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Discovering Old Delhi This Winter

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Winters for me had always meant a bundle of clothes and being packed in a blanket , cursing the continentality of Delhi’s climate till I began roaming about Delhi in winter breaks. It’s hard to know every single thing about a city and as for Delhi which has a historically blessed backdrop; old Delhi could be your discovery this winter.

If you people are muttering some sixteenth century curses at me right now, trust me you’ll take them back by the end of this write-up.

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Something for the foodies

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The first haunt is definitely Masterji ki Haveli at Chandni Chowk / Shahjahanabad ( as the Mughals liked it). Chandni Chowk has a lot to offer. It’s not only Paranthe Wali Gali that one should know of, it has Giani’s with its savoury Rabdi Faluda and chole chawal, Qureshi kebab Wala and Karims near Jama Masjid with its mouth watering kebabs and grills, Bade Miyan in Chawri Bazaar for its kheer and of course countless street vendors in the intricately intertwined narrow roads of old Delhi offering pieces of culinary culture our grandparents knew of. Going for food walks can be your new high this winter. {Kindly keep light ;)}

For the History lovers and Shoppers

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Red fort, Jama Masjid , Chandni Chowk , Digambar Jain temple, Kinari Bazaar, Nai Sadak (for book lovers), Ghalib ki Haveli ( Balli Maran) , Khari Baoli, Qudsia Garden at Kashmiri Gate, etc can be your heaven.

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The majestic Red fort not only showcases the history of Delhi but also has a market inside with some awesome jewelry, leather products and showpieces.

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Bang opposite the entrance to the Red Fort is the red sandstone Digambar Jain temple. The Kinari Bazaar sells wedding collection for all communities, from garlands of rupee notes to the groom’s turban and silk robes for the bride. At Dariba Kalan, be dazzled by rows of shops displaying finely crafted gold jewellery, while at the Naya Bazaar in Khari Baoli, smell the strong oriental fragrances of spices, dried fruits and medicinal herbs. The Nai Sarak is lined with 19th century and 20th century houses, whose lower portions have shops selling books and stationery, while the Chor Bazaar (Thieves Market) along the eastern wall of the Red Fort sells used/stolen goods of an unimaginable variety. To the north is Qudsia Garden for those seeking to enjoy seasonal flowers and sunshine.

Few tips

• Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes, preferably a heavy woolen jacket.
• Carry lots of cash (preferably smaller denominations of our own Indian currency)
‚Ä¢ Don‚Äôt carry heavy baggage.A single small bag pack or a hobo would do even if you’re going for shopping.

Are the curses back in place?

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