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Workation in Delhi: Where work meets wanderlust

Workation in Delhi: Where work meets wanderlust
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By Anushree Anantharaman

06 Dec, 2023

The famous writer Ruskin Bond has aptly expressed, "Delhi is more than a city; it's a feeling, an emotion, a journey through time". Falling in love with this city does take time. Its vibrant culture and rich heritage reveal themselves gradually. The best way to explore this city is to wander its alleys, relish its cuisine, make friends with the locals and truly embrace the city as your own. If you believe Delhi is just a brief stopover on the way to the hills, we're here to persuade you otherwise.

The Hosteller, Delhi

The Hosteller, Delhi

With less than 30 days left until 2024, Delhi might be the perfect destination to go on that workation you've been dreaming of finally. You're hustling during the day, but in the evenings, you enjoy the crisp, cool Delhi weather and mingle with new friends inside and outside our hostel. There are also plenty of things to look forward to during your workation if you are an early riser.

Why choose us for a workation?

Workation vibes at The Hosteller, Delhi

Workation vibes at The Hosteller

The Hosteller Delhi is perfectly situated in the heart of Delhi, making it super easy to navigate. With perks like high-speed wifi, reliable power backups, a relaxed cafe, and dedicated hostel workspaces, we've got everything you need to stay productive and have a perfect workation. Don't forget to check out our website for interesting offers on longstays. Now that we've got the connectivity, workspace, and amenities sorted at budget-friendly prices, let's jump into what you can get up to in this city!

Take that morning walk

morning walk in Delhi

Take a refreshing morning walk in the city!

Break free from the confines of your hostel room every now and then, especially in the mornings when the city is quieter and less crowded. Check out our top selections conveniently located within a 20-30 minute radius from The Hosteller, Delhi.

1. Yamuna Ghat

Yamuna ghat in Delhi

Catch the sunrise at Yamuna Ghat

This river bank is situated in Kashmere Gate and is the perfect place for catching a glimpse of the sunrise while you boat through the river. This ghat is a photographer's delight, especially during November-February when the area is full of migratory seagulls. So plan an early day and drop by before 6am to witness the magical sunrise from the horizon!

2. Mughal Garden

The Mughal garden in Delhi

Stroll through the picturesque Mughal Garden

Seeking a picturesque spot for an early morning picnic? Bring your picnic basket to the iconic Mughal Garden at Rashtrapati Bhavan and relish the experience amid its meticulously maintained lawns. Stroll through the serene ambiance or lose yourself in a good book beneath the lush green trees of the Mughal Gardens.

3. Sunder Nursery

Sunder Nursery in Delhi

Explore the newly opened heritage park in Delhi

Sunder Nursery, often hailed as Delhi's Central Park, stands as one of the city's hidden gems to visitors. Established in the early 20th century, its primary purpose was to cultivate saplings for New Delhi's avenues and experiment with plants from the British empire. Today, it unveils lush gardens, Mughal-era monuments, and tranquil pathways, providing a serene urban escape.

Humayun's tomb in Delhi

Adore the beautiful Mughal architecture of Humayun's Tomb

Pro tip: While strolling through Sunder Nursery, visit the Nizamuddin Dargah, just 10 minutes from the Nursery. Built in the traditional Islamic style of architecture in 1562, this is the resting place of one of the Sufi saints, Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya. While Qawwali performances happen here every night, it's Thursday night or ‘Jummeraat', that's special, and draws massive crowds.

Just a quick 10 minute walk from the Dargah is the Humayun's Tomb, a beautiful example of Mughal architecture, which is the final resting place of Emperor Humayun. If you have more time to spare, head to Khan Market for good food and some shopping.

Enjoy delicious food round the clock

Street food in Chadani Chowk, Delhi

Indulge in some lip-smacking street food in Delhi

I'm certain you've encountered the popular Delhi versus Mumbai food debate. While there are enthusiasts on both sides, one cannot disregard the diverse and rich flavours of Delhi's cuisine. Once you become accustomed to the distinct tastes of the capital city, adjusting to the food in any other place becomes quite challenging.

