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Guide to New Delhi Outdoors

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Although the heat is exhausting during the summer months, winter can be ideal for outdoor pursuits in New Delhi, and despite first impressions, there are actually many open places to explore by foot in the city.

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  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Like a Local

5 Places

20 City Tips

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5 Places

Lodhi Garden

Historic Walking Areas, Gardens, Historic Sites, Parks

Siri Fort

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Mehrauli Archaeological Park

Historic Sites

Majnu ka Tilla

Historic Sites

Hanuman Temple / Statue

Monuments & Statues

CarolineBond's City Tips

  • Service is normally included in the price (12%), but rounding your bill up a little is also a nice gesture.
  • The easiest way to get around Delhi is by autorickshaw — simply "auto" in Delhi-speak. But try to avoid peak hours (9-11am and 5-7pm) as you might end up walking!
  • Hail an auto by raising your hand.
  • Be aware that some drivers try to trick you into going elsewhere by saying that the place you intend to visit is closed — just insist on going where you plan to go!
  • Negotiating prices can be tricky, but the rule of thumb is that it is 10Rs per 1km, with a starting fee of 25Rs. Drivers generally don't go by meter, but try insisting!
  • Remember that prices on autos increase when it is raining, if it's a holiday, during peak hours, or if you're standing in a tourist spot.
  • There are only a few metro lines in Delhi, but if there's a station near you, go for it! There's also a women's-only compartment at the rear if you prefer.
  • Buy a rechargeable card for use on the metro, available at any station. Expect a line, but also expect that nobody keeps to it!
  • Going to and from the airport is easy with Meru Cabs (they locate you by the GPS on your phone). Download the free app.
  • If possible, get an Indian SIM card, so that you can use Google Maps to get around, plan your route, and make sure that you're not taken somewhere other than you asked.
  • As street names and house numbers never really became a thing with the Indians, finding a specific place requires patience and a lot of asking, so be nice to your driver and relax.
  • Delhi-belly is quite common so try to avoid food which hasn't been cooked in front of you, and wash your hands frequently.
  • Dinner times in Delhi are quite late (think Spain), so restaurants won't fill up till 9pm. Furthermore, Indians don't linger, so you might want to have drinks elsewhere.
  • Buses are a bit of a maze as there are many different companies operating in Delhi — ask a local for navigation help.
  • Restaurants, bars, etc. can be extremely hard to find, as nobody cares about the façade, so keep your eyes open — the interior will most likely be really nice.
  • It is respectful to dress modestly, covering the knees and shoulders.
  • Elderly people are treated with respect in India, so remember your age when you're out and about.
  • Don't be offended if people talk to you in imperatives, it's just the way it is. Delhiites are busy people and Hindi wasn't made with all the curls of Western politeness.
  • If you love having tea with your sugar, rejoice! In Delhi there's always a chai-walla around and a cup of chai won't cost you more than a couple of Rs. But be warned, it's sweet!
  • If you like jazz, try the Bistro du Parc in Defense Colony — the menu is manageable and there's a live orchestra every Wednesday.
  • Lodhi Garden
    Historic Walking Areas, Gardens, Historic Sites, Parks
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    CarolineBond Says:

    Lodi Gardens is one of the most popular parks in Delhi, located in Lutyens' Delhi between Khan Market and Safdarjung's Tomb on Lodhi Road. This is where you'll meet joggers, dog walkers, pop-up yogis and the ever enthusiastic cricket players — plus the park itself is beautiful. Expect to be surrounded by large trees, flowers and old ruins — the perfect spot if you need some time away from the incessant city traffic.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take your book, a blanket and some food and hang out here. Locals will be there with you, and you can relax while sight-seeing.
    • If you want to be part of the yoga thing, arrive at the gardens at 6am. Carry a mat and look confused, and somebody will guide you to the right place (Mohammed Syad’s tomb).
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 429 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • well maintained 18/03/2019
    • Mohinder Singh Rana 17/03/2019
    • Lodhi Garden
    Address:
    Lodhi Rd
    New Delhi 110002
    India
  • Siri Fort
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    CarolineBond Says:

    Right next to Siri Fort and quite close to Hauz Khas you'll find the small urban village of Shahpur Jat. This very quiet little neighborhood, largely ignored by tourists, is definitely worth a visit. Check if the Goethe Institute has a street art walk organized in the area, as there's a lot to see, and some of it you won't find yourself!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Try to find The Wishing Chair — perfect for a cold drink and a cup of coffee, or just a break from the sun.
    • Come here early in the morning (7-9am) and experience the neighborhood waking up. Remember that no shops will open till 10-11am, though.
    • If you need a quick bite, go to the end of Les Parisiennes. Here, there's comfortable seating, good coffee and a small selection of nice food, including cakes.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #151 of 429 things to do in New Delhi
    • Ruins of fort built by Alauddin Khilji 19/02/2019
    • An old fort worth visiting 13/11/2018
    • Siri Fort
    Phone:
    +91 11 2649 9371
  • Mehrauli Archaeological Park
    Historic Sites
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    CarolineBond Says:

    Popularly known as Jamali Kamali, this Park is unique in being dotted with ruins from early medieval times to the 19th century. Its main attractions include the mosque and tomb of Jamali, a stepwell and residence of a British official. It is quite enchanting to walk around the park early in the morning — especially if you've got a good guide to point everything out to you.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check to see if Delhi Heritage Walks has any good tours coming up — it's a lot more fun to visit this part of town with a guide.
    • It can take a while to reach Mehrauli as it is a little on the outskirts, so factor in plenty of travel time.
    • There are not many restaurants in this area, so bring some street snacks with you.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 429 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dirty tracks, deserted areas and closed off buildings 06/03/2019
    • Nice Place 02/03/2019
    • Mehrauli Archaeological Park
    Address:
    Mehrauli on Mehrauli Gurgaon Road
    New Delhi 110002
    India
    Phone:
    +91 72220 15635
    Other:
  • Majnu ka Tilla
    Historic Sites
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    CarolineBond Says:

    McLeod Ganj is not the only place in India with a Tibetan diaspora. In Majnu ka Tilla, North Delhi, you'll find a small authentic community, complete with monasteries, good Nepalese and Tibetan food and many traditional street vendors. The main Tibetan monastery is located a little south of the village, near the Kashmiri Gate metro station.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Like a Local
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • As in every Tibetan community, you're never far away from momos — try the Potala House, where most of the students go. Tee Dee is another option.
    • While the Tibetan colony is not as convenient as other Delhi places to visit, the bargains you'll find on yak products here make it worth your while.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 429 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Momo land.. heavenly. 06/03/2019
    • Great and authentic Tibetan food is available here 01/02/2019
    • Majnu ka Tilla
    Address:
    G.T. Road
    New Delhi 110002
    India
    Phone:
    +91 99586 83564
    Other:
  • Hanuman Temple / Statue
    Monuments & Statues
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    CarolineBond Says:

    This is not a place many tourists get to go, but I highly recommend taking the time to visit: This Temple, located in Jhandewalan, at the beginning of the city’s western quarter, is one of Delhi's more spectacular sights, every bit as colorful as India itself.

    Good for
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Tuesdays at the Temple are special. The evening Aarti (prayer) draws a very large crowd, waiting for the statue to rip his chest open.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 429 things to do in New Delhi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tall statue of Lord Hanuman; a landmark in central Delhi 18/02/2019
    • Hanuman Ji ki Kripa... 13/02/2019
    • Hanuman Temple / Statue
    Address:
    Jhandewalan Extension
    New Delhi 110002
    India
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