If you happen to be visiting Delhi from abroad, especially Europe or any of the 2 Americas, it is logically assumable that you are already shocked by the city’s cultural idiosyncrasies.
Yes, although a little difficult to digest, Delhi is a cultural hypocrite! She will impress and disgust you in equal measures.
Since the premise of this post is couples and PDA (Public Display of Affection) in Delhi, let’s just say public tolerance towards couples’ hormone laden gestures of expressing love and affection varies in congruence with Delhi’s multicolor demography.
To sum it all, it depends! Let us first understand the definition of PDA in context of the Indian psyche.
Defining PDA or Public Display of Affection w.r.t. An Indian Metropolitan
It’s pretty much the same as in the West, the only difference here is that even kissing/smooching/snogging is considered equally taboo.
Indians, particularly Delhiites, have a weak palate for absorbing love (read hormonally) crazed puppies trying to draw the world map on each other with their bare hands.
Delhiites can be particularly unforgiving if they catch you in the middle of “the act” and will not hesitate to give you a giant piece of their mind, all the while threatening to report the matter to one or both your parents.
So what do the average, desperate Delhi couples do to, well, “nurture the flower of love”? Easy sleazy, they visit any of the several notorious couples’ parks in Delhi and indulge in uninhibited, unabashed celebration of their emotions!
If you too have been looking for some places in Delhi for couples, you could not have landed at a better place! For readers’ convenience, the 5 parks have been presented as a countdown in ascending orfer of notoriety.
Buddha Garden or Buddha Jayanti Park, Ridge Road near Dhaula Kuan
|Couples at Buddha Jayanti Park, Delhi|
Risk Quotient – Very High. If you are spared somehow by social discards, mind that the Delhi Police is a regular visitor and God save you if they catch you doing anything.
Nearest Metro Station- Dhaula Kuan (Airport Express Line)
Garden of Five Senses, Ladu Sarai
|Garden of Five Senses is one of favored places for romantic couples to get cozy|
Risk Quotient – Low. There are security guards and policemen manning the Garden’s gates and it’s rather difficult to get caught!
Nearest Metro Station – Saket (Yellow Line)
Deer Park, Hauz Khas Village
Okay, Deer Park is not exactly your typical greens with dense bushes behind which you can discreetly lay a wandering hand or two. Atypical to most parks in Delhi for couples, Deer park is often visited for ‘passive lovemaking’ – i.e. hand holding, romantic walks by the pond, the occasional kiss or two stolen in a fleeting moment.
The tattered Madarsa and the artistically ruined tomb of Firoz Shah Tughlaq provide for ideal premises for second base stuff. Best time to visit is in the afternoon, when most of Delhi is either working or sleeping.
Risk Quotient – Depends! If you’re only at the preliminary stages of your PDA marathon, nobody would bother; if you dare cross the minimum civility, you better watch out – there might be the odd Uncle lurking somewhere!
Nearest Metro Station – Hauz Khas (Yellow Line)
Millenium Indraprastha Park, Outer Ring Road, near Sarai kale Khan
The newest addition to the infamous list, yet spiraling up the notoriety charts – the Indraprastha Millennium Park has a huge advantage for Delhi couples – that it’s huge, literally! All of the park’s massive 34 hectares are utilized optimally by lovebirds aching for some intimacy.
It is NOT uncommon to see couples going the whole way, discreet as they are. In fact, after Connaught Place, the Millennium Park has emerged as the next favorite rendezvous point for homosexuals.
Risk Quotient – It’s all luck here. Of late, policemen have started conducting impromptu raids, but that’s only after dark. In a nutshell, leave before you’re asked to leave!
Nearest Metro Station – Indraprastha
Lodhi Garden, Lodi Road
If ever there is a search for the sacred abode of lust infused lovebirds, I’m pretty sure it would end bang in the middle of Lodhi Garden. What started as the ideal family place – with its parks, morning walk pavements and heritage structures – is today the implied choice of Delhi couples who just need a place – any place – to satiate their carnal instincts.
The best thing about Lodhi Garden is that even if someone sees his weirdly placed hand or the odd posture she is sitting in, nobody cares!!! They don’t want to know the what’s and the why’s of your deed. Expect the odd shake of head in disapproval from the elderly. However, there is a high chance someone’s watching the free show from a position that would put most snipers to shame.
Risk Quotient – Almost Zero! They don’t see you; if they see you, they don’t care about you. You’re better off watching for Peeping Toms – there are plenty of them!
Nearest Metro Station – Khan Market
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Contributed by Sushant Sharma