There's an undeniable longing to return home to relish the delightful flavours of roadside chole bhature and Mughlai Nalli Nahiri. Here’s our roundup of some of our favourite spots in the capital city.

1. Paranthe Wali Gali, Old Delhi

Delicious parantha at the Paranthe wali gali in Delhi

Relish delicious stuffed parathas at Paranthe Wali Gali (Source - LBB)

A trip to Delhi is incomplete without having delicious stuffed parathas at Paranthe Wali Gali in the heart of Old Delhi. The parathas offer a taste of tradition and generations of culinary expertise.

Some of the must try are papad parathas from Babu Ram Parantha, Rabri paranthas from Pt. Kanhaiyalal Durgaprasad Dixit and Kaju Parantha from Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan Paranthewala.

2. Natraj Dahi Bhalla, Old Delhi

Dahi Bhalla at Natraj Dahi Bhalla in Old Delhi

Savor the delicious dahi bhallas from Natraj Dahi Bhallas (Source- LBB)

Are you craving melt-in-your-mouth Dahi Bhallas? Natraj Dahi Bhalla, an iconic street food joint in Old Delhi, is celebrated for its delicious Dahi Bhallas. This go-to chaat spot is situated in Old Delhi, right next to the famous Chandni Chowk.

3. Dolma Aunty

Dolma Aunty momos in Delhi

Beat the shopping blues with Doma aunty ke momos (Source- My Yellow Plate)

When you think about street food in Delhi, Momos is the first thing that comes to mind and Dolma Aunty would be one of the initial contributors who has been selling for the past 20 years.

Shoppers who come to Lajpat Nagar definitely make it a point to stop by at Dolma Aunty Momos and try her Chicken or paneer momos. This shop sells the perfectly cooked momos - neither overcooked nor soggy and comes with the best spicy chutney.

4. Mahesh Chaat Corner, Greater Kailash 1

Mahesh Chaat Corner in Delhi

Enjoy a plate of Gol Gappa at Mahesh Chaat Corner (Source- FOODATHON)

If you've been craving street food like crazy, head to Mahesh Chaat Corner in Greater Kailash 1, one of the oldest eateries in Delhi. The stall serves up a variety of scrumptious street delicacies like Gol Gappe, Aloo tikki and other chaats.

5. Lajpat Nagar

Delicious Kulfi falooda in Lajpath Nagar, Delhi

Indulge in creamy kulfi falooda

Craving some good street food with a side of shopping? Recharge yourself by trying the iconic chole bhature at Ashok Chat Bhandar, indulge in creamy kulfi falooda at Vaishno Kulfi, savour the tangy golgappas at Nathu's Sweets, relish the crispy aloo tikki at Bittoo Tikki Wala or take a bite of the famous bread pakoras at Vinod Snacks!

Pro tip: Delhi University's north and south campuses are renowned for their delectable food hubs. If you are a current student or an alumnus of Delhi University, you're familiar with what we're referring to. Taking a leisurely stroll through these campuses and indulging in the culinary delights is a must.

Awakening the history enthusiast within you

Architectural marvel of historical monumentsin Delhi

Unlock the mysteries of Delhi's rich history

The history of Delhi captivates not just enthusiasts of the past but also those who may not typically be drawn to historical narratives. An ancient legend has said that "he who rules Delhi, rules India". From Indraprastha of Mahabharat to the present New Delhi, it has grown into a mega metropolis. It has survived all the vicissitudes of time and fortune.

Every nook of this lively city unfolds a fascinating story, and among them, so here are three compelling historical sites that have played a pivotal role in shaping the city:

1. Qutub Minar

Qutub Minar in Delhi

Visit the architectural masterpiece of Delhi

Among the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Delhi, Qutub Minar stands out as an architectural masterpiece that is a must-visit monument in Delhi, showcasing Indo-Islamic designs. Built by Qutub-ud-din Aibak, it holds the distinction of being the tallest brick minaret globally, reflecting the early period of the Delhi Sultanate.

