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Delhi, India: Exotic, Colorful, Fascinating & HOT!

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A May 2003 trip to Delhi by JenLara

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Quote: I had to go to India for business, and my co-worker and I extended our trip to 10 days to try to see just a tiny bit more of this extraordinary country.

Delhi, India: Exotic, Colorful, Fascinating & HOT!

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Overview

The Taj Mahal Photo, Delhi, India
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Highlights were definitely the major monuments and forts: of course the spectacular Taj Mahal, the Red and Amber Forts and Agra Fort, the massive and beautiful mosque in Old Delhi called Jami Masjid, and the ancient, mysterious Qutb Minar complex. Another major highlight was getting to know the warm, intelligent and lovely people of this country, who made us feel right at home.Quick Tips: One major suggestion: DO NOT go to Delhi, Agra, or anywhere in Rajasthan in May or June. We had to go during this time because of work, but it was excruciatingly hot - it reached 114 degrees during our trip, and it was NOT a dry heat! Go between November and March if possible, for crisp, cool, sunny weath...Read More

The Imperial

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Hotel | "Imperial Hotel"

The Imperial Photo, Delhi, India
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The Imperial Hotel in Delhi is one of a kind. The accommodations were so posh we almost didn't know what to do with ourselves. This is literally old, IMPERIAL Delhi as it must have once been: massive crystal chandeliers above sparkling marble floors, huge glossy mahogany tables topped with exotic floral arrangements, men and women dressed in regal Indian garb waiting on you hand and foot. The rooms were amazing -- I was upgraded to a suite, and my four-room complex had a Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TV, Jacuzzi tub, huge sitting area with a fresh fruit basket every day, and views of the plush gardens. A sumptuous buffet ...Read More

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The Imperial
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Delhi, India
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Karim's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Karims"

Karim's Restaurant Photo, Delhi, India
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Our Delhi-based team took us out for dinner at Karim's, a local favorite buried in the streets of Old Delhi a few steps away from the Jami Masjid mosque. This place is mentioned -- and recommended in the Rough Guide, but my co-worker Suzanne and I agreed we would probably NEVER have found it ourselves if we didn't have our trusty Indian friends to lead us there! The decor is non-descript, and it was pretty hot and stuffy inside, although this was during the very hottest part of the year. The food was fine, but I didn't personally enjoy it as much as some of the others at my table did. Basically, it was a lot of meat-based stews and curries which all seemed extremely heavy and greasy to me, co...Read More

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Karim's Restaurant
Old Delhi, adjacent to jama Masjid
Delhi, India

Sagar

Restaurant

Sagar Photo, Delhi, India
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Sagar is a chain of vegetarian restaurants in Delhi serving predominantly South Indian food at very low (for me, anyway!) prices. The most commonly ordered items are dosas -- around $1 each, and masalas, also less than $1 per order. Sharing a few appetizers and having a dosa for your self is more than enough for a filling lunch or dinner, and with a drink or two you'll spend less than five bucks! A dosa is a paper-thin pancake made from lentil rice flour that's been fermented. Trust me, it's delicious. Depending on which kind you get, it comes with various fillings either inside or on the side, and an array of chutneys and dipping sauces to choose from. My favorite was the "Paper ...Read More

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Sagar
Near Panscheel Park
Delhi, India

Old Delhi

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Old Delhi Photo, Delhi, India
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The streets of Old Delhi are pretty incredible -- prepare yourself! It's a jumble of sights, sounds, colors, smells, and every kind of transportation imaginable all whizzing by in no predictable order. We took a rickshaw ride down the main street, Chandni Chowk, and our rickshaw driver "Bob" was helpful in pointing out the different shopping districts as we sped by them: spices, metals, jewelry, food markets and much more. 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 ...Read More

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Old Delhi
Red Fort to Chadni Chowk area
Delhi, India

Red Fort

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Attraction

Red Fort Photo, Delhi, India
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The Red Fort is one of the major attractions in Delhi, and is a good starting point for a visit to Old Delhi -- but was not my favorite sight in the city. It was under heavy construction when we visited, so it didn''t look all that majestic from the outside, and inside is basically a massive complex of military-style buildings and housing. I guess it''s pretty much like any fort, really, but with turrets and made of red sandstone -- and built in the 17th century! I do advise utilizing the services of an official tour guide, who will tell you everything (perhaps more than) you need to know about the fort. Our guide was useful in not only teaching us a lot about the history of the fort and Old De...Read More

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Red Fort
West central Old Delhi
Delhi, India

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque

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Attraction | "Jami Masjid Mosque"

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque Photo, Delhi, India
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The Jami Masjid Mosque was my favorite sight in Delhi. It's just massive, and with good reason: it needs to accommodate about 25,000 men each Friday for religious services! There are stripes along the floor of the open-air interior of the mosque, indicating where all these bodies should go. Pretty incredible to imagine, especially when you're standing there virtually alone at 7am on a silent, muggy morning! The structure of the mosque is just visually beautiful, made of patterned, tiled red sandstone and topped with pointed turrets. Inside the walls of the mosque are hallways and smaller shrines, where every now and then you can spot a Delhi resident kneeling in silent prayer. A gr...Read More

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

The Qutab Minar Complex (Qutb Minar)

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Attraction | "Qutab Minar"

The Qutab Minar Complex (Qutb Minar) Photo, Delhi, India
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Our Delhi co-workers brought us to visit Qutab Minar (there seem to be many different accepted spellings of this place!) one afternoon as a break from all the training we were doing. It was worth the short trip from our offices -- but it's about a 45-minute taxi ride from New Delhi. This ancient complex was built in the 12th century and includes ruins of India's very first mosque, and a series of tombs and mausoleums. It reminded me of places I'd been to in Greece and Rome -- almost like a smaller Forum, but obviously not as old. The incredibly detailed lattice-work and delicate screens carved of red sandstone are just beautiful, decorated with the writing of the Koran in calligraph...Read More

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The Qutab Minar Complex (Qutb Minar)
Mehrauli
Delhi, India