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Delhi Trails: The other and older side of Delhi

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If you aren’t able to enjoy your break as much as you thought you would, if your entire day is spent with your eyes glued to your laptop screens, or if you are tired of completing your assignments, then we suggest you grab some cash and your camera and set out to discover the other side of Delhi. We bet you’ve been to the most luxurious malls, restaurants, cafes and theatres situated in the capital, but here’s a list of the famous places in Old Delhi which can help you discover the essence of this exotic city:


With famous places like the Red Fort and Jama Masjid, Old Delhi speaks volumes about the Mughal history of India. Constructed entirely of red sandstones, the majestic Red Fort was the first fort to be built in Delhi. On the other hand, Jama Masjid is a well known praying centre and lies at the beginning of the Chawri Bazaar Road. A visit to these places would not only deepen your knowledge about the Mughal architecture and history, but will also bring you a little closer to the heart of the capital of the country.



In case you are bored of the usual dishes offered at various restaurants and food joints, Old Delhi is the place for you! Once you enter the lanes of Chandni Chowk, nothing can stop the aroma of the delicious street food and traditional delicacies from reaching up to you and luring you to break your diet plan, if any. With restaurants like Karim’s and Moti Mahal, Old Delhi offers its crowd the best of Mughlai food. This place also brings a variety of chaats at your disposal, which includes Aloo Chaat, Fruit Chaat and Papdi Chaat amongst others. While you visit the place, you just cannot afford to miss the Paranthe Wali Gali. This gali (lane), undoubtedly, has the potential of surprising you with its uncommon list of paranthe. Even if none of this attracts you enough, and you still crave for the burger and coke, don’t worry, you can still visit the outlet of McDonald’s situated in Old Delhi to satisfy your hunger. In fact, plenty of Old Delhi spots feature in our Foodie Checklist.


Old Delhi will also not fail to impress you, if you visit the place as a photographer. With the streets always buzzed with visitors and vendors, a lot of famous and infamous historical places, hundreds of stalls of street food, this place can help you cover a lot of genres of photography. Genres such as street, food, portraits and heritage can be best explored and covered while visiting the place.


Well, if you wish to buy stuff at a cheap cost, then you should definitely visit the market which was originally constructed for Shah Jahan’s daughter. The market being talked about here is Chandni Chowk. All kinds of fabrics and jewellery are available at affordable costs in this market. You can also visit Chawri Bazaar which is connected with this market through Nai Sarak, where you can find different types of books, greeting cards, notebooks and other stationary items. The Sunday book market at Daryaganj is one all Delhi readers swear by!


This tour of Old Delhi will surely get you to know your city better. Well, if you are scared of visiting the place alone, don’t worry; just call your group of friends because they are probably getting as bored as you are. Happy exploring!

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Shaurya is a 2nd year B.Tech student from Hansraj College. She is an amateur photographer and also an aspiring poet.She is in love with sleeping and dreams about reading a lot of novels but never really ends up doing that!

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