Perfect getaways for monsoons

The summer haul is finally over and Delhiites now have a reason to frequent their favourite hangout spots across the city. After all, how much can one enjoy within the four-walled air conditioned confines?

After a long day at work, one feels the need to go out, breathe in the fresh air, hear the soothing chirrup of birds, enjoy the serene wind, soak in the lush rain-washed greenery and feel the pleasant drizzle on the skin.

While the weather offers such a welcoming relief to the otherwise irritated and annoyed (blame it on the unbearable summer heat) Dilliwallahs, Metrolife offers eight exciting must visit destinations and activities in the city during monsoons.

n Chuski at India Gate - For starters, a visit to India Gate is the first thing that comes to mind, immediately after the sun god spares us from the scorching heat. And what makes the visit better? A chilled, mouthwatering and refreshing chuski!

A perfect family destination, a visit to India Gate can be your surprise vacation, within the city itself. Click some random and funny, yet memorable selfies with the Gate in the background, relish the ‘radio-feel’ songs that are played by hawkers on their stereos, and take a nice long walk, barefoot preferably, in the sumptuously green lawns.

n Relaxing evening walks at Lodhi Garden - We know you are sick of the city traffic. The never-ending honking and red traffic signals can test anyone’s patience. Take a U-turn, towards the verdant vicinities of Lodhi Road and enter the serene ambience in the heart of Lutyen’s Delhi. Metrolife assures you an amazing experience. Enjoy the sudden getaway from the city, where the traffic noises can be vaguely heard in the background.

Savour the city’s heritage which has withstood the vicissitudes of time. Tucked inside the lush Lodhi Garden is Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Sikander Lodi's Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by rulers of the Lodhi dynasty. Your tired mind and spirit will surely feel revived, we guarantee!

n Chai-Parantha at Moolchand Paranthewale - Bored of hanging out at the same old,  cafes, fast food joints? Get off your car, and have a refreshing cup of tea between mouthfuls of the very famous Moolchand Paranthe. Apart from being easy on the pocket, this friendly hang-out will make you go back to your carefree college days.

n Ethnic getaway called Dilli Haat - Many in the city swear by Dilli Haat, a favourite haunt of young and old alike. But no thanks to the hot weather, nothing seems pleasant, not even the traditionally-rich and ethnic items at Dilli Haat. But during this time of the year, Dilli Haat can be a fun venue for one to enjoy the rains, splurge in shopping, enjoy hot momos and sip on refreshing fruit beer. You are lucky because currently the Mango Mela is on too. Plan a weekend at Dilli Haat INA, there’s nothing like it!

n A leisurely walkabout at the Zoo - When was the last time you visited the zoo? While a visit during summers can be tiresome, both for humans and the zoo residents, this is the perfect time to catch up with them. Revive your childhood memories with this yet another pocket-friendly and nostalgic outing.

n An evening in Connaught Place (CP) - A number of Dilliwallahs find CP as the most convenient place to visit, because of its location and a complete shopping, eating experience it offers. Now is the time when one can take a leisurely walk along those fascinating pillars, or sit out at Central Park under the shadow of the gaily fluttering Tricolour, enjoying a relaxing cup of tea and watch at the world go by.

n Visit Hauz Khas Lake - So what if Delhi doesn’t have a seaside like Mumbai. You can still enjoy the rains at popular lakes in the city, especially the one at Hauz Khas and the
other at Purana Qila popular for boating. These are popular picnic sites and provide the right ambience to relax and spend time with family and friends.

n Long drive in the Embassy area - Not the least, when one doesn’t feel like doing anything at all, go for a long drive through the lush, eye-soothing Embassy area in Chanakyapuri. There’s comparatively less traffic, the roads are pot-hole free, broad and welcoming. This plush, quiet zone is quite another world from the rest of the city. Cruising down these roads is definitely makes for a pleasant experience.

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