Offbeat things to do in Delhi
Champa Gali

Offbeat things to do in Delhi

Delhi being a traveler’s paradise, has much more to offer than just the forts, monuments and mosques. So check out the top most unusual things to do in Delhi.

1. DELHI SLUM VISIT:

an old man
People in Delhi

How about a walk through the slums of Delhi to gain a greater understanding of how people reside in those substandard conditions. If you really love to get into the depths, you can book a tour to the Sanjay colony of Delhi. Few of the groups work to provide people these slum area tours in Delhi. They provide you with a guide who accompanies you through those streets where you can learn about the struggles of some of the poorest inhabitants. You can visit the local houses, temples, schools and small businesses for personalized experiences.

LOCATION: pick up at Connaught place and drop at Okhla phase 2.

COST: Varies from 1000/- to 2000/- INR per person.

TIMINGS: first slot at 9:00 AM and second slot 1:00 PM

TOTAL TIME TAKEN: Minimum of 3 hours.

PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT: Prohibited.

2. SPICE MARKET:

spice market
Spice market of Delhi

You will definitely love visiting Asia’s largest spice market, old enough and dating back to the Mughal era in the 17th century. Spice formerly connected India to the west and you can still get to see huge sacks of spices being transported and sold. You will feel overwhelmed trying to navigate through the super congested interior alleyways by yourselves. Apart from the spices you can buy a lot of other things like sweets, different variety of flowers and hair care products among other things.

LOCATION: Khari baoli, Old Delhi.

TIMINGS: 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM, closed on Sundays.

3. STREET ART:

Street art
Street art

Street art at the Lodhi colony is India’s first public open air art gallery. This gallery was introduced by a non-profit organization aiming to make art accessible to public on a broader level, where local and international artists have painted more than 50 murals.

LOCATION: Lodhi colony, New Delhi.

TIMINGS: Open 24 hours.

ENTRY FEES: No entry fees.

MUST TRY RESTAURANTS:
a. The altitude café and deli for wholesome organic cuisine.
b. Guppy restaurant for its Japanese cuisine.
c. Celeste for those with sweet tooth ( chocolates and cakes)

4. LISTEN TO QAWWALIS:

At Nizamuddin Dargah you can experience the magic of music which is a dedication to the famous Sufi Saint, Hazrat Nazamuddin Auliya. One of the families there have been performing qawwalis for hundreds of years. Try to dress conservatively and do bring something to cover your heads for those are the norms to be followed in this area of Delhi.

LOCATION: Boali gate road.

TIMINGS: 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM every day.

ENTRY FEES: No entry fees.

5. KUNZUM TRAVEL CAFE:

Kunzum Travel cafe
Kunzum Travel cafe

This place is famous between the wanderer souls as you meet like-minded people here, discover new travel ideas and also exchange travel stories. They have a huge collection of travel books which you can enjoy over a coffee and some snacks. You can even buy these books. Interactive sessions are held here by artists of different categories like painters, writers, photographers, singers, etc. Musicians even arrange casual jam sessions often.

LOCATION: Deer park, Hauz Khas.

TIMINGS: 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM, closed on Mondays.

To know more about the ongoing activities at the cafe clink on the link provided.
http://kunzum.com/travelcafe/

6. BANGLA SAHIB GURUDWARA:

illuminations on a gurudwara in delhi
Bangla sahib gurudwara

 

Bangla sahib gurudwara mostly staffed by volunteers serves more than 10,000 meals per day within it’s peaceful ambience. It has a huge kitchen where the langer is prepared where you are allowed to visit and watch. Volunteering to help people in need at this holy place can be a different experience on your trip to Delhi.

LOCATION: Hanuman road, Connaught place.

TIMINGS: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM every day.

ENTRY FEES: No entry fees.

7. SULABH MUSEUM:

Sulabh international museum of toilets
Sulabh international museum of toilets

You might have visited various museums dedicated to different things, but would have never even heard of a museum dedicated to toilets. This museum was established in the year 1992 where you can get a glimpse of the global history of sanitation. It is considered to be one of the weirdest museums and the artifacts are collected from 50 different countries.

LOCATION: Palam dabri marg.

TIMINGS: 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on Monday to Saturdays.
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Sundays.

ENTRY FEES: No entry fees.

8. EXPLORE DELHI ON A BICYCLE:

Streets of Delhi
Streets of Delhi

Roaming through the streets of the city on a cycle will let you discover many things that generally go unnoticed when you travel by a bike or in a car. You can take a part in a guided cycle tour who provide packages like Yamuna tour, Haveli tour, Old Delhi tour and many more like these. Most of the bicycle tours are organized in the early mornings to escape the traffic.

LOCATIONS: Chandni chowk, Dilshad garden and multiple destinations.

TIMINGS: Vary based on the group and the packages you select.

9. CHAMPA GALI:

 Champa Gali
Champa Gali

Champa gali is an upcoming street lined with cafes, design studios and boutiques transforming into a creative community. Right from handmade art and craft items to furniture workshops you can discover a lot here.

MUST TRY:
a. Tokai coffee roasters.
MUST TRY FOOD: Cortados, Coconut Mocha, Banana Bread, Prawn noodles.
TIMINGS: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

b. Jugmug thela.
MUST TRY FOOD: Ice pops, Masala chai, Marble cake.
TIMINGS: 11 AM to 8:00 PM

c. Rose café.
MUST TRY FOOD: Mint lemonade, Skinny pizzas.
TIMINGS: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

d. People tree studio.
WHAT TO BUY: Khadi apparels, quirky jewelry, skin care products, block printed stoles.
TIMINGS: 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

e. Jugaad.
WHAT TO BUY: handcrafted goods.
TIMINGS: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

10. MAJNU KA TILA:

Prayer flags on trees in delhi
Majnu ka tila

Majnu ka tila is a Tibetian colony which is also known as the little Tibet, where you are served tibetian food. You can get to see some monks clad in red robes, Tibetan architecture, clean streets and very simple lifestyle. It’s like a small gateway from the hustle and bustle of Delhi.

MUST TRY FOOD: Lhaphing, Tingmo, Shabalay, Thentuk, Momos, Thupka, Rice noodles.

MUST TRY RESTAURANTS: Rigo, Tee Dee, Himalayan restaurant, Kori’s and Dolma house.

That being said, the culture, history and food in Delhi is incredible. visiting these offbeat locations which are not very tourist known will definitely give you a feel of being at all the right places.

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