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Project Title: Device for the Uniquely Abled (DUA)

Principle Investigator: Dr. Harmeet Kaur

Co-investigators: Dr. Baljeet Kaur and Dibyajyoti Das

Student Members: Abhishek Gupta, Avinash Prasad, Ginnisha Karira, Gaurav Siddhad, Mansi Agarwal, Shaurya Sahai, Shobhit Agarwal, Shubham Kumar, Pratik Moon and Vishal Pandey.


The results for this edition of the Innovation Project Scheme were recently declared by the varsity. Over 300 projects submitted by students and faculty of colleges around the university made it to the final list. A project submitted by the faculty members and students of Hans Raj College, under the name of “Device for the Uniquely Abled (DUA)” has made the cut.


The project aims at creating a device which would help the visually impaired students to commute from one place to another while taking care of the obstacles that come in their way. In addition to the feature of obstacle avoidance, the device would also help the students to navigate from one place to another by giving them directions in the audio form.“There are other such devices which solve the purpose, but none of them completely eliminate the problem. We’re trying to build a robust device which will handle the problem in a more effective manner”, said Ginnisha Karira, a student-member of the group. According to their research, there are around 300 million blind people in the world who face such issues. Hence, the team wants to build something which enables them to be self-sufficient and feel confident.

According to the team their device will make their college campus friendly for the visually impaired people. If it works fine without any glitches, then it’ll be launched in a wider campus. The feature of “obstacle avoidance” will work well, both in and outside the campus. On asking about their future plans, Vishal Pandey, another member of the team said, “We have been doing extensive research for the past few months. We visited the Blind Relief Association, Delhi, to talk to the people who actually deal with such problems. The visit has given us a very clear insight on what and how the uniquely abled people manage their problems.”


“The vision that propelled us towards this initiative is the need to help visually challenged members of our college regain self-confidence while walking in and around the campus. We wish to alleviate their fear of walking on the road”, said Dr. Baljeet Kaur. She further added, “The available gadgets are way too expensive for the needy, and even if made available through donations, they do not help identify obstacles above waistline. We hope to help them with the vision of the Blind Relief Association: “Helping the blind help themselves“.

If you or anyone you know is participating in an Innovation Project, drop us an e-mail and we’d love to feature it!

Related reading: What are Innovation Projects?

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The Innovation Project Scheme which was initiated by the University of Delhi back in 2012 has proved to be an inevitable part of the University since then. With the objective of instilling an urge for innovative ideas in the students of the university, this scheme has managed to grab the attention and interests of the students and faculty. The project requires students to work in a group of 10 along with three faculty members, and a mentor and submit the proposal of a project that they wish to undertake. According to the university,The desired goal must have some reasonably clear real world application or orientation.”

The university funds each project with a maximum of 10 lakh rupees depending upon the budgetary needs of the project. This also includes a monthly stipend of Rs.1,000 for each student of the team. Almost half of the grants are released in the first phase of the projects. Then each project is evaluated after a period of time. Only if the university sees any potential in the project at that point of time, the other half of the grants is released. The university also states that “the proposals with a promise to be an entrepreneurial venture and with the possibility of an industrial outcome may be submitted as a business plan and may involve a mentor from the industry from the inception of the project.”


More than 300 projects have been shortlisted this year by the University. Various innovation projects will be displayed at the cultural fest of Delhi University, Antardhwani ‘16.


Some of the projects that have been selected for this edition are-


Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College Impact of Social Media on Indian Democracy
Cluster Innovation Centre Weaving Dreams for Destitutes
Hans Raj College Device for Uniquely Abled (DUA)
Jesus and Mary College Psychological, Commercial and Legal Fight of Aged Consumers for Consumer Rights: A Self-Help Group Technique
Kirori Mal College KMC MARS ROVER helping astronauts in exploration of the Red Planet Mars
Miranda House College Business Ethics: Business Leadership in Bhagwad Gita

 Find the complete list here.


Are you or someone you know working on an Innovation Project? Send us a message on Facebook, we’d love to know more!

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The University of Delhi saw around 3 lac application forms this admission season.

If you were one of the aspirants, and are looking forward to seek admission in B. Com (P) or BA (P) then here is some important update for you. Delhi University has revealed the list of various colleges along with the disadvantage that the students might incur, due of change of stream in UG courses. You might want to have a look before the next cut-off list is out.

