15 Offbeat Places in Delhi That You Should Explore in 2020

Unusual Places to Visit in Delhi

Haveli of Mirza Ghalib, Chota Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb,  Qawwalis at Nizamuddin Dargah, Champa Gali, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Gali Qasim Jaan and many other places.
 
With its heritage tourist spots teeming with culture, there is no shortage of offbeat places to visit in Delhi. Anyone familiar with the ways of the busy metropolitan will know that its secret alleyways, busy streets and colonial buildings have many stories to tell.
 
 There are several other offbeat places to visit in Delhi that get hidden by the mammoth architectural reputation of the city. From the largest spice market in the continent to spooky haunts and the quaint charm of Champa Gali, the city has it all. Enjoy an evening of Sufi Music at the Nizamuddin Dargah or have a tete a tete with travellers across the world at the Kunzum Travel Cafe-there is not a day to be spent idle in Delhi.


Here is the list of offbeat places in Delhi that you should explore:

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Helicopter Tour of Delhi Flat 23% off
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Activity Location : Rohini Heliport, Sector 36, Rohini, Delhi
Activity Timings : 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

A helicopter joy ride 1000-1500 feet above a city is an unforgettable way to experience its landscape and surrounding areas. Get a chance to see delhi's most famous landmarks immersed in the glow of the shining sun. Get an eagle-eye view of the capital city and capture stunning photos from the air. Your professional pilot will provide you with commentary on all the sights and highlights.

You can book a helicopter ride for any time slot between 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on all days of the week. The Helipad is located in Greater Noida, from where the flight will start as per the variant selected. Your professional pilot will provide you with commentary on all the sights and highlights. This Helicopter ride will  take you over destinations like Majnu Ka Tila, Pitampura Tower, Red Fort, Rajghat, Akshardham Temple and other areas nearby to enjoy the breathtaking heights. 

Variants:
Joyride of 15 minutes
Joyride of 20 minutes
Joyride of 30 minutes

How To Reach: You can easily Reach to the Rohini Heliport easily by the car/cab. 

Note: Minimum 3 people are required to book this tour.
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Cultural Walking Tour of Delhi - Flat 29% off
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Old Delhi is popular for its traditional Indian life featuring old and new cultures. And, if you want to experience this, what would better than a walk that takes you through the interiors of Old Delhi lanes where vehicles cannot enter. So this weekend, get ready to discover the lifestyle, old buildings, and the vibrant markets of the old town. 

About the tour:

-You can choose from two slots for Delhi walking tour- 9:00 am or 5:00 pm.
-Assemble at Lal Qila Metro Station Gate No. 1 where you will be introduced with a local guide that provided you facts and stories about the places you visit.  So without any second thought in your mind, book this amazing walking tour that will reveal many secrets of the Old capital city. 

Places covered:
Digambar Jain Lal Temple
Chandni Chowk
Famous bazaars (market) for steel, cooking pots, paper kites, and jewelry, old famous shops.
Lord Shiva's Temple in “half male half female” form, 
Golden Mosque, and centuries-old Havelis/houses
Town Hall
Gurdwara Sis Ganj Sahib (Sikh Temple)  
Fatehpuri Masjid (Mosque)

Available time slots:  9:00 am - 11:00 am
                                      5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Duration:  2 Hours

Starting Point: Lal Qila Metro Station Gate No. 1
Ending Point: Gadodia Market

Note:
-Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour.
-Maximum 5 people can book this tour.

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Night Walk City Tour, Delhi Flat 24% off
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Delhi is a beautiful city during the day, yet it is even more beautiful at night. Join us on this amazing and completely off beat experience of Delhi at night. Walk the streets of Delhi when they are at their prettiest – at night. A city that never sleeps, this city is all bustle during day time, but as the night takes over, you get a chance to see another side of this metropolis city. And if you want to experience the nightlife, this night walk city tour is for you. 


Starting Point: Bangla Sahib Gurudwara
Ending Point: Central Secretariat Metro Station
Tour Timings: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Experience the urban side of city on this walk, visit local popular hangout places, most prominent, beautiful monuments, ancient and modern buildings and old streets in the beautiful night view of the Delhi city.

We follow a unique style of ‘infotainment’ to ensure that you enjoy the tour and don't get bored, irrespective of whether you love history or not, this walking tour will be a unique, fun and memorable experience for you.

The guide for the night will entertain you with commentary in the form of stories relating to the area.


