I came to Delhi, for a period of 10-15 days, for a winter internship. Little did I know that I would end up creating a long "To-Do" list of 25-30 items that I wanted to do in Delhi.
I had to be at the internship from 10 in the morning to at least 5 in the evening. I came to Delhi on 20 January, Monday; took two whole days surfing through articles about what to do in Delhi, the rare-hidden gems of Delhi, and unique experiences that one could get only in Delhi.
One of the biggest help in my journey was the wide-spread metro network that expands almost across the entire city. I was living in Malviya Nagar, and had easy access to almost every place that I had to go in Delhi.
On 22 January, Wednesday, after I got free from my internship; I went to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. The easiest and most economical way to reach Bangla Sahib, is to get off at Patel Chowk, and either take an auto from there or a walk if you're comfortable with walking. I spent around 30-45 minutes at Bangla Sahib, then walked to the Prachin Hanuman Mandir, a 15-min walk from Bangla Sahib. The Prachin Hanuman Mandir, one of the oldest temples near Hanuman Gali, has idols of different deities. The Rajiv Chowk metro station is at a walking distance from the Hanuman Mandir, I walked to Connaught place, took a metro and reached home, ending the first day of my solo adventure and striking-off two items from my list.
On 23 Jan, I had decided to visit the Hauz Khas Village in South Delhi. It was quite close to the place where I was staying, also was considered to be one of the most hip-places in Delhi, with a lotta great cafes, social hangout spots, secret alleys, and inking parlours. I got off at the Hauz Khas metro station at around 6pm, took an auto an reached Hauz Khas Village(one can also get off at the IIT metro station and take an auto from there as well). One of the things that I wanted to do in Hauz Khas was to go to the Kunzum Travel Cafe and The Hauz-Khas Social, the former cuz it attracted tourists from different parts of the world, and served as a hub for exchange of cultural ideas and practices, and the latter cuz it is one of the places shown frequently in bollywood movies, and trust me it's worth all the hype it gets. After these two places, I went around for a stroll through the streets of Hauz Khas. I stumbled across so many infamous places that don't have the recognition that they deserve. I came across numerous tattoo parlours, cheap bars, authentic indian-homemade stores, and a lot more. But some of the places that really caught my attention were the Gypsy Shelter cafe: where "apparently" foreigners participate in singing hindi hymns and songs, located at the far end of a narrow street near Social, Little Goa, where one could literally find all kinds of STUFF(I know you know xD), Pagal records Store: one of the most awesome places selling antique-vinyl records, home decoration stores and a lotta other CRAZZZYY places. After being completely mind-blown by the vibe of the place, I took an auto and ended my day.