Delhi is a metropolitan city known for its heritage, culture and of course its street food. But the best part about Delhi is that one can never uncover it in its entirety! Each site is so different from the other that exploration of this city can never fail to mesmerize you and provide an authentic experience.
1. Champa Gali
This street of wonderment is gaining significant popularity nowadays. Located in Saket, Champa Gali is a hub of scrummy cafes which often host many live events such as live music performances, comedy shows, etc.. The place resembles a Parisian alley marked with stores selling traveller merchandises, wall graffiti, art gallery and above all, a vibe of its own.
2. Firoz Shah Kotla
Kotla is a fortress built by Sultan Firoz Shah Tughlaq. Stationed at the site, is the pristine Ashoka Pillar from the 3rd century BC. It is popularly said that Jinn(s) bless the place. People pen down their wishes on small pieces of paper and leave them behind at the site in the hope of getting them fulfilled.
3.Ugrasen Ki Baoli
Ugrasen ki Baoli, also called Agrasen ki Baoli is a step-well that has reportedly witnessed many paranormal activities. It is believed to be built by Hindu King Agrasen. The site has been featured in many Bollywood films such as PK and Sultan. It is also one of the best spots in Delhi for a photoshoot!
4. Rashtrapati Bhavan And The Mughal Gardens
Rashtrapati Bhavan is the official home of the President of India, located at the western end of the Rajpath. The site is now open for tourists to visit. This Presidential estate also includes the Mughal Gardens, famous for its rare species of flowers which bloom in February and March. Before visiting, one should note that no electronic gadgets are allowed inside the premises.
5. Gandhi Smriti
Birla house was home to Mahatma Gandhi for 144 days before he was shot dead. This place will take you right back to the 1940s-1950s, the time India attained freedom. The grounds include a hi-tech multimedia museum, the rooms where Gandhiji spent moments of his life, a doll museum, lush green lawns and much more.
6. Akshardham Temple
The experience this spiritual campus brings out is serene. In contrast to the traditional temples, this Hindu Mandir shares the tales of Shri Swaminarayan’s life using modern technology. This is done via various exhibits such as Sahajanand Darshan (Hall of Values), Nilkanth Darshan (Theatre), Sanskruti Vihar (Boat Ride) as well as the mesmerizing musical fountains.
7. Kingdom of Dreams
Kingdom of dreams is a beautiful performing arts theatre with an exhibit hall and an auditorium. The auditorium gives birth to many in-house theatre productions as well as other cultural events. The main hall has exhibits depicting various Indian states such as Goa, Delhi, Rajasthan etc. These exhibits provide a wide variety of authentic experiences. The exhibit of a particular state includes its traditional handicrafts, food, folk dances and much more.
8. Lodhi Art District
In the vicinity of the Lodhi gardens lies the picturesque Lodhi Art District. The entire Lodhi Colony is marked by wall graffiti, making the site a focal point for photographers. These artworks speak volumes on different agendas in their uniquely beautiful way. After a tiring photoshoot, one can head to the Khan market nearby to fill their empty stomachs!
Before planning a visit, make sure to check out the opening and closing time as well as the days the sites are open for visitors. Most of these places can be reached by metro. Otherwise, many bus services around Central Delhi provide such city tours as well, such as the HoHo bus.
So, get your cameras ready and be out discovering the city!