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20 Top Things to Do in Delhi

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Things to do in Delhi

It has been 7 years for me to have Delhi as my base and I still haven’t explored it completely. There is such a long list of popular tourist spots that holidays are not enough to witness all of it. And I also know that there will never be a weekend or a holiday that you have to stay at home just because you cannot find anything interesting to do in Delhi, that is like next to impossible. Another great thing about this lovely metropolis is, there is something for everyone and with just little efforts one can pull out a list of things of one’s interest. With this blog here, we have attempted to cover 20 Top things to do in Delhi that covers almost all the aspects in which one can enjoy here.

Trying New Cuisine, Food Walks and Your Experiments with Taste Buds

Chandni Chowk

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Delhi is more than a perfect place for food lovers. Thank god for the diversity here due to which one get to taste different cuisine not only from around the country but around the globe. From the premium places to eat like Bukhara to the street food of Chandani Chowk, every place beckons taste that one will never forget. For those who like to binge, a considerable amount of food walks are on offer for them. In such food tours, which are amongst the top things to do in Delhi, one can choose a particular area and while walking through its lanes can try all the popular dishes. Mostly such tours take place in Chandani Chowk and Nizamuddin. All one has to do is stay updated and step out of the house to find some delicious food, odds are one might find some of the best food right around the corner of their own street! Here are some popular places to eat:

  • Chandani Chowk and Dariyaganj (for street food, Butter Chicken at Moti Mahal)
  • Khan Market (Rolls and Tikkas at Khan Chacha, Asian Food at Mamagoto, Pastries at Chokola, Italian at Big Chill)
  • Hauz Khas Village (Experimental food at Social, Red Velvet Cake at Elma’s, American Burgers at Fork You, Alcohol Ice Creams at Niice, Bihar’s Cuisine at Pot Belly Cafe)
  • Pandara Road (Butter Chicken at Havemore and Paneer 65 at Gulati)
  • Connaught Place (Dal Makhani at Kake Da Dhaba, Rajma Chawal at Shankar Market, Chhole Bhature and Kalakand at Bengali Market, Mutton Curry at Tee Pee O, South Indian Food at Sarvanna Bhawan, Chuski Paan near Khan Chacha, Fire Paan at Pandey’s)
  • Rajouri Garden (Chhole Bhature at Param Di Hatti, North Indian Food at Garam Dharam, Chaat at Atul Chaat Bhandar
  • Kamala Nagar Market (Chhole Bhature at Chache Di Hatti, Poori Chhole at Bille Di Hatti and Street Food)
  • Dilli Haat, INA (Momos at Sikkim Food Stall, Pyaaz Kachori at Rajasthan Food Stall, Hilsa Fry at West Bengal Food Stall, Shaami Boti and Tangri Kabab at Darbar-e-Awadh, Thali at Assam Food Stall)
  • Nizamuddin (For Mughlai Cuisine)
  • Andhra Bhawan ( Biryani and Andhra Thali)
  • Satyaniketan (Momos at QD’s, Kathi Rolls, Mongolian Chicken and Dimsums at China Bowl)
  • Nehru Place (Dahi ke Kabab at Nehru Place, Dahi Bhalla near IFFCO Office, Kachori at Swad)
  • Yashwant Place (Chinese Food)
  • Majnu ka Tila (Tibetan and Chinese Food)
  • C.R Park (Kolkata Biryani House, Bengali Food at City of Joy, Alaknanda)

Boogie to Music, Club Hopping, Unwind at the Lounges and Cafe

Hauz Khas Village Nightlife

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Nightlife in Delhi is probably one of the coolest in India. With varied options of clubs, lounges and even cafe that stay open till late to serve the night creatures with the thirst of some good music, interesting drinks and finger food that is amazing AF! In case you want to plan a new year celebration party, Delhi would be a great place to do it. Enjoying the nightlife is an ideal thing to do for couples as the party scene is quite safe and lot more pocket-friendly if you walk in pairs. Although I have always preferred HKV above other places for a night party scene, however, it is totally up to you to see what suits you the best. And there are also some really cool late night hangout places in Delhi NCR as well. Some popular places to make your night memorable are:

  • Hauz Khas Village
  • Khan Market
  • Connaught Place
  • GK II
  • Vasant Kunj (Ambience Mall)
  • Mehrauli
  • Saket