Take a metro from the Ashram metro station on the pink line and get down at the Qutub Minar station. From there, the monument is just a brief 4-minute stroll.

2. Red Fort

The majestic Red Fort in Delhi

Explore the iconic monument iof Delhi

Located in the heart of Delhi, the Red Fort or Lal Qila stands witness to the history of the Mughal era in India. Built primarily by the fifth ruler of the Mughal dynasty, Shah Jahan, the red sandstone marvel took approximately nine years to construct.

The time required to explore this masterpiece depends on your level of interest, ranging from 2 hours to a potential 20 hours. They also provide an audio tour of Red Fort, which costs just Rs. 100. Get ready to be amazed by the stunning beauty of this architectural masterpiece!

Pro Tip: If you’re visiting this monument in Delhi during the evening, catch the Light and Sound Show that happens everyday from 7:30 to 10:00 pm.

3. Purana Qila

Facade of Purana Qila

Th marvelous facade of Purana Qila

Purana Qila, or the Old Fort, is a historic fort in Delhi, showcasing the city's layered past. Dating back to the 16th century, it stands as a remarkable example of mediaeval architecture.

The imposing red sandstone walls and intricate carvings are a testament to the grandeur of the Mughal era. Overlooking the Yamuna River, it boasts a serene lake and sprawling gardens, offering a peaceful escape within the bustling city.

Let the city treat you to some awesome sunsets

The gorgeous sunset at India Gste in Delhi

Logged out of work? Don't forget to add one more essential task to give your day a perfect ending.

1. Hauz Khas Lake

The sunset at the Huz Khas Lake in DElhi

Watch a mesmerising sunset at the Hauz Khas Lake (Source - Travel Tales from India and Abroad)

You may know Hauz Khas for its famous nightlife, but did you know that it's a perfect spot to watch the setting sun? Relax and enjoy a drink (or seven) at Social, Lord of the Drinks, Maquina or Coast Cafe, some of the famous pubs in the Hauz Khas Village.

2. Jumbo Point

The iconic Jumbo point in Delhi

Catch a beautiful view of the sunset and the takeoff of a plane at Jumbo Point (Source - So City)

Jumbo Point in Dwarka holds a sentimental significance for Delhiites who, in their childhood, frequently came to this spot to witness the takeoff of flights during an era when air travel was beyond the means of many.

This place is also a photographer's dream come true, offering a stunning backdrop of the Arabian Sea, forested hills, and the city skyline in the distance. As half the city gathers here to watch the sunset every evening, it's also a great place to socialise and see for yourself what all the craze is about!

3. Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Beautiful sunset at the Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Watch the gorgeous sunset at Okhla Bird Sanctuary (Source - Outlook Traveller)

Imagine watching the gorgeous sunset in lush green land with the river flowing and birds chirping. Well, that's precisely the enchanting experience awaiting you at the Okhla Bird Sanctuary, making it one of the most exceptional sunset viewpoints in Delhi.

This protected area is home to over 300 species of birds, including migratory birds from Europe, Central Asia, and Siberia. Some of the most commonly seen species include the Asian Openbill, the Greater Flamingo, and the Sarus Crane.

Shop till you drop

Street shopping in Delhi

Explore the bustling bazaars of Delhi (Source - Youth Corporated Magazine)

A workation in Delhi is an opportunity to blend business with pleasure. Step outside the boardroom and into the bustling bazaars, where retail therapy becomes a delightful distraction. So let's weave through the enchanting lanes and discover some of the must-visit shopping markets in Delhi:

1. Sarojini Nagar Market

Sarojini Nagar market in Delhi

Shop until you drop at Sarojini Nagar Market (Source - Writearn)

Have you ever wondered where the savvy shopaholics of Delhi flock to indulge in a fashion extravaganza without breaking the bank? Sarojini Nagar Market is a bustling fashion hub that beckons with its irresistible array of budget-friendly finds.

