Explore Old and New Delhi by tuk tuk, Metro and rickshaw. In Old Delhi visit the magnificent Red Fort constructed by Emperor Shan Jahan in 1648, where, remarkably, its sandstone shell still stands today, then take a trip to Jama Masji which is India’s largest mosque, and visit historic Chandni Chowk (Moonlit Square), a medieval area which now holds the city's largest marketplace - especially good for souvenirs such as silver jewellery, spices and silk, as well as traditional sweetmeats.
In New Delhi discover Rashtrapati Bhavan which is the residence of the President of India, India Gate that was built in memory of Indian soldiers killed during WW1, Humayun's Tomb, the first Mughal garden tomb, the Jaipur column and Parliament House.
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Shopping & Street Food
Visit Old Delhi’s historic Chandni Chowk (Moonlit Square), which has roots dating back to medieval times and is now home to the city's largest marketplace. Especially good for silver jewellery, spices and silk, it’s an excellent place to pick up presents to take home. Those who like trying authentic food may well be tempted by some of the food stalls at Chandni Chowk where it is said that some of the best street food can be savoured. The smells alone will no doubt whet the appetite and as well as snacks including chaat (spiced vegetables or fruit) and sweet breads sold at the paranthewallahs, there are stalls selling hot dishes and a number of restaurants with good reputations.
History & Heritage
The Red Fort was commissioned by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan in 1648, as the seat of the Mughal Empire. An impressive sandstone structure, it was an innovative design for its time and provided inspiration for buildings and gardens built in Delhi and Agra in particular. Next to it is the Salimgarh Fort, built in 1546 and together they make up the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Red Fort Complex. Meanwhile, Humayun's Tomb was commissioned by the widow of Mughal Emperor, Humayun, and is said to have been inspired by the famous Taj Mahal in Agra. The tomb is part of a walled complex that incorporates the Lodi Gardens, which were built by the British n 1936. This public park is dotted with a collection of several other rather grand ancient Mughal tombs and monuments and is a lovely place for a stroll or even a picnic; just like you’ll find many of the locals enjoying. Visitors to Delhi will no doubt come across India Gate, a war memorial arch with an eternal flame burning below it, built in honour of 90,000 Indian soldiers who died during World War I. And, those interested to see the official residence of the President of India, will find it at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Raisina Hill.
Close to Chandni Chowk you’ll find Jama Masjid (meaning Friday Mosque) that was built in 1656 by Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan. As India’s largest mosque, its courtyard can hold up to 25,000 worshippers and its architecture is equally impressive and highly decorative with plenty of sandstone inlaid with marble and brass. For something much more recent, the lotus-shaped Bahai Temple, which was completed in 1986, is a beautiful place to see in the evening when the surrounding pools, gardens and the temple itself are lit up in all their glory.
As the capital of India, festivals are celebrated in a big way in Delhi and many Indian cultures and traditions can be seen here during this time. Hardly a month goes by without a festival and one of the most interesting, and certainly the most colourful is the springtime festival of Holi that falls on the day after the full moon in March. It celebrates good conquering evil and is an opportunity to put differences aside. On the eve of Holi, people make bonfires and on the actual day they apply colourful powders and pastes to each other, and rejoice with music, food and dancing.
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