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Places to visit in Delhi with friends

Discussion in 'North India' started by NailaSharma, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. NailaSharma

    NailaSharma New Member

    I am coming to Delhi with my cousins and friends, and we will be staying there for one week. We want to know what places we can visit in Delhi with friends which we can enjoy.

    We want to make our trip fun and happening, and we are aware that not all places are safe in Delhi, so thought finding out from the public would be the best idea. There are around 10 of us traveling who are interested in all different things, but we would mostly prefer places where friends hang out or go instead for the obvious like the couple or senior citizen places.

  2. briannagodess

    briannagodess Well-Known Member

    Hi there!

    It's no secret that Delhi caters to every type of traveller so even the younger generation can find plenty of places to enjoy here. While the usual monuments and historical sites are worth exploring, there are also some hangout places in Delhi that younger people can visit. So take a moment away from your tablets or gadgets and spend some time with one another. And don't worry, this list would also include the hangout places that don't cost anything at all to visit in Delhi. Pretty cool, right? Let's begin!

    Places to Visit in Delhi with Friends

    Of quirky cafes...

    1. Hauz Khas - Literally translating to the Royal Tank, the Hauz Khas Complex in Delhi is abound with historical sites along with modern cafes. It's worthwhile to explore the pre-colonial structures here like the old Islamic school, the royal reservoir itself and also an ancient mosque. All these sites won't cost you anything so if you're on a budget, you can opt to just explore these places. But the real draw of Hauz Khas is its numerous quirky cafes, which a lot of the youngsters visit during day time and even night time. One of which is Anti Social, a cafe slash events centre but nowhere as chaotic or as trendy as others. Here, you and your friends can embrace your anti-social side by partaking in literary events or even art exhibitions. Another must visit here is the Kunzum Travel Cafe, with walls lined with pictures of cities all over the globe, you know what you're getting into when you enter the place. Indulge in all the travel books and magazines here, and as a bonus, everything is free. You can donate any amount that you wish. For food though, do go to the Scooter on the Wall, amidst its unique design, literally it has a floral painted scooter in the wall, the food here is worth every penny. Their shakes, with their funny names, are real winners with customers.
    • Must visit cafes - Anti Social, Kunzum Travel Cafe and Scooter on the Wall (Runner ups - Smoke House Deli and Bulldogs)
    Hauz Khas Complex in Delhi (Image Courtesy of Hangouts)

    2. Connaught Place - A visit to Delhi won't be complete without exploring its commercial hub. While Connaught Place is notorious for expensively marked up places, there are hidden gems here that are surely worth visiting. For instance, there's Wenger's, built around the 19th century. This place not only serves the best pastries in the city. You can choose from their assortment of cakes, breads and puffs. Enjoy a slice of their black forest cake while enjoying your time with your friends here. Another cafe here, Keventer's, which serves the most delicious shakes in the city. Their Chocolate Hazelnut is one of their best-sellers so you can sip this while chatting with your friends. For those who love their tea, try the Cha Bar with their huge selection of teas. All these cafes give you plenty of time to reenergise and at the same time, spend some quality time with your friends.
    • Must visit cafes - Wenger's, Keventer's and Cha Bar
    Be merry with theme parks...

    3. Delhi Eye - Located in Okhla, the Delhi Eye is the city's highest ferris wheel, giving you a commanding view of the whole of Delhi from above. But it does have other more rides and even a water park. It's a good option for friends who are also seeking something different and fun. The water park has plenty of slides and even a rain dance area. On the other hand, the amusement park has thrilling rides as well as family rides. It even has a 6D theatre, quite a new attraction that not all theme parks has. There's also some food outlets around the theme park in case you and your friends get hungry from exploring it.
    • Rates - Rs. 250 for Delhi Eye, Rs. 600 for Water Park + Theme Park (Weekdays) and Rs. 700 for Water Park + Theme Park
    4. Worlds of Wonder - About an hour away from Delhi, you can find the Worlds of Wonder theme park in Noida. It is bigger than the Delhi Eye theme park and as such, is a favourite getaway of friends and families from Delhi. It doesn't only has an amusement park and a water park, it also has a go karting area. It even has a separate section, The Road Show, for the adventure seekers where rides are more exciting and thrilling. The water park here also has different sections for kids, a lazy river and plenty more. Food won't also be an issue as there are cafes, restaurants and even a McDonald's in the different areas of the theme park. A place to enjoy, a place to hang out in, that's the Worlds of Wonder. Don't give this a miss when you're in Delhi.
    • Rates - Rs. 690 for Amusement Park, Rs. 1,099 to Rs. 1,299 for Water Park and Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 1,380 for Amusement Park + Water Park
    Adventure, you say?

