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Delhi - Leisure and Entertainment
It's always best to register with one's own Embassy or High Commission. They usually have something to offer to expats and are always the best means to meet like-minded people from the same place. Many expats also play the popular game of golf. However, many people prefer to stay at home after a long tiring day. One can also try the HT City Night out and Eating out guide. Expatriates also attend English-language religious services.
One of the most happening places expats and the diplomatic community prefer to visit is the Khan Market. It has excellent bookshops, clothing and furnishing shops, grocers, a good dental practice, stationery shop, opticians, tailors, florists, photographers, computer shops, and also a liquor shop, selling imported beer, spirits and wine. Inside, there is a good mini-market selling imported veg and other goods.
Delhi offers great eating places and food courts. Delhi boasts a Pizza Hut, a TGI Fridays, and a Chili's, as well as Subway in a few different locations. McDonald's doesn't serve beef in Delhi. So there are no Big Macs, or any other hamburgers, or any other beef-based sandwiches. The fast food meals are divided between vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Non-vegetarian items are usually based on chicken or lamb. The typical meal deals cost about INR 100. 'Yo! China' has started up in Noida, Basant Lok and Indirapuram. Nirula's is famous for ice cream. Dilli Haat near All India Institute of Medical Sciences in South Delhi has stalls, which are allotted to craftsmen from all over India on a rotational basis. One can also taste exotic Indian dishes from the different states of India at Dilli Haat. Visit http://www.delhi-tourism-india.com/attractions/dilli-haat.htm for more information on Dilli Haat.
Most of the hotels have clubs and one can take out club membership. It is a good way to get to know people. One can become a member of the Hyatt Hotel if they do not have access to a swimming pool. Delhi offers a great sunbathing experience. Disco and DJ nights are famous among the youth in Delhi and one can try Bacchus in Basant Lok complex or Club in Park Royal, Vasant Continental or Inter-Continental. Hollywood and Bollywood movies are screened at Cineplex. Most of the shopping malls have a Multiplex with 3-4 Cinema halls. IMAX can be experienced at the Pacific mall in Ghaziabad, which is less than 2 kms from the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal.
Delhi is an historic place (Red Fort, Qutab Minar etc.) and is in the vicinity of other historic places (the Taj Mahal, Jaipur etc). There are museums, cottage emporiums, art galleries, libraries, and theatre arts. Some people like to decorate their homes, which can be done here inexpensively and with many and varied handcrafts.
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