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Delhi: The Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

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An August 2006 trip to Delhi by Koentje3000

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Quote: Delhi simply is a dirty, overcrowded madhouse, but one with cheap accommodation, good food, modern avenues, friendly inhabitants, and some of the most interesting buildings.

Delhi: The Good, the Bad or the Ugly?

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Overview

Rickshaw train Photo, Delhi, India
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India’s 2nd city (after Mumbai) and home to India’s capital New Delhi, is a bewildering place. It is gifted with such traveller’s delights as a nightmarish traffic, holy cow dung and garbage laden streets, smog polluted air or cheating rickshaw drivers and touting tour operators. However, for people willing to endure these nuisances, another Delhi awaits you, namely a New Delhi with broad avenues and modern buildings, an Old Delhi full of history or South Delhi with large parks and exquisite Muslim architecture.The National Capital Territory of Delhi (in Hindi: Dilli or दिल्ली) has got almost 14 million inhabitants and comprises a number of towns and villages, most notably Delhi (by far th...Read More

Red Fort

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Attraction | "Red Fort (part I)"

Red Fort Photo, Delhi, India
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The massive Red Fort, known in Hindi as Lal Qila (लाल किला) was built by Moghul emperor Shah Jahan, grandson of Akbar the Great. After the death of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal, for whom he built the world-famous Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan moved his capital from Agra to a newly constructed city. Although this city, which the humble ruler called Shahjahanabad, is the newest of the seven historical cities in Delhi it is nowadays known as "Old Delhi" in contrast to the British Indian capital city "New Delhi". The Shah built his city with much care and planning and encircled it completely with city walls, of which a few parts remain, like the nice Delhi Gate south of the gate with the same name in the Red ...Read More

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Red Fort
West central Old Delhi
Delhi, India

Red Fort

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Attraction | "Red Fort (part II)"

Red Fort Photo, Delhi, India
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(continued from part I)Behind the huge red sandstone Lahore entrance gate to the Delhi Fort you will come to the Chatta Chowk bazaar arcade. If you continue your way east from here, you will pass the main entrance gate to the royal palace grounds and the red sandstone Diwan-i-Am (Hall of Public Audiences), where Shah Jahan and his successors received his subjects whenever he was in town. Beyond this hall no commoner was allowed to tread, because this was where the Shah and his family lived. Their private apartments lie just beyond this hall across a spacious square. At the so...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2006

Red Fort
West central Old Delhi
Delhi, India

Humayun's Tomb

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Attraction

Humayun's Tomb Photo, Delhi, India
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Nicknamed Delhi’s Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of emperor Humayun is a splendid example of 16th-century Moghul architecture. Nasiruddin Humayun was the son of Babur, the founder of the Moghul empire in northern India, a direct descendant of Tamerlane of Central Asia and the father of Akbar the Great. He was the only Moghul emperor to loose his Indian territories, namely to Sher Shah Suri who was helped by his younger brothers. After his flee to Persia, he converted to Shi’a Islam, gained the support of the Persian Shah, and retook northern India. His victory was short-lived, as Humayun died only 6 months later in 1556 from an accident. He was succeeded by his 13-year-old son Akbar, who expanded his father...Read More

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Humayun's Tomb
Nizamuddin, New Delhi
Delhi, India

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque

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Attraction | "Jama Masjid"

Jama Masjid/Friday Mosque Photo, Delhi, India
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Moghul emperor Shah Jahan, grandson of Akbar the Great and world-famous for building the Taj Mahal as a mausoleum for his favourite wife, constructed the Masjid-i-Jahan Numa (the "world view mosque" in the emperor's Persian) in the 17th century. It took an important place on the Bho Jhala hillock overlooking the Shah's new capital city Shahjahanabad and the Red Fort. The mosque, more commonly known as Jama Masjid or Friday Mosque, after the Muslim gathering day, is the largest one in India, capable of receiving 25,000 worshippers.The mosque is surrounded by an almost one hectare square c...Read More

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

Chandni Chowk

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Chandni Chowk Photo, Delhi, India
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Probably Delhi's most famous street, Chandni Chowk (also spelled Chandnee Chauk, abbreviated as CC) starts in front of the Red Fort and runs for 2km westwards towards Fatehpuri Mosque, with a similar design than its larger cousin, the Jama Masjid. The street got its name from a vanished 17th century square, called 'Moonlit Square' or 'Chandni Chowk'. The square contained a beautiful pool, reflecting the moonlight, and was reportedly built by Jahanara, daughter of Shah Jahan. Soon, shops appeared around the square and beyond, making it one of Delhi’s largest shopping areas even in our times.Across the wide Netaji Subhash Marg street from the entrance gate of the Red Fort is the Digamber Temple ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 23, 2006

Chandni Chowk
"Old" Delhi, ner Red Fort
Delhi, India

Bahai House of Worship/Lotus Temple

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Attraction | "Lotus Temple"

Bahai House of Worship/Lotus Temple Photo, Delhi, India
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As one of Delhi newest buildings, the Lotus Temple was finished in 1986. It is probably the most visited building in India and maybe even in the whole world, competing with great sights like the Eiffel Tower or the Empire State Building. Apparently there are 3.5 million visitors each year. The architect is the Iran-born Canadian resident Fariborz Sahba, a follower of the Baha'i religion from this temple. Its design was derived from a lotus flower, with white marble petal leafs. The number 9, as the highest one-digit number representing completeness for the Baha'is, comes back throughout the edifice. The marble flower has got 9 outer sepal leaves...Read More

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Bahai House of Worship/Lotus Temple
Bahapur, Kalkaji
Delhi, India 110019

The Qutab Minar Complex (Qutb Minar)

Attraction | "Qutb Minar Part I"

The Qutab Minar Complex (Qutb Minar) Photo, Delhi, India
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The tallest brick minaret in the world is probably Delhi's most famous sight. The Qutb Minar and its adjacent Muslim buildings are inscribed on the world heritage list of UNESCO, the only one in Delhi apart from the wonderful Tomb of Humayun. The beautiful minaret and its accompanying mosque, the Masjid Quwwat-ul-Islam or Might of Islam Mosque, were started in 1193 by the first sultan of Delhi and founder of the Slave Dynasty, Qutb-ud-Din Aibak, on the ruins of Lal Kot, the first city of Delhi. His successor and son-in-law Iltutmish finished the comple...Read More

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

The Qutab Minar Complex (Qutb Minar)

Attraction | "Qutb Minar Part II"

Tomb of Iltutmish Photo, Delhi, India
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(continued from part I)Qutb Minar is the minaret, from where the muezzin called the people to prayers, of the accompanying Might of Islam Mosque or Masjid Quwwat-ul-Islam. The mosque was built by Qutb-ud-Din Aibak and expanded by his successor and son-in-law Iltutmish, just like the minaret. The walls of the crumbled mosque are clearly of an architecture related to the minaret, with red sandstone bricks decorated by exquisite Arabic calligraphy and floral motifs. The former interior of the mosque, now open air as we...Read More

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