Love is in the air...

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The City has got some bad Press as opposed to its reputation of being ‘Dilwalon ki Dilli,’ in the past few days. Video footage of young couples getting intimate in the Metro were leaked on the Internet not too long ago and then we were told that Metro washrooms are the Capital’s new lover’s point, thanks to a lack of dedicated spaces.

Of course, there is no dearth of outfits masquerading as ‘guardians of bharatiya sanskriti’ waiting for February 14 even more eagerly than teenagers, for their 15 minutes of uprighteous fame in
newspapers and on TV.

So is Delhi really that apathetic to its cupid-struck youngsters or have we missed out on some lovely spaces where couples can just drown in each others’ eyes? Metrolife decided to find out from Delhi’s lovebirds.

Prachi Deswal* vouches for the INA Dilli Haat any day. “I think it’s the most beautiful place in the city to spend time together for people like us,” she says looking at her ‘friend.’ “Last February 14 we went there, he helped me choose some trinkets and tie-and dye-dupattas to match my new suits. The whole atmosphere is such that you can go around holding hands, share a laugh or two and even cosy up for a while. Nobody really minds.”

Connaught Place, its string of branded stores, restaurants and Central Park came up as a second favourite. Sanchita Kaul*, a student, shared with us, “Most shopkeepers are courteous and help you find even complementing clothes. You can shop here the whole day, have a romantic lunch at any of the eat-outs and flop
on the nicely laid-out benches when done. Central Park is also a good option, but I like it only when it is not milling with crowds.”

Delhi’s public parks are not exactly the best spots to get intimate but the more centrally-located ones like Rose Park, Deer Park and the whole Hauz Khas Complex are quite-liked by youngsters.

“It’s our own national park with trees, lush bushes, different kind of birds and the beautiful lake. For people who like to celebrate love in the lap of nature, it’s the right place,” says Rajat Garg, adding the Garden of Five Senses farther south is another option in this bracket.

Students of JNU swear by Parthasarthy Rocks. One, confided in us saying, “It’s JNU’s best-kept secret. This open-air auditorium, nestled between the Aravallis, offers beautiful sunsets and peaceful surroundings. We are told that it is the highest natural point in the city and you can feel on top of the world with your loved one both literally
and figuratively.”

If you are fond of celebrating V Day in the midst of charming old-world relics,
go for the much-loved Lodhi Gardens, Safdarjung tomb or Qutub Minar. And lest we
forget, India Gate still stands tall for those looking for love, the traditional Dilli-way.
(*Names changed on request)

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