Welcome to New Delhi
Delhi is a city of jarring juxtapositions: extreme wealth and outstanding beauty often alongside brutal poverty and filth, modern shopping malls contrasting with innumerable street vendors and medieval bazaars.
India’s intense and initially bewildering capital can have an almost overwhelming effect on the first-time visitor – the early impression is of utter chaos. The traffic appears out of control, motorcycles weaving dangerously among larger vehicles, pedestrians risking life and limb as they dodge across the streets. There is a constant cacophony of hooters, and livestock wanders seemingly oblivious to the danger.
Gradually, though, Delhi begins to make some sort of sense. It’s a microcosm of Indian life, with its huge population and vast array of sights and sensations to absorb. There are monuments, mosques and tombs in abundance, impressive colonial architecture, brilliant museums and excellent restaurants and more than enough bazaars, markets and shops. In fact, your only problem will be fitting it all in.