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To use a well worn cliche, India is a land of extremities. On one hand is the splendour of Taj Mahal and on the other hand is the extreme abject poverty.
Both are in your face. Many people are afraid to get confronted by this reality. It is not easy for them. But one thing is forgotten in this emotion, that they are not the people responsible for it.
Ok, so it’s your first time trip to India, and you’re going to one of the country’s largest cities – Delhi, as it is fairly close to one of the wonders of the world – the Taj Mahal. Here are a few tips on how to deal with the culture clash and enjoy your holiday without being disrespectful or taken advantage of by the locals.
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.