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Old Delhi’s Culture and Heritage

Situated in the heart of Delhi where vibrant history and culture blends itself with the urban lifestyle, Old Delhi has beautifully preserved and nurtured the heritage that still lingers in the bustling lanes, bazaars, houses and courtyards of the forgotten Havelis. The walled city presents the rich tapestry of living heritage and traditions of the medieval years that are still thriving in the lanes of Purani Dilli.

Old Delhi, also known as Shahjahanabad, is a city steeped in history, culture, and heritage, dating back to the 17th century when it was founded by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan as his new capital. The city is a treasure trove of architectural styles, with monuments like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid, and Chandni Chowk showcasing the rich history and diverse cultural influences that have shaped it over time. Old Delhi's living heritage is also evident in its traditional crafts, such as stone polishing and haveli architecture, which have been adapted and preserved over time. The city's history, culture, and heritage make it a fascinating destination for those seeking to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of India's past and present.

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Photo Credit : Sundeep Bali

Built Heritage

The walled city, once known as Shahajahanabad, has architectural marvels that reflect the Mughal influence. These monuments with intricate designs, domes and minarets along with havelis in the bustling lanes of Old Delhi, represents the grand Mughal architectural style mixed with art styles from other parts of India.

Food Heritage

The Old Delhi cuisine is a vibrant mix of flavours from the traditional spices and herbs, and sweets made of brewed milk and dry fruits. The diverse culinary heritage of Old Delhi has something special for every taste bud and serves itself as a paradise for food enthusiasts.

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Living Tradition

Home to many diverse communities for generations, Old Delhi is a rich tapestry of living heritage. From handicrafts to rituals, from culinary practices to lifestyle, Old Delhi presents a beautiful blend of communal harmony in its living traditions.