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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

HT for Delhi

Be a tourist in your own city this vacation
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, May 14, 2013
First Published: 22:42 IST(14/5/2013)
Last Updated: 10:58 IST(15/5/2013)
HoHo buses are a popular way of exploring Delhi. M Zhazo/Ht Photo

Delhi is a city where history and modernity combine seamlessly. It has glitzy malls, majestic colonial buildings, monuments, museums, a vibrant street life and inspiring green spaces. So, if you have not fully explored it, then why not become a tourist in your own city this summer vacations?

Hop on the HoHo bus
For the past couple of years, the air-conditioned HoHo (Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus service) has been quite a popular way of exploring the city’s famous monuments. The bus moves along a route, allowing you to board or alight at any of the pick up/drop off points.

The bus, which also has an on board tour guide, runs two tours — the  red and the green. While the red tour covers 13 destinations, including National Bal Bhawan, Red Fort, Nehru Museum and National museum; the green route covers Humayun’s Tomb, Hauz Khas Village and Dilli Haat.

Take a walk down the  history lane
If you like to explore the  city on foot, join one of the several heritage walks on offer. They will help you explore the lesser- known parts of the city. Organised by history buffs, these walks will take you from the Mehrauli Archeological Park to the lanes of Old Delhi and the landmarks of the 1857 Uprising. Most walk organisers offer the option of online bookings too.

Take a rail journey within city limits
If, of late, you have craved for a train journey, you can take a ride on the Ring Rail, the circular rail network in the city. It is a part of suburban railway and runs parallel to the Ring Road along a stretch of 40 km. There are 22 stations and 12 trains with an average daily ridership of  just 4,700. So you do not have to worry about the crowds. You can board the trains at stations at Lajpat Nagar, Sewa Nagar, Lodhi Colony, etc.  

Get adventurous
From scrambling up the rocks to valley crossing to hiking and rappeling, Delhi offers a lot of options in adventure sports. Just head to Dhauj, 7km away from Delhi’s Chattarpur border in Faridabad. The Camp Wild here offers a wide range of adventure activities, including raft-building, zorbing, ATV and mountain biking. Besides, the Botanix Nature Resort, near Damdama village in Sohna offers activities such as making and crossing Burma bridge and treasure hunt at night. You may also go ice skating at iSkate, Ambience Mall in Gurgaon.

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Be a farmer

There are many farmhouses in Sohna, merely 40 km from Delhi, where you can get a slice of village life. You can live in mud and straw huts and indulge in mud-baths, take camel, tractor and bullock cart rides, try your hand at cattle feeding and ploughing fields. Botanix Nature Resort near Damdama Lake offers lessons in biodiversity and conservations for kids.

Nature walk at Zoo
A visit to the Delhi zoo will not only bring you face to face with different animal species but also a diverse flora. Not many people know that Delhi Zoo is also a botanist’s paradise. Different varieties of trees and shrubs are found here. In all, there are approximately 200 varieties of trees properly displayed with their respective descriptions.


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