10 Quaint Delhi Places You Must Visit

Posted at August 1st, 2016 | by Tithi Mukherjee | in Grapevine

Tired of heading to the hills for a getaway? These lesser known places studded in Delhi are straight out of a traveller’s moleskin and make for a great Sunday getaway:

Delhi War Cemetery

delhi-war-cemetery_1The manicured lawns pruned to perfection are now home to the remains and memories of many soldiers who fought for the British Commonwealth, especially on the Eastern Front during World War II.

Location: Dhaula Kuan

 

Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary

sultanpur-birds_2Excellent for photographers, this place shelters around 250 species of birds out of which few are residents while the other birds are migratory who come from the distant lands of Europe, Siberia and Afghanistan.

Location: Sultanpur

 

St. John’s Church

Mehrauli_3A perfect place to visit during today’s nationalist times. Hidden in the Christian Colony inside the old village of Mehrauli, this church is a breathtaking architectural confluence of three styles: a Mughal-style gateway with ornate calligraphy, and a normal looking red church topped with a spire akin to a Hindu temple.

Location: Mehrauli

 

Chor Minar

Chor-Minar-Hauz-Khas-_4This little known monument with a gory history hides in a residential area in Hauz Khas, standing innocuously in a small park at a roundabout. The construction has 225 holes, and the story goes that severed heads of thieves were displayed in these holes to deter people from wrongdoing.

Location: Hauz Khas

 

Hauz-i-Shamsi

Haus_i_5An ancient reservoir built by Iltutmish in the thirteenth century, frequented by fakirs and pirs. On the banks is the dilapidated Jahaz Mahal.

Location: Hauz Khas

 

Chilla Nizamuddin

Chilla N_6Serenity as its best, it is the khanqah, or monastery of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. It is located on the ramparts of Humayun’s tomb. A pir still resides there with a contingent of pet cats.

Location: Opposite Nizamuddin Dargah

 

Novelty Sandwiches

Novelty_7A neat little sandwich bar hidden behind a departmental store. Offers awesome melt-in-your mouth chicken sandwiches, chicken patties and various omelettes with godly cold coffee to down it all.

Location: Jangpura

Roots – Cafe in the Park

Roots cafeThis is an awesome place for people who want to hangout with friends. It is an open air cafe with pocket friendly yet yummy food and interiors decorated like a chic bamboo shack.

Location: Sector 29, Gurgaon

 

The Northern Ridge

ridge_9It’s been a part of Delhi since 1857. Today its a beautiful park with lush green landscape and over 70 varieties of resident birds. Head over with some friends and chill out.

Location: North Campus, DU.

 

Sanjay  Van

sanjay van_10It is one of the largest forest patches in the city. A calmer part of the south Delhi, it features the vegetation of the Aravali mountain range. Go hiking on a chilly winter morning for some exercise and chai. 

Location: Vasant Kunj

Tithi Mukherjee

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