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WINTER HANGOUTS: DELHI

''Delhi is an absolute delight in winters given the variety in food and shopping it offers''

Delhi is all about foggy winters as one rarely gets to see the sun. But, this is also the time when one can escape scorching sun and make most of the day eating, shopping and wandering with friends and family around favourite streets. See Delhi at its best in winters.

Hauz Khas For Fort and Eats : Hauz Khas fort further came into limelight after a scene from ‘Rockstar’ starring Ranbir and Nargis was shot at the location. One of the architectural marvels in Delhi, it is nestled amidst beautiful landscapes and tranquil surroundings. It meets all age requirements from those who love bird-watching to those who just want to bask in the sun and gaze at the surrounding beauty. It captivates the spectator with its fusion of Indo-Islamic architecture and is accessible at any time of the day from sunrise to sunset. One can also pay a visit to the nearby deer park when done with the fort and food. Hauz Khas also houses a galore of diners including Social, Smoke House, Imperfecto, Potbelly Rooftop Café, L’Opera, Hideaway, Elf Cage & Lounge Amour and Fork You.

Dilli Haat: Taste Of India : Small thatched roof cottages with a village atmosphere give it great ambiance. Dilli Haat jewellery is to die for. As it’s a government run place, there are shops selling authentic silver and pearl jewellery, footwear, sarees and stoles. Get hands on some nice handicrafts too to add to your home décor. In evenings enjoy music and dance performances.
When it comes to food, it’s one of those places, which offers variety in Indian cuisines. If you like Maharashtrian food, try sabudana khichdi, sabudana vada, dabeli and bhelpuri. For momos and thupka, visit Sikkim and Arunachal stalls, and for luscious kachaudi visit Rajasthan stall.

Janpath For Fun Shopping : De Paul’s is the old favourite for beverages and momos. Also, try chicken momos at a kiosk a few shops ahead of De Paul’s towards the end of the lane. They are good. Once done with food, head for shopping. Its vibrant atmosphere makes shopping more fun. Buy dresses here, which otherwise, would cost over three times the price in a regular Delhi mall. And, the stuff in some cases is better too. Never go by the initial price quoted by shopkeepers. Utilise you bargaining skills at best here. It is also a good place to purchase artefacts and junk jewellery.

A Walk Through The Ridge: DU North Campus : A walk at The “Ridge”, another name for the remains of the ancient Aravalli Hills whose rocks crop up all across the city, isn't a bad choice for the first time. Although it’s now a hotspot for wild monkeys and college couples, it is an ideal place if looking to be away from hustle and bustle of the city. In fact, this is where the British established their base to carry out a siege over Delhi during the Revolt of 1857.

Kamla Nagar Market : Another hangout place for college goers is this market in the DU North Campus. Girls can indulge in budget shopping here and buy funky and trendy stuff. You can also walk in to Miss Jo for accessories, jewellery and eyewear or shop for jewellery from small little shops that are huddled along the Bungalow road. Once done with shopping head to QD’s – a place frequented by many to have its special tandoori momos. Momos Point, too, a few steps ahead of QDs serves good Chinese food. For Korean dish lovers, mayo rice from Kori’s would definitely be inviting. If you are looking for Naga cuisine then you can go to Bamboo hut. Popular for its pork dishes, you should try the pork ribs, bamboo shoot pork and pork fried rice here.

Majnu ka Tilla -North Delhi : Majnu ka Tilla is more than just a Tibetan colony. Visit this place for shopping, hanging out with friends and of course to explore Tibetan cuisines. For people who are more interested in shopping, there are ample shops with apparel for both men and women around the place. The two items that the place is renowned for are beef and pork dishes that the restaurants in Majnu ka Tilla offer. Of course, you can find a lot other things to satiate your taste buds but Tibetan cuisine is definitely worth savouring when you are at MKT. Try the Beef Shabhaley here – it is a pastry with a heavy filling of mouth-watering minced beef. For pork lovers, Pork Phingsha is a must try.
If you love jewellery or are obsessed with hair accessories then you should definitely go to this shop as you enter the Tilla which has beautiful hair accessories starting from beautiful hair bands to colourful hair clips and a lot more.

Sarojini Nagar Market : A favourite hangout place for college goers and tourists. Take out half a day and visit the exports area and get funky and fashionable clothes here at best price. One-piece dresses would cost anywhere around Rs 200-Rs 400 all-round the year. Bargain as much possible. Other items from home furnishing, fashionable clothing, bags, cosmetics, belts, sweaters, footwear, and other accessories too are available here at affordable rates. Saturdays and Sundays are mad rush and shopping on these days could be cumbersome. Try going on some weekday to indulge in hassle free shopping. If hungry, try Chinese food vans here.


Source / Review By : Pramugdha Mamgain Nautiyal

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