It is wintertime and apart from the freezing temperatures, when the sun is out and if you are on a holiday, a staycation, or planning on sightseeing – there are plenty of things to do in Delhi.
Being Delhi born, we spent the initial glorious years of the ’80s in the capital. From visiting the parks, zoos, going to the cinema, picnics or even playing in the garden, Delhi has some of the fondest memories from childhood.
In fact, even now Delhi still has a lot to offer in terms of its history and culture and not to forget the delicious food.
My childhood friend and I still make it a point to visit Dilli Haat and spend a day there during winters and dig into steaming hot momos and piping hot tea and catching up on good old childhood days.
We spoke to people about what they love about Delhi, here’s what they had to say, take a look:
Prerna Chimni Mohapatra from Delhi pitches in, “Dilli Haat is an awesome place to visit. It’s got a lot of handicrafts, shawls/ stoles, jewelry, bedcovers, pickles and lots more on sale not just from Delhi but from all over the country. All the states have their food stalls and the food is awesome; especially the momos. It’s spread out and winter is the perfect time to visit. You can chill there for the entire day at a nominal amount. It’s a very pocket-friendly venue and the best part is they always have some exciting event or exhibition going on; so it’s a win-win all the way around.”
Mumbai based entrepreneur, Momi Mazumder Mukherjee adds, “A day at Dargah of Sufi saint, Nizamuddin Auliya at Nizamuddin is a must. The shrine of Amir Khusro is right next to it. Must see are also the Ghalib library and the tomb of Mirza Ghalib. The qawwalis are held every evening and can get one in a trance … I think the Thursday and Sunday (moved out of Delhi 13 years back) ones are extra special… with vegetarian langars served on these days too. There is a Karim’s very close in case you want the real thing in terms of food.”
Momi further adds, “At Chandni Chowk, Khari Baoli Road next to Fatehpuri Masjid lies the biggest spice market of Asia… been doing spice trade since the 17th Century! The place though extremely congested is a photographer’s delight and a must-see for a taste of real Delhi. Don’t know if ‘Kabootar Baazi’ is still allowed and legal but it’s a sport that was introduced by the Mughals and continued late enough for me to catch the sight of one thanks to an ex-colleague from that part. It happens in old Delhi in the winter months.”
For JNU Professor, Urmimala Sarkar, it is “Hauz Khas Village and the ruins of a madrasa… a really special experience with choices to chill in cafes and hog in fabulous eateries! Hours can be spent on Lodhi Gardens, enjoying the winter sun 😀 a truly magical mix of the past and the present.”
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