When one thinks of Delhi, they invariably imagine ancient monuments, forts and mosques. It is no doubt that monuments such as India Gate and Qutub Minar should be on the must-visit places in the capital but if you’re looking for something more offbeat, you’re in for a treat. While you’re planning which summer places to visit near Delhi, also consider these offbeat things you can do in the city itself:
Soak in the beauty of painted Havelis at Naughara
Old Delhi and Chandni Chowk are immediately associated with chaos, crowds and lots of people. However, not many know about the hidden gems of Naughara. Located just along Kinari Bazar in Old Delhi, this serene lane is home to nine brightly painted Jain havelis that are as old as the 18th century. The jewel in the crown is the Jain Temple at the end of the street – made with immaculately carved white marble. The interiors of the temple boast of beautiful paintings and murals. When visiting, remember that photography and leather are not permitted inside the temple.
Enjoy Qawwalis at Nizamuddin Dargah
Nizamuddin Dargah is the resting place of Nizamuddin Auliya, one of the most popular Sufi Saints to have ever lived. Every Thursday, the courtyard of the mosque is brought to life with soulful Sufi music that attracts Sufi devotees, locals and travellers from all across the globe. The qawwalis are sung using traditional Indian instruments, taking the audience on a soulful journey across eras. Many of the performers have been doing this for generations and are true masters of the craft. The ‘Dargah’ is surrounded by a bustling market and local shops, which will give you an invaluable sense of the local culture. It is advisable to carry something to cover your head and find a good spot before sunset.
Not many people visiting Delhi know about Crafts Museum. The traditional museum is an insight into age-old skilled crafts such as embroidery, carving, weaving and pottery. It has numerous galleries that are home to over 20,000 exhibits of handicrafts, sourced from the length and breadth of the country. Spend a relaxing day wandering around, shop at the stalls selling beautiful handicrafts at reasonable prices and don’t forget to dine at the quaint little café set up inside.
With innumerable things to do and places to see, there’s always something new to experience in Delhi. Apart from summer getaways near Delhi, you can plan a fun-filled staycation in the city with The LaLiT.
The LaLiT New Delhi is located in central Delhi, in close proximity to key commercial districts and all the wonderful destinations that you would want to visit. Book the perfect summer getaway experience before 15th October to avail exclusive benefits including buffet breakfast at 24/7, free Wi-Fi, 10% off on F&B, spa and laundry along with late checkout until 3 pm, subject to availability.