10 Fun And Super Cool Activities To Beat The Delhi Heat This Summer

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Temperatures in Delhi have already hit 40 degrees Celsius and it's not even completely summer yet! Taps give out boiling water, showers make you sweat, and if you're thinking of escaping to the hills, well there's no long weekend coming up in the foreseeable future.

So, if you plan on escaping the sweltering heat but also don't want to die of boredom, consider some of the following to beat the Delhi heat:

1. Cool off at a snow park

Tired of going to the mall and movies every time you want to head out during the summer? Give skiing or ice-skating a try right here in the city during your next outing. In case you didn't know, NCR now has two snow parks where you can go to chill with your friends without having to worry about sweating through your pants.

Photo of iSKATE - Ice Skating Rink & Cafe, Ambience Island, DLF Phase 3, Sector 24, Gurugram, Haryana, India by Adete Dahiya

Where: Ambience Mall, Gurgaon

Price: Starting at ₹499 per person

What to expect: ISKATE is a 15,000 sq. ft. entertainment destination complete with a cafe, bar, and of course a large skating rink. Grab a beer while you're waiting for your turn or just pick up a snack at the cafe.

Where: DLF Mall of India, Noida

Price: Starting at ₹1,150 per person

What to expect: Ski India is an adventure destination/ski resort that gives you the experience of being in an actual snow park. They have everything from skiing, and slope tobogganing, to snow sledging and ice skating. A great place to visit with your family.

2. Indulge your sweet tooth at the Mango Festival

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Summer time is mango time. So, block your calendar for the really cool International Mango Festival to be held in Delhi in July. Spend a day with these sweet, syrupy bundles of joy at Dilli Haat and beat away the summer blues.

Where: Dilli Haat, Janakpuri

When: 9-10 July

What to expect: Take your pick from over 500 varieties of local and international mangoes and even purchase some great mango products like aam panna and aam papad.

3. Splash around at a waterpark

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If you don't mind the massive tan lines and communal waters, then water parks are a great way to spend a hot summer day! Grab your swimming costume and head to the nearest one. There are quite a few in Delhi-NCR.

Where: Behind HUDA City Centre Metro Station

Timings: 11am to 6pm

Price: Starting at ₹1,000 per person

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Where: Sector 10, Rohini

Timings: 11am to 7pm

Price: Starting at ₹550 per person

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Where: Old Delhi-Gurgaon Road, Kapashera

Timings: 9.30am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) and 9.30am to 6.30pm (Saturday-Sunday)

Price: Starting at ₹1,000 per person

Where: Sector 38, Behind Great India Place, Noida

Timings: 10.30am to 7pm (Monday to Saturday) and 11.30pm to 8pm (Sunday)

Price: ₹550 per person (Monday to Friday) & ₹700 per person (Saturday & Sunday)

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Where: Main GT Karnal Road, Near Palla Moad, Alipur, Delhi

Timings: 9.30am to 7pm

Price: Starting at ₹700 per person

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4. Spend a fun day gaming at Smaaash

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You name a game and they have it! Whether you're a gaming fanatic or a sports addict, you will not run out of options here. With branches in Gurgaon and Noida, you can definitely head to the nearest spot for some chilled beer and a day of gaming with your buddies.

Where: Ambience Mall, Vasant Kunj; Cyber Hub, Gurgaon; Ambience Mall, Gurgaon; Mall of India, Noida

What to expect: We’re talking console gaming, artificial simulators for cricket, goalkeeping and racing, regular arcade favourites such as bowling, snooker, and air hockey, and top-notch virtual reality experiences.

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5. Release pent-up anger at the Break Room

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A number of studies have shown that hot weather fuels rage and makes people angrier. This can lead to increase in road-rage cases, street fights and just arguments in general. Take your frustration out in a healthy way this summer by heading to the Break Room, where you can break and smash things to your heart's content for just a small price. A venture by Ctrl.Shift.Esc, the Break Room is kind of like an alternative anger management therapy. So the next time you're having a bad day, you know where to go.

Where: Sector 29, Gurgaon

Price: Starts at ₹200 for a 2-minute session

Timings: 12.30-8pm

What to expect: The room is equipped with already broken artefacts, mannequin heads, tyres, drum sets, etc. If you don't want to spend too much, you can smash around the already broken items but if you've had a really rough day, go ahead and purchase new items and smash them to pieces.

6. Try escape gaming at Mystery Rooms

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If digital gaming is not your thing and you want to try something a little more life-like, then head to the Mystery Rooms. It is a situation-based game that requires you to get out of a mysterious space, where you have been locked, before time runs out. It is a group-based activity and therefore a great way to spend time with your friends. Mystery Rooms was started by three adventure enthusiasts and gaming geeks – Shikhir Bhutani, Prateek Panjwani and Sapna Bhutani, who put together their expertise in tech, architecture and psychology respectively to create a thrilling experience.