Heritage Walks and Photography Workshops

Red Fort, Delhi

It is quite obvious that the important attraction in Delhi is its rich history. There are some magnificent monuments, some even hidden that can be a delight to see. According to Wikipedia there are about 174 monuments of national importance in Delhi. Yes, I understand that few of them are ill-maintained but the point is how many of us tried to visit them and learn about their history? Alas, quite few. But for you who have keen interest in learning about history of Delhi, there are a number of sightseeing places to visit. One good way of exploring heritage in Delhi is by talking heritage walks or be part of photography workshops. You would be amazed to find out how brilliant each of the monument is and other historical must see places are. There are also some groups that organize heritage walks led by eminent Delhi tourist guides every now and then. Some popular heritage attractions and best places to visit in Delhi are:

  • Red Fort
  • Qutub Minar
  • Humayun’s Tomb
  • Old Fort
  • Safdarjung
  • Lodhi Garden
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Jama Masjid
  • Fatehpuri Masjid
  • Feroz Shah Kotla
  • Delhi Gate
  • Tughlaqabad Fort
  • Ugrasen ki Baoli
  • Nizamuddin Baoli
  • Ghalib ki Haveli

Shopping in the Paradise for Shopaholics

Sarojini Nagar Market

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There is no place better than Delhi to shop in India and ‘My Lips Don’t Lie.’ This paradise for shopaholics has yet again variety to offer, name a thing and you can get it in Delhi. Undoubtedly shopping is the top reason to visit Delhi. And need I even add this that Delhi is probably the best place for wedding shopping in India. Apart from it, one can buy a large variety of artificial jewellery which makes it even perfect for those who want to shop for their wedding. Apart from it, Delhi is known for flea style shopping as well, there are large areas like Sarojini Market that offer fashionable clothes at decent prices. Then there are malls, high street markets like Khan Market that are ideal for the spendthrifts and keen for quality items. Some of the popular places to shop in Delhi are:

  • Sarojini Nagar
  • Lajpat Nagar
  • Rajouri Garden
  • Chandni Chowk
  • G.K 1
  • Kamala Nagar
  • Tilak Nagar
  • Karol Bagh
  • Sadar Bazaar
  • Janpath
  • Connaught Place
  • Krishna Nagar Market (Lal Quarter)
  • Laxmi Nagar Market
  • Kohat Enclave Market, Pitampura
  • Dilli Haat at INA, Janakpuri and Pitampura
  • Janakpuri District Centre
  • South Extension
  • Shahpur Jat
  • Tibetan Market at Civil Lines
  • Palika Bazaar
  • Nehru Place

Amusement Parks and Other Places to Take Kids To

Fun N food Village

Parents are sometimes hard-pressed on time and ideas as to where to take their kids for an outing during school vacation but if you are parent here in Delhi, you are spoilt for choices. It is not necessary that every time you have to choose an expensive place as there are several options that are either free or have minimal costs. There are so many places that offer a great opportunity for activities for kids like the amusement parks, gardens and even museums. Some of the top places to visit for children as well as for family holidays in Delhi are:

  • Fun N Food Village
  • Purana Quila
  • Indian Air Force Museum
  • National Agriculture Science Museum
  • Children’s Park
  • Lodhi Gardens
  • National Zoological Park
  • The National Rail Museum
  • Toilet Museum
  • Nehru Planetarium
  • Adventure Island

Visit the Art Galleries and Centres

Dhoomimal Gallery

To witness something art related is simply amazing. Luckily in Delhi, if you are interested in looking up contemporary visual arts, then there are a decent number of art galleries for you. Collectively home to some of the most enviable collections in art, these galleries like to preserve the work of veterans as well as the new and upcoming talent. These art galleries are indeed some of the ideal day sightseeing places in Delhi that also give you a new perspective to see the city. There are some famous art galleries to visit in Delhi:

  • Triveni Kala Sangam
  • Latitude 28
  • Lalit Kala Academy
  • Dhoomimal Art Gallery
  • Vadehra Art Gallery
  • Nature Morte
  • Talwar Art Gallery
  • Gallery Espace
  • Art Heritage Gallery
  • Indira Gandhi National Centres for Arts

Cycling Tours

Cycling Delhi

This is probably the most healthy way to see Delhi and also it is ideal to meet some like-minded people as well. There are many cycling tours organized during the weekends as well as on some gazetted holidays to keep this activity in Delhi feasible for everyone. All one has to do is to book the tour, take his cycle and hit the road with group of your choice. Some popular routes for cycling in Delhi would be:

