- Delhi Development Authority (DDA-http://www.dda.org.in/) has been playing a vital role in creating a huge network of sports facilities in Delhi, including sports complexes, play-fields, multi-gyms (http://www.dda.org.in/sports/multigyms.htm), fitness trails and golf courses all over the city. They are not exclusive clubs and are easily accessible. If you are a sport enthusiast look for the one closest to you to gain access to facilities like snooker, table tennis, basketball, lawn tennis, squash courts and swimming pools and gyms.English-speaking coaches and instructors are very easy to find and are available at most of the facilities mentioned below.**********
Ozone Spa [Phone: 41550150] in Defence Colony is one of the most popular choices for South Delhi expats, and offers clean facilities for men and women.
Club Olympus at the Hyatt Regency [Phone: 66771242] is a beautiful gym and spa with annual memberships available.
The India chapter of Gold’s Gym started in 2002. Serious gymmers can enroll in any of its three branches–Pusa Road [Phone: 46102400] and Rohini [Phone: 47052771] in New Delhi or in Noida [Phone: 120-2454629]. http://www.goldsgymindia.com/
Talwalkars is India’s largest chain of health centers and has two ultramodern branches in New Delhi at Vasant Vihar [Phone: 26141451] and Greater Kailash II [Phone: 29223244] http://www.talwalkars.net/
U.S. passport-holders can also join the American Community Support Association (ACSA) club [Phone: 24198000], which has a swimming pool, fitness facilities, a restaurant and a bar. http://www.acsaindia.org/
- Delhi Golf Club (Dr. Zakir Hussian Marg) [Phone: 24362768] is the oldest golf club in Delhi, established by the British in 1931. Visitors are welcome but must have a handicap of 18 or below; or else they can play the 9-hole Peacock Course.
- Army Golf Club (Delhi Cantonment) [Phone: 25691970] has 18 well-designed holes that will force you to use every club in the bag.
- Noida Golf Club (Noida) [Phone: 8572753] is an 18-hole championship-size course with excellent fairways and greens
- The Qutub Golf Club (Press Enclave Road, Lado Sarai) [Phone: 2646 7842], named after the historical monument Qutub Minar that forms its lovely backdrop, is maintained by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and is the only public course in the country. Anybody can walk in, pay and play; Wednesday is an off-day. Balls are available at Rs.30 for a bucket of 50; Clubs for hire at Rs.10 a club.
- Bhalaswa Golf Course (Bhalaswa Lake Complex) is a small, 9-holes complex.
- Delhi Tennis Association (Africa Avenue) [Phone: 26515899]
- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Bhishma Pitamah Marg) [Phone: 2462 9400]
- National Sports Club of India (Mathura Road) [Phone: 23385564]
Private Tennis Academies:
PENINSULA TENNIS ACADEMY is India’s oldest and largest tennis academy and has 27 centres across Delhi and NCR (http://www.peninsulatennisacademy.com/)
TEAM Tennis is a private organization dedicated to creating a young breed of tennis players and manages Tennis Academies at Delhi Gymkhana Club, Roshanara Club, etc
Delhi has a good selection of both private and DDA run swimming pools from which you can choose. If you are a member of a gym like Siri Fort Gym, you might have an access to a pool affiliated to the gym. Five- star hotels including Hotel Samrat (Chanakyapuri) [Phone: 6110606], the Ashok Hotel (Chanakyapuri) [Phone: 6110101], and the Bristol Hotel (Gurgaon) [0124-2356030] allow non-residents to swim for a charge.
Other public pools around Delhi are:
- Pacific Sports Complex (Greater Kailas I) [Phone: 26452748]
- National Stadium Complex (Opposite India Gate) [Phone: 23389470]
- NDMC Pool (Nehru Park, Laxmi Bai Nagar, Sarojini Nagar) [Phone: 6110552]
- Punjabi Bagh Club Swimming Pool [Phone: 25221082].
Yoga is very popular in Delhi and most of India. Yoga enthusiasts can either look for a yoga instructor at the nearby gym or look up the following link to find a yoga instructor near their home: http://www.yogafinder.com/yoga.cfm?yogacountry=India&yogacity=Delhi.
The Sivananda Yoga Centre (Dwaraka and Kailash Colony) [Phone:2924 0869] holds beginners and open courses in Hatha Yoga every day. They also run workshops on yoga and meditation. For information on classes check http://www.sivananda.org/delhi/.
http://www.delhiyoga.com [Phone: 20251278] offers personalised programs, corporate yoga programs and sessions for yoga tutors.
Football/soccer is not a very popular sport in Dalhi. However, interested expats can call Delhi Soccer Association (based in Ambedkar Stadium, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg) for information about soccer events and the local championship.Contact: President: Mr. Subash Chopra Secretary: Mr. Narender Kumar Bhatia, [Phone: 09811447274, 23351604]
Tau Devilal Stadium in Gurgaon, Sector 38 also has a nice football ground.
Other Sport Facilities
- 32nd Milestone – Delhi-Jaipur Bypass Road [Phone:0124 2332571]
- Qutab Hotel – Shaheed Jeet Singh Marg [Phone:2651 1063]
- Leisure Bowl – JNU Road [Phone:2689 5247]
- Surya Hotel – Rajouri Garden [Phone:2512 2880]
- Planet Bowling – Mohan Co-Operative Industrial Estate [Phone:26959612]
Flying / Gliding:
- Delhi Flying Club – Safdarjung Airport [Phone:2461 8271]
- Delhi Gliding Club – Safdarjung Airport [Phone:2463 6052]
- Indian Mountaineering Federation – Benito Juarez Marg [Phone:24677935]
Indian women love salons, and Delhi has everything from hole-in-the wall budget salons where you can get your nails painted for 20 rupees to chic, world-class spas. Overall, spa services are much more affordable in India than in the West, and you can easily get a good manicure at an upscale salon for under Rs. 500.
The following are the best places in Delhi to go for beauty treatments:
- 10 on 10 the Salon The best place in Delhi for haircuts and colour, this salon has a dedicated customer base of expats, and it’s no wonder why. Eesha Rishi, the salon’s owner, trained in London at Vidal Sassoon and is easily Delhi’s best colourist.
- Asian Roots (Safdarjung Enclave) [Phone: 41651010] Spa specializing in massage, facials, nail design, and basic hair services.
- Kaya Skin Clinic ( branches across Delhi) [Phone: 41636058] http://www.kayaclinic.com Dermatology clinic specializing in facials, peels, and cosmetic dermatology.
- Kerala Ayurvedic Spa (Kalkaji) [Phone: 65142962] http://www.keralaayurvedichealthcare.com traditional therapeutic massage following the principles of India’s ancient natural system of health and medicine, Ayurveda.
- Looks Unisex Salon (Greater Kailash-I) [Phone:46540634]; (Khan Market) [Phone:41757233]Salon offering hair styling, mani-pedis, waxing, and facials for men and women.