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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Delhi : overfilled, striking colored and boisterous heart and soul of India.

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Delhi is the second largest metropolis in India after Mumbai. Located in northern India on the banks of the River Yamuna.

Delhi has a semi-arid climate with high variation between summer and winter temperatures. Summers are long, from early April to October, with the monsoon season in between. During the summer season, the city faces extreme power and water shortages. The summer heat waves kill dozens each year. Winter starts in November and peaks in January and is notorious for its heavy fog, which often disrupts road, air and rail traffic.

Both Old and New Delhi exert an influenced by slyness beguile on visitors. Lose yourself unwinding the secrets of the city's Mughal past in the mazy streets of Old Delhi before emerging into the wide open spaces of imperial New Delhi, with its ordered governmental vistas and generous covered with leaves avenues.

The Red Fort: The Red Fort locally known as Lal Quila, is Delhi's distinguishing style attraction, rising high above the blare of Old Delhi as a reminder of the wealth and power of the Mogul empire. The monolithic arenaceous rock walls were built in the 17th century to keep out predatory encroachers and still prevail the skyline today. Inside are an array of dainty buildings, which once provided the living quarters for Shah Jehan, his courtiers, family and staff of three thousand. Visitors can wonder at the complex medal and only imagine the scenes here at the empire's height when the walls were constellated with precious stones and a 'stream of paradise' drove an imaginative air conditioning system. The fort was the scene of the Indian uprising of 1857 and the mighty Lahore Gate, on the west side of the fort, remains a potent symbol in the fight for Independence.

Chandni Chowk: Missing your visit at Chandani Chowk, it means you are unsuccessful to grab the good moments of Delhi. It would be complete without a visit to one of the bazaars that surround Chandni Chowk (Moonlight Square), in Old Delhi, where shops and stalls display a wonderful array of goods and offer a mordacious and colourful insight into Delhi life. Chandni Chowk has a large number of galis (lanes) and each one is different, with their own atmosphere and smells. Naya Bazaar, on Khari Baoli, is the spice market that displays a wonderful selection of foodstuff in neat, colourful piles. The nearby Gadodial Market is the wholesale spice market. Hundreds of spices and flavorings can be found including aniseed, ginger, pomegranate, saffron, lotus seeds, pickles and chutneys, to name just a few. Chor Bazaar sits behind the ramparts of the Red Fort and comes to life on Sundays to trade a collection of 'second hand' goods. Chawri Bazaar was once notorious for the ladies who beckoned men from the arched windows and balconies above street. Today, these houses have made way for shops specialising in brass and copper Buddhas, Vishnus and Krishnas. Some of the busiest galis house the poultry and fish markets, east of Kalan Mahal, but most tourists wisely avoid them.

If you are on the tour of Delhi, do not miss to visit at Jama Masjid, Qutb Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and Rashtrapati Bhavan ... the list has no bounds.

Friends, waiting for you at Delhi...
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