Basti hai mastano ki Dilli, Dilli…
And there’s so much more to it than mastano and masti. You might have known Delhi as a foodie’s paradise, as a cultural hub, and as a street shopper’s wonderland. But today we’re going to talk about things that you probably didn’t know you could do in the city. Here are nine off-beat experiences that will give you a taste of the other side of the capital.
Trampoline parks are for all ages whether you’re three or 30. SkyJumper is an indoor amusement park that will bring out the child in you. Go solo or jump on the chance with your squad, you’ll want to make it a weekly thing, we bet.
WHERE: SkyJumper Trampoline Park (Ground Floor, ILD Trade Center, Sector-47, Sohna Road, Gurgaon)
CONTACT: +91 888 2288 001
Barney Stinson in the popular TV series, How I Met Your Mother, made laser tag cool. And in his honour, there’s a laser tag den centred in Delhi’s Hauz Khas Village called Barney’s Den. With more than 10 laser tag games divided into beginner, intermediate and expert level to choose from, you can take your entourage to the village and ace the art of (laser) shooting.
WHERE: Barney’s Den (12, Second Floor, Hauz Khas Village)
Get the feels of Venice right here in the city at this mall in Greater Noida. The Grand Venice Mall is built with a Venetian architecture; it’s the city’s first theme-based and premium retail and entertainment destination. What makes the mall so special is its romantic gondola ride that transports you to the European city. The boat rowers even dress and sing like the ones in Venice, making the whole experience all the more magical.
WHERE: The Grand Venice Mall (Plot No SH3, Site IV, Near Pari Chowk, Greater Noida)
Escape rooms are your escape into all the rush and hush, if only you unlock the right door. It’s like a challenging race against the clock where the sole motive is to get yourself out of a theme-based room before you run out of time! Use logic, solve puzzles, find hints, and prove the power of teamwork to conclude a mission.
WHERE: Mystery Rooms (B-7/9, Ring Rd, Block WZ, Rajouri Garden)
CONTACT: +9198990 07238
Rock climbing, acro-yoga, dance workshops, you name it and Delhi Rock has it. They even have parkour (the art of navigating effortlessly through obstacles… in air) classes where you can work on your flexibility, balance, and strength in fun exciting ways. You’ll be learning from the best of the best, Abhishek, who has been practicing and teaching parkour for six years. He is trained in karate (Okinawa Goju Ryu) and has learned yoga from Kaivalyadham in Mumbai.
WHERE: Delhi Rock (Premises Nanaksar Gurudwara, opp res M-39, GK2)
Madame Tussauds needs no introduction. The wax museum originated in London and now has smaller museums in major cities around the world including India’s first ever in Delhi. Wax statues of Indian and international icons so life-like that you won’t be able to tell the real one apart. And since it’s situated in Connaught Place, the city’s central commercial complex, there are unlimited options to eat and shop at too. That’s how you make a day in the city fun.
WHERE: Madame Tussauds (44, Regal Building, Connaught Place)
CONTACT: 011- 47024700
We just found out about India’s first and finest glass art studio right here in Delhi called Glass Sutra. They work with local artisans based out of Firozabad, the glass capital of India. The studio plans to conduct tailor-made workshops, ranging from basic glass art and craft to intensive glass-making classes involving glassblowing, flameworking, kiln fusing, etc. Up your crafty skills to new levels of prettiness.
WHERE: Glass Sutra (Studio number 6/7. 19 Ambavatta Green, Chhattarpur, Sultanpur, Mandi Road)
CONTACT: +91 9811992770
Forget ladies night and set the mood Sufi every Thursday at Dargah Hazrat Nizamuddin. An evening of soul-stirring music and live qawwalis in the courtyard of the dargah is just what one needs to truly feel liberated and happy. The resting place of one of the world’s most famous Sufi saints, Nizamuddin Auliya, the dargah is extra crowded on Thursdays. You can bring something to cover your head with, although it’s not compulsory if you only enter the courtyard.
WHERE: Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah (Boali Gate Rd, Opp The Lodhi)
My friends developed a sudden interest in skateboarding after Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider Man came out. It’s been five years and they’ve been practicing since. Where? At FreeMotion Sk8, Delhi’s first indoor skating park with ramps and accessories. They’ve instructors who’ll give you a lowdown on how to get started if you’re new and you can even take their monthly pass to learn properly.
WHERE: FreeMotion S8 (131, Street 1, Neb Sarai, IGNOU Road, Saket)
So, which activity are you striking off first?