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Essential Experiences - A Delhi NCR Bucket List Worth Exploring!

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - June 22, 2021 14 min read

Suffice it to say, our beloved capital city is not the pinnacle of perfection devoid of all shortcomings. But what makes Saddi Dilli irresistible is the ever-present and distinctly Delhi charm that most visitors fall prey to. There is no denying the vibrant spirit coursing through every lane of this enticing city full of thrills, wonders and beauty. No matter if you are a first time visitor or a proud seasoned Delhihite, there are certain activities that you cannot give a miss whenever you find yourself in the capital territory. 

 

Check out this thoughtfully curated bucket list for Delhi NCR and start living life one Dilli pit-stop at a time! 

 

1. Pay Your Homage To Martyrs At India Gate

 

 If you've seen Rang De Basanti, you are probably already aware of the kind of frolic you can have with your close ones, when you head to this spot. Built in commemoration of more than 80,000 Indian soldiers who were killed in World War 1, India Gate is an iconic piece of architecture right in the heart of the city. If you find yourself in the city of Delhi, this is one bucket list item you cannot give a miss. 

 

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Image Courtesy : Britannica 

 

2. Embrace Spirituality At Akshardham Temple 

 

We doubt there exists a spot in the city, as serene and spiritually awakening as Akshardham Temple! This spiritual-cultural hub displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture and architecture. Perfect for obtaining some much-needed calm in the middle of the city's hustle-bustle, Akshardham will greet you with a new sense of rejuvenation, no matter if you are on the hunt for solitude or solidarity! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Akshardham 

 

3. Catch A Glimpse Of The Changing Colours Of Rashtrapati Bhawan

 

A political house of immense significance, Rashtrapati Bhawan is always a sight for sore eyes. But when the changing lights come alive in the dark of the night, the imagery that greets you is almost otherworldly. A drive through Rajpath is enough to get your heart racing with joy, but when the metamorphosing lights augment the scene, the sense of tranquillity is unparalleled. 

 

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Image Courtesy: Business Standard 

 

4. Have A Picnic At Lodhi Gardens

 

This luscious garden acts as a green oasis in the middle of the city, and we can't help but elope there! The sights you will encounter when you visit Lodhi Gardens can be best described as a series of soothing pictures flashing past. So, grab a few buddies and an assortment of snacks, and head to these lawns to spend an idle afternoon watching dogs rolling on the grass, groups of photographers struggling to get the perfect click, swans floating around in the pond and the stunning surrounding landscape! 

 

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5. Explore Cuisines At India Habitat Centre 

 

One of India's most happening convention centres, India Habitat Centre is a hub for commercial, social and intellectual activity. One of the jewels of IHC that is less widely recognised is the expansive, multi-cuisine food court. Offering a bonafide eating platform that houses dishes and palates from all over the globe, if you have a penchant for varied tastes and flavours, visiting IHC should occupy an important spot in your Delhi bucket list. 

 

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Image Courtesy: Lonely Planet 

 

6. Party Like A Celebrity At Kitty Su

 

One of Delhi's premium nightlife venues, Kitty Su is a luxurious club accommodating insane parties and classy crowds, on the regular. Considered to be one of the most elite and exclusive clubs in the city, if you are at a loss for how to spend a night in the city, Kitty Su could be an exciting option to consider! Don your everyday best, and make a beeline for Kitty Su, and the next thing you know, you have experienced the wild side of Delhi's night-life! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Venue Look 

 

7. Experience The Flavours Of Diversity At Jama Masjid 

 

Falling in the category of the largest mosques in India, Jama Masjid offers experiences like none other! An amalgamation of rich communal and religious celebrations, this stunning architectural masterpiece proffers demonstrations of the diversity of the Indian community. If you are one with an affinity for experiencing other cultures and communities, do not skip this item on the Delhi bucket list! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Wikipedia

 

8. Go For A Photo Walk At Humanyun's Tomb 

 

The first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, Humanyun's Tomb was built in 1570 and continues to be a monument of tremendous historical pertinence and stunning aesthetic beauty. This extraordinary spectacle will render you breathless, and the vista that lies ahead of you is worth capturing on every device possible! 