The secret ingredient to this retail haven? Bargaining—an essential skill that adds an extra layer of thrill to your shopping spree. Welcome to a world where fashion meets frugality in the heart of Delhi!

2. Janpath Market- Gujarati lane

Janpath Market in Delhi

Indulge in street shopping at Janpath Market (Source - LBB)

If you're ever in need to add a pop of colour to your wardrobe, with some handmade and hand-embroidered goodness, don't think twice and head to the Gujarati Market in Janpath.

You'll also find lots and lots of junk jewellery, from German silver to Afghani styles; a wide variety of earrings, rings, bangles, chokers, and more. The rings are a total steal, with the bands starting at INR 50 and the bigger, more intricate ones at around INR 150.

3. Hauz Rani Pottery & Ceramic Market

Hauz Rani Market in Delhi

Colourful ceramic potteries at Hauz Rani Market

Just a couple of steps ahead of Malviya Nagar Metro Station will bring you to a bevy of shops offering glazed ceramic products for your home, kitchen and garden. The Hauz Rani pottery market in Delhi is a hidden gem that showcases the traditional art of pottery and attracts both locals and tourists.

4. Dilli Haat

Colourful Dilli Haat in Delhi

Shop at Delhi's biggest market (Source - Hindustan Times)

Dilli Haat, a blend of a traditional bazaar and a food plaza, showcases India's diverse culture and crafts. With stalls from different states, it's a treasure trove of handicrafts, clothing, and regional delicacies. The shops in this market rotate every month, giving new artists the opportunity to showcase their work. This means you can visit every month and always find something new to discover!

Grab a cup of coffee

Coffee cafe in Delhi

Take a coffee break in a charming cafe in Delhi (Source - Travel Triangle)

Indulge in a coffee break during your workation at these charming cafes in Delhi that are just a 15-30 minute drive from The Hosteller, Delhi. Whether you prefer a cosy corner for contemplation or a vibrant spot for socialising, these cafes enhance your stay, making every sip a delightful part of your Delhi experience:

1. Café Lota

Cafe Lota in Delhi

Enjoy their aromatic Filter Coffee with artistic décor (Source - LBB)

Food is a form of art. It couldn't get more authentic than this, and Café Lota is a true example. This cafe in Delhi is made for art and food enthusiasts, as you have the National Crafts Museum in the vicinity, situated at a distance of 20 minutes from The Hosteller. Enjoy the art in the museum, return for a fantastic feast with artistic décor or vice versa, and enjoy their aromatic Filter Coffee!

2. Café Turtle

Cafe Turtle in Delhi

Sip on a deliciously brewed coffee while reading your favorite book (Source - Cafe Turtle)

Nothing beats sitting in a café above your favourite bookstore as you sip a deliciously brewed coffee. Visit this cafe in Delhi along with your favourite book to relax on an afternoon or evening and enjoy a cup of coffee and other unique delicacies. Give their Gooey Chocolate Cake a shot; it's worth all the calories!

3. Diggin

Diggin cafe in Delhi

Savor a cup of Special Diggin Coffee in their beautifully decorated cafe (Source - DforDelhi)

Diggin is a beautiful cafe in Delhi decorated with tea lights and quirky garden furniture, the best place to enjoy a good cup of tea or coffee. Though it's pretty spacious, with two indoor and outdoor seating floors, it is cosy enough to enjoy your tete-a-tete and a dose of caffeine.

While their Cappuccino and Mocha are excellent, their Special Diggin Coffee, an espresso topped with a scoop of gelato, chocolate sauce, and chocolate chips to garnish on top, is to be noticed.

