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Old and New ...

New Delhi - the capital of India is a huge chaotic city, full of contrasts. It is perhaps the only city that truly represents the rich cultural and religious diversity of India. Delhi has stood witness to 5000 years of a glorious, rich and turbulent history. Stupendous ruins from the past lie scattered all across the city, forming an integral part of its ever-changing urban landscape.

Delhi is also a city divided - between the narrow, over crowded lanes of Old Delhi, where not much has changed in recent times and the wide, clean tree-lined streets of New Delhi. It doesn't take much to 'Time Travel' in this city. Just hop into an auto rickshaw and head towards the Lal Quila and Jama Masjid area. The older parts of the city appear frozen in time. For the most exciting experience of your life, get onto a cycle rickshaw and ask to be taken to the spice and dry fruit market at Khari Baoli, down the main street of Chandni Chowk. Be prepared to be shocked, humbled, overwhelmed, dismayed, amazed, frustrated and fascinated ... all at the same time :)

City Green ...

Delhi is a city of 14 million people, 4.5 million vehicles and yet one of the greenest cities in India. New Delhi has been awarded the Common Wealth games for the year 2010. A major initiative has been taken to de-congest the city roads by building flyovers and a new world class Metro service. Be prepared to see a lot of dug up roads and traffic diversions.

Delhi experiences climatic extremes - the winter months of December through February are particularly harsh, the minimum temperature tends to drop to 5 degrees C. The summer months of April through June are uncomfortably hot, the temperature touching 45 degrees C. Delhi also receives a fair amount of rain, the months of July through September are the wettest. The best time of the year to visit Delhi is the months of November through March.

All that is India and more ...

Delhi is not the kind of city that you can fathom in a day or two. You need to spend a lot more time to get to its soul. We have all heard about the alarming levels of pollution, persistence of the beggars, swindlers and touts, the gridlocked traffic and the weather extremes ... it's not all that bad really. Like most other big cities, Delhi too suffers from all the problems of a modern day growing city, trying desperately to keep up with the demands of an ever increasing population. It still has a lot to offer - History, Culture, Arts, Crafts, Cuisine, Shopping and a lot more ....

I have just started working on these pages and hope to keep updating as and when I get the time ... bear with me please :)

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Rich Culture, History and the Cuisine Capital of India
  • Cons:Uncomfortably hot in the summer, Pollution, Scams and Traffic jams
  • In a nutshell:A great experience, just come with loads of patience and an open mind ;-)
  • Intro Updated Mar 11, 2005
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  • bungi333's Profile Photo
    Sep 17, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Thanks for the tips on off-beaten path things to do. Helps.

  • 6aruna's Profile Photo
    Mar 19, 2009 at 5:18 AM

    i remember even now the taste of kathi kabab of nizam's lovely delhi page

  • 850prc's Profile Photo
    Jan 22, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    We visited India in October. I'd read your pages before, and wanted to revisit after our trip. They are excellent, and I enjoyed reliving our visit on your pages. You worked very hard - believe me I know. I just finished mine. :)

  • NYTim's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Just one glass of chillled beer :)

  • mallyak's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Lovely pages on delhi- your restaurant tips are what I loved-the true taste of Delhi-not the 5 * tips some write about.Surprisingly no one writes about the Delhi Metro which I loved and written about.

  • maztek's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2007 at 8:02 AM

    Nice Photo

  • sunlovey's Profile Photo
    Jul 3, 2007 at 8:07 AM

    I loved reading your intro page... now to dive into the rest!

  • sezabell's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2007 at 12:26 AM

    i have visited the lotus temple and its amazing from getting your way threw all the people and entering the temple itself and to just sit in the most intense quitness, and just think wow im in india... was as great for me as going to the taj

  • JessH's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2006 at 10:55 PM

    Hello Arun. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos & insights. I must explore India further some day (have only been to Goa so far in the low-season). Greetings from Dubai :-) Jess

  • Niagara-Latino's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2006 at 11:51 PM

    India,very spiritual country! it's a real soul.Our Business have a lot of tourists from India(they love Niagara Falls).They come in groups and rent our whole house.Thanks for your travel tips.

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