Old Delhi or 'Purani Dilli' was founded as Shahjahanabad in 1639, by Shah Jahan when he decided to change the capital of the Mughal Empire from Agra to this walled city known only as Delhi. It was once filled with mansions and houses of the nobles and members of the court, beautiful mosques and lush gardens. Despite having lost its former grandeur, Old Delhi continues to carry a charm which captivates anyone visiting the city.
Food is considered a religion here, and there is no shortage of heartwarming and lip-smacking cuisine in Old Delhi. You can find all sorts of savoury and sweet dishes in every corner. The Paranthe Wali Gali is famous for fried Indian bread or Parathas in a variety of flavours. Meat lovers should visit Karim’s place near Jama Masjid for some delicious kebabs. Ghantewala Halwai is a must visit for those with a sweet tooth.
Mughal architecture can truly be appreciated in Old Delhi. The Red Fort is considered as a symbol of national pride. It is named so for its massive red walls and its proximity to the Salimgarh Fort. Jama Masjid, in Chandni Chowk, is one of the largest mosques in India. Make sure to visit during late afternoons.
The oldest and one of the busiest market areas of India, Chandni Chowk is here. Small shops line the streets and offer everything from spices, garments, jewellery, electronics, toys. Barbers, florists, toy sellers and others who do not manage to find a space for themselves ply their trade on the streets. Daryaganj is famous for books and is known as the book haven of India.
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