This is Peter, an old friend from University in Denmark. He came to India to celebrate finishing his thesis (well, almost finishing it - I'm not the only one struggling to get it over with). I offered him to stay with me and Nitoli, and one of the first days I took him to Old Delhi. Here he is enjoying some delicious street food, as it is customary in Old Delhi. You might notice two Muslim girls in the background - Old Delhi is home to a very large share of Delhi's Muslims.
Old Delhi is generally fairly run down, crowded and gritty but it also has plenty of character and history. Here it an really nice old colonial building, which must have been quiet impressive back in its day.
Old Delhi has a few broad avenues, but is dominated by small lanes, which can be packed so tight in between the houses that you sometimes feel more like you are walking around indoor than outdoor. It is a labyrinthine place filled with dead ends, gates, stairs and tiny pathways which suddenly leave standing in someone's house. It is definitely worth spending an hour or two getting lost in the amazing neighbourhoods. here we found a particular area selling these gold embroidered red textiles, which are apparently used for wedding. I'm not sure of their exact use, but Peter seems to think it's supposed to be used as a cape.
Some local men - at least two of them Muslim - enjoying a cup of coffee.
Gear wheels handing in front of a small mechanics shop.
Peter at the great Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque), the principal Muslim place of worship in Delhi. It is a very grand place with stunning architecture and room for 25,000 worshippers in the courtyard.
The best thing about the Jama Masjid is that you climb the South Tower for a great view of all Delhi. This is the view to the north west showing the mosque's large central dome and the compact neighbourhoods of Old Delhi. you can really see how close the buildings are put together.
A view to the roof tops across from the south tower. Notice all the kites in the sky. Old Delhi is famous for it's kite flyers, who go to the rooftop and compete trying to cut down each other's kites.
View to the north east, showing the mosque's courtyard and the mighty Red Fort in the background.
The principal entrance to the fort, Lahore Gate, seen through my zoom lens.
And finally Peter on the ground in front of the very same Lahore Gate. After the trip he told me, that he is now a big fan of Old Delhi.