By Editors

Billionaires building large farmhouses, Audis and Beemers ruling the ring road, and dolled up ladies clutching their Prada purses. These are becoming the common sights within the capital city. While it’s amazing to see how Delhi is changing so dramatically before our eyes, it’s no secret that the city is becoming more expensive by the minute. That’s why your true blue Delhi loving peeps at Little Black Book are here to help you find the best deals around our booming capital.

Whether you’re feeling a bit sporty, getting your inner foodie on, or just looking for a chilled afternoon, we have a great list fit for anyone looking to pass their time in Delhi in under INR 500.

State Bhavans | For any Delhite, young or old, food needs no introduction. Simply put, some eat to live, but we live to eat. Being in the capital of India, we have the luxury of sampling regional cuisines at amazingly cheap prices at the numerous state bhawans around the city. So whether you’re craving a lamb rogan josh, a spicy biryani, or a masala dosa, there’s a bhawan for you. For more information on which bhawans to check out, take a look here

Price: INR 500 or below {for one}

Siri Fort Sports Complex | It allows for a drop-in system. It has on offer a range of sporting activities, including tennis courts, Badminton, Squash Courts, Table Tennis, Billiards/Snooker, Basket Ball, Hockey, Cricket Practice pitches, Football, a jogging track, and an Olympic size swimming pool. If you opt for a single activity, it significantly reduces your cost. For more information on the Siri Fort Sports Complex, take a look here.

Where: Asiad Village

Price: INR 400/Day for all facilities, INR 30/day to use the walking track

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Sivananda Yoga Centre | For those of you into flexing and getting your asanas on with some yoga, the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Kailash Colony allows for drop ins. For more information on the Sivananda Yoga Centre, click here.

Where: Find one nearest you, here

Price: INR 400/class

Brooklyn Academy of Dance and Arts | Most popular for their urban, hip-hop, popping and lyrical hip hop classes, lucky for you BADA follows an open class system; this means no monthly sign up is necessary. To view their entire schedule and for regular updates. click here. 

Price: INR 500/class

National Gallery of Modern Art | If you’re feeling artsy, why not check out the wealth of Delhi’s art galleries and museums on offer. The National Gallery of Modern Art in the center of Delhi has a collection that includes a collection of India’s acclaimed masters such as Amrita Sher Gill and Rabindranath Tagore, as well as a wide variety of cutting edge exhibitions. For more information, and a full list of showing artists, click here. 

Price: INR 10/Indian and INR 150/Foreigner

Films at DT Cinemas | We know we know. Movie tickets are ludicrously expensive at DT. But here’s a little well-kept secret. Come Thursday, movie tickets at DT are priced at INR 150 for all movies. And we’re almost certain you’ll manage popcorn and a drink in the remaining 350.

Where: Find a DT nearest you, here.

Price: INR 150/Thursday for all movies

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Delhi Zoo | A huge hit with anyone below the age of 12, the Delhi Zoo can make for a great way to pass your day, especially if you’re on a date and wish to enjoy a little boating for two after.

Where: Mathura Road, New Delhi

Price: INR 40/head for Indians and INR 200/head for foreigners {Closed on Friday}

Ice-cream at India Gate | There’s actually no charge to hang out in the lawns, or to do the much talked about walk around it, but we’re accounting for the money you’ll spend on ice-cream. For anyone in Delhi, whether you’re a local, visitor, NRI coming back home or just another traveller in transit, this is and remains a Delhi staple must-do.

Where: India Gate, Rajpath

Price: INR 100/person {but really depends on your choice of ice-cream}

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Sound and Light show at Purana Qila and Red Fort | Although severely erratic with their timings and frequency {always call ahead}, the actual show is a splendid recreation of this particular piece of history. The show is available in both Hindi and English, and in case you hadn’t caught on, only happens in the evening.

Where: Purana Qila, Mathura Road and Red Fort, Netaji Subhash Chandra Marg, Chandini Chowk

Price: INR 80/ticket {for both shows}

Dilli Haat | Every Delhi guide will tell you that Dilli Haat warrants a visit. Think of it as a showcase of the states of India. Craftsmen selling local goods and produce, and food from everywhere {which includes momos from Sikkim, Bamboo hot chicken from Nagaland, Kahwa from Jammu and Gujarati Dhokla}. The good news is, you’ll manage a full meal in under the 480 rupees you’ll have left after the entry ticket, but shopping might just be a problem. Unless all you want is a pair of jootis, or a keychain.

Where: Dilli Haat, West Kidwai Nagar, Opposite INA Market

Price: INR 20/ticket and INR 350/person for a meal {approx}

HOHO Bus Service | May we just start by saying, if you’re a foreigner, you’re out of our budget boundaries. But, for locals, we recommend a little re-acquainting with the capital aboard the HOHO. Super efficient, clean, and equipped with English speaking guides, it’s a perfect way to see Delhi in a day, and the best part is some of you won’t even have to get off, because you’ve probably seen it before. Don’t, otherwise you’ll overshoot our budget!

Where: Book online, and catch the bus anywhere, find out more, here. PS: We recommend always booking online; routes and timings fluctuate.

Price: INR 400/ticket

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Delhi Heritage Walks | A guided tour {often colour coded}, groups of people, iconic Delhi neighbourhoods, open air, pollution, and all on foot. Delhi Heritage walks take you on a curated walk through various old and newer neighborhoods of the city, including Lodi Garden, Mehrauli Archeological Park, Kashmiri Gate, Jama Masjid, Tughluqabad Fort, Old Fort, and Mehrauli Village. To stay under the INR 500 bracket, you’ll have to choose from one of their regular, pre-curated walks.

Where: Click here to pick a walk and make a booking.

Price: INR 400/person

Delhi Museums | Lo and behold, lunch might not be free, but some culture is. Find here, a comprehensive list of all the museums in town, and the best news is all tickets are under INR 500; and even better, some of them are free!

Where: Depends on museum selected

Price: Under INR 500

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Dastkar Nature Bazaar | Organised by Dastkar, a society for crafts and craftspeople, the Bazaar is a lot like Dilli Haat, sans the massive food spread. Expect traditional spices, crafts, textiles, and fashion and lifestyle products. You’ll get in for less than 500, and even if you can’t shop, a good look-see is worth it.

Where: Kisan Haat, Andheria Modh

Price: INR 60/ticket

Bengali Market | One of the city’s most iconic market places {especially if you ask a foodie}, the market is a gold mine of cheap eats, Indian street food, and is considered a cultural hub, thanks to its proximity to all the major Delhi theaters. For a fulfilling meal, we strongly recommend Bengali Sweet House, and Indian staple and always incredible Nathu Sweets.

Where: Off Barakhamba Road

Price: Meal for one at Bengali Sweet House, between INR 350-500

Delhi is full of street food vendors, chai walas, and corner stores stocked high with Bantaa, lime soda and chuskis on every corner, follow our street food guide, here and here, to bookmark some of the best places to eat.

Paharganj | The neighbourhood is a must visit in Delhi. From its interesting population mix, to the fashion and accessory buys, if Delhi was to have a hippie, free love association neighbourhood, this would be it. Roam the streets, take in the expat population, and stop for lunch at one of their many many many restaurants. LBB recommends Sam’s Cafe and Kathmandu Cafe.

Where: Paharganj, Central Delhi

Price: Meal for one at Sam’s and Kathmandu Cafe is at INR 350-400