Delhi is one of those cities that I always look forward to visiting. It is open, green and a calming sight for my eyes that are otherwise used to the congestion of Mumbai. I recently visited Delhi for just a couple of days and made stops at some of my favourite stomping grounds.
Lodhi Gardens: Step Back in Time
My favourite place in Delhi, by far, has to be the Lodhi Gardens. While it is not the first thing on most tourists’ lists, to me it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in India’s capital city. With ancient tombs, a quiet stream that is home to swans and ducks and a bonsai garden, Lodhi Gardens is a sanctuary in the middle of this crazy city. I have spent many an afternoon in this garden in Delhi with a small tiffin box and a good book, relaxing and soaking in the sun. It’s also one of those places where couples escape to as they court, making it quite a romantic spot.
Humayun’s Tomb: Explore History
Humayun’s Tomb is a big tourist draw card, and in my opinion, one of the most magnificent examples of Mughal architecture (of course nothing matches the beauty of the Taj Mahal). Built in the mid 16th century, the red sandstone and white marble brings out the best of Persian style architecture in this tomb in India. At the right time of the day, you can see the light come through the beautifully carved architraves. Another place with some lovely gardens, this is also a favourite spot for young couples.
Hauz Khas Village: Keeping Up With Trends
For culture from another generation, Hauz Khas Village is where the hipsters and funky artists go to be seen. Famous as much for its quaint shops, selling quirky wares, and up and coming designers, as it is for its rooftop cafes and restaurants, this shopping enclave in Delhi is one of a kind. Taking its name from the reservoir that it sits nearby, and home to some wonderful tombs, this area brings together modern culture and ancient history in Delhi’s inimitable style.
It is this unique variety of old and new that makes Delhi such a great town to explore and enjoy. So why not take a day out in this capital city and enjoy the beauty of Delhi.
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