EXPLORE OLD DELHI BY FOOT
Old Delhi ( formerly Shahajanbad) is one of the most authentically artistic places in Delhi. The rich and colourful past, coupled with a new, thriving culture brought in by migrants from all around the world, gives Delhi an identity that is uniquely its own.
Old Delhi’s monuments—the Jama Masjid and the Red Fort that anchors the Old City—are magnificent, and the main artery, Chandni Chowk, should not be missed. It’s a convenient metro ride to the Old City from Connaught Place.
TAKE A GLANCE AT SWAMINARAYAN AKSHARDHAM TEMPLE
Massive temple complex was built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha spiritual organization and opened in 2005.’Akshardham’ means the divine abode of God. It is hailed as an eternal place of devotion, purity and peace.
Akshardham experience is an enlightening journey through India’s glorious art, values and contributions for the progress, happiness and harmony of mankind.
SPEND A DAY AT HUMAYUN’S TOMB
The tomb was built in 1570, and houses the body of the second Mughal emperor, Humayun.
It stands as a magnificent testament to the style of Mughal royal mausoleums.The beautiful surrounding gardens contain the tombs of the emperor’s favourite barber – an entrusted position given the proximity of the razor to the imperial throat – and Haji Begum. This was where the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, took refuge before being captured and exiled by the British in 1857.
LISTEN TO QAWWALI AT NIZZAMUDDIN DARGAH
On Thursday evenings, its courtyard exudes soulful music of live Qawwalis accompanied by traditional Indian instruments, which serenade the audience into a state of reverie. One of the families that perform the Sufi devotional songs has been singing there for close to a century. The sessions take place twice every Thursday, once at 4:30 pm and the other at 6:15 pm. Go slightly early to explore and get a good spot! The dargah is open on all days – 6 am to 10 pm.
DANCE TO EDM BEATS AT HAUZ KHAS VILLAGE
Hauz Khas has now turned into a posh locality with a number of restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques. The cafes around have impressive food to offer and the place adds bass and beats to its mood during the night. It also retains its old-world charm through the historical complex that houses many structures from the Sultanate era. And this smooth merger of the past and the present makes it one of the top tourist attractions in Delhi.