Delhi is one of the oldest cities in the world. Of the many cities that preceded the establishment of the eighth and final city of Delhi, Shahjahanabad or old Delhi is probably the only one that will you give an opportunity to travel through time. While one can definitely dig deeper into history in Mehrauli, the charm of old Delhi is something out of this world! After visiting this part of the city, you might begin to realise what the famous poet Mirza Ghalib’s lines “if the world is body, Delhi is the soul”.
Construction of this tasteful city began in 1638 when the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan decided to establish the world’s best city. With the help of famous Iranian architects, a whole of lot of planning, and a good eleven years, Shah Jahan definitely presented an exquisite city. The three main attractions of this city that are standing tall are the Red Fort, the country’s largest mosque the Jama Masjid, and the lively market of Chandni Chowk. With its main streets being flanked by avenues, Shahjahanabad could actually boast of being the forerunner of a trend that was started in Paris sometime in 1670s. Initially this city had a total of 14 gates out of which only 4 remain today. It was after the revolt of 1857 that this city lost its glory when it was captured by the British. Now however old Delhi has a chaotic life of its own. If this is going to be your visit to the place, fret not. We guarantee you that one visit to the bustling streets of Shahjahanabad will definitely make you yearn for more trips to this amazing corner of the world.
The best way to explore old Delhi is on foot. There’s a lot that you can do while walking through winding streets of the city. The part that we like the best about this place is the feel that one gets on seeing that doorway, window, pillar or tomb from a bygone era. What makes this journey through time even more enjoyable is the street food that is available in almost every nook and corner of old Delhi. All you need for planning a visit is a pair of good walking shoes and a quest for exploration. The many streets known for the specific types of goods available there like Paranthewali gali, Nai sarak (the street where you can find all types books), and Khari Baoli (Asia’s largest wholesale spice market) will delight your senses to no end. If you get tired, you can always hop on to the rickshaws and with a stretch of imagination even get a feel of being driven through a crowded yet royal city.
Nearest Metro Station: Chandni Chowk