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Cary, North Carolina
July 22, 2008
From journal Delhi--Beauty, Beggars, and Biryani
New York City, New York
October 23, 2003
Bob took us to a Moghul house, a massive living complex filled with what seemed like hundreds (or more) of residents all going about their daily life right in front of us. He walked us up about four flights of pitch-black stairs, all the while passing old men shaving their beards in cracked mirrors, women dressing their kids for school, and old ladies heating up water for tea. We emerged atop the complex with stunning views of the smoggy, over-crowded, colorful streets below -- a great visual overview of the city.
I definitely recommend taking a rickshaw on Chandni Chowk -- we kept thinking that if we'd been walking, we'd have been mowed down by a bus, taxi, bicycle, or goat many times over!! Very, very much worth the near-heart attack, though -- definitely spend a morning or two exploring the streets of Old Delhi.
From journal Delhi, India: Exotic, Colorful, Fascinating & HOT!
London, United Kingdom
June 30, 2001
As well as being a great place to shop, the area is fascinating. There are people selling, chatting to their friends over a drink, playing cards - there are women chasing up their children for meals, and endless games of tag, chase the chicken, and dodge the rickshaw played by children. It's great to shop for a while, then buy a drink and sit and watch the world go by around you.
As with any busy area, it pays to keep an eye on your wallet and camera here - these streets have a bit of a record for pickpocketing.
Before the partition of India in 1947, Old Delhi was a mostly Muslim area, but in the massive population upheavels at that time, many left and went to Pakistan or East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), and were replaced by Hindus leaving other areas. Much of the architecture, especially the housing, is Islamic in appearance, with tall houses built around coutyards, and delicate lattice carving. Many of the buildings are in a seriously bad state of repair, but interesting nonetheless.
I really recommend you read the book City of Djinns, by
William Dalrymple, while you are in Delhi, or before you go. The writer, who weaves amazing portraits with his work, spent a year living in Delhi. The book is both a historic account, and modern description of the city, and Old Delhi is particuarly well-explored. It will make you see things in the city you would otherwise miss, and you will appreciate the capital so much more having read it.
From journal Delhi - exciting, vivid, and hot!