  • Dhaulakuan to 11 Murti Marg
  • Rashtrapati Bhawan to India Gate
  • Najafgarh Wetlands
  • Sanjay Van in Qutub Institutional Area
  • Asola Bhardwaj Lake
  • Aravali Trails
  • NH 8-from domestic terminal turn off to Manesar
  • Dwarka to Sultanpur ride

Bird Watching

Okhla Bird Sanctuary

There are hardly a few cities in India that offer the privilege of bird watching in India. Delhi is blessed to have that chance to host a wide variety of birds in its bird reserves. So, those of you who think that they have covered almost all aspects of Delhi, bird watching can be the new exploration goal. These are the popular places for bird watching in Delhi NCR and they are indeed incredible:

  • Okhla Bird Sanctuary
  • Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary
  • Delhi Ridge

Golfing

Golfing Delhi

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Be its stunning play ground or the elegance with which this game is played, golfing is a classy sport which one must give a try at least once in a lifetime. In the last few years, new and signature golf courses have been created around Delhi, offering a completely new experience of golfing. One can try hands at golfing at:

  • Delhi Golf Club
  • Lado Sarai Golf Course
  • Army Golf Course

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing

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So, cycling or gym are not the only options for you to keep fit in Delhi, there is rock climbing as well which keeps things interesting. The Indian Mountaineering Federation (IMF) has set up artificial rock climbing wall that tests your strength and endurance levels and teaches you a great new skill. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an experienced climber or a first-timer at the wall. It’s not about body weight, exercise, or muscle, but more about grit, strength, and will.So, if you are willing enough to try something thrilling and new, rock climbing is one of the best adventure activities for you in Delhi.

Spa and Ayurvedic Treatments

Amatrra Spa

A long and tired week can be compensated with trying out spa and other rejuvenation treatments in Delhi. The capital city is the host of some of the best spa centres in India and that is why it is a great idea to go for it every now and then. Pamper your body as well as your soul at one of these spa centres in Delhi:

  • ESPA, The Leela Palace
  • The Imperial Spa and Salon
  • The Oberoi Spa
  • The Lodhi Spa
  • Amatrra Spa

Garden Visits

Garden of Five Senses

One of the things that make Delhi look quite adorable are its big and lush gardens. Some of them flaunt their historical connections while others are known for their rich flora and design. Gardens in Delhi are best picnic spots and are ideal for spending some time with nature and of course to take long brisk walks. It is always a great idea to visit these green patches in the concrete city and give oneself a sense of relief. Gardens in Delhi are also the right idea for a romantic treat as well. Some of the best gardens in Delhi to visit are:

  • Deer Park
  • Nehru Park
  • Lodhi Gardens
  • Garden of Five Senses
  • Japanese Garden
  • Mughal Garden
  • Mahatama Gandhi Park
  • Shahjahanabad Garden
  • Jahanpanah Forest
  • Talkatora Garden

Temple Hopping

Akshardham Delhi

The capital city is dotted by numerous beautiful and sacred temples. Even if you are someone who isn’t really religious there are still some temples that are a must see as they offer incredible architecture. Temples do add a feather in the cap of tourism in Delhi as there are some sacred shrines that can change the way you think about the sacred places. A visit to religious places in Delhi can also enrich your knowledge of different faith co-existing in harmony. For those who like to be soaked in spirituality, Delhi is absolutely the right place for you. Some major temples in Delhi to see are:

  • Akshardham Temple
  • Bhairon Temple
  • Hanuman Temple, Connaught Place
  • Hanuman Temple, Jhandewalan
  • Jhandewalan Temple
  • Lotus Temple
  • Sri Digambar Jain Lal Temple
  • Uttara Swami Malai Mandir
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Chhatarpur Temple
  • Kalkaji Temple
  • Laxmi Narayan Temple
  • Birla Temple
  • Pracheen Shani Temple
  • Kali Mandir

Go Paintballing

Paintballing

Looking for a family outing or a corporate one or just a different outdoor activity, paintball is one of the best ideas to add some fun to your get togethers. You have two cool options to choose from, one, Shootout Zone at Chhatarpur, which is one of the fun places in Delhi and have paintball tournaments as well as other individual games regularly. Their outdoor space offers a huge variety of games (17 options) like Capture the Flag (paintball style), Village Guardians, Hostage Rescue and more. Another one is Rockshot who aims to provide clients with the best equipment, guns and space to thrive. They offer a bunch of tournaments, for both pros and the uninitiated.

