The real personality and flavours of Delhi lie hidden in the lanes and monuments of Old Delhi. Move on from the malls and discover the real heart of the city in Old Delhi.
The Red Fort was built in 1648 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Apart from being the living quarters of the Emperors, it was also the centre for politics and ceremonies. Today, it houses several museums. Every year, on 15th August, the Prime Minister of India hoists the Indian national flag at the main gate of the Red Fort. The Red Fort has made appearances in movies like 3 Idiots, Fanaa and Delhi 6.
The film Ahista Ahista was partly shot in Daryaganj. Daryaganj is situated at the edge of the walled city, near the Delhi Gate. The kitaab bazaar or book market, which is a used book market stretching over two kilometres of Daryaganj streets, is a famous attraction on Sundays. Daryaganj is also well known for being home to a lot of publishing houses.
Jama Masjid is arguably the most popular mosque in India. It was captured in Subhash Ghai’s movie Black and White. It lies at the beginning of a busy Old Delhi central street, the Chawri Bazaar street. The mosque’s courtyard can hold nearly 25000 people, and has a copy of the Quran written on deer skin. Karim’s famous for its roasted meat kebabs, is nearby, along with other similar eateries.
Chandni Chowk is a frequently used Old Delhi location in the movies. Movies like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Chandni Chowk to China and Band Baaja Baaraat have featured this location in their stories. Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest markets of Delhi, and is one of the largest wholesale markets in India. It is famous for its clusters of shops, restaurants, eateries, havelis and religious structures.
Delhi Gate (Delhi)
Delhi Gate was built in 1638 by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Delhi Gate links the walled city of Delhi with New Delhi, and was used by the Emperor to reach the Jama Masjid for his prayers. Like the Red Fort, this structure was also built using sandstone.