Sunday, 19 May 2013

Sightseeing in Delhi – off the beaten track

delhi sightseeningDelhi, the national capital, welcomes hordes of travelers from across the world. However, its tourism is often limited to the world-famous locations and monuments such as Red Fort, India Gate, Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid. But, Delhi has more in its lap which is still undiscovered by the world. Take a look at some of these off the beaten track locations in Delhi that you will love to explore.

Sanjay Van Dargahs
The largest forest patches in the capital city, Sanjay Van Dargah brings respite from the madness of a metropolitan city. Located in Mehrauli in the south central ridge of the city it seems somewhat similar to the semi-arid/arid vegetation in the Aravallis. Sanjay Van is still undiscovered and unexplored by the Delhiites. It encapsulates ruins and heritage of the Sultanate which once ferociously ruled Delhi. The innumerable graves from the time of the Delhi sultanate to the Colonial Era, the crumbling walls, numerous Dargahs, tentrance from Vasant Kunj side which offers a pleasant view of Delhi sightseeing a small lake and flora and the nearby large temple of Baba Gorakhnath together make Sanjay Van Dargahs mysteriously interesting for tourists.

The best time to visit Sanjay Van is the early morning hours as it gives you ample of time to explore it. Go in winters or summers may take a toll on your health. Carry lots of water as there won’t be any amenities inside the forest.

Nizammudin Basti Delhi boasts of several bylanes where you can get “everything at one point of time” for the cheapest of prices. Nizammudin Basti is such a place where you can take a glimpse of Delhi’s heritage while passing through the bustling narrow and twisted lanes and savor Delhi’s most appetizing non-vegetarian food. As it is obvious by its name, Basti is adjacent to the famous Hazrat Nizamuddin Dargah of the great Sufi saint. The tomb of the legend poet Mirza Ghalib comes just before the shrine so does an institute named after him.

The sound of Qawwalis and prayers at the shrine never fades thus giving you a profound spiritual experience. The small residence of the Sufi saint, Nizamuddin Auliya’s khanqah, where he meditated isn’t too far. You have to cross a little distance to see his residence. Then there is Humayun Tomb close to the Khanqah. The grave of the famous artist, the musician and the poet, Amir Khusrau is also close by.

The famous Karim’s Restaurant is located in one of the narrow lanes; do not miss an opportunity to relish the delectable non-vegetarian dishes prepared here. A place called Ghalib’s offer the best kebabs in the city and Nizammudin’s red tea, popularly known as Suleimani Chai is a great sightseeing in Delhi.

The Baolis of Delhi A baoli is manmade water reservoir within the concrete walls of a building. These baolis were made by the Rajas and Maharajas for the sole purpose of conserving water for the times of trouble. Astonishingly, Delhi boasts of over 100s of baolis most of which have dried up or have been covered. Some of the prominent baolis in Delhi include Agrasen ki Baoli, Nizamuddin ki Baoli, Gandhak ki Baoli, Anangtal Baoli, Purana Qila (Old Fort) Baoli and Qutub ki Baoli. Visit these Baoli to know about an ancient technique of water conservation, when the concept of rain water harvesting didn’t even exist.

Article originally posted on: articlebase

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