The idea of an ideal weekend can vary for you and me. For an ardent reader it would be spending the day in pajamas with a great book, while for an adventurer, it would be ice skating or car racing.
Here is a quick guide to spend an ideal weekend Getaway in New Delhi. Warm and welcoming, the national capital is certainly generous and with wide arms open. It has a heart that beats a new rhythm every second. You have to be here and fall in love with each nuance of the city to know what I am referring to.
There is so much to do in Delhi that one can never get bored. If you appreciate art and literature, then visiting a museum, a monument and an art gallery should be in your weekend ‘must-do’ list. Some of the most popular museums, monuments and art galleries that you can visit include – National Museum (nearest metro station – Rajiv Chowk), National Gallery of Modern Art (nearest metro station – Mandi House), Rail Museum (nearest metro station – Pragati Maidan), Lotus Temple (nearest metro station – Kalkaji Mandir), Red Fort (nearest metro station – Chandni Chowk), Jantar Mantar (nearest metro station – Patel Chowk), Parliament House (nearest metro station – Central Secretariat) and Akshardham (nearest metro station – Akshardham).
In addition to these you can also drop in at India Habitat Center, near Khan Market. There is always something interesting going on at IHC. Art exhibitions, painting exhibitions, street play, photography exhibition, there is so much to see there.
And once you are done with the art doze, head to a cozy café or preferably a book café to soak in all the happy feelings. Rose Café (Saket), Cha Bar (CP), Kunzum Travel Café (Hauz Khas Village), Mocha Cafe (Defence Colony) and Café Turtle (Khan Market) are great options.
If for you weekend is synonymous with shopping, then Delhi is the place to be. It is a known paradise for shopaholics. From street shopping to high end malls, Gucci to Givenchy, you name it and you can find it in Delhi.
There are many categories of shopping that you can enjoy in Delhi.
Indulge in the satisfying experience of ‘Street Shopping’ at Sarojini Nagar, Janpath and Lajpat Nagar. Bags, trinklets, accessories, shoes…you can literally shop till you drop.
The next category – The suave and gleeful malls of Delhi! Be it DLF Emporio (Vasant Kunj) or Select City Walk (Saket), Pacific Mall (Subash Nagar) or The Great India Place (Noida), there is such a wide variety to choose from. Shopping, eating and entertainment, all under one roof….
Some of us live to eat while others eat to live! In Delhi it is food, love and life, all amalgamated into a perfect concoction. Delhi is known for its exorbitant food love. There is something for everyone. And the good thing is that a lot of people are experimenting with new cuisines.
Delhi is also a great example of national as well as international integration, in terms of food. You can find food from different parts of the country and the world right here. Chinese, Lebanese, Mexican, Italian, French, Japanese and Thai are some of the most loved options. The cafés in Khan Market, CP and Hauz Khas Village are a great way to taste these delicacies. Some of the popular ones are – The Big Chill Café, Out of the Box Café (Khan Market), Elma’s Café, Imperfecto and Amici Café (Hauz Khas Village).
And when talking about regional cuisines, the one name that cannot be missed is Dilli Haat (at INA). It is a great destination to indulge in gastronomic treats from all over India. There is Dosa and Kebabs, Hyderabadi Biryani and Rajasthani dal baati choorma. The other regional restaurants that one must explore include – Andhra Pradesh Bhawan (near CP), Yeti Himalayan Kitchen and Coastal Café (Hauz Khas Village), Majnu ka Tila (near Vishwavidyalya), Sarvana Bhawan (CP), Karrims’s (Old Delhi) and Goa Sadan (near Khan Market). And yes, don’t miss the famous Chandni Chowk for the Parathe wali gali and a lot of shopping. Chandni Chowk falls in the Old Delhi area and reminds of yesteryears Delhi and is a great way to know about the city’s heritage and worth.
If you choose public transport, then the best way to commute is Delhi Metro.
When to visit?
Well a lot of people go crazy about the typical ‘Dilli ki sardi’. If you want to witness the magically romantic weather in Delhi, then October – March is the best time to be in the capital. April onwards it is summer and the temperature goes as high as 46 degree Celsius.
Where to Stay?
There are a lot of options that one can choose from. From the ultra-luxurious hotels to the budget friendly ones near the railway stations, the list is long. Travelers can also opt for bed and breakfast living especially in Paharganj area.
Hoping that these tips help you plan a great Weekend Getaway in New Delhi and do let us know what your idea of an ideal weekend in New Delhi means!!!
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