For those who are neck deep in work from Monday to Friday, the very word weekend sounds like magic. And Delhi is where the magic of weekend unfolds in many different ways. Though the city is rich in history and has plenty of age-old edifices to visit, give these historical monuments a miss this weekend. Instead, take a break from your busy schedules and do something fun and relaxing. So don’t confine yourself to your hotels in Delhi or while away your time being a couch potato. Put on your casual clothes and a pair of sneakers, and start exploring the city.
Want to have a heavy dose of fun, yet don’t know where to start? Read on. In this blog, we give you a rundown of the top 10 things to do in Delhi this weekend.
Things to do in Delhi on weekends:
1. Explore Your Adventurous Self at an Amusement Park
How about doing something adventurous and screaming your lungs out? The amusement parks in Delhi are the best places to get your weekly dose of adrenaline rush. These parks have an abundance of options, from water slides and high speed and gravity-defying rides to gaming zones and rides for kids. You can spend an entire day here with your family or friends, taking breaks only to refill your engine at the food court. Here’s our pick of the top amusement and water parks in the city.
- Fun N Food Village
- Location: Old Delhi – Gurgaon Road
- Timings: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Key attractions: Roll N Roll, Magic Carpet, Dragon Ride, Polo Trooper, King Wheel, Disco Disco, Tora Tora, Snow Blaster
- Entry fee: ₹1000+GST (for couples, per head); ₹300+GST (for kids, per head)
- Just Chill Water Park
- Location: Main GT Karnal Road
- Timings: 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
- Key attractions: Katrina Twist, GodZilla, Black Thrill, Zig Zag, Dark Hole, Bull Ride, Break Dance
- Entry fee: ₹600 (adults); ₹500 (kids); ₹1200 (couples); ₹900 (stags)
- Adventure Island
- Location: Rohini
- Timings: 12:00 pm to 8:30 pm
- Key attractions: Artificial Lake, Splash Down, Z-Force, Cyclone, Wave Rocker
- Entry fee: ₹600 per person
- Worlds of Wonder
- Location: Noida (GIP Mall)
- Timings: 10:30 pm to 7:00 pm
- Key attractions: Mega Disko, Download, Rockin Roller, Big Beat, Fast Forward
- Entry fee: ₹599 (kids); ₹749 (adults); ₹249 (senior citizens)
Note: Water Park is closed for the winter season
2. Spend a Day at Connaught Place
One of the oldest marketplaces in Delhi built by the British, Connaught Place is an ideal weekend spot for shopping, food, and entertainment. You can start off with a shopping session at Palika Bazar, an underground market where you get clothes, footwear, bags, and other items at insanely low prices. CP also has outlets of many local and international brands. Once you are done with shopping, enjoy a filling lunch at one of the many eateries in the area including, Pizza Hut, Subway, Bhape-Da-Dhaba, Saravana Bhavan, and Farzi Café. And don’t forget to watch a movie at any of the three cinema halls before you go back home.
- Timings: 11:00 am till midnight; every day
3. Take a Food Tour Through the Streets of Delhi
What is a weekend if you don’t treat yourself to some soulful food? And the streets of Delhi offer you just that – food that tickles your taste buds and soul alike. Here’s a list of areas where you can savor the best street food in Delhi.
- Khan Market
- Location: Rabindra Nagar
- Must-try Items: Rolls, Kebabs, and Desserts
- Famous joints: Soda Bottle Opener Wala, Sham Di Hatti, Big Chill Café, and Azam’s Mughlai
- Pandara Road
- Location: India Gate
- Must-try Items: Paranthas and Kebabs
- Famous joints Gulati, Pindi, Ichiban, Chicken Inn, Krishna Di Kulfi, Chor Bizzare, and Veg Gulati
- Location: Jawaharlal Nehru University, Mehrauli Road
- Must-try Items: Rolls, Milkshakes, and Momos
- Famous joints: North Eastern Dhaba, Ganga Dhaba, Tapti Da Dhaba, and Raju Bhaiya Ka Dhaba
- DU North Campus
- Location: Delhi University
- Must-try Items: Momos, Milkshakes, Chole Bature, Bun Butter, Chai
- Famous joints: Momo’s Point, Chache Di Hatti, Tom Uncle Maggi Point, Bille Di Hatti, Ricos
- Jama Masjid
- Location: Chandni Chowk
- Must-try Items: Biryanis, Kebabs, and Rotis
- Famous joints: Aslam Chicken Corner, Al-Jawahar, Quereshi Kebabs, Haji Mohd. Hussain Fried Chicken
4. Attend a Movie Screening in the City
No, we are not talking about watching blockbuster movies at multiplexes. This weekend, how about attending a film screening and watching some foreign language movies? Many cultural centers and film societies in Delhi conduct film screenings on weekends, which include classics and latest releases in French, Korean, Italian, Japanese, and other languages. If you are an ardent movie lover, this could be a delightful experience. Here is where you can go.
- Allaince Francaise de Delhi (Lodhi Gardens)
- India Habitat Centre (Lodhi Colony)
- Italian Cultural Institute (Chanakyapuri)
- Max Mueller Bhavan (HC Mathur Lane)
- Instituto Cervantes (Connaught Place)
*Show timings and ticket charges vary. You can contact these centers directly or check their websites to find out the details.
5. Take a Walking or Cycling Tour through Delhi
Offbeat yet wonderful, Delhi’s walking tours are the best way to experience the city and its history in a unique way. There are many groups and organizations in the city that conduct guided tours and each of these tours present you with exceptional local experiences. Here is a list of the top walking tours in Delhi.
