You’ll never forget these incredible experiences you can have in New Delhi

New Delhi, the capital of India, is a city of contrasts. It has ancient monuments, modern skyscrapers, bustling markets, serene gardens and much more. While most tourists flock to the popular attractions such as the Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and India Gate, there are many hidden gems that offer a different perspective of the city. Here are 10 under-the-radar experiences that you can have in New Delhi.

Discover Delhi’s prehistory and early medieval history

Delhi has been a seat of major civilizations since prehistoric times. You can explore the layers of history at the Purana Quila, where an excavation site revealed artifacts dating back to at least 1000 BC. You can also see the Ashokan Pillars, which were erected by Emperor Ashoka around 300 BC, at various locations in Delhi such as Feroz Shah Kotla, Greater Kailash, and Delhi Ridge.

Marvel over the painted houses at Naughara

In the midst of the chaos of Old Delhi, you can find a tranquil lane with nine colourfully painted Jain havelis (mansions) that were built in the 18th century. This little hamlet also has a white marble Jain temple with exquisite murals and paintings. You can admire the architecture and culture of this hidden gem in Chandni Chowk.

Go inside a monster’s mouth

If you are feeling adventurous, you can enter a Hanuman temple through a cavernous carved mouth of a demon slain by the monkey god. This temple, located at Karol Bagh, has a towering 108-foot-tall statue of Lord Hanuman that rises above the railway tracks. The statue’s arms move back and its chest opens to reveal images of Lord Rama and Sita during the evening prayer ceremony.

Visit the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets

One of the most unusual museums in the world, the Sulabh International Museum of Toilets showcases the history and evolution of toilets from ancient to modern times. You can see different types of toilets from different countries and cultures, such as throne-like toilets, chamber pots, bidets, flush toilets, and more. You can also learn about the social and environmental aspects of sanitation and hygiene.

Explore the street art at Lodhi Colony

Lodhi Colony is India’s first public art district, where you can see stunning murals and graffiti by local and international artists. The street art project was initiated by St+art India Foundation in 2016 to transform the urban landscape and create a dialogue between art and society. You can walk around the colony and admire the colourful and creative artworks that cover the walls.

Experience Tibet at Majnu Ka Tilla

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Delhi, you can visit Majnu Ka Tilla, a Tibetan colony near Kashmere Gate. Here you can find authentic Tibetan food, culture, and shopping. You can try momos, thukpa, butter tea, and other delicacies at the cafes and restaurants. You can also buy Tibetan handicrafts, jewellery, clothes, and books at the shops and stalls.

Enjoy the nightlife at Hauz Khas Village

Hauz Khas Village is one of the most happening places in Delhi, where you can enjoy the nightlife with live music, drinks, and dancing. The village is a blend of old and new, with a 13th-century water reservoir and medieval ruins on one side, and trendy cafes, bars, and clubs on the other. You can also explore the art galleries, boutiques, and studios that dot the village.

Visit the haunted Agrasen Ki Baoli

If you are looking for some thrill, you can visit Agrasen Ki Baoli, a historical stepwell near Connaught Place. The baoli is believed to be haunted by evil spirits that lure people to jump into the water. The baoli has 103 steps that lead to a dry well, surrounded by arched niches. The baoli is also a popular spot for photography and film shooting.

Relax at Champa Gali

Champa Gali is a hidden lane in Saket that has a charming vibe and a bohemian atmosphere. The lane is lined with cafes, bookstores, studios, and boutiques that offer a cozy and creative space to relax and unwind. You can sip on coffee, read a book, listen to music, or shop for quirky items at Champa Gali.

Experience Bollywood at Kingdom of Dreams

Kingdom of Dreams is India’s first live entertainment and leisure destination, where you can experience the glamour and glitz of Bollywood. The complex has two theatres that showcase musicals and plays based on Indian culture and mythology. You can also enjoy the cuisine and crafts of different states at the Culture Gully, an indoor street market.

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