Delhi, the capital of India, is one of India’s largest urban agglomerates, that hosts a fusion of varied cultures, languages and cuisines. Several ruins scattered throughout the territory, is a constant reminder of the city’s history. If you are travelling to Delhi from Dehradun, book flights from Dehradun to Delhi online at fairly discounted rates. There are non-stop Dehradun to Delhi flights that will take you to your destination in just 1 hour 10 minutes. Delhi is a fascinating city that won’t stop growing and continues to attract thousands of tourists throughout the year.
Now let’s jump straight to the ‘Must-Do Activities’ while you are in the ‘City of Rallies’ aka Delhi.
- Visit the Nizamuddin Dargah and listen to the Qawwalis
Located in the west neighbourhood of Delhi, The Nizamuddin Dargah is the resting place of the famous Sufi saint Sheik Hazrat Nizzamuddin. The structure made from white marble is clad in a bright green colour cloth and is open 24 hours a day. Try to visit this place on a Thursday evening to enjoy the soulful qawwalis. The heartfelt Sufi devotional songs will take you into a state of trance for sure!
- Take a peek into the Hauz Khas Complex
Originally known as Hauz-e-Alai, the Hauz Khas Complex is an ancient community of wrecks that comprises a mosque, several tombs, a public park and a water tank, built in the 1300s with a purpose to store rainwater. The Hauz Khas Village, located at the entrance of the ruins, is filled with restaurants, pubs and boutique stores and is one of the best places to chill out with friends. Also, if you have seen the movie ‘Tamasha’, this is where the song ‘Tum Saath Ho’ was shot.
- You must try out the street food
If you consider yourself a foodie, you have to try the street food of Delhi, Chandni Chowk, in particular, is nothing short of a foodie paradise. ‘DahiBhalle’ from Natraj DahiBhalle, varieties of parathas from ParantheWaliGali, ‘Gobi Muttar Samosas’ from Lala Babu Chaat Bhandaar, Kulfis from Kuremal Mohan Lal Kulfi Wale, kachoris from Jung Bahadur Kachori Wala, jalebis from Old Famous Jalebi Wala, lassis from Amritsari Lassi Wala and a special tea from the Haji Tea Point are a must try. Also, Karim’s is a gastronomic delight for non-vegetarians.
- Witness the Changing of Guard Ceremony
The official Change of Guard ceremony is held at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan every Saturday morning. Stand proudly and enjoy the opportunity to witness the ceremonial equestrian display. Since access to the presidential residence is usually restricted, the occasion offers a great opportunity to take a peek at the architecture of the beautiful edifice. Also, don’t forget to carry your photo identification. The ceremony usually takes place from mid-March to mid- August from 8 am to 9 am.
- Take a HOHO Bus Service
The Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus is a great mode to go sightseeing in Delhi. The route taken by these buses covers the museums, galleries, monuments, gardens, shopping malls, bazaars and hotels. The bus service operates in every 30 minutes and allows tourists to hop on or get off at any pick up/drop points. You will also be accompanied by a trained, professional tour guide. Online booking and onboard ticketing facilities are available for this bus service.
- Go for a Haveli Tour in Old Delhi
Sign up for ‘Master Ji Ki Haveli Tour’ and get a taste of the authentic culture, heritage and cuisine of Delhi. The package tour takes you on a colourful trip through the mysterious yet beautiful narrow lanes of Delhi, sometimes on a rickshaw and sometimes on foot. In the end, you will be taken to the Master Ji Ki Haveli, which is an elegant looking old mansion bearing an archetypal Indian architecture, enabling you to enjoy some stunning views of the entire city from its terrace.
You can also combine your visit with a trip to the notorious Tihar Jail in Jankpuri, West Delhi, and be served by the prisoners themselves at the food court! So, plan your trip to Delhi soon, book your Dehradun to Delhi flight and make the most out of it by indulging in the above activities.
Author: Sukanya Dey
Get ready to explore Delhi and keep this guide handy so that you do not miss out on any of the must-do activities in the city.