Delhi is a city of contrasts. India's capital has in fact two souls: Old Delhi, once the capital of Islamic India, and New Delhi, built as the imperial capital by the British Raj. Multifaceted and energetic, Delhi switches between the sprawling labyrinth of narrow streets, mosques, and havelis in the old town to the openness of artistic and business avenues in the new one.
You can dive deep into both, getting lost among the old city's historical landmarks and bazaars, as well as experiencing the vibe of the metropolitan areas, full of restaurants, cafes, and boutiques.
Delhi's culture has been shaped by its long history and traditions. Traces of the empire include forts, museums, and temples, which intertwine with the urban sprawl of Delhi's daily life.
Among the must-sees is the Red Fort, listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2007. This spectacular construction of red sandstone was built as the palace for the city of Shahjahanabad – the new capital of the fifth Mughal Emperor of India, Shah Jahan, and it is a a fusion of architectural traditions: Islamic, Persian, Timurid, and Hindu. Humayun's Tomb gives you a glimpse into the architectural innovations applied to the most iconic of India's palaces. The garden tomb served in fact as a prototype for the Taj Mahal. This fascinating combination of mausoleums immersed in nature finds perfect balance in the Lodi Gardens.