 

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Image Courtesy: LBB

 

9. Shop Hand-Made Goodness At Gujarati Market 

 

A vibrant market in Janpath, teeming with bright colours and handmade goodness, Gujrati Market is one of the more under-rated shopping hubs in the city of Delhi. This hidden gem is filled to the brim with embroidery, embellishments, accessories, earrings, handbags and much, much more. If you are in the need of adding a pop of colour to your wardrobe, add this to-do to your Delhi bucket list, now! 

 

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Image Courtesy: D For Delhi 

 

10. Make Never-Ending Jokes At Sulabh International Museum

 

This museum in Delhi continually urges the populace to take shit seriously! Dedicated to the global history of sanitation and toilets, the Sulabh International Museum is a hot-spot for peculiar discoveries, unremitting amusement and a slew of hilarious jokes. One of the weirdest museums in the world, this place is the perfect non-mundane spot to visit with friends, and spend an afternoon in stitches over!

 

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Image Courtesy: Tripoto

 

11. Express Reverence At Raj Ghat

 

A sanctuary of peace right at the epicentre of the city, Raj Ghat is a memorial dedicated to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. However, this spot holds the cremation spots of several other notable figures in Indian history. The black stone platform is surrounded by lush and carefully manicured greenery with blooming flowers sprouting in the most unassuming places. The encircling panorama is immensely soothing to the soul with the emotions of honour and reverence, ripe in the air.  

 

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Image Courtesy: Wikipedia 

 

12. Grab A Moment Of Peace At Lotus Temple

 

One of the most prominent attractions in Delhi NCR, this lotus-shaped house of worship is surrounded by a lush green landscape that creates the most tranquil ambience imaginable. Although this stunning structure is close to one of the busiest commercial hubs of the city, it is enveloped by an air of peace and quietude, unperturbed by the city noise. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the buzzing activity of the city, head to this spot and steal a jiff of bliss!

 

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Image Courtesy: Go Ibibo 

 

13. Have A Feast On A Budget At Majnu Ka Tila 

 

Fondly referred to as the chop-chop square of India, Majnu Ka Tila is a Tibetan colony near the north campus of Delhi University. In addition to experiencing a staggering amount of community diversity, you will also find a gamut of Tibetan cultural elements including authentic Tibetan food, fashion choices and latest trends, hotels, delectable desserts and various small knick-knacks. 

 

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Image Courtesy: D For Delhi 

 

14. Explore The Supernatural World At Agrasen Ki Baoli 

 

Widely reputed to be one of the most haunted places in the city, Agrasen Ki Baoli is alluring and eerie in equal measure. Situated on Halley Road, this attraction is a historical masterpiece that attracts flocks of Delhiites regularly. Perfect for spending a lazy afternoon lounging around with friends and sharing horror stories, this place is a haven for seeking some peace away from the buzzing activity of the city. You can also take your camera along, and capture some insta-worthy moments!

 

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Image Courtesy: Adotrip 

 

15. Marvel At The Stars At Nehru Planetarium

 

Situated against the green backdrop of the Teen Murti House, the Nehru Planetarium was once the official residence of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. Now, however, it functions as a museum and hub of astronomical science. A common point of attraction for young Delhi kids and teenagers, this place is full of wondrous sights and insights into the world of astronomy. That being said, spending a day here lying in the dark and gazing up at the brilliant night sky should be on every adult's Delhi bucket list!

 

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Image Courtesy: News X

 

16. Buy Novels By The Kilo At Daryaganj 

 

If you identify as a bibliophile, this place should ideally occupy the top position in your list of must-visit places in Delhi, at least on a particular day of the week. The massive book market that is set up in Daryaganj every Sunday proffers the scene of an expansive stretch of books, old and new, fiction and non-fiction being ordinarily sold at a rate per KG. Pick an idle day, and head here with nothing but a love for the written word, and spend hours rummaging through piles of diverse books and novels! 

