You've likely already seen some of the incredible architecture of Delhi, India. Along with the amazing historical structures, the action, and energy while navigating the city streets are also enough to keep anyone entertained.
Wandering through Old Delhi, specifically the back lanes is always an adventure.
Sometimes the lanes are packed with so many people you have to walk single file… and then a motorbike will attempt to pass through.
When I was in Delhi, nearly everywhere I went, groups of students and even some adults would kindly ask for their picture to be taken.
They didn't want a copy of the photo; they just wanted me (a tourist) to have a photo of them – pretty cool.
One of the easiest and quickest ways to get around congested areas of Old Delhi is by bicycle rickshaw. They dominate and control the streets.
Though it seems nearly unbelievable, somehow, the rickshaw drivers manage to navigate their way through never-ending crowds of people, traffic, animals, and all sorts of other unimaginable chaos on the streets. It's always a fun ride.
Old Delhi is one of the trade and distribution hubs for things like spices.
Porters carry giant gunny sack bags from trucks on the main road to stores deep into the footpath lanes.
Walking through markets you'll be amazed at how many products are stacked inside the smallest stores.
I was almost scared to enter some of these stores, fearing that I might bump into a stack of jars and watch as the entire store collapsed like dominoes… luckily that never happened.
Street food vendors cram themselves into closet-sized facilities where they whip up some amazingly tasty snacks.
This particular vendor, located on Chawri Bazar road, served something known as fruit chaat, one of the greatest snacks I ate during my visit to Delhi.
Another snack, especially if you have a sweet tooth, is a jalebi. It's like swirls of pancake dough deep-fried in butter, then soaked in a sweet syrup.
The result is like a crunchy donut dripping with syrup that tastes like extra sweet honey.
And finally, let's not forget about the wonders of north Indian curries.
Slow simmered with a perfect blend of spices, butter, and meat, north Indian curries are extraordinarily rich, tasty, and satisfying.
With a mixture of architecture, history, culture, and food, combined with the never-ending flow of energy and chaos, Delhi is a recipe for fascinating sights and sounds.
Mark was raised in central Africa before migrating back to the U.S. for University. After graduating, he decided to continue traveling the world. On Migrationology, he shares the cultural side of travel from a slow-paced local perspective that often revolves around his love for eating all forms of food. Join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @migrationology.
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Saturday 22nd of November 2014
Im in Delhi now, for the first time. It sure is incredible, everything you say here and the pictures gets me so excited I dont want to sleep and want to headback out. Delhi is amazing
Tuesday 18th of February 2014
Incredible pictures. Have you been around Kashmiri Gare, Lal Killa and Chandni Chowk?
Monday 17th of February 2014
Delhi is really a nice place to visit.....the people of delhi is wonderful the welcome people like in a wonderful way they think or we can say they follow the policy that guest or tourists are god for them.............
Friday 7th of February 2014
Wow, amazing photos! It looks so colourful and crowded. The back lanes of Old Delhi look crazy!
Tuesday 28th of January 2014
Place is beautiful & the culture is good.. Having said so if incase u happen to go there do not believe or trust any person easily there...