Be a little younger, bring in that explorer spirit and just look around – the city will give you a whole lot of opportunities to discover fun, foods, and places in different ways that can give you some finest days and experiences.
From quiet cafes and libraries to chaotic bazaars to cultural spots, Delhi has so much to offer Delhiites and the visitors that time never seems enough when you are around those places with your family, friends, relatives or colleagues.
So without further ado, let’s jump into the fun, madness and chaos around the streets and corners of Delhi with this well-researched list of city’s top fun places.
1. A walk at Lodi Gardens
With royal architectural works of the 15th century, Lodi Gardens is one of the best places to experience the fresh air while indulging in the lush greenery and serenity around. The park is tucked away from the city’s chaos and is an apt place for morning or evening walks and family fun and outing. What’s more, you can grab an appetising treat at the Lodhi Restaurant and spend some bucks on intriguing homewares, fashion clothing and street foods.
Opening Hours: Daily- Morning to Evening
2. Indian Mountaineering Foundation Adventures
Do you see yourself climbing high peaks in your dreams, but could never gather the strength it takes to do it? We’ve got a safe yet the most adventurous way to live your mountaineering dream. Call a few friends or maybe head on your own to the Indian Mountaineering Foundation in Moti Bagh and indulge in fun activities like sports climbing, rock climbing, mountaineering, trekking and more.
Opening Days: 10.00 p.m. to 5 pm (All working days except gazetted holidays and second Saturdays and Sundays)
Visiting Hours: 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. (Working Days)
Climbing Wall Timings: 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 and 4.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
Cost: Rs.150/- per session, Monthly Fees: Rs.1500/-
3. A Trip to an Amusement Park
There’s nothing better than indulging in an unforgettable vacation and enjoying at a water park with your near and dear ones. Give your family an adventurous break at Splash the water park with thrilling water and rides and games or visit Delhi Eye at Kalindi Kunj to experience amazing park ride and endless fun.
4. Discovering Street Foods
No matter how bad the day is going, Delhi’s tangy and flavourful local street food will just set the mood and calm your food cravings and please your taste buds like anything. Spend a day out trying chaat papdi and golgappas in crowded lanes of Old Delhi or get into the Paranthe Wali Gali to enjoy mouth-watering parathans or have a culinary ride to Delli Haat in INA and experience delicious foods and rich flavours from different state of India.
5. Ever Tried Kunzum Travel Café in Hauz Khas Village?
A personal heaven – that’s what Kunzum Travel Café is for those who seek some time alone with books and a cup of coffee. Skim through magazines, read up travel books, make friends, exchange your travel stories, use free Wi-Fi, buy travel books and photographic art, enjoy cookies and coffee and leave paying what you like. Where else can you find a place like this?
6. Space Like Feel at Nehru Planetarium
Make a visit to Nehru Planetarium with your kids or school students and it is sure to be a perfect experience, especially for those astronomy fans. Stars, planets, galaxies solar system – the amazing sky theatre shows fill children with curiosity and inquisitiveness.
Timings: (Show Duration: 30-35 minutes)
English Shows: 11.00 a.m.
Hindi Shows: 1.30 p.m.
60 INR for adults
40 INR for children (4-12 years)
20 INR for school students
7. Rediscover History at Huaz Khas Village
Got ample time and people? Dash to Hauz Khas Village and you are sure to plan your next visit to this beautiful place. With an ancient mosque, crumbling Mughal tombs, lively cafes, bookstores and art galleries, buzzing pubs and fashion boutiques, Hauz Khas Village is one of the best places to hang out with friends and family in Delhi.
Hauz Khas Complex- Daylight
Hauz Khas Village – Morning to Evening
8. Light and Sound Show at Purana Quila
Standing amidst lush greenery and tranquillity, Purana Quila (Old Fort) is one of the oldest forts in India. Apart from stunning monuments, sprawling spaces and well-maintained landscape, the spectacular display of light and sound show in the evening is what makes the place much more appealing.
Show Timings: Fort remains open from 7.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.
September to October: 7.00-8.00 p.m. (Hindi), 8.30-9.30 p.m. (English)
November to January: 6.00-7.00 p.m. (Hindi), 7.30-8.30 p.m. (English)
February to April: 7.00-8.00 p.m. (Hindi), 8.30-9.30 p.m. (English)
May to August: 7.30-8.30 p.m. (Hindi), 9.00-10.00 p.m. (English)
INR 80 (adults), INR 40 (children aged 3-12 years, students, senior citizens, physically challenged).