    5. Sportzcraft - Ever wanted to try shooting but don't know where to go? There's Sportzcraft, located in Rana Pratap Bagh in Delhi. They are best known for their 10-metre shooting ranges. If ever you are a newbie in this, don't worry as there are trained professionals in the centre that can help you and guide you. Their rates are also very nominal and you won't even need to be a member to avail of their facilities. Most of the shooting ranges in Delhi requires some form of membership which is why they aren't suitable for tourists or foreigners. Their ranges are also located indoors so even if it rains or it's too warm or cold outside, you can still enjoy this sport. Do bring your own water and snacks as there are no restaurants inside the centre.
    • Rates - Rs. 200 for 25 Pellets
    6. Lock 'N Load Paintball - While most paintball centres are located outside, there's the Lock 'N Load Paintball in Pacific Mall. It has real life settings yet won't be as uncomfortable like outdoor paintball centres. For a group of friends, especially those with 10 members and above, paintball can be a fun yet competitive sport. You can easily spend your whole day here and it won't be enough. You can even choose from a variety of themes, the most famous being the Capture the Flag. The centre also has their own go karting area and recently, a laser tag activity has been added too. For food, since it is located in the mall, you can easily find restaurants and cafes to soothe your hunger.
    • Rates - Rs. 200 for 25 Pellets, Rs. 250 for 35 Pellets and Rs. 350 for 50 Pellets
    Free and laid-back places...

    7. Lodhi Gardens - Unlike the Garden of Five Senses, which is mainly a lover's park, the Lodi Gardens isn't as crowded nor as thronged by couples. Thus, for hanging out, this is a great option for a group of friends who don't have much budget. There is no entry fee and it is open as early as 6:00 in the morning. You can just bring your own food and maybe a blanket to lay around in. The surrounding greenery along with the sight of the tombs, mosque and a reservoir adds to the seven beauty of the place. You can enjoy breathing the fresh air here and even the climate seems a little cooler. Do take a few hours of your time in Delhi and spend it in this wonderful yet serene place.
    • What to do - Laze around and enjoy the views
    8. Humayun's Tomb - Listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Humayun's Tomb in Delhi is one of its most prized attractions. It was completed around the last quarter of the 15th century under the patronage of Humayun's son, Akbar, along with the two wives of Humayun. The main attraction of the complex is of course, the tomb of Humayun. The mausoleum was built using red sandstone and white marble. Its high dome towers over the West Gate of the complex. Yet the charm of the place lies on the Char Bagh and it is here that you can find plenty of families and friends enjoying the lush greenery while having a picnic. Char Bagh means Four Gardens and it is a Persian-style of garden, encircling the tomb of Humayun. After exploring the nearby tombs, make sure that you spend some time in the Char Bagh and enjoy the beautiful scenery around you.
    • What to do - Explore the tombs of Humayun, Isa Khan, Afsarwala and many more plus laze around in the Char Bagh
    All in one places...

    9. Select City Walk - This shopping complex is one of the premier malls in Delhi, located in Saket. It has everything you might ever need in a mall, namely: a food court, restaurants, retail stores, entertainment centres and plenty more. As such, it has been a favourite place for hanging out by the younger generation. World known brands such as Zara, Gap, H&M, Mango, Sephora and many more can be found here. For dining, you can find Starbucks, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Johnny Rockets and more. For entertainment though, you can try watching a movie in the PVR Cinema or the arcades in Hangout. There's also an Outdoor Plaza here where numerous events are held, like performances or even markets are set up.
    • What to do - Dine, shop and watch a movie
    10. Majnu Ka Tilla - Want to be transported to Tibet or McLeodganj while in Delhi? Then go to Majnu Ka Tilla, which was once a refuge centre for the Tibetan settlers and has now become one of the must-see places in Delhi. Unlike historical places like the Red Fort or even the Lotus Temple, Majnu Ka Tilla is nowhere as grand or as elaborate. But its beauty is that it features a unique part of Delhi which makes it a melting pot of different cultures and religions. Here you can find various small homes representing the simplicity of Tibetan culture and tradition. Around the settlement you can also find some cafes and restaurants that are very affordable yet serve the best Tibetan dishes in the city. The best rated cafe here is AMA Cafe, famous for their cakes and breakfast meals. There are also places like Panda Cafe and Dekhang Cafe, serving Tibetan dishes to guests. Stroll around the settlement to find various stalls selling colourful Tibetan handicrafts and accessories. Also, don't forget to visit the Majnu Ka Tilla Gurudwara, built around the 16th century by a hermit named Majnu.
    • Where to go - AMA Cafe, Panda Cafe, Dekhang Cafe and Majnu Ka Tilla Gurudwara
    Majnu Ka Tilla in Delhi (Image Courtesy of Hangouts)

    Good luck and enjoy your stay in Delhi!

  3. Triptoli

    Triptoli New Member

    As mostly best places are covered in above post, I want to add one more. If you and your friends love games , I want o suggest Smaaash, DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon. Experience virtual reality, enjoy ESPN gaming zone or Dave n Busters and bowling alley with dinning options. A lot of things to enjoy!