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NOTE: SGTB Khalsa College will deduct 5% for admission to B.COM (Programme) for both Arts’ and Science students. No deduction will take place for admission to B.A (Programme)

For circulars of individual colleges and their deduction policies, click here.

After knowing all about the college hostels in the North Campus of the University of Delhi, here is a compiled list of all the hostels in the South Campus of DU. The list also contains information about off-campus hostels If you’re planning to get admission into any one of these colleges, go ahead and read on. It is better to be prepared for a ‘home away from home’ so that you don’t have a lot of things to worry about on your arrival in Delhi.

Lady Shri Ram College Hostel

For gender: Girls

Capacity: 300 pupils

The LSR Residence Hall provides residential facility to almost 300 female students of the college, every year. It is located at the west of the main college building and provides its residents with various facilities including internet access and medical care. It also has a common room, a lawn and a visitor’s lounge. Admission to the college is done only on the basis of merit.



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Sri Venkateswara College Hostel

For gender: Both

The college hostel has two blocks, one for boys and girls each. The hostel is meant for both, undergraduate and postgraduate students. It has a separate dining room, common room, and recreation room for boys and girls.


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Indraprastha College for Women Hostel

For gender: Girls

Capacity: 166 pupils

Unlike many other hostels, the Indraprastha College for Women Hostel also accepts application from students from NCR/NCT. This college has a total of two hostels to provide residential facilities to its residents. The newly built hostel has a capacity for 166 students, out of which 30 seats are reserved for the North-Eastern students. The hostel has well equipped 2 seater rooms for students.

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Maharaja Agrasen College Hostel

For gender: GIrls

Capacity: 50 pupils

MAC girls hostel is a one of a kind hostel which works towards maintaining a balance between work and play for the students. Activities like cycling, carom and badminton are regularly organised for the residents. Students putting up in the hostel usually opt for bicycles to commute to nearby places.

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Keshav Mahavidalaya College Hostel

For gender: Girls

Capacity: 75 pupils

The hostel provides residential facilities to around 75 girl students on sharing basis. The hostel provides medical facilities, sports facilities and telephone and internet connectivity to the residents. The hostel also has a common room which provides the students with various recreational facilities  like television, audio system, etc.






The new academic session at the University of Delhi is waiting around the corner. Along with admission into various colleges, you might also be worried about a ‘home away from home’ after admission. To clear all the uncertainty and confusion regarding your stay in Delhi, here is compiled list of all the hostels situated in the North Campus that University of Delhi offers:

Hindu College Hostel

For gender: Boys
Capacity: 200 pupils

This hostel has been built to provide residential facility to the male students of Hindu College, only. The hostel is situated next to the sports complex and has a total of 119 rooms. It proves to be a home to almost 200 undergraduate and post-graduate students. Along with 119 well-furnished rooms, there is also a common room in the hostel. The common room provides various recreational facilities to the residents. One can acquire a seat in the hostel only on the basis of merit.


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Hans Raj College Hostel

For gender: Boys
Capacity: 200 pupils

This hostel is located within the campus of  Hans Raj College. The hostel is managed by the hostel warden on behalf of the principal. A seat in the hostel is only provided to students of Hans Raj College whose parents are not residents of NCR. Merit followed by an interview is the criteria followed for admission t0 the hostel. The hostel provides residential facilities to almost 200 male under-graduate students every year. It provides recreational facilities like the TV room, gymnasium and common room, among others.

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Miranda House Hostel

For gender: Girls
Capacity: 254 pupils

This hostel provides residential facilities to female undergraduate students whose original residence is outside of NCR. Eligibility criteria for this hostel is based on merit, followed by an informal interview with the candidate and her parents and local guardian. There are a total of 120 rooms available in the hostel. Out of the 120 rooms, seven are four seater, and others are two seater.

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Ramjas College Hostel

For gender: Both

This hostel provides residential facilities to both male and female college students whose original residence is outside NCR. Admissions to the hostel are done strictly on the basis of merit-cum-interview. The hostel is located beside the playground of the college. It has separate common rooms for both boys and girls with facilities such as indoor games and magazines/newspapers. There is also a small gymnasium (for boys) and a pantry (for girls) inside the college hostel.

