I came to Delhi in the year 2009, and fell in love with the city’s energy. Everyone I met, or crossed paths with, at some point in the city, always seemed high on life. This puzzled me at first, but then I learnt, there is so much to see and do here, it is inevitable to not be elated.
Have you ever wondered what to do after a long hard day at work? Or you’re probably just visiting, but confused about what to do in and around Delhi, in the evening! Well, your confusion ends here – I have listed a few fun and interesting things, which you can do, instead of sitting home or at the hotel room. And there is something for everyone.
1. Dancing lights at the Old Fort (Purana Qila)
Old fort is easily accessible by road and by metro. It is near the Delhi Zoo, on the Mathura Road, surrounded by greenery. Every evening they organize a sound and light show, depicting the stories of emperors from the bygone days. Some very spectacular array of history, in the form of light and sound, will leave you bewildered. They generally have 2 shows, of which one is in Hindi and the other in English.
2. Indulge in some culture, at Dilli Haat
Dilli Haat is one of those places that offers almost everything, one could long for. There are countless food stalls representing every culture in India, serving authentic and mouth-watering delicacies. Apart from that, you can also find stalls selling – jewellery, handicrafts, furniture’s, and ethnic clothes. Some evenings, they also have dance or music performances.
3. Walk in India Gate
This is one of the most popular or as some may say ‘clichéd’ things to do here. But worth a 100 tries! Take a walk in India Gate, surrounded by several beautiful lawns. Added bonus – ice cream, cotton candy and tea vendors doing their rounds religiously. India gate looks absolutely stunning at night, with brightly lit lights.
4. Cycle around the city
An interesting way of exploring some of the famous spots in Delhi would be by cycling. Spin Monkey can make that possible for you. They are a group of cycling enthusiasts, organizing cycle tours in the city. Every Saturday, they do a cycle tour of New Delhi starting at 10:30pm, which lasts for about 2 hours. Not to miss!
5. Relax at cafés in Hauz Khas Village
Surrounded by a gorgeous park called Deer Park, Hauz Khas Village is a very busy place in the evenings. There are endless cafés, bars, and restaurants to choose from, each with a special character. If I have to name a few – Café Amour; Elma’s Bakery, Bar and Kitchen; Fork you; The Pink Room; Garage Inc; Out of the Box, etc. Few places in the village are facing the lake, which gives a very relaxing setting. Sit back and enjoy, because this place will not disappoint you.
6. Live music performances
I think everyone is a music lover, right? Delhi evenings are bustling with live music performances by talented local artists, at different venues. You do not want to miss watching these artists put in their heart and soul into entertaining the crowd. Enjoy your favourite beverage, while listening to some soulful music. To name a few places – Out of the Box, Bandstand, Summer House Cafe, Roost Bistro, Raasta, The Hungry Monkey, Fatty Bao, The Piano Man, etc.
7. Love for art
Apart from music, Delhi also has some art shows, at the Indian Habitat Centre. For all the art lovers out there, this place is a must visit. They have art exhibitions, theatre, book clubs, and music and dance performances, showcasing different talent throughout the month. Famous personalities can be seen almost every time you visit this centre.
Explore Delhi not only in the day, but once the sun goes down, when the entire city comes to life. So the next time you are in the city, do not forget to try at least one of the 7 things listed above.