagar and aloo puri from Chaina Ram in Karol Bagh market. We bet you can’t stop licking your fingers.
A late-night drive to Murthal for the famous butter-ly paranthe or a kachori with sabzi for breakfast from CP, aloo tikki from Nathu’s Sweet in Bengali market and dahi bhalle from Atul Chaat Bhandar in Rajouri Market are absolutely delicious.
4. Explore the religious places in Delhi
Delhi is home to a lot of famous places of worship. The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib at Connaught Place offers a serene atmosphere to worship and is open round the clock. Another major pilgrimage destination is Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah which is a shrine to Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya. It is revered by music lovers and devotees. The Hanuman Mandir situated in Connaught Place and Chattarpur Mandir which is 4 kilometres away from Qutub Minar are major attractions for devotees.
You can plan a day trip with your family to Akshardham Temple which offers pilgrimage along with multiple exhibitions, light and sound shows, etc. Iskon Temple in Ghaziabad is a beautiful place for worship and introspection.
5. Watch a play
Delhi’s theatre scene is buzzing with life! It’s time to wear your thinking caps and go watch stimulating plays around Delhi NCR. Awe-inspiring plays with serious actors are screened in places like Sirifort Auditorium, L.G.T Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Akshara Theatre and many more places.
6. Party like there’s no tomorrow
There ain’t no party scene like Delhi/NCR party scene! The crowd is young and energetic, the nightclubs are eccentric and the music is rocking. Adding to the traditional party places such as Hauz Khas and Khan Market, Cyber Hub and Sector 29 in Gurgaon have become the places-to-be with clubs like Soi7 and Factory by Sutra among other happening clubs.
Connaught place being in the heart of the city remains a huge attraction for weekend party scenes with clubs like Kitty Su, My Bar Headquarters, Tamasha and more. Garden Galleria Mall has become the new social hub with home to party places like Imperfecto, Lord of the Drinks, Sutra, etc.