Delhi: A Potpourri of Different Cultures

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The capital of India, Delhi is one of the oldest cities in India with a glorious history. Home to a majority of political and judicial bodies, this city holds a key position in almost all domains such as education, finance, healthcare and commerce.

One of the largest cities in India, Delhi commonly hailed as Dilli is a potpourri of people, religion, art, culture, cuisine and intellect. It is perhaps the most culturally rich city in India. The city harmoniously blends the old cultural forms with the new brought in by the migrant locals. Thus, this city presents a compact picture of Indian diversity.

The city and its neighbourhoods are marked by the presence of numerous citadels, tombs, forts, palaces and other iconic monuments – the remnants of its glorious past. The presence of many such architectural marvels together with the historic streets, winding lanes and age-old markets make this city the perfect tourist destination.

Delhi shares borders with Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. Thus, the tradition and lifestyle come under the direct influence with the neighbouring regions. The wide range of religious festivals from various regions are celebrated here with equal pomp and fervour.

Indo-Persian artworks, a fusion of architectural styles, exquisite jewellery making, ivory carving, kite making, and textile embroidery, different types of painting, zari work…..there are just many options to choose from and dabble in. Delhi is an absolute must-visit for music and dance connoisseurs as well.

Delhi, being a city embracing people from different cultures, has an amalgamated cuisine as well. A mixture of ancient Indian and Mughal styled cuisine is considered as the authentic Delhi cuisine. Street foods also make a major part of the cuisine. Top street foods include lassi, kebab, jalebis, falooda, samosa, kulfi and many others. If you want to try as many dishes as possible, just go for the famed Delhi thali. Thali is a combination of small amounts of numerous dishes served in small vessels, lined inside a large plate – surely something worth trying!

This city has an engrossing story to tell. Therefore, the next time you plan a visit to the Nation’s capital, don’t miss the most significant places like the India Gate, Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid, Red Fort, Lodhi Gardens, Purana Qila, Jantar Mantar, Raj Ghat, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, Digambar Jain Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutab Minar, ISKCON Temple, Jama Masjid, Safdarjung Tomb, Rashtrapati Bhavan, Dilli Haat, Lal Kot, Akshardham Temple, The National Zoological Park and the list goes on and on…….

The unity in diversity is among the best things about Delhi culture and tradition. This city is a ‘mini India’ with a perfect mix of old traditions with modern lifestyles. If one cannot travel the length and breadth of this vast country, a visit to the capital alone will surely satiate the wanderlust in you!!!