Monday, 24 June 2013

Things You Must do in Old Delhi

Delhi has been a seat to seven dynasties and has seen many kingdoms built and getting ruined. Built as Shahjahanabad by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, Old Delhi truly portrays the historical picture of India. From historical monuments to the vibrant bustling markets surrounded by crumbling city walls and still surviving huge gates. Once filled with mansions of nobles and members of the royal court along with elegant mosques, ruins of which could still be seen. It represent the golden Mughal era with many architectural marvels like Jama masjid, Red Fort, Ajmeri Gate and many more found in the area

Mentioned below are the five things which is a must-do on your Old Delhi tour.

Visit Jama Masjid- the largest mosque in India

The biggest mosque in India and one among the ten largest mosque in the world, Jama Masjid was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Over 5000 workers build the mosque over a period of seven years. About 25,000 people can pray here at a time. The mosque treasures the hair of the beard of Prophet Hazrat Mohammed, his used chappal (slippers), a chapter of Koran taken from its original manuscript, his tombstone canopy and the foot print of the prophet on the stone.

Explore the markets of Chandni Chowk

Visit the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk which are abuzz with activities. Visit the famous bazaars of Old Delhi like Kinari Bazaar which specializes in traditional Indian weddings. Anything from colorful turbans for the groom, Brocade Suits, tinsel accessories and bridal dresses or anything you require for wedding could be found here. Dariba Kalan is the jewelery market. You'll find a wide range of silver jewelery as well as artifacts. Ballimaran specializes in leather products and shoes. Yo can also visit the Bangles Market where you will find every variety of bangles.

Savor the taste of street food at Old Delhi

Famous for street food, Old Delhi is truly a treat to a foodie. With shops as old as the city itself, they serve food with their secret recipes which has been passed down the generation. Enjoy mouth- watering paranthas served with vegetables and pickles in the Paranthewali Gali. Also taste the amazing rabri, faluda and sweetmeats. Have a dinner of delectable Mughlai cuisine at the oldest and most famous Karim's restaurant. It will be a wild culinary trip on your Delhi tour.

Explore the old Havelis of the area

Discover the old havelis of the region that still sings about the bygone era. Visit the two most famous havelis of Old Delhi, Ghalib ki haveli and Masterji ki haveli. Once the home of famous Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib, the two- storied building of Ghalib Ki Haveli has now been converted into a museum dedicated to the poet and displays the letters of Ghalib in his own handwriting and selected couplets from his works. The Mughal style columns and bricks at the Haveli invoke memories of old times. Masterji ki haveli on the other hand lets you experience the Mughal lifestyle and food. Admire the interesting architecture of the haveli and learn about the ancient era.

Attend Light and Sound show at Red Fort

A chance to relive the amazing history of the ancient city of Delhi on your visit to the Red fort which showcases the dramatic show. 300 years of history is recreated as the Red Fort, a magnificent symbol of Mughal power which glows with impressive Light & Sound show effects. Special effects combined with the unique ambiance makes this show a hauntingly unforgettable experience & brings 5,000 years old history of the city come alive.

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