An epicentre of arts

Art exhibition in Delhi

Immerse yourself inthe cultural gatherings in Delhi (Source - Media India Group)

In the movie Delhi 6, the quote "Yeh shehar nahi mehfil hai" holds true because Delhi is the epicentre of numerous art and cultural gatherings, making it the best way to meet new people and experience the city's true colours.

Visit these beautiful centres in Delhi to immerse yourself in the bliss of live cultural performances, art exhibitions, film screenings, and more!

1. India Habitat Centre

 India Habitat Centre in Delhi

Browse through the visual art exhibitions held at IHC (Source - The Times of India)

Let's start with the place of art and culture in the heart of Delhi. India Habitat Centre, an architectural marvel, is home to all kinds of art forms and practices, all merging seamlessly and thriving under one roof.

It is the hub for Delhi's most prominent artists to showcase their talent in cultural performances, film screenings, art exhibitions and book launches.

2. Kamani Auditorium

Kamani auditorium in Delhi

Watch spellbinding art performances at Kamani Auditorium (Source - Vendry)

Have you ever stepped into the most prestigious theatre hall in Delhi, where the stage has borne witness to the finest national and international theatrical and classical art performances?

Kamani Auditorium offers a magical experience, making it the perfect venue to immerse yourself in spellbinding plays and art performances. Surround yourself with the enchantment of artistic thought and creativity!

3. India International Centre

India International Centre in Delhi

Indulge in the poetic allure of Urdu nazams and plays at India International Centre (Source - Wikipedia)

Considered to be among India's premier cultural institutions, running into a celebrity at the India International Centre won't shock you because of the grandeur and aura of this place near the picturesque Lodhi Gardens. Indulge in the poetic allure of Urdu nazams and plays presented at this iconic center.

Apart from a stunning collection of painting exhibitions and books, their restaurant chefs would live up to your appetite expectations! So, drop by for an enriching solo date soon!

Pro tip: Ever wondered about the secret portals to 153 different cultures hidden in Delhi? Embassies here aren't just closed doors; they're open invitations to explore diverse traditions. Dive into a cultural adventure where embassies offer more than just diplomatic talks. Join their fun language courses that make learning a new language an exciting and relaxed experience.

Acquire a new skill

A foreigner showing photos to a boy in Delhi

A foreigner teaching photography to a little boy in Delhi (Source - Delhi Photo Tour)

Embarking on a new learning journey in a different city is a unique travel experience in itself. Break free from the monotony of your job, discover new passions and venture to these top three places to immerse yourself in exciting hobbies.

1. Try your hands at pottery

Pottery classes in Delhi

Learn the basics of hand pottery in Delhi

In Delhi, a variety of pottery workshops await, offering the opportunity to learn the basics of hand pottery, clay moulding, and glazing. Some of the top-notch pottery studios catering to quick workshops include The Clay Company, Zorba The Buddha, Kalasthali Art School, and Maati Srijaan - The Clay Studio.

2. Indulge in a wine tasting

Wine tasting in Delhi

Indulge in the best wine tasting experience in Delhi (Source - Facts.net)

Discover the art of wine tasting in Delhi, where every sip is a celebration of flavours and a chance to delve into the world of fine wines. We've found the best place for you- The Wine Company where you get to indulge in wine tasting between 7 and 9 pm for just Rs. 500!

3. Street photography

Lodhi Art District in Delhi

Explore the most picturesque spot in Delhi (Source - Festivals From India)

The city is a street photographer’s delight, offering the perfect backdrop for intriguing shots. Some of the picturesque spots are Lodhi Art District, Connaught Place, Yamuna Ghat and Manju Ka Tila.

Have a penchant for exploring eerie locations?

Haunted house in Delhi

Explore Delhi's spectral secrets (Source- FabHotels.com) 

Discover the spine-chilling tales that linger in the air of Delhi's most haunted places, where history and mystery intertwine. These eerie sites, echoing with ghostly whispers, will send shivers down your spine. Unveil the city's haunting history, a must-do for thrill-seekers ready to explore Delhi's spectral secrets.

1. Sanjay Van

Sanjay Van in Delhi

Experience the haunted aura of Sanjay Van (Source - Hindustan Times)

Sanjay Van is a haven for children and nature lovers during the day but transforms into a nightmare post evening. Sudden pushes, resounding slaps, the disappearance of trinkets, spotting of fog in summer nights may sound funny and amusing to you but not when the entity doing it is not a human.

They say that the aura of this place is so haunting that it can easily score a rank on the list of haunted places in Delhi and the world.

2. Lothian Cemetery

Lothian Cemetry in Delhi

Dare to visit this creepy haunted place in Delhi (Source - Wikimedia Commons)

The backdrop of a cemetery is enough to give creeps. Many who have seen a ghost with his disjoint head in his hand, are not alive to recount the tales and those of whom are alive, are rattled to their bones with fear. By-passers can often hear haunting laughs and cries coming from this creepy haunted place in Delhi.

3. Khooni Darwaza 

Khooni Darwaza in Delhi

Explore the haunted secrets of Khooni Darwaza (Source - Tripoto)

Anguished cries can be heard around this historical monument in Delhi, many times. There are many different versions of the reasons behind this haunted place in Delhi – like the brutal murder of three princes, Bahadur Shah Zafar's sons Mirza Mughal and Mirza Khizr Sultan.

They say that the sudden drop in temperature and apparitions through the walls of this gate can give you chills to the bones. Dare to visit in the dead of night? If you're intrigued by tales of the supernatural and haunted places, our detailed blog is a must-read.

Spiritual exploration

Spirituality in Delhi

Delve into the spiritual side of Delhi

Delhi is a melting pot of a myriad of vibrant cultures, traditions and norms, which help it to stand out from other states in the country. Mosques, temples, churches, and gurdwaras stand side by side, reflecting the inclusive spirit that defines Delhi. Here is a small list of attractions that are considered of great religious importance and worth visiting:

1. Akshardham Temple

Akshardham temple in Delhi

Marvel at Delhi's biggest temple

The term 'Akshardham' translates to the immortal abode of God. It is a masterpiece of Indian architecture and spirituality. Located on the banks of the Yamuna River, this temple complex is dedicated to Bhagwan Swaminarayan and showcases the intricacies of Indian art, culture, and spirituality. The intricately carved interiors and the spectacular water show make it a must-visit for all.

2. Gurudwara Bangla Sahib

 Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi

Visit the significant place of worship for the Sikh community in Delhi

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a significant place of worship for the Sikh community and a popular tourist destination in Delhi, honours the memory of Guru Har Krishan, the eighth Sikh Guru. Situated near Connaught Place, the bustling heart of the national capital, the Gurudwara stands out for its splendid architecture and the expansive water body, known as 'Sarovar,' nestled within its complex.

3. Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid, DElhi

The view of the magnificent Jama Masjid

In the heart of Old Delhi lies one of the largest and most magnificent mosques in India- Jama Masjid. Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, this stunning red sandstone and white marble structure can accommodate thousands of devotees at once. The view from its minarets provides a breathtaking panorama of the bustling city below.

Enjoy the nightlife

Nightlife in Delhi

Experience the nightlife of Delhi!

Delhi's bucket list is incomplete without experiencing its nightlife! In this scenic land, discover the ultimate party destinations, ensuring your nights are filled with unforgettable moments and shared laughter with friends. Here's the list of the top five pubs which are just a 30 minute drive from The Hosteller, Delhi, for you to have the best party of your life.

1. Kitty Su, Connaught Place

Kitty Su in Delhi

Have an electrifying night at Kitty Su

Are you looking for an electrifying night in one of the best nightclubs in Delhi? Among the many clubs in Delhi, Kitty Su is a beacon of energy and excitement. It has revolutionised Delhi's club scene, setting a new standard for party places in Delhi.

