10 Must Do Things in New Delhi

by Divya Jain

Posted on 8th August, 2015

Red Fort Delhi
Image Credit - Akash Banerjee

Delhi is the real symbol of old India and the new. It is not the narrow lanes and houses of old Delhi nor the wide spaces and rather pretentious buildings of New Delhi that count, but the spirit of this ancient city. Here are 10 must do things in this wonderful city!

1. A play at Mandi House

Mandi House is the hub of art and cultural activities in Delhi. Watching a night show in some open air theater is something which you can’t miss. You will be lucky if any one of Nasreeruddin Shah, Piyush Mishra or Anupam Kher would be performing. Don’t miss to go nearby Bengali market to have dinner (Little costly but worthy).

How To Reach: Mandi house Metro station

Mandi House
Mandi House
Image Credit - Marji Lang

2. India Gate at midnight

Just visit this place at midnight, the feeling of patriotism which comes is incomparable. Don’t forget to have ice-cream in dilli ki sardi! A walk on Rajpath till Rashtrapatai bhavan will be one of the most memorable walk of your life.

How To Reach: Bus, Auto, Central Secretariat Metro Station

India Gate
India Gate
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India Gate
India Gate
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3. Huaz Khas Village

A village in Delhi. Yes, it is an urban village in south Delhi. Sit near the lake for some time for peace. Though it is a very expensive place to have food. Still, Thadi and Kunzum café are good options.

How To Reach: Auto from Green Park metro Station

Huaz Khas
Huaz Khas
Image Credit - Parth Joshi

Huaz Khas
Huaz Khaz
Image Credit - Mayank

4. Qutub Minar complex

Visit this place to get some feeling of Delhi Sultanate. Get pics clicked with Qutub. The whole Qutub complex is itself worth watching. Nearby places include Tuglakabad fort, Siri fort, Jamali Kamali masjid.

How To Reach: Auto from Qutub Minar metro Station

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
Image Credit - Ankur Dauneria

Qutub Minar
Qutub Minar
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5. Daryaganj Book Market

I advise you to spend your Sunday mornings in this market! Oldest and cheapest books you can find here. Bargain to get the best price.

How To Reach: Bus or rickshaw from Chandni Chowk Metro station

Daryaganj Book Bazaar
Weekend Book Bazaar at Daryaganj
Image Credit - Susanna Wang

Daryaganj Book Bazaar
Daryaganj Book Market
Image Credit - Susanna Wang

6. South Delhi Markets and Malls

If you are fashion freak don’t forget to visit Delhi Markets. You can find all sorts of clothes in all prices. Visit Sarojini Nagar market, GK Market, South Ex Market, Saket and Gurgaon malls.

How To Reach: All are connected by metro

Delhi Market
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Delhi Mall
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7. North Campus, University of Delhi a.k.a D.U.

Visit for University crowd, cheap roadside food, maggi, momos, theme cafes and Kamla Nagar for shopping.

How To Reach: Metro

Delhi University
St Stephen’s College
Image Credit - Mayank

8. Canteens of State Houses

Delhi being the capital have this advantage of having people from all over the India and have lot of state houses. Just visit these places to have food in their canteens to have the taste of respective states. Some suggestions- Andra Bhavan, Maharashtra Bhavan etc.

How To Reach: Reaching these places will be little difficult. As you have to take autos from Metro station.

Andhra Bhavan
Canteen at Andhra Bhavan
Image Credit - Mayank

9. Connaught Place

The Heart of Delhi. I don’t have words to explain why one needs to visit this place. Don’t forget to check Janpath market, Indian coffee House for chai-sutta talks, Palika bazar for cheap items. Agersen ki Baoli for spending a peaceful evening.

How To Reach: Rajiv Chowk Metro Station

Connaught Place
Connaught Place
Image Credit - Ramesh Lalwani

10. Chandni Chowk

Your Delhi tour will not be complete without visiting this place. And and and you will need more than one day to visit this place!

Visit for: Food

  • Many people will say Parantha of Paranthe wali gali but I personally don’t like them.
  • Kake ki hatti for bestest naan.
  • Gyaani’s Icecream for faluda and gajar ka halwa.
  • Kareem’s for Mughlai food.
  • Haldiram’s for hygienic Indian cuisine and sweets.
Chandni Chowk
Savouries at Chandni Chowk
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Chandni Chowk
A Croded Street in Chandni Chowk
Image Credit - Nirun Dowlath Shah

These are just the 10 must visit places in Delhi. But Delhi has much more to offer and visit!

Monuments:Humayun’s tomb, Safdarjung tomb, Jama Masjid, Red Fort ( Light and Sound show 6 p.m.), Old Fort (Musical Nights), Lotus temple etc.

Humayuns Tomb
Humayun's Tomb
Image Credit - Paul Cowell

Jama Masjid Delhi
Jama Masjid
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Lotus Temple Delhi
Lotus Temple
Image Credit - Sandeep Thomas

Some not so famous and offbeat places:Kathputli Colony, Delhi’s churches, A walk on Lodhi Road (IHC, IIC etc.), Khan Market (Khan chacha’s kababs and tikkas) Satya Niketan, Chanakya Puri, west and east Delhi markets, Shahpur jat, majnu ka tila (little tibbet in Delhi) Defence colony a.k.a Def col for food joints, Raahgiri at C.P., pvr saket & pvr priya for cheapest movie tickets on Thursday morning :P

If you have more time to spend in Delhi you can roam around here, get down at some random metro station, take a walk outside, hop on buses, look around, talk to auto drivers for best kept secrets of a particular area, use Zomato for good food options. I would suggest using metro and autos for safe rides. As autowallahs of Delhi are famous for their misbehavior and overcharging, so don’t forget to check prices on app available on Google play store and fix price beforehand.

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About the Author: Divya Jain

Divya Jain

I am a traveler, turtle reader, occasional writer, movie enthusiast, Mathematics lover and philanthropist. I love to search, discover and explore and that is the reason I am still figuring out my way through life. In short, perfectly average woman. Life mantra- Eat, read, write, sleep, travel.


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