Through a sweltering bazaar with each vendor crying out louder
than the next, clamouring through a sweaty crowd, a beggar tugs at
your shirt as the sticky stench of the city pierces your nostrils.
Navigate your way across the road through a perennial traffic jam
of blasting horns and angry shouts, and suddenly you'll find
yourself stepping through the trees into a deserted courtyard,
flanked by gurgling ponds below the huge glittering dome of an
ornately patterned mosque. This is Delhi, city of contrasts, where
an elephant can overtake an overheated Italian sports car on the
streets, where colonial mansions stand next to squatter slums, and
where cows are revered, but musicians are labelled 'untouchable'.
The city's pace is chaotic, yet strangely relaxed, making it ideal
for exploring. You're certain to be confronted with some strange
and exotic sights. With a long and troubled history, Delhi is full
of fascinating temples, museums, mosques and forts, each with a
distinctive architectural style. In Old Delhi, visitors will find a
charming selection of colourful bazaars and narrow winding alleys.
In comparison, New Delhi - the city created to reflect the might of
the British Empire - consists of tree-lined avenues, spacious parks
and sombre-looking government buildings. While Delhi itself could
take a lifetime to explore, it's also ideal as a base for visiting
the Taj Mahal in Agra, and it provides the best links for
travelling to the hill stations of the North.