2. Social, Hauz Khas

Social, Haus Khas in Delhi

Have an unforgettable buzzing time at Social, Hauz Khas (Source - Hoteliers Web)

Welcome to Social, the hottest spot in town, secluded in Hauz Khas, an up-and-coming district boasting a rich history mixed with urban cool. Here's what sets Social apart from other clubs: it's a haven for creative minds, a stage for live performances, a gourmet delight, a buzzing party and its proximity near some of the most Instagrammable cafes in Delhi!

3. Mocha Art House

Mocha Art House, Delhi

Enjoy a cricket match with a glass of chilled beer

Ever wondered where the buzz of cricket meets the thrill of nightlife in Delhi? Picture this: a giant LED screen, a glass of chilled beer, and a feast spread before you, all while soaking in the fervour of a live cricket match. In a city where cricket is more than a sport, this spot weaves magic into Delhi's vibrant nights.

4. Imperfecto Ruin Pub

Imperfecto Ruin Pub, Delhi

Dive into the vibrant party atmosphere at Imperfecto Ruin Pub (Source - So City)

Ever wished to step into a dream where chaos feels just right? Enter Imperfecto Ruin Pub, a haven of unique interiors featuring neon pink lights, creatively stacked chairs, and a touch of eccentricity. Dive into the vibrant scene with live music, a pool table, and a rooftop oasis. Open till 1 am, it's a must-visit – just remember to book ahead for those bustling weekend vibes!

5. Tamasha

Tamasha, Delhi

Visit the most quirky spot of Delhi (Source - India Tourism)

Tamasha is one of the most quirky spots in Delhi with wooden interiors, a great outdoor space with a truck-bar, cosy backyard, and a beautiful rooftop. The place has an exhaustive drinks menu and a tempting foods section with Middle Eastern, Indian and Continental dishes.

Fairs and festivals

Food festival in Delhi

Immerse yourself in the city's celebrations of fairs and festivals (Source - LBB)

Dive into the city's kaleidoscope of fairs and festivals, each a unique celebration of culture, cuisine, literature, and nature. Here's are some of our recommendations:

1. Qutab festival of music and dance

Qutub festival in Delhi

Soak into the mesmerising tunes of music (Source - India Tours)

This event is a 'performing arts' festival organised at Qutub Minar every year by Delhi Tourism. One can simply soak into the mesmerising tunes of music by Indian and foreign maestros or can enjoy the resplendence of cultural dance performances. This fest is organised sometime in October/ November.

2. The Grub Fest

The Grub Festival in Delhi

Be a part of Delhi's biggest food festival (Source - Tripoto)

Being one of the best and biggest food festivals of Delhi, The Grub Fest is a must-attend for every foodie. With delectable delights right from the kitchens of some of the most renowned restaurants, good music and performances, this fest sure keeps you entertained. This food festival happens in the first week of November.

3. The New Delhi World Book Fair

New Delhi Book Fair

Attend Delhi's biggest annual literary festival (Source - The Indian Express)

The New Delhi World Book Fair is an annual literary spectacle eagerly anticipated by book lovers, writers, publishers, and the general public. As Asia's most significant book fair, it is critical in promoting literature, education, and cultural interchange throughout the Indian subcontinent and beyond.

This literary festival is held at the historic Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India, at the start of each year.

4. Jashn-e-Rekhta

Jashn-e-Rekhta in Delhi

Be a part of the world's largest Urdu celebration

Jashn-e-Rekhta is the world's largest Urdu language literary festival. It is a three-day event held in New Delhi that celebrates the Urdu language. This event is the flagship event of the Rekhta foundation. This festival takes place every year in the month of December.

5. Garden Festival

Garden festival in Delhi

Celebrate the hues of Mother Nature at Garden Tourism Festival

Celebrating the hues of Mother Nature and the fervour of Spring Season, Delhi Tourism in association with Government of Delhi has been organising 'Garden Tourism Festival' in the city for more than three decades.

