A Day in Delhi!

It’ll be unfair if I don’t show my gratitude towards my father without whom I never would’ve gotten the opportunity to enjoy my day.

Thank you Dad.

I’ve been to Delhi to-and-fro many times in the last decade, mainly because my father works there. This time though, I was the only family member that accompanied him and he thought I was old enough to roam around Delhi on my own. And so I set forth on my little adventure.

There are a lot of places you can see in Delhi and honestly, just one day is not enough. Fortunately for me, I had already seen almost everything Delhi’s history had to offer -Qutub Minar, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chownk, Red Fort. So I decided to spend the day in New Delhi. I wanted to know what I was missing living in Chandigarh.

Hauz Khas is a great place that has a great market with cute cafe, amazing nightlife and clubs for you to hang out at, and the Hauz Khas fort.

For me though, since I was travelling alone, and also didn’t have a lot of time on my hand I couldn’t thoroughly enjoy it. Although I do plan to go back there with some friends some day.

 

 

 


 

The last time I visited Gurugram, it was still called Gurgaon. It wouldn’t be an overstatement when I say I was shook to my core when I saw the major transformation. The place looks straight out of a sci-fi novel with tall skyscrapers, huge malls, metro trains passing every two-four minutes and electric autos for travel.

I spent my time strolling around the cyber city, had my food at the food court in the Ambience mall (which is also one of the largest malls in India) and then tried on clothes in H&M, Zara and then Marks and Spencer.

 


 

My all-time favourite place to hang out at in Delhi. You can find all kinds of clothing brands here. There are shops like- Mini So which is a Japanese store in CP and it has the cutest items in stock from perfumes to lotions to travel pillows to bullet journals.  No scarcity of cafes or eateries in Connaught Place so that you can always grab a bite.

Starbucks-Connaught Place, Delhi

It is also just a stone throw away from Palika Bazar, a sort of thrift store/ flea market in the subway. It is huge. Has everything you could think of. And a great place to bargain.

 


 

The most important thing that Chandigarh is missing and Delhi has, is a metro. Delhi metro ranks the fourth best in the world. And if it is fourth, I can’t wait to see the top three.

The metro is cheap, fast, clean and a great way to travel across the NCR [National Capital Region]. And seeing the utter disregard of Delhites towards traffic rules, I think it’s safe to say it is also the safest means of travel. It may get a little tricky to understand what station you want to go to in order to reach a certain place but there is always customer care staff to guide you through it. Plus the automatic ticket generator wending machine thing seemed really cool to me.


 

Since the third grade, I have been looking at the photos of Rashtrapati Bhavan (President’s house) and the Parliament in my social studies book but the pictures do not do justice to the real thing.

I was on my way to CP when I suddenly caught the glimpse of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and I had to stop to fully admire it. It was the time of sunset so all the pictures that I took didn’t turn out good but as I already said, they wouldn’t have done justice to the beauty of it anyway.

Exactly opposite to Rashtrapati Bhavan, on the far end side of the street, was India Gate, yet another beautiful monument. It was pretty far away so I decided to just see it from where I was and moved to CP.
If I had a little more time, I would’ve gone to Kashmiri Gate, Sarojini Nagar and maybe Chandani Chownk again because it’s a wonderfully chaotic place.


 

At 7 I reunited with my father and we boarded our train and by 11 I was back in my bed and slept right as my head hit the pillow because I was exhausted after the day I had.

Travelling has always been something I have always enjoyed. Travelling solo was a brand new experience which I was eager to share with all of you. Looking forward to more solo trips and telling you all about it right here.

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-TCQ

 

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