Let’s go back to Purani Gali
Finally, after hazy winter mornings, the sun is shining brightly now. So how about going back to Purani Gali in Purani Dilli this weekend?
It’s a matter of wonder how a place with so much traffic, noise, and jam-packed people can be a place of treasure in itself.
To take a tour into it, let’s dig in the must-visit sites in Old Delhi…
Red Fort or Lal Quila got its name from the Red Sandstone used in the construction of the architecture. The fort is located in the city center and is used for political and national ceremonies. The Quila is structured by lush green gardens by the side and the monument with intricate wall designs and patterns. The Quila is lightened by the striking sound and light show in the evening which is watched by thousands of spectators.
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We are all in appreciation to Mughal emperor Shah Jahan for this spectacular facade. Jama Masjid is fabricated in Red Sandstone and Marble situated in the heart of Delhi. And to talk about the designs of the mosque, it is surely going to astonish you in one glance. The mosque is west facing towards the holy city of Mecca, which gives a spectacular panoramic view of Delhi with the Connaught Place and Sansad Bhavan from the top of the minaret.
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Khazanchi Ki Haveli
The Khazanchi Ki Haveli is truly history in ruins. Even with the washed arches and dust embodied, the haveli is extravagant. The walls of the Haveli belong to the era of Mughals and were owned by Emperor Shah Jahan’s accountants. It is said that the haveli is connected to the Red Fort through an underground tunnel but it is reached through a walk down from Red Fort towards Fatehpuri.
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This four centuries old market is known to be Asia’s largest wholesale spice market. It is located near Red Fort adjacent to Fatehpur Masjid. To add to the attention-grabbing facts about the street, the shops here don’t have names. Quite strange, isn’t it? But yes, it’s true. The shopkeepers have maintained the names as “Chawal wale 13, 21 Number ki Dukaan”. Despite the number of shops running for ages, they are unorganized in an organized way. Means they follow a strict orderly system.
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How about shopping in compact lanes? Well, Chandni Chowk is the perfect place for it! From Zari and Zardozi work dress material, Jewellery, Attar (Natural Perfumes) all kinds of fabrics, Chandni Chowk has got it all. This place is a shopping spree in itself. So next time you think of shopping, stop your feet here.
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After strolling in the lanes, it’s time to feed your hunger here! It’s a bet that with the aroma of the spices and food here, you will not be able to resist your appetite. Some must go to shops in the Gali are:
Pandit Gaya Prasad Shiv Charan: The shop is famous for its phenomenal dessert parantha. Curious to know what is it? Well, it’s the parantha stuffed with mint chutney. My mouth is watering, how about you?
Babu Ram Paranthe Vala: Jab bhi jao Paranthe Vali gali khaana na bhule Babu ji ke Karele ke Paranthe.
Pandit Kanhaiya Lal Durga Prasad Dixit: Rabri parantha and Papad parantha here are must-haves. Papad parantha is crispy in taste while the Rabri paratha just melts inside your mouth. Though the shops are here for generations they have still stood by their tastes.
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