With the onset of winter, the weather is finally good enough for exploring the city without worrying about the extreme heat. Here are some sites worth planning a visit to in Delhi.
Whether you’re an outstation student who hasn’t stepped out of their college area much or a lifelong Delhi resident, finding interesting places in the city is always rewarding. Winters especially let us look for such places without collapsing due to heat strokes, so it’s a good time to step out of your comfort zone (literally) and explore. Here are a few suggestions to start off with:
1. Lodhi Gardens
Unfortunately, Lodhi Gardens are either known as the space where South Delhi folks are seen power-walking or a spot for amateur photographers trying to brighten up their Instagram feeds. It is seriously underappreciated for being sunny, filled with natural beauty, and striking monuments. Go there on a sunny afternoon with a book or your earphones for some peaceful and relaxing time. It is a 30-rupee auto ride away from Lok Kalyan Marg metro station.
2. Old Delhi
Old Delhi has some of the most well-known monuments of Delhi, such as Jama Masjid and Red Fort, and is also not too far away from Rajghat. It is also filled with lanes which house renowned restaurants that are being run by same families for generations. So go out for a walk through Old Delhi, have a look at the view of the city from the tall minarets of Jama Masjid, stop for a bite of Kebabs or Rabdi Parantha, and end your day with the serenity of Rajghat. You can reach Old Delhi via Chawri Bazar and Chandni Chowk metro station on the Yellow Line or Jama Masjid metro station that is on the Violet Line.
3. National Gallery of Modern Art
Located close to the Khan Market metro station, the National Gallery of Modern Art houses paintings, sculptures, and other works of art by artists from all over the world. It also has a gift shop that has cheap postcards featuring paintings from the museum. India Gate is also close by, with its variations of bhelpuri and numerous ice cream stalls. At its other end on Rajpath, along with the Rashtrapati Bhavan, are the North and South Blocks that seat some of the most important government ministries and have beautiful European architecture.
4. Delhi Zoo
Going to the zoo might seem drab and boring, but for one it’s something very different from going to the movies or the usual things we do. It’s relaxing, and with the right kind of company, it can be a memorable activity. The Delhi Zoo is located near the Purana Quila, closest to the Pragati Maidan metro station.
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