Delhi is a pretty place and we all know how the capital can absolutely mesmerise anyone – every time they visit. Be it the youthful vibe at Hauz Khas or the historical walk down memory lane at the Red Fort, Delhi has an unmistakable evergreen tinge to keep you enticed. However, amidst some of the most delectable street foods and economical flea markets, Delhi holds quite a few surprises up her sleeve!
Whether you are visiting Delhi for the first time or the umpteenth one – make sure you have these places on your itinerary for a completely unforgettable experience of the capital.
The Okhla Bird Sanctuary
The cosmopolitan sea of humanity at Delhi often hides the gorgeous natural beauties enveloping the city. The Okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida is one such place where you can lose yourself for hours with glimpses of more than 300 avian species – a treat for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and any nature lover alike! So set a day aside, get your walking shoes on and head to this natural reserve with your binoculars and DSLRs.
The Garden of Five Senses
Close to Mehrauli and located in Said-Ul-Azaib village, the Garden of Five Senses is an activity and leisure park targeted at holistic recreation for the citizens. Opened in 2003, the well-maintained garden forms a delightful break from the polluted city complemented by the waterfalls and rock-sculptures, while the daily musical and cultural performances are a great way to get acquainted with the local history.
Asia’s largest wholesale spice market, Khari Baoli, is an olfactory experience on a divine level. From international products to local, indigenous ingredients, Khari Baoli must be on your bucket list if you are a true-blue foodie – whether you cook or not! If you are one who is prone to dust allergies or suffering from asthma, ensure that you carry a proper face or nose mask to avoid getting affected by the ground spices.
An inspiration for Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Kathputli Colony is where you can find some of the most indigenous and traditionally entertaining communities of the country. From acrobats to puppeteers, from magicians to toy makers – Kathputli Colony is the perfect escape into the world of fantasy we have all grown up in!
Sulabh International Museum of Toilets
Yes, toilet museums are the latest buzz and we are not far behind. This incredibly unique museum – documenting the evolution of toilets over the ages – is home to a wide variety of them that have graced homes and institutions. From Victorian toilet seats to ancient chamber pots, this place will definitely make for some intriguing time-pass, not to forget maybe some good laughs as well!
Delhi is a metro city so you must remember that accommodation and transport options are always in demand. Though hotels in Delhi are easy to find – and there is a wide range of options for both economical as well as luxury choices, we were, however, to have booked our Mumbai to Delhi flights well in advance. If we had booked on spot, we would have shelled out around 5 – 6K extra for our travel and ended up compromising on our vacation plans.
So, pack your bags, plan an itinerary and head out for the gorgeous capital!
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