Delhi’s existence dates back to 6th century B.C. and it can easily be termed as the hot seat of kingdoms and empires which have left a legacy of their own by plundering it time and again and rebuilding it with world class monuments and structures. The best way to explore Delhi is to go for heritage walks across the city and enjoy the old wold charm and topography of this magnificent state. Walking through the by lanes of Jama Masjid and spice market of Chandni Chowk will transport you to the Mughal Era when number of forts and tombs were built across the city which adorn the skyline of Delhi till today.
In 1857 Delhi came under the direct siege of the British Raj and the Colonial rulers decorated the city with exquisite British architecture by building iconic monuments like India Gate, President’s House and the Indian Parliament.
If you are a foodie and love to eat spicy stuff then streets of Chandni Chowk will offer you enough options to tickle your palate with Mughlai and North Indian delicacies. Walking through the crowded lanes of Chandni Chowk gives you an idea about how the walled city has been exploited over a period of time with illegal structures and uncontrollable population converting it into a business hub. It’s hard to believe that originally, a canal ran down the centre of the Chandni Chowk with pools at major intersections which would reflect moonlight.
After a dose of old Delhi, entering into Connaught Place area of New Delhi transports you to a whole new world of glamorous and fashionable Delhi which never sleeps and the swnaky cars, five star hotels and high rise commercial and residential structures of South Delhi are a poof enough of the ongoing onslaught of consumerism on the heritage city which is gradually turning into a vertical slum.
Some of the famous heritage walks in Delhi comprise of a visit to:
Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid & Lanes of Old Delhi
Mehrauli Archaeological Park
You can experience the heritage walks across the city of Delhi and it’s neighborhoods on your next visit by clicking on the link below: