The national capital region (NCR) is a wonderful place to roam around. Those who stay in Delhi knows it very well. There is nothing that is not available in Delhi (except for beaches and mountains! LOL). I mean if you see, Delhi is one of the most budget friendly cities to stay. To know further about it, lets get to know some budget friendly areas in Delhi.
The national capital is one of the most advanced cities in our country. It has good employment opportunities, all major government offices, important monuments and most importantly, amazing flee markets such as Sarojini nagar, Janpat, Raojouri garden etc. These places not only provides you with variety of clothes, accessories and other things, but they give you the pleasure of “bargain and buy”. The monuments here are so beautiful and historic that tourists from all over the world visit these places. These are all budget friendly areas in Delhi.
There are alot of religious places to visit in New Delhi. My very favorite places are listed below:
- Bangla Saab Gurudwara: This is one of the most peaceful place I know. This is will be within budget yet and amazing place. This place is peaceful. From wherever you are commuting, just get down at Patel chowk metro station and from there it is hardly 5-minutes by walk. Metro prices are not very much. Like I travelled from Rohini to Patel chowk in like 40 bucks. You can also have “Langar prasada” there. Nevertheless, it is very tasty and truly something worth experiencing.
- Jama Mazjid: I have visited Jama mazjid also quite a few times. This is yet another affordable place. The structure and design is so beautiful. The view from there is breathe taking and this place is also equally peaceful. To reach here, you gave to get down at Chandni Chowk metro station and walk through Old Delhi lane to reach here.Source: www.britannica.com
- Sacred Heart Cathedral Church: This is one of the most famous places to visit in central Delhi and it is known specifically for its Christmas celebrations. To reach here, get down at Patel chowk/ rajiv chowk, take an auto (Rs 10 per person), and he will drop you right in front of the church.Source: commons.wikimedia.org
- Malai mandir: Malai mandir is the most famous South Indian Temple in the city and is located in South Delhi near Moti Bagh. Situated at an elevated level, it is unique. The Prasad here is very affordable. it is like 4 vadas for Rs 10. If you are in north India and feel the need to visit a typical south Indian temple, This place is definitely for you. Reach here from Moti bagh or Haus khas metro station.
5. Lakshmi Narayan Mandir: This is the famous Birla Mandir in Delhi. Must visit place if you love temples.
Food is love.
There are so many small thelas and shops all around the city, famous for its food. Delhi is known for its street food and chaats. Listed below are some places you can visit when in Delhi:
The famous ones…
- Jain Chawal wala (Connaught place): This place is located very near to Shivaji stadium in Connaught place. All varieties of Rice including Rajma chawal, Kadi CHawal, chole Chawal etc. are very famous. Their famous Raita is just too expensive to miss. This is very affordable, They sell for Rs 70 per plate. From experience I can say that two people can easily share one plate.
- Delhi-6 ki galiyan : The lanes of old Delhi is known for their eatery outlets and stalls. They are very famous for their “Parathe wali gali”. Warning: If you are dieting, NEVER go here. They literally fry the parathas and serve. ANyway, the chats here are affordable and I must say, finger licking good. Must try this place.
- Bengali market: My college was in Mandi house and Bengali market was my go-to place. This place serves amazing sweets since ages.
The unknown gems..
- Apart from BM, there is a stall run by an old uncle. He sells chole kulche for Rs 20. Trust me, it is so filling. He also sells amazing Maggie, variety of rice.
- There are small stalls near Barakhamba metro station, I guess gate no. 1. OMG, their Samosa chaat, cheese maggie, Pav bhaji and many more dishes are amazing. They are pocket friendly and yet so tasty.
- Gol gappa is love. Not every stall makes amazing gol gappas. My very favorites are South Ex stall, the one in prashant vihar, Rohini and Sector-3 ROhini. The Gol Gappa water is tangy and tasty.
Budget friendly cafes Delhi
There are alot of pocket friendly cafes in Delhi. Most of them are located near Delhi University Colleges-North campus and South campus. I am going to tell you guys about my very favorite five cafes first, and then a few more.
1) Spezia Bistro: If you wish to spend minimum amount and eat wonderful dishes, this is the place for you. I love their combos such as momo sizzlers. They have a good menu range and offers are there round the year. It is located at North campus, Hudson lane. Nearest metro station: GTB metro station.
2) Cafeteria and co: If you love burgers, fried and yummy side sauces, this is the place for you. This place is so beautifully constructed right in Hudson lane. I love their ambiance, food and everything. The food here is budget friendly and filling.
3) Woodbox: This place is known for its beautiful platter full of small colored burgers, fries, spring rolls and much more. Pocket friendly place with quirky interiors, this place is LIT. They have two outlets but I like the South campus one more.
4) Chai story: This place serves undoubtedly best variety of Tea in the city. I love their Cutting chai, Masala chai and variants of Maggie and sandwiches. Inexpensive and the choice of foods they serve, this place is good enough for small office meetings too!!
