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Delhi - Epic City of Forts, Bazaars and Auto-rickshaws

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A May 2000 trip to Delhi by actonsteve

The Jamii Masjid - Indias greatest mosque Photo, Delhi, India More Photos
Quote: Delhi is a blur. To step out of your hotel is to enter another world. It is intimidating and intoxicating at the same time. It has historical sights, crowded bazaars and buzzing autorickshaws. Delhi may knock you sideways but you will remember it for the rest of your life.

Delhi - Epic City of Forts, Bazaars and Auto-rickshaws

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Overview

Phew what a scorcher - 45 degrees in the shad Photo, Delhi, India
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Delhi has amazing highlights but they are countermanded by many lowlights. There is no denying that this city has an amazing history . As you buzz around its cow-dotted streets on an auto-rickshaw you will pass crumbling red-walled forts, bulbous mosques, ancient gateways and the grand buildings left by the British Raj. But the real fascination will be with India itself. This is a country which will assault you from every direction. There will be camels trudging along major thoroughfares, women laying vegetables out on the pavement, mangy dogs, women in saris and the ubiquitous holy cows everywhere. However experienced you are as a traveller - everyone is green when they first arrive in Delhi.Qui...Read More

Hotel Kailash

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Hotel

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My itinery of India was put together by a very good Kashmiri travel agent, who on my return to Delhi from Rajasthan, suggested a better grade of hotel. With strong memories of Hotel Palace Heights in Connaught Place where I stayed when I first arrived - with it''s box rooms, traffic noise and huge monkeys on the stairwell - I leaped at the offer. The poshest part of New Delhi is Sundar Nagar. This is a leafy cul-de-sac with a park and surrounded by embassies, mansions and classy hotels. My hotel - the Kailash - was tucked away in this verdant enclave and for 1200 rupees a night (about £25, the cost of a normal hotel in Vienna or Barcelona,and the cost of a hostel bed in London) I got four-star acc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2001

Hotel Kailash
Sundar Nagar
Delhi, India

Nirulas Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Under the cracked colonnades of Radial Road 6 is one of the better restaurants in Connaught Place. Nirulas is at the end of the road and houses a 4 star hotel as well as bar and ice-cream parlour. Upstairs is a very clean, friendly restaurant popular with foreigners visiting Delhi. The menu is both western and Indian so your palette can be gently weaned onto Indian food if you have just arrived. There is an all you can eat salad bowl for 50 rupees and their pancakes and breakfasts are stunning for only 100 rupees each. But best of all is their Indian food - the Tandoor chicken with pilau rice only comes to 80 rupees and their mutton biryanis are quite exceptional. The only quibble is gaining adm...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 29, 2001

Nirulas Restaurant
Radial Road 6, Connaught Place
Delhi, India

The Jamii Masjid - Indias greatest mosque

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Attraction

The Jamii Masjid - Indias greatest mosque Photo, Delhi, India
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The Jamii Masjid is incredible. It towers over the old city of Delhi - Shahjahanabad - with its bulbous dome and minarets visible from the Red Fort. This is the greatest mosque in India and prime religious sight for northern Indias hundreds of millions of muslims. When you venture north into Old Delhi - at the top of your list should be the Jamii Masjid. To reach it is very simple. Take an auto-rickshaw or taxi (preferably one from a rank or arranged by your hotel)into Old Delhi. The Jamii Masjid stands on a hill overlooking where the hectic Chandni Chowk spills out onto the area surrounding the Red Fort. In fact you could probably walk from the Red Fort but the persistant hawkers and beggars may...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 1, 2001

The Jamii Masjid - Indias greatest mosque
Shahjahanabad
Delhi, India

Red Fort

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Attraction | "The Red Fort: Palace of the Mughal Emporers"

Red Fort Photo, Delhi, India
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The Red Fort is one of the must-see's of Delhi and most visitors make their way to it sooner or later. To reach it take a bus or autorickshaw from Connaught Place or New Delhi. It is possible to walk it from Paharganj, but the walk takes you through Old Delhi and can be hard going with cracked pavements and demonic traffic in the heat. Quite simply, this is the heart and soul of India. When the struggle for independence was going on early in the 20th century the battle cry of the nationalists was to raise the flag above the Red Fort. This is one of the great imperial citadels of the world - the Indian equivalent of the Kremlin or the Hofburg. Home of the great Moghul Emporers who ruled intermitten...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 8, 2001

Red Fort
West central Old Delhi
Delhi, India

Faded elegance - Connaught Place

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The view from Hotel Palace Heights Photo, Delhi, India
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If you are travelling in India, it is almost a sure-fire guarantee that at one point you will end up in Connaught Place. This is where the banks, airline offices, hotels and tour offices are based - even if is just to change up some money or confirm your ticket home. It was built by the British in the last century and is a little way south of New Delhi station. It is a white-colonnade shopping district surrounding a green park. The Place forms a full circle and is divided into blocks by seven radial roads and ringed by a busy ringroad called Connaught Circus. It was once designed for elegant boutiques and the ladies and gentlement of the Raj would saunter along under their parasols....Read More
Relics of the Raj - the secretariats Photo, Delhi, India
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By the Empire - I don't mean the Moghul or Maratha empires that both occupied this city in its endless history - I mean the "new kids on the block" - the British. Here, south of Connaught Place, stand the most ostentatious and imposing custom-built buildings in Delhi. For over fifty years, the heart of the Indian government and the bureaucratic heart of the subcontinent. This is where Delhi has the grandeur and vistas of Washington or Paris. The city truly becomes epic and monumental and like all great capitals emenates power. The attractions of this area are legion. And to reach it is relatively easy. Take an auto-rickshaw (preferably from a rank and not of the street) from Old Delhi or Paharga...Read More
The streets of Delhi Photo, Delhi, India
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It was as soon as I descended into the underpass connecting Janpath that things started to go horribly wrong.Everybody is green in tourist India. There are so many potholes for independent travel and in a place like Connaught Place or Paharganj which survives on the tourist rupee there can be various traps for the unwary traveller. The vast majority of Delhites are honest and hardworking but the toughness of the tourist scene often means numerous scams thrive. And I blundered into two today with ease..Hotel Palace Heights is a basic hotel overlooking Radial Road six with views of the Victorian buildings across the way and at the end of the road is the bone dry Connaught Circus. 300...Read More