Give yourself a dose of Delhi!

{Explore} Delhi 6

Start with the Lal Kila (Red Fort), the grand palace of Shahjahanabad standing strong and invincible like a red mountain range.

Go 500 metres to the west of the Red Fort, and drop in at the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India with capacity for 25000 namazis and a collection of Prophet Muhammad's relics - Koran written on deerskin, a red beard- hair of the prophet, his sandals and his footprint, embedded in a marble slab. Enjoy a magnificent view of Old Delhi from atop the South Minaret.

Relive the tyranny of the moment, at Sis Ganj Gurudwara, when the Mughal despot Aurangzeb beheaded the ninth Sikh Guru, Guru Teg Bahadur in 1675 A.D for refusing to convert to Islam. The banyan tree trunk at which this incident occurred still stands as a mute witness.

Visit St.James Church and if you are a bird-lover, drop into the bird hospital at the Digambar Jain temple, Lal Mandir and walk past aisles of recuperating hawks, owls and pigeons.

{See} Fight!

Ittehadi Dangal Maidan (Ittehadi Wrestling Ground) lies at the gate of Jama Masjid. This is famous for its weekly dangal (fights) that is organized every week on Sunday. Dangals are different from Akharas. While the Akharas are schools where the wrestlers are trained, the dangal is a place where they can display their skills.

Tiptoe into the cemetery behind old Delhi Idgah and witness a mid-air fight of beaks, feather and claws as the khalifas (bird-fighters) pit their best pigeons against each other's in the very cruel and very elite sport of Kabootarbazi.

{Visit} Ghalib Gali

The Haveli of famous poet Mirza Ghalib is located in Gali Qasim Jaan, near the corner of Ballimaran, in Chandni Chowk. The great poet stayed here during 1865 to 1869 and spent his last phase of his life.

The haveli is now a museum that houses some precious memories from Ghalib's life. It contains the letters of Ghalib written in his own hand, last photograph of the poet, chronology of events, selected couplets from his works, books and some personal belongings of the poet. The museum also has a life-like replica of the poet in a realistic setting enjoying his hookah.

{Experience} Language Park

Visit Urdu Bazaar for rare books, old manuscripts and journals. The bazaar has an important place in history as it is here that Maulana Abul Kalam Azad had gathered young men in 1942 in an important meeting to initiate the 'Quit India Movement', (a civil disobedience movement demanding an orderly British withdrawal from India). Incidentally, the last abode of Maulana Azad is here. When Azad died Feb 22, 1958, his mazaar was made here at the behest of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister

{Explore} City of Djinns

Start with the shrine of Bhure Mian whose temper doesn't even let the birds fly on top of his grave. Pariticipate in a procession led by the ghosts of Bahadur Shah Zafar and his queen that comes out every Thursday out of lahore gate to circumambulate Red Fort. Meet Meet Asghar Ali Khan, the caretaker of the fort who will tell you about some V.I.P. spirits of Diwan-e-Khas.

Head towards Kashmere gate, to Lothian Bridge for a glimpse of foreign ghosts from the British Era especially the white lady with a cigarette.

{Visit} King of Singhs!

Gurudwara Bangla Sahib was Initially the palace of Raja Jaisingh, a ruler in the 17th century and was later transformed into a religious destination as it is believed that Guru Harkishan, the 9th Sikh guru, stayed here and healed the ailing during the small pox and cholera epidemic with the water from the well in the house. He himself lost his life to the disease.

It is located next to the Gol Dak Khana in Connaught Place. It is open to people of all castes, creeds and faiths.

{Explore} Delhi Heights

At the foot of this mammothness is India's first mosque the Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque.A 7 m-high iron pillar stands in the courtyard of the mosque . This pillar fulfilled wishes of those who could encircle it with their arms, with back facing the column.

The government of India decided to end this wishing and hoping affair by putting a safety fence around this wish-granting pillar.

Timings: 9 am - 7 pm (everyday)

{Visit} Housing the President!

The Ceremonial Changing Of The Guard: held every Saturday at the forecourts of Rashtrapati Bhavan.The timings are:
8:00 am to 8:40 am (15 March to 14 August)
9:00 am to 9:40 am (15 August to 14 November)
10:00 am to 10:40 am (15 November to 14 March)

Mughal Gardens: open to public every spring.

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