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Dating in Delhi

Celebrate the nip in the air with a special person and head out for open-air cuddling - all for free, writes Rahul Sabharwal.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2008 21:11 IST
Rahul Sabharwal

Haven’t we all had enough of dates indoors? We aren’t saying that the dim lights, the slow music or the intoxicating champagne isn’t romantic; but there’s plenty you’ll miss if you limit yourself to fancy restaurants. So put on your shades and sunscreens, because this week we’ll take you to a host of outdoor spots where you may take your beloved later. And here’s the best part, they are all absolutely free! But keep Rs 500 handy in case you feel hungry.

Water-side romance
Recall that eternally romantic image of two lovers sitting by the lake. Well, that could be you. The Badhkal lake (in Faridabad), the Dum-Dama lake, and the Sohna lake (in Haryana, just 60 kms off Delhi) are just about an hour’s drive from Delhi. Carry a music system (battery operated, of course) with a CD of handpicked romantic songs (Rs. 200) and a picnic bag (Rs. 350) along. Hop into your car and drive away. Make sure you stop at a dhaba (Rs. 150 if you have a hefty appetite) on the way; if the Supreme Court has its way, most of them won’t exist in the near future.

Rock on!
If both you and your date are head banging, guitar playing, rock lovers, this is one date you’ll never forget. The Great Indian Rock Festival is coming to town today and tomorrow and this is one gig you shouldn’t miss. Carry a blanket along for the both of you to cuddle into when it gets cold. It’ll cost you Rs. 500 for two people and leave plenty of cash for snacks inside.

Bird-watching
We mean it in the literal sense. The Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, although a six-hour journey from Delhi is worth a visit. Frequented by migratory birds, the place is ideal for those looking for a picturesque date. Better still is Sultanpur, which is a mere one- and-a-half hours away from the city. You may as well carry your camera and binoculars along.

Cycling around Delhi
Apart from the fact that it’s good for health, it’s also a great bonding activity. Just buy the appropriate cycling gear. And carry enough cash to grab a milk shake from Keventers if you get thirsty. Ride safe.

Art-iculate
For those with an artistic inclination, there are plenty of exhibitions at the India Habitat Centre that will make for a perfect intellectual date you always wanted. There’s always great stuff on at the amphitheatre. And if all the ‘thinking’ makes you hungry, you can have a snack at Eatopia for under 500 bucks.