Memos from Asia

Offbeat Locations to Explore in New Delhi

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The view of tombs in Hauz Khas, Delhi, India

The Indian NCR (National Capital Region) is not only home to India’s countless religions and people but also places to explore.

With New Delhi at the center of it all, you can expect just as many businesses, cultures, as well as places worth seeing.

However, some of the main tourist attractions can get crowdy even on weekdays (although not too much). 

If you’re the kind of traveler who prefers places to relax in and explore without too many people around, we’ve got some options.

New Delhi is a huge city, and getting from one place to another requires ample time and traveling by metro or cabs, so you need to keep a day or more free for it. Traveling by metro is the best option when you’re moving from one part of the city to another.

Hauz Khas village

Although this is one of the most famous and visited places in New Delhi, you can expect some level of calm and serenity in weekdays or rainy days.

The places are a hub for night clubs, cafes, eateries, and exotic restaurants, all leading to a fantastic garden and historical monument with a lake in the middle.

Ruined Buildings of Hauz Khas village, known in the medieval period for the amazing buildings built around a reservoir and drew a large congregation of Islamic scholars.

Champa Gali

Champa Gali is a secluded and hidden space surrounded by artisan and carpenter shops. It is a hot spot for some of the most interesting and high-end cafes.

This is more of a place to capture those Instagram worthy captures. Although this is a well-hidden place, the ambiance and quality of food in cafes make this place a must-visit.


Located in Northern Delhi with Vidhan Sabha metro station nearest to this place, Majnu-ka-Tilla is a Tibetan colony and is famous for its exotic and highly affordable cafes.

The native Tibetan culture and decorations make this place and its eateries a must-visit.

Although it is a tightly packed area, you can relax and chill back at the many cafes and eateries with drool-worthy Tibetan dishes.

Moreover, you can also shop for souvenirs and other shopping items.

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