5 things to do in Delhi when you’re cashless

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Delhi is ideally characterized by old monuments, grand mosques and exquisite forts. But what do you do after you’ve visited all these places? Let’s just say that you don’t really intend to spend your money either!

Here’s what we think you can do in the capital without worrying about the cash flow!

1. Listen to Qawwali at the Nizamuddin Dargah

Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah, the resting spot of one of the world’s most well-known Sufi devotees Nizamuddin Auliya, pulls in Sufi lovers from all over the world. On Thursdays, people from NCR gather at the Dargah for an evening of beautiful trance-like Qawwali. The best part? It’s free!

2. Visit Delhi Folk Artistes

Under the Shadipur Depot bridge in west Delhi is a slum area called the Kathputli Colony. It’s home to almost eight hundred folk artistes, a large number of whom have represented India at shows all across the world. Just a single visit will leave you enchanted!

3. Delhi Drum Circle

Every alternate Sunday, a gathering of percussionists jam and delight the crowd. They respect music and the effort that goes into making it and, hence, ensure that their listeners/viewers experience the best without having to worry about the burden on their wallets. They usually begin at 5 p. m. with a couple of free-form tunes and end with music that will stay with you for a while!

4. Explore Delhi on a Bicycle

Need an out of the box Delhi experience? Take to the lanes on a bicycle and submerge yourself in the exquisite sights, aromas and even tastes! Delhi By Cycle, an organization run by a columnist from the Netherlands, offers the citizens of the city the opportunity to explore its beauty in an old-fashioned manner—on a bicycle! The rides take you through various areas of Old and New Delhi, helping you find distinctive corners of the city to call your own. However, you should be up ahead of schedule. They begin the tour at 6.30 a. m. to avoid traffic jams and to ensure the most authentic (also inexpensive) experience.

5. Raahgiri

Raahgiri began as an enthusiastic initiative that worked to make Gurgaon a more accessible and healthier place for its citizens. In a very short period, it has become one of the most popular and dynamic green movements. It’s quite THE way to spend your Sunday morning. Why? Because there’s cycling, running, high-impact exercises, Zumba, roller skating, yoga, volleyball and badminton—all this in the middle of Connaught Place for free!

The number of cashless opportunities available to Dilliwalahs reinforces the saying that’s been ignored: ‘Ki bhaiya, Dilli to Dilwaloh ka seher hai, paise valoh ka nahi’ which when translated means ‘Delhi has always belonged to people with big hearts, not to people with a huge bank balance’.

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