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Kirori Mal College Hostel

For gender: Boys
Capacity: 170 pupils

The hostel provides residential facilities to the male students of the college only. Its 89 rooms have a capacity to provide residential facilities to almost 170 students, both from India and abroad. Admission to the hostel is strictly on the basis of merit, while seats are allocated to various classes/courses. “We are planning to have a girl’s hostel soon”,  says the Warden of the hostel.


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Shri Ram College of Commerce Hostel

For gender: Both
Capacity: 53 girls and 150 boys

This college has two separate hostels  for boys and girls. Both the hostels have proper mess and common rooms. The facilities provided on campus include laundry service and medical attention. The total number of seats in girl’s and boy’s hostel are 53 and 150, respectively. The seats are for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The criteria for admission is based on merit followed by an interview.


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 St. Stephen’s College Hostel

For gender: Both

The hostel at St. Stephens’s College has 6 blocks divided equally between girls and boys. Students of first year get to live in two seater rooms. The basis of admission to the hostel is merit followed by a brief interview. While the hostel provides various facilities, absence of any ACs or even coolers proves to be a little discomforting for the residents in summers.


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S.G.T.B Khalsa College Hostel

For gender: Girls
Capacity: 147 pupils

The hostel is built under the name of Mata Gujri Hostel. It is meant to provide residential facilities to the female students of Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College. Named after the first Sikh Martyr lady in the history, this hostel has 49 rooms to accommodate 147 students.





Last few days have tried to bring a revolution in the Internet Industry.  Various Internet Service Providers are trying their best to violate the principle of something called as, Net Neutrality. This could change the way Internet is supposed to be used by the crowd. Here’s all what you should know regarding this issue:

What does Net Neutrality means?

Net neutrality, also known as network neutrality, says that all the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and the governments should treat all data on the Internet equally. Discrimination of data should not be made based on the user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.

How can the violation of the principle of Net Neutrality affect you?

Well, if you are the kind of person who doesn’t like to be nudged while surfing the internet, then this action might adversely affect you. The Internet Service Providers are trying their best to snatch away your freedom which you possess right now, while surfing the internet. The surfing speed of different sites will be governed by your ISP. This means that even if you like an item on the online shopping site- Amazon, you’ll be forced to shift to (say) Flipkart, because that’ll be the only site which will open up fast enough. In this way, the internet traffic would be diverted according to the wish of the Internet Service Providers.

Also, you’ll be charged for everything that you work upon or see on the internet. It won’t matter whether you have an internet plan or not, you’ll have to pay for everything that you open up; be it a video or a social-networking site.

If the violation of Net Neutrality takes place, start-ups with deep pockets will be the only ones to survive. This will kill innovation as anyone who lacks enough funds wouldn’t dare to start up a new business”, said Anshul Gupta, founder of Fabence, an online shopping store.         .

How can you help to secure this freedom?

If you wish to continue using the internet like you do now, you’ll need to put in a little effort. Like every other issue, even this one can be solved with the help of petitions and protests. All you need to do is send an e-mail to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. If TRAI gets enough number of responses from people like you and me, there is a chance that the principle of Net Neutrality won’t be violated.

TRAI’s E-mail ID: [email protected]

Deadline: 24th April, 2015

You can also log onto to and send the ready-made response to TRAI.

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2013 saw Delhi University starting the Four Year Undergraduate Programme, popularly known as the FYUP. All the students who applied for admissions were enrolled under the FYUP scheme. Unfortunately, a few days after the scheme came into action, it started facing a lot of problems. Due to the weak course structure, unavailability of proper faculty and infrastructure along with legal issues, students  the teachers had demanded the rollback of FYUP. Mr. Dinesh Singh, VC, Delhi University was accused of having started the four year programme in haste without any proper thought put into it. After about a year since the scheme came into action, it was finally rolled back.

