‘Ye Dilli Hai Dil Walo Ki’, this phrase perfectly fits with this wonderful and crazy city of India. As a Capital of India, Delhi is a complete package of culture, life, history, food, architecture, fashion, technology, religious monuments and everything else you couldn’t imagine yet.
If you have the will, energy, and time to explore Delhi, there is no limit of interesting things to do here. But what if you are here in Delhi just for a week or two? Obliviously, you can’t explore Delhi completely within this short period. Don’t worry; I am here listing out top 5 things to do in Delhi before you leave. Hope these will help you to better understand this big city by leaving its footprints on your heart.
Things To Do Before You Leave Delhi
1) Experience The Delhi Metro
Delhi Metro is well connected all over Delhi and NCR. If you are in Delhi, don’t miss taking a ride in a metro. You will surprise, how you can roam around in Delhi with such comfort even if it is a hot summer. The Metro system in Delhi is very convenient to use, it is divided into lines of colors like blue, red, violet, yellow, green, magenta, orange etc. There is metro map at each station, or you can install and use Delhi metro application as well.
In Delhi, Metro is the fastest and safest mode of transport. It is well connected with Airport express line, railway line and with local market as well. Some other cities like Noida, Gurugram (Gurgaon), Faridabad, and Ghaziabad are also connected with Delhi metro.
As all the metro lines are unique in itself but one must try the Magenta line metro, currently running between Botanical Garden and Janakpuri, because it is featured as first driver-less Metro in India. You will remember the experience forever when you left Delhi.
It is recommended to buy a Metro card (50 Rs. deposits) to avoid long queues and save money. Alternatively, there is one day and three day metro tourist passes are also available with a nominal rate. Also checks the timings of the train, as most of the metro doesn’t run after 11 PM.
2) Take A Mall visit
There is an adamant mall culture in Delhi, which keeps involved everyone from students to working professionals find themselves in the mall for one or other reason. May be, many times you have seen Malls before. But when you are in Delhi, you must visit the mall here.
I am listing here some of the best Mall in Delhi/NCR:
DLF Mall Of India: As the name suggests DLF Mall Of India keeps the heart as big as India. It is a part of NCR as it is in Noida. The huge architecture and design of the mall left your mouth open with WAO! You can spend your full day here with your loved ones. The mall has something for everyone like multiplex, kids zone, food zone, shopping zone, reading zone, etc.
The Grand Venice Mall: The Grand Venice Mall brings the magic of Venice in India. It is a part of NCR and located in Greater Noida. You will forget, you are in India once you will enter in the Mall. The magic floats on the water with the name ‘Gondola Rides’. You can enjoy the gondola rides and a beautiful evening here with your loved once and family.
Select Citywalk: Select Citywalk mall is the home for all luxury and high street items and cutting edge architecture. It is situated in the heart of south Delhi. Here you can get almost all the royal brand of fashion, clothing, cosmetics, food, interior etc.
3) Enjoy Some Street Shopping
‘Delhi aaye shopping nahi kiya, to kya kiya’?
Delhi is called a shopping hub of India due to its best markets. Either it is fashion or handicrafts, spice or cosmetics, everything is available here. You are a shopaholic or not, you can’t stop yourself by purchasing when you see the varieties, the Delhi offer for a single item. The street shopping in Delhi is cheap and pocket friendly especially if you have skill to bargain to get the best deal.
Delhi is famous for its dedicated market like if you are looking for budget friendly latest clothing and bags, you can face towards Sarojini or Janpath market, for the shoes, jewellery, and handicrafts you can move towards Paharganj or Khan market, for the wedding cloths Chandni Chowk is the best place. If you are expert in bargaining you can visit Palika Bazar(Underground AC Market) as well. You can also visit Dilli Haat if you are looking for some state specific clothes like Rajasthani, Gujarati, Maharashtrian etc., but needs entry ticket of Rs. 30.
Delhi has its own charm of street shopping. Well, you can spend your full day in Delhi markets, trust me, they will never disappoint you.
4) Give Yourself A Food Treat
Delhi is best known for its unending varieties of food. Any cuisine either it is Mexican or Chinese, Punjabi or Gujarati, Delhi has all National and International restaurants to feed you. But the real essence of the city lies in street food. Here, I am listing out top five street food places in Delhi that you must try before you leave:
Natraj is the best shop for dahi bhalla lover situated in Chandni Chowk. The shop has only two items in its menu dahi bhalla and crispy dal-filled tikkis both are loaded with flavours. Make sure to try it atleast once in your journey.
Many times you have heard the name ‘parathe wali gali’ in Chandni Chowk. There are so many varieties of fried parathas that are lip smacking.
Apart from this, one more shop of parathas is located at sector 18, Noida, below the metro station with the name ‘chandani chowk ke mashoor parathe’. I recommend trying parathas over there as well atleast once in your Delhi visit.
Khandani Pakode Wala at Sarojini Nagar is the best place, if you want to try ten types of pakora with their famous chutney at time. Let’s taste some spice with it.
You can add some Punjabi taste in your menu with this Amritsari Kulcha and Chole, located at Sarojini Nagar, opposite to Khandani Pakode wala.
Bengali Sweet House in Connaught Place is the best place to satisfy your sweet craving. They serve the blend of sweet and tangy dishes that makes anyone’s mouth drool.
5) Must Go Places
Delhi has lot more than just best markets or street foods. It is a perfect combination of tradition and modernity. Historical monuments, world class airport, incomparable metro, shopping malls, religious places, huge government buildings, luxury theatre, and many more you name it and Delhi has it!
But there are so many other places as well which are not too famous but secure their place in Delhi people’s heart.
This is the best place for nature lover. You can spend some quality time here with the beautiful sunset view.
Delhi Eye, Kalindi Kunj
This is the place where you can experience the London in Delhi. Like the London Eye, Delhi Eye is a giant wheel that allows you a perfect view of Delhi away from the city rush.
Ice Lounge, Saket
If you want to experience the winter in summer, this place is best. The freezing temperature here warms your hearts by their ambience.
Shootout Zone, Chattarpur
If you want to spend your day with some adventure, you should head out to paintball. The thrill of the game will make your day.
Kunzum Travel Cafe, Hauz Khas
This is the best place especially for all those who love to travel. Here, you can meet the travellers and artists who share their travel stories. The cafe also offers quiet workspace to freelancers and professionals.
Last but not least, Delhi gives you a perfect reason to visit India in your lifetime.