The history of Delhi has changed many forms. Many dynasties have established themselves developing various parts of Delhi as their capitals. Mehrauli by Qutb-ud-dinAibak, Siri by Alauddin Khilji, Tuglaqabad by Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq, Jahanpanah by Muhammad bin Tughlaq, Firozabad by Firoz Shah Tughlaq, Shahjahanabad by Shahjahan and finally New Delhi by the Britishers are some of the 7-8 cities the present-day Delhi has nurtured. The remains of all these cities are still there, some respected and popularized and some forlorn. If one starts noticing, Delhi is spotted with these. Any corner, any street, you may find a piece of history standing tall amidst the bustling city. Whenever I get a chance, I stop for a while to spend time with these.
Shahjahanbad (the present-day Old Delhi) – the walled city developed by Shahjahan, the fifth Mughal emperor during the seventeenth century, after having his capital moved from Agra to Delhi, is a never ending affair for me. I keep taking friend groups to that place for exploratory walks. Most people fret at the idea because honestly that place is extremely crowded and chaotic. However if you seek, there can be charming surprises and stories unfolding at every other random turn.
This time the group comprised of three indolent men, one being my husband. Asking them to step out early on a windy December Sunday morning was cruel but lured by the good food promise, they agreed to adhere to the plan and we managed to reach the place by 9 in the morning. Nevertheless, we missed some of the quintessential breakfast delicacies. 7-8 am is the ideal time to hit the breakfast points there.