Bored of films, food and coffee? Then head to one of the most fun places in Delhi – the Indian Mountaineering Foundation! Famous for adventurous and fun activities in Delhi, the sport climbing wall should definitely not be missed! It has anything and everything you would want to do on a ‘fun’tastic day out.
Timings: 9.00 a.m to 1.00 p.m and 4.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m
Cost: INR 150 /-per session
Opening Days: The activity is available from Tuesday to Sunday
2. Delhi Eye at Kalindi Kunj
Amusement parks sure comes in the list of fun places of Delhi. Imagine spending a day on wild rides and water games. Check out the exciting rides at Entertainment City, the water slides and pools at Splash Water park or the giant Ferris wheel aka Delhi Eye at Kalindi Kunj.
3. Book Cafes
Want to spend some time alone and have no where to go? Well, not anymore! Though cafes are passé, but book cafes make for one of the most unique places in Delhi to chill. Imagine spending a quiet afternoon sipping on a cup of tea or coffee, munching on a cake, reading through a riveting book – a day well spent!
Where to go?
Cha Bar: One of the best places to visit in Delhi for fun, with over 100 types of teas and all the Oxford books, Cha Bar is the bookworm’s heaven.
Cafe Turtle: Aside from the usual coffees and teas, Cafe Turtle offers a full fledged menu too. Just buy a book at Full Circle Bookstore, go upstairs and read.
Ivy & Bean: With free wifi, quirky interiors and a decent menu it is a perfect place for a day with your book.
May Day Cafe and Bookstore: A perfect place to read and also discuss culture and politics with the friendly staff.
CMYK bookstore: Sweep through the coffee table books while sipping on drip-filtered coffee.
4. Travel to the space at Nehru Planetarium
A popular picnic spot in Delhi amongst school kids, Nehru Planetarium is sure to charm you if you are an astronomical fan! Spend the afternoon escaping into the galaxy far far away at the Nehru Planetarium. Be charmed by the stars, planets and the solar systems in the sky show as you visit one of the most interesting and fun places in Delhi for an amazing day out.
• English show is at 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM
• Hindi Shows are at 1:30 PM and 4:00 PM
• Typical show duration is 30-35 minutes
Cost: INR 60 per person
5. Revisit history with a touch of glamour at Hauz Khas
Hauz Khas Village has recently raged as one of the popular places to visit in Delhi for fun. A fort overlooking a beautiful lake, a Deer park, lanes dotted with cafes, bookstores, art galleries and boutiques not to mention tonnes of activities to get you in a tizzy! If you’re in search of places to visit in Delhi with friends, look no further!
Timings (for the fort): 6.00 am to 6:30 pm
What’s Special at Hauz Khas?
Kunzum Travel Cafe: Get sight-seeing tips over a cup of coffee or tea.
TLR Cafe: Get a drink and enjoy the live gigs, pub quizzes and comic nights
Gunpowder: View of the deer park hangs left below your table at this Kerala/Tamil/Andhra kitchen.
Social Offline: From jazzy glassware to exquisite drinks and delicious food, Social offline makes for one of the most exciting and fun places in Delhi.
Elma’s Bakery: For high-tea, authentic scones, and delicious slices of cakes.
6. Shoot ‘em down with Paint Ball
Looking to shoot at your friends? Just head to the nearest Paintball facility for an exciting day. Visit Rockshot Paintball Sports for all American style camo, Rockshot Paintball and Lock ‘n’ Load for a convenient indoor facility. It is amongst the fun things to do in Delhi with friends. Such centres for paintball and laser tag games are definitely among the coolest hangout places in Delhi.
7 Experience a Qawwali night at Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah
Fancy unique experiences in the capital city? Drop the idea of a jazz bar and instead spend an evening listening to the mystic sufi Qawwali at the Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, one of the best places to visit in Delhi with friends and family. The soulful experience here is simply unforgettable!
Timings: 6:00-7:30 p.m. and 9:00-10:30 p.m. on Thursday nights
8. Explore the galleries and dine at the India Habitat Centre on Lodhi Road
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9. Entertain yourself with exquisite theatrical acts and plays
Forget about films and instead enjoy the numerous plays in the city, by amateur and professional theatre groups. Depicting an old world charm, many of the theatres date back 50 to 60 years.
Some of the best places to go in Delhi for such stellar performances would be Akshara Theatre, Kamani Auditorium, Shri Ram Centre, and the Little Theatre Group Auditorium. Where to find: Track the upcoming plays and workshops in Delhi at the TheatreAdda.
10. Indulge the melange of cultures and food at Dilli Haat
Dilli Haat is the one place to visit when you can’t make up your mind about your destination. Endless food stalls covering every culture in India, ethnic clothes, beautiful handicrafts, furniture, jewellery and not to mention a possibility of a dance or music performance makes this place unique.
Timings: 10:30 am to 9 pm.
11 Shake a leg at Raahgiri Day
‘Apni Raahein, Apni Azaadi’– that’s the motto of the campaign started by Times of India in Delhi last year. It is now one of the most amazingly fun things to do in Delhi. Conducted every Sunday morning at various locations of Delhi NCR, it attracts a huge number of people that comes in to claim the streets of the city as their own. Numerous activities takes place for the audience and big acts such as Euphoria (the Indian rock band) has come to perform at Raahgiri. Even if you’re not a morning person, add this to your list of places to enjoy in Delhi.
