It’s that time in Delhi again. Temperatures are soaring, and all you want to do is spend your free time and weekends holed up in your air-conditioned homes. But, why should summer stop you from having fun? We’ve rounded up a few activities that you could try out – from early-morning golf lessons to rock climbing indoors, and more.
It has often been called a rich man’s pastime. Not surprising, if you consider that private golf courses here charge a fee that runs into lakhs, or the fact that the premier Delhi Golf Club has a waiting of almost 30 years!
But Delhi does have a golf course that is more accessible and affordable to the general public. The Qutab Golf Course, located at Lodhi Road, charges Rs 50 for entry and Rs 100 for rental of the gear. There are also trainers for those looking to learn, with fees starting from Rs 250.
Timings: 6am to 8pm | For more info, visit their website
Rock climbing got a new face when Delhi Rock opened their GK II studio/gym to the public in May last year. Equipped with a skilled and experienced training staff, they provide rock-climbing classes for both adults and youngsters.
Besides rock climbing, they have other activities like Krav Maga and Aerial Silks (a form of aerial acrobatics), as well as several different types of yoga.
Price: Rs 3,000 onwards | For more info, visit their website
Who doesn’t love a good spy thriller? The thrill and excitement is enough to make you forget this drab summer. To get a real-life taste, head to Mystery Rooms in Rajouri Garden. You have to solve a puzzle, find the clues and get away! You can choose between a jail escape and a bomb diffusing mission. A minimum of two people and a maximum team of 8 are allowed in every challenge.
Price: Rs 500–1,000 per person (varies according to the day and the number of people in the challenge) | For more info, call 9999772664, 9999772646
PS: Ctrl.Shift.Esc in Hauz Khas Village also offers a similar real-life escape game.
As the summers continue to blaze, ice skating offers the chance to cool off whilst enjoying a fun physical activity. The iSkate rink located in the Ambience Mall in Gurgaon lets city dwellers experience this popular sport. While there are various assistance gears available for kids, there are also trainers for adults new to ice skating. And after a tiring skating session, you can head to the adjoining bar for a drink.
Price: Rs 480 for one hour | For more info, visit their website
The neighbouring Aravalli Hills provide the perfect setting for camping and outdoor activities in Delhi. Camp Wild, located on the border of Gurgaon and Faridabad, offers scenic accommodations and a host of things to do such as rappelling, flying fox, hikes, archery and more. You can choose between the deluxe eco-lodges for a more relaxed and luxurious stay or safari tents for a camping experience. Perfect for a weekend getaway, the camp is set close to rural areas, giving people a chance to see what village life in India is like.
Price: Their two-day packages start from Rs 8,000 onwards, which will include stay, meals and activities. | For more info, visit their website
Surjivan Resort, 29 kms from Delhi is a weekend getaway that also doubles as an adventure spot. The resort offers traditional mud houses (they are equipped with all modern facilities, so no worries there!) for accommodation and a whole range of activities such as parasailing, hot air balloon rides, rock climbing and a few others on request like a village safari and camel rides.
Price: 2D1N package starting from Rs 6,500 | For more info, visit their website