 

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Image Courtesy: DU Beat 

 

17. Ride On A Toy Train at National Rail Museum 

 

If your idea of a good time involves a long train journey through green pastures and winding hills, the National Rail Museum wants you to visit! Dedicated to celebrating the rich heritage of Indian Railways, this museum is not your run-of-the-mill stand and stare at displays affair. With cheerful toy train rides, simulator rides and 3D virtual reality experiences, going around this museum is an engaging and amusing journey in itself! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Times Of India

 

18. Bargain Aggressively At Sarojini Nagar 

 

"Bhaiya, theek-theek lagao!" If you happen to visit Sarojini Nagar, the echo of this sentence will inevitably come floating through the air! And why not, bargaining passionately is the norm in this trendy and budget-friendly fashion marketplace in the city! Sarojini will provide you with a gamut of apparel choices, congruent with the hottest trends of that particular period. From boho-chic to glamourous dresses, you can source any kind of outfit from here. All you need is a keen eye for fashion and excellent negotiation skills! 

 

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Image Courtesy: LBB

 

19. Try The Taste Of Delhi Streets At Parathe Wali Gali 

 

The lively lanes of Chandni Chowk are usually marked in red on the itinerary of anybody travelling to Delhi, but we are here to tell you about what is arguably the most delightful street of all there! Running parallel to Dariba Kalan, Paranthe Wali Gali is every foodie's dream destination and for good reason! Besides the obvious, i.e, scrumptious parathas, this Gali in the city offers you a taste of every dish straight from the streets of North India! From kachoris to halwa and from chole bhature to jalebis, you can get your hands on all the small marvels of pure gastronomical delight in this lane! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Delhi Trip Blog Wordpress 

 

20. Paint The Town Red On A Budget At Connaught Place

 

One of the primary commercial hotspots in the city, Connaught Place is centred around a ring of Colonial style nostalgic buildings that exude a distinct charming vibe. Comprising of retro bars and fine restaurants, Georgian style display shops and vintage movie theatres, CP will provide you with a gamut of options in the category of whining and dining, on a budget that does not break your wallet! With Janpath, Central Park and Palika Bazaar right around the corner, whatever way you choose to create frolic, CP has the right place for you! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Goibibo

 

21. Catch A Fair At Pragati Maidan

 

A massively prominent venue for all kinds of large-scale exhibitions and conventions that are orchestrated in the city of Delhi, Pragati Maidan is recognised by the rest of India because of the India International Trade Fair that happens there every year! However, even if you happen to visit Delhi during a time period that does not coincide with IITF, you can make a stop at Pragati Maidan to catch a glimpse of several interesting events that fall under the umbrella of diverse and intriguing fields! From book fairs to an exhibition on the tissue paper industry, whatever invokes the curiosity within you, chances are there is a presentation happening on it at Pragati Maidan! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Hindustan Times

 

22. Treat Your Ears To Poignant Music At Nizamuddin Dargha 

 

Hazrat Nizamuddin is the dargah (mausoleum) of one of the most renowned saints in the world, Nizamuddin Auliya and a prominent pilgrimage tourist attraction. A street swarming with shops selling polychrome clocks, prints of Mecca, chadars and flowers lead up to the pious marble pavilion. A common sight within the Dargah comprises of devotees singing qawwali in the honour of the celebrated Persian poet and devotee of Nizamuddin Auliya, Amir Khusrau. The synchronised melodies are soothing to the soul, and invigorate your spirit with a renewed sense of purpose

 

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Image Courtesy: YouTube 

 

23. Have An Exclusive Night At Sri Aurobindo Marg 

 

Yup, this is the place where Chris Martin performed randomly and out of the blue! Sri Aurobindo Marg is an important arterial road in the area of South Delhi and most people who visit Delhi are apprised of this fact. But a lesser-known fact about this place is that it also doubles as a happening party spot! With the three prominent night-life spots of Auro Kitchen & Bar, Mango and Summer House Cafe lined up in a neat row within one area, bar hopping has never been classier, easier or more convenient! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Trip Advisor 