By the end of the tour, you will develop a great perspective of the city, its culture and you will also get some great insider tips and tricks to save money and to explore the best of the city.


Places you will visit:
Bangla Sahib Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
The Cathedral Of The Sacred Heart
Election Commission of India building
Sardar Patel Bhavan
National Philatelic Museum
The Reserve Bank of India
The Parliament House.

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Rajpath Segway Tour, Delhi, Flat 21% Off
  • New Delhi
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About the Activity:

  • Delight in a Segway tour, a great way to explore and understand the rich heritage that India’s national capital has to offer. For the uninitiated, Segway is a two-wheeled, battery-powered electric vehicle. 
  • On this 3 hour jaunt, centuries of history unfolds itself, presenting some great photo opportunities too.
  • Partake in this experience anytime between Monday to Friday from 5.15am to 8.15am or on weekends and holidays from 5.15am to 9am.
  • On this tour, you will first be familiarised with the vehicle. Get 5-7 minutes training on how to use the Segway, receive demonstrations and various essential guidelines.
  • Post which; under two expert guides, you head to Secretariat for photo-ops with Secretariat building and Rashtrapati Bhawan in the backdrop.
  • Proceed towards the Parliament Building, India Gate and Vijay Chowk. Enjoy the serene beauty of various ministry buildings en-route and cross various intersections.
  • Go trigger happy with India Gate and Amar Jawan Jyoti in the background. Head back to the starting point and indulge in some retail therapy if you wish.

Minimum People Req to book this activity: 1

How to Reach?

The activity starts from Karol Bagh in New Delhi which is accessible through any mode of public transport.

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New Delhi Bicycle Tour, Flat 21% Off
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  • New Delhi
  • 3H
  • New Delhi
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Everyday New Delhi wakes up to its imperial history, an era of independence and continues on a cosmopolitan high note. This is what we would experience on the cycling tour by listening to a beautifully crafted story about modern Delhi's transformation after the British Raj.

The magnanimous campuses and Majestic Lutyens zone conjure up the past European era and India’s independence fused in an unusual way that will just woo your senses. We will also visit various historical sites such as India Gate, President's Estate, and a Sikh temple (Gurudwara Bangla Sahib) where we experience the art of gratitude through a communal meal called 'langar'.

Our tour will culminate over the breakfast/lunch, new friendships and stories to take home. 

Timings: 06:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Meeting Point: Hotel Broadway, Asaf Ali Road
Minimum age required: 8 years
Group Size: Maximum 10 people
Minimum number of people required to book this activity: 1

How to Reach?
The activity starts with Chandni Chowk in New Delhi which is easily accessible through public or private transport.
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Visit Asia’s largest Spice Market at Khari Baoli Road

Visit Asia’s largest Spice Market at Khari Baoli Road
 A little west to Delhi’s Chandni Chowk is Khari Baoli Road, which houses Delhi’s famous spice market. The market houses hundreds of shops selling local, refined and imported spices. Local legend has it that the market was built as early as the 17th century, over a salt well that was earlier used to bathe and wash animals and it is one of the best offbeat places in Delhi.

The spice market is renowned for being the largest spice market in all of Asia and witnesses hundreds of traders setting up shop here every day. Apart from spices, this Spice Market also sells dried fruits, specially crafted Indian sweets, rice, mulberries, herbs, and grains.

Location: Khari Baoli Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006

Timings:
The market remains open between 10.00 AM to 09.00 PM every day of the week.
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Experience the Haunted Places

Experience the Haunted Places
If you are a thrill-seeker with a taste for the supernatural and eerie, then Delhi is the place to go. Ghost-hunters are spoilt for choice here.

One might choose to visit Agrasen ki Baoli, the now evacuated salt well that is now believed by locals to be haunted.

Location:
Hailey Road, KG Marg, near Diwanchand Imaging Centre, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Timings: 09.00 AM- 05.30 PM on all days of the week.
 
The Delhi Cantonment area, too, is believed by many to be haunted by the spirit of a white-clad female hitchhiker.

Location:
New Delhi, Delhi 110010
Timings: No timings.
 
Another offbeat place to visit in Delhi would be the Lothian Cemetery, commonly said to be haunted by the spirit of an English General who committed suicide after discovering that the Indian woman whom he loved had married another man. 

Location:
Netaji Subhash Marg, Priyadarshini Colony, Kashmere Gate, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Timings: 10.00 AM to 06.00 PM on all days of the week.
 
