Delhi, as we all know as the capital of India has been in the news for these past two years for all the wrong reasons. With rape, corruption, and crimes rising in the city, people have forgotten all about the beauty of this enigmatic city. The tourism rates have gone down in the city. People are afraid that it is not safe to live in Delhi.
But if one does visit, I promise you that you will surely fall in love with it. The city is full of so much energy, it makes you go crazy! It is full of charm which you cannot run away from. It has a hypnotic hold on anyone who decides to stay. It is bold yet beautiful.
Here is a list of 10 things you must do while in Delhi to fall in love with the city.
1. Eat the mouth watering street food
The street food of Old Delhi is out of this world. Even though Delhi has a number of fine dining restaurants but they can never compete with the delicious and amazing Chandni Chowk ka street food. Gol Gappe, Aloo Tikki, Pav Bhaji, Samosas, Paranthas are just to name a few of them. *drools*
And how can we forget those roadside momos. Heaven! You will find them everywhere in the city. *drools again*
2. Visit India Gate
You cannot come to Delhi and not visit India Gate. Though at first, it may seem like any other monument but it is so much more than that. It is the ‘Shaan of Delhi’. It represents the modern symbol of India’s freedom struggle.
If you go there at night, it would be one of the best moments of your life. While the city is bustling with the noise, standing there, in front of the India Gate would make you feel peaceful.
3. Go Street Shopping
Lovely ladies, get ready to be amazed! Your life long dreams about shopping can be fulfilled in Delhi. Nothing can compete with shopping at Sarojini Nagar and Janpath. You can get anything and everything in these markets at prices so cheap that it will blow your mind!
4. Spend some time at Religious Places
Go visit Jama Masjid, Bangla Sahib Gurdwara, Akshardham Temple, Lotus Temple. These places will leave you feel enriched spiritually.
5. Travel in Delhi Metro and DTC buses
The Metro and buses are not only for commuting but they give you a chance to get connected with all the other people living in the city. After a tiring day, when you get to see all the interesting people, you cannot help but smile and it makes all your stress go away even though for a moment. You have to travel in them to experience it!
6. Spend time at Historical Monuments
There’s a long list of monuments that you can visit in Delhi. Some of the famous ones include Qutub Minar, Raj Ghat, Ugrasen ki Bouli, Humayun’s Tomb, Lodhi Garden, Red Fort and many more.
7. Experience ‘Dilli ki sardi’
In the winters, the busy city looks beautiful and calm. Walking through the fog gives you a high. No matter how many clothes you wear, you are going to feel the cold. A hot water bath is absolute bliss! The pain of getting up in the morning and coming out of your ‘rajai’ can only be felt in this season. The early morning ‘chai’ with rusk increases the season’s charm. Even though you might hate it at the time but you are definitely going to miss it when it goes away.
8. Observe beautiful birds at Okhla Bird Sanctuary
Even though it is situated in Noida, it’s very near to the city. It’s like a little haven. It makes you bring closer to the nature after spending days in the hustle and bustle of the city. The beautiful birds steal your heart away.
9. Be inspired by the Sound and Light show at Red Fort
Red Fort is one of the prominent landmarks of the city. While a basic tour of this monument is a regular thing, you can also opt for witnessing the inspiring Sound and Light show that takes place here. The evening brings its own charm and unfolds the rich heritage of the place too.
10. Meet new people
And finally, you cannot miss the bizzare yet friendly people of Delhi. They may seem cold at times but give them time you’ll warm up to them.
After all, ‘Yeh Dilli hai mere yaar…bas ishq mohabbat pyaar!’
About the Author
Nuvita Kalra. 19. Law student. Bookworm. She believes in simple living and high thinking.