I remember arriving in Delhi in the summer of 2005, a coy Sophian from Rajasthan who rapidly took control of school stage, and then her college (only memories remain of that of Street theatre)
Fast forward to 2013, when this girl was travelling each weekend to rural villages of India to escape the traffic, the noises, the concrete of Delhi. And then a beautiful thing happened. A chance encounter on a balmy Sunday noon with a storyteller found myself ambling in the busy streets of Nizamuddin. Never had she seen such scenes in Dilli, taken pictures of the same roads like a tourist which she took for work everyday. It was like a different planet within this microcosm of the city that existed around her.
From then on Dilli became a place to explore , a city with its myriad moods, the monuments strewn across like old trees, the wide lanes of Lutyens and their names, the people of lajpat Nagar, the old tailor shops at the Lodhi and so on.
I realised that being a city girl exploring my own city so full of stories, remnants of eras gone by, eating at a cafe at an odd hour , waking up in wee hours to have most scrumptious breakfasts or walking through an old ghost trail in Mehrauli post 11pm, its just so worth all the money and effort we spend on being so called wanderers , travellers and tick off places in our country.
The first part of this series takes you through the choicest and classiest part of Dilli, take a day off and relish this one my way :
1. Start your DAY with a Sunshine Breakfast at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road. (Recommended time : 1.5 -2 hours)
The place has always been in focus , be it its open air amphitheatre hosting plays in evening, to the lip smacking plates in its food court. However the award for the best experience goes to the elaborate breakfast laid by The American Diner in its English lawns. For INR 700 , one literally gets a whole universe to eat consisting of fluffiest eggs and ham, Fresh juices, soft as heaven fresh baked muffins and bakery, and whiff of micro roasted coffee. I personally recommend reaching around 8 am and spend good two hours just relishing their spread.
PS : If you on a budget try the "Travel Edition" breakfast at the Bloomroom @Link Road, for INR 300 , you get various option of Indian and western breakfast with curd and juices thrown, completely worth the moolah !