9. Shoot and Paint at a Paintball Field
Up for some fun and thrill? Rush to the nearest paintball spot with your gang. Play with vibrant colours and bring out aggression, excitement, enthusiasm and other sentiments while shooting your opponents. Delhi has a number of place for paintball sport like Rock Short Paintball, The Paintball Co. and Lock and Load that provide a great indoor facility for visitors.
10. A Visit to National Gallery of Modern Art
Are you an art lover or an artist yourself? If yes, then National Gallery of Modern Art awaits you. The gallery showcases the incredible works of modern art including paintings, sculptures, graphics and photographs that leave you absolutely awe-struck and astounded.
Opening Hours: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (Closed on Monday and National Holidays)
Children/Students ( upto to the age of18 years) – Free
Indian Nationals: INR 200
Foreign Nationals: INR 500
11. Qawwali Night at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
We certainly won’t be wrong to say that this place might make you want to drop your idea of a fancy music evening or an exclusive bar. Listening to the melodious Qawwali at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah simply give you an unforgettable experience.
Timings: 6:00-7:30 p.m. and 9:00-10:30 p.m. on Thursday nights
Best Days to Visit: Monday and Thursday as free food (Langar) is served to the devotees.
12. Feel the Art at Indian Habitat Centre
Enjoy the peaceful ambience and outdoor spaces, shop around, encounter the cutting edge art, make a great dining experience at fine diners and restaurants – There’s a wide range of cultural and intellectual activities that you can indulge in at Indian Habitat Centre.
13. Old Delhi’s Unique Pigeon Racing Sport
“Kabootar Bazi” is completely bizarre and fun. One can see the traditional pigeon race or sport initiated by the Mughals in the colourful streets of Old Delhi. The sport gives you an elegant sight of folks controlling flocks of pigeons that fly against the wind and return via the same route to declare victory.
When can you enjoy Kabootar Bazi? The season of this interesting event begins around December and ends in February.
14. An Evening at India Gate
One of the most popular sightseeing attractions of Delhi, India Gate is a perfect place to spend an evening walking around the beautiful lawns with your family and friends. Take a stroll at Rajpath, be a fan of the flavourful chuski, enjoy the nigh view, pay respect to brave souls at the Amar Jawan jyoti, take a boat ride, grab some ice-cream and bhutta (roasted corn) and the list of to-do-things when at India Gate just goes on.
15. Get on the HoHo Bus
There is nothing like leaving your luxury vehicle behind and exploring the entire city on the lovely HoHo bus. You can cover over 19 different attractions in the city while getting off wherever you like without worrying about the time as the buses are available every 40 minutes.
Timings: Tour starts at 5:30 pm and Ends at 9:30pm
16. An Ultimate Mix of Culture and Food: Dilli Haat
Exploring Delhi is just incomplete without visiting the cultural and blissful Delhi Haat. From ethnic clothes and jewellery to elegant handicrafts to authentic cuisines from varied states of India, Delhi Haat will give you one aesthetic experience that would encourage you to visit again.
17. Don’t Miss Out On Raahgiri Day
Is it Sunday today? Let’s attend a Raahgiri Day. A free campaign conducted on Sundays at multiple locations of Delhi, Raahgiri encourages people to participate in amazingly fun, energetic and healthy activities including cycling, gymming, dancing, playing games, and more. Raahgiri days are nothing but happier and healthier Sundays.
Place: Connaught Place Inner Circle, New Delhi
Timings: Every Sunday 6-10 a.m.
18. Theatrical Plays and Events
Delhi has got a whole lot of talent and a major part of it can be seen in street plays and theatrical acts that are often performed by college students and professional theatre artists in auditoriums and sometimes across the streets. To enjoy some professional performances around the city, you can visit Akshara Theatre, Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre.
19. Join the Delhi Drum Circle
Shake a leg to the beats of enthusiastic drummers and just sit there and get absorbed in the harmonious music with the Delhi Drum Circle. On alternate Saturdays, you can walk into the Deer Park in Hauz Khas Village to join the group of people sitting in a circle and indulge in a fantastic combination of dance and music. The vibrating sounds of drums and other musical instruments create an electric atmosphere that you can find nowhere else.
20. Find Your Inner Peace AT A Temple
While the city is jam-packed with incredible attractions, vibrant outing spots and fun places, you can still find extreme peace and serenity at places like Akshardham and Lotus Temple. A stroll to these places will give you a glance of traditional and religious beliefs and cultures followed in India.
This was just a list of things and places you can enjoy in Delhi but the thrill and adventure around the city isn’t limited to these places. You can always wake up and take a walk across to discover a new happening place or explore an old one.