Why Delhi stole my heart…

“We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.”

That is so true, isn’t it? Not packing up to travel to someplace unseen is the biggest regret of my life. Every breath, sort of, reminds me of all the places I’m still to see, and the experiences I’m yet to make.

With the same urge kicking in, I finally got on to packing my bags and left for a destination I was long pining to visit. So, in December 2019, I boarded the flight destined for Delhi, and onward I went.

My stay in Delhi was not long, about 3 days only. I didn’t get the chance to explore the city as much as I’d like to because I was on a schedule. But I did visit some of the historic places the city is famous for, interacted with the locals, and tried delicacies found only in Delhi, but famous all over the country. All in all, it was a beautifully satisfactory experience, one I long to witness again, soon.

This travelogue is all about my Delhi Experience. I shall share my story, hoping you love my journey and live it too through my pictures.

Location: Mumbai International Airport. I am waiting for the flight which was delayed by 6 hours due to bad weather.
Delhi International Airport at 9 in the morning.
Paharganj, Delhi. Our hotel was located right in the heart of this bustling place.
Enjoying the local battery rickshaw ride with sister
The Red Fort, Old Delhi
Inner ramparts of the Red Fort
Inside view of Delhi Gate
Diwan-e-aam or the audience hall
Mumtaz Mahal which now houses the Red Fort Archaeological Museum
Inner buildings for the Royal jenana.
A view of the main building from the audience hall
Meena Bazaar, where silk, jewellery and other items for the imperial household were sold during the Mughal period.
The famous Parathewali gali in Chandni Chowk
Rabadi Paratha. Quite popular but not one I liked much.
The Pudina (Mint) paratha and Green Peas paratha which tasted real good.
Dahi bhalla. These are deep fried fritters made with lentils. They are served with topping of yogurt and chutneys.
Jama Masjid, Old Delhi
The wash pond of Jama Masjid
A closer view of the domes and minarets
The beautiful Mughal architecture
Front facade of the Masjid overlooking the region.
The India Gate, originally called All India War Memorial, is a war memorial located on Rajpath in New Delhi.
Canopies in the vicinity of India Gate
Amar Jawan Jyoti or Flame of the Immortal Soldier

That’s all for the part one of my Delhi experience. The historical landmarks of Delhi are what I love most for I fell in love with them instantly. There is a rare simplicity that is so enchanting you can’t wait to be lost in those beautiful, lovelorn epics of Delhi. I was totally taken by surprise. I know this isn’t the last time I was in Delhi. In my next post, I shall share the last of my experiences traveling around Delhi. Stay tuned.

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Question of the day

Have you visited Delhi? What do you love most about the Capital city?

Do share you thoughts in comments below. 🙂

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© Asha Seth

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