While all other courses under FYUP were reverted to a three year programme, it was decided that the B. Tech courses which were introduced under this scheme would be continued. Unfortunately, the mere survival of these courses didn’t mean much, since for the degree to be a legitimate one, the courses needed an approval from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

After a large number of protests against the Vice Chancellor of the University, Education Minister and Principals of individual colleges, the students finally saw a ray of hope regarding the approval. A team of two people from the AICTE recently visited various colleges which offer B. Tech courses like Hans Raj College, Maharaja Agrasen College and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College to inspect the colleges in terms of the laboratories, course structure, teachers and their qualifications, among other specifications required for the B. Tech courses. While in some colleges the team interacted with the students along with the teachers, in others they just had a conversation Principal and the teachers.

“The two people who came for the inspection asked us whether we were satisfied with our course or not. They also inquired about the condition of our laboratories, the college’s Wi-Fi and the faculty. The inspection went well, I guess, and now we are all waiting for their decision.”, said Nidhi Gupta, a B. Tech. (C.S.) student from Hans Raj College.”

The inspection is over and all the students currently pursuing B. Tech courses from the University are hoping for a positive response from the AICTE.


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Confluence- the annual cultural fest of Hans Raj College concluded on Sunday, the 29th of March, 2015. The three-day long fest saw a lot of ups and downs and a slight downpour, too, but finally ended on a successful note. Here’s a look at what Hans Raj College hosted during those three days and won managed to win what:

Choreo ’15- the choreography competition

Terpsi Choreon, the choreography society of Hans Raj College organised the choreography competition during Confluence 2015. Abhinaya from Big Dance and Aniket from Danz N Buzz judged the competition. The competition saw participation from two teams, including dance societies from Lady Shri Ram College for Women and Kamala Nehru College. LSR’s performance was based on the theme- ‘Leave Us Alone’ and depicted the women tribes of the Amazon Forests and their dwindling numbers. While LSR’s performance made the crowd aware about the issue, KNC’s performance paid tribute to the Indian soldiers who fight selflessly and keep us secure.

Towards the end of the event, the hosting society, Terpsi Choreon performed their annual production ‘The Void’. The event saw LSR’s team as the winner, while KNC took the second spot.

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Bol Bala- the street play competition

The Dramatics Society of the college held Bol Bala, the street play competition as a part of Eclat- the annual theatre fest. Based on the theme of ‘Navras’ (nine emotions), this event saw participation from colleges like Indraprastha College for Women, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Gargi College, Shivaji College, Lady Shri Ram College, Jesus and Mary College and Guru Teg Bahadur Institute of Technology.
Vipul Pachori, an associate of the Ateliar Theatre group and Shiv Kanunga, an active member of the Asmita Theatre group judged the event.
At the end of the competition, IP College’s ‘Manmarziyan’ was chosen as the winner, while the second and third positions were attained by JMC’s ‘Kab tak Khayega’ and Shivaji College’s ‘Jaane Kaha Gaye Wo Din’, respectively.


Groove’15- the western dance competition

Another highlight of Confluence’15 was the event organised by the western dance society of the college, Oorja. Colleges like Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Sri Venkateswara College, Maharaja Agrasen College and Guru Teg Bahadur Institute of Technology and several more, were seen taking part in the event. With all the pomp, show and glamour, this event managed to get crowd cheering all throughout. Mr. Apoorv Raghav, choreographer for Oorja and several other teams of Delhi University was the judge for the event. After 11 entertaining performance, Sri Venkateswara College’s ‘Verve’ shared the first position with Guru Teg Bahadur Institute of Technology’s dance society, ‘Natya’. GGS’s dance society, ‘Misba’ took over the second position and IIT Delhi’s V-Defyn was placed third.


DJ Evening with DJ Shival

The evening of 28th March, 2015 welcomed DJ Shival on the grounds of Hans Raj College. With his playlist full of Bollywood chart-busters and Western music, he managed to keep the audience on their feet. Throughout his hour long performance, students were seen singing and dancing along. Crowd kept moving in towards the end of the fest and his lively performance marked the end of the second day of the fest.


Battle of Societies- the photography (group) competition and the Photography Exhibition

Like last year, Pixels, the photography society of the college hosted a battle for the photography societies this year, too under their fest Plickture’15. This event saw participation from colleges like SSBCS, LSR and Maitreyi College, among others. A total of five competitions were held for selecting the winner. After computing the over-all results, ‘The Dark Room’ from SSCBS was declared as the winner. The winning team was awarded with a trophy and prize money of 10,000 INR.
Dr. Pradeep Kumar, a wildlife photographer and an ex-professor of Hans Raj College was the judge for all events. While crediting his entire team for the success of the event, Prithvi Kakkar, founder of Pixels said, “All the members are a gem to the society and have put in days and nights of labour to put up the complete setup”.
Pixels also exhibited a total of 47 pictures clicked by the members of the society throughout the year. The three-day long exhibition gathered praises from the audience, including Dr. V. K. Kawatra, principal of the college.

