The Dilli of Ghalib has been the cultural and political hub of India for a long time. It has something to offer to everyone; all you need to do is to look carefully.
So if you’re new to Delhi or are planning a trip here, we’ve compiled a list of 7 must-see and must-do’s for you to get with the pulse of the city.
1. Light & Sound Show at Red Fort
History aficionados will love the light and sound show at the iconic Red Fort.
The hour-long display takes you through the backstory of Delhi including India’s independence movement, and ends with a recital of Nehru’s popular speech. It takes place in both Hindi and English.
We suggest you explore this 16th century Mughal monument prior to attending the show.
2. Qawwali at Nizamuddin Dargah
Remember the mesmerising Kun Faya Kun from Rockstar? If you want to experience that feeling, head to the Nizamuddin Dargah for a beautiful evening filled with music.
Pay your respects to the legendary saint Nizamuddin and his devotee Amir Khursoe at the shrine.
You can also click some candid pictures in the market. While you’re there, don’t forget to stop by at Ghalib’s Kebabs, which is at walking-distance from the main shrine. Famous poet Mirza Ghalib’s mazaar is also situated here.
3. Fountain Show at Swaminarayan Akshardham
The Sahaj Anand Multimedia Water Show at Swaminarayan Akshardham temple is sure to enthral. The show runs for 24 minutes and depicts stories from the Kena Upanishad.
Sitting in the open, under the sky, and watching the majestic presentation is simply amazing! The temple complex is also a must-see for tourists.
If you want to go for the boat ride presentation, be sure to reach the venue a little ahead of time.
The temple is at walking-distance from the Akshardham Metro Station.
4. Eat, Drink & Party at Hauz Khas
With a range of restaurants and pubs, Hauz Khas Village is quite popular amongst Delhi millennials; so drop by for a quick bite or chilled beer.
Hauz Khas Fort is also a cool place to hang out with friends, or just to sit back and look at the sunset. It does get crowded on weekends, though — so get there soon and find yourself a comfortable spot!
5. Watch a Play at Mandi House
Exploring the culture of Delhi is incomplete without watching a play at Mandi House. This place houses some of the most popular venues, such as the Shri Ram Centre of Performing Arts.
In fact the coveted National School of Drama, which has birthed some of the greatest actors we know, is also right here.
So, catch a cultural performance here, or simply lounge around with a cup of chai and watch budding actors pass by — they could be your next Nawazuddin Siddiqui!
6. A Walk at India Gate
The symbol of Delhi, India Gate is a tribute to those who lost their lives defending our borders. It is also a place of political significance.
Every evening thousands of people throng to this monument with their families and spend time in the lawns. The merriment usually lasts until the lights are turned off at 10 pm.
7. A Food Tour in Old Delhi
Whet your appetite for some real good food in the gullies of Old Delhi. Visit the Jama Masjid area and try all sorts of amazing Mughlai dishes. You could check out popular restaurants like Karim’s, or better still, head to the streets and try the lip-smacking chaats and kebabs.
Leave some room for the phirni and a cup of ‘special chai’. The majestic Jama Masjid and the music of Azaan in the evenings adds so much more to this experience!
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