Though most of us have heard that the capital of India is famous for its monuments and historical places like India Gate, Rashtapati Bhawan, Raj Ghat and others, a true picture of the city is way beyond that. If you want a thrilling Delhi experience, you must not miss these opportunities:
1. A gist of Old Delhi
The old Delhi was once a pride of the royals, but now the area is much loved by the ‘desi shopaholics’ and for the famous eateries of the ‘Paranthe wali gali’! The Chandni Chowk market is a rage for bridal and Indian wears and while you are here, the staple kulfi faluda and paranthes couldn’t be missed away. Besides the local fun, you must also visit the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid at Old Delhi.
2. Shopper’s Paradise
If you want to buy the most elegant Indian clothes at the cheapest prices, then the Lajpat Nagar Market and the Sarojini Market should be your pick. On the other hand, the riches and the brand conscious people usually shop at the Khan Market and Saket.
3. The Artistic View
The Crafts Museum at the Pragati Maidan exhibits more than twenty thousand Indian handicrafts that are dug out from different cultures of India. On the other hand, at the Delhi Dance Academy, you can witness the various traditional dance forms of India and even learn a move or two. Besides, you can also take a tour of the National Museum or Rail Museum to see the different facets of the Indian heritage. The Delhi Haat at INA and Pitampura is a beautifully decorated and an initiative by the government where local artisans from all over India display and sell their traditional customs and handicrafts.
4. The One stop relishing destination
The Hauz Khas Village and the nearby Garden of Five Senses are the best sites in Delhi where you can chill and plan out the rest of the journey. It is one of those few places in the city where you can enjoy the greens and taste all types of Indian and world cuisines, all under one roof! One can have a great time at the Kunzum Travel Café, where all the likeminded travellers meet and exchange travel stories and ideas.
Yes, that’s right! A fifteen minute body toning and cardio workout session can keep you fit and help maintain your shape! We understand how busy you are and how every second counts for your effective productivity. Therefore, this cleverly planned and insanely effective 15 minutes every day workout regime can be done at any time of the day and wherever you want and yet keep you healthy, lively and beautiful- to the fullest!
The Warm up session
A warm up session for three minutes is quintessentially important to activate your lazy body cells. ‘Steam Engines’ are effective warm up exercises wherein, while you are in the standing position, you raise your right knee and touch it with your left elbow and repeat the same with the right leg and pace up the exercise at a faster rate, each time.
Pushups and press ups
Press ups and pushups for 1 minute are body moves that not only help in shedding your abdomen and belly but also your chest and arms. For doing pushups, you need to lie flat on the floor with your face down and palms lying just beneath your shoulders. Slowly lift your body so that you can balance your body with your palms and toes, with back straight. Beginners can take help of bench or chairs.
One of the toughest exercises and thus the most effective one, the burpees can be done by first standing straight and then lowering your hands to the ground, followed by pushing your feet back up and out into the air. This move generates sweat and tones your abdomen, legs and arms. Do the sequence for at least 1 ½ minutes.
The last part of the regime is way bit simpler. For this, you would need stairs or props where you can take one step up and then one leg down, alternatively, and repeat the sequence for at least 1 ½ minutes.
Repeat the Pushups, Burpees and Step Ups for at least three rounds to complete your daily 15 minute fitness regime and feel the difference in no more than ten days!
Time and again, the top notch fashion designers of the world have recreated their imaginations and de-codified and re-codified the conspicuous customs of India. However, the base idea still remains the same and is derived from those peculiar ethnicity and fashion sense of India, which is being passed on through generations in the form of tangible traditions. Though there are hundreds and thousands of truly ethnic India fashion wears, the following ones are the most popular:
1. The Saris
Whilst in the South you will find mesmerizing white saris with golden borders (like the Kavanis); the North Indians dazzle with bright red shades of saris (like the Banarasi silk), especially during auspicious ceremonies. The saris are a popular pick in parties (which includes the sensational Bollywood parties as well!) and are also a regular wear for home makers.
2. Kurta or Kurtis with Pajamas
The kurta/ kurti with Pajamas/Salwar/Patiala or Leggings is one of the most contemporary and comfortable Indian fashion wear that is worn throughout India. While in parties one may wear Anarkali dresses made of georgette or silk materials, regular office goers or home makers may choose to wear pure cotton and beautifully embroidered kurta or kurtis, instead.
3. Dhotis and Lungis
Whether stitched or open, the dhoti or lungi is a popular garment of the Bengalis and the South Indians, respectively. Though these fashion wears have now much been sided as a ceremonial wear, it was initially put on to beat the heat and humidity of the coastal areas. Wearing unstitched lungis or dhotis truly require some exceptional skills! It is typically a men fashion wear.
4. Lehenga Cholis
One may call it a combination of blouse and skirt, wrapped beautifully with an embroidered dupatta. The designs may vary from place to place and also with the occasion. For example, worn during the navratras, in Gujarat these are called Ghaghara Choli and are usually made of cotton. On the other hand, a North Indian bride may opt for silk or velvet Lehenga Choli.
Over generations and decades of mismatching the traditional fashion trends, these basic customs have been modified by the localities and also by the in- trend creative minds of several fashion designers. The stories of the ramps have been adapted by common people and one may find a variety of trendy Indian fashion wears in local stores, malls and now even online.