October 26, 2020

Think You’ve Seen It All? | Offbeat Yet Fun Things to do in Delhi

Travel books have been published about it. Travel shows have been shot about it. Travel blogs have been posted about it. 

But no matter how much of this city is covered, there are always bits of Delhi still waiting to be discovered by most people. 

Like some of these off-beat but must-try experiences.

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Cycling in Sanjay Van

The cycling trail in Sanjay Van, an oasis in the middle of a concrete jungle, is considered one of the best in the city. 

Avid cyclists in Delhi spend up to ten hours a week putting their leg muscles through torture in Sanjay Van. But if you’re just a beginner, or just want to do something off-beat and exciting on a winter morning, a short ride here will be perfect.

A walk in the Mehrauli Archaeological Park

It’s neighbour Qutub Minar gets all the limelight, but the Mehrauli Archaeological Park is no less mystifying. And, importantly, not as crowded.

An evening stroll through its many ruins and monuments, from mosques to stepwells to tombs, will be more fascinating than any history lesson you might have had in school.

Sufism beyond Nizammudin

For the longest time, Sufi culture in Delhi and the Dargah of Nizamuddin Aulia have been synonymous with each other. Even if you had not heard of it, the movie Rockstar would have updated you. 

But close to the aforementioned Mehrauli Archaeological Park is the Dargah of Bahktiyar Kaki, the OG sufi shrine of Delhi. A Thursday evening here is a must for some soul-stirring sufi music. 

Insta-inspo at Lodhi Art District

Okay, so Delhi has had this reputation for being – we hate this word – ‘uncultured’. If you know anyone who still believes this, take them to Lodhi Art District, India’s first public open-air art gallery.

It’s situated between Khanna and Meherchand markets, and over 50 Indian and international artists have worked magic with their paint brushes on its walls. Head here for some fire pics for your ‘gram.

An afternoon in Majnu ka Tila

A short rickshaw ride away from Delhi University’s North Campus is a place that can be called a ‘Little Mcleodganj’. 

A walk through its narrow lanes of this Tibetan refugee colony – some of which you might have to squeeze through fyi – will be full of sights and sounds that you won’t find anywhere else in Delhi. There’s shopping to be done, photographs to be clicked and lots of delicious food to be feasted on. 

Tasting North-eastern cuisine at Humayunpur

Delhi is a city where your taste buds can travel to all parts of the country. And that includes the North-east. For that, you’ll have to take a trip to Humayunpur and eat at its many restaurants serving Assamese, Mizo, Manipuri, Naga and other North-eastern cuisines.  

It will introduce you to a world of flavours unlike any other part of India. And it will also be an eye-opener for those who don’t know that North-eastern cuisine is so much more than just momos.

Lights, camera and lots of action at the Bhagirath Palace Lights Market

The thought of the lights market by itself might not sound so inspiring. But go to this bustling market after sundown and take a camera with you, and you’ll be bombarded with more creative inspiration that you can digest.

Chandeliers, filament bulbs, fairy lights, lights of reds, yellows and greens. All of them glow up to brighten up the place. And to reignite your passion for photography, if you ever feel it’s fading. 

That’s it for now. Happy cycling, happy eating, happy listening, happy clicking. And of course, happy Delhi-ing. 

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