Whenever I sit to plan a travel itinerary, one thing that preoccupies my mind is “somewhere exotic”. I am not sure why but it seems like there is a “discoverer” inside me. However I need to realize that I cannot be the next Ernest Shackleton or Hiram Bingham who discovered Machu Pichu. So when Sarmistha suggested Delhi, I was like so deflated. My first question was: “What is there to discover in Delhi?” and then the argument like wheather its Delhi or Old Delhi or New Delhi.
Than it dawned on me that Delhi is not Machu Pichu, that there are places to visit in Delhi that brilliantly encompasses both the old and the new and that it’s the perspective that matters.
People are always interested in seeing things with a completely new perspective. And one thing is for sure that the way I will see Delhi or feel Delhi will be purely unique and that is worth sharing. So in a way there is lots to discover in Delhi and lot to share and lots to absorb. So let me take you through some of the best places to visit and chill out in Delhi. While some places are must visits for any quintessential tourists, they somehow never lose the charm.
Hauz Khas Village
This is a place that was one of the hotspots on the list of places to visit in Delhi that I scribbled down on a piece of paper and later took a photo of it with my phone; it seem I have really gone digital. For some reason I find it hard to hold a pen these days and write two lines. Don’t know if this is stepping into the future or some kind of nerve problem!! Anyways Hauz Khas, yes a quaint residential enclave in the south of the city at one point of time, the place has turned into a quirky and interesting creative spot.
We loved the alleyways of the place lined with very interesting cafes, design studios and memento shops. As we walked along the brink lanes towards the Hauz Khas fort, we could feel the creative pulse of city. As the history goes, this fort was commissioned by the Mugal ruler Alauddin Khilji way back in the 13th century. We loved the architecture of the monument, explored its alleys and discovered hidden sports that are just ideal for photo shoots. For a while this whole walking around the fort actually titillated my discovery bug. While I would have loved to claim that I have discovered a very beautiful lake adjoining the monument, I did manage to find some spots overlooking the greenery that was refreshing and relaxing.
The “Art Gallery” of Lodhi Colony
We love art and we love it more when it’s quirky. The wall murals of the Lodhi colony art district are nothing less than that. This quaint neighborhood in the center of the city has been turned into an open art gallery, thanks to an initiative by a Indian NGO called St+art India. As you walk along the wide streets of the colony your visual senses will be overloaded with reds and pinks and yellows. The walls of the government colony buildings have become canvasses for artists from around the world and the art work and murals are simply amazing.
This place is an Instragramer’s delight and the murals depict a fantastic amalgamation of contemporary art and traditional Indian postcards. We actually did a blog photo shoot here and we did not even have to jostle for spots with fellow bloggers as there is literally art everywhere. Once more thing that I must point out here is that almost all the popular sites of Delhi have a metro station very nearby. This really makes going around the city very convenient and budget friendly.
Reaching for the Sky : Qutub Minar
When it comes to heritage structures and monuments, Delhi is a true treasure trove and Qutub Minar is one of the crown jewels from the list. The 73 meter high red sandstone tower was built in the 13th century and it is a structural wonder. The entire Qutub Minar complex is very well maintained by Delhi tourism.
The mosque that stands at the base of the tower is said to be the oldest in India. Another very interesting thing that stands in the middle of the complex is an ancient metal pillar dating back to the 4th century. For some reason it is entirely corrosion free. We spent some time in this beautiful complex and were left spell bound by the architectural wonder of the structures such as Alai Darwaza and Alai Minar. As the sun went down the illumination of the entire complex was done very artistically. It was a very nice experience just walking around and soaking all the glory and splendor.
It was quite a tour on a first day in Delhi and the climate was just perfect. While I have reached the end of the post today it no way means that we are done exploring this wondering capital city. We have many more check boxes to tick and you guys stay tuned for the next post. In the next post we explore the old part of the city and enjoy the chaos of quintessential India. Until then please watch the video diary of our trip to Delhi and subscribe to our YouTube Channel
See you soon with the second part of our Delhi Trip!