Old Delhi is in true sense what we call Delhi and rest I would say is all around it. I loved the energy of this place as its very warm and welcoming. What makes everything special here is that every interaction you have in Old Delhi, you are touched by the warmth with which shopkeepers, street vendors or anyone else would talk to you and share their lives with you. As if you entered a friends place and now you will be taken care off. You can do free tasting at food stalls before you buy, and they have same rates even for foreigners, who can move with ease as no hawker or beggar is running behind them. Residents go about doing their regular chores and all the people visiting are just their guests, and this has been going on for centuries.
I met Prem Sharma, a professional travel guide and a very close friend at Chawri bazaar metro station for our walk. Being January it was surprisingly very comfortable and a bright day, making our walk even more wonderful.
A 10 minutes walk brought us to our first destination Jama Masjid. Towering over Old Delhi this reminder of Mughal era, which first opened its door on 23rd July 1656. Mughal architecture was known for balancing everything, like the two minarets, which were used for calling out at prayer times in both morning and evening. What makes it special is that even women are allowed in this very beautiful complex for connecting with the holy one. Beauty lies in the details, so soak in the architecture and the stories surrounding them. You get Burkhas on rent and are a must for any women entering the complex