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Centre of Delhi

Delhi dates back at least 1500 years BC, and it has been built, and destroyed, a number of times through its history. From the year 1000 AD onwards, remnants of original walls or parts of the city, can still be seen in today's congested city. Shah Jahan of Taj Mahal fame, moved the capital from Agra to Delhi in 1636 and to protect his interest, had the Red Fort in Delhi constructed. He lived in Delhi until 1648, when he was imprisoned by his son in th Red Fort, Agra for the final eight years of his life. Its current status as the capital of India was brought about in the 1920's.
Compared with Mumbai, Delhi is a faster pace with way more beggers and hawkers in the streets which, at times, can test your patience. A huge city which takes anything for 30 to 40 min to get from the airport to the centre of Delhi but a great place for shopping for everything under the sun. An ideal location for shopping is in the general area of Connaught Place right in the centre of Delhi. It is made up of three circular roads, the inner one Rajiv Chowk, the Middle Circle and the larger outer ring Connaught Circus, intersecting these rings are roads like a spoke of the wheel, and for the tourist, probably the more interesting is Janpath. On this road can be found, a large Indian tourist office and also the Central Cottage Industries on the opposite side of the road to the magnificent Imperial Hotel. Central Cottage Industries is the largest government run emporia selling everything the tourist could possibly need as a momento of their visit to India. Their range of products include curios, wooden carved products many in exotic wood, saris, silk ties and shirts, furniture, jewellery and all manner of silver and brass items.

The Old City

It is only a short walk of perhaps 1km from the Red Fort to Jama Masjid, one of Asia's largest Mosques. The route however takes you through some very busy and congested street markets.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Plenty of choices of restuarants for good low cost Indian food
  • Cons:Moderately heavy pollution and a lot of population
  • In a nutshell:Well worth a visit for a few days
  • Intro Updated Apr 24, 2012
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