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Exploring Mughal Delhi

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A travel journal to Delhi by phileasfogg

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque Photo, Delhi, India More Photos
Quote: Delhi is a city of many faces- old and new, and perhaps the most enticing one is that of Mughal Delhi- virtually a byword for exotica!

Exploring Mughal Delhi

Overview

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Walking down the immensely interesting Chandi Chowk is a great way to see what's left of Delhi from Mughal times. So is a trip to the spectacular Jama Masjid and the elegant tomb of Humayun. Other greats: tours of the Red Fort; the somewhat decadent Zeenat-ul-Masajid; and the old and now-falling apart Purana Qila, the Old Fort. Quick Tips: Keep a close watch on your wallet in Chandni Chowk- the crowds can be daunting at the best of times, and pickpockets are fairly active here. Also wear a comfy pair of shoes- you'll probably end up doing a lot of walking. And take that camera along- this area's fabulous for photographs. Best Way To Get Around: Fortunately, most of Mughal De...Read More

Ghantewala

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Restaurant

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Ghantewala is one of Chandni Chowk’s greatest landmarks- a sweetshop like no other. They make all their sweets in pure ghee, a sure sign (at least by Indian culinary standards!) that it’s good. The range of sweets is splendid- and you can either eat them there or have some packed. If you like syrupy sweets, try their gorgeous jalebis- squiggly fried whorls of batter which are soaked in syrup and served hot. Luscious! Also for those with a sweet tooth: check out their barfis, gulabjamuns, kalakand and their specialty, the high-calorie, packed-with-sugar-and-nuts sohan-halwa. Prices range between Rs 110-150 per kilo for the more common sweets, to Rs 240 a kilo for the sohan-halwa. The icing on the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Ghantewala
Chandni Chowk
Delhi, India

Parathewali Gali

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Restaurant

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`Parathas’ are rich, flaky breads, griddle-fried and stuffed with a combination of spices and vegetables. They’re extremely popular across Northern India, and Chandni Chowk’s Parathewali Gali (`The Street of Parathas’) is the place to go for the best parathas in town. Legend has it that Parathewali Gali has been around for at least 200 years now- and that would account for the awesome parathas these people make: two centuries is long enough to perfect something. Not too many of the shops in Parathewali Gali make parathas any more: most have switched over to selling saris instead. Those that do make parathas however do them brilliantly. The restaurants themselves are anything but impressive: tres...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Parathewali Gali
Chandni Chowk Market
Delhi, India

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque

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Attraction | "Jama Masjid"

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque Photo, Delhi, India
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My favourite monument in Shahjahanabad. The Jama Masjid- the `Congregational Mosque’ is what it means- is a stunning building in red sandstone and white marble. The largest mosque in India and one of Shahjahan’s most beautiful creations (as far as Mughal architecture is concerned, his reign’s usually rated as the zenith- the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort and the Jama Masjid are its best examples). Built between 1650-56 to function as the mosque for the Mughal Court, the masjid stands atop a plinth- the level’s high so that you look up to it in reverence, quite literally. When Shahjahan came here to pray every Friday, he’d enter along with a huge retinue through the Eastern Gate, but it’s kept locked ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque
Old City, Chandni Chowk
Delhi, India

Humayun's Tomb

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Humayun's Tomb Photo, Delhi, India
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This tomb’s a World Heritage site, the precursor to the Taj Mahal, and the mausoleum of the second of the Mughal Emperors. A Mughal monument, but one which lies pretty far from Chandni Chowk, Red Fort and Shajahanabad. And there’s a reason behind its location: the fact that according to belief, being buried near the tomb of a saint brought you some hope of salvation- and the tomb of Nizamuddin Auliya, a prominent 13th-century Muslim saint, lies just across the road. Close proximity to Nizamuddin’s tomb means that the entire area’s crawling with tombs- of poets, noblemen, princesses, and other important people- but Humayun’s is the most spectacular. Built around 1570 by Humayun’s widow, the maus...Read More

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Humayun's Tomb
Nizamuddin, New Delhi
Delhi, India

A Walk through Chandni Chowk

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Story/Tip

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Many, many years ago, a beautiful princess decided she wanted a bit of the moon for herself. So she ordered her workmen to dig a canal through the city which lay in front of her palace- a canal whose waters would reflect the silver rays of the moon. For those who think I’ve wandered way off course (this is a travel site, for pity’s sake, not a fairy tale page!)- take heart. Because this isn’t a fairytale; it actually happened, and just about three hundred years ago. The city was Shahjahanabad, the capital of the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan, better known for having built the splendid Taj Mahal; the princess was his daughter, Jahanara; and the canal, although it doesn’t exist any more, gave its name ...Read More