New Delhi: The capital of India is a bustling hub of 17 million people and one of the centers of modern Indian life. It is chaotic and crowded, yet filled with beautiful gardens and history dating back thousands of years. There are massive monuments from the Mughal kings of the 16th and 17th centuries as well as to the British Raj of the early 20th Century. Many monuments and museums charge for entry, but there are still a few fascinating experiences visitors can have for free.
Old Delhi is the vibrant heart of the city, its sidewalks crowded with markets and vendors selling street food or chaat, its roads a hazard of bicycle rickshaws, three-wheelers and veering motor scooters, its skies a tangle of haphazard electrical wiring. The four-century-old neighborhood " once known as Shahjahanabad, after Mughal emperor Shah Jahan " is home to a fascinating array of Islamic mosques, Sikh gurdwaras, Hindu and Jain temples and the odd haveli, or historic mansion. The Khari Baoli spice market is famous for the never-ending sacks of saffron, lentils and curry powder for sale. At the Kinari Bazaar wedding market, families shop for crimson bridal saris and elegant sherwani coats and turbans for the groom. Other markets display bangles, silver jewelry, fireworks and bronze statues. If you are bored, bring a kite and climb up onto a roof to take part in a traditional Delhi past time.
02:44 PM, Oct 03, 2012