Delhi Belly- 20 Pleasant Stuff to Do In Capital of India
2011Delhi Belly- 20 Things To Do In Capital of India Nisha Khan Go Heriatge India Journeys 1/1/2011
Delhi Belly- 20 must do’s in the capital……After the recent Common Wealth Games circus left town, there should never be abetter time to visit Delhi, with renovations of the capital’s old structures and animmense expenditure on infrastructure making Delhi gleam, at least in parts. Hereare 20 great things to do in India’s frenzied capital.1. Try-the-Dilli-ki-chaat- Delhi’s tangy local chaat, such as chaat papdi orgolgappas in Old Delhi.2. Visit the massive sandstone carcass of the Red Fort, and imagine the last days ofthe Mughal empire and the British era.3. Humayun’s Tomb is a fusion of Persian style with local craftsmanship and issurrounded by the fiercely symmetrical Mughal gardens: take a stroll here at dusk.4. Hear qawwalis (devotional music) sung at dargah of Nizamuddin Auliya;religious songs reverberating at about sunset at one of Islam’s holiest tombs.
5. An evening walk through the doors of the Imperial Hotel is like a voyage backinto the days of the British raj, with polished hallways hung with chandeliers andworks of art. Drink a G&T in its 1911 bar.6. Lose yourself to shopping, in the temples to Indian Handicrafts that are Delhi’sgovernment emporiums on Janpath, close to the Connaught Place.7. Get lost and bewildered in the narrow bazaars of Old Delhi, and feel like you’vewandered somewhere medieval.8. Take a ride on the air conditioned Delhi Metro; so cheap, so clean, sodemocratic, unlike the other world upstairs.9. Get a suit stitched in Khan market- take one to copy and get made-to-measure ata fraction of the cost of Savile Row.10. Visit the erstwhile home of Indira Gandhi, Indira Gandhi Smriti, where shewas shot dead by one of her bodyguards in 1984, and discover the most powerfuldynasty.11. Wander around Lodhi Gardens on a Sunday afternoon, the perfect place forlocal watching.
12. Discover the district of Hauz Khas, with its crumpling Mughal tombs andcharming art, antique and fashion boutiques.13. Chow down on scrumptious masala dosas at the Janpath branch of SaravanaBhavan, and finish your meal with a pleasurably gritty Madras coffee.14. Use the map from William Dalrymple’s City of Djinns for various ways toexplore the city.15. Eat a lovely Gujarati thali at pristine Rajdhani, just opposite Rivoli cinema,just off Connaught Place street.16. Shop middle-class Delhiite-style at laid-back Khan Market, browsing itsbookshops and hanging out for a chat at Café Turtle, fuelled by coffee and gooeymuffins.17. Take a trip out to serene Qutub Minar, with its soaring minaret resembling anornate factory chimney.