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Opposite India gate, in its lush verdant lawns, is an 18th century mosque giving firepower to the popular cliche, that in India, the old and the new cohabit.
The mosque runs a madrasa as well. Madrasas are schools of Islamic learning. Here, you shall spot young students wearing skullcaps immersed in their educational pursuits.
Situated about half an hour to 45 min ride from our home, in the north-western direction is the Rajouri Garden market. It is the most popular high street market in West Delhi. It is a straight stretch of road, which is about a kilometre in length, has outlets dotting on its either side.
Location is very important
Delhi is a large, surging, sprawling city and has many fascinating neighbourhoods that showcasing the various time periods of Delhi.
Most tourists land up in Paharganj or Karol Bagh, primarily due to lack of information & budget constraints.
But these locations do not reveal the glorious Delhi. Delhi can be very complex, difficult to navigate & a local's knowledge comes in very handy. Therefore, most tourists fail to do Delhi well & it is not their fault.
What defines an Independent Traveler?
This can be quickly summed up - a traveller inspired by the philosophy of using the travel opportunity to engage with the culture of his destination, and make efforts to immerse himself in the local customs.
In contrast, your average tourist is more concerned with ticking off the checklist, seeking familiar comforts and conveniences of his home, and gets upset when his expectations are not met with.
The term independent traveller includes many kinds of traveller, but all share the common philosophy of being footloose and leaving their home really back at their home.
So a backpacker on budget will fit in this definition, as well as the flash packer with more money, but willing to experiment will also fit in this.
What is this common philosophy? Let me elaborate it. The independent traveller:
Which to prefer?
Pre-paid taxi is nearly 40% cheaper compared to the pickup service we arrange.
Reason: The cars we use are good condition AC cars with English understanding drivers. The car goes empty to airport, pays a hefty parking fees, pays an entrance fee and than driver waits for your arrival. He brings you to us without wasting time searching for our place.
In contrast, pre-paid taxis are of indifferent quality, almost never an AC, you are lucky if you get an English understanding driver, pay no parking fees, have already made money from a fare by dropping it at the airport.
Most advice on internet forums is to avoid Delhi.
Get in and get out as quickly as possible is the strong suggestion.
The general rant is that Delhi is chaotic, busy and expensive.
Most of this is perhaps quite true. But then there is much to Delhi, a lot's to see.
Delhi is the microcosm of India.
It is the food capital, the sufi stronghold, the political capital, the cultural capital, the music capital, the art capital, the fashion capital as well as wheeler dealer's city.
In our view, one should give Delhi 3 clear touring days - this means 4 nights probably.