Old Delhi: The Walled City

25th Oct 2014

The Crowded Streets of Chandni Chowk

Photo of The Crowded Streets of Chandni Chowk by Nancy Nance

Ghalib's Haveli

Photo of Ghalib's Haveli by Nancy Nance

Fatehpuri Mosque

Photo of Fatehpuri Mosque by Nancy Nance

Jama Masjid

Photo of Jama Masjid by Nancy Nance

Red Fort

Photo of Red Fort by Nancy Nance

Old Delhi used to be an important place for the Mughals who enclosed the area within 14 gates and built their forts and palaces during the Mughal Dynasty. Now, most of the gates have diminished and the place has become quite congested. Despite being an extremely crowded place, Old Delhi never fails to attract tourists. It is one of the most popular areas for heritage walks. The ancient monuments, tombs and forts takes one back to the era of Kings, forgetting about the chaos of the place while creating nostalgia for the lost glory.

The buzzing streets crowded with people, bordered with the saree shops on each side, rickshaws on the roads, shopkeepers insisting you to buy some stuff describe Chandni Chowk the best. People often say that the real Old Delhi is situated in Chandni Chowk. It's the heart of Old Delhi. Foodies can go to 'paraanthey waali gali', which is a famous place, to enjoy different kinds of delicious paraantheys.
Photo of Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Nancy Nance
Situated in Chandni Chowk, it's a sacred place where one can get to know about the history of Sikh religion. Visit this place with a scarf covering your head, to enter and feel the serenity by listening to Gurbani.
Photo of Gurudwara Sis Ganj, Old Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Nancy Nance
Who doesn't know Ghalib? The famous Urdu and Persian poet of the Mughal Empire used to live here. It has been described as a heritage site by Archaeological Survey of India. It has a museum which displays many items of Ghalib and his time.
Photo of Mirza Ghalibs Haveli, Balli Maran Gali, Baradari, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Nancy Nance
It is situated at the end of Chandni Chowk. The mosque has a pleasing atmosphere. It's one of the best place to visit in Old Delhi.
Photo of Fatehpuri Masjid, Katra Bariyan, Fatehpuri, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Nancy Nance
Surrounded by the busy and crowded streets of Old Delhi, Jama Masjid is one of the best known Mosque of India.
Photo of Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Nancy Nance
Popularly known as 'Lal Quila', this fort was built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. The architecture is outstanding and the beautiful green gardens are beautiful. Every year on Independence Day, the Prime Minister gives a speech and hoist the national flag at the main gate.
Photo of Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, Delhi, India by Nancy Nance