Winter Bourne


Now that we've survived the coldest day in 44 years, here's a list of what to do over the weekend, before the chill passes us by.

History on Wheels

No other season but winter offers a unique joy of cycling through the city — a desirable balance of the bleak sun shining on your back and the chilly breeze slapping against your face. Then, it's the best time of the year to join one of the many tours that Delhi by Cycle has to offer. They cover a series of cycle tours across the city, including one around the old city of Shahjahanabad, scenic tours of many havelis in Old Delhi (in picture above) and more recently, Lutyens' Delhi.

Those Boots Are Made for Walking

Nancy Sinatra could as well have been singing about a good winter trek in her iconic song. Make a trip to the Dodital & Darwa Pass (in picture above) in Uttarakhand or trek through the jaw-dropping sight of snow-capped peaks in Himachal's Chamba valley. Another option is a day-long trek passing through pristine mountains and fields at Sirohi village, merely 40 kms from Delhi. While you think of long treks around such scenic surroundings, surely bonfires and foggy mornings are part of the package.

A Day in the Museum

Museum-hopping in summer is only criminal. A day-long visit to the city's museums seems like a plausible plan when the sun isn't a bother, but a welcome friend. Visit the Doll's Museum on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg for a view of the dolled versions of Dandi March and Russian troupe dancers. Better still, the Sulabh International Museum in Palam offers a view of different kinds of toilets, displayed according to their relevance in history.

Bird's-Eye View

Experts say bird-watching is best left to the winter season. Veteran environmentalist and bird-watcher Ranjit Lal mentions, "Winter is when you can spot most migratory birds. At Delhi's Okhla Bird Park (in picture below) and Yamuna Biodiversity Park, you can spot ducks and flamingos this time." So this coming weekend, plan a date with your camera at either of the two. "Catching the birds in their natural environment gives you the best pictorial results," adds Lal.

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