A journey into Purani Dilli

In spite  of my innumerable visits to Delhi,I had never had the chance to walk down the streets of Old Delhi.I had seen them pictures in magazines and watched many a travel and food channels showing the age-old “Parathe-waali galis”.Being the foodies that we are,I coaxed my husband to do this trip with me despite the heat and the humidity This time I was determined We decided not to take our car but the Delhi Metro we got off at Chawri Bazaar metro station just before Chandni Chowk.As it was almost lunch time when we reached there,we decided  we were going to start our journey into puraani dilli by having our lunch at the Karim’s.The place is famous for its Biryanis and kababs and Mutton Qorma and Sheermaal.If you are a true non vegetarian,this is one place in delhi which is not to be missed.Right next to the Jama Masjid,the restaurant is now a chain all over Delhi but who can beat the taste of the original although  the place issaid to be crowded on Fridays, we got a place easily and Yes the restaurant is air conditioned.

Thereafter we took a rickshaw  to Chandni Chowk and straight into the famous Paranthe waali gali.Too full for the parathas, we still had space for some lovely looking Kulfi Faluda. And we bought some laddoos ,karachi halwa,samose and kachoris for later.I tried to imagine Kajol staying in Chandni Chowk in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.The noise,the crowds,the sweat and the rising smoke from the constant frying of parathas filled my nostrils.This was Delhi as it must have been years ago minus the skyscrapers,the innumerable vehicles on roads,the Metros and the Malls.After getting a whole variety of parathas packed for dinner,we took the metro back home as the girls not being used to walking through narrow lanes were getting all restless.Hubby and I winked at each other and with an understanding nod promised to return again without the kids.We knew that this place still had lots to be explored.The magic of puraani Dilli still lingers on with me….

Yes of course,I have some pics for you…

Mom,dad,hubby and Munch at Karim's

Mom,dad,hubby and Munch at Karim’s

Yummy Biryanis in pots
Yummy Biryanis in pots

Rumalis and Naans

Rumalis and Naans

The Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid

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The Goodies

The Goodies

More goodies

More goodies

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Kinaari Bazaar

Kinaari Bazaar

 

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An ancient stepwell- Ugrasen ki Baoli

Hi Friends!

I am back after a short and much needed break from work and home.We were in the National capital for a week and I have a lot of things to share with you all.Needless to say,the whole of North India is reeling under an intense heat wave ,despite the fact I made as much of this short break as I could.I planned visits to various museums and indoor activities for Munch and Perk.And on alternate days the hubby and I went on a well deserved retail therapy.So we came back with a lot more baggage than we had expected but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.Delhi being one of my favourite cities, where there is always something more to see and soak in which you never had done earlier.And that is exactly what I did.Delhi has both history and modernity and both are well balanced and running parallel to each other.I was all the more happy to do this with Munch who is now old enough to take in a few things and appreciate nature and history.

Today I will share pictures of an ancient stairwell with you – Ugrasen ki Baoli.A stepwell (Baoli) is an underground structure for the storage of water to cater for fluctuations in the availability of water.This stepwell is said to have been built by Raja Ugrasen.The architectural features of this well resemble those of the Tuglaq or Lodi period. Very few people in Delhi know about this gorgeous piece of history. The place has an aura about it and is stunning example of the artistic intelligence of its builders.There is a mosque adjacent to this well too.I loved the way this ancient structure stood and held its own amidst the backdrop of skyscrapers of the modern Delhi.I loved its arches and long flight of steps.There is not much to do here but you must pay a visit if you are passing that way.

delhi 194Munch going down the steps.delhi 195The arches or the side walls.

delhi 197Dad and daughter

delhi 196At the bottom of the well.Lots of bats stuck to the ceiling.

I will be back with more stories of our visit.Till then,take care.