Why you must visit Purani Dilli when you are in the capital next time!

The visit is not completed until you visit the heart of Delhi- Purani Dilli. Indulge in various shenanigans from food to shopping to history and make it a memorable visit.

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Sakshi Upadhyay
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Delhi has its forms and colors, and its diversities. We are here to talk about the heart of Delhi- Purani Dilli and why you must visit it. 

Old Delhi is a whole other world, a new dimension compared to the busy city life of New Delhi. Old Delhi consists of narrow roads, mouth-watery street food, and architectural designs like Jama Masjid and Red Fort. But there’s much more to these crowded lanes, be with us to find out.

1. Visit the past through the havelis

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The Havelis of Old Delhi is a beautiful example of Architecture during the Mughal dynasty. The majority of these havelis are in a bad condition due to under maintenance but it sure gives a glimpse of our past. Ghalib ki Haveli is one such beautiful example. 

2. Soul-satisfying street food 

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Purani Dilli is well known for its food lanes and the variety of tastes it offers. Daulat ki chaat is a famous street-side shop that is packed with customers throughout the day. Each lane is filled with all sorts of sweets, Mughlai dishes, chole Bhature, and golgappas and I am drooling already. 

3. Dive into the religious dilemma 

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Purani Dilli will leave you in awe once you witness a temple, a church, a gurudwara, and a mosque just next to each other. Enter the lanes of Chandni Chowk from Red Fort and you will witness Sri Digambar Jain Lal Mandir, right next to it is Shankar temple. On the same lane is Gurudwara Sis Ganj Sahib and right opposite to it is Saint Baptist Church and it all leads to Fatehpuri Mosque. The tour doesn’t end here because we have Jama Masjid too, fascinating, isn’t it? 

4. Explore the Red Fort 

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The tall structure of Red Fort hides beautiful parks and architectural beauty behind it along with a small market. The Red Fort is a UNESCO World Hero site and was built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. Moreover, the Prime Minister hoists the national flag here every year on the 15th of August. Recently five new museums have been added here related to India’s freedom struggle. 

5. The creativity of Paranthe wali Gali 

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The paranthe wali gali smells of Masale and taste. It consists of century-old shops that are a continued legacy. What makes it so special is the variety on the menu, here you will find options like papad parantha, candy crush parantha, chocolate parantha, Rabri parantha, etc. So which one are you going to savor? 

6. Sunrise from Khari Baoli

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Khari Baoli is Asia’s largest spice market, but it’s also known for its scenic sunrise. Wake up early and visit this phenomenal place to experience a calm and peaceful sunrise, a fresh start to the morning. Don’t forget to update your Instagram with the same. 

7. Ittar shops to relish fragrance 

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The Ittar shops in Purani Dilli are a century-long chain of stores that carry scents back from the Mughal dynasty. These shops aren’t very expensive and contain scents of all kinds for you to smell fresh all day long.

8. Traditional Street Shopping 

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Budget shopping for a special occasion with the family? Chandni Chowk is the place to shop at. The lanes consist of varieties of options in suit salwar, lehengas, gowns, sherwani, etc at the most affordable prices for you to glow in that family function.

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