Delhi is one of the world’s more amazing and exotic cities with a thousand years of history on view. This guide leads you through its old cities (seven of them), and also from New to Old Delhi in a journey taking you just a couple of kilometres but 400 years into the past.
See where its rulers, emperors and political leaders lived, were imprisoned, died or were assassinated. Visit the Red Fort to walk the paths of emperors, explore the British imperial capital of New Delhi where the architects squabbled over its design, or marvel at the victory tower, the Qutb Minar, that once might have been the tallest building in the world.
Find the odd and exotic like the International Museum of Toilets, the hospital for birds, the man who cuts people with razor blades to cure their illnesses, the world's longest bookmarket, the spacecraft that carried India's only cosmonaut, or a 250-year-old observatory built in stone.
Walk through history on several self-guided tours or join in a tour that can place history in context or reveal where the dancers, puppeteers and sword-swallowers of Delhi live.
Enjoy Indian cuisine in all its regional complexities in the scores of restaurants that abound across the capital and wash it all down with an Indian beer, soft drink or a cup of chai (tea).
· more photographs and more maps than a bulky guidebook and just as much information
· historical sites, markets and shopping, museums, architectural beauties, gardens and other quiet places, free-stuff and child-friendly places
· self-guided walking tours and guided tours
· cross-reference links to give context and more information
· suggestions on other nearby places of interest to visit
· how to stay safe and happy, and enjoy the best of Delhi
· how to get there and get around transport information
· recommendations for good eating places, from the cheap to expensive
· recommendations for places to stay, from budget to top-end
· Delhi oddities – things and places you’d not normally see
· a glossary, giving an explanation of Indian words
· where to shop and get the best bargains
· a reading list for those who want to find out more
★ About the Author ★
Patrick Horton is a freelance travel writer, photographer and co-author of Lonely Planet guidebooks on India and other countries. Delhi is one of his favourite cities and he has seen it both change and paradoxically remain the same over the last 20 years.
Delhi Travel Guide
This guide is not a rehash of material from tourist websites, wikipedia or other guidebooks but from personal visits over many years. Many of those visits have been for the purpose of writing guidebooks and freelance travel articles. Most of the photographs are by the author.
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