A popular horror destination in Delhi is the Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal, an abandoned hunting lodge in Karol Bagh. The hunting lodge was built in the 14th century by Feroz Shah Tughlaq and is now believed to be haunted. With the wilderness growing over the now ruined building, this is one of the offbeat places in Delhi that is a must-visit for all horror lovers.

Location:
Central Ridge Reserve Forest, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Timings: 07.00 AM to 05.00 PM on all days of the week.
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Discover the History of Delhi

Discover the History of Delhi
Delhi was the heart of the erstwhile Mughal Empire, and the many historical monuments here stand as testaments of the city’s glorious past. A quintessential example of Mughal architecture, the structure was founded and initially established by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his son-in-law, Iltutmish. The Minar is known not only for its historical significance, but also its architectural resplendence and it is one of the best offbeat places in Delhi. The walls and pillars of the Minar are lined with inscriptions in Parso-Nagari and Arabic script.

Location:
Mehrauli, New Delhi, Delhi 110030
Timings: 07.00 AM to 05.00 PM on all days of the week.

Another monument glorifying Delhi’s past is the historic Red Fort, which served as the main residence for the Mughal Emperors. Also known by its colloquial title, Lal Quila, the Fort was constructed in the year 1639 by the emperor Shah Jahan. The Fort complex houses a number of smaller structures, like the public hall known as the Diwan-i-Aam, or the treasury known as Chatta Chowk. 

Location:
Netaji Subhash Marg, Lal Qila, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi 110006
Timings: The Red Fort remains closed on Mondays. It remains open from 09.30 PM to 04.30 PM on all other days of the week.

Humayun’s Tomb, or the Maqbar-i- Humayun was the first garden-tomb to be built in India in tribute of the Mughal Emperor. The tomb is known for its brilliant architecture, done in the Indo-Islamic Style. The tomb itself took over 8 years to build, and is placed inside a sprawling 30 acre garden, known as the Char Bagh. The Tomb premises itself houses a number of other tombs, such as those dedicated to Empress Bega Begum, Hamida Begum,Dara Shikoh and several other Mughal Emperors.

Location:
Mathura Road Opposite, Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah, Nizamuddin, New Delhi, Delhi 110013
Timings: 08.00 AM to 06.00 PM on all days of the week.
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Haveli of Mirza Ghalib at Gali Qasim Jaan

Haveli of Mirza Ghalib at Gali Qasim Jaan
Ghalib Ki Haveli is the erstwhile residence of the 19th century Hindu Poet, Mirza Ghalib, and is now converted into a heritage site. The Haveli serves as a reminder of the Mughal style of architecture and offers insight into the poet’s lifestyle. The walls are adorned with lifestyle images of the late poet and the side walls are designed with engravings of his couplets.

The Museum also houses a life-sized replica of the poet with a hookah in his hand. It also preserves handwritten poems by the poet and some of the first copies of his poetry books. The historical and literary significance of the Haveli makes it one of the most offbeat places to visit in Delhi.

Location:
2469,Gali Captain ,Baradari, Balli Maran, Delhi, 110006

Timings:
The Haveli is closed on Mondays. It remains open between 10.00 AM to 06.00 PM on all other days of the week.
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Listen to Qawwalis at Nizamuddin Dargah

Listen to Qawwalis at Nizamuddin Dargah
Nizamuddin Dargah in Delhi is the Dargah of the Sufi saint and mystic Sheik Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. The Dargah is known across the world for its weekly Sufi music sessions. Every Thursday night, the Dargah conducts a Qawwali session, which attracts devotees and common people in crowds from all across the world and it is one of the famous offbeat places in Delhi.

Preaching the message of peace and love, the heart wrenching Sufi music is one of the most soulful genres of classical music, and the splendid Qawali sessions make Dargah one of the most offbeat places to visit in Delhi. The popularity of the music sessions attracts not only Muslims here, but people of other faiths as well. 

Location:
Boali Gate Rd, Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin West Slum, Nizamuddin West, New Delhi, Delhi 110013

Timings:
The Dargah remains open every day of the week between 06.00 AM and 10.00 PM. The Qawwali sessions take place twice every Thursday, once at 04.30 PM and once at 06.00 PM.
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Watch the Change of Guard Ceremony

Watch the Change of Guard Ceremony
The President’s Bodyguard is the senior-most regiment of the Indian Army. Held in the Forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Change of Guard Ceremony is a splendid display of the PBG’s military rigor. The thirty-minute ceremony commences with the PBG troops marching to the tunes of the Army Brass band.

