The Old World…

Finally Finally, the vacation has cometh!!! Oh!! How I love these holidays…birthdays, Christmas, New Year etc. etc. this is indeed the season to be jolly!!! My plans for vacation are naturally reading and reading and reading!!! But I thought it would be nice if I began this vacation blog series a little differently and share with you all some photographs and a quick historical snapshot of Old Delhi, where I went on a walking tour yesterday! Old Delhi, initially called Shajahanbad was built by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in 1639. Situated on the bank of river Yamuna, this red sandstone fortress encompassed an entire city with its wall enclosing upto nearly 1500 kilometers. The main street is known as Chandni Chowk, literally meaning the moonlit square. This was established by Princess Jahanara, the eldest daughter of the Emperor and served as the center of old Delhi trade and society in 17th century. Its street food is still famous and the restaurants have been run by the same families for the last 300+ years.  The Jama Masjid is the main mosque of this region and serves as the spiritual center of all Muslims in India. This Walled City is also home to one of the premier poets of India, Mirza Ghalib, whose songs are still sung and poems still revered. I will now actually stop being garrulous and just share the photos instead!!

Photo Courtesy : mentallynailbiting (AKA my flatmate and most awesome best friend)

6 thoughts on “The Old World…

      1. Wow! I never knew! For some reason I thought you were in England, but it could have been the title of your blog that swayed me — or perhaps some of your vernacular. 🙂 I’ve always wanted to visit India but it’s one of those dreams that is on the edge of realizable.

        I love your flatmate’s name, BTW. 🙂

      2. Wow! Cleo, I take as a compliment and more importantly the Irish-English Catholic Nuns at the Convent School I went to for 12 years would consider their mission a success, if they could read this now! For 12 years I read, spoke and ate England and that too during my formidable years. No surprise I sound more English than Indian!! 😉 I do hope you can visit India sometime….I know there are a lot perceptions about this country, and like everything else, its got good with the bad. However we do have a unique culture that goes back to 3500 B.C. and beyond and history is found in every nook and corner. So if you get chance, do hop on and I will for sure offer my services as tour guide! 🙂 Yeah! That’s my flatmate….she leaps first and then bites her nails while free falling!!! 🙂

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