Star Evening with Mohit Chauhan

Confluence 2015 marked its end with Mohit Chauhan’s performance. Despite the slight delay in the beginning, the performance proved to be a hit. With songs like ‘Jo Bhi Main‘, ‘Nadaan Parindey‘, ‘Is this love?’, ‘Massakali‘ and many more, he managed to keep the crowd dancing and enjoying till the end. While on the stage, the singer told his audience about how he had completed his studies from Himachal Pradesh, but had always wondered what it feels like to graduate from Delhi University. With his hour long performance, Confluence’15 was brought to a successful end.

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After three days filled with fun, events, competitions and shows, this edition of Confluence organised by the Hans Raj Student’s Union finally came to an end!


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Confluence’15, the cultural fest of Hans Raj College saw Pixels- the photography society of the college organizing its annual fest under the name of Plickture’15. The fest hosted both online and on-the-spot competitions, along with an exhibition of the pictures clicked by the society members. While there were competitions for individual participants, Pixels also created a platform for entire teams to compete for the title of the best photography society. Here’s a look on who won what during the three-day long Plickture’15.

Online Competitions: The participants were given respective themes a few days before the fest began. They had to submit their entries online before the given deadline.

(For DSLR users)

Theme: Supernatural

Winner: Manaskam Kakat – Hindu College
Runner-up: Raunaq Singh – SGTB Khalsa College

(For mobile users)

Theme: Being together

Winner: Deepain – Hans Raj College
Runner-up: Aditya Jain – Hans Raj College

Offline Competitions: These events began on the first day of the fest. The participants were supposed to click pictures of the North Campus.

(For DSLR users)

Theme: Campus Streets

Winner: Ahmed Zaman – DCAC College
Runner-up: Lakshaya Soin – SSCBS College

(For mobile users)

Theme: Tempting

Winner: Ahmed Zaman – DCAC College
Runner-up: Nilanjan – Shivaji College

Battle Of Societies

Continuing with their tradition, Pixels hosted a battle for the photography societies this year, too. This event saw participation from colleges like SSBCS, LSR and Maitreyi College, among others. A total of five competitions were held for selecting the winner. Results for the individual competition were as follows:

Online (DSLR users): LSR & SSCBS
On-The-Spot (DSLR users): SSCBS
Photo-morphing: LSR

Hence, after computing the over-all results, ‘The Dark Room’ from SSCBS was declared as the winner. The winning team was awarded with a trophy and prize money of 10,000 INR.

Dr. Pradeep Kumar, a wildlife photographer and an ex-professor of Hans Raj College was the judge for all events.

The third of the fest also witnessed the western dance competition (solo) being organized by Oorja- the western dance society of the college. The event was judged by Mr. Rahul Vaid, and took place under the president-ship of Virendra Singh. The event took place at the recently inaugurated amphitheater pf the college. Tanya Chamoli and Ashrey Dutta were declared winners, while Akshay Kumar bagged the second prize at the event. Prateek Aneja, a member of the choreography society of the college received a special mention from the judge.

Confluence’15 was brought to an enthusiastic end by Mohit Chauhan’s performance. Despite the slight downpour, the singer came on stage and performed for the crowd. With songs like ‘Jo Bhi Main‘, ‘Nadaan Parindey‘, ‘Is this love?’, ‘Massakali‘ and many more, he managed to keep the crowd dancing and enjoying till the end. While on the stage, the singer told his audience about how he had completed his studies from Himachal Pradesh, but had always wondered what it feels like to graduate from Delhi University. His entire performance was accompanied with loud cheers and applaud from the audience. With his hour long performance, Confluence’15 was brought to a successful end.

#MohitChauhan performed this breezy evening at #HansRajCollege’s annual fest, #Confluence! Here’s a glimpse of him singing Masakali. #FestSeason

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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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