Old Delhi Action!

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
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Trip End Mar 18, 2011


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Today we made a stop to do a little people watching, walking and shopping in parts of “Old Delhi.”  Still surrounded by crumbling city walls and 3 surviving gates, this vibrant, bustling part of the city was built over a period of 10 years by Emperor Shah Jahan.

It is very much a separate city -- predominantly a labyrinth of tiny lanes crowded with rickshaws, and lined with 17th-century havelis (Indian mansions), their balustrades broken and once-ornate facades defaced with rusted signs(some you can see with monkeys on them) and sprouting satellite dishes. Old Delhi is inhabited by a predominantly Muslim population whose lives revolve around work and the local mosque, much as it was a century ago.

As we made our way out of the "old" you can see the new world coming via motorcycle!
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