No matter which project you choose, volunteering in India will be an incredible experience that you’ll cherish throughout your life. You will have fixed schedules for the weekdays (Monday – Friday) when you need to be at the project site and devote completely towards the work.
Usually, the work hours vary from 4 – 6 hours during the daytime, and volunteers get free by 5′ O’clock in the evening.
While you will surely get to explore the famous monuments (like the Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb etc) and temples (like Lotus Temple, Akshardham) in Delhi during the weekends, here are a few things that can be done on weekday evenings:
Light and Sound Show in Purana Quila
The Purana Quila (meaning Old Fort) is one of the oldest forts in Delhi that was built in 1538. The Light and Sound show is held on weekdays (except Friday) inside the fort premises. Known as ‘Ishq-e-Dilli’ (Romancing Delhi), this show will take you back in time when Delhi was ruled by the Hindu king, Prithviraj Chauhan. From 11th century till date, you’ll get to see the complete evolution of the city. The amazing laser work with partial usage of 3D technology will absolutely amuse you.
Listen to Qawwali at Nizamuddin Dargah
Nizamuddin Dargah (the Tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya) is considered to be a very holy place for the Muslims. The narrow bylanes that lead to the dargah have small shops selling rose garlands and colorful chaddars (clothes for the devotees to offer God) as well as eateries serving delicious kebabs and naan. But the main attraction is the qawwali music, that’s performed by Sufi musicians on every Thursday evening. Sufi music is supposedly the tune that connects human to Allah (God) – and even if you aren’t a believer, you’ll surely feel charmed by the tunes. Mostly sung in Urdu, this Thursday gathering at Nizamuddin Dargah attracts a lot of visitors who come for a musical treat.
Shopping at Janpath
Janpath is a shoppers’ paradise in Delhi and on weekends, this place usually remains extremely crowded! So if you wish to avoid the maddening crowd and have a good bargain while shopping, then weekday evenings would be the best option. From clothes to souvenirs, accessories, and crockeries – you’ll find everything at the Janpath market. And the best part is – it’s extremely affordable and you can bargain till you get the best deal.
Go for a refreshing walk inside the Lodhi Gardens
If you feel tired and exhausted after the day’s work and want to relax a bit, stretch your arms and legs, jog or just walk and inhale some fresh air – then head towards the Lodhi Gardens. It’s one of the greenest parts of the city, the garden was built around the tombs of Muslim rulers during the 14th and 15th centuries. The garden has a great collection of plants and trees that’ll introduce you to India’s rich flora. You can also join the meditation or yoga classes that are held inside the garden premises, every evening.
Savor the delicacies in Old Delhi
Chandni Chowk, the street that connects to the Jama Masjid, is popular for delicious Mughlai cuisine – kebabs, korma, biryani, Phirni and what not! This food street will give you a taste of the meals that the rulers of India used to have, and it has got an amazing blend of spices. You can also head towards the ‘Paranthe Wali Gali’ and try some exotic varieties of stuffed bread. Indian cuisine is popular in every corner of the world and when in Delhi, you just can’t miss out savoring the authentic tastes of India.
To know more about what all you can do on the weekdays or how to fix a plan about any of the above mentioned ones, you can directly talk to the in-country coordinator, who’ll happily assist you. Otherwise, you can also drop us a mail at [email protected]
Hope you’ll make the most of your time while volunteering in Delhi and explore as much as you can!