How to travel Delhi in a Weekend?

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16th Dec 2017

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Been to Delhi multiple times but have not seen it yet?

There are multiple ways to travel Delhi on a weekend chiefly:

1. DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) conducts one day Delhi Darshan sight seeing tours. You can join their buses but it offers only limited options as mentioned in their website.

2. HOHO buses offers you a more flexible way to travel. It stands for Hop on and Hop off, so you can choose to get down at the place of your interest and get in another bus which comes later following the same route. You can opt for both one day or two day trips.

3. Delhi Tourism packages: You can pick any day package with Delhi Tourism with complete details of prices and timings.

4. Self Planned: While choosing a bus or a government package is a decent option, it may not include everything that you may be willing to try, be it cafes or shopping places, so we recommend you to choose the places of your interest from the options below and head out this weekend.

Well then let's do it this time! If you have more than a weekend and love for this city you can explore more such places. Delhi can satisfy every soul that comes wandering here.

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Self Plan Itinerary

DAY 1

1. National Museum & India Gate: EXPLORE ART & HISTORY

The museum holds around 2,00,000 objects of history and art. These artifacts cover around 5000 years of cultural heritage of India and is a great place to get acquainted to the city of Delhi and the country India.

At walking distance of around 1 Km is majestic India Gate which is a war memorial in front of the Rashtrapati Bhawan or President House.

Website: http://www.nationalmuseumindia.gov.in/about-history.asp?lk=ab1

Fee: National Museum: Free for students upto class 12, Rs 20 for Indian Adults, Rs 650 for Foreigners, India Gate: Free

Hours: National Museum: Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Monday), 10 AM to 6 PM India Gate: All days

Nearest metro station: Central Secretariat

Nearby Places: Old Fort, Delhi Zoo, Feroz Shah Kotla, Science Museum

2. Nehru Planetarium(Solar system & planets)

OR Habitat world convention Centre (Socio Cultural activities): HAVE FUN

Day 1: Both of these are close to India Gate and you can choose either of these to cover on Day 1 according to your interest.

-Nehru Planetarium

The lawns which were earlier used by Jawaharlal Nehru have been used which is why they are a little torn out and need renovation but this place has that tinge of old architecture and runs an introductory show about the universe. The show is very basic but if you are with your kids or interested in space and solar system, this is definitely your place. In fact we would recommend this if you are travelling Delhi for the first time and want to finish it in a weekend as it is very close to other important places.

Website: https://nehruplanetarium.org/

Fee: Rs 50/adult and Rs 30/child

Hours: English show at 11:30 AM and 3 PM, Hindi show at 1:30 afternoon & 4 PM (Closed on Monday), show is of around 35 min.

Nearest metro station: Race Course metro station

-Habitat world convention Centre

This is the place for socio cultural activities in Delhi. There is an art gallery as well but the place is famous for various plays, dances, folk performances by various artists all the year round. It is a beautiful place with good architecture and ambience but we would recommend you to book a ticket for some show in advance so that you can really use this place well and any free event or street performance will be an add on. It is highly probable that you will get a show of your interest here if you can book in advance.

Website: http://www.habitatworld.com/

Nearest metro station: Race Course metro station

Nearby Place: India Gate

3. Parathe Wali Gali (veg) & Jama Masjid (non veg): ENJOY STREET FOOD LUNCH

Parathe wali gali offers mouth watering parathe made by more than a hundred years old shops. They have been making these for generations and have finesse for mouth watering parathe. (Do try rabri paratha for sweet and salty tasting cuisine) While this gali is heaven for vegetarian foodies, close by Jama masjid offers kebabs and biryani which is a heaven for non vegetarians. Both are in Chandni Chowk area of Delhi and you can choose for yourself. Good part is that it will give you a sneak peek into the life of Old Delhi or Purani dilli, its narrow streets and colourful bazaars.

Hours: Monday to Saturday (Chandni Chowk is closed on Sunday)

Nearest metro station: Chandni Chowk

4. Red Fort: EXPLORE ART & HISTORY

2.4 km wall encloses this huge fort with radiant red rubble stone that was the residence of Mughal dynasty rulers for around 200 years. Magnificent display of art, architecture, royalty and ornamentation, this is a heaven for history and art lovers.

Fee: Free for children upto 15 years, Rs 35 for Indians, Rs 500 for foreigners

Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Monday), sunrise to sunset

Nearest metro station: Chandni Chowk

Nearby Places: Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib

5. Connaught Place: EXPERIENCE VIBRANT NIGHT LIFE (Urban Leisure, Restaurant & Shopping)

Day 1: This is the mix of posh area & middle class of Delhi, also called CP, with countless stores, delicious restaurants, cafes and pubs. This circular market building has array of branded showrooms like Allen Solly, Bentley, Nike, Louis Philippe where you can shop for almost anything that you want during the day and enjoy the night life for the night. There are clubs like Kitty Su that have enormous dance floors, pubs like My bar headquarters for cozy evening with friends and cafes like Farzi Cafe, Junkyard cafe for great food.

