It has been an year and I never get full of Old Delhi. The Old City of "Shahjehanabad". In last 12 months, I probably got chance to visit Old Delhi area couple of times, but I made full of the opportunity I got on one fine Sunday. I had read somewhere that any particular city looks most beautiful in early morning hours.
So, I reached Chandni Chowk metro station at 7 AM in the morning with the list of places I wanted to explore. Being a devout Jain, I wanted to see the Jain temples in by-lanes and alleys of Old Delhi. These temples are more than 100 years old.
I started with Lal Mandir. It is located right in front of Red Fort. This Jain temple is the most famous Jain temple in Delhi and also most frequented by Jain Devotees. The building is made up of Red Stone and there is also a Bird Hospital run inside the premises. I wanted to utilise 2-2.30 hours visiting Jain temples since Red Fort opens at 9.30 in the morning.
After visiting Lal Mandir, I went inside the alleys of Dariba Kalan. Dariba Kalan is famous for Silver jewellery and last time when I visited this place, the market was hustling-bubbling. But, this Sunday morning, everything was quiet, the way I hoped for. The streets were vacant. There are 2 Jain temples in Dariba Kalan, also known as "Koocha Seth"., also known as Chatta Shaj Ji Galli. From outside, one cannot imagine the magnanimity of the temples. These temples are located facing each other and the number of people inside are far less compared to the number of people in Lal Mandir.
The narrow street turns left after going ahead and there is located one more Jain temple right in front of Haveli Dharampura. There are 2 more Jain temples in the same lane. The lane turns right after that and this locality is known as Dharampura.
The Dharampura Road has 2 more Jain Temples facing each other. Out of them one is known as "Meru Mandir". It is probably the most beautiful of all the temples. The temple has a beautiful creation of Nandeeshwar Dweep. In total, I visited 8 temples.
After seeing all these temples, I started exploring the by-lanes of Old Delhi on foot. Many of the buildings are very old. The area has an old world charm. The signage above the shops are still what used to be 20 years ago. The house are so close to each other. None of them is similar to another one. They all have a story to tell. I wonder how these people own a car or will they ever own a car as the roads are so small. They must park them somewhere far.