The objective is to create awareness about the environment and showcase the rich floriculture of Delhi. This is a 3-day long festival which is held every year in February.

6. Daryaganj Sunday Book Market

Daryaganj Sunday Book Market in Delhi

Explore the bustling Sunday book market

Daryaganj Sunday Book Market, a bibliophile's haven, emerges in the heart of Old Delhi every Sunday. This bustling market transforms the streets into a sprawling open-air library, offering a diverse range of books at affordable prices.

Book enthusiasts and casual readers alike immerse themselves in the maze of books, relishing the thrill of discovery. Daryaganj Sunday Book Market celebrates the written word, attracting book lovers from far and wide.

Pro tip: Delhi hosts an array of events from religious festivals to artsy exhibitions, stand-up comedy, food festivals and music festivals. Keep an eye out for the monthly lineup of these vibrant celebrations and cultural gatherings on Instagram and websites!

Weekend trips

Weekend trip from Delhi

Escape the hustle bustle of Delhi (Source - The Indian Express)

Delhi serves as a gateway to numerous enchanting hill stations and destinations, seamlessly connected by an extensive network of buses and well-maintained roads. This accessibility makes spontaneous weekend getaways a breeze, allowing visitors to escape the urban hustle for serene retreats amidst nature with ease. Got a long weekend? Buckle up.

1. Murthal

Murthal, Haryana

Relish a delicious plate of parathas at Amrik Sukhdev (Source - MakeMyTrip)

Take a weekend trip from Delhi to Murthal, a mere hour's drive away. Known for its iconic dhabas serving mouth-watering parathas, Murthal is a culinary haven, especially celebrated for its mouthwatering paranthas. The journey unfolds through scenic landscapes, offering a pleasant escape from the city's hustle.

2. Jaipur

Jaipur city

Dive into the grandeur of Hawa Mahal in Jaipur

Escape the Delhi hustle for a weekend trip to Jaipur, a mere five-hour jaunt into a regal realm. Dive into the grandeur of Hawa Mahal and Amer Fort or watch the sun bidding adieu over Chokhi Dhani. While you’re exploring the pink city, stay at our gorgeous property The Hosteller, Jaipur for a better experience!

3. Lansdowne

Lansdowne

Escape the city hustle for a serene weekend at Landsdowne (Source - MakeMyTrip)

Lansdowne tops the list of the best off-beat spots for a weekend trip from Delhi. It’s a perfect location to organise an aesthetic picnic setup along the gorgeous Bhulla Lake or take in the stunning view from Tip N Top hilltop. Treat yourself to some local Garhwali dishes like Kafuli, Thechwani, Phaanu, Baadi and Kulath ki Dal. You can stay at The Hosteller Mussoorie, just a 30 minute drive from Lansdowne.

4. Dehradun

Dehradun city aerial  view

The gorgeous aerial view of Dehradun city

Take a weekend road trip from Delhi to Dehradun and feel the temperatures drop, the pollution clearing, as nature's serenity takes over. When in Dehradun , explore Paltan Bazaar, Shikhar fall, Tapovan Temple and Doon Valley.

5. Chakrata

Chakrata

Explore the beauty of Chakrata (Source - Indian Holiday Pvt. Ltd.)

Nestled in Uttarakhand, Chakrata is a tranquil hill station known for its natural beauty and peaceful surroundings. Some of the famous places to visit include Tiger Falls, Deoban, Budher Caves and Moila Top. Chakrata is approximately 7 hours by road from Delhi, making it one of the best places to visit for a weekend trip. Yes, we have a hostel in Chakrata too!

The Hosteller, Delhi

Common area of The Hosteller, Delhi

You can never see it all in Delhi. Just when you think it's all done, returning to the hostel might tempt you to join in on our variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Socialise with fellow travellers and remote workers—you never know, you might establish a fantastic work connection or make a lifelong friend!
 

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