Qawwali at Nizamuddin

Nizamuddin Dargah, Delhi

Spiritual or not but if you are someone who like to explore new things and have new experience then visiting the Dargah of Nizamuddin on a Thursday evening is the right thing to do. Nizamuddin Dargah is also one of the must visit historical places to visit in Delhi. Every Thursday at 9, the dargah is filled with people who come here to listen to qawwalis, a session of which continues for almost an hour. The feel of being here at this time is truly amazing. A must thing to do in Delhi, indeed!

HoHo Bus Tour

HOHO Bus Tour

Delhi Tourism brings you the most exciting way to see the city with their HOHO bus tour. This very tour brings you upfront to the rich heritage of Delhi comprising ASI Monuments and Museums. An air-conditioned low-floor (AC) bus offers an hop on hop off sightseeing tours in Delhi. The tour features 20+ tourist places including heritage monuments like Qutab minar, Red fort, Humayun’s tomb. You can enjoy seeing popular museums like Indira Gandhi museum, National gallery of modern art and much more. HoHo Bus Tour is an ideal thing to do in Delhi for a solo traveller.

Langar at Bangla Sahib

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Delhi

Mostly food that we eat is to fill our stomach but there is something special about the Langars of Gurudwaras. They not only fill stomach but also the content heart to the fullest. One such must have Langar is at Bangla Sahib. A prominent Sikh religious place in Connaught Place, Bangla Sahib is known to offer delicious food and is indeed an unrivaled place to visit in Delhi. So, if you haven’t yet taken this experience, it is time that you should now.

Metro Ride

Metro Travel

Metro is the lifeline of Delhi and if you haven’t taken a ride or two on it, your Delhi tour is incomplete. For the best experience of metro ride choose the Airport Line. In case you are choosing another line to visit popular tourist attractions in the city, it would be ideal to avoid the rush hours.

Museums Visit

National Gallery of Modern Art

Delhi has a wide range of museums, galleries and cultural hubs, which showcase everything from antiquities and traditional crafts to contemporary art. Cultural aficionados will find a plethora of options to choose from on any given day. As the capital city, it is home to important institutions like the National Museum and the National Gallery of Modern Art. It also houses insightful museums dedicated to key Indian political figures, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.
Visiting museums and galleries is one of the most interesting and important things to do in Delhi. Some important museums in Delhi are:

  • Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
  • National Museum
  • National Gallery of Modern Art
  • Gandhi Smriti

Segway Tours

Segway Tours

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Comparatively the most recent way for sightseeing in Delhi, Segway tours looks quite promising.They are probably rightnow amongst the offbeat experiences in Delhi and is also most fun and least strenuous way to explore city’s top places to visit. All one has to do is to hop onto a self-balancing segway and glide through a 45-minute-long guided tour. During these tours one can see numerous buildings comprising the administrative block and can avail a glance of the most beautiful classical and imperial architecture. The tour begins from the must visit place for everyone, south block of the Secretariat and meanders through Rashtrapati Bhawan (the residence of the Indian president, which was originally built as the British viceroy’s palace), the Parliament Building (home to the Indian legislature) and India Gate before finally culminating back at the starting point.

Indeed there are so many things to do in Delhi, no wonder why I was unable to explore Delhi yet. Chances are, I must have missed to enlist a couple of activities in Delhi, if you know about more activities in Delhi please fill me and other with information and be our travel guide by suggesting the places and activities in the comment section. However, if you liked this blog, don’t forget to give us a LIKE and SHARE. Also, if you want to seek our help of planning a tour to Delhi, you can give us a call at the number +91-9212553106/07 or drop us an email at info@tourmyindia.com. We at Tour My India make some really cool itineraries and travel packages.

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From the Lake District, Nainital, Nidhi Singh is a well traveled writer whose love for nature can be seen in her writings. She loves to trek and enjoy nature and portrait photography. Nidhi has covered most of the valleys along the foaming streams of Jammu & Kashmir and aspire to cover all major trekking routes of Ladakh and Uttarakhand. She also takes keen interest in different cultures and traditions of the world and enjoys collecting mementos. With her flair for writing and personal travelling experiences, she offers vividly descriptive write ups.


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