- Delhi Heritage Walks: This group organizes curated walks that take you through popular neighborhoods in the city.
- Master Ji Ki Haveli: They organize tours that combine walks and auto rickshaw rides, taking you through historical places, streets, and popular food places in the city.
- Delhi by Foot: Also known as DBF, this group offers many different walking tours every weekend, which include food trail walks and culture trail walks.
- Delhi Food Walks: From the street grubs of Old Delhi to the Tibetan delicacies at Majnu Ka Tila, you can experience the unique culinary heritage of Delhi by taking this tour.
- Cycling Tours: An early morning cycling tour can be a great way to experience the city and break a sweat at the same time. Groups like Delhi by Bike, Delhi by Cycle, and SpinMonkey conduct cycling expeditions, including Haveli Tour, Old Delhi Tour, Yamuna Tour, Shah Jahan Tour, and the like.
6. Shop Till You Drop
Weekends in Delhi cannot be deemed complete if you haven’t shopped at the city’s major street markets. From clothes, footwear and bags to antiques, handicrafts, and other knick-knacks, these markets have it all, that too at throwaway prices. All you need is a shopping bag and good haggling skills. Here’s our list of the best shopping places in Delhi and what to buy from each market:
- Janpath (Designer tops, kurtis, junk jewelry, accessories, Tibetan goodies)
- Chandni Chowk (Electrical items, souvenirs, spices, fabrics, jewelry)
- Sarojini Nagar (Clothes, jewelry, rejected export garments)
- Lajpat Nagar (Garments, accessories, bags, jewelry, footwear, designer items)
- Karol Bagh (Wedding garments, jewelry, second-hand books)
- Kamala Nagar (Junk jewelry, footwear, kurtis, dresses)
Alternatively, you can visit some of the major shopping malls in Delhi for a 360-degree shopping experience.
7. Party Hard at the Nightclubs and Pubs
If you have had a tough workweek, you deserve some unwinding moments over a couple of drinks. And the pubs and nightclubs in Delhi are places where you can drink, dine, and dance or just spend a few hours chatting with your friends. Sounds like a plan? Here’s our list:
- Kitty Su (Connaught Place)
- Playboy Club (Chanakyapuri)
- Kylin Sky Bar (Vasant Kunj)
- Pass Code Only (PCO) (Vasant Vihar)
- The Electric Room (Lodhi Road)
- Privee (Connaught Place)
For more details, read our blog on the best pubs, bars, and nightclubs in Delhi.
8. Engage in Some Adventurous Sports
You might find it hard to believe, but Delhi has a lot of places where you can engage in a session of adventurous sports, like rock climbing, air safari, paragliding, go-karting, off-roading, and the like. Up for it? Opt for any (or all) of the following adventure activities to do in Delhi on weekends.
- Rock Climbing
- Where: Indian Mountaineering Foundation, South Moti Bagh
- Cost: ₹ 100 per hour
- Air Safari
- Where: Flyboy Aero Park, Gurgaon
- Cost: ₹ 1599 onwards (might vary based on the flight type and duration)
- Go Karting
- Where: Sector 17-18 Link Road, Gurgaon
- Cost: ₹ 296 onwards + GST
- Paintball Shooting
- Where: Shootout Zone, Andheria Modh
- Cost: ₹ 500 onwards
- Escape Games
- Where: Ctrl.Shift.Esc, Gurgaon
- Cost: ₹ 600 onwards
Also Read: Places to Visit in Delhi for Couples
9. Take a One Day Trip
Weekends are not just about walking around the city, having fun and enjoying mouthwatering food. If you have an insatiable wanderlust, there are many places you can visit on a one day trip from Delhi. These places will rejuvenate you and gear you up for the upcoming week. Here’s our list:
- Location: Gurgaon
- Distance: 56 km (approx.)
- Things to Do: Adventure sports, sightseeing, camping
- Damdama Lake
- Location: Gurgaon
- Distance: 61 km (approx.)
- Things to Do: Boating, cycling, fishing, camping, parasailing, and kayaking
- Neemrana Fort
- Location: Alwar District, Rajasthan
- Distance: 130 km (approx.)
- Things to Do: Sightseeing, cultural events
Read our blog on the best places to visit on a one day trip from Delhi and start planning your trip right away.
10. Experience the World of Cultures at Dilli Haat
You can shop here, but it’s not a shopping center. You can enjoy a great variety of food here, but it’s not a food joint either. Yes, we are talking about Dilli Haat, a craft bazaar cum open-air food plaza located in South Delhi. You can spend a whole day here, without feeling bored, enjoying flavorsome cuisines from different parts of the country and buying clothes, home décor, jewelry, and other handicraft items. Counted among the best places to visit in Delhi with family, Dilli Haat undoubtedly is a center of cultural vibrancy.
- Location: INA
- Timings: 11:00 am to 09:00 pm
- Entry Fee: ₹30 (adults); ₹20 (children)
11. Enjoy a One-of-its-kind Coffee Time at Kumzum Travel Café
Planning a coffee time with your friends this weekend? Ditch your regular cafés and make your way to the coolest café in town, namely Kunzum Travel Café. Located in Hauz Khas Village, it is the only travel café in Delhi where you can meet travelers from across the country. While you are here, you can share your travel experiences with others and also attend the workshops conducted by travelers, photographers, and artists. You will be served coffee and cookies and, wait for the surprise, you will need to pay only what you feel like.
- Location: Hauz Khas Village
- Timings: 11:00 am to 7.30 pm; closed on Mondays
Now that you have a full list of things to do and places to visit in Delhi on weekends, what are you waiting for? Start making a plan because better days are coming – they are called Saturday and Sunday. Make them count!