|The Temple Roof in Delhi by Stuck in Customs/Flickr|
Delhi is a chaotic, intoxicating and captivating blend of old and new.
Delhi’s inhabitants take brand new transport systems to centuries old
temples and modern constructions co-exist with the rickshaw wallahs and
tiny alleways of Old Delhi. This ancient city boasts some of Asia’s
finest hotels, fabulous food and of course monuments, temples and
With fifteen million inhabitants, Delhi is a city teeming with
contrast, culture and history. As her capital city, Delhi is also the
very heart of the great nation of India.
Historically, Delhi was built as a succession of 8 cities, dating back
many thousands of years. In modern times however, it is easier to
divide the city into two parts – Old Delhi and New Delhi. At the heart
of Old Delhi lie some of the city’s most fascinating sights – the
imposing Red Fort, the Jama Masjid, one of India’s largest and most
beautiful mosques. As chaotic and enticing as you would expect, Old
Delhi’s narrow lanes and bustling bazaars reveal a glimpse of a life
unchanged for centuries.
New Delhi is characterised by broad avenues, tree-lined streets and the
Lutyens-era architecture of the parliament buildings. India Gate is at
the heart of this with the elegant Janpath and Rajpath (Queensgate and
Kingsgate) streets which lead from it. Connaught Place is also an
important destination in New Delhi with its many restaurants and
shopping options and the new Delhi metro system runs straight here,
making negotiating Delhi’s crowded streets a more simple process.
Delhi has much to offer the traveler – interesting museums, a host of
excellent dining options, thriving markets and a history which dates
back as far as 1000BC, there will be never a dull moment in this lively