We all know that Delhi is the social hub of India. While en-route, Delhi being a stopover is the most probable situation. Just like our travelers who come from different cities but meet us in Delhi. Now, what if you reach Delhi in the morning and before your heading to the main destination, you have 4-6 hours or so. What are you gonna do?
Here’s the way to make the most out of the capital city within 12 hours.
DELHI, A FOODIE’S PARADISE
Delhi is a paradise for all those passionate foodies who consider eating as the purpose of life. We all have that friend “jo jeene ke liye nhi khaata but khaane ke liye jeeta hai” 😉 and Delhi is that place which can never let them down. From street food to fine dining to electrifying bars, Delhi can satisfy every mood and taste. Here’s a list of places to eat in Delhi for you. To get the real essence of the Capital, a visit to Old Delhi and having food over there is a must!
To start from, head to the famous Paranthe Waali Gali in Chandni Chowk for a lip-smacking breakfast. The varieties of paranthas will leave you astonished I bet. Just take a cycle rickshaw from the Old Delhi railway station to head onto this legendary place. The next place to head to is the Jama Masjid to experience the best Mughlai food direct from the descendants of the cooks during the Mughal empire. The most popular you’ll find is Karim’s famous for its mutton.
But, to experience the best non-veg, head to this amazing restaurant ‘Al- Jawahar’ named after the first PM of India who inaugurated it. It’s just a 5 minutes walk from the gate no.1 of Jama Masjid and the Chicken Biryani and Chicken Jehangiri with Khameeri Roti is the must-try dish of the place. Likewise, you cannot match the taste of ‘Quershi’s Kebabs’ famous for beef and mutton kebabs. It is located opposite to the gate no.1 of Jama Masjid and is a five minutes walk from there.
If you’re looking for fine dining, then, keeping the hotel chains aside, located in the aerocity is this awesome fine dining restaurant ‘Kiyan’ which is simply amazing to experience the lavish Mughlai cuisines. ‘Rajasthali’, ‘Ghoomar’ and ‘Minar’ in the Connaught Place are also a good to go options for aesthetic food and fine dining.
And if you’re looking to chill around in a Pub or a bar then ‘ Social Offline’ in Hauz Khas ( nearest metro station ‘Hauz Khas’ ), Ruin Pub by Imperfecto in Noida (nearest metro station ‘Noida Sec-18’), Lord of the Drinks in Connaught Place (nearest metro station ‘Rajiv Chowk’) are some of the finest places in Delhi.
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HOP AND SHOP
The Capital is full of vibrant markets, loaded stores, shopping centers, and street stalls to satisfy you all shopaholics out there. Here are some cool Shopping places in Delhi.For upscale shopping, Khan Market is a one-stop shopping center in central Delhi that is popular with expats and the diplomatic community. The nearest metro station is ‘Khan Market’.
More traditional markets make for a more intense and exciting experience – try Sarojini Market for clothes ( nearest metro station Sarojini Nagar), Janpath Market for souvenirs ( nearest metro station Janpat ), and Lajpat Market for housewares nearest metro station Lajpat Nagar).
Dilli Haat is a popular place with tourists for fixed-price souvenir shopping( nearest metro station INA). You even have Dastak Nature Bazaar, near Chhatutpur metro station in South Delhi. They have fests every month and the stalls fill up with beautiful crafts, textiles, jewellery and more – and a lot of it is fair trade.
DELHI THROUGH YOUR LENS
The city which has been the Capital of the subcontinent since a very long time, has a different charm of it’s own with a lot of ‘must visit’ travel attractions. Below are some sure shot places to visit in Delhi.Our Capital is built up of layers and layers of history, landmarks, monuments, UNESCO World Heritage sights, markets, temples, and on and on. Getting out near the railway station or the airport, you are pretty much near to the metro and thus can travel the whole of Delhi at once.
You could go to the Red Fort ( nearest metro station laal quila and Jama Masjid on Violet line and Chandni Chowk on Yellow Line)Qutub Minar(and iron pillar)( nearest metro station Qutub Minar and Saket), Humayun’s Tomb or the old fort( nearest metro station Jor Bagh) if you are one of the historical kinds and you could also get to the Akshardham Temple( nearest metro station Akshardham), Lotus Temple( nearest metro station Kalkaji Mandir etc if you want to get a religious feel altogether.
If you want to have a look at the British architecture then you have to visit the Connaught Place( nearest metro station Rajiv Chowk) , India Gate( nearest metro station Central Secretariat) and the Lodi Gardens( Lok Kalyan Marg on the yellow line and Khan Market on the violet line) cause these are the perfect places for you to hang around.
Now that you know how to explore Delhi in the minimum time, give it a shot!