12 Roll to the beats of Delhi Drum Circle (DDC)
Vibrancy of music, dance and camaraderie, that’s Delhi Drum Circle for you! These jam sessions takes place on alternate Saturdays and people with any form acoustic instrument are welcome to join. Sitting in a circle mimicking the African tribes, the group plays in harmonious tunes and all the people present are indulged in a melange of dance and music.
This is among the best things to do in Delhi if you enjoy playing an acoustic instrument, love dancing or just want to enjoy the music. The places that are chosen are usually Deer Park in Hauz Khas Village and in Aurobindo Marg. Follow them on facebook to remain updated.
13 Akshardham – Witness the brilliance of architecture
One of Delhi’s finest structures Akshardham stands as an epitome of brilliant architecture. But that’s not where it ends. The temple educates about the life of Swaminarayan (to whom the temple is dedicated) through cinema, and human figurines. The evenings get all lit up colorfully during the light and sound show, adding further fun to the day. This surely is one of the best places in Delhi with friends and family, to spend a lovely evening.
Do you know drinking habits formed in college may impact future careers? Researchers have found that heavy drinking six times a month could lower chances that a new college graduate will land a job by 10 per cent.
“The manner in which students drink appears to be more influential than how much they drink when it comes to predicting the likelihood of getting a job upon graduation,” said study co-author Peter Bamberger of Tel Aviv University in Israel. Each individual episode of student binge-drinking during a month-long period can lower the odds of attaining full-time employment upon graduation, said the study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
“Binge-drinking” is defined as ingesting four or more alcoholic drinks within two hours by a woman and five or more alcoholic drinks within two hours by a man, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the US.
The research found that a non-binge pattern of drinking does not adversely impact job search results unless and until their drinking reaches binge levels. Data for the study was provided by 827 individuals who graduated in 2014, 2015, and 2016 from Cornell University, the University of Washington, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan in the US.
“A student who binge-drinks four times a month has a six per cent lower probability of finding a job than a student who does not engage in similar drinking habits. Those students who drank heavily six times a month increased their unemployment probability to 10 per cent,” Bamberger said.
One of the world’s leading community driven hospitality companies Airbnb has announced the results of its Asia Pacific (APAC) Travel survey, which revealed travellers are getting more adventurous with 71% of people surveyed emphasizing the importance of trying local cuisines on vacation, and 6 out of 10 travellers keen to try new experiences or activities. The survey was conducted in seven countries - Australia, China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Thailand.
“Our survey has shown that people across the region, irrespective of age or gender, have a desire to really experience the places that they travel to, not just visit. Food is such an influence on destination decision-making, and is also one of the easiest ways that you can immerse yourself into a local culture or community whether travelling with your family and friends, or alone,” said Siew Kum-Hong, Regional Director, Asia Pacific, Airbnb.
- 71% Indians are most likely to want to try local food, in comparison to 58% of travellers from South Korea.
-Indian women are more adventurous in trying local food and drink (74% ) versus 68% of men. Women are more likely to try new activities of experiences (71% versus 66% men).
-Women travellers from India (74%), China (73%), Japan (80%), Singapore (84%), South Korea (59%) and Thailand (69%), are more inclined to sample local cuisine than their male counterparts. The only exception is Australia where 76% of men are more keen to try local dishes compared to 71% of women.
-Millennials are more open to trying new cuisines compared to their aged counterparts. The 18-24 year old age group females in APAC are more likely to try local food (77%) than 35-44 year olds (69%). However, their male counterparts become more experimental with food in the age group of 35-44 years, with 73%, compared to only 64% of males aged 25-34.
-One fifth of solo travellers cook on vacation, compared to 46% of family travellers. When vacationing with families, travellers do not always have the opportunity to explore the local food scene. In fact, the survey revealed that 46% of family travellers across APAC are likely to cook in their accommodation, as compared to one-fifth (21%) of solo travellers.
How often do we get a chance to mend a relationship which is on the verge of a break-up or meet strangers who help us start a new life? These were the questions addressed in the play Footnotes Of Life, Hashiye Zindagi Ke..., which was performed recently at the Alumni Annual General Meet of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Written and directed by Nadira Zaheer Babbar, the play had four short stories based on the things we often neglect in our lives. The relatable stories received an overwhelming response from the audience. The cast of the play included Nadira's son, Aarya Babbar, Vibha Chibber and Utkarsh Mazumdar, among others.
The four short stories were presented and weaved together by a sutradhar, played by Ankur Parekh, who was a sales executive in the play. The first story, titled Friends, started with two boys giving an exam for a scholarship. It highlighted the disconnect between the two characters because of the difference in their economic status. The second story, Musafir, had two strangers - a middle-aged woman and an old man - describe the hardships of old age. A husband-wife relationship, where the wife earns more than the husband was the theme of the third story, Painkiller. Aarya Babbar played a jealous husband who cannot see the efforts put in by his wife to save their marriage. The last story, Peele Gulab, was about an old couple, where the man returns to his wife after being ditched by his lover. The story unfolds as the man reminisces about his lover, and is not ready to accept that she left him.
The audience's response was great: Nadira
After the play, Nadira told us, "This was the first time that we performed in IIT-D. It was really overwhelming. The response was great. When the play starts, you don't know whether the people would like it or not, but the response was great here."
Satish Chauhan, manager of the IIT Alumni Association, added, "All of us enjoyed the play thoroughly. These stories are around us, but we hardly pay any attention to them."
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