Where: Rajouri Garden, New Delhi

Price: Anywhere between ₹500 – ₹1,000 per person depending upon the size of the group and day of the week.

What to expect: The Rajouri branch offers 4 different genres of varying difficulty levels – horror, action, thrills, and murders). You can expect clues, tunnels, live scenes from your favourite thrillers and action films and a ticking clock to pump up your adrenaline. A great way to stimulate those grey cells while having fun.

7. Tap into your artistic side at these art galleries

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The art scene in Delhi has grown by leaps and bounds in the past few years and it is an insight to not only the local culture but also that of the entire country. The best part? You don't have to pay a penny to go and admire the artworks and you never leave the air conditioning. Buying the work, however, will make your pockets lighter by quite a bit.

While the sheer number of galleries in Delhi is huge, there are a select few that have stood the test of time and offer some of the best displays. Here are five of my favourites:

Where: India Gate Circle

Timings: 11am to 6.30pm

Where: MGF Metropolitan Mall, Saket

Timings: 10.30am to 6.30pm

Where: G-42, Connaught Circus

Timings: 11am to 7pm (Sunday closed)

Where: Hauz Khas Village

Timings: 10.30am to 7pm

Where: Lado Sarai, New Delhi

Timings: 10.30am to 6.30pm

8. Go on a date to some of the coolest book cafés

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If you and your partner love to read and have got a day to laze around, head to a stunning book cafe to spend some time with each other, good food and great literature. Even if it is sweltering outside, you can escape to a completely different world and forget about your troubles for a few hours. Here are some of my favourites:

Where: 119, Sishan House, Shahpur Jat

Price for two: ₹1,000

Where: Block N, Oxford Bookstore, Connaught Place

Price for two: ₹500

Where: MPD Towers, DLF Golf Course Road

Price for two: ₹700

Where: Shop 23, Khan Market

Price for two: ₹800

9. Treat your senses to a play or cultural show

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Theatre is not just a form of entertainment, but also a means to educate the audience and make them think about the society. It is often considered an art form for the intellectuals. If theatre is not something you prefer, however, you can opt for cultural shows, exhibitions, or independent movie screenings as well. While Delhi's cultural scene is still at a nascent stage, it is definitely growing and you can find a number of great events being performed across the city on any given day. These five spots host some of the best work in the city:

Where: Lodhi Road

Timings: Most events take place between 11am to 10pm

What to expect: This cultural centre has several auditoriums that host art exhibitions, discussions, plays, and seminars. You can get the details of upcoming events here.

Where: Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House

Timings: 10am to 11pm

What to expect: Shri Ram Centre for Performing Arts is an educational institute and theatre auditorium set up for the promotion of performing arts. It hosts some of the best plays and dance performances in the city. Get info on upcoming events here.

Where: Copernicus Marg, Near India Gate, New Delhi

Timings: 10am to 11pm

What to expect: This 600-seater auditorium is preferred by the bigwigs of the theatre industry for its excellent structure, lighting and acoustics. Watching a play here is a wholesome experience. Event details for Kamani Auditorium are available on Book My Show.

Where: Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Near Connaught Place, Delhi

Timings: 10am to 10pm

What to expect: If you're looking for an insight into Indian culture and mythology, this is the place to be at. They are best known for their rendition of the Ramayana. They also hold theatre classes if that's something you're interested in.

Where: Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi

Timings: 9am to 6pm

What to expect: This education and cultural centre hosts a number of educational programmes and research projects besides hosting screenings for internationally acclaimed films, plays and cultural discussions. Get info on upcoming events here.

10. Go for a relaxing day at the spa

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All this heat doesn't just affect your mood. It is physically exhausting as well. A day at the spa is the perfect way to get rid of all the tiredness after a hectic week. If you're on a tight budget, just go for an hour-long massage but if you're looking to indulge, spend the whole day pampering yourself. Here are some of my favourite places to indulge:

Where: Khan Market

Timings: 10.30am to 7pm

Services offered: They offer six different types of massages for muscle pain, poor circulation, stress, insomnia, depression, and past life blockages. There are also anti-ageing treatments, cosmetic dermatology, and weight loss treatments.

Where: Vasant Kunj

Timings: 11am to 10pm

Services offered: They have several massage therapies, body rituals, face treatments, hand and feet massages and even a jacuzzi.

Where: Mehrauli, Delhi

Timings: 11am to 10pm

Services offered: Traditional Ayurvedic massages and coaching to lead a holistic Ayurvedic lifestyle.

Feeling better about being in Delhi this summer? Which of these activities are you most likely to indulge in? And if you think I've missed out on something, share it with us in the comments or write about it on Tripoto. And while you're at it, check out our YouTube channel for some amazing travel videos.

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