If trees and streets could talk, the stories that would pour out of Delhi would keep listeners mesmerized for years. You can get no better insight into the diversity of India than from its capital—where the old and new, cultural and contemporary, rural and urban, all blend harmoniously. While Old Delhi is a maze of narrow serpentine lanes lined with shops, the new city is a bustling metropolis with shopping malls and wide-open spaces.
Inhabited since the 10th century, Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many an empire. So when people speak of Old Delhi and New Delhi– we ask: how old… and how new?
From the ancient capital of the Pandavas, to the ruins of the Tomars, the forts and minarets of the Tughlaqs, the tombs of Humayun, the order of Lyuten, and the high-rise of the 21st century come together to be form the jigsaw puzzle that we know as Delhi today.
The caravanserais of yesterday are the metropolises of tomorrow. By-lanes barely wide enough for a person to walk through, zig-zag to meet broad boulevards; the old guard sip on pegs of Scotch and swap war stories at Raj-era clubs, while the avant-garde whisper passwords to enter hole-in-the-wall speak-easy; ancient mausoleums and Havelis house galleries of contemporary art; bullock carts compete with the Delhi Metro.
Looted, plundered, and resurrected in eight different avatars, Delhi emerges from the ashes of her past to take her place in the world as a global capital – politically, culturally, and commercially.
She draws you in – and each time we peel back a layer, there’s always one more story to tell.
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