My penchant for stories seems to have found a new little snug retreat, tucked away in history. In this time-worn city, everything seems to carry a whiff of the antique, the lost and the forgotten; Stories that are centuries old are told through the silent adumbration of monuments, walls & parks; through lost traditions and black & white photographs; through concrete roads and congested, sweaty bazaars. So inspite of the sultry summers, foggy winters and the infamous thugs and cheats, I find myself in love with this city’s numerous gullies and broadways and that oh-so-sensual lust for life.
Okay so, before I get lost in the flavours of the Capital, let me outline the 5 reasons like I promised:
Reason no.1: The gardens & monuments
I have heard people (some of my closest friends included) often cut a jibe @ Delhi, alluding it to be city of show-offs and pin-ups. While there is definitely a hint of truth in that remark, in its own defense it can be only said that instead of disowning the past, the city is still carrying on with its century old traditions.
After all, is it so remarkable for a city to be the centre of bedazzling glamour, when for thousands of centuries it has housed among its bosom the arrogant wealth of the “filthy rich” turks, mughals and afghans & their snobbish opulence (not to forget the political mughals of present India)?
While in the city, don’t forget to check out the Humayun’s Tomb, which has recently seen major restoration work.
Reason no. 2: The food
A city of vibrant colours and piquant smells, Delhi throbs with a united soul that has been dipped in lip-smacking chutney of varied flavours… a chutney that has evolved over the years, churning up an eclectic mix of culture, religion and traditions.
Check out the various street food (chats) in Chandnichowk, especially ram laddu, chole kulche, aloo chat & jain kulfi. If you are a non-vegeterian, Nizam’s Kathi Kabab in Connaught Place should be in your must-visit list.
Reason no. 3: The Bazaars
If you’re a shopaholic like me, you can’t miss out on the notorious bazaars of Delhi. check out Greater Kailash, Khan Market & DLF Promenade Vasant Kunj for a splurge. On a tighter budget? Visit Sarojini Nagar market for clothes and shoes and Lajpat Nagar market for Bags. I promise you won’t regret it….ever!
p.s: If you get the time, do check out DLF Cyber Hub in Gurgaon, and remember to visit the place on a weekend night.
Reason no. 4: Kingdom of Dreams
This is one place you shouldn’t really miss, especially the live show Zangoora. Worth every penny you spend, but remember to keep aside atleast 4-5 hrs to explore it.
Reason no. 5: Yamuna Expressway
This usually doesn’t make to the top of the popular charts but I personally tried it this New Year Eve and was completely blown off my mind. Dubbed as one of the best highways of India, this road is simply to die for….. chumeshwari is what I call it. All you need is a 4 wheeler & you’re all set for the drive!