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An overwhelming, yet undeniably exciting concoction of chaos, colour and character, Delhi is the loudest and rowdiest city in India. With a population somewhere in the seventeen-thousands, it’s an urban commotion of people, traffic, bikes, kids, car horns and even cows.
So if you’re in Delhi for the day, or just a few sole hours, here are 4 of our top rated things to do:
1. Taj Mahal? Pffft, show me Humayan’s Tomb
They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery… well let’s hope the creators behind Humayan’s Tomb are of the same frame-of-mind, because the design is startlingly similar to the Taj Mahal – and that came much later.
Constructed in 1565 AD by the – and this is quite a mouthful - Persian-born senior wife of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun, the tomb is a glorious example of Mughal and Persian architecture. With exquisite gardens, tombs and an immaculate setting in Delhi.
2. Are you (rick) shaw you want to do this?
The best (and some would say only) way to see Delhi’s Old Town is by cycle rickshaw. You can easily hail one from anywhere in the old town, just remember to negotiate a price upfront.
As the walled city built by 17th-century Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, you’ll explore the rickety backstreets of Delhi’s Old Town in an equally rickety rickshaw. Bumbling along uneven roads and rambling lanes, dodging cows and crumbling pot holes – of which you’ll undoubtedly fail and bump, nudge or swerve into both. Exhilarating.
Our only advice… hold on! And tip well; turning the wheel is a tough old slog.
3. Genuine Indian cuisine
Forget about any pre-conceived notions of Delhi-Belly; there are plenty of delicious Indian delicacies that won’t disrupt your insides. Mughlai cuisine - signature to North India and specifically to Delhi, was developed in Medieval India by the culinary experimenters of the Mughal Empire. Varying from extremely mild to extremely spicy, it’s naturally rich and infused with exotic spices, dried fruit and nuts.
You’ll already know some of the international classics – rogan josh, korma and everyone’s fave, chicken tikka masala, but dig a little deeper and discover chicken changezi; a fusion of roast chicken, tomato, ginger, garlic, green chilies, fresh coriander and plenty of spices.
4. Bartering on
For the most animated market experience of your life, Chandni Chowk is one of the busiest markets in Old Delhi – with an existence that spans three centuries. Back in the day merchants from the Middle East, China and Europe arrived here to trade. These days you’ll still find shops and street vendors, squawking hawkers, loud music and plenty of decoration. A great option for sourcing souvenirs and all the trinkets and treasures you could wish for.
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