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Holiday in Old Delhi


 

If you have a zest for exploring places for their history and heritage, then the Indian subcontinent welcomes you with a treasure of such a past, which you can trace through its monuments, buildings, culture, people and their language. A travel trip to India, would introduce you to one of the oldest civilizations, which has made as much development as any other modern nation.
 
What else could be a better option to trace India's history and past identity, than by having a holiday in the city of Old Delhi, a part of Delhi, which is the capital of the country. Old Delhi reflects an India, which had been a colony of many foreign rulers, through its monuments, markets, and language of the people. So have a holiday discovering Old Delhi, one of the top 10 holiday destinations in India.
 
Tourist Attractions in Old Delhi:
 
Red Fort-
This is one of the most important buildings in Old Delhi, built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, in 17th century. Acknowledged as UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been built in red sandstone and is an important structure for the nation, as the Prime Minister hoist the national flag and address the public from here on the Independence Day. It is a massive structure with typical Mughal architecture and many different sections inside.
 
Jama Masjid-
The biggest mosque in the entire country, it is a beautiful white marble and red sandstone structure built under the commission of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, in 17th century. The mosque has a huge courtyard and contains some relics of Muslim religion, including an old Quran.
 
Chandni Chawk-
This is the oldest and probably, the busiest market street in Old Delhi, which was again built by Shah Jahan , while designed by Jahan Ara, his daughter. It is not only a popular street market, but also the location of many smaller old structures including Lal Jain Temple, and  Gurudwara Sisganj Sahib, while it also ends to another popular market, Nai Sadak, which is famous for books.
 
Ghalib Ki Haveli-
A very old house, located in Gali Qaasim Jaan, Ballimaran in Old Delhi, used to be the house of recognized Urdu poet , Mirza Ghalib, in 19th century, though now it is mostly in ruins. The building still has some paintings and verses by Ghalib, pasted on the walls, and still has an aura of the old World.
 
Rajghat-
This place is one of the most popular area of Old Delhi, as here lies the memorial of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, who was cremated here after his death and where now, lies a black marble platform, with a perpetually burning flame. It is a big complex, which has many other memorials, like Rajiv Gandhi's, Jawaharlal Nehru's and Indira Gandhi's also, named differently.
 
St. James Church-
This old Anglican church located in the Kashmere Gate area, was built in 19th century by Colonel James Skinner. Designed in a Renaissance Revival style, the church has three porches, stain glass windows, and a central octagonal dome. This church makes for a reminiscence of the old days, and hence must be added in the holiday itinerary for Old Delhi.
 
Recreational Activities:
The best thing to do , while on a trip to Old Delhi, is to explore the entire area on foot. Since it is heavily crowded, even rickshaws become so difficult to move, though if you are walking you would catch a glimpse of each monument and attraction thoroughly without traffic creating any hurdle. Taste the delicacies of Chandni Chawk, buy the shimmering fabrics, saris and traditional Indian dresses in the shops, while look for some old books in Nai Sadak at cheaper rates. Also take a visit to the Red Fort antique market street, while enjoying the beautiful views.
 
Shopping in Old Delhi:
Delhi is literally a shopper's paradise, and Old Delhi being the lifeline of the city has many authentic areas and markets where you can shop for. Though the city is getting bigger in malls and brand culture, you can still find the old markets, selling some of the best and trustworthy items, like Chandni Chawk is famous for its bridal wear and traditional Indian attires, while the nearby Nai Sadak, is the best place to buy any kind of books, both new and second hand. You can also shop in the Chor Bazaar or Chhatta Chawk at very cheap prices, which are street markets, that stretch on to the Red Fort, though the quality and life of the products cannot be guaranteed. Every Sunday you can go and visit the Daryaganj Book Market, which sells old and new books, at very reasonable prices.
 
Best time to visit Old Delhi:
Delhi is quite hot in the summer season, and traveling becomes very tiring, so you can avoid a trip in the months of March to June, while July to September receives heavy showers in the city. The Winter season , from October to February is the best season to plan a holiday trip.
 
How to reach Old Delhi:
By Air-
Being a major tourist hub and lifeline of the country, Delhi has a grand airport, Indira Gandhi International Airport, which receives many national and international flights.
 
By Train-
There are many railway links too, in the city, like New Delhi Railway Station , Old Delhi Railway Station, and Hazrat Nizammuddin Railway Station, which receive trains from almost all the major cities in the country.
 
By Bus-
The roads are well made and there is a vast roadways transport system in Delhi, including Blue Line and DTC buses, AC and Non AC buses, taxis, cabs, and tourist buses as well.
 
By Metro-
For your internal traveling in Delhi, the best mode of commutation is Delhi Metro, which is a safe, comfortable and fastest method. Almost all the major tourist attraction, place and historical structure is within the reach of the metro route. 
 
 Old Delhi is the pride of the country, which receives a lot of tourists every day, and with its beauty and heritage charms them, much to their satisfaction.
 
 
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