Delhi: A Tale of 2 Cities

new-delhi-safdarjung-tombIf anyone asks to list the place which is ancient yet renowned for its elegance and history, it is obvious for ‘Delhi’ to float into anyone’s mind. The city of Delhi is known to be the residence of our early ancestors who started inhabiting the city starting the sixth century onward. However, the mythological beliefs date back to pre-historic times. The city was later given a new makeover by the heir of Mughal dynasty, the great emperor Shahjahan who termed it as Shahjahanabad. During his rule the city had a magical transformation as he built grandiloquent buildings. Today, the city has everything – the presence of old historical values and the formation of modern infrastructure. Delhi is therefore, put forth to tourists travelling from all over the world as “A Tale of Two Cities”.

Old Delhi and its beauty:

The old Delhi can be described as a serene beauty from the past that reminds us of the air filled with exotic and natural flora. It is a reminder of how the city grew up over centuries during the reigns of various kings and emperors who gave it one of the best monuments. The old Delhi was earlier believed to be the place where the pandavas from Mahabharata lived which was later taken over by the grandson of Akbar, Emperor Shahjahan who later started building monuments with fascinating Architecture to flaunt his power to the citizens. Since then old Delhi was the heart of the city where the traces of the mughalians was found. Even today, it has houses built closely together where every lane is connected together and with huge joint families in each house.

The old Delhi is famous for the popular market Chandni chowk which is actually a canal built on the roads looking like half lit moonlight where shops are located and is the most crowded market in Delhi till date. The only thing that the old Delhi lacks is the high rise trade and business buildings, airport, metro rail network but these flaws are totally forgotten with some of the must visit monuments like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid etc and these monuments have a long history as well.

New Delhi and the New developments:

The New Delhi city started developing at exponential rates post industrialisation and few places from the Old Delhi started going through rapid changes giving rise to a modern era with changing lifestyles. Every building was designed with talented architects under the British regime with splendid and minute cravings and specifications given to each one of them at their embryonic stages. The starting spark if the New delhi’s progress is the neatly devised metro rail network and roadways which served as the stepping stone of development. The traversing from one place to other is not at all a problem when it comes to New Delhi as every station is connected and requires minimal effort if you prefer a public transport. The Airport is one of the best airports in India and has all national and international flight terminal connections. The developed New Delhi is now one of the top metropolitan city with a umpteen number of pubs, restaurants flaunting the typical English lifestyle.

The new delhi is the best place to sow a seed for your professional career with a lot of opportunities to step your foot in. They have all the livelihood services right at your doorstep. The most fascinating thing about new Delhi is the varied sights to visit for tourists and recreational spots for the residents like the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Paliament house, Akshardham Mandir, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun tomb and much more.

Comparing the Good and Bad:

  • Facilities and Services: When we talk about the old Delhi, it has almost all the facilities like the New Delhi but only differs in the fact that there is no airport facilities at the old delhi. Huge air-conditioned shopping malls, and modern housing structures.
  • The New Delhi is more of a metropolitan city which makes it loaded with any kind of services ranging from cab, metro, super markets, salon services and more which is found a little rarely in Old Delhi.
  • The entire New Delhi is completely developed in all terms and going from one place to other is a piece of cake as there is a abundant number of auto rickshaws, train services etc whereas the Old Delhi do not have a devised quick travel system making it as a minor disadvantage for the residents.
  • Interlinked regions: The entire support system of New Delhi depends in its airport facilities as the capital city is the most frequently visited one amongst tourists. So, the flight offers like Rs.1000/- off from various stores like Yatra, MakeMyTrip, etc. put ease to travel to the nearby states at affordable rates and since the Older Delhi does not have its own airport, they have to go to the later part for travelling to other states.
  • The Old Delhi which is a majestic beauty is renowned for some of the ancient monuments and buildings like Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Chandni Chowk, St. James Church, The Kashmere Gate. Some of the must visit places in the new delhi is the Rashtrapati Bhavan, Sansad Bhavan, The India Gate, The Jantar Mantar, Connaught Place, Akshardham Mandir, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara, Qutub Minar, Lotus Temple, Humayun tomb.
  • Some of the adventure filled things you can do at New Delhi is to definitely visit the malls, gawking at the Qutub Minar, walking to the India Gate and if you visit old delhi, one must definitely observe the moonlight at the Chandni chowk, visit all the Delhi local markets etc.

Conclusion:

If you are out to tour around the famous cities in india, then the capital city Delhi is a must visit as we get to experience two different faces of a same coin. Both may have the same name around but they are two contrasting set of places which would give you the feeling of ethnicity and tradition at one pole of it and the spark of modern, metropolitan culture at the other pole. Both Old Delhi and New Delhi are filled with ancient and antiquated monuments where one exhibits Mughal culture and the other flaunts the British architecture. Plan your trip to the dazzling yet daring delhi city today.

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