#TakeOff – In Your City – 7 Nooks and crannies of Delhi
Every weekend there’s this struggle of what to do, where to go eat, what event to attend, what food festival to hunt for. Annoyed with this overwhelming need to do the usual I’ve spent the last few weekends snuggled in my couch watching Newsroom and Sherlock alternatively. Oh Benedict, as much as I love you, I also crave a little bit of the outside world. No more will I spend any more free time doing nothing.
With that resolve, I set out to look for the parts of Delhi that are yet to be discovered by the likes of me. It’s funny really, having lived here most my life you’d think I would know this place better. Alas, I couldn’t be more wrong!
I’ve put together a list of 7 places in the hidden nooks and crannies of Delhi that you HAVE TO VISIT! Read on to learn things you never knew existed.
1. The bird’s eye view of the city – Atop the minaret!
Have you ever looked out of your window from an airplane? It looks quiet and serene on the top while there is countless activity going on down there. People going to work, chaatwalas setting up shop, kids going to school, couples looking for secret spots, drama that every Indian household comes with.
This is the exact same feeling you would get if you stand on top of the minaret in Jama Masjid and see the spell bounding view of the old city.
2. Under the stars
A starry night and a beautiful walk is all you need to make that weekend special for yourself and your loved ones. Add a camera to the equation and you have the perfect formula for an unforgettable night. We would start of at dusk, at the beautifully green Lodhi Gardens and then make our way towards the tombs, lakes and corners of this garden to capture the moonlit beauty it is every single night. Yes, while you are at it you would also pick up a thing or two about photography. Sounds like a win-win to me.
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3. The Dilli 6 food trail
Now that you are exhausted with all that walking, why not make your taste buds happy by going through the delectable food tour of Delhi 6. Mind you, this is not for the faint hearted. Unless you really want to, and can eat till you drop this is the perfect thing you could do with your weekend.
Let Sherpa Rohan, take you through the narrow lanes of Delhi 6 where every corner is laden with a variety of sweets, chaats and kebabs. Kebabas, biryani, stews, Nihari, Oorma, Shahi Tukda, Moong Daal Ka halwa, phirni, gond ka halwa, golgappe, tikki, and more mouthwatering lip smacking delicacies.
4. Oh so Mughal
So, you may or may not know about why old Delhi is what it is. You may also have heard fables and tales of rulers who ruled and princesses who won the entire city over with their charm. Experience the Mughal, Persian, Khalsa, British, and Republic Of India remains in Old Delhi. Start off at the Lahori gate and make your way zigzagging through the tiny lanes, gorging on kulchas on the way. Learn about the Gurudwara Sis Ganj, Gauri Shankar Mandir, St. Baptist Cathedral, Ballimaran, ParatheWali Gali, Ghalib ki Haveli, Nai Sarak and Jama Masjid. Pick up souvenirs as you walk past Urdu Bazar, Johari Bazar, Dariba and Chota Dariba.
For you shutterbugs out there, this trip includes a panaoramic view from the Kahri Baoli, the view is to die for.
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5. For a city that never sleeps.
Late in the night and you’re wondering what to do? Worry you not. Witness Delhi’s soul in its rawest and purest form. It is a maze, really. Start of with Moti Mahal Restaurent in Daryaganj and hear of the brief history of Delhi standing right at its soul, Chandni Chowk. You could feel the words taking you through the time and giving you an experience that your city once went through.
Speak of theatricality. Have a look into the insides of Mirza Ghalib’s haveli and maybe get inspired to write poetry, or at least read it.
6. The newest of Delhi – Cyber Hub in Gurgaon
The swankiest venue in town, complete with a lineup of the newest bars and concept dining places in town, welcome to Cyber Hub! Built along the lines of Clarke Quay in Singapore, this place is always full of young and excited 20 somethings bar hopping, tasting new dishes, and enjoying that night out.
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7. Right near the sunset
Ever been to the rambling ridge in North Delhi near Delhi University? The feeling of being one with nature and history is what you’ll encounter in this lonely setting. Starting from the Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station, it will move up Cavalry Lane and past Gwyer Hall to circumambulate Flagstaff Tower, skim by Khooni Jheel, wander up Pir Gaib, rest in the veranda of Hindu Rao, ruminate under the shadow of the Mutiny Memorial, and end with supper in Kamla Nagar.
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