Old Delhi

The original part of New Delhi is aptly titled “Old Delhi”.  It has numerous shops on very narrow streets (apparently one reason they were constructed in such a narrow manner was to prohibit the movement of militant enemy elephants).  There are general sections in which different vendors sell their goods–paper products, festival goods (since Independence Day is this Saturday), food products, cloth and textiles, jewellery, etc.  Perhaps most famous is the Spice Market, where vendors sell vast quantities of nuts and spices.

A crowded Old Delhi market street

A crowded Old Delhi market street

Spices for sale

Spices for sale

As well as the vendors and shops in Old Delhi, there are multiple places of worship–a couple of mosques and a Jain temple, for example.  We would have visited inside one of the mosques, except that it was one o’clock prayer, so we were not permitted in.

A mosque in Old Delhi

A mosque in Old Delhi

Traffic in Old Delhi is…very crowded.  We got stuck sitting in a traffic jam in a rickshaw for at least forty minutes.  There is a mixture of motorcycles, bicycles, autorickshaws, rickshaws, pedestrians, handcarts, and the occasional horse-drawn cart.  And lots of angry drivers.

A laden bicycle--there were a great deal of these, some even more full than this

A laden bicycle--there were a great deal of these, some even more full than this

To avoid traffic, we travelled into and out from Old Delhi by means of the Metro (like a subway).  This is one of the modern successes in the Delhi area.  I happen to find this sign rather entertaining:

A sign in the metro

A sign in the metro

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