It’s been about 47 days till now that we all are cooped up inside our homes. From digging into the tastiest street foods like gol gappe, aloo tikki, faluda and kulche to enjoying the breeze by the ancient monuments, everything has become a nostalgic experience now. While we can’t exactly anticipate when things will finally get back to normal, but at least for now, we can take a stroll down the memory lane and make the most of the good days we had spent earlier. And here is a list of Delhi monuments we are craving to visit right now.
1. India Gate
Remember those times when we used to drop by India Gate late at night to try out the flavourful chuskis, ice-creams and masala papads? It is a go-to place for many Delhiites, where they can sit on the grass and gaze upon the magnificent monument. Or maybe wait for the sun to sneak out and walk by the Rajpath in the wee hours of the morning. Also, how can we forget about the evening boatings or the family get-togethers at the lawn, or watching the lads playing cricket? If we miss the place too much now, the best we can do is watch the Rang De Basanti movie.
2. Jama Masjid
Whenever we used to go to Jama Masjid, one thing that remained mandatory for many of us was trying out the lip-smacking butter chicken from Aslam Chicken, near gate number 1 of the grand structure. The bustling spirit of Chandni Chowk is deeply entwined with the emotion of every true Delhiite. The crowded lanes, the smell of food, the diverse kinds of people, and even the Sunday market ( Remember bookworms? It had shifted last year to Chandni Chowk’s Mahila Haat), everything about the place is oh-so-magical. Also, many of us surely had wished to visit there during the upcoming Ramadan week, but sadly the plans are cancelled now.
3. Agrasen Ki Baoli
Is it true that both you and your bae love history? If yes, then how many times have you been on a date to this old gem in Hailey Road? We bet, we aren’t just making you miss the monument, we are making you miss your special one too. Ain’t it? Or there were times when we just chilled out with our friends for hours on the steps of the majestic building or maybe went out on a solo tour with a camera to capture some quality shots. There was so much to do in this place.
4. Lodhi Garden
Heading over to the picturesque Lodhi Garden early in the morning for some yoga amid the greenery had been a weekend ritual for many Delhiites. And for the locals, it was almost a daily practice. The vast expanse of Lodhi garden would see many fitness buffs every morning who would indulge in morning walks, sprints and exercises. Or remember those picnics over there in the wintertime or spring while bathing in the soft sunlight? While spending a day at the garden, oftentimes we had walked through the Athpula or eight-pier bridge up to the Sultanate treasures like the Tomb of Sikandar Lodi or the ravishing Bada Gumbad.
5. Qutub Minar
If you had travelled through the Mehrauli-Badarpur road after sunset in the last few months, you might have already caught the glimpse of the illuminated avatar of the lofty Qutub Minar. The view seemed to be even marvellous in the middle of the night when the roads were all empty. Heritage walkers had started conducting night walks around and inside the monument. To add zing to the experience, soulful musical gigs also were taking place over there on some days, mostly after 7 PM. Many of us kept planning to be at the minaret premises someday under the moon. But who would have known that this pandemic would come midway and the ‘someday’ will be delayed by several months?
While none of us can relive the memories, we can visit them virtually for the time being. All you have to do is log in!