Top 3 places in Delhi, India to enjoy the outdoors

by Andreza Ferreira

Friday, June 1, 2018

New Delhi, India is a metropolitan city with a mix between the old and the new. Through its streets, you can see lots of people, many buildings, historical places, museums and much more. But where to go when you just want to relax and enjoy a little green area around you? Having lived in Delhi for a little more than 4 years, I’m here to tell you my favorite spots to enjoy the outdoors in this city!

1. Lotus Temple

The Lotus Temple is very famous when you search for places to go in Delhi. It is definitely a place not to miss when in India and it’s one of the most visited buildings in the world. It is a Baha’i temple which opened in December 1986. As all the Baha’i temples, all religions are welcomed in this place. This temple has a singular shape, a lotus flower, which is the national flower of India. It has 27 free standing petals made of white marble arranged in clusters of 3, to form nine sides. Around these sides, you will find nine ponds and beautiful lush green gardens surrounding the temple, making it the perfect place to relax, read a book, make a picnic or simply enjoy the sunset.

Timings and entry fees:

You can come here any time of the day, from 9 am to 6 pm, from Tuesday to Sunday. The entry is free, but you will probably find a long line no get in, so go as early as you can. 

How to get there:

In Delhi, it is very easy to find transportation. The nearest metro station is Kalkaji Mandir on the violet line and from there you can walk to the temple. You can also get a tuk-tuk (or auto, as they call it here) or an Uber, from basically anywhere.

2. Lodhi Gardens

Ah! The Lodhi Gardens! They are definitely one of my favorite places in New Delhi.

This city park is located in the heart of New Delhi, India and it’s packed with history. It is spread around 90 acres and it contains Mohammed Shah’s tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Bara Gumbad and Shisha Gumbad. The architecture of the tombs is dated from the 15th century, and it was built by the Lodis who ruled parts of northern India. This spot is a top favorite for morning walkers and runners.

When you are in Lodhi Gardens, take your time going around, exploring every part of the park. You will find small ponds, lots of trees, people doing yoga, families doing picnics and cute dogs! What a great feeling to walk around this garden and feel the history, the fresh air, and all those amazing constructions. And, it is a great place to take new pictures for your Instagram.

Another great activity that you can do while in Lodhi Garden is to play a sport. It can be football, badminton or cricket – although not the national sport, a definite favorite here in India.

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Timings and entry fees:

The entry for Lodhi Gardens is totally free and the timings are from 6 am to 7:30 pm, every day of the week.

How to get there:

Lodhi Gardens is centrally located, so getting there is pretty easy. The nearest metro station is Jor Bagh, on the yellow line. From there you can walk or take a cycle rickshaw. You can also get a tuk-tuk (or auto, as they call it here) or an Uber, from basically anywhere.

3. Humayun’s Tomb

When I visited this place for the first time I was shocked. First, because it is a tomb, and second, because I didn’t know one construction could be so symmetrical. The main tomb is located in the center of a 30 acre Char Bagh, which means four gardens. This Char-Bagh is a Persian-style garden with a quadrilateral layout. The highly geometrical and enclosed Paradise Garden is divided into four squares by paved walkways and two bisecting central water channels. Each of the four squares is further divided into smaller squares with pathways, creating into 36 squares. I am always amazed at the architecture here in India! Humayun’s Tomb is located in Nizamuddin East, New Delhi, India and it is at least 500 hundred years old. This tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

As you walk around that perfectly symmetrical garden, you will also see young couples, students and lots of tourists! It is a very calm place, where you won’t hear the sounds of traffic.

Timings and entry fees:

The Humayun’s Tomb is open daily, from sunrise to sunset. The entry fee for Indians is Rs 30 (thirty Indian rupees) and Rs 500 (five hundred Indian rupees) for foreigners.

How to get there:

Humayun’s Tomb is well connected to all areas. The nearest metro station is JLN Stadium on the violet line. From there you will need to get a tuk-tuk (or auto as they call it here), from basically anywhere.

Bonus tips!

If you really want to enjoy the outdoors in Delhi, always remember this tips!

  • Always carry a bottle of water with you. Water bottles are available everywhere, but it is safer to carry yours for whenever you’re thirsty.
  • On the months between May and August, the temperatures will rise as high as 48 degrees, so avoid walking too much on the sun on the peak hours of the heat.
  • On the months of December and January, the temperatures will drop, so be sure to bring warm clothes for Delhi’s winter!
  • Always carry a scarf – yes, I know it will be hot – but sometimes you need to cover yourself from the sun or even to visit a temple.
  • Delhi is a big city and therefore, it is very polluted. Get a mask to protect yourself from all the dust and pollution.
  • Always use comfortable shoes when walking around. The roads and path walks are not the best, so it’s important to be ready to walk more if necessary.
  • Wear comfortable clothes, especially in summer. Try to choose cotton clothes, with lighter colors.

Hope this article helped you and hope you have lots of fun in this amazing city!!

by Andreza Ferreira

by Andreza Ferreira

Friday, June 1, 2018

A Brazilian girl, living between New Delhi - India and Belo Horizonte - BRASIL! Loves photography, traveling and food! Has traveled to 20 countries and planning many more!

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