Food And Travel

Have You Visited These Hidden Places In Delhi? If Not, It's The Time You Do!

| March 23 , 2018 , 19:24 IST

You must have explored many wonders of Delhi such as forts, lakes, markets, and minarets but the city has more to offer to those who continuously seek to unveil one of its hidden gems. There is still plenty that Delhi has to offer and even though these jewels of the city were not able to get the same attention from the explorers, let me assure you they certainly deserve a mention and at least a visit someday.

Here are some of the best-hidden gems and nondescript places to visit while in Delhi.

Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal

Location: Central Ridge Reserve Forest, Jhandewalan, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Jhandewalan

Some say it to be haunted while some call it a myth, maybe we will never know unless we explore it. This hidden attraction that has been calling all photographers for photo-tours and leisure day out is Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal. This place is located in the central ridge that yore the past. Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal was actually built as a hunting lodge by Firoz Shah Tughlaq back in the 14th century.

Speaking of the architectural design, it highly resembles the design of well-known Malcha Mahal in the same area. Its rubble masonry gate and huge open courtyard take you back to bygone times. The fact that there are no guards to watch over the place at night and those who have visited this place warn others to leave the surrounding area before sunset make Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal even more attractive and interesting.

Tughlaqabad Fort

Location: Tughlaqabad, New Delhi

Nearest Metro Station: Tughlaqabad

This attraction in Delhi is pretty much overlooked and is often passed by people without being noticing. The ruined remains at Tughlaqabad creates a sense of suspense and curiosity in mind when visited.

Tughlaqabad Fort still remains one of the most crucial of all hidden places in Delhi as it is eminent for being established by the founder of Tughlaq dynasty, the great Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq himself. Founded in the year of 1321, the fort was famous for its gigantic bastions which measured up to a height of 30 meters.

This two-storey high structure hosts a soothing and green area perfect to relax and see a completely different side of Delhi.

Haveli of Mirza Ghalib

Location: Qasim Jan Street, Baradari, Shahjahanabad, Ballimaran, New Delhi

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – 11 am to 6 pm; Closed on Mondays

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazaar

Poetry lover or not, one is sure to have heard of Mirza Ghalib, the great poet of the Mughal empire. Not many people know about the existence of his haveli in the narrow lanes of old Delhi. This 150-year-old haveli in Chandni Chowk has been converted into a museum, retracing the poetic days of Ghalib and the old world charm of his time. 

A delight for lovers of poetry, history buffs, and admirers of Ghalib, this memorial haveli displays his famous works, quotes, and paintings, and photographs, statues, and objects of his life. It is believed that Mirza Ghalib spent the most crucial years of his life in this haveli.

Delhi War Cemetery

Location: Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi

Timings: Monday to Friday – 9 am to 5 pm; Closed on Weekend

Nearest Metro Station: Dhaula Kuan

There is no greater sacrifice than of a soldier getting martyred for his or her country. And in recognition, appreciation, and respect to the sacrificial spirit of the Indian soldiers, one of the most meaningful hidden gems in Delhi remains that of the Delhi War Cemetery which was established in 1951. Along with Indian soldiers, a lot of British and Dutch soldiers have also been laid down in rest at this memorial.

BONUS: Death Valley

Location: Suraj Kund, Faridabad

Nearest Metro Station: Badarpur

Located in the heart of Faridabad, one can indulge in activities like swimming and trekking on the marked trail. Since it is located in an isolated area, everyone is advised to be on a safer side and try to explore this area in groups while making sure everyone returns before the sun goes down.