Hours: 11 AM to 1 AM, Monday to Sunday (Shopping market closed on Sunday)

Nearest metro station: Rajiv Chowk

DAY 2

1. Akshardham Temple: EXPLORE ART & ARCHITECTURE

Day 2: Recent addition to the city of Delhi, this is a temple of Hindu faith and a huge spiritual & cultural campus in Delhi. Elaborate architecture, exquisite decor and lighting is a treat to the eyes and helps in relaxing. You will be depositing all your belongings like phone and camera before the entry. But the system is well organised and safe.

Website: http://akshardham.com/

Fee: Free entry to temple ( Fees for water shows and exhibitions)

Hours: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM (waiting times can be very high sometimes) (Closed on Monday)

Nearest metro station: Akshardham

2. Dilli haat: ENJOY STREET FOOD & SHOPPING

Beware it’s not Delhi Haat which some tricksters use. Only registered craftsmen are eligible to have an outlet here. Handicrafts, bright colourful decors, variety of food from different states of India is available here. This gives an essense of crowded village #markets of India selling the handmade crafts, rugs, silks & other fabrics, Kashmir pashmina shawls, brass items, and ethnic decors. This is a beautiful place for experiencing the core of India and its festivity. INA, Pitampura, Janakpuri are 3 different venues for Dilli haat.

Website: http://www.dillihaat.net.in/

Fee: Rs 20 for Indians, Rs 100 for foreigners

Hours: 11 am – 9 pm daily

Nearest metro station: INA station for INA, Netaji Subhash Place for Pitampura, Janak Puri East station for Janakpuri

3. Sarojini Nagar Market: ENJOY STREET FOOD & SHOPPING

Day 2: This place offers cheap fashion items which are not branded but are trendy. You can buy wide variety of clothes, accessories and household items at good prices if you can negotiate well. As a rule of thumb you can safely slash the prices in half. Also this market may be apt for women while men clothing seem to be of very low quality and not worthy of coming to this place. Guys can rather go to normal shop markets like Karol Bagh or neary malls.

Hours: Closed on Monday

Nearest metro station: INA station

4. Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in Moti Bagh (Outdoor activities) OR Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj (Indoor activities): HAVE LOTS OF FUN

Day 2: Both of these are close to Hauz Khas and you can choose the mall if you would like some fun activities and indoor games and movies while you can go for IMF if you are an outdoors person.

-Ambience Mall in Vasant kunj

Head to this mall for SMAAASH virtual reality games which are really amazing (do try walking on plank), fun games and indoor activities.

Website:https://smaaash.in/Delhi and http://www.ambiencemalls.com/

Hours: 11 AM to 12 AM

Nearest metro station: chattarpur

-Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) in Moti Bagh

If you want to try something other than movies and normal outing, this place is what you might be looking for. It offers a range of outdoor activities like valley crossing, wall climbing, rope bridge crossing etc which are adventurous and safe with all the precautions they take.

Website: https://www.indmount.org/IMF/welcome

Fee: 150 per session

Hours: 9 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 8 PM, Tuesday to Sunday (Closed on Monday)

Nearest metro station: AIIMS (Rs 60 with Auto from there when charged by meter)

5. Hauz Khas Village: EXPERIENCE VIBRANT NIGHT LIFE (Urban Leisure, Restaurant & Shopping)

Day 2: This place starts to brim with action after sunset and attracts Delhiites for a vibrant night life. If you are looking for bars with good music, great vibes and alcohol, this might be just perfect for you. You can try #Hauz Khas Social, Lord of the drinks Meadow or The Junction, for fun, food and booze.

Hours: 11 AM to 1 AM, Monday to Sunday (Shopping market closed on Sunday)

Nearest metro station: Hauz Khas

Saturday: National Museum, India Gate, Nehru Planetarium, Habitat World convention Centre, Red Fort, Paratha wali Gali & Jama Masjid are closeby and can be covered on Day 1.

Even though it is shorter to go from Nehru Planetorium to National Museum to India Gate to Connaught Place to Red Fort & Paratha Wali Gali but you Red Fort will get closed in evening and Nehru Planetorium will have first show at 11:30 AM. So a better way is starting with sunrise at India gate and then National Museum at 10AM to use your morning time. Then 11:30 Nehru Planetorium followed by lunch at Parathe wali gali or Jama Masjid with a chilled out evening at Connaught Place.

Sunday: Dilli haat, Sarojini Nagar, Hauz Khas, Ambience mall vasant kunj, IMF are closeby and can be covered on Day 2 with Akshardham which is a little far but you can start with it.

Akshardham gets lit up in evening but so gets Hauz Khas and you can make a choice between evening pub life or evening Akshardham.

Note that Gurgaon is the new area developing near Delhi which we have left in this article because that is far from main Delhi and this article aims to help you travel Delhi only in a weekend. we have an itinerary that we used ourselves to cover these places in a weekend. Do let us know if you would like to have that. You can obviously add or subtract small places depending on your interest and where you stay. Also let us know if you want to know about any other things in Delhi.

Happy Delhing :)

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