Delhi has been instrumental in contributing a large chunk to the Indian history, from being the center of administration to being the center of social behavioral leaps, and that is vividly evident for each one to see. Delhi’s design and planning has been an architectural masterpiece of the medieval period. The society has been exemplary in accommodating many social behavior at once, and a unique hybrid of all such accommodation is a beautiful manifestation for sociology students across the globe.
From a traveler’s point of view, it has to be something that makes his heart beat a fraction faster. As I believe a traveler is a bewildered soul trying to search and experience what’s truly real, and hence the range of diversity in almost everything has to be something that leaves them shell-shocked again and again. As a traveler, I would always love to look for street food, old school people, astonishing daily practices and a non-commercial untapped skill-set that belongs originally to the city because that’s an identity that uniquely belongs to this culturally and historically rich piece of land.
Travelers come to India to find themselves, to find what’s true, to keep away the illusion they are possessed with but initially they tend to get confused and lost in beliefs, practices, habits, customs that are absolutely alien to them. As it’s said, it is when you get lost you find yourself, you test your ability to accommodate with things that are beyond your belief. The beauty of Delhi lies in this belief that is tough to eradicate completely.
Delhi, in real, is more about extremely jam-packed lanes of Old Delhi and less about a lavish shopping at Select City Walk Mall. Delhi is more about craftsmen, artisans and less about mechanical replica of the same. Delhi is more about Chola Kulchas, Rajma Chawal, Golgappas and less about Pizza outlets, hotdogs and hamburgers.
Another amazing aspect from a traveler’s point of view is the diverse ethnicity of people and how people with sweeping beliefs have learnt to coexist “peacefully” in the same city. One fact that proves my claim to be correct is the sight of a temple, gurudwara, mosque and a church standing parallel at the main lane of Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi.
Delhi is the right mix of India and has mixed influence of all almost all 29 states of India. Munirka (In Delhi), is predominantly north east, CR Park and Bengali Market is predominantly Bengali, Tilak Nagar is to Punjabis, Najafgarh is to Haryana. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan etc. are scattered evenly across length and breadth of the city. For someone wishing to see through people of India, Delhi is the place to be at.
The ability to accommodate, adjust and absorb so many customs and beliefs, is breathtaking to say the least, and watching these diverse customs exist on one piece of land for more than a millennium is indeed an unforgettable experience for a traveler at heart.
– by Sachin Sengar