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India’s capital city Delhi offers a wealth of sights, sounds and smells from the crumbling, narrow lanes of Old Delhi to the tree-lined imperial avenues of New  Delhi.  This is a city sprinkled with ancient ruins and monuments, astonishing architecture, luxury hotels and racing auto-rickshaws.

The mass of humanity, bicycles, buses, carts, rickshaws and cows which make up the traffic of Chandni Chowk looks overwhelming even from a distance, but walk this way and you’ll find that this shopping strip in Old Delhi leads to bustling bazaars.  Opposite you’ll find the looming red sandstone walls of Lal Qila, or the Red Fort.  The octagonal Red Fort is UNESCO-listed for its position at “the zenith of Mughal creativity”, reflected in its extensive marble, floral decorations and double domes.

Delhi glories in historical sites.  Humayan’s Tomb is banded by layers of white marble and red sandstone and its double-domed elevation sits on a high platform amidst tropical gardens.  India’s largest mosque, Jama Masjid, has 40 metre high minarets and capacity for 25,000 people.

Yet Delhi is also a buzzing modern city where you can revive yourself in one of the swanky bars, chi chi restaurants and trendy cafes.