Postcard from Delhi

Reader Contribution by Marilyn Jones
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Horns blare. Tuk-tuks and trishaws travel alongside motorcycles, cars and commercial trucks. There are no traffic laws, but there don’t seem to be any accidents either as agile drivers snake through traffic.

Delhi, the capital of India, is home to more than 22 million residents; the second most populous city in the world after Tokyo according to the United Nations.

Its history dates back eight centuries. The most recent incarnation came in 1803 when the city came under British rule, shifting the county’s capital from Calcutta to Delhi. After independence in 1947, New Delhi was officially declared the Capital of India.

As varied as its long and colorful past is, today it sports three distinct personalities: New Delhi with its tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings; and Old Delhi, a labyrinth of narrow streets lined with crumbling buildings and street hawkers. The third is ancient Delhi with Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India; the tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun; and Qutab Minar Monument exploring many seats of power.

Jama Masjid Mosque

The Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun

Qutab Minar Monument

If you go:

The best way to see India is to hire a tour company that will arrange your accommodations, a driver and tour guides. Through Kensington Tours, all the details are taken care of. I stayed at Oberoi Hotels in Delhi, had an excellent driver and a knowledgeable guide.

For more information:

Oberoi Hotels and Resorts: 800-562-3764

Kensington Tours: 888-903-2001

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