After that, the Parade Commander marches in, followed by the 8th Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry. The two guards exchange a national salute, followed by an exchange of military duties. The ceremony ends with the playing of the National Anthem. 

Location: Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.

Timings: The Change of Guard Ceremony takes place every Saturday and Sunday. The timings of the ceremony are as follows:
 
On Saturday
12 Oct 2019 to 14 Nov 2019 : 07.40AM – 08.40AM
15 Nov 2019 to 14 Mar 2020 : 09.40AM– 10.40AM

On Sunday
13 Oct 2019 to 30 Oct 2019: 04.30 PM – 05.30 PM
01 Nov 2019 to 14 Mar 2020: 04.10 PM – 05.10 PM
15 Mar 2020 to 30 Apr 2020: 05.10 PM – 06.10 PM
01 May 2020 to 10 Oct 2020: Closed due to hot weather conditions.
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Discover Champa Gali

Discover Champa Gali
Champa Gali is a community in Delhi that has recently risen to prominence due to its casual, laid-back vibe, a plethora of cafes that line it and its Parisian labyrinthine setting. The locale received its name for the number of ‘Champa’ plants that were brought and planted here when the first café, Blue Tokai, was established in Gali and it is one of the best offbeat places in Delhi.

Champa Gali offers a picturesque, postcard vibe and is built out of small homely cafes, art galleries and quaint little stores. There are a number of handicraft stores that attract connoisseurs of art to the place. Champa Gali is especially popular among younger college crowds, who visit the place for live music gigs or spoken poetry sessions.  With its rustic charm, this is one of the offbeat places in Delhi that should be visited by all. 

Location: Shed 4, Khasra 258, Lane Number 3, Westend Marg, Behind Kuldeep House, Saidulajab, Saket, New Delhi, Delhi 110030

Timings:
The community remains open for public visits between 11.00 PM and 10.00 PM every day of the week.
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Meet Travel Enthusiasts at Kunzum Travel Café

 Meet Travel Enthusiasts at Kunzum Travel Café
Kunzum Travel Café was initially built to provide travelers with a hub to meet each other and share travel stories. The café believes that the second best thing to do after traveling is to make plans about it, and functions to provide travelers with a space to do the same.

Kunzum Café also occasionally organizes interactive workshops and talk sessions with travelers, photographers, writers and other personalities who toured the world as a part of their job. Visitors are also encouraged to share their travel stories by pinning up anecdotes and pictures on the café billboard or uploading it into the online scrapbook maintained by it. With its unique vibe and laid back atmosphere, Kunzum Travel Café is definitely one of the most offbeat places to visit in Delhi.

Location: T-49, GF, Hauz Khas Village, New Delhi 110 016, India.

Timings: The café remains closed on Mondays. It remains open between 11.00 AM to 07.30 PM on all other days of the week.
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Chhota Qutub Minar

Chhota Qutub Minar
Located in the heart of Hastsal Village in Delhi is the Chhota Qutub Minar, a minaret tower built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Constructed in 1650, the tower made of red sandstone is three stories tall . It resembles Qutub Minar in its architectural style and structure.

The tower was initially 5 stories tall, with the dome top consisting of two stories. The tower was initially built as an entertainment sector for the Emperor after he had finished with his hunting session in the wilderness that immediately surrounded the tower. The curious architecture and historical significance of the Chhota Minar makes it one of the most prominent offbeat places in Delhi.

Location:
Hastsal Village, Delhi.

Timings:
The Mini Qutub Minar is not open for public visits.
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Volunteer at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen

Volunteer at the Gurudwara Bangla Sahib Kitchen
The Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi was built during the Mughal Era to commemorate Guru Sahib’s visit to Delhi. The community kitchen at the Gurudwara, known as the ‘langar khana’ , is open to any willing volunteers who want to put in a hand to aid the staff at the Temple in making the meals.

The Gurudwara turns out at least thirty to forty thousand plates of food everyday, made with the collective effort of those volunteering at the kitchen. The meals are free and available for anyone willing to eat here, especially the homeless and the poor who cannot afford three square meals per day. The Gurudwara serves meals twice a day, once between 09.00AM to 03.00PM and then again between 07.00PM to 10.00PM.
 
Location: Hanuman Road Area, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001

Timings:
Open 24 hours on all days of the week.
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