Day trips around Delhi

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#1 Sep 15th, 2007, 19:28
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We have done the tourist sites of Delhi, and now want to know about some things to do in Delhi or close by that one can do within 4 hours.
We noticed a post about West Delhi, and that sounds good. Any other suggestions? Our thought is to get off that beaten path...
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don't really know what "off the beaten path" really means to you....so my suggestions might not be target specific.

How about a Hindi movie? Would last anywhere from 2-1/2 to 3 hours and should be a good off the beaten path experience to you? Chak De India, starring Shahrukh Khan is certainly watchable.

I assume you've been to mostly historic monuments in Delhi..how about a look into modern, more westernized Delhi? Interested?- GK (Greater Kailash) M-block Market is a good option then; you'll find stores of all the big multinational brands here, the visiting crowd here is from the richest of Delhi.

You can also visit the Rail Museum or the Doll's museum.......just in case it seems interesting to you.

Been to Akshardham Temple?
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What about visiting Sultanpur bird sanctuary?
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Thank you for the ideas. We have been to the places mentioned, but haven't done a Hindi movie yet. That's a great idea especially when the weather is hot.
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Ooh, Sunilg and IanJ...it's like you read my mind!

I was looking for things to do in/around Delhi and decided on
1) Shopping in South Delhi (I can't wait to see an Indian Marks & Spencers)
2) Seeing Chak De India at the cinema
3) Taking a day trip out to somewhere...Sultanpur is on the list!

So now I know my ideas are good!

Wanderingstars, if you want to get outside Delhi there's Kurukshetra, or Mathura and Vrindavan. Or Neemrana, although I'm not sure what there is to do there if you're not staying at the hotel.
One thing I found useful was visiting the tourism websites of neighbouring states for ideas - Haryana, Punjab, UP...they all list places of interest. Just Google for "punjab tourism" etc. Chandigarh has an excellent tourism site but that might be a bit far away for you. HTH.
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karuna beat me to it with the kurukshetra idea

Warning, it is a busy, crowded and bustling town now, but see the credentials...
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Kurukshetra, named after the great sage king Kuru, is also the site of the epic battle of Mahabharata. It is the ancient land where the birth of the religion, Hinduism took place. It is the land where the sage Manu penned his 'Manusmriti' and where learned 'rishis' compiled the Rig Veda and Sama Veda. It is also the site of the epic battle of Mahabharata. It was graced with the visits of Lord Krishna, the Buddha and the Sikh gurus.
http://web1.hry.nic.in/gish/TOURIST/kuruktour.htm


Other ideas
-Red fort, sound and light show
-Walking tour of old Delhi, Chandni Chowk, Ajmeri gate, lanes... but read the history first. It is extensive.
-Nizamuddin quawali on Thursday
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@Karuna: Great minds think alike :-)...ha ha..

Also, while you are in South Delhi, don't miss Delhi Haat, its near AIIMs..spending a few hours in the evening there might be a good idea; though like everything else, it would be crowded too on weekends.
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I'd say Gurgaon is worth a visit for all its malls! I know they have a Marks & Spencers in one of them. In Rajouri Garden (WEst Delhi) one of the malls there has got a NEXT and a Marks & Spencers + l've heard theres a Debenhams in another mall there!
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Oh yeah l've seen chak de India, not bad! But if you want to see a decent Hindi Movie l would recommend Water & Dor, took a friend from the UK to see Water (she doesn't understand a word of hindi and was in floods!) , l'd also recommend Devdas (with shah rukh khan) for the singing & dancing & visuals, not so much for the storyline which is abit cheesy but thats bollywood!
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don't miss Delhi Haat

Thanks for the tip!


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I'd also recommend Devdas (with shah rukh khan)
OK, you sold it to me right there!
Actually I have heard Devdas is very good. But it doesn't need to be: I'd watch 3 hours of King Khan picking his nose if they released it.
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not only that

but you will be mesmerized by Aishwarya Rai's beauty!!!!Do not miss it.Nice plot too, costumes and songs-dancing!!One of my favourites.
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^^ but u won't get Devdas in theaters now
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If you are here when the temperature is below 12 C and it s a sunny day, make sure you spend some time in gardens...

Somehow they are never mentioned anywhere, but we have Buddha Garden, Talkatora Garden, Nehru Park, Lodi Garden etc..

also you can spend some time at Bangla Sahid Gurudwara..
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have been trying to search dif threads for more info - shashank, could you tell me more about the gurudwara? do we need to bring something to cover our heads if we visit? are there special timings and rules for eating food or do we just head over to the dining hall area?

and capt mahajan, what's this about the qawwali at nizamudin? is it at the dargah every thursday?

thanks for the info!
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The qawwali is at the dargah every thursday evening, I would land up at 5/5.30 or so.

Somebody posted recently that it is more crowded on thursday and in fact can be attended almost every day... but I do not know about that , maybe it is not a certainty. Thursday is safer, I think.

edit: Found it
Nizamuddin Tomb

see patrickgill's post 22 there; informative.
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