Friday, January 27, 2017
The best was to explore any city is when it is easily accessible, and early mornings are most suitable to experience that. New Delhi, a city that is otherwise jam-packed with traffic on the roads or commuters in the metro, has a peculiar Zen-like calm at dawn. You should explore Delhi at this hour as you will witness a completely different side of the city. Here are a few things you could do and places you could visit in Delhi at 5 am:
Visit Old Delhi
This part of the city experiences a heavy footfall during the day and you can avoid that if you start early. Narrow lanes full with several eateries, which have existed here for more than a century, take you back in time. Go to Matia Mahal where you’d find several shops already open for business, serving the best of street food in Delhi. Make sure to look up and admire the beauty of the buildings that surround you, each of these have a design that reflects the history of the city and tells a unique story.
Set up in the heart of Lutyen’s Delhi, Lodhi Gardens is a 90-acre estate that is considered to be one of the best public gardens all over India. You can spot many cheerful, early risers brisk-walking or doing yoga in the lush greens of Lodhi Gardens. A brief walk in this park studded with historical monuments gives you the fresh start you need.
Early morning roads are filled with cycling enthusiasts geared up for a mini tour of Delhi. The city is best suited for the exercise, especially the area near India Gate and Rashtrapti Bhavan. There is a sense of overwhelming calm when you pedal down these roads, the iconic monuments lit by the morning sun and the cool breeze fills the atmosphere. Delhi has various cycling groups, which you can join, and cover a considerable amount of the city in a healthy fashion!
If Delhi streets aren’t exciting enough, you can opt for a 50-kilometer drive from the capital to Murthal – a famous hangout for foodies. Murthal is well known for its hygienic open-air restaurants, or dhabas, that serve amazing north Indian food.
The nation’s capital is a place when you embrace the cool breeze, walk in lush green gardens, watch the spectacular monuments and enjoy a traffic-free drive. There are several hotels in Delhi close to the aforementioned places, like Fortune Hotels.