Delhi, India - A Mix of Old and New
Like many cities in India, Delhi is packed to the gills with
people. Delhi is unique, however, because it mixes the old with the
If you fly into Delhi, you will inevitably end up in New Delhi.
This section of the city is very modern in relation to the rest of the
country. Roads are wide and organized with something other than a chaos
theme. You'll actually be able to walk without feeling like a cow in a
heard, which is very unique in India. On the other hand, New Delhi just
doesn't have that ancient Indian charm found in other cities. It's a
good place to get a hotel room, but you'll need to venture into the
city proper to get a taste of India.
Old Delhi is where the action is if you really want to
experience India. The streets are a chaotic mass of markets, overbuilt
streets, signage that would make Las Vegas blush and monuments to the
past. The best way to see Old Delhi is to catch an auto rickshaw to the
Red Fort and then just start wandering around the bazaars and old
markets. Hotels will try to rent you mopeds, but this isn't advisable
if you're hitting Old Delhi. The chaos will overwhelm you and you
definitely don't want to run into a sacred cow.
Things to See
Regardless of where you head, Delhi has a plenty of attractions
to keep you busy for a few weeks. The great pacifist, Mahatma Gandhi,
was assassinated in Delhi and you can visit the location at Birla House
as well as pay your respect at his black marble tomb. To contemplate
this great man, you can follow up the visit with a stroll through the
Lodi Gardens, which are peacefully overgrown.
Delhi is the home to forts, mosques and palaces galore. The
Qutab Minor Complex is a good place to see Mughal architecture.
Safdarjang's Tomb is a poor mans Taj Mahal with the same basic
structure. The Red Fort and India Gate are good places to take
When it comes to sports, India is mad about cricket. Kids can
be seen playing it all over the place. If you're looking to see the
professionals, try the games at Coronation Dunbar.
Delhi is undoubtedly the most comfortable of the large cities
in India. This comfort, however, comes with a price. One tends to get
the feeling you aren't seeing the real India. Delhi is a good place to
visit, but make sure you see other locations in India.
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