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An abundant supply of historical monuments and ruins make Delhi a delightful destination worthy of many days of stay, whatever the Internet forums otherwise may say.
The Archaeological Survey of India is mandated to restore, preserve and maintain these heritage buildings. However, it is not an easy task and the lack of funds is stifling their work.
Paranthas or pancakes are a traditional hit item for many centuries in India, especially in North India.
In the short series where I talk about restaurants that for popular during British Raj and are still popular even today, in focus for this article is a small cluster of shops dishing out exotic and varied Paranthas.
Delhi is the food capital of India. The variety available here is mind-boggling and the street food is just yummy.
In a short series, I shall mention some eateries that are popular now, but were popular before India got its independence. Karim's is one of these famous establishments.
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.