New Delhi, the state capital of India, is a sizzling metro which offers countless options to spend your time in the city. Business, travel, education or whatever the reason of your visit, Delhi will never disappoint you. Delhi has the potential of keeping you busy through its endless options of shopping, dining, sightseeing and lots of other activities that it offers.
Being the center of the northern part of the country is also a tourist hub as most of the northern tourist destinations are within 5-7 hours of reach from Delhi. So you have the option to explore Delhi and also the nearby regions and places.
But, let’s say you are visiting the capital for a brief period of time, maybe 2-3 days and you want to hang out or visit the coolest places among the plethora of such places the city offers. Then this is the article for you, as below I have listed 5 cool places to hangout in New Delhi.
1. Paranthe wali Gali
A walking distance from Chandni Chowk metro station, Paranthe wali Gali, almost 300 years old crowded lane popular for its series of shops selling more than 30+ varieties of paranthas. The most popular of them are Hari Mirch parantha, Pudina Parantha, Rabri Paratha and the crispy Papad Paratha. A real treat if you ask me. All the paranthas are 100% pure vegetarian without any onion or garlic.
In the years just after the independence, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit came to take their parantha meals in this Gali. The “Pandit Dayanand Shivcharan” shop proudly displays the photograph of the Nehru family eating in their shop. The late Jayaprakash Narayan was a regular visitor. Celebrities like Cyrus Broacha and Lola Kutty also enjoyed the yummy parathas in this Gali.
The overall experience of eating in this narrow crowded lane with chaos all around could leave you in sweat. But, don’t worry, cool yourself off with a glass of Lassi and enjoy everything that the place offers.
Nearby Attraction #1: Karim’s Hotel or Karim’s is a historic restaurant located near Jama Masjid. Established in 1913, the city’s most famous culinary destination. Recommended by BBC, National Geographic, The Times of India and many more. Find all the details here.
Nearby Attraction #2: Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India. Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan between 1644 and 1656 at a cost of 1 million rupees
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk
2. Hauz Khas Village
Hauz Khas is one of the most affluent neighborhoods in South Delhi, its heart being the historic Hauz Khas Complex. The complex houses a water tank, a madrasa, a mosque, a tomb, and pavilions built around an urbanized village with the medieval history traced to the 13th century of Delhi Sultanate reign.
Outside the complex, the streets are crowded with cafes, designer boutiques, and art galleries developed by budding artists and designers making it the most funkier spot in Delhi to shop, eat and generally to enjoy the vibe that it offers.
However, if all this is not enough to lure you, then the Summer House Cafe will surely tempt you. As last year Chris Martin the frontman of Coldplay “yes you read it right” Chris Martin surprised everyone with his impromptu visit and a solo performance at the cafe.
Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas
3. Dilli Haat
If you love shopping coupled with great food and you are in Delhi, then this is the place where you will be.
Dilli Haat or Delhi Haat provides the ambience of a traditional village market, but one suited for more contemporary needs. Here you can find a synthesis of crafts, food, and cultural activity.
This Food and Craft Bazar is a treasure house of Indian culture, handicrafts and ethnic cuisine, A unique bazaar, in the heart of the city, which displays the richness of Indian culture on a permanent basis.
Among food items the finger licking momos from “Momo Mia” will surely tingle your taste buds and I also treated myself to something which I had never tasted before. A Fruit beer (nonalcoholic), very refreshing, cheap and a unique drink to quench your thirst.
Nearest Metro Station: INA Metro Station
4. Hard Rock Cafe
The iconic rock-themed restaurant, which is the fourth to open in India, located at DLF Place, Saket. It is a vibrant, upscaling shopping and leisure destination in New Delhi. The cafe will surely take your dining and entertainment expectations to a new level. The huge space is divided into three sections of sitting arrangements with a stage for live performances. An irresistible menu consisting of classic American cuisine, including burgers, sandwiches, and salads, awaits to awaken your taste buds while the local flavor is also represented by a “Merri Dilli” section consisting of favorites like chicken kebabs and more.
Once you are here do not forget to visit the Rock shop from where you can take home from among the many world-famous memorabilia collections. Excitement merchandise which includes t-shirts, caps, hoodies, glasses and more are also available at the Rock Shop.
A must visit place on your next trip to Delhi.
Nearest Metro Station: Malvyia Nagar Metro Station
5. Agrasen ki Baoli
Agrasen Ki Baoli, central Delhi’s oldest monument, protected by Archeological Survey of India (AIS) remains one of the best-preserved baolis of Delhi consisting of 103 steps made of red stone. It is located in the narrow Hailey Lane, off Hailey Road, near Connaught Place, New Delhi. With Jantar Mantar and India Gate about 1-2 KM away, Agrasen Ki Baoli remains one of the most easily accessible baolis of Delhi. The monument remains open from 7 AM to 6 PM and the entry is free. In 2015, Agrasen ki baoli became more famous due to the Bollywood blockbuster movie PK, in which, it was a shelter for the character played by Amir Khan.
There are also stories of Agrasen ki baoli being one of most haunted place in India and that the “black water” (currently waterless) of the baoli hypnotizes people to jump into it to commit suicide.
Nearest Metro Station: Janpath