5) Cantino: My favorite <3. WHy? What better than live music, good food, beautiful interior and a budget friendly place? This is also located in Hudson lane. I just love this place. I am sure you will too 🙂
Other budget friendly cafes:
-Cha baar: If you are book lover, crafts lover and Chai lover, this place will take your heart away. Located at Oxford bookstore in Connaught Place, this is an amazing place to visit. Love their food and the place itself!!
-QDs: This place is very famous for its Tandoori momos. One of the first places to serve Tandoori momos some years back, this place still has its place on my list.
-Chaayos: Samosa aur Chai khane ka man hai? Head straight to this place. They have many outlets but it is onmy list because this serves as a means to fulfil my hunger on my way home from office at Kashmiri gate Metro station. My favorite is their masala chai and Samosa chaat.
-Shambookas: This place is there on my list because of its fun environment, good food and their board games. You want to have chilled dinner scenes with your friends? Head straight to this place. They serve amazing food in pocket friendly prices.
Flee markets: Fun and more fun!!
Delhi is famous for obvious reasons. One of them is its flee markets. Top notch bloggers like Komal Pandey appreciate these markets and encourage people to buy good stuff at much reasonable prices. These markets are very affordable and would not pinch your pockets. AT ALL!!
Let us see these markets one by one now.
- Sarojini Nagar (SN): My very favorite go-to-shopping place. This place has everything!! From clothes to home decors and from furniture to wedding clothes, literally everything. The best thing about this market is “BARGAINING”. Trust me, it is a skill that not everyone possess. But over the period of time, I have learnt it very well. For a middle class girl like me, shopping from zara or westside every month is not possible. SN provides me with good variety of things at budget friendly prices.
- Rajouri Garden: This is a nice market but a bit costlier than SN. There are more brand showrooms here compared to roadside market. If you want to shop for your birthday or any special occasion, this is the place. The sale on brands are pretty good here. I have written a smaller blog post about Rajouri Garden. You guys can check that out too. http://www.perfectlymessed.com/?p=124
- Janpat: I basically go here for Jewelry and accessory shopping including bags. Also books and novels are available at reasonable prices. This is in Central Delhi, right at the heart of the city. So if you are in Delhi for just one day, You might visit here over other flee markets.
- Karol bagh: I personally feel that quality of clothes is not very good in their street market, but shops are amazing here. Also you can literally have amazing looking bags for 200 bucks and never regret it!! There are some food outlets as well due to which this place is famous, specially among south Indians.
- Kamla nagar: Wanna head from college to shopping and chilling at Pocket friendly prices? Go to Kamla nagar. Right in front of Kirori Mal College backgate, this place is very famous among College going students. You can find outlets like MINISO that brings all the more joy.
- Chandni chowk: I will not recommend anyone to go here alone. If you are a group of people, you can go here and expore Old Delhi. This is specially known for its wedding collection, be it saree, Lehenga or jewellery.
- Shankar market: As my mother pointed out this place, I realized this place actually has one of the best collection of suits pieces in this city. This place has few shops but quality of those shops are Guaranteed.
The famous Monuments and structures to see..
- Qutub Minar: RIghtly so, this is the Identity of Delhi. This is a beautiful structure and a very important part of Delhi’s history. It is a good tourist spot and a wonderful shoot location. Try watching this place during the night with Lightings. You will fall in love <3
- India gate: This place is close to my heart because every evening spent here is like a beautiful memory. Cycle rides, chaat corners, photography and those small gardens around this place is just too much to ignore. This place gives me a feeling of patriotism too!
- Red fort: A wonderful historic structure and now, a tourist spot. This place has small markets inside selling some amazing stuff. You must visit this place to understand Delhi’s history and to enjoy too.
- Akshardham Temple: A massive structure with interesting events to attend, this should be there in your list if you are visiting Delhi. This place is a beautiful combination of mythological believes and architectural beauty.
- Lotus temple: This is specifically known for its flower like shape. It is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification. It is basically a kind of medidation centre. If you are finding peace, you must visit this place.
A gist of My City
If you see, Delhi has everything. Good monuments, good food, wonderful flee markets and much more. This is a budget friendly and an amazing place. The metro rail here connects you from any part of the city to another. I totally love this place. Yes, I agree that pollution levels go beyond control and for a month or so this place becomes a mess to live it, but don’t you feel we are the ones responsible for it too? This city has so much more to offer too such as a good night life for youth, good job opportunities. Winter season in this city is the most famous one because you literally enjoy freezing cold environment for around 4-5 months a year, depending on the weather condition every year.
If I had to summarise, I would say that this place is the national capital for some reason. Come here and explore it. Walk through the lanes and understand the beauty of this city.
Meri Dilli. Meri Pehchaan.