 

24. Channel Your Inner Hippie At Paharganj 

 

An effervescent neighbourhood located just west of the New Delhi Railway Station, Paharganj is a backpacker's haven full of budget guesthouses, hippie shops and cheap bars and eateries! Paharganj has the inherent power to channel the free-spirited hippie in you, and persuade you to roam around the vibrant lanes, shopping for bohemian products and grabbing kebabs on the go! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Trip Savvy 

 

25. Share Stories With Interesting Folks At Kunzum Travel Cafe

 

A noteworthy cafe for travellers to meet, connect and exchange stories at, Kunzum Travel Cafe can take away those mid-mega-city pangs of loneliness by introducing you to like-minded folks. Curated as a destination for discussing everything travel related under the sun, you can spend the day at Kunzum travel cafe sipping on warm mugs of coffee, browsing the free WiFi and making friends or prospective travel buddies! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Culture Trip 

 

26. Shop Flowers From Asia's Largest Wholesale Flower Market At Ghazipur Village 

 

A hidden botanist's paradise within the city of Delhi, the Ghazipur flower mandi is an aesthetically appealing delight with rows of regular and exotic flower stalls. A singular glance at this flower mandi is immensely appealing to the eye as well as the heart, and the availability of freshly blooming flowers of all kinds at wholesale rates is more than enticing! The flowers that are sold in this market are harvested and transported from various corners of the globe, and the colourful scenery of the buzzing market is not worth missing out on! 

 

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27. Gorge On Chur-Chur Naans At Moolchand 

 

A few metres away from the prestigious Lady Shri Ram College For Women campus, is a group of stalls cooking and selling mouth-watering chur naans and parathas! Particularly famous is the eaterie called Sanjay Chur Chur Naan which is always brimming with zestful crowds of DU students waiting to get their taste of the famous dish. No matter the stall you choose, you will be served an appetising platter of attentively prepared Chur-Chur naans with a glass of chilled chaas to wash it down! 

 

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Image Courtesy: LBB

 

28. Blow Your Savings At Khan Market 

 

Cited as the world's 20th most expensive retail location, Khan Market is the fulcrum of premium stores, restaurants, cafes and bars in Delhi! Brimming with an assortment of options in the categories of food, drinks, shopping and art, Khan Market is a go-to place when you are in the mood to spoil yourself silly! Some of the activities you should thoroughly consider engaging in when you visit Khan Market include grabbing some kebabs from Khan Chacha, enjoying a mocktail at SodaBottleOpenerWaala, sipping on some mulled wine at Townhall or gorging on a blueberry cheesecake at Big Chill! 

 

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Image Courtesy: Delhi Tourism

 

29. Collect Your Favourite Spices At Khari Baoli 

 

Deemed as Asia's largest spice market, Khari Baoli is a bustling street in the city which doubles as a treasure trove of premium spices and condiments. Nestled in the historic Old Delhi area, a step inside Khari Baoli is enough to overwhelm your senses with colourful sights, enticing smells and the occurring activity of on-going spice trade! 

 

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30. Scream Your Lungs Out At Adventure Island 

 

A grand theme park near Rohini, Delhi, Adventure Island is full of crazy rides and thrilling roundabouts! If you want to spike up your adrenaline levels without doing much work or investing much time or money, Adventure Island is the perfect place to spend a day with friends or family. This amusement park also has a rain dance area, perfect for some carefree frolic. 

 

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Image Courtesy: YouTube 

 


This is the culmination point of this must-complete bucket list of things to do in Delhi NCR. View this list as a starting point for your adventures with the city of Dilli and its various captivating offerings. Get lost in a world of architectural, gastronomical and aesthetic wonder, as you traverse through the lanes of